If necessary for your survival, do you think you could resort to cannibalism?

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Yes, without question. I might not even wait till I was hungry.

we are not bemused (onimo), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

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j., Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Crazy thing is that they prob didn't need to eat human flesh. America's coastline was a bonanza of naturally available foods: ocean and freshwater fish, shellfish, game and gamebirds, but also scavengable stuff like mushrooms, berries, kelp. The colonists were highly suspicious of such foods and shockingly ignorant of most survival skills.

Aimless, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

NO THEY HAD TO

j., Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

yr all a bunch of savages smdh at these poll results

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Was reading about mass cannibalism during the Bolshevik grain requisition Povolzhye famine in '21. The more morally defensible cannibals rationalised eating the dead to survive, but fucking cannibal cafeterias run by human hunters, profiteering during a famine is too much to take. I'd guess similar grotesqueness occurred during Mao's great leap forward as well.

The stealing of corpses from cemeteries became so common that in many regions armed guards had to be posted on their gates. Hunting and killing people for their flesh was also a common phenomenon. In the town of Pugachev it was dangerous for children to go out after dark since there were known to be bands of cannibals and traders who killed them to eat or sell their tender flesh. In the Novouzensk region there were bands of children who killed adults for their meat...

Moreover, the craving for human flesh which starving people can easily develop once they have eaten it was not peculiar to any social class. Hungry doctors often succumbed to eating it after long spells of relief work in the famine region, and they too stated that the worst part of the experience was "the insuperable and uncomfortable craving" which they had acquired for human flesh.

festival of labour (xelab), Sunday, 29 June 2014 20:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

Well, once you've killed and eaten a human being, seeing all those people just walking around has to be maddening, like those old cartoons where the starving man on the raft floating mid-ocean imagines the guy on the raft with him's head turning into a roast turkey or whatever...

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 29 June 2014 20:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

I love that old cartoon sight gag, it is brutal and funny at the same time.

festival of labour (xelab), Sunday, 29 June 2014 20:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

I like the South Park episode where all the adults get snowed in and they resort to cannibalism _that night_

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Sunday, 29 June 2014 22:36 (2 months ago) Permalink

that is a great ep

do u like green ez & jam (darraghmac), Sunday, 29 June 2014 22:38 (2 months ago) Permalink


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