High in the French Alps lives a most unusual man -- a man who defies science, nature, common sense.
He even occasionally turns his nose up at some of the delicious cuisine for which his country is so well-known.
He is Monsieur Mangetout and as his name implies, he eats almost anything.
His biggest feat to date-- eating a Cessna plane and landing a page in the Guinness Book of Records.
The beautiful French village of Villars de Lans is home to an extraordinary man.
Michel Lotito is also known as Monsieur Mangetout.
After a stroll in the mountains he likes nothing better than downing a pint and then munching on the glass.
Onlookers cannot believe their eyes.
Most people would bleed terribly and suffer from internal tears if they tried to consume the same meal.
But Mangetout doesn't even ask for water to help the glass go down -- he just carries on chomping.
Mangetout says that he simply has to concentrate.
He eats, digests and passes these items naturally, and he does not suffer from any side effects.
He says that if his brain tells him to 'eat', then his stomach allows him to digest it.
"The biggest thing that I've ever eaten - which gained me a place in the Guinness Book of Records is a plane. It was a Cessna plane, model number 150. I've eaten 18 bicycles, just as many television sets, supermarket trolleys. I've even eaten a coffin!-- It was empty, no one was inside."
SUPER CAPTION: Monsieur Mangetout
The 48-year old who defies the medical community says most people work to eat... but he eats for work!
Earlier this year he made a guest appearance at the London Auto Show.
He enjoys the notoriety.
Celebrity brings world travel and plenty of challenges.
He and his companion Marcelle love to glance back at his entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Doctors the world over say his rare condition must have developed when he was still in his mother's womb.
Marcelle knows the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
She would never dream of adding any metal or glass to her man's meal.
"Good heavens no! I'm a pretty good cook, I make delicious meals that are well - prepared and well-balanced. Evening meals are sacred, When he chooses his menu outside of the house-- then that is his business what he eats."
SUPER CAPTION: Marcelle Metailler
Mangetout earns money for eating some of these bizarre things --but it is also the result of compulsive behaviour.
He's been digesting bits of metal, glass and even poisonous materials from television sets since he was nine years old.
Doctor Bernard Morzol has long studied his patient's condition.
He says for as long as he's known Mangetout-- he has never suffered from any haemorrhages.
In these X-rays, you can see the remnants of several pieces of metal and a chain.
"We've tried to study him from all points of view. We've tried to understand this phenomenon, these antidotes created by his body-- but he's basically a normal guy. He gets sick like everybody else- but these illnesses are not related to the fact that he can absorb metal."
SUPER CAPTION: Doctor Morzol
Mangetout's stomach lining is two-times thicker than normal, which explains why he is able to digest these foods.
But, there is the occasional mishap at the dining table.
This plate is made of porcelain, and the sharp edge has cut Mangetout's lip.
Nonetheless, he carries on-- he prefers porcelain to ceramic anyday.