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21st March 2004, 09:49 AM
The Chinese news agency says a herbalist doctor has begun an attempt to break the world record for fasting, set by the American magician David Blaine last year.
The doctor, Chen Jianmin, who is from the south-west Szechuan province, intends to go without food for 49 days.
21st March 2004, 10:22 AM
He (Guinness's keeper of records Stewart Newport) pointed out that the longest hunger strike ended in 1973 after 385 days when Dennis Galer Goodwin protested his innocence in Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, of a rape charge. He was fed by tube orally.
The lengthiest period spent without solid food was 382 days when Angus Barbieri lived on tea, coffee, soda water and vitamins in Maryfield Hospital, Dundee in the mid Sixties. He lost more than 20 stone.
21st March 2004, 10:36 AM
I like to think of stuff like this as evolution in action. People who are dumb enough to starve themselves for no good reason shouldn't reproduce. And if they take the starvation far enough, they won't!!
Eos of the Eons
21st March 2004, 11:05 AM
So, what are the rules of the game here? What advantage is he supposedly getting from "traditional Chinese medical practice"?
Is he only going to drink water? How is anyone going to make sure he doesn't eat anything?
22nd March 2004, 02:25 AM
Originally posted by Lisa Simpson
I like to think of stuff like this as evolution in action. People who are dumb enough to starve themselves for no good reason shouldn't reproduce. And if they take the starvation far enough, they won't!! What if the person has already had all the children he's going to have?
22nd March 2004, 05:59 AM
Originally posted by Rolfe
What if the person has already had all the children he's going to have?
Yeah, I know. You really have to hope their stupidity happens at a young age. Especially if they are going to qualify for a Darwin Award.
22nd March 2004, 06:19 AM
Reminds me of the two guys who made a bet of which one could lean the farthest out of the window. Suddenly one of them won!
Or the two Scotsmen who wagered one shilling last year on which of them could stay the longest under water. There is still no winner.
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