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Topic: Oldie but Goodie
Message: Posted by: Stephon (May 5, 2006 09:25AM)
A copy of this article was posted on Collegehumor.com on Wednesday:


BANGKOK: A Hippopotamus swallowed a circus dwarf in a "freak accident" in northern Thailand, according to a columnist in the Pattaya Mail.

A circus dwarf, nicknamed Od, died recently in the North when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus which was waiting to appear in the next act. Vets on the scene said Hilda the Hippo had a gag reflex which automatically caused her to swallow. They added in mitigation that the hefty creature was a vegetarian who had not previously digested a circus performer. Unfortunately, the 1000 plus spectators continued to applaud wildly until common sense dictated there had been a tragic mistake. Police said the trampoline has been sent for forensic analysis.


The amazing thing about the article is that this old chestnut has been around so long that it's even the title of a book on hoaxes--"Hippo Eats Dwarf : A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S." by Alex Boese