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RicardoOlcese
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#31 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 03:59
Perhaps they were plastic skeletons!
Shivam302001
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#32 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 04:40
I don't think doctors use plastic skeletons to study.
jock123
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#33 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 11:08 · Edited by: jock123
Hang on, you macabre people - you can't count any skeletons (plastic or otherwise), as we have no idea how they met their demise; if this thread is to tally "fatal violence", you can't make assumptions that the skeleton was provided by a death by violence - it might have been a body donated or sold to medical research.

Shivam302001:
I don't think doctors use plastic skeletons to study.

If they don't, then why do supply companies produce them? My dad (admittedly not a doctor, but a vet, who retrained as a biology teacher) taught human physiology, and his classroom skeleton was definitely a plastic one...

I agree that medical students usually have a genuine human skeleton (actually often only half a skeleton) to study, but lots of places will have plastic skeletons for demonstrations in lecture halls or classrooms, especially when many of the people involved will be non-medical staff who may be squeamish or otherwise reticent to deal with real human body parts (so in the case of the Space Centre, a plastic skeleton may be still be useful for a physiologist to show an engineer how some aspect of a design will affect a user of equipment, or wearer of a space-suit).
mct16
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#34 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 12:26
There are also the skeletons that they discover on the island on page 27 of "Red Rackham's Treasure" which Tintin assumes are locals killed in a fight.
RicardoOlcese
Member
#35 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 15:21
Guys, guys, let's not deviate from the point, that is, that we demand that Rastapopoulos or Dr Müller shoot Tintin at once.
Shivam302001
Member
#36 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 16:21
RicardoOlcese

With all due respect to Rastapopoulos and Muller, you practically have to be Robin Hood to shoot Tintin even from point-blank range. And since Robin Hood is absent from the adventures (I will happily be proved wrong), he cannot be disposed off by shooting. Cesar is another matter...

mct16
That surely must fall under fatal violence! And Tintin made it pretty graphic too...eaten on the spot, blood everywhere...

jock123
My mother is a practising doctor and she actually brought home real skulls to study them. Unfortunately, I cannot vouch for this fact because I wasn't born then to see it.

Actually there is a trade and even black marketing of skeletons- they are dug up, cleaned and transported in separate parts to different dealers. I do not do this, just to make sure.
jock123
Moderator
#37 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 17:34
Shivam302001:
she actually brought home real skulls to study them

Oh I don't doubt that they do, but I don't think we can discount the use of artificial skeletons, skulls, etc. either.
Shivam302001:
there is a trade and even black marketing of skeletons

It has always been thus, so that body-snatchers like Burke and Hare are remembered to this day...
I'm not a lawyer, but I seem to recall that it was for some peculiar reason in the past not a crime to dig up a body in Britain; however, it was a crime to rob a grave of property. So people would - if possible - be buried with something on their person, a ring, or even a teaspoon, so that in the event of their body being exhumed by the "Resurrection Men", the perpetrators could be charged with grave robbing...

Shivam302001:
I do not do this, just to make sure.

Good - glad to know this; most reassuring.
RicardoOlcese
Member
#38 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 17:54
jock123
But I do steal corpses! Mua ha ha ha ha!
Anyway, back to the topic, while the lack of fatalities might have an explanation (underaged public, necessity to reuse characters), sometimes it's plainly absurd. Like when Allan threw a grenade, which only damaged Rastapopoulos' clothes. He should have been severely injured by the explotion+shrapnel. Also Chang Chong-Chen (would it be deemed a racist name nowadays?) surviving the Himalaya plane crash is too improbable. Hergé played to much on the brink of credibility/possibility.
mct16
Member
#39 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 20:40 · Edited by: Moderator
RicardoOlcese:
Chang Chong-Chen (would it be deemed a racist name nowadays?)

The name actually comes from a Chinese man whom Herge knew personally and who gave him background advice on "The Blue Lotus". Giving a foreign character a foreign name is not racial, more of an homage or keeping things authentic.

Does having British characters called "Blake & Mortimer" make Belgian artist Jacobs an anglophobe?

It is not impossible that some of the passengers may have survived the plane crash in "Tibet". A lot would have depended on how the pilots landed the plane. If it had been a crash landing (like the one in "Red Sea Sharks") then many could have survived but have been too injured to move and eventually frozen to death in the snow storm. Chang recovering and being physically able enough to get to a cave and shelter may just be plausible.
RicardoOlcese
Member
#40 · Posted: 6 Feb 2019 21:10 · Edited by: Moderator
mct16
Thanks for the info! It is so very nice to get illustrated by expert tintinologists here! I would have never imagined that Chang+Chong+Chen could be a valid combination for a Chinese name.

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Note from Moderator marsbar: let's not deviate too far from topic. That said, interested folks are encouraged to check out the entry for Chang Chong-chen in our Tintin Characters Guide.

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