Medicine: With Fire & Sword

At 17 Andrew Baczek was an apprentice sword swallower (for a change of diet he sometimes ate fire, too) with a few months' experience. One day, at Chicago's Riverview Amusement Park, he overate. "I'd already swallowed that bayonet five times that day," he recalled later. "You're only supposed to do it a few times a week." At any rate, when he tried to swallow that bayonet, almost a foot of it slipped down all right and then it stuck. The crowd began to titter and Andy panicked. Instead of pulling the bayonet out and starting again, he tried to force...

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