Video: Man "Addicted" to Eating Live Scorpions

By The Fix staff 05/28/13

An Iraqi farmer eats a scorpion a day and says he suffers withdrawal if he doesn't get his fix.

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Binge eating can take all shapes and forms. Ismail Jasim Mohammed, a farmer from Samarra, Iraq, says he is "addicted" to eating live scorpions. In a video that is not for the faint of heart (below), the farmer says he developed the habit 15 years ago after he grew fed up with the creatures stinging him and decided to—literally—bite back. Mohammed, 34, now eats a scorpion every day and claims to suffer withdrawal symptoms if he goes three days without one. He says he's been stung in the mouth so many times that he is now immune to the creatures' potentially deadly venom.

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