2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
George Zimmerman’s trial for shooting the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin commenced its ninth day on Friday. The defense cross-examined associate medical examiner Shiping Bao, an expert in forensic pathology who has performed more than 3,000 autopsies during his career. According to Bao, Martin’s death was a homicide and he “was alive for one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was bleeding until there was no blood left.” Of the single shot to Martin’s heart, he added, “There is no chance he could survive. Zero.”
During the questioning, Bao and defense attorney Don West went back and forth, West becoming exasperated by Bao, who refused to speculate on hypotheticals. “I am under the oath, I cannot lie under the oath,” he said. “I cannot answer if I do not know.” He even spoke from a set of prepared notes — from CNN:
[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET]
Bao is reading his answers off personal notes. “I typed out potential answers to your potential questions.” West asks to see the notes, but Bao declines. Judge Nelson tells him both sides’ attorneys are entitled to view his notes.
[Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET]
The defense attorneys grin while reviewing Bao’s notes. From the witness stand, the medical examiner asks, “Is there something funny there?”
Those tuned in to CNN quickly began celebrating Bao’s no-nonsense attitude, finding him an unlikely fan base on Twitter:
I would've been pissed too if I wrote myself notes & all of a sudden the asshat trying to discredit my work took them & made copies #BaoDown— Elon James White (@elonjames) July 5, 2013
#BaoDown "is something funny there????" Dr. Bao is not having it today, wow.— gn (@GN192) July 5, 2013
Dr. Bao: "I'm from China. We are always prepared. #BaoDown!"— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) July 5, 2013
Dr. Bao: "This happened too long ago. I don't remember. Read the paper. #BaoDown!"— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) July 5, 2013
His notes then spawned a meme:
The contents of the Pulp Fiction suitcase #ThingsInDrBaosNotes— Dennis de Groot (@punchdouble) July 5, 2013
a detailed list of everyone who let the dogs out #ThingsInDrBaosNotes— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) July 5, 2013
Watch the cross-examination here:
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