Wednesday, December 03, 2014

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman.

"We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure," psychology Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the collection, told the Austin American-Statesman.

His co-curator, psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack, said, "It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms or Halloween pranks."

 The Austin State Hospital had transferred the brains to the university about 28 years ago under a "temporary possession" agreement. Schallert said his psychology lab had room for only 100 brains, so the rest were moved to the basement of the university's Animal Resources Center.

 "They are no longer in the basement," Cormack said.

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mohave rat said...

I have been to Texas. There are way more than a hundred brains missing! ha ha ha ha ha

texlahoma said...

Mohave Rat - I've driven in Dallas during rush hour, you're absolutely right!

McRaven said...

OMG! Funny.

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