At age 54, Jin Songhao got into his swimming trunks, stepping into a large glass container and had buckets of ice poured on him all the way up to his neck. He proceeded to stay inside the ice for two hours, breaking a world record.
One day, Lal Bihari went to apply for a loan but needed to get a proof of identity. But, upon getting it, the government advised him that he was officially dead. His uncle had him declared dead in order to obtain land. From 1975 to 1994, Lal Bihari fought the Indian government to be legally considered alive and has been an activist for other cases like his own.
In a very bizarre case, Etibar Elchiyev is a kickboxing trainer who can attach spoons to his chest and back without any adhesive. He claims to have magnetic powers. He’s achieved the Guinness Book of World Records for attaching 53 spoons total to his body.
Born in Poland in 1874, Wolf Messing claimed to be a psychic and a telepath. When he got a job at the circus, he blew his audiences away and even got the attention of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. Messing also told a prophecy about Hitler that severely angered him; Messing had to go into hiding in Russia because of it. There, he caught the attention of Stalin, who greatly feared Messing’s abilities. He remained a mysterious and bizarre figure up until his death.
Thai Ngoc, a Vietnamese farmer, claims to have not slept in over 40 years. After he came down with a fever, he says he couldn’t get to sleep even after he tried medications and remedies. Even though he doesn’t sleep, he, now in his sixties, still says it hasn’t affected him, and he remains perfectly healthy.
Michel Lotito had quite the appetite but not for what you might expect. As a young man, he suffered from Pica, a disorder where you’re compelled to eat non-food items. He discovered he could pretty much eat anything and started eating bits of metal. It’s estimated that over his lifetime, he had eaten 9 tons of metal.
Sanju Bhagat once looked like he was 9-months pregnant. Though doctors thought he had a massive tumor, it was discovered he had been carrying around his twin his whole life. It’s a rare condition called fetus in fetu. They ended up removing the fetus and he made a full recovery.
Some people like to get an ear piercing or nose piercing, but Rolf Buchholz has everyone beat. He’s the most pierced man in the world. He has a total of 453 studs and rings all over his body.
It’s probably safe to say Matayoshi Mitsuo is a bit of a megalomaniac, considering he claims to be God and Jesus Christ. He wants to save Japan by becoming their prime minister.
David Icke was once a journalist and sports commentator for BBC before he came out as a conspiracy theorist. He believes the Queen of England and many prominent leaders are actually “Reptilians,” reptiles who only look like humans. These creatures interbred with humans from the beginning and use their powers to control others. He’s published several books on the topic and seriously believes what he’s selling.
Carlos 'Halfy' Rodriguez
Don’t do drugs. That’s largely the message Carlos ‘Halfy’ Rodriguez will tell you after his horrible experience. While stoned, he got into bad car accident and as a result, he lost a large chunk of his brain and skull, making his head look like most of it is missing.
Kazuhiro Watanabe likes to keep his hair up, way up. He’s won the Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest Mohican hairstyle. It’s 44.68 inches (113.48 cm) tall.
It’s hard to believe your eyelids can hold anything of substantial weight, but Wang Xianxiang has proven everyone wrong. He is an eyelid weightlifter capable of lifting around 4 pounds (1.8 kg) with each eyelid.
Christopher Knight, also called the North Pond Hermit, up and left his home in Massachusetts without warning and drove up to Maine. He stopped when his car ran out of gas and walked out into the wilderness. At that point, he lived in total isolation for 27 years in rural Maine and survived by stealing from nearby houses. When people noticed things missing, he became a bit of a legend until he was finally caught.
Adam Rainer had quite a unique and bizarre condition where he was both a dwarf and a giant in his lifetime. Throughout his childhood, he was considered a small and weak dwarf; he was even denied entrance to the military when he tried to enlist. However, once he turned 21, his body rapidly started to grow. In a decade, he went from 4’10” (1.2 meters, 25.4 cm) to 7’1″ (2.1 meters, 2.54 cm). He suffered from acromegaly, a disease where there’s a tumor on the pituitary gland.
David Allen Bawden
David Allen Bawden, who also calls himself Pope Micheal, believes he’s the rightful Pope. He hasn’t been to a mass since 1989 and only has 100 followers. Still, he believes whole-heartedly that he’s the true Pope.
Milan Roskopf does the seemingly impossible. As a master juggler, he achieved the Guinness Book of World Record for juggling three motor saws 62 times in a row.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri
For most people, having to stay at the airport for a day can be boring and uncomfortable. For Mehran Karimi Nasseri, however, the airport was home from 1988 to 2006. He was kicked out of his home country of Iran and went to Paris, but without any legal papers, he couldn’t leave the airport. He finally was allowed to leave but didn’t want to.
After becoming seriously ill, Alex Lewis was forced into a coma and fought for his life due to Strep A. The bacteria started eating away at his flesh, and he had to have his arms and legs amputated as well as his lips.
At the age of 105 (yes, you read that correctly), Robert Marchand set a new record when he cycled 14 miles (22.53 km) in an hour. His secret apparently is eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, going to bed early, and exercising every day.
Kala Kaiwi from Hawaii claimed the Guinness Book of World Record for largest earlobes. They’re 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter. That’s big enough to put a hand through.
Peter Glazebrook is kind of obsessed with growing large produce. He’s grown large onions, beetroot, and parsnip. He recently grew a 60lb (27.2 kg) cauliflower that’s 6 feet (1.8 meters) wide. He uses his greenhouse and calcium nitrate to help his produce grow so large.
A man merely known as Xiaolian got into a horrific accident which destroyed his nose. To reconstruct his nose, his doctor grew one on the man’s forehead. So for a while, Xiaolian had a nose on his forehead.
If you’re allergic, bee stings can be incredibly dangerous. But, that didn’t seem to bother She Ping, a beekeeper who covered his entire body with 460,000 bees.
In his early 20’s, Dallas Wiens was painting the outside of a church when he fell and hit his head on a high-voltage wire. After the burning of his face and the surgeries to save his life, he didn’t have a face anymore. He lived without a face for two years until a facial transplant could come in.