Alex Pfeffer of Fehmarn, Germany, paid £20,000 to Patrick Baecker, an out-of-work barber, to cure his blindness. The "cure" was gherkins laced with LSD. Baecker is now serving 8 months in jail. 'You are a hairdresser, not a shaman,' Judge Markus Faerber ruled. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)
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