Meet Michel Lotito, the man who ate aeroplanes for breakfast
- Michel Lotito is the Guinness World Record holder for the 'strangest diet'
- From the age of nine, the France-born Lotito consumed metal and glass on a daily basis
- He once ate a low-calorie Cessna light airplane, and even a coffin
We're all guilty of eating our way through food during the lockdown. Those were the days when you could drown yourself in dalgona coffee and mug cake and nobody would bat an eyelid. But did you ever think about eating metal, or an entire aeroplane, for that matter?
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Meet Michel Lotito — also known as Monsieur Mangetout and the Guinness World Record holder for the 'strangest diet' — who ate airplanes for breakfast.
From the age of nine, the France-born Lotito consumed metal and glass on a daily basis. He first realized he had this capability when a glass he was drinking from broke and he started munching on the pieces, according to the official Guinness website.
Since 1966, his diet has consisted of 18 motorcycles, 15 grocery trolleys, seven television sets, six chandeliers, two beds, a pair of skis, a low-calorie Cessna light aeroplane, and a computer. He is said to be the only person in history to have consumed a coffin, even the handles, and everything.
He had consumed approximately nine tons of metal by October 1997. Bananas and hash browns made him sick, he said.
Gastroenterologists analyzed the Frenchman's appetite for inedibles. According to the Guinness Book of World Records website, when they X-rayed his stomach, they characterized his capacity to eat 900 grams of metal a day as "unique."
His strange eating habits were the consequence of a mental disorder Pica that he had been diagnosed with.
This manifests itself as a voracious appetite for non-edible products. Later in life, he turned his oddity into a profession, eating strange things on stage, according to the website.
Lotito passed away of natural causes on June 25, 2007.