Does this count as cannibalism?

The headline in the Los Angeles Times reads “Teen baked her grandfather’s ashes into sugar cookies and brought them to school, police say.” Does this count as cannibalism?

The question arises because one month ago the 2018 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition was awarded to James Cole of the University of Brighton, for calculating that the caloric intake from a human-cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the caloric intake from most other traditional meat diets.

That research is described in the study “Assessing the Calorific Significance of Episodes of Human Cannibalism in the Paleolithic,” James Cole, Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 44707, April 7, 2017.

Questions of cannibalism and nutrition are, one might say, grandfathered into the Los Angeles news report.

BONUS: A television news report on KFDM.

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