(The Following is a Fictional News Report Created for the Forty Knives Challenge)
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(Bushehr, Iran) (Sept. 1) A man who appears to be in his late 40s is recovering after 5-hour surgery in Bushehr Hospital. Amazed doctors reported they removed 40 knives from his stomach. “Some had up to 7-inch blades”, doctors said.
“We are certainly surprised how this man has not perished from his ordeal,” stated Dr. Askari, the head surgeon at Bushehr hospital, “How these knives that appear to be of ancient origin did not kill him, is certainly a puzzlement. All were recovered in tact and will now be admitted for scientific examination.”
In this baffling case, the patient, presumed to be suffering with a mental illness has admitted to swallowing the knives over the past few months.They have not been successful in procuring the man’s identity but have presumed his age to be in his late 40s.
Scientists are impressed at the apparent age of the weaponry and are presently in the process of further examination. The unidentified patient had his vocal chords damaged in the process of swallowing these blades and is limited in speech. Authorities are unable to communicate with him satisfactorily, and are presently waiting for results of tests on the knives.
Police have issued a public request that anyone who may know the identity of this man to come forward and contact police at their headquarters in Bushehr.
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Sept. 3 News Update: (Bushehr, Iran) A young man claiming to be the son of the man who had swallowed 40 knives and was subsequently operated on in Bushehr hospital, came forward yesterday. He has asked to have a private meeting with the recovering patient, whose identity has not yet been confirmed.
“This man is my father and he is a man of good position and great wealth”, claimed the young man. “He has been the family steward of these knives which have been in our family’s possession for many years- as early as 1914!”
In the presence of Doctor Askira and the police inspector, BlogBourne Daily asked the young man, if indeed this was his father, what mental disorder does he suffer from to possess him to swallow 40 knives?
“I assure you,” answered the man who seemed to be in his early twenties, “my father is of sound mind and only wanted to protect the family legacy!”
“What is this legacy”, BlogBourne reporters asked.
“It is the legacy of the forty knives taken from a group of men and preserved through the generations! It is our proof of a great story that has endured for generations! They have unparalleled historical value and speak to a particular tale in history.
BlogBourne Daily took the liberty to query the young man in this matter even further.
“How is it that your father would feel the necessity to swallow every one of these forty knives?”
“The Islamic State of Isis is responsible for many lootings and the destruction of works of historical and artistic value. Just recently they have announced there next intention is to travel to several areas that happen to be far too close to a sacred family location in the forest! I will presume my father took it upon himself to be solely responsible to maintain the family legacy of the forty knives and ensure they are safe and preserved! They were kept in an obscure cave in the wilderness, but my father has been obsessed of late that one of the ISIS fraternity have somehow learned of the location and the secret of the cave.”
“What is your name sir?,” police inquired. The young man then came forward, bowed his head and uttered his and his alleged father’s identity. I am Kassim, named after my great, great, great, great uncle Kassim, and my father is Ali. Our surname is Baba.
After this odd announcement he handed over a large booklet to the doctor and the police that were on the scene, telling them they are the documents of proof from his family estate. Doctor Askira looked down at the title on the time-worn leather-bound portfolio, reading it aloud:
“Tales from the Thousand and One Nights”
The Story of Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves
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