The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, explained how his friends were in for this legal and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Disclaimer: This story contains details and photos of cannibalism that readers may find disturbing.
None of the screen villains are as disturbing as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs, who not only killed humans but also ate them. The very concept of cannibalism is enough to make one shudder in disgust and run for the hills. Although there are no laws against cannibalism in the United States, most states have enacted laws that indirectly make it impossible for people to obtain and therefore consume human flesh. That being said, would you want to try human flesh if there was an ethical way to obtain it? One Reddit user who goes by the name IncrediblyShinyShart pounced on the opportunity, as he went on to reveal, I am a man who ate a portion of his own amputated leg.
During an interview with Vice, Shiny recalled how it all began with a motorcycle crash which ended up shattering his foot to the point that he could no longer walk again. Amputation was the only way to go and when doctors suggested it, Shiny had one question: 'Can I keep it?' Now, most hospitals release body parts of the patients due to various religions requiring the burial of a full body. After being granted permission, the 38-year-old was not sure what to do with it so he began by freezing it. Initially, he wanted to "have it taxidermied or freeze-dried" as the man was not ready to have a part of himself cremated or tossed into a landfill. "It’s a part of me, and I want it back," he said.
Unfortunately, he was unable to find a taxidermist who would take him seriously, and freeze-drying would turn out to be a very expensive affair as it would have cost Shiny $1,200. The man, who prefers to stay anonymous, finally decided to cast his foot in plaster and use it as a doorstop. He also captured "a 3D rendering" to make little keychains. After returning home, he cleaned it off and was left surprised by how well-preserved the foot was. At the time, he had four of his friends over and all, including Shiny, were playing with the foot as if it was not a part of a person but simply an object. "There was no emotional connection. I could think, Yep, that’s my foot right there,' but there wasn’t some deep part of me that felt weirded out by it. In fact, that was the weirdest part, was that it wasn’t weird," he told the outlet.
Describing the method of preparation, the man shared that he had cut a chunk off from the top of his shin before "we cast it." A big chunk of muscle was left exposed and the Redditor took the muscle, placed it in a plastic bag, and put it in my freezer. The rest of the leg was cremated after being cast with a bunch of flowers. On Sunday, July 10, 2016, three weeks after the accident, he invited 10 people. "I said something like, 'Remember how we always talked about how, if we ever had the chance to ethically eat human meat, would you do it? Well, I’m calling you on that. We doing this or what?' Ten said yes. I guess we’re a weird group."
One of his friends asked her chef boyfriend if he could cook it for them, he agreed provided that he could partake in it. "He marinated it overnight and sauteed it with onions, peppers, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Then he served it on corn tortillas with a tomatillo sauce," he explained. Now, for the million-dollar question: How did it taste? "People think it tastes like pork because in movies we hear it called “long pig.” But that term originated in places like Papua New Guinea, where they eat wild boar. They’re not eating our big, fat, domesticated pigs that have white meat. Boars don’t have white meat. They just don’t. I remember eating a heritage pig and it was some of the reddest, most flavorful meat I’d ever had. It was almost like venison. And I think it’s more akin to that. This particular cut was super beefy. It had a very pronounced, beefy flavour to it. The muscle I cut was tough and chewy. It tasted good, but the experience wasn’t the best," he shared.
Shiny says the whole experience was a pivotal transition time which helped him get back on his feet and lead a better life. "Eating my foot was a funny and weird and interesting way to move forward," he said adding that it was just a one-time thing "where I had the chance to do something unique in a healthy and ethical manner." He also noted, "I don’t have some hunger to go hunt people down and gnaw off their faces." Shiny did it because "it was fun and cool, and I have a great story."