Cambodian Midgets Lion Fight - 6/24/05
My roommate Brian recently sent me the link to this BBC article:

Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight
Spectators cheered as entire Cambodian Midget Fighting League squared off against African Lion

Tickets had been sold-out three weeks before the much anticipated fight, which took place in the city of Kmpng Chhnng.

The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, 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.

An African Lion (Panthera Leo) was shipped to centrally located Kmpng Chhnng especially for the event, which took place last Saturday, April 30, 2005 in the city's coliseum.

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 feared that this couldn't possibly be a real story. And, sadly, 30 seconds on Google proved that it was not. I think the combination of "lion" plus "cambodian ring-fight" plus "midgets" plus "42 of them" made it just a little too awesome to believe.

Tip-offs:
- I think 42 midgets COULD beat a lion.
- Even they couldn't, 12 minutes seems pretty fast for a lion to maim 42 midgets. I mean, that's 3.5 midgets per minute.
- "man, beast, or machine"? What, like usually these midgets take on giant fighting robots?
- I really hope there is a Cambodian Midget Fighting League, however.

After we discovered the truth, Brian was good enough to point out that "cambodian midgets lion fight" sounds very much like something someone would search for and find Paul's Pond. In fact, I think people have gotten here using "lion" and "fight", and I know they've gotten here from "midget". It was just the "cambodian" part that was missing. Not anymore.

By the way, Brian was just as devasted as I was upon discovering that the story was spurious:

>>>On 6/24/05, Paul Jury wrote:

What.

This can't possibly be real.

>>>On 6/24/05, Brian Saito wrote:

i just searched a little harder and... it's not. this is the most disappointed i have ever been.

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