} First, the body sort of slumped forward, and then fell flat on
} the cheap carpeting. The gun he used bounced out of his hand from
} the impact with the floor, and came to rest about a foot away, just
} under the bed.
} The body began to cool down rapidly (remember, it's still
} morning), and finally (after noon) began to dry out from the stifling
} Texas heat. Because he shot himself in the chest, a great deal of
} blood just poured out of his body, reducing the decay even further.
} But decay it did, and this decay did not fail to arouse the
} interest of Texas's legendary cockroaches, who began to feast, mate,
} lay eggs, and rend the flesh of the body into a seething mass of pus.
} Months went by. The man's trailer home, parked in the middle of
} one of the many nowheres in Texas, was almost never visited by anyone.
} The construction of the domicile was such that the body would not be
} disturbed by coyotes or other large animals. After a mild winter,
} the corpse was little more than a skeleton with strips of rawhide-like
} keratinized epidermis. It had completely dried out.
} An old friend decided to drop by in spring, and called the local
} sherriff when he found the hideous mess inside.
} The sherriff did a cursory examination of the scene, and
} discovered a simple note next to an unclosed fountain pen on an
} otherwise pristine table in the middle of the room. He read the note:
} ALWAYS USE
} ZIP CODE.