What do Sword Swallowers and Polar Bears Have in Common?

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LOS ANGELES -- In case you missed it, Saturday was the Sixth Annual World Sword Swallowers Day.

So, to celebrate a small crowd of sword swallowers gathered outside Ripley's Believe It or Not in Los Angeles to demonstrate their talent.

The event is part of the Sword Swallowers Association International and co-sponsored by Ripley's.

"We established World Sword Swallower's Day to promote this ancient art still being carried on by a few dozen surviving practitioners, to raise awareness of the medical contributions sword swallowers have made in the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, and to raise funds for esophageal cancer research and the Injured Sword Swallower's Relief Fund." Dan Meyer,  SSAI president explained.

By the way, Monday., Feb. 27, is International Polar Bear Day.  If sword swallowers get a day, shouldn't polar bears too? The Kansas City Zoo invites you to celebrate the day with a visit to the Kansas City Zoo to see Nikita.

Nikita was born on November 21, 2006. He currently weighs over 700 pounds and enjoys about 16 pounds of fish, 5 pounds of dog food and 1.5 pounds of lard each day. He loves to play with his many enrichment items and show off for guests. You can see him swim, dig, splash, dive and more every day at the Polar Bear Passage.

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