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THE BED OF NAILS

Continuing our journeyings in India.



"SADHUS who sit on beds of sharp spikes have been more or less featured, in the Sunday supplements of our country. This stunt is a popular one in India and I saw half a dozen of them. In Mysore a six-year-old boy was starting out in life by assuming a sitting position on a home-made "kiddie car" of nails.

One old fellow that I saw in Benares had been on his trundle bed for eighteen years, I was told. After some persuasion, highly emphasized with rupees, the venerable old faquir stood up on his spiny mattress and gave mo the opportunity to see that there was no fake about it."


The bed of nails has long been used by creative physics teachers to demonstrate the principle of the distribution of weight. Lying on a bed of nails for 18 years would take a lot of willpower and generate some calluses from Hell, but is well within the realm of possibility.

Verdict: Believe it!


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deckardcanine
Sep. 3rd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
"Mysore." NPI?
r_caton
Sep. 5th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
NPI?
Mysore is a place in India, I believe....
I wonder if this Ripley's is pre or post partition (1948?)
ccdesan
Sep. 5th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
This volume was copyright 1929, 1931 and 1934, so definitely pre-partition. "NPI" = "No Pun Intended"... His Deckardness is making funnies on the inevitable result of lying on nails.

stevenroy
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Possibly theory of how that city got that name in the first place?
deckardcanine
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
NPI = No Pun Intended

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