"Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight"
May 18, 2007 02:11 PM
I didn't know this kind of thing still happens. The BBC reports:
The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL [ed. CMFL stands for "Cambodian Midget Fighting League"], claiming that one lion could defeat his entire league of 42 fighters.
Sihamoni takes great pride in the league he helped create, as was conveyed in his recent advertising campaign for the CMFL that stated his midgets will "... take on anything; man, beast, or machine."
This campaign is believed to be what sparked the undisclosed fan to challenge the entire league to fight a lion; a challenge that Sihamoni readily accepted....
The Cambodian Government allowed the fight to take place, under the condition that they receive a 50% commission on each ticket sold, and that no cameras would be allowed in the arena.
The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to fight back.
Sihamoni was quoted before the fight stating that he felt since his fighters out-numbered the lion 42 to 1, that they “… could out-wit and out-muscle [it].”
Unfortunately, he was wrong.
I love how the BBC just ends it report with the simple sentence "Unfortunately, he was wrong." And how about those good government Cambodians? Sure you can do this, just give us half the take. Nice.
UPDATE: I can't believe I missed the obvious nasty, brutish and short joke with this post.
UPDATE NO. 2: A loyal reader just texted us "I'm pretty sure your cambodian midgets story is a hoax." Could be, who knows. Who even cares? All we know is "42 Cambodian Midgets Potentially Not Slaughtered by Lion" doesn't make for much of a headline, does it Mr. Smartypants?