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Do hippos ever get hungry, hungry enough to swallow a dwarf sans so much as a chew? Probably not, but plenty of people think they do.

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A ridiculous news story came about in the dial-up days of Usenet that asserted such a dubious description to be true, and the Internet won’t let it die.

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“The hoax news story has been circulating the Internet since 1994, when it was posted to Usenet.”

There are a number of versions of this completely ridiculous story in circulation at this point, but its original incarnation was every bit as dumb as the headline.

According to the story, circus-goers in Thailand bore witness to a dwarf who, after having bounced on a trampoline of course, landed soundly inside a hippo’s gaping maw. Oh, the humanity!

Clearly, fake news has been a thing since before the Internet itself was.

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