117 Russians Hospitalized After Drinking Holy Water
Epiphany celebration leads to acute intestinal pain for many
By DarkFrancis, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2010 8:21 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 25, 2010 8:21 AM CST
A woman plunges into an icy pond to mark the upcoming Epiphany in Kuzminki park in southeastern Moscow, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo)

(User Submitted) – More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers were hospitalized after drinking holy water during last week's Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk. A Siberian official today said that 117 people, including 48 children, were in the hospital complaining of severe intestinal pain after drinking water from wells around a local church whose source is a stagnant lake. Many Russians believe that any water obtained on Epiphany is holy, despite most Russian tap water being undrinkable, reports the AP.

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Jan 26, 2010 9:55 AM CST
O the irony!
Jan 26, 2010 7:30 AM CST
My friends and I would also give each other random diseases . . . without playing Oregon Trail.
Jan 26, 2010 7:29 AM CST
I'm a Yakutsk man, myself.