#BDSM – Masochism in the Community

The World Nettle Eating Championship 2013

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THE WORLD (STINGING) NETTLE EATING CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

A bottle of Black Cow went to both the male and female winners of the World Nettle Eating Championship held at The Bottle Inn in Marshwood in Dorset on Saturday.

Competitors attempt to eat as much of the raw plant as possible. Each competitor is given 60 cm (20 in) stalks of the plant, from which they strip the leaves and eat them. Whoever strips and eats the most stinging nettle leaves in a fixed time is the winner. The competition dates back to 1986, when two neighbouring farmers attempted to settle a dispute about which had the worst infestation of nettles.

“your mouth starts stinging and turns black whilst the nettles start fermenting in your body which makes a nice gurgling noise… a bit like a sheep” says one seasoned contestant.

The stinging nettle, Urtica dioica  is covered in hundreds of microscopic hairs which when touched lose their tips transforming the hair into a needle, which injects several chemicals including acetylcholine, histamine, serotonin, moroidin, leukotrienes, and formic acid into the skin. Plenty of sting to the hot summer afternoon where raining champion nettle eater Pete Welman won again! And Scottish lovely did it for the ladies.

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Article credit: http://www.blackcowvodka.co/nettle-eating/   Image credit:   blog.onefinestay.com

Christina’s take: Well, for all you budding masochists out there, fancy a go?

8 thoughts on “#BDSM – Masochism in the Community

    • Ooh that was a fling back to the eighties and a couple of seconds swoon over Val Kilmer… but anyway, you’re quite right. I’m not signing up to take part anytime soon. Surely there are laws against these things? ~grins~

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