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Posted by W von Papinešu on May 03, 2003 at 21:26:11:
OK, it's not a snake ... but it may be of some modest interest. Please don't try this at home ... Nathu is obviously a professional ... I think!
NEWSCOM.AU (Australia) 01 May 03 Scorpion bites latest drug craze
(AFP): The trendy and the elite in India's wealthy western state of Gujarat, bored with mundane drugs, are turning to the sting of a scorpion to get their kicks, a press report said.
The Times of India said the affluent head in their cars to tribal areas near the coastal town of Bharuch, where scorpions abound, seeking their fixes.
Locals have put up stalls under trees and keep a number of the arachnids in tin cans with perforated lids.
After the customer pays a fee of 150 to 200 rupees (about $A5-7) the scorpion is produced and placed on the body of the thrill-seeker, who is then viciously stung.
Users say after the initial pain the venom produces an illusionary, floating feeling.
"You won't die," promises one vendor, named in the report only as Nathu. "You should try it at least once ... a lifetime experience."
Nathu insists customers pay upfront -- to make sure he doesn't get stung himself.