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Forty Two Midgets
Mutilated by a Lion in Cambodia Contest-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The story appears to be a
BBC report about an alleged fight in a Cambodian arena between 42
midgets and an African lion.
The story says that the midgets were of the Cambodian Midget
Fighting League and that 28 of them died before the contest was
This circulated pretty quickly around
the Internet during May, 2005, but it never really appeared on the
BBC site because it was a hoax.
The story was originally posted at http://lionvs40midgets.tripod.com.
Later, the author posted an apology and an admission that it was a
Tripod quickly shut the site down saying it violated its policies.
The apology page said that the author created the hoax
"to 'settle' a dispute
between a friend of mine in which he claimed that 40 weaponless
midgets could defeat 1 lion in a hypothetical fight. Many of my
other friends and I tried to convince him that the lion would
definitely win, but he would not back down from his argument. After
seeing another fake article posing as BBC about 'zombism' in
Cambodia, I got the idea to make this fake news article to try and
convince him for the final time."
He said he had given the link to the article to a small group of
friends and never intended for it to spread beyond that, but it did.
Last updated 5/20/05
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