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(WBIR - Gatlinburg) Some free performances in Gatlinburg Saturday likely left crowds, and the performers, feeling like they had a sore throat.

Ripley's Believe it or Not celebrated a unique day in history: World Sword Swallower's Day. Several different professional sword swallowers performed throughout the day carefully sliding the blades down their throats.

This is the 7th year the museum celebrated World Sword Swallowers Day.

According to Ripley's the art of Sword swallowing began more than 4,000 years ago in India.

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