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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:

HIPPO EATS DWARF

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.

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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