A man who is described as ‘The Human Light Bulb’ has stunned medical doctors with his ability to feed on electricity whenever he is hungry and can nibble on live wires without getting electrocuted.
An Indian man has earned himself the nickname the ‘Human Light Bulb’ after making bizarre claims that he can feed off electricity, Dailymail UK reports.
42-year-old Naresh Kumar, says he lets electric currents flow through his body whenever he is hungry, and does not feel shock when touching live wires.
Mr Kumar, from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, says he simply plugs himself into the mains, and after some 30 minutes, he is satiated.
Whether truth or parlour trick, Mr Kumar says he discovered his ‘talent’ when he accidentally touched live wire one day at work, and has since become obsessed with his resistance.
He displays his ‘talent’ by letting electrical current flow through his mouth to light a bulb, which has earned him his nickname in the village.
‘I can touch any electrical appliance like a television, washing machine, fridge, and an inverter with my bare hands and it doesn’t affect me,’ Mr Kumar told Cover Asia Press.
‘Whenever I feel hungry and there’s no food in the house I hold naked wires and within half an hour I’m satisfied. I eat electricity like it’s food,’ he added.
Humans have different levels of resistance, and electric currents can have more or less of an effect on individuals, depending on voltage, duration and current pathway.
This is, for example, why it is possible to survive being hit by a bolt of lightning if the current does not exit the body via the heart.
In previous reports of ‘human light bulbs’, it has been claimed that a lack of sweat glands can have an impact on ability to resist shock, but this has not been confirmed.