Jan 22, 2014

And How Many Ounces of Willpower Would You Like Today, Good Sir

On Tuesdays Edgar would freak out because Tuesday was freakout day. He would hide all the knives in the house under a floorboard in his dead grandma’s room, or he’d paint the dogs’ claws a shimmering green. Edgar’s uncle Clayborne, a sword-swallowing circus midget, had plans for Edgar.

Blubber Brothers
by Burnt Toast Creative

Sword swallowing. Have you ever tried it? Would you like to? This handy FAQ explains that "[m]any people think that sword swallowers use a fake sword (known as a "gaff" in the business) that curls or folds up into the handle, but this is simply not the case for real sword swallowers."

So, no gimmick swords for the hardcore performer. What, you say you don't buy that? Here, have some X-Rays.

"Sword swallowing," claims the author of the FAQ, "originated about 4000 years ago in India around 2000 BC by fakirs and shaman priests who developed the art along with fire-walking on hot coals, snake handling, and other ascetic religious practices, as demonstration of their invulnerability, power, and connection with their gods."

Writing for Cracked.com, Colin Murdock files sword swallowing under "secretly easy to do." He does admit that multiple sword swallowing is trickier, though.

...And I sign off for today with an extra serving of pictorial inspiration. Enjoy.

Forest Giant
by Makitoy

Arctic
by Tanya_tk

The Deepness
by Marc Sheff

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