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Hippo Eats Dwarf
Author: Alex Boese

ISBN: 9780330512916
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 19 February 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.9
Description:
The following news story apparently first appeared in the "Las Vegas Sun": 'A circus dwarf, nicknamed Od, died recently when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus waiting to appear in the next act.

More than 1,000 spectators continued to applaud wildly until they realized the tragic mistake'. And yet, of course, Od never existed; which doesn't stop the story appearing every few years as a news item, set in fictional circuses from Manchester to Thailand and Sydney. "The Hippo Eats Dwarf" story is bizarre, almost certainly fake and masquerading as real, which describes a disturbing amount of what we hear and read about in magazines and on the web.

Scientific investigator Alex Boese, who has for ten years run the web's biggest myth-busting website has collected together a wonderfully entertaining anthology of the best urban myths of recent years, from bonsai kittens reared in jars to keep them small to male lactation, and confirms or de-bunks them once and for all.

So did Burger King really release a left-handed Whopper, with all of the condiments rotated through 180 degree...

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