Medicine: Pouched Throats

A clique of thieves in India have in their throats pouches in which they hide small but precious loot. Pressed into military service, such pouched thieves serve as carriers of small documents. They develop their throat pouches by partially swallowing a pellet tied to a string. The training begins in childhood, continues for years with a bigger and bigger pellet, until a useful pouch takes shape.

Honest people sometimes develop throat pouches. The gullet muscles weaken, sag. Such diverticula may be very annoying. They interfere with eating. Food catches in them like...

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