Healthy pride in appearance can easily blossom into vanity, the all-encompassing love affair with oneself. Just as children are admonished to “leave something on the plate for Miss Manners,” so do the following tales remind us to keep a weather eye on how close we’re coming to that line.

There’s an old saying, “Suffer to be beautiful.” In this section you’ll encounter apocryphal tales of those who took this maxim all too literally.





Red bullet
Jeans wearer is strangled by shrink-to-fit pants.


Red bullet
Woman dies from bites of spiders nesting in her hairdo.


Red bullet
Woman dies after visiting too many tanning parlors in one day.


White bullet
Woman’s inflatable bra explodes on an airplane.


Red bullet
Cher had a pair of ribs surgically removed to achieve an ultra-small waist.


Yellow bullet
At one time, dieters attempted to lose weight by ingesting tapeworms.


Green bullet
Temporary henna causes permanent scars.


White bullet
Sorority house plumbing destroyed by stomach acids of co-eds who binge then
purge.


Red bullet
Weave made from hair taken from a dead person causes worms to grow in recipient’s scalp.

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