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World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb. 22!)

Sword swallowing freaks me out, but it's amusing. I made a cooking sword and some lips to commemorate it.

I used easy sugar cookie and easy non-Royal Icing icing that I have used in the past.


For the sword cookie, this was the first time I used silver lustre dust. :)

Give it a try! We are good at this!

How sword swallowing works and some facts are below.


How does sword swallowing work physiologically?

"Essentially, sword swallowers have to figure out how to carefully align a sword with their upper esophageal sphincter -- a ring of muscle at the top end of the throat-- and straighten the pharynx, commonly achieved by hyper-extending the neck by tipping the head waaay back.

The practitioner must then move his tongue out of the way and consciously relax his throat as he "swallows" -- not an easy thing to do because of our involuntary gag reflex,"


What is World Sword Swallower's Day?

"This unofficial holiday was created by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) in 2008. It celebrates the ancient art of sword swallowing and honors those who practice it."


Some facts & links about sword swallowing:

"Sword swallowing is an ancient art dating back to India before 2000 B.C., where it was used primarily as "a demonstration of divine union and power," per Wikipedia."

"...a featured exhibition of sword swallowing at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago brought sword swallowing mania to America"




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