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100 brains missing from Texas university

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  1. BassTrackerBoats

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    100 brains in jars missing from Texas university, possibly stolen for 'Halloween pranks'

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains -- about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

    One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman.


    "We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure," psychology Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the collection, told the Austin American-Statesman. (He thinks that someone took them, Professor, they are gone, someone DID take them!)


    His co-curator, psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack, said, "It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms or Halloween pranks."


    The Austin State Hospital had transferred the brains to the university about 28 years ago under a "temporary possession" agreement. Schallert said his psychology lab had room for only 100 brains, so the rest were moved to the basement of the university's Animal Resources Center.


    "They are no longer in the basement," Cormack said.


    The university said in a statement that it will investigate "the circumstances surrounding this collection since it came here nearly 30 years ago" and that it's "committed to treating the brain specimens with respect." It says the remaining brain specimens on campus are used "as a teaching tool and carefully curated by faculty."


    The university's agreement with the hospital required the school to remove any data that might identify the person from whom the brain came.

    However, Schallert said Whitman's brain likely was part of the collection.


    "It would make sense it would be in this group. We can't find that brain," he said.


    Whitman's 1966 rampage at the University of Texas killed 16 people, including his mother and wife.


    The 100 remaining brains at the school have been moved to the Norman Hackerman Building, where they are being scanned with high-resolution resonance imaging equipment, Cormack said.


    "These MRI images will be both useful teaching and research tools. It keeps the brains intact," he told the newspaper.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/100_brains_in_jars_missing_fro.html
     
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    Who would not want to have Whitman's brain in his collection?
     
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    Beware! Hannibal Lecter is on the prowl!
     
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    And 99% of the brains missing from BHW.
     
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    I would have totally stolen myself a jar of brains for the mantelpiece if I'd found them in the basement.
     
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    Shocking! How can you leave 100 brains in such a situation were they can be stolen.
     
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    If you leave 100 brains locked up together in a basement, they are going to figure out a way to escape.
     
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    May be some brainless people stoled them.
     
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    HA HA HA, good one, lol
     
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    Walking dead become true :)
     
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    hahaha I want to know whose brain is behind the escape plan.
     
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    I'm gonna open a BST and a journey thread to report on my new business trading interesting human body parts. I already got 100 of the most important organ!

    Stay tuned. Coming soon!
     
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    "We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure,"

    Not sure because it's also just as likely that they jumped off the shelf and rolled right on out the door to freedom?
     
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    zombies apocalypse is starting!
     
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    do you sell dic*s, puss*s and b**bs also?
     
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    Some staff member probably sold it for $1000 a piece and made two years salary in matter of days.
     
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    I can confirm, they were delicious!
     
  19. lawrenceking

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    Are They was useful brains