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Breath of fire builds big thirst

Breath of fire builds big thirst

No this is not the world's worst case of bad breath or the world's first human

cigarette lighter. In fact it is all part of the sizzling fun of a strongmen's

show, which is currently on tour, thrilling crowds around the

country.

Fire-eating was one among many tricks performed by this he-man

and his fellow hunks, seen here in Sisophon .They also place boards over their

heads and allow motorcycles to run over them and flay themselves with metal

bars.

Another favorite with the crowds sees a boy sit on a small board

attached to a pole. The strongman picks up the pole, carefully balancing the boy

on top and then places the full weight of pole and boy on his teeth.

So

what is the bottom line here in terms of cash you ask yourself? Well after

performing their feats the strongmen guzzle down tots of different natural

elixirs and tonics which they ascribe their powers to. And naturally they go on

sale to the mere mortals in the crowd afterwards, for a few thousand riel a

bottle.

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