A few days ago, the University of Kansas Cancer Center experienced a curious case of theft.
The item stolen was a gigantic inflatable colon — valued at $4,000. Thieves nabbed it from the back of a pickup truck in Kansas City while it was on its way to a local run. The Cancer Coalition ships the gigantic, inflatable colon around the country to educate the public about colon cancer.
A University of Kansas Health System video features Dr. Dan Dixon, the co-leader of the cancer prevention and survivorship program, touring viewers through the model.
John Ashcraft, a surgical oncologist at the KU Cancer Center, spoke about the importance of colon health knowledge.
“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, ten-foot-long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”
While the underlying subject matter is serious, people couldn’t help but joke.
— Bekah Evans (@Evans2Beksy) October 21, 2018
Your giant inflatable bowel had an unexpected movement? #STOLENCOLON!
— Dr Cosmo (@subC0smos) October 22, 2018
That’s pretty crappy!
— Jeff J. (@JeffJessen) October 22, 2018
I pray they get to the bottom of this right away. And not a rush to judgment either. A complete analysis. The hole truth and nothing but…even if it’s messy.
— Adam Loves Life! (@AdamPotash) October 22, 2018
The initial reports were that the first section had been removed, leaving a semi-colon.
— Tracy Eitner (@AZRangersFan) October 22, 2018
Huge asshole move tbh
— Michele Banks (@artologica) October 20, 2018
— spookitman (@DCCrackhead) October 22, 2018
Let’s not over anal yze this.
— Adam C Lake MD (@ACLakeMD) October 22, 2018
Many people are also trying to guess where the inflatable could have gone.
If this isn't at a frat party Friday night, Greek culture isn't living up to their Rush promises.
— Talk GOP (@TalkGOPpod) October 22, 2018
Or: “Child's Birthday Party Takes Weird Turn”
— What a Spooky Time to be Alive (@mrd125) October 22, 2018
— JO-BU (@phatoftheland10) October 22, 2018
Let’s hope the Cancer Center can locate the colon before things get messy.