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11-30-2009, 07:05 AM   #1
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Wikipedia and the Blindingly Obvious

I have no idea if someone inserted the "citation needed" note as a gag or if they were being stick-in-the-mud dead serious, but either way I found it hilarious.

Check out this screen capture from the article on decapitation:



Seems pretty self-evident to me, but what the heck do I know?

11-30-2009, 07:20 AM   #2
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Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you listen to the heart?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you check for breathing?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: So, when you signed the death certificate you weren't sure the man was dead, were you?

Coroner: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere.
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I think it's pretty standard for Wikipedia to require references to be cited, whatever's being said.

Actually, saying the brain can survive *minutes* in such a state would need some citation. That's actually fairly non-obvious, and not necessarily true, despite urban legends.
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Ah, I was gonna say what Ratmagiclady said, but I was too late :-D

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Ah, I was gonna say what Ratmagiclady said, but I was too late :-D
I see your point, but as phrased it is still self-evident that death does occur sometime within that time span.
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this is funny
i've always wanted to chop someones head off and tell them to keep blinking for as long as they can, just to see how long their brain actually survives without blood circulation
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Well, a cockroach can survive for a few weeks without a head, as most of its nervous system is in the body. It merely dies from starvation.

So yes, a citation as to the exact time to death is needed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you listen to the heart?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you check for breathing?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: So, when you signed the death certificate you weren't sure the man was dead, were you?

Coroner: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere.
that one always makes me laugh!
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this is funny
i've always wanted to chop someones head off and tell them to keep blinking for as long as they can, just to see how long their brain actually survives without blood circulation
Why not try your on head and set it in the mirror to see how many times yoo blink
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QuoteOriginally posted by krypticide Quote
Well, a cockroach can survive for a few weeks without a head, as most of its nervous system is in the body. It merely dies from starvation.

So yes, a citation as to the exact time to death is needed.
So what, there are many I see around here that have no brain, but continue to survive for ages...I bet they even gain weight.......just guessing.
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Lost in all of this... why are you researching decaptitation Mike?
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Lost in all of this... why are you researching decaptitation Mike?
It started innocently enough; I was reading the Wikipedia article about the Tower of London. Then I clicked on a link on Lady Jane Grey and went from there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krypticide Quote
Well, a cockroach can survive for a few weeks without a head, as most of its nervous system is in the body. It merely dies from starvation.

So yes, a citation as to the exact time to death is needed.
Interestingly, the cockroach head can also live without the body, though it dies within hours rather than weeks.
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