Sunday, 23 January 2005

Eating Clay

by Ted Hoffman

Here’s an interesting story on the BBC about a chap who got lost in an underground cave network in France for 5 weeks. Jean-Luc Josuat-Verges, who was completely without food, puts down his survival to eating wood and clay.

Wrapped in plastic sheeting, he said he ate wood and clay, which may have been the remains of the mushrooms.

Even if the clay did contain mushrooms, they are not a particularly nutrient dense food stuff, especially if they are decayed to the point of being indistinguishable from clay.

I don’t mean to belittle his achievement, but rather than keeping him alive I suspect the poor fellow was making a bad situation worse by spending his time stuck in the cave pointlessly eating dirt.

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