Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today's Trivia - A Chandelier For Supper? Sure, Why Not...

Perhaps one of the most bizarre stories I’ve ever run across is about a man that deliberately consumed indigestible objects. Born in 1950, Michel Lotito, a French entertainer, came to be known as Monsieur Mangetout ("Mr. Eat Everything”).

His performances included the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and an array of other materials. His bizarre diet included 18 bicycles, a pair of skis, 15 shopping carts, 7 televisions, a computer, 2 beds, 6 chandeliers and a Cessna 150 (airplane), which took him roughly two years to eat.

Mr. Lotito - The Human Goat
Lotito broke all the items he consumed into small pieces, and drank mineral oil and large quantities of water while he swallowed them. The oil and water acted as a lubricant, helping the items slide down his throat. He claimed he did not suffer any ill effects, even after he consumed materials considered poisonous. However, he stated that bananas and hard-boiled eggs made him sick.

The strange diet got Michel Lotito into the Guinness Book of Records, under the section of unusual skills. It is estimated that from 1959 – 1997, he had eaten about one ton of metal. He died of natural causes in 2007.

My only question to this man would be: Why???

12 comments:

  1. Lol, I am with you. At what part during life do you look at a bicycle and say "I am going to eat that."

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    1. Hahaha...yes, exactly. I haven't had one of those moments yet.

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  2. Totally bizarre - what a way to earn a living!

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  3. Wow! Maybe he suffered from an odd form of pica and cashed in on it.

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  4. Ha ha. I wonder what those "natural causes" were? Engine failure maybe?

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  5. Takes all kinds, I guess! That would SO hurt!!!! Imagine him going through a metal detector at an airport!!!

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    1. Hahaha...that is funny, Jim! I don't think he'd make it through without alarms going off.

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