November 20, 2009

Killing people for their fat.

Is there really an international market in human fat? Three men who have confessed to the crime say the going price is $60,000 a gallon. (They say it is used as an ingredient in cosmetics.)

50 comments:

LarsPorsena said...

No surprise to us fans of "Fight Club".

John Lynch said...

Doesn't sound right. Otherwise there'd be people paying to liposuction fat people, instead of the other way around.

Triangle Man said...

That's why the Feds have been making us all obese!

Ann Althouse said...

In Fight Club, they get the liposucked fat from the trash (and make soap).

Lynch is right: They should be paying us to donate fat or at least sucking it out for free.

But it's probably hard to traffic in medical waste legally. Murder in Peru is easier.

LarsPorsena said...

"But it's probably hard to traffic in medical waste legally. Murder in Peru is easier."

Ever given thought to a black market
in lipo fat in this country?

former law student said...

I saw that article, and feel a lot better about myself -- a little nest egg for the future.

EDH said...

Well doggies!

Suddenly, I feel like Jed Clampett.

traditionalguy said...

Amazing. The Spanish explorers did encounter a Carib Tribe that did terrible things to other tribes in the area that was then called the caribbean as a warning about them. That is terrible to contemplate. Then again the Germans had no problem with it. I wonder how many German Nazi leaders went into hiding in this area in the late 1940s.

Big Mike said...

A little lipo and I can not only get back down to my best fighting weight, but fix my 401K.

Or do I have to move to Peru first?

edutcher said...

Watch for sweeps episodes on this idea next February on all the CSI/NCIS/Bones, etc., shows.

In any case, why would they kill the goose that makes the golden flab? A carload of M&Ms, a couple dozen mesomorphs, and 1 liposuction machine sounds a lot more cost-effective.

Chip Ahoy said...

I was wondering what made this Lima Lips™ chap stick so effective.

Shaky Barnes said...

Hot damn, I'm set for retirement, didn't even know it! Thank you Taco Bell!

DaveO said...

If this were true, then liposuction would be free. Surgeons would have an economic incentive to perform the surgery for no cost.

bearbee said...

Government Loot for Lard program.

rcocean said...

And I thought only 'Soylent Green' was people.

Fred4Pres said...

Seems like getting human fat would be pretty simple (like they did in Fight Club) and I do not at all accept the $60,000 per pound figure.

That is more than lobster for crikedy sakes!

Triangle Man may be right--perhaps the "Feds" making us fat are really the Matrix? Deja Vu anyone?

AJ Lynch said...

"Murder is easier in Peru".

Hmm I must make a note of that.

Cedarford said...

Think what Algore would be worth to those noble Peruvian brown-skinned low carbon emitter!

AJ Lynch said...

That story is a spoof from The Onion. They quoted a policeman named Col. Jorge Mejia which losely translated means Porky Pig.

Big Mike said...

@AJ, you have popped my soap bubble. The one made from excess fat cells.

Ron said...

You mean I can trade my avoirdupois for a house? I love America!

former law student said...

AJ is incorrect. Everyone knows that el coronel Jorge Mejía Asanza, is the Jefe de la División Antisecuestros de la PNP

edutcher said...

bearbee said...

Government Loot for Lard program.

Sh-h-h..., they'll hear you.

ricpic said...

This is kid's stuff. In Africa albinos are hunted for their body parts by witch doctors.

Skyler said...

I'm betting this will turn out to be a hoax.

Skyler said...

Besides, there are plenty of people who die naturally that no one needs to go killing people for fat. I don't buy this story for a minute.

AJ Lynch said...

I wish the story were true. If it were, obese Americans could pitch in and do their part to fix the USA's trade imbalance!

The new American tagline....A fat American is a Wealthy American! Eat your heart out Paris Hilton!

Tibore said...

"Is there really an international market in human fat?"

Even considering obesity percentages are only (gah... only!) between 10 and 30 percent, you'd think with well over 300+ million Americans, 141+ million Russians, 80+ million Germans, etc., that there'd be a glut, not a scarcity. :-S

Just sayin'.

Triangle Man said...

I'm betting this will turn out to be a hoax.

Or they fell for an internet meme from fark.com.

Tibore said...

Well, AJ up above says this is from the Onion. But I could see this being on Fark too.

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Hehe... word verification: exessemi. Exess... excess... I swear, the WV function has some minimal intelligence behind it. And a slightly twisted, bent one at that!

Florida said...

Oprah Winfrey going into hiding.

Fat gangs targeting obese people for their lard.

Coincidence?

I think not.

Freeman Hunt said...

I saw that article, and feel a lot better about myself -- a little nest egg for the future.

FLS made me LOL.

Roger J. said...

Wow (smells like a hoax to me)-but that said, if they come to Memphis, they will make a fortune.

AJ Lynch said...

I was just kidding about the Onion. It could be true.

If so, I, like FLS, also have an unexpected nest egg!

Freeman Hunt said...

It probably wouldn't be encouraging for me to tell a dieting family member that he's already blown over $3 million dollars, right?

Like others, I also think this is a hoax. Everyone would be lipo-ed if it were true.

David said...

Watch out, Packer fans. Any one of you could be next.

miller said...

EDH -
"Well doggies!

Suddenly, I feel like Jed Clampett."

Wins the thread.

Dark Eden said...

Yeah this sounds like BS. If fat was worth this much there'd be a big market in paying fat people to get lipo, and there isn't.

PS If I'm wrong I have a spare tire that should be worth at least $60k. This could end the recession!

Jason (the commenter) said...

So society does value fat people after all.

AllenS said...

If I could get ahold of Michael Moore, and render his fat, I could heat my house for a year. Maybe longer.

My problem with this, is, would my house smell?

WV: upche

Would my friends upche, with the smell of MM?

knox said...

Would my friends upche, with the smell of MM?

Not sure, but I do, at the sound.

chickenlittle said...

Watch out, Packer fans. Any one of you could be next.

Render unto Caesar, fat which is cheezer's.

William said...

This is advance promo for a low budget Latin American horror flick.

Titus said...

This is disgusting and I for one am totally outraged.

I want my country back.

Methadras said...

Titus said...

This is disgusting and I for one am totally outraged.

I want my country back.


Why? You already live in the land of shit.

Methadras said...

Fat of the Land.

kentuckyliz said...

Render unto Caesar, fat which is cheezer's.

LOL @ chickenlittle!!! exxxxcellent.

Re - using human fat for cosmetics-

I don't mind, just as long as it's not tested on animals. That's immoral.

kentuckyliz said...

actually when i clicked over to the story, there was a picture of nancy pelosi over the article. LOL

pre-Columbian Pishtacos - good thing the Spanish showed up and converted the savages from their disgusting ways. The Spanish and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Holla!!!

pishtacos sounds like fish tacos

paul a'barge said...

Somewhere in the night, Andrew Sullivan spit up a little in his mouth.

Mark said...

Merle Travis was on top of this back in 1947.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhFiuWCVrv4