Saturday, March 13, 2004

Boot test cadavers

I was reading the New York Times online just now, discussing how a company that handled donated cadavers from Tulane ended up selling them to the Army, which then used them by blowing them up to test Army boots! You think you're doing some good, maybe helping discover a cure for whatever foul disease took your life, and you end up getting scooped up from a land mine field by Gomer. Not a great way to go.

Anyway, the reason I brought this up was because of the ad that accompanied it. The Times was running an ad for Endless Pools. This is a great idea for those without much space - it's a small box of water that you tether yourself into and pretend you're swimming. You could also leash yourself to your bathtub spigot, but that might be too complex. The picture on the click-through ad made it look even more appealing. The poor guy looks like he's being ripped limb-from-limb by an Endless Pool gone awry! I'm wondering whether the Endless Pool corporation actually bought a cadaver from Tulane to test the strength of their tethers or something, because this does not look good for the poor guy.

"Help me I don't wanna die like this!!"

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