Wang Xianjun, living in the Xitan community in Linshui County, Sichuan province, China is a complete and total “eccentric” in the eyes of his neighbors. It is common for people to have rice or steamed buns for the breakfast, but Wang likes to eat an extra light bulb.
The 54-year-old man claims he started eating light bulbs when he was 12 years old, and that he must have now eaten about 1,500 lightbulbs in total, adding that he finds them “crispy and delicious.”
Xianjun says it all started when he accidentally swallowed a large fish bone as a child. His parents were worried what the bone might do to his insides, but he didn’t feel any discomfort at all. This experience led him to try swallowing a small chunk of broken glass. Again, he felt no adverse effects.
Wang Xianjun said: “I accidentally swallowed a piece of thick fish bone, but nothing happened. With curiosity, I tried several pieces of broken glasses secretly and nothing happened also.”
Since that time Xianjun slowly started building up the amount of glass he ate until he could sit down and devour an entire lightbulb, though he never eats more than one a day. He’s crazy, not greedy.
When eating a light bulb Wang first smashes it before swallowing it piece by piece, sipping from a glass of water. Wang’s family said they have taken him to have checkups in the hospital, but it would seem that his unusual diet has had no adverse effects. [via Metro (UK) and Asylum]