A new UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.

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<p><b>What is it?</b></p>
<p><b>MAYDAY</b></p> <p>A BBC five-parter, screening every night this week. It's May Day in the village and the community assembles to watch the parade. But the May Queen, 14-year old Hattie never appears. Suddenly, everyone in the village is a suspect. </p>
<p><b>BROADCHURCH</b></p>
<p>An ITV eight-parter, screening on Monday nights. It’s Sports Day in the village school and the community assembles to watch the sack race. But 10-year old Danny never appears. He is later found dead at the foot of the cliffs. Suddenly, everyone in the village is a suspect.</p>
<p><b>WINNER?</b></p>
<p> A tie. It’s the same plot in different places. Which brings us on to…</p>

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