Hippo Eats Dwarf

Hippo Eats Dwarf

Hippo Eats Dwarf

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.”

One of my all-time favorite email hoaxes is the Hippo Eats Dwarf article, seen above. I was actually disappointed when I found out at Snopes.com that it was a hoax. I mean, it could happen, right? A dwarf could totally fit into a hippo’s mouth.

For more hoaxes like this, you can check out Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S., available at Amazon.

Hippo Eats Dwarf Book Cover

Hippo Eats Dwarf Book Cover

And for more Hippo-Eating-People news, check out this poor guy. Looks like he was just walking around, minding his own business, and a hippo came along and ate him!

And here’s comedian Lewis Black incorporating this hoax into his act: