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6 nightmare tourist traps from history (even crazier than reality TV)



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Girls who survived without food

If, in Victorian times, you wanted to strengthen your faith by seeing something wonderful, you only had to go on a trip to see one of several “fasting girls”. These girls are said to have lived without food for years, and sometimes they boasted of other powers. Each of these girls was cheating. You may notice that we do not provide a source that says it is fraud, because the only source you need is the knowledge that humans need food to survive, duh.

They ate food when the visitors weren't looking.  This is not a difficult puzzle to solve.
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They ate food when the visitors weren’t looking. This is not a difficult puzzle to solve.

Fraud or not, the girls attracted visitors who gave gifts and donations, or sometimes the entrance was guarded by a more traditional huckster who asked to enter. Watching someone who doesn’t eat couldn’t have been good entertainment, but those were easier times. And even today you get people who are willing to throw money on streamers, for example, who don’t do much. If you give these people the opportunity today to go into a private house and watch a teenager lie in bed, throw dollar bills in your face.

Okay, so maybe it’s not fair for us to connect there. We don’t see any official records of people finding these girls attractive at all. They weren’t healthy anyway because they’d wasted in bed for years. And sometimes they showed more than just lying there. Take Mollie Flancher. After an accident with a horse, she spent a total of 16 years in bed. After an early phase of cramps and trances, people said that their minds had become free and had acquired psychic powers. With a bandage over her eye, she could describe objects that carried visitors with them, describe events outside the home, or even read letters in sealed envelopes. Again, we’re disappointed with the official record, and no one tells us exactly how they did it, so we have to choose our own explanation. Maybe someone else gave her information by tapping her arm or something. Maybe she wasn’t as blind as people said.

Maybe she was always wrong, but people were too polite to correct them.
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Maybe she was always wrong, but people were too polite to correct them.




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