To: Subject: Japan: Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 01:35:11 -0500 T

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Japan: Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 01:35:11 -0500 THE LAND OF THE SETTING SUN....? Just before I head off to Japan (Las Vegas first!) to test Takahashi once more, I must share with you this note from a teacher in that country. He writes: >I'm an English teacher in Osaka and the other day one of my students, >a recent high school graduate, had strips of tape wrapped around her >thumbs and last three fingers on each hand. I inquired and she >explained that it was for slimming (why did she want thin >fingers?). She said that wrapping the right thumb slims the right >side of your face, the left thumb the left side of your face. Index >finger was for thinning arms (apparently she thought her arms were >thin enough), middle finger is for the belly, and the last two >fingers are for legs. She said the tape has to stay on for a month. I >asked where she got it and how much it cost. Drugstore and very cheap >she said. >I asked her if it works and, smiling, said she didn't know. I could >tell she didn't take this too seriously (so why was she doing it at >all? The sad part is that this already slim 18 year old girl wants to >be thinner and some quack is exploiting this fact. I can't wait until this advanced therapy shows up here in the USA.... James Randi


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