Michel Lotito: Monsieur Mangetout





French entertainer Michel Lotito is known as Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all). As a famous consumer of undigestables, Lotito’s performances are the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and so on in items such as bicycles, televisions, a Cessna 150, and smaller items which are disassembled, cut-up and swallowed. The aircraft took roughly two years to be ‘eaten’ from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material while a child and has been performing publicly since 1966. Lotito does not often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. When performing he consumes around a kilogram of material daily, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the ‘meal’. He apparently possesses a stomach and intestine with walls of twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids are, allegedly, unusually powerful, allowing him to digest a certain portion of his metallic meals.

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Michel Lotito (Grenoble, 15 giugno 1950 – 25 giugno 2007) è stato intrattenitore francese.
Nacque a Grenoble e divenne famoso in tutto il mondo per il suo picacismo, sotto il nome d’arte di Monsieur Mangetout (in italiano: “Signor Mangiatutto”). Le sue maggiori performance erano l’ingerimento di oggetti di metallo, vetro, gomma e così via; fu inoltre famoso per l’ingerimento di corpi di grosse dimensioni, quali biciclette, carrelli per la spesa, televisori, un aeroplano (Cessna 150) e altri oggetti ridotti in piccole dimensioni disassemblati o tagliati. Per “mangiare” tutto l’aeroplano, gli ci sono voluti due anni, dal 1978 al 1980. Iniziò a mangiare oggetti “inusuali” all’età di nove anni e nel 1996 incominciò a farsi pubblicità. Lotito non ha mai sofferto di malattie o disturbi durante il corso della sua vita, a causa della insolita dieta, anche dopo l’ingerimento di sostanze considerate normalmente velenose. Michel morì il 25 giugno 2007 per cause naturali. Giace nel Cimitero di Grenoble.

Michel Lotito (June 15, 1950 – June 25, 2007 was a French entertainer, born in Grenoble, famous for deliberately consuming indigestible objects. He came to be known as Monsieur Mangetout (“Mister Eat Everything”).
His performances involved the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and other materials. He disassembled, cut-up, and consumed bicycles, shopping carts, televisions, a Cessna 150, and other items. The Cessna 150 took roughly two years to be “eaten,” from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material as a child around 9 years of age and performed publicly from 1966.
Lotito did not often suffer ill effects from consuming the materials, even after consuming materials usually considered poisonous. When performing he consumed around a 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of material daily, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the meal. He said, however, that bananas and hard-boiled eggs made him sick. It is estimated that between 1959–1997 Lotito had eaten around 1 ton of metal.
Lotito died of natural causes on June 25, 2007, ten days after his 57th birthday. He is buried at Grenoble Cemetery.

By Davide Zambra
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