Japan:

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 01:35:11 -0500

THE LAND OF THE SETTING SUN....?

Just before I head off to Japan (Las Vegas first!) to test Takahashi
once more, I must share with you this note from a teacher in that
country. He writes:

>I'm an English teacher in Osaka and the other day one of my students,
>a recent high school graduate, had strips of tape wrapped around her
>thumbs and last three fingers on each hand. I inquired and she
>explained that it was for slimming (why did she want thin
>fingers?). She said that wrapping the right thumb slims the right
>side of your face, the left thumb the left side of your face. Index
>finger was for thinning arms (apparently she thought her arms were
>thin enough), middle finger is for the belly, and the last two
>fingers are for legs. She said the tape has to stay on for a month. I
>asked where she got it and how much it cost. Drugstore and very cheap
>she said.

>I asked her if it works and, smiling, said she didn't know. I could
>tell she didn't take this too seriously (so why was she doing it at
>all? The sad part is that this already slim 18 year old girl wants to
>be thinner and some quack is exploiting this fact.

I can't wait until this advanced therapy shows up here in the USA....

James Randi