Michel Lotito (born 1950 – d. 2007), aka “Monsieur Mangetout” (Mr. Eat All), was a French artist who really earned his nickname.
Metal, rubber, glass you name it, eat it. For his efforts, he obtained the world record weirdest dietalthough we admit that “weirdness” is neither objective nor quantifiable, and thus the title of the record is now rested.
Lotito is perhaps best known as the man who ate an entire plane, however, he also enjoyed eating on bikes, razors, and other seemingly inedible things.
He prepared each item for consumption by chopping it with an electric saw to create bite-sized pieces. Instead of chewing the pieces, swallow them like a pill – something that would prove fatal to most people.
To help wash off everything, Lotito drank mineral oil and plenty of water, which served as a lubricant. Fortunately, he had no major problems excreting his “food”.
“I was always asking for a doctor’s help. They would give me all kinds of advice, like taking artichokes or paraffin oils with mineral to make things easier, but I soon realized it was better to drink several liters of water.” – Michel Lotito
When we met Lotito’s Guinness Book of Records 2006He revealed that he began developing pain tolerance at the age of eight, when he began practicing strology, a combination of self-hypnosis and other relaxation techniques that can help control pain.
Several years later, at the age of 16, Lotito discovered his ability to consume exotic things, which he soon developed a taste for.
“I accidentally broke a glass while drinking, and I had a bit in my mouth. I knew other people had eaten glass in the past and decided I could do that too. Then I moved on to razors, saucers, and small pieces of metal like nuts and bolts.” – Michel Lotito
What started as a simple party hoax quickly turned into a lucrative career.
“People started asking me if I wanted to eat something bigger, so I said, ‘Well, I guess I can eat a bike.'” It was a huge success – they invited me to TV shows in South America and Canada.”
In addition to eating unusual things, his high pain threshold meant that Lotito also allowed the audience to light matches under his fingernails and throw darts at his back. He was earning nearly $1,000 a day, the Madison Courier reported in 1980.
Lotito first appeared in our records in 1979, where he was honored for consuming a bike in a record time (15 days between March 17 – April 2, 1977).
A year later, he broke his own record, taking 12 days to eat more than 15 pounds (6.8 kg) off the bike. As side dishes, also eat 100 razors, two plates, and a cup, The Leader-Post reports.
During the exhibition at which this was held, Lotito also “bent coins with his teeth” and “succumbed to the pressure of his arm in a huge pair of pliers carried by eight men.” The organizers paid him $5,000 (about $24,500 adjusted for inflation in 2022).
Lotito’s bike-eating feat was listed in our 1979 book along with other fast-eating records, or binge eating records as they were called at the time.
Although potentially dangerous records, such as those involving “consumption of live ants, chewing gum or raw eggs with shells,” were not published, an exception was made for bike eating because it was “unlikely to attract competition.”
Lotito became famous for eating a small plane afterward, and it took him two years in total to do so. Piece by piece, Lotito ate an entire Cessna 150 between 1978-80.
After a few years, in Guinness Book of Records 1984, Lotito was noted to have consumed a supermarket cart and seven televisions, as well as bicycles and the “low-calorie Cessna” for which he was previously known.
By 1999, Lotito had eaten 18 bikes. Moreover, he has now consumed 15 supermarket carts, six chandeliers, two beds, a pair of skates, a computer and a coffin (including handles).
It is estimated that Lotito ate more than nine tons of the metal during his lifetime, including the commemorative Guinness World Records copper plaque that we awarded to him.
Anatomy of Mr. Mangetout
Lotito’s unusual appetite was caused by pica – eating or craving things that aren’t food – which is considered a psychological rather than a biological disorder.
However, according to Lotito, his biological makeup definitely played a role in his choice to eat the mineral.
“My teeth are incredibly strong – their strength has been measured at eight tons per square centimeter. But I also secrete strong juices that cause razor blades to melt in my mouth; stomach juices are so strong that during endoscopy, doctors noticed the juices attacking things with corrosive foam that ate the metal.”
Lotito’s ability to swallow such things without causing serious internal injury is presumably due to his thick stomach and intestinal lining.
Despite its iron composition, soft foods like bananas and hard-boiled eggs made him feel sick, causing heartburn and indigestion.
Although gastroenterologists x-rayed Lotito’s stomach and described his ability to consume 900 grams (2 pounds) of the mineral per day as unique, doubts have been raised about whether his body is any different from that of the average person.
While checking Lotito on the camera for a TV show wild and exoticHis lifelong physician, Dr. Morzol, described the Lotito diet as “more of a mental problem.”
“We’ve never found a correct medical explanation – biopsies and blood tests showed his body to be just like everyone else.”
After consuming glass and metal for nearly thirty years, Lotito’s body “began to corrode,” according to Dr. Morzol.
“An assault on his stomach and intestines like this inevitably raises the question of survival, but we don’t have an answer. It’s a prototype; we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Sadly, Michel Lotito died of natural causes soon after, on June 25, 2007, at the age of 57. He is buried in Saint-Roch Cemetery, in his hometown of Grenoble.
It is still unknown what role, if any, his diet played in his death.
More than 15 years after his death, the story of Monsieur Mangetout continues to be a fascinating and cautionary tale for new generations. As an entertainer, performer, and record-breaker, he will forever be remembered as truly unique.
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