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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Story of the Year

posted by on October 3 at 9:35 AM

Some stories defy belief. This is one of those stories:

Two US men are locked in a war of words over custody of an amputated leg, which one of them says he lost in a plane crash and another insists he owns since it was inside a barbecue he bought at an auction.

Okay, first of all…what?

John Wood of South Carolina says he had left the limb inside the barbecue smoker at a storage facility, because he wanted to be buried with it. But the storage business auctioned off the barbecue and other items after Wood fell behind with payments.

You wanted to be buried with your leg so you…stored it in a barbecue inside a storage facility? Huh?

Shannon Whisnant, who was at first shocked by what he found inside the smoker, now believes it could bring him fame and fortune.

For now, he has put up a sign on the smoker charging adults three dollars and children one dollar for a peek inside, even though the leg is no longer inside but at a funeral home.

Wait: You mean people are actually paying to look inside a barbecue that once held an amputated leg?

He believes a lot more money could be made by going on television shows.

I smell a Today Show exclusive.

Whisnant even suggested joint custody of the leg, much to Wood’s outrage.

Well of course he’s outraged. Can’t a man store his amputated leg in a barbecue without some greedy asshole trying to turn a profit on it?

And by the way: How did Wood’s leg end up in the barbecue, anyway?

He kept the limb in a freezer, then dried it out in his front yard, and eventually stored it away.

Thank you and goodnight!

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South Carolina. What's new.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2007 9:38 AM

Say what now? Nice find Bradley!

Posted by Carollani | October 3, 2007 9:40 AM

They printed this in The Guardian yesterday as one of their "those crazy Americans" stories.

Posted by Gabriel | October 3, 2007 9:43 AM

Many states have laws banning the sale of body parts. With any luck, Mr. Whisnant will soon be in jail.

Posted by J.R. | October 3, 2007 9:47 AM

Maybe a pit bull is responsible.

Posted by V | October 3, 2007 9:47 AM

I'm so sick of kids getting discounts at my favorite attractions.

Posted by The General | October 3, 2007 9:47 AM

I think the leg should be used to beat the living shit out of both of them.

Posted by monkey | October 3, 2007 9:47 AM

I'm so sick of kids getting discounts at my favorite attractions.

Posted by The General | October 3, 2007 9:48 AM

well, wood is the one who didn't pay his storage fees. he screwed up, and now he's lost the leg.

Posted by konstantConsumer | October 3, 2007 9:54 AM

Could have been worse:

Some of those storage places charge and arm AND a leg...

Posted by COMTE | October 3, 2007 9:56 AM

Why hasn't anyone recommended the King Solomon option?

Posted by Gitai | October 3, 2007 9:56 AM

I am the victim here.

Posted by Leg | October 3, 2007 9:57 AM

Just think of the t-shirt and trucker hat possibilities for that attraction.

Posted by Explorer | October 3, 2007 10:16 AM

If your head was severed which would be you? The head or the rest of the body.

Posted by -B- | October 3, 2007 10:32 AM


Posted by -B- | October 3, 2007 10:33 AM

He dried the leg? Does this mean it looks like a giant piece of Beef Jerky with toes?? EWWWW!

Posted by lilblackcat | October 3, 2007 10:35 AM

Where's the picture? I want to see it!

Posted by mirror | October 3, 2007 10:46 AM

Comte wins.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2007 12:07 PM

More of the Bernhardt Effect:

In 1915, ten years after a serious injury, Sarah Bernhardt's right leg was amputated, confining her to a wheelchair for several months. She supposedly refused a $10,000 offer by a showman to display her amputated leg as a medical curiosity.

Posted by HOW DIVINE, SARAH... | October 3, 2007 1:11 PM

Dried it out in his front yard? A local elderly woman here got her entire garden razed by the city because she hadn't been strong and agile enough to get out and trash a raccoon that had died on her lawn.

How the hell did this guy dry his fucking amputated LEG and not have any of his nosy neighbours notice?

Posted by Gloria | October 3, 2007 2:05 PM


This is South Carolina. His neighbors were all probably jealous because they didn't have their own severed legs drying in the front yard next to the engineless camaro jacked up on concrete blocks, and the clothes drying on the clothesline.

Posted by COMTE | October 3, 2007 2:49 PM

Well, there are certain binding laws regarding a contract agreement as Mr. Wood had with the storage facility. Mr. Wood was unable to meet those requirements and actions were taken which are completely in line with the legal rights of the storage facility at the point of non-payment. In my opinion, Mr. Wood doesn't have a leg to stand on.....

Posted by cunei4m | October 3, 2007 3:40 PM

Well, that is perhaps the weirdest thing I've read all year! Do we live in an actual country or in a Dukes of Hazzard movie? Probably the movie...yah, that would explain everything.

Posted by Kristin Bell | October 3, 2007 6:31 PM

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