A man who's dropped 550 of the 1,235 pounds he weighed when he was in the Guinness book as the world's most obese person left his home for the first time in five months this week with the aid of a forklift and a platform truck.
On his specially designed bed, he traveled to the shore of a lake in northern Mexico. Obviously affected by all the recent coverage of infidelity, my assumption was he was stealing off for an illicit outing with a blonde videographer, but, in fact, he was accompanied by his girlfriend.
At some 700 pounds, he is still unable to walk. His last trip outside his home was in March 2007, when six people pushed his wheel-equipped iron bed out to the street as a mariachi band played and a crowd gathered to greet him. Prior to that, he hadn't left home in five years.
It's worth reflecting that the guy does have a girlfriend. If "No woman can be too rich or too thin," we might add, "No man can be too fat or too homebound."