As soon as I read this article the first thing I thought of was a group of rogue tooth fairies, hauling away sacks of teeth, convinced they had struck it rich.
I mean, who else would want 16,000 fake teeth other than a tooth fairy working on comission? Those cheating fairies would have to hope that their handler wasn’t too observant though, wouldn’t they?
I can imagine some thieves trying unsuccessfully to sell artificial teeth at the pub of a weekend. Where do dentists drink anyway? Is there a market for hot, fake teeth?
The second thing that popped into my mind were the millions of belief-controlling teeth in Tooth Fairy’s castle in Terry Pratchett’s book, The Hogfather, so, thanks thieves for giving me an excuse to add in a clip from the movie.
Death and his Granddaughter, Susan (read the books, long story) have just restored the Hogfather, and in doing so saved an entire beliefs system. In the clip Death is explaining exactly why human belief in the little things, like Tooth Fairies and Hogfathers, is important.