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"The River of Crawling Death"

June 2, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

This morning True/Slant columnist (and contributor to MidCurrent‘s last two April Fool’s capers) Scott Bowen offers his hilarious take on animal-and-water paranoia, remarking that it wasn’t so long ago that “flesh-ripping” was reported to be a common occurrence in U.S. waters.
“This is most famously portrayed on a 1956 September cover of Man’s Life: A shirtless white guy, waist-deep in water, fighting off a horde of weasels, with the tag-line, “Weasels Ripped My Flesh.” Frank Zappa took notice, using the line to name a 1970 album, above.”