Have you ever been so hungry that you ate an entire airplane? Monsieur Mangetout is probably the only person who can answer “yes” to that question. Born Michel Lolito, the Frenchman’s fondness for eating inedible things started when he was nine years old. Myth has it that young Lotito was drinking from a bottle when it shattered in his mouth and instead of spitting the sharp fragments of glass away, he began to chew on them.
Gastroenterologists and other medical professionals examined the young Lolito after this unusual incident. They made a startling discovery: no damage was caused by his glass-munching, and he had an eating disorder called Pica.
Pica is a psychological condition characterized by a more resilient digestive system than the normal people. When one develops pica, the stomach lining and intestinal walls are much thicker and the stomach acid is more potent. Having these components means that inedible things suddenly become meal options.
For Lotito, this strange condition became the basis for a brilliant career. He grew famous under his entertainer title, Monsieur Mangetout, and started traveling the world with incredible edible performances that left audiences in disbelief.
Throughout his amazing career, Mangetout established a stellar record that consists of his consumption of 18 bicycles, 15 supermarket carts, 7 television sets, 6 chandeliers, 2 beds, a pair of skis, and a coffin.
His most thrilling performance came in 1978 when the incredible Monsieur Mangetout challenged himself with an unimaginable stunt. He announced that he would be eating a plane.
It took Mangetout two years to finish this extraordinary task. In 1980 it was announced that he had completely eaten all parts of the plane, leaving the world in awe. It’s interesting to note that he did not experience any negative side-effects from his bizarre meals. In fact, he reported being fine the day after he finished the last part of the plane.
Why did it take him two years to complete his plane-munching challenge? He didn’t eat the whole thing in one long session. He ate and savored them in pieces. To make sure that all pieces would pass through smoothly, he sufficiently lubricated his digestive system with mineral oil.
Monsieur Mangetout died in 2007 from natural causes, not even remotely connected to his odd diet. And his airplane-eating feat will ensure he lives on in the minds of all those who hear about him.