From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” File

Today’s entry is, well, just plain gross.

Via WSFA:  18-wheeler carrying chicken blood overturns.

An 18-wheeler tanker truck carrying a load of chicken blood crashed and overturned on Interstate 65 in Autauga County Thursday morning.

One northbound lane at mile marker 186 is currently closed as officials work to clear the scene. It is unknown at this time how long the interstate will remain closed.

Autauga County is north of Montgomery, AL and I-65 connects Mobile to Montgomery to Birmingham (going south to north).

It is unclear as to whether the truck has, um, sprung a leak.

Also unclear:  why is a tanker truck carrying chicken blood?  Was it headed for a Santaria convention?

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  1. TG Chicago says:

    My best guess for the reason there’s a tanker full of chicken blood: when chicken farms kill chickens, they have to drain them of blood. You can’t just put all that blood down the drain. You have to dispose of it somehow.

    No idea what they do with it, though. Send it to the Vampire Prison?

  2. john personna says:

    Blood and bone meal is in your hardware store’s garden section. It has to come from somewhere.

    (No idea if that is the current highest-dollar use. It may end up in our food supply somehow.)

  3. I think TG is probably right.

    I’m sure there are some environmental biohazard rules about disposing of blood products from animals

  4. John Burgess says:

    I suspect that rather than ‘some’ rules about disposal, there are reams of rules. But oddly enough, just try to buy fresh blood from your local market! Sometimes, a butcher can accommodate–if you actually have a real butcher–or an Oriental market. But otherwise, the best you can do is dehydrated blood sold over the Internet.

    Rather than for ghoulish purposes, I need blood to make particular sausages and other recipes.

  5. TG Chicago says:

    “Rather than for ghoulish purposes, I need blood to make particular sausages and other recipes.”

    Are you sure that’s not for ghoulish purposes? 🙂