So a circus sword swallower in England injures himself while trying to slide a 4 foot long sabre down his throat. He was rushed to hospital (in Tooting no less) when he pierced his respiratory tract.
Ok, that’s wierd but probably not really newsworthy until you get to the line in this story from the Croydon Guardian:
But the German performer accidentally stabbed himself at the Fairfield Halls show when his sphincter failed to open correctly because of a throat infection.
Now I’m not a medical professional. Heck, I don’t even remember playing doctor when I was a kid but I’m pretty sure the sphincter isn’t part of the respiratory tract. In fact, I think it’s nowhere near the throat area.
Almost is good is this picture of the performer – Hannibal Helmurto who is part of “The Circus Of Horrors”.
The former German government worker is now back on the job, sphincter and all.
UPDATE: It appears that the quote is correct. The body has a number of sphincters including one in the throat. Who says you don’t learn anything on the Intertubes?