After a spate of misfortune, you might be tempted to invest in some sort of good luck charm.
Maybe you try to pick up a rabbit’s foot at a flee market. Maybe you refuse to take off your lucky pants. Maybe you buy an Indian tantric root online.
But if you’re planning on doing the latter, beware.
Because an investigative team from the UK and India claim to have uncovered a massive international fraud, involving a load of dried lizard dicks being passed off as tantric roots.
Hatha Jodi is believed to bring good luck and happiness to owners because its shape resembles two hands joined in prayer.
The World Animal Protection says that tantric practitioners claim it can bring about immense wealth and satisfaction ‘if appropriately energised by a guru’.
But many of these roots being sold on eBay, Amazon and Etsy are in fact the penises of illegally poached lizards which are caught in traps.
Lizard penis roots are being sold for as much as $252 (£200) a piece, with the greatest demand coming from the Asian diaspora in the UK, Europe and the US.
Bengal and Yellow Monitor lizards are protected under Indian and international law, so the illegal trading of their genitals is of huge concern.
It’s thought that if left unchecked, demand for the ‘roots’ could push wild lizards to extinction.