Best Planned Freak Show - 2013
If you have a natural proclivity to swallow sharp objects, in particular knives, why not just join the circus? Everyone enjoys a good freak show, and in San Francisco, the only challenge is to be freakier than the person next to you. After living in the Bay Area for more than 10 years, this was the first year we had the pleasure to observe natural sword swallowers. You know, the people who spend their Saturday afternoon proving they have a better gag-reflex than you. These guys love to shove big-ass swords down their throats every year on World Sword Swallowers day during a freak show on Fisherman's Wharf. And you thought your drinking habits were masochistic.