KATMANDU, Nepal - A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, police and media said Wednesday.

Only in Nepal.

If a 15-year-old American boy tried to pull a stunt like this, he'd be arrested, sent through a mental ward, and probably ostracized for the remainder of his life.

And only the Nepalese are gullible enough to find something exciting about a boy who ran away from home to play in the jungle for half a year. It occurs to me that these villagers haven't seen Buddha in awhile. Or a statue of him.

Buddha's a pudgy guy. He ain't the type to go without eating for more than 20 minutes. An hour without food for this fellow is a stretch, so let's not jump to ridiculous conclusions and start calling this kid Buddha.

You've got to admire how they're capitalizing on this phenomenon, though. It's a purely Americanized idea to transform the boy's Meditation Jungle into an amusement park. Disney isn't drawing 10,000 people a day this time of year.

It's a big deal for a society who believes in reincarnation to learn that their leader is coming back, but let's look at this objectively. If it's been over 2000 years, and he hasn't come back yet, maybe the whole thing was kind of a joke Buddha was playing on all of Eastern Civilization.

Heh, get it? Reincarnation. It's made up.

Well I thought it was funny.

Shut up and rub my belly for good luck.

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