Girl cries tears of stone

There are cases like this that are hoaxes but it’s hard to say from the media stories.

Yemeni girl cries stones instead of tears.

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl has baffled doctors as her eyes oozed out stones instead of tears, triggering panic in her rural area that it could be either magic or epidemic.

Doctors said they still could not give an explanation for such a phenomenon since the girl, Saadiya Saleh, is not suffering from any know disease.

A YouTube film aired by Yemen’s Azal satellite TV channel showed doctors gathered a small box full of stones that dropped out of the girl’s eyes in just a few hours.

Yeah, I don’t know. Hoax? Here is a Previous story we did on another case of a girl who cried stones.

Tears of stone is supposedly coming out of this girl's tear canals and eyes. Screenshot from YouTube.

Tears of stone is supposedly coming out of this girl’s eyes. Screenshot from YouTube.

It’s not implausible that she could plant stones in her eyes and reveal them at an appropriate time. It’s worrisome that people are attributing the claim as true without what appears to be a medical exam, and, worse, saying it’s caused by some superstitious cause. I’m not finding any cases described medically (although, perhaps it MIGHT be possible if she can precipiatate minerals (as with kidney stones) in her eyes). If anyone has further info, please post in comments.

Here is the news report from Azal.

  6 comments for “Girl cries tears of stone

  1. Zetetic
    February 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Sounds just like this same claim debunked by Joe Nickell in 1997

  2. Zetetic
    February 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Joe Nickell investigated an identical claim back in 1997.
    Just search for “crystal tears trick”, a website called the “Museum of Hoaxes” has an article on it.

  3. Angela
    February 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Outside of a medical diagnosis, I would lean toward hoax. And I’m not sure what medical diagnosis there would be other than some kind of calcification going on. I did read a suggestion on the other story of stone ‘tears’ covered here about ‘-liths’ (or calcified ‘stones’ such as tonsiliths) but I don’t find any examples where this has happened in the eyes.

  4. Chris Howard
    February 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I seem to recall Penn & Teller doing this trick several years back?

  5. February 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Yup, Chris, this made me think of the Penn & Teller trick too! You can watch their bean trick (from their old UK TV show) here.

  6. Chris Howard
    February 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Man, that is such a cool trick! Thanks for the link.

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