Friday, November 4, 2005

Hilarious Journal Articles #22: Sword Swallowing Uncertainties

Sword swallowing uncertainties -- Witcombe 331 (7524): 1080 -- British Medical Journal:
Sword swallowing is said to be dangerous. It certainly was in the Middle Ages, when practitioners in Europe were executed as mystics by the Inquisition. Nowadays there may be fewer than 60 practitioners worldwide, but their activity makes up for the small number. Matty "Blade" Henshaw swallowed a total of 3782 swords in 2003, 50 swords were swallowed simultaneously by 19 individuals at a swallowers' convention in 2002, and a belly dancer has swallowed 11 swords at the same time. With all this going on, even if most swords are blunt, medical mishaps may be expected...
(Thanks to BoingBoing.)

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