I came across this peculiar news story about a hippo eating a dwarf. It's been floating around the internet for a while, though I'm not sure exactly how long. Google
'hippo eats dwarf' and you'll pull up a bunch of pages. There's even a band named Hippo Eats Dwarf
. The article has been circulating as an image file of a scanned article (click the thumbnail), but here's the text of it:
A hippopotamus has swallowed a dwarf in a circus accident in northern Thailand. "A dwarf, nicknamed Od, died when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus, which was waiting to appear in the next act," the Pattaya Mail reported. "Vets on the scene said Hilda the Hippo had a gag reflex which automatically caused her to swallow." The vets said it was the first time the hefty vegetarian had ever eaten 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 one true detail in the story is that the Pattaya Mail did indeed report this
. However, everything else seems far too outlandish to possibly be true. Though, who knows. Weird things can happen.