So I already had serpents on the brain when I read an article about the Nepali man who, while tending his rice paddy, was bitten by a venomous white cobra. (Don't worry, he was treated and is home, recovering nicely.) The bite in itself is not unusual: more than 20,000 snake bites are reported each year in Nepal. No, what is unusual is this -- the man chased the cobra, caught it, and bit the snake back, killing it. Wow. How do you say"Chuck Norris" in Nepali?
Quoted in the Annapurna Post, (I swear I'm not making this up), the farmer said that he was very angry at the snake, so although "I could have killed it with a stick, I was mad with anger and wanted to take revenge with my teeth." Well, of course.
I really hadn't planned on revealing my next travel destination yet; I was going to string you along for a while, dropping witty hints and making abstruse allusions, but now I feel compelled to tell you that my sister and I are headed to Nepal. Yes, mysterious Nepal, home to Kathmandu, Everest, Annapurna, magnificent temples and angry men who kill snakes with their teeth.
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