The Insatiable Appetite Of Charles Domery

The Insatiable Appetite Of Charles Domery

Charles Domery was a man born in Poland in 1778. Domery joined the Prussian army when he was young, but was very dissatisfied with the rations. He even went over to the French army just for the food. Once he went through all of the French's food, he turned to cats. Reportedly, Domery ate 174 cats in a single year. Other unimaginable feats of his include eating 5 lbs (2.3 kg) of grass per day, and attempting to eat the severed leg of a fellow soldier. Domery's incredible eating abilities is due to a medical condition called polyphagia, which involves excessive appetite. One time, the British army gave him the following items just to see if he could eat them: 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of meat, multiple bottles of wine, a raw cow's udder, 2 lbs (0.9 kg) of candles. He did.

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from Good Mythical Morning

Key Facts In This Video

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    Polyphagia is a medical condition that involves an excessive appetite. (0:39)

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    Charles Domery is said to have eaten 174 cats in a single year. (1:31)

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    A Frenchman with polyphagia named Tarrare would sneak into morgues and eat dead people. (5:11)

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