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This Indian man is addicted to eating bricks, stones, and mud. Pakkirappa Hunagundi from Karnataka is suffering from Pica – a condition that causes cravings for inedible stuff. Hence, the man has been gobbling up at least 3 kilos of bricks, gravel and mud every day.
At a tender age of 10, Hunagundi developed a liking for debris, basically everything that one would shun away from eating. And so, he started snacking from walls and streets and claims of no ill effects.
Perfectly healthy and fine after 20 years of such snacking, Hunagundi has been ignoring all the suggestions related to this disorder. He says, ‘I have been eating bricks and rocks for around 20 years now. I love eating them. It has become a part of my life. I have suffered no side effects. My teeth are absolutely fine. I can bite into the hardest stone without a problem.’
His family, especially his mother has spent nearly 20 years in persuading him to give away this habit, but she failed miserably. He says, ‘My mother says don’t eat all this. She keeps insisting, but even if she gives me chicken fry, I don’t eat it. I don’t like that at all. I need mud and bricks to eat. I can’t help my own habit.’
But his obsession is really taking a toll on his eating habits. Upon being asked, as to how he likes this to be served, he said, it’s at its best when served with a glass of water.
Everyone in the village finds it absolutely strange, but nothing has stopped him from consuming this on daily basis. People from the nearby areas and sometimes far away come to the town, just to watch him eat.
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