The Essex

I’m on a non-fiction kick as of Sunday. :) And I’m reading a book called In the Heart of the Sea. It’s really very good. Just a straight forward story told about what happened to the men. No hidden messages, etc. Anyhow (in a nutshell), they are at sea hunting whales, a massive sperm whale sinks their ship, forcing them onto three smaller whaling boats. They’re thousands of miles from South America and have little water or food. (Moby Dick was based on the story). Anyhow, they’re forced to take desperate, cannibalistic measures. Some of the boats began taking lots (i.e. drew who would be killed in order to keep others alive). Not sure why I bring this up, sort of wondering what people think of this idea. I think (and I can’t ever know this, I do know) that I would eat a dead man or woman but killing someone in order to live, seems…. well… it just seems wrong. I’m not quite done. They’re going over the coincidence(s) of such an act. The captain (i.e. the uncle of the boy killed in order for the others to eat) is apparently being shunned by some, once arriving home. We’ll see. And what do people taste like anyway? Sorry to bore. :)

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  1. I bet we taste salty. And
    ty. You think pork chops have a lot of
    ? Try a human thigh. Ewww.

    If I were in those desperate shoes, I probably would partake, but not while looking at the person we had to let go. I’d have to be in the corner of the ship, holding my nose and just chewing.

    Am I a freak for answering this?

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  2. No way. Not a freak.

    The writer goes into glorious details on how a body is to be prepared. The oldest written account of eating the dead was said to have cut the person’s “person identifiers” off first. (The head and the hands and the feet) in order to make it all a bit easier.

    I bet we’re sort of gross. But who knows. I mean, we probably taste like chicken like everything else.

    Apparently people aren’t supposed to eat their own relations as well. Big no-no. So I guess that’s why this guy took so much grief.

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  3. it’s a shame they weren’t surrounded by millions of fish… they could have just caught and eaten them.

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  4. Indeed, smartass. I’m sure they didn’t think of that. I mean, while they were going down they should have said “GRAB THE FISHING GEAR! WE’LL STOP AT THE NEXT EXXON SPILLING STATION FOR BAIT!”

    No really, you bring up a good point. Another group of men, who were also lost at sea, used the first dead guy as bait and caught hundreds of fish with him. They survived.

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  5. Couldn’t they have cut themselves just a little bit, used it as bait and caught some fish? Like cut a bunion off their foot or something? I’m gross. Indeed.

    I guess that’s why I would just go off into the corner of the ship and try to eat. I know there’s no way I could even try to eat it if there was a head looking at me.

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  6. So funny.

    Hon, if you were a fish, would you eat a bunion? Maybe a pinky toe.

    Call the nihilists.

    We need a toe Lebowski.

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  7. So funny.

    Hon, if you were a fish, would you eat a bunion? Maybe a pinky toe.

    Call the nihilists.

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  8. You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I swear not a day goes by where I don’t see someone’s comments section morph into a quote or ten from The Big Lebowski.

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  9. “In the Heart of the Sea” is a great book. A men’s book club that I belong to read it last year.

    One of the great scenes in the book about the havoc they raised was when they burned down half of the galapagos or something. they also managed to decimate a small bird population on some remote island.

    One of the interesting perspectives explored was the assertion that the captain’s willingness to negotiate/accommodate the ideas of the crew possibly doomed most of them to a slow and agonizing death (like their navigation decisions, etc). Compare that to Shackelton whose demand for fanatical adherence to his rule bordered on the psychotic. But he got his men home alive under far more extreme circumstances with little more to his advantage.

    Good book. I was reading some Moby Dick last night. That puts me to sleep fast.

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  10. I know. That bit is/was amazing. And if it weren’t for the author’s care, it might still have been overlooked. They managed to wipe out entire species. (is that right? Species? Is there a plural? I ain’t too bright). Crazy. Dumb guy thought he was “being funny” Not so much.

    I love the book. I can’t put it down.

    I considered getting Moby Dick. But damn that’s a commitment.

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  11. not that there’s any reason why i would know things like this but, ahem:

    Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption

    you know, in case anyone wants a how-to guide…

    (it don’t matter to jesus!)

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