Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
- You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
- Please avoid spoilers!
Warning: grossness ahead!
Richardson came across a reference to anatomists cooking down human bones and fat into “into a substance like Spermaceti,” which they used to make candles and soap. Whether these were used in the anatomists’ homes or were given away as gifts were not noted, but between these and the gastric-juice-etched nameplates, it’s safe to say you really didn’t want your name on an anatomist’s Christmas gift list.
From Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach, p. 48.