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I actually laughed out loud when I read your post!
That sounded so ridiculous, that I had to comment. But, really, what could I say?
However, my nature is such that I try to be as objective as hell. So, with that, and to play devil's advocate, maybe I can find a way to make his statement appear not so bizzare.
Namely, does he explicitly say that, or does he say it implicitly? In other words, maybe he said something like, "1000 bodies in 4000 minutes." Now, while even that may very well be impossible, one could still possibly rationalize it in this way:
Let's assume it takes 1 hour to cremate a body. If you cremated 2 bodies sequentially, the total time would be 2 hours. But, if you tried cremating them together, the time might take, say, 1:50.
Three bodies together could take 2:40, etc. Continuing this line of thought, 1000 bodies would surely take more than 4000 minutes, but, would take far less than 1000 hours. I realize I am making a great leap, especially since you can cram just so many bodies in an oven. But, I hope you see my point, however tenuous!
So, to be fair, we would need to know exactly what he said. Was it on the order of 1 body in 4 minutes, or 10 bodies in 40 minutes? And again, to repeat, I know 10 in 40 minutes is crazy, but not as crazy as 1 in 4 minutes.
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