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Posted by budman 1st on May 04, 2003 at 08:08:01:
In Reply to: OZ Press: Scorpion bites latest drug craze 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.