April 27, 2010

The Grossest Thing of All Time?

Over at the Daily Vanguard, reporter Wendy Shortman wrote a fine article on The Big Book of Gross Stuff. But at the end of it, something goes horribly wrong!

You see, Shortman asked me what was the most disgusting thing I learned in my gross research. And the answer really IS gross, so if you want to know, you're going to have to read through!

So what does King find the most disgusting? 

King explains the story of St. Catherine of Siena (1347–1380), who nursed a woman with a “dreadful growth” on her body. The growth apparently released pus and horrible odors. Catherine took excellent care of the woman, but was ashamed of her own disgust with the woman's growth. So, to prove her religious devotion, Catherine did the unthinkable.
“Catherine apparently collected the pus coming out of the growth and drank it,” King said. “Hey, how do you think she became a saint? If there is anything to like about this horrifying story, it's that even the most disgusting situation can bring out the best in people.”

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