The world is filled with weird stuff! Don’t you agree? There are tons of mysterious places and humans with superpowers and mindblowing talents. Well, I can prove that to you! Meet Mr. Eat It All! You give him anything and he eats it without facing any further complications… including metals. Yeah! you heard it right, I said METALS! You can even find a video of him eating them.
Michel Lotito, a French entertainer, who gained international fame for eating indigestible objects. He was more famous as ‘Monsieur Mangetout’ or ‘Mr. Eat-All’. His diet included metals, glass, rubber, and many other toxic substances. Michel Lotito was born on June 15, 1950, in Grenoble, France. He became a hometown and an international icon.
Michel Lotito was born with the eating and psychological disorder Pica. It causes people to eat inedible, dangerous, and non-nutritive objects like metals, glass, etc. However, it remained undiagnosed until he was nine. Early stories about his life mention a particular incident that led to the discovery. He was drinking from a glass when it shattered and Lotitostarted chewing and eating the shattered glass pieces. Not only did he manage to eat them, but he was also able to digest them without causing any harm to himself. A medical diagnosis led to his condition being determined as Pica. From then on, he developed a taste for eating normally indigestible,non-nutritive, and poisonous objects like glass and metal.
Further diagnosis by medical experts also determined that Michel had an unusually tough digestive system. It seemed that his stomach linings and intestines were much thicker than usual. He was quick to realize his unique talent of being able to practically eat anything. Thus began the incredible career of MonsieurMangetout or ‘Mr. Eat-All”’ in 1959.
YOU name it, he EATS it!
Michel Lotito developed a technique that enabled him to swallow metal and sharp objects with ease. He would drink a lot of mineral oil to lubricate his throat and then drink gallons of water while performing. He would also break large metal pieces into small ones before eating them. Estimates of his diet have revealed that Lotito consumed at least 1 kilogram of inedible substances daily while performing. He is estimated to have eaten nearly nine tons of metal from1959 to 1997.
Michel Lotito had consumed at least 18 bicycles, hundreds of razor blades, 15supermarket trolleys, 2 beds, multiple skis, 7 TV sets, a computer, and 6chandeliers. Known for his humorous side, he also ate an entire airplane. Of course, because of its size, the consumption of the entire Cessna 150 airplane took a little longer, from 1978 to 1980. But he did emerge victorious, having eaten and “passed” every part of the plane. He also can claim to be perhaps the only man to have eaten an entire coffin along with the nails. Thus the coffin ended up inside him before he ended up inside it.
Hey, is there something he can’t eat?
Digestingtoxic metal and substances were never an issue for Lotito because of his incredibly strong stomach acids. The only food objects to cause him indigestion were soft foods like eggs, bananas, etc… He wasn’t a fan of hard-boiled eggs and found a food-nemesis that he absolutely would not eat, bananas.
“When I eat a banana and I have metal in my stomach it causes heartburn, and as soft, I hate pain, so, unfortunately, I can’t eat bananas.”, he says.
Pica is a psychological disorder characterizedby an appetite for substances that are largelynon-nutritive, such as ice (pagophagia); hair (trichophagia); paper (xylophagia); drywallor paint; sharp objects (acuphagia); metal (metallophagia); stones(lithophagia) or soil (geophagia); glass (hyalophagia); feces (coprophagia); and chalk.
Pica is most commonly seen in pregnant women, small children, and people with developmental disabilities such as autism. Children eating painted plaster containing lead may suffer brain damage from lead poisoning.
Lotito holds the record for the ‘strangest diet’ in the Guinness Book of Records. He was awarded a brass plaque by the publishers to commemorate his abilities which he consumed as well.
Having such a strange lifestyle, Lotito passed away from natural causes, heart attack, on June 25, 2007, ten days after his 57th birthday. Today, he is buried at Grenoble Cemetery.