Status: Dwarf-eating hippo sighting
Peter Mount sent along a sighting of the Hippo Eats Dwarf story
. (Not my book, the story itself.) It's turned up in a new book titled The World's Stupidest Deaths
. I haven't seen the book, but this Australian review of it
lists the tale as being among the stupid deaths it describes:
Other "stupid deaths" include:
AUSTRIAN dwarf and circus acrobat Franz Dasch, who was killed when he bounced on a trampoline into the yawning mouth of a nearby hippopotamus.
DAVID Grundman, of Arizona, who in 1991 fired two shotgun barrels at a giant cactus, causing it to crash down on him.
I assume the death is listed as a fact. (Incidentally, the guy who died when a cactus fell on him--that's a true story, but according to my information it happened in 1982, not 1991. It inspired the song Saguaro by the Austin Lounge Lizards.)
(And just to clarify, I think the Hippo Eats Dwarf story is total b.s., despite the fact that it's usually reported as being true--which is why I chose it as the title for my book.)