Behold, the 71-Year-Old Human Gas Guzzler

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You're not supposed to drink gasoline. It's that toxic liquid gold we use to run our cars and machines, not a beverage option. You just don't drink it. Period. That is, unless you're this hardcore Chinese dude.


71-year-old stonecutter and bamboo weaver Chen Dejun has been guzzling the stuff for half his life to quell his chest pains. But he hasn't died.

Can we just break that down for a second? Dejun says he drinks about 3 to 3.5 liters of kerosene and/or gasoline a month. Over 42 years, that means he's sucked down about 466 gallons, enough to fill up a Corvette almost 30 times, according to calculations by Jalopnik's editor Ray Wert.

But, you know, the guy's not dead yet. In fact, a local doctor has proclaimed him to be in good health, despite his emphysema. Real doctors at a Shapingba district hospital are guessing that he must have developed some sort of immunity to gasoline. Moral of the story? Whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger. Oh, and wirey, old village stonecutters are invincible. [China Daily via Oddity Central via Geekosystem , Photo: CFP]



The human body is pretty amazing. It knows what it wants and will settle for nothing less. If he told any doctor that he was chugging gasoline they would say "What the hell? Why? Stop that!" and he'd be dead in a week.