In the Padaung (or Kareni) tribe of Myanmar, women lengthen their necks by successively fitting copper coils around them. Unsurprisingly, this tradition has resulted in the longest recorded extension of a human neck at 40cm (15.75in). The practice is thought to be a sign of beauty and adulterous women are sometimes punished by having the coils removed. This isn’t something to be taken lightly as the neck eventually becomes too weak to support the head without the use of the coils and removing them can be fatal.
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