Heart Attack Grill

A customer pushed in a wheelchair by a nurse-waitress at Heart Attack Grill

A customer pushed in a wheelchair by a nurse-waitress at Heart Attack Grill

  • The Heart Attack Grill is a hamburger restaurant in Chandler, Arizona in USA with a controversial business idea.
  • Heart Attack Grill was founded in 2005 by Jon Basso who works in the restaurant and appears publically dressed up as a doctor and under the name Dr. Jon.
  • Heart Attack Grill’s business idea is to serve high-calorie hamburgers and other things generally considered bad for your health. * Their slogan is ”Taste worth dying for”.
  • At Heart Attack Grill you can get an 8000 calorie burger for 10$ USD. 8000 calories is more than double the recommended daily intake for an adult male.
  • Their hamburgers have the controversial names named after surgical heart procedures: Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple-bypass. The Quadruple Bypass has as it suggests four hamburger-meats between the hamburger buns which are cooked in lard.
The Quadruple Bypass Burger

The Quadruple Bypass Burger

  • In The Quadruple Bypass Burger, there are four half pound slices of meat, almost a whole tomato, half an onion and eight slices of cheese.
  • They also serve other non-healthy things such as ”Flatliner fries” cooked in pure lard, unfiltered cigarettes, beer and liquor, jolt cola and mexican coke made with real sugar.
  • At Heart Attack Grill, the customers are treated as ”patients”. A tag is wrapped around the customers hand with his or her’s ”perscription” (order) written on it. And a man dressed up as a doctor listens to the customers with a stethoscope.
  • The Waitresses at Heart Attack Grill is dressed like naughty nurses which the restaurant has recieved a lot of criticism for. * The Arizona Board of Nursing accused The Heart Attack Grill of violating state law. Only a person who holds a valid and current license to practice professional nursing may use the title nurse.
  • If a customer orders a Triple- or Quadruple-bypass they recieve a free wheelchair ride from the restaurant to their vehicle by one of the nurses.
  • At Heart Attack Grill, anyone who weighs over 350 pounds (158,8 kg) can eat as much as they want for free.

Sources and further reading:

Heart Attack Grill’s Official Website

The Man with the constant shedding skin

Ryan González as a child

Ryan González as a child

  • Ryan Gonzáles is an American who was born in San Diego with a rare condition called Harlequin ichthyosis.
  • Harlequin Ichtyosis caused Ryan to have deep red cracks in his skin and his eyes turned inside out.
  • One in 500 000 babies is born with this condition which is also known as Harlequin fetus. It’s almost always fatal because of the skin’s difficulty to hold water and its lack of protecting from bacterias or diseases.
  • Ryan’s body produces too many skincells and his skin is not shedded properly – it’s sheds seven to ten times faster than normal leading to a hard, armour-like skin in red.
  • Because it’s such a rare condition, not many doctors know how to properly treat it. However, Ryan was successfully treated with an acnecream called Accutane. It functions like a large dose of Vitamine A, allowing his skin to shed properly.
  • With a normal caloric intake, Ryan was still starving as a baby because of his body was producing new skincells at an extremely fast rate.
  • Ryan started to grow when he got a high calory, high protein food suppleant which he now receivs while asleep.
  • Ryan needs to consume 7500 calories a day to keep up with his fast shedding of the skin.
Ryan González grown up

Ryan González grown up

  • Ryan is now 22 years old and competes in triathlon despite his difficult condition which also has left him with an impairment in his hearing and eyesight.

Sources and further reading:

10News article
Discovery Channel Health’s ”Medical Incredible”.

The World’s smallest bodybuilder

Aditya "Romeo" Dev, world's smallest bodybuilder

Aditya "Romeo" Dev, world's smallest bodybuilder

  • Aditya Dev is a 19 year old man from India who is 2’9″ (84 cm) tall and weighs 9 kgs but still is an active bodybuilder.
  • Aditya was born in 1988 with a fifth of the size of a regular baby, weighing only 680g.
  • Aditya was born with a rare form of dwarfism called ”primordial dwarfism”, that results in a smaller body size in all stages of life beginning from before birth.
  • Romeo has been considered both a blessing as well as a curse within his community in India.
  • When he grew a little bit older, he became a big fan of the Indian popstar Jazzy B and started to dance like him.
  • Aditya took his artistname from his idol Jazzy B’s song ”Romeo”.
  • He later started working out with a personal trainer and he can lift 1.5 kg dumbells.
  • India’s version of the Guinnes book of World Records; ”The Limca Book of Records” recognized Romeo as the world’s smallest bodybuilder.
  • Unlike many other little people, Romeo is well portioned.
  • In summer 2008, Aditya was diagnosed with a number of serious aneurysms (baloon-like bulge of a blood vessel) in his brain. If left untreated, Aditya may suffer a stroke and die.
  • Aditya’s poor family are trying to raise the approximately 7500 USD required for his advanced brain surgery. People can donate money via his official website.

Sources and further reading:

Aditya ”Romeo” Dev’s Official Website
Daily Mail news article

Videos:

The Boy who could see without eyes

Ben Underwood: The Boy who could see without eyes

Ben Underwood: The Boy who could see without eyes

  • Ben Underwood from USA was born as a healthy boy in 1992, but at the age of two, Ben developed a type of cancer in his eyes called retinal cancer or Retinoblastoma.
  • At the age of three, his eyes was forced to be removed because of the risk of the cancer spreading by the optical nerve to the brain.
  • Ben’s family refused to let him be held back because of the lack of eyes, his mom told him he could see by touching or hearing.
  • Instead of becoming completely blind, he started to ”see” things by listening to the sounds around him. He began hearing the difference between buildings and alleys.
  • At the age of five, Ben discovered something called ”Ecolocation”. He was able to detect the location of objects by making clicking noises with his tongue.
  • He could ride a bicycle, play basket, go inlining and writes text with the help of a braille-writer and text to audio-software.
  • Ben refused to use a dog or a cane as he didn’t considered himself blind or handicapped. * Ben’s ears has normal hearing, despite having a navigating-technique similiar to that of dolphins, bats or even sonar.
  • Daniel Keesh is a mobility trainer who wanted Ben to realise the dangers of not using a cane as well. Daniel is also blind and has developed a similar clicking-system like Ben, but his also involves the use of a cane.
  • Ben passed away on January 19th 2009, at the age of 16 because of the same cancer that took his sight.

Sources and further reading:

Ben Underwood Foundation

Videos:

Documentary: Extraordinary People: The boy who sees without eyes @ Youtube:

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