Frenchman Michel Lotito Once Ate A Whole Aeroplane, A Real Aeroplane

Michel Lotito (June 15, 1950 – June 25, 2007) was a French entertainer, born in Grenoble, famous for being a talented eater.

Lotito began his habit of eating unusual material at around 16 years of age. Doctors diagnosed him with an eating disorder known as pica, which is a psychological disorder that caused him to have an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive.

Lotito had thick stomach and intestines lining which allowed him to consume sharp metallic objects without suffering any harm. His digestive juices were so powerful that he could digest even metals.

Lotito became a public performer and his performances involved eating metal, glass, rubber and other "indigestible" materials. He would disassemble, and consume items such as bicycles, shopping carts and televisions.

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Eating an aeroplane

Probably the biggest thing he ate in his life is a Cessna 150 aeroplane. It took him roughly two years, from 1978 to 1980, to finish eating the plane. You can imagine the amount of plane crumbs he left.

Michel Lotito with the plane he eventually ate.

Michel Lotito with the plane he eventually ate.

Lotito said he did not to suffer any ill effects from eating substances that are typically considered poisonous.

During each of his performances, Lotito ingested approximately 1 kilogramme of material daily, with mineral oil and large quantities of water.

It is believed that between 1959 and 1997, Lotito ate nine tons of metal.

But how?

Lotito’s would first break his metallic meal into small pieces before happily consuming it with mineral oil and water.

Yes, he had no problem "passing" out his waste, though we don’t know if he used a normal toilet or not.

His awards

Lotito holds the record for the ‘strangest diet’ in the Guinness Book of Records.

However, the brass plaque awarded to him by the publishers to commemorate his abilities no longer exists. Yes you guessed right. He ate it as well.

His diet never killed him

Lotito died of natural causes on June 25, 2007, ten days after his 57th birthday.

Finally, a list of the unusual items Lotito ate in his lifetime

  • 18 bicycles
  • 15 shopping carts
  • 7 TV sets
  • 6 chandeliers
  • 2 beds
  • 1 pair of skis
  • 1 computer
  • 1 Cessna 150 aircraft
  • 1 waterbed
  • 500 metres of steel chain
  • 1 coffin
  • 1 Guinness award plaque

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.


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