One day in 1965, a 15-year-old French youth named Michel Lotito was drinking mint tea in a cafe with friends when his cup unexpectedly shattered. In an act of teenage bravado, Lotito swallowed the glass fragments with no ill effects whatsoever. Thus the odd career of Monsieur Mangetout (Mr. Eats-All) began. Within a short time, much to the amusement of his Grenoble neighbors--and the chagrin of his parents--Lotito began giving bizarre public eating exhibitions in which he would consume a variety of seemingly indigestible objects: coins, beer cans, knitting needles, crockery, and razor blades, to name but a few. He later advanced to devouring more challenging fare such as a television set, a bicycle, and a waterbed. Lotito managed his gastric accomplishments by cutting each object into fingernail-sized portions and washing them down with some sort of liquid--usually mineral water. (A true professional, Lotito always travelled with his cutting instruments nearby.) When nature called, Mr. Mangetout had no trouble "passing" the odd viands. While not performing, Lotito had a fondness for steak dinners. At the height of his career, Lotito was earning $2,000 per public appearance in venues as far away as Hong Kong. The apex of Lotito's gastronomic achievements was eating a Cessna two-seat airplane! After swallowing the last morsel in 1980, Lotito declared the propeller to be "delicious." To honor his achievement as the world's foremost omnivore, the impressed folks at the Guinness Book of World Records presented Lotito with a handsome brass plaque. Lotito ate it, of course. In 2007 Lotito died shortly after his 57th birthday of natural causes.
Added: 2nd March 2018
Posted By: Lava1964
Issue Date: August 1970; Vol. 97, No. 580
Articles, subjects and contributors in this issue:
COVER: Bicycle Byway by Ralph Avery.
From Bach to Books by Jeffrey R. Haskell.
The Crow and the Oriole by James Thurber.
Boss of the Park -- Umpires -- by Bill Surface.
The Plains a Boy a Summer Day by Hal Borland.
41 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Living.
Russia's Menacing New Challenge in the Middle East by Joseph Alsop.
We Need Our Young Activists by John D. Rockefeller 3rd.
Portrait of a Mobster -- Carlos Marcello -- by William Schulz.
Sexual Inadequacy -- And What Can Be Done About It by Will Bradbury.
How to Talk With Your Teen Ager About Drugs by Herman W. Land.
Toward a Livable Environment:
I Victory in the Everglades by Jean George.
II A Sensible Plan for Future Development by James Nathan Miller.
The Car in the River by E. D. Fales Jr.
Bold New Directions for U S High Schools by Arlene Silberman.
Poverty at the Border by Lester Velie.
Try Giving Yourself Away David Dunn.
Japan -- All Asia Watches and Wonders by Carl T. Rowan.
The Gifts of Gregory Menn by Joseph P. Blank.
Better Living With Machinery by Charles McDowell Jr.
L Dopa Has Set Me Free by Floyd Miller.
Time to Knock Out the Vote Thieves! by Louis B. Nichols.
Provocative; Prophetic Margaret Mead by David Dempsey.
How to Murder Your Husband by Jean Mayer.
Rugged Idaho by Don Wharton.
They Go to Prison on Purpose Arthur Gordon.
What the Moon Rocks Reveal by Fred Warshofsky.
The Lesson of the Lemmings by Ola and Emily d'Aulaire.
Bottoms Up! by Jack Goodman and Alan Green.
The Duel That Changed Our History by Thomas Fleming.
Paper Magic of Origami by and Akira Yoshizawa by Leland Stowe.
KGB: The Swallows' Nest "KGB" by John Barron.
Added: 26th December 2014
Posted By: Cathy
President Zachary Taylor became the second American chief executive to die in office when he succumbed to gastro-intestinal problems on July 9, 1850 at age 65. Known for generally having robust health, Taylor had been ill for five days with severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. The cause may have been Taylor's overindulging in cherries covered in iced milk following a Fourth of July ceremony on the site where the Washington Monument was going to be erected. Doctors tried to cure the president with blood-letting and laxatives, but to no avail. The cause of Taylor's death was officially listed as "cholera morbus"--which apparently was an all-purpose answer whenever someone died suddenly from digestive problems in the middle of the 19th century. There was no autopsy. The dead president's body was preserved in ice for five days but never embalmed. More than 140 years later a historian named Clara Rising claimed Taylor had actually been poisoned by arsenic, perhaps by political enemies. (Taylor, despite being a slaveholder, was an outspoken pro-Union man. He had threatened to use the army to quash any secessionist movements.) Rising's compelling arguments--plus her willingness to pay $1200 in fees--persuaded officials in Kentucky to exhume Taylor's body from his crypt and perform modern scientific tests on it. The exhumation was carried out on June 18, 1991 with about 200 curious onlookers watching silently from a respectful distance. Modern forensic examination of Taylor's fingernails, sideburns, and even pubic hair showed no signs of arsenic poison whatsoever. Taylor was re-interred alongside his wife at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, KY. Today the medical community believes that the purgatives that Taylor was given by his physician to cleanse his system may have contained mercury which may have hastened the president's demise.
Added: 19th July 2015
Posted By: Lava1964