A woman with x ray vision. A man who can eat an entire plane. A bodybuilder with muscles like the Hulk. Sounds like comic book fiction right? But what if I were to tell you these people are real and are but a few of a wider collection of even weirder people. Witness comic book lore turn into reality with these 25 of the world’s most bizarre people.
Over the course of forty years, Frenchman Michel Lotito ate an estimated nine tons of metal. How did he do so? In his youth, Lotito suffered from pica, a mental disorder in which people compulsively eat nonfood items such as dirt and plastic. Once he started experimenting with more dangerous items such as nails and glass he learned that the incredibly thick lining of his stomach and intestines allowed him to consume almost anything. Soon, Lotito turned his affliction into a career and went down in history as the man who literally ate everything. He died in 2007 from natural causes unrelated to his eating habits.
The Man Who Carried His Twin Brother In His Stomach
Living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat claimed that he’d always felt self-conscious about his big belly. On a hot summer night in 1999, thirty-six-year-old Bhagat was rushed to the hospital because his stomach was so swollen that he could barely breathe. The amazed doctors discovered that inside Sanjay’s belly was the half-formed body of an infant boy, Bhagat’s twin brother that was never born.
The Man Who Hasn’t Slept In More Than Four Decades
You’d think going without sleep for that long may have its drawbacks, but not for the man in central Quang Nam Province. His inability to sleep has not only made him famous, but also represents a “miraculous” phenomenon worthy of scientific study. Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep for more than forty-one years.
The Woman With Seventeen Different Personalities
Karen Overhill had an extreme case of multiple personality disorder. In 1999 she began finding herself in strange places with no idea how she had gotten there. She discovered bookmarks farther into her books beyond the point she recalled reading to, she heard voices at night recapping the day’s events, and often ran into people who knew her when she had no recollection of any prior encounter with them. She eventually discovered she had been living with seventeen distinct personalities and eventually found a cure to get rid of them all.
The Man Who “Loved” Cars
Edward Smith of Washington made headlines after admitting he has had sex with over 1,000 cars. It might sound crazy but this “car lover” has been living with his 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, whom he named Vanilla, and considers it his girlfriend.