• The Inkspot's next livestream will be Feb. 21, we will be covering the boys basketball regionals -- Community v. Minooka @ 6 p.m. and West v. Rock Island @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Want to receive periodic updates from the Inkspot? Sign up for our newsletter highlighting the latest headlines, top stories and more here
Whatever you are interested in, we've got it covered.

Inkspot

Whatever you are interested in, we've got it covered.

Inkspot

Whatever you are interested in, we've got it covered.

Inkspot

Talk About A Head Turner

Custom officials at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago were in for a huge surprise last week when they found 18 frozen heads in an X-ray screening. Contrary to people’s initial beliefs, no foul play was involved. Thankfully, the heads were being used for medical research in Italy, and were in the process of being shipped back to Illinois for cremation.

Apparently, transporting body parts is just another day at work for the director of the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois Paul Dudek. “Just last week, we transported eight heads, un-embalmed, to Rush University Medical Center for an ophthalmology program.” he explained

According to CBSNews.com, these heads are used in multiple fields of work including: dentistry, ophthalmology, and neurology. It was a good thing that these heads were properly preserved, wrapped and labeled. The only reason that the heads created controversy was because of faulty paperwork authorities were investigating.

Initially, this news raised a lot of eyebrows and made people ask a lot of questions; although shipments like these occur often, many people are oblivious to them. Luckily, everything checked out with the paper work and the heads were later cremated at a service at the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Because cases like these are rather private, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection could not give many details about the shipments.  However, they did say that “It does go on,” and that it is perfectly normal. So, for all of the skeptics out there, it was just a bunch of body parts being shipped for examination, no need to lose your heads.

Donate to Inkspot
$1615
$3000
Contributed
Our Goal

IF YOU SHARE THE INKSPOT'S PASSION for empowering Normal Community's aspiring journalists and equipping them with viable and valuable digital media skills, please consider contributing to our cause.
Your support plays a vital role in enabling the Inkspot to invest in top-tier equipment, maintain memberships in distinguished professional organizations such as the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association, send our students to compete at state and national contests, and attend the National High School Journalism Convention.
Your generosity is the key to providing these students with a truly enriching educational experience. THANK YOU.

About the Contributor
Kelsey Hinshaw is a seventeen-year-old senior. This is her first year as a journalism student. Along with writing, her other hobbies include photography, watching Netflix, reading, and singing. Kelsey was a gymnast for 12 years and she also use to play soccer and volleyball. She is, however, no longer involved in any sports. Kelsey feels that being a writer for the Inkspot's News desk is a great way to concludes her years at Normal Community.
Donate to Inkspot
$1615
$3000
Contributed
Our Goal