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To ask those of you who watched mummifiying Alan Billis....

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MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 21:54:08

You know that part where the "Body Farm" people were showing that "thing" that was being eaten by maggots? Was that a real human being? Or an animal? They showed teeth, and they looked like human teeth....

Only caught parts of the programme, and can't bring myself to watch it on 4OD.

whomovedmychocolate Tue 25-Oct-11 21:55:17

It did look like a human.

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 25-Oct-11 21:56:41

They were real.

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 25-Oct-11 21:56:54

Real people.

GypsyMoth Tue 25-Oct-11 21:57:50

I only saw half the programme. I doubt it was a real person with the maggots, where was it?

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 21:57:53

.....So it was a human? Why? Why was there a real human being, being eaten by maggots on TV?....<scared emoticon> Shooooot...Where did they get a real corpse and let it be eaten by maggots?

StetsonsAreCool Tue 25-Oct-11 21:58:25

That "thing" was a human being. Clue's in the title - he had a name, he was mummified.

Delightfully put though hmm

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 21:59:15

It looked like it was laying in a forest covered by a blanket type thing ILoveTIFFANY

squeakyfreakytoy Tue 25-Oct-11 22:00:12

Some people, who are not religious, are happy to leave their bodies to medical science, or to forensics like the Body Farm. Without these people, we would be much less advanced.

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:01:00

stetsons No, the man who was mummified was not the "thing" that was being eaten by maggots. He was mummified...not let to rot.

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 25-Oct-11 22:01:49

It was a body farm. An institution where people donate their bodies to allow scientists to study the decomposition to further their understanding of decomposition,usually in relation to forensic anthropology which helps to solve crimes.

toboldlygo Tue 25-Oct-11 22:01:51

Haven't watched the program yet but am familiar with the Body Farm concept - people donate their bodies to be used in this way (either specifically to the Body Farm or generally to medical science, I forget if there's that distinction).

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 25-Oct-11 22:02:11

I can't type today.

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:02:26

Firstly, I thought the "thing" being eaten by maggots was an elephant, but then they showed teeth...So it was a real Got to love Channel 4 documentaries.

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 25-Oct-11 22:03:00

Yes, that was a real person. It was at the Body Farm in the USA. It is a research facility where they research decomposition amongst other things. People donate their bodies to the Farm for research purposes.

Meglet Tue 25-Oct-11 22:03:16

I didn't see all the programme but I'm sure I've watched documentaries on forensics and they do have these places where they leave bodies to decompose. Or maybe I saw it on CSI confused.

squeakyfreakytoy Tue 25-Oct-11 22:03:58

It was on CSI, but it is a place that does exist in real life too.

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:04:23

Ah!! Thanks LaFille and toboldlygo...that makes alot more sense now. I see, so people donate their body to the "Body Farm" for research.
I thought it was weird how they'd get a body like that out of nowhere.

Meglet Tue 25-Oct-11 22:05:37

Just had a look and it's on Wiki. Glad I didn't imagine it!

whomovedmychocolate Tue 25-Oct-11 22:05:38

It does indeed - see here

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:05:45

I always see a programme advertised on BBC1?? Called Body Farm? Is this about the research facility?...Or is it something completely different?

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 25-Oct-11 22:07:39

The BBC drama is about a body farm.

GypsyMoth Tue 25-Oct-11 22:09:42

Ah yes, just l

GypsyMoth Tue 25-Oct-11 22:10:29

Ah yes, just looked on YouTube...only in America eh!

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:11:22

Thanks whomovedmychocolate!! Know alot more about the place now!

Just checked the BBC drama - something slightly different!!

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