This Man Eats Bricks

Nope, not a typo.

1. This is Pakkirappa Hunagundi. He’s a 30 year-old village labourer from Karnataka, western India. And that’s a brick.

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2. Hunagundi says he’s been eating up to three kilos of bricks, gravel and mud every day for the last 20 years.

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

3. He generally finds material to eat lying around his village. But, say his neighbours, “he relishes hot charcoal, too, like a snack.”

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

4. “We feel very bad. We have tried to convince him many times [to stop], but he does not listen. We have given up now.”

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

5. Hunagundi says he has no taste for regular food: “My mother keeps insisting, but even if she gives me chicken fry, I don’t like that at all.”

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

6. Hunagundi is thought to have Pica, which makes sufferers crave non-edible food.

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

7. But, he says, “My teeth are absolutely fine. I can bite into the hardest stone without a problem.”

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

8. Hunagundi’s talent has attracted significant attention. Now he wants to showcase it across India.

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9. “My father died four years ago. I have to take care of my mother. We don’t have any income. So I want to show people what I can do. I want earn some money.”

Dominic Rodrigous / Barcroft India

10. Watch Pakkirappa Hunagundi eating bricks in this video.

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