We all have different tastes when it comes to food. We have our favourite dishes, foods we eat regularly, cravings for particulars that cannot be contained and have to have. But then there are foods we simply cannot stand, when our disgust for them is so intense that even a mere whiff of the smell of this food or witnessing somebody else consuming it can make us retch. There are some people though that fall into a category all of their own. They have such weird diets or have eaten some of the most bizarre things that they comprise this list of 12 of the weirdest things ever found in a human body.
1. Bed Springs and Batteries
Prisoners are notorious for smuggling items into their cells, usually drugs, cigarettes, a mobile phone, or a tool that can be used for protection or escape. Prisoners from Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. though are quite different. In a bid to take a little vacation from prison by spending some time in an outside hospital several prisoners swallowed things such as bed springs and batteries, as revealed in these alarming X-rays.
2. Magnectic Pieces
A young boy from the USA swallowed magnetic pieces one by one. Once they had all collected inside his stomach they amazingly reconnected into the shape of the block. Doctors were left dumbfounded when viewing his X-rays, although if honest it wasn’t the clearest shot ever taken.
3. A Diet of Glass, Rubber, Metal etc
Michel Lotito was better known as Monsieur Mangetout. He was a French entertainer who became famous for eating…well, anything. He could consume glass, rubber or metal that was taken from items such as bicycles, television sets and a Cessna 150 plane! The aircraft took roughly two years to be ‘eaten’ from 1978 to 1980. Lotito discovered early on that he possessed a unique stomach and intestines that were lined with walls of twice the expected thickness, while his digestive acids were unusually powerful, allowing him to break down materials in his body that were considered poisonous or extremely harmful. The picture is one of the final ones taken of hime before his death in 2007.
4. Twenty Cobblestones
An unidentified woman from Foshan, China swallowed 20 cobblestones in a moment of anger in 2006 after a heated argument with her boyfriend. When she had calmed down she thought the stones would pass through her body naturally, but alas they didn’t. Instead they remained inside her stomach for several days causing great discomfort and pain. In the end she had to undergo surgery to have them all removed.
5. Live Frogs and Rats
Yang Dingcai, based in southeast China, lived on a diet of live rats and frogs for over 40 years. He believed they made him strong and avoided intestinal complaints. When he met Jiang Musheng, a 66-year-old who’d suffered abdominal pains since he was 26, Yang Dingcai managed to eventually persuade him to consume live frogs. After much hesitation the 66-year-old thought what the hec and did so for one month. After this time all pain had finally been rid of and Yang Dingcai was hailed a hero. An odd one, granted, but a hero nonetheless.
6. A 10-pound Hairball
The New England Journal of Medicine reported in November 2007 how doctors discovered a 10-pound hairball inside the stomach of an 18-year-old woman who had come to them seeking help; she was in pain and had lost 40-pounds off her weight. She complained that she’d been suffering from the pain in her abdomen for five months. This enormous hairball (pictured, which bizarrely looks like the back of a red panda!?) was found taking practically all of the room in her stomach. The patient confessed to having a habit to eating her own hair, a condition called trichophagia.
7. A Cockroach and a Fork
A lady in Israel had the unpleasant experience of swallowing a cockroach that jumped into her mouth when she was cleaning her house. In a frantic effort to dislodge the cockroach from her throat she tried using a fork. Unfortunately both the fork and the cockroach ended up in her stomach. The fork was removed in hospital via laproscopic surgery. The cockroach was simply digested.
8. A Toothbrush
A 20-year-old woman using her toothbrush to clean the back of her tongue caused a gag reflex, which resulted in her swallowing the whole toothbrush. Doctors were able to remove the toothbrush from her oesophagus using some alligator forceps. At the time she became an exclusive member of being one of the 40 people ever known to have swallowed a toothbrush.
9. Door Key
A student from Bournemouth University, UK was at a party when friends suggested he go home after having a little too much to drink. Refusing to budge he swallowed his door key so he could stay. Friends tried the Heimlich manoeuvre and forced vomiting by making him drink salted water. The key remained in his stomach though. He was taken to hospital where medical staff said it would pass naturally, which it did.
10. A Spoon and More
A woman was rushed to hospital after swallowing coins, a 9 volt battery, and a spoon. Doctors were fascinated to learn that she occasionally had urges to eat metallic objects. Whilst she was recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to have the items removed she even ingested paper clips.
11. A Thermometer
A woman turned up at her doctor’s office complaining of abdominal pain. She confessed to him that six weeks earlier she had swallowed a thermometer by accident. Fearing that the thermometer had broken and the fact that it contains mercury she was immediately rushed to A&E where she had surgery to remove the still intact thermometer.
12. 750 Grams of Metal
An Ethiopian man amazingly consumed 22 metallic objects weighing in at 750 grams in total. Among the selection of items were nails, watch batteries, and door keys. He explained that he swallowed the items over a two-year period. Doctors marvelled at how he survived that time without falling seriously ill and how lucky he’d been at not having any of his internal organs perforated by one of the nails.