Quick Links: Eating Sand, etc.

Woman eats 1.5kg of sand daily
Ram Rati, 80, credits her good health to her sand-eating habit. I'm amazed she's still alive if she really eats that every day. Sounds to me like she may have the eating disorder pica.

A case of gnome-icide
Store causes controversy by selling "stabbed" gnomes. "Shelly Oldfield, of Wakefield, was shopping with her elderly mother at Tong Garden Centre, Bradford, when they stumbled across the lifeless bodies – on sale for £9.99 each – and raised the alarm."

Hamster grounds airplane
A plane is forced to land to search for a passenger's escaped hamster. Big Gary notes: "New terrorist weapon-- hamsters."

Telepathic Chiropractor loses his license
James Burda claimed that "he possessed the power to heal clients via techniques he dubbed "Bahlaqeem Vina" and "Bahlaqeem Jaqem," made-up terms that he said described his ability to go back in time to the date of an injury and realign bones and joints using telekinetic vibration." Now he's lost his chiropractor's license. (But do chiropractor's even need a license to practice?) Check out his website if you're interested in how to do a Vibrational Vina on your weyzic.

Viagra Fish
Tiny Ayrai Kunchu fish have become all the rage in India, thanks to a rumor spread by fishermen that the fish have a Viagra-like effect (i.e. they cure impotence). However, "While it is believed that the fish can cure male impotency, those who sell it are not able to say what quantity of the fish must be consumed to achieve the Viagra-like effect." Sounds like the perfect recipe for a scam. If it's not working, they'll tell you it's because you need to eat even more.

Animals Food Gnomes

Posted on Sun Oct 01, 2006


Hamsters on a plane!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd be disturbed to see those poor, murdered gnomes.The person who got them has abad sense of humour.
That woman probably does have that disorder.It cant be true.It just cant be healthy to eat sand.

The chiropracter should have his licence removed. It is probably dubious.
Posted by J  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  10:08 AM
I think the article said the chiropractor did have his licence taken away. However, his condition makes him only slightly crazier than all the other chiroprators who believe they can cure anyone.
Posted by Captain Al  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  01:03 PM
I'd be interested to know what kind of fish a "Ayrai Kunchu" is (no, I don't need Viagra, I'm just interested in fish).
Does anyone know the English or scientific (Latin) name of Ayrai Kunchu?
Posted by Big Gary, MoHDCiCoF  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  01:10 PM
Eating 1.5 kg (about 3.3 pounds) of sand every day couldn't possibly be good for you.
But smaller amounts of certain types of earth are indeed medicinal.
When I had intestinal troubles as a kid, my mother would give me Kaopectate, a major ingredient of which is kaolin (a kind of clay). And I now take Tums for acid reflux. The active ingredient in Tums is calcium carbonate, also known as chalk.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  01:14 PM
I actually think that gnome is pretty funny. I can't believe the store actually responded to two people that refused to shop there.

And that chiropractor seems wacko. I hope too many people don't actually believe any of that.
Posted by Archibold  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  04:58 PM
Big Gary, I've been to the Stanley Reservoir (that's the actual name of the place, not the Mettur Reservoir, if that helps you in your researches at all) a couple of times; I remember that there were tilapia and some sort of fish called wallago or wallango, and then another small type called barils or barrils. I think the barils may be the ayrai kunchu; they were little fish about 4 inches long at most that weren't worth anything except as bait.

There are also some eels that are called kuchia in some of the regional dialects, and the reservoir did have a lot of eels in it, but I don't think that those are what the article is about.

Oh, and I've most likely spelled the names of all those fish wrong, but that's what happens when you try to type out a name that you've only heard spoken!
Posted by Accipiter  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  06:35 PM
I heard somewhere
that a gnome in the garden
will actually devalue your house.
Posted by Sharruma  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  10:46 PM
I wonder whether the lady perhaps eats clay rather than sand. Eating clay can be good for your health (though I doubt in quantities of 1.5 kg a day) as some clays are nutritious (and they can actually taste good!). It is done in various parts of the world. The kaolinite clay Big Gary mentions is actually used as filling in certain pralines here in Europe (because it tastes sweet. It is the same clay used to make China ware by the way).
Posted by LaMa  on  Tue Oct 03, 2006  at  03:18 AM
It says sand!The facts about eating small amounts of soil may be true.My once told me that soil on potatos was good for your immune system.Also LaMa, do you think china is sweet?

I agree with everyone else about the chiropracter one.Also, for interest, you can cure phobias like that,mentally taking the subject back in time and making them change something that stops them having the phobia.

The hamster one makes sense though.
Posted by J  on  Tue Oct 03, 2006  at  09:50 AM
I don't think a kg. of sand could be eatten at once, may be in smaller amounts. In my country pregnated women are asked to eat sand " tierra del Se
Posted by Linda  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  07:25 PM
can i eat sand without harmfull effects
Posted by gerald  on  Sat Feb 16, 2008  at  09:54 PM
good thing those gnomes were killed before they wrecked anyyones gardens who didn't get garden gremlins instead of gnomes those so called jollys are not what you think they are
Posted by keeegman  on  Sun Jan 11, 2009  at  04:05 PM
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