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Man Claims To Have Gone 70 Years Without Food or Water

70 years ago, this man may have stopped bothering to eat
70 years ago, this man may have stopped bothering to eat
Photo: AFP

An 82 year old man in Gurjarat, India is claiming that 70 years ago, at the age of 12, he stopped eating food or drinking water. Prahlad Jani is what is often referred to as a "breatharian," and is currently being held in isolation in a hospital so that he can be monitored for scientific purposes. India's Defence Research Development Organisation is hoping that this man is telling the truth, and that through their analysis, they can discover ways for humans to survive longer without food.

Breatharians are part of a fairly extreme subset of ascetics, believing that the human body can survive without food or water, requiring only breathing and some form of spiritual nourishment. The longest record of a human hunger strike is 74 days.

Well we don't know about the rest of you, but we could sure go for a beer and a sandwich right about now.


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