When People Eat Glass

When People Eat Glass

Asher Kade
Asher Kade
Scribol Staff
Anthropology and History

glass wallPhoto: Adrian Van Leen

There’s a man in Ohio who has a bizarre addiction. He loves to eat glass. This is not to garner attention or guarantee him celebrity attention in a Las Vegas show. No, he eats glass and can’t stop doing it.

Like seeking a thrill or a high in traditional ways (as in illegal drugs or alcohol), people who eat glass have a legitimate addiction as well. The addiction is called Hyalophagia or hyalophagy and is typically made public in stage shows. You may know the more renowned glass eaters, Preacher Muad’dib Todd Robbins, Matt the Knife, Josh Routh and Michel Lotito. Unfortunately, some people like the man in the video above carry this act further and eat glass on an everyday basis.

People who eat glass to fulfill their addiction or habit report experiencing a warm and satisfying feeling from the act. However, this addiction obviously has its risks. The esophogus can be perforated, along with other organs. Eventually, the glass finds its natural route to the toilet. But, this can also be painful and disturbing, to put it lightly.

Josh, seen in the first video, has eaten over 250 light bulbs and 100 glasses in just four years. He also likes to eat or swallow bullets, preferably the .22 caliber ones.

.22 calibar bulletsPhoto: MinivanNinja

In case you are wondering, yes, these items do show up in X-rays. Josh has seen a doctor for his glass eating addiction, thanks to the prodding of his fiance. It is unknown whether these addictions will quickly kill the person or just shorten their lives. Research has not been done on these unusual addictions. Glass eaters like Josh can become attracted to the addiction through reading books about it and, of course, through the Internet.

People like Josh admit they enjoy the attention. This leads one to question the psychology of people suffering from this somewhat disturbing and crude addiction. If people didn’t give them attention, would they continue to eat glass? Hopefully, articles like this will educate the public, and those considering eating glass, to be wary of the serious dangers. Even if one survives eating 250 light bulbs, there is no guarantee that the next light bulb one eats won’t kill you.

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