Foreign News: Geophagists

Parisians, wholesomely blasé to most human foibles, read last week with revulsion of the strange cravings of geophagists.

Atop Montmartre there flourish not only tourists in search of vi- carious pleasure, but also some few who indulge themselves. Last week the learned ethnologist, Professor Charles Fegdal, revealed that these Montmartroise have ever had peculiar tastes.

Said he, "I have discovered that even in prehistoric times Montmartre was the resort of geophagists, or 'dirt eaters' who came from leagues around to partake of the succulent and nutritive clay still to be found in this part of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!