QUESTION: "The Sword of Swords," created by Thomas Blackthorne, achieved recognition by the Guinness Book of world Records for having what distinction?
A) It is the longest sword ever swallowed
B) It is the heaviest sword ever swallowed
C) It was swallowed by more people than any other
D) It was the oldest sword ever swallowed
The American Treasure Tour has a finger on so many different pulses, it requires multiple hands to do justice to everything in the collection. A few months ago, we had the high honor of hosting a repeat visit by a professionally-trained sword swallower and his family. Oh sure, swallowing swords sounds like a fun thing to do after school, but please DO NOT try this at home. In fact, we recommend considering this activity only after being trained by a professional - and the best professional school is in Coney Island, New York. As we explore the wonderful world of sword swallowing, we will delve deeper into this school and the art they teach later, but we at the blog like to start our stories at the beginning. In this instance, the beginning is right around four millennia old, and located in ancient India.
The practice was one of a number of methods used by Indian fakirs to display their invulnerability, along with hot coal walking and snake charming. Through these activities, they showed their connection to God. These amazing feats left an imprint on all who witnessed them, and they lasted. Spreading through China, Greece, Rome, and the rest of the world, sword swallowers tended to wander from town to town, performing for alms. They were not uncommon in Europe during the Middle Ages, but fell out of favor during the nineteenth century to such an extent that they were outlawed in Sweden in 1893, along with all sorts of variety shows. Fortunately, Sweden did not inspire similar actions by governments around the world….
ANSWER: C) It was swallowed by more people than any other. Forty to date.