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Dirty-mouthed gran chows soil daily (Healthy blue-hair eats dirt daily)
IOL ^ | 10.13.03

Posted on 10/13/2003 6:58:10 PM PDT by mhking

Hong Kong - A 78-year-old woman in northern China has eaten an estimated 10 tons of soil over the past 70 years, a news report said on Monday.

Hao Fenglan, from Zhangwu county, Liaoning province, developed a taste for mud and dirt at the age of eight and says she feels physical discomfort if she does not eat a meal of dirt at least once every day.

The diet has done her little apparent harm and she is in good health, according to the South China Morning Post. - Sapa-DP


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1 posted on 10/13/2003 6:58:11 PM PDT by mhking
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2 posted on 10/13/2003 6:58:30 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: mhking
There's a long tradition of eating dirt in a number of societies including that of the Sea Islands off Georgia.

Even stranger, it seems to be a largely female thing.

3 posted on 10/13/2003 7:00:44 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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4 posted on 10/13/2003 7:01:35 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: mhking
And here she is...

Gotcha! Betel nut-stained teeth, actually.

5 posted on 10/13/2003 7:02:08 PM PDT by petuniasevan (Vanna White found dead! Police suspect vowel play!)
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To: mhking
I wonder what she washes it down with?
6 posted on 10/13/2003 7:02:18 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: mhking
I've heard of this before. Seem to recall a connection to combating mineral deficiencies.

??

Prairie
7 posted on 10/13/2003 7:03:34 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I'm a monthly donor to FR. And proud of it!)
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To: billorites
There's a long tradition of eating dirt in a number of societies including that of the Sea Islands off Georgia.

"I love quarterbacks eating dirt..."

8 posted on 10/13/2003 7:03:39 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: Roscoe Karns
I wonder what she washes it down with?

Coors Light?

9 posted on 10/13/2003 7:04:10 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: mhking
Coors Light?

Nope...them are "Ten High" teefs if'n ah ever seen 'em.

10 posted on 10/13/2003 7:06:00 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Why do the Flag postage stamps peel off upside down..infiltrators?)
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To: mhking
The wife of the man who was my granddad's farm foreman ate clay.
I grew up playing with her kids here on the farm and there was a certain area by the river where she would get it.
11 posted on 10/13/2003 7:07:26 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: mhking
Someone needs to listen to Paul Harvey and remember to take her Citrical and Metamucil and give up the dirt.

Ah, Hell. Who am I fooling...dirt would have been a delicacy compared to my ex-wife's cooking. Ethiopians ate better than I did when I was married to her.
12 posted on 10/13/2003 7:07:59 PM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: mhking
Saves on grocery bills I guess........
13 posted on 10/13/2003 7:08:47 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: prairiebreeze
I remember reading of it several years ago, can't remember the source. And as someone noted, it was mostly women doing it.
14 posted on 10/13/2003 7:10:17 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Liberalism - Better Living through Histrionics ©)
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15 posted on 10/13/2003 7:14:18 PM PDT by 4mycountry (magni nominis umbra)
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To: Orangedog
My brother tried to trick me into eating a mud sandwich once. He managed to get me to take a bite. I never fell for that 'chocolate sandwich' thing again!
16 posted on 10/13/2003 7:14:57 PM PDT by visualops (If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine)
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Geophagy, a/k/a pica.
17 posted on 10/13/2003 7:16:58 PM PDT by dighton (Nasty Little Clique™)
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To: mhking
Eatin dirt one meal a day ? Big deal. Because of the famine, the people of North KCorea have been eating dirt for over ten years (let's not talk about why the food exported to NKorea never make it to the people)
19 posted on 10/13/2003 7:57:10 PM PDT by stylin19a (is it vietnam yet ?)
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To: mhking
she feels physical discomfort if she does not eat a meal of dirt at least once every day.

I understand that. What about mental discomfort?

20 posted on 10/13/2003 8:17:47 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: mhking
Sounds like a candidate for FEAR FACTOR !!!!
21 posted on 10/13/2003 8:19:37 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Ross was right !!!)
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To: JoJo Gunn
I remember reading of it several years ago, can't remember the source. And as someone noted, it was mostly women doing it.

I remember the same thing.

22 posted on 10/13/2003 9:54:16 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul
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To: mhking
I bet it's better than Ramen, man. :p
23 posted on 10/13/2003 10:43:54 PM PDT by Kip Lange ("And yet it moves.")
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To: mhking
A 78-year-old woman in northern China has eaten an estimated 10 tons of soil

What, no recipes? Bet it's low carb and low calorie.

24 posted on 10/15/2003 4:09:06 PM PDT by BillF (Support Our Troops http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/997137/posts)
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