More dangerous than surfing!
We can sometimes think that our surfing is a very dangerous game, what with stories of drownings and near drownings, shark attacks, decapitations and near decapitations ever present. Very scary to get into the waters without even mentioning industrial pollution or VAL hordes.
But even considering all of the above, surfing has nothing on sword swallowing.
The ancient practice, which began sometime around the first century, Anno Domini, in either Greece or Italy is performed by gulping a blade whilst repressing the natural desire to swallow.
Exciting but also potentially deadly and let us now learn of San Diego legend Scott Nelson, who trades under the name Murrugun the Mystic, who was forced into a Washington D.C. hospital after declaring, “Five Swords scissored my abdominal cavity. It also appears that I pierced the lobe of my liver.”
“Five swords” being a trick wherein Nelson swallows five swords.
The act was allegedly being performed in Washington D.C.’s Six Flags amusement park where first responders were told of “a medical emergency.” Josh Bowren, the Production Manager for Aaron Radatz Productionz, which staged the show according to Six Flags officials, declared, “It was not for an accident during the show but rather for other unrelated health conditions…”
Nelson is also the only man on earth to swallow a rocket-powered sword and credits his unique ability to transcendental meditation, saying that he “can stop my heart; lower my heart rate, blood pressure…I deal with the pain of my act by doing the mediation, prayer, relaxation technique.”
Even with stopped heart etc., all very dangerous and doctors did not think Nelson would survive. He was even shocked himself, writing on social media, “Holy moly!!!! I had no idea just how bad this was!” Alongside the stomach slashing and liver piercing part of Nelson’s lung was also removed.
Nelson now has medical bills, as happens in the United States, but you can assist here.