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China's hairiest man seeks Olympic torch duty
Times Online ^ | July 31, 2007 | Sam Knight

Posted on 08/01/2007 12:26:25 PM PDT by Squidpup

China's hairiest man, a wannabe pop star who calls himself King Kong, wants to carry the Olympic torch on its journey to Beijing in 2008.

Yu Zhenhuan, from the northeastern province of Liaoning, told the Xinhua news agency that his fame and extreme hirsutism qualified him to be one of the 21,880 people who will carry the torch on its roundabout, 85,000-mile voyage next year.

"It would be a great honour to join the Olympic torch relay," said Mr Yu, a 30-year-old rock singer who was recently deposed as the world's hairiest man by a pair of Mexican brothers. "The Olympics belong to everyone — the common people and those with abnormalities included."

Born with hair growing all over his body, except for the soles of his hands and feet and few patches on his face, Mr Yu said his life of adversity made him an ideal candidate to carry the torch, a symbol of Prometheus's stealing of fire from the gods which has been a fixture of the modern Olympics since it was introduced at the Berlin games in 1936.

"First I am a celebrity, inside and outside of China," he said, "and secondly, I think my experience in coping with a disfigurement ties in with the notion of Olympic spirit."

Mr Yu has said that he adopted the nickname King Kong not only on account of his hairiness but also because he shares the monstrous ape's "obstinacy and affectionateness". In 2004, he had to undergo surgery to remove hairs from his ears that were interfering with his hearing and he has fought his corner before, suing a carnival in Beijing for using his image without his permission.

In his current campaign, he already has the support of the Chinese gymnast, Xing Aowei, part of the men's gold-medal-winning team at the Sydney Olympics, who said: "In him, I see the perseverance and bravery of the Chinese people. I will help him with publicity and give him some ideas."

Nonetheless, Mr Yu will have to apply like anyone else to the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) for a part in the complex transfer of the torch and flame next year. The route, which will cross five continents, has already touched diplomatic sore-spots, with its intentions to pass through first Taiwan and then Tibet on its way to ascend Mount Everest.

"We welcome celebrities to apply to join the torch relay," said a spokesman for BOCOG, "but it is hard to assess his chances, as the recruitment is open to everyone."

Although hair covers 96 per cent of Mr Yu's body, he is no longer considered the world's hairiest man. He has been replaced in the Guinness Book of World Records by Victor “Larry” and Gabriel “Danny” Ramos Gomez, from Mexico, who have a 98 per cent rating. The number of hair follicles we are born with is determined by our genes. Hirsutism is caused by high levels of sex hormones and the sensitivity of follicles to those hormones. Extreme hirsutism, like Mr Yu's, is known as atavism.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; china; chitchat; hair; hairy

1 posted on 08/01/2007 12:26:39 PM PDT by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup

Hirsuit pursuit?.....


2 posted on 08/01/2007 12:27:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: Squidpup

When the going gets hairy...


3 posted on 08/01/2007 12:28:19 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (You can take the boy out of the country, but you just can't get the smell off his shoes.)
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To: Squidpup

Hirsute......


4 posted on 08/01/2007 12:28:33 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: Squidpup

5 posted on 08/01/2007 12:28:49 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Squidpup

He wants to carry the torch or possibly be the torch.


6 posted on 08/01/2007 12:29:29 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

You were a must to show up on this thread! :o)


7 posted on 08/01/2007 12:30:18 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

whats with this guy is he part panda


8 posted on 08/01/2007 12:30:29 PM PDT by Gone_Postal (We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat)
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To: Squidpup

Let the wookie win.


9 posted on 08/01/2007 12:30:29 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Squidpup
He's one for the ladies:


10 posted on 08/01/2007 12:30:46 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Squidpup

11 posted on 08/01/2007 12:31:07 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He will build the fence!!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Isn’t that John Edwards...hair stylist?


12 posted on 08/01/2007 12:32:02 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: Squidpup

He needs some gold chains...


13 posted on 08/01/2007 12:32:08 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Squidpup

14 posted on 08/01/2007 12:32:08 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Squidpup

Ha !


15 posted on 08/01/2007 12:39:49 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: RightWhale

You beat me to it. Please tell me he’s not vying for the job to throw it in the kettle!


16 posted on 08/01/2007 12:49:21 PM PDT by DanielLongo (Don't tread on me)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL. It’s not wise to upset a Wookie!


17 posted on 08/01/2007 12:50:16 PM PDT by DanielLongo (Don't tread on me)
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To: Squidpup

I hope this guy doesn’t have any sisters....yuk.


18 posted on 08/01/2007 1:01:04 PM PDT by paddles
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To: Squidpup

Is he Rogainian?


19 posted on 08/01/2007 1:05:38 PM PDT by Pajama Blogger (Pajama Power)
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To: Squidpup
China's hairiest man seeks Olympic torch duty

Is this a good idea?

20 posted on 08/01/2007 1:17:04 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: OB1kNOb

"Sometimes, I have nightmares about lice."

21 posted on 08/01/2007 1:18:49 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: SIDENET

No he doesn’t... he has recurring nightmares about velcro!


22 posted on 08/01/2007 1:20:01 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Squidpup
Danny Ramos Gomez, 23
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We've all heard the werewolf legends: When the moon grows full, so goes the legend, a man is transformed into a beast — he grows hair, and acquires awesome powers. But what if it weren't the light of the moon but rather genetics that gave the werewolves of legend all that hair? The powers, though, remain the stuff of myth. For Danny Ramos Gomez, 23, genetics is the reason people call him "the wolf man." Danny has a condition called hypertrichosis, which causes his body to produce an abnormal amount of hair everywhere.Danny's 26-year-old brother, Larry, also has hypertrichosis. The brothers are known for their daredevil feats in a Mexican circus. But when they were little, it was different. They were both part of a freak show, exhibited like animals and called "wolf children.""They kept them locked up, and they wouldn't let them come out until show time," said Betty Tampa, a circus performer partner of Danny's. "They were locked up inside a trailer. They couldn't even go near the curtains."

Danny said he was too young to remember how it felt being in the circus. But Mundo Campo, whose father owns the circus in which Danny now performs, will never forget. "So [the brothers] were in a cage inside, and they were sitting in two chairs," Campo said. "I told my father about it and said, 'You know, the saddest part of this is they're never going to be out of this cage, right? They are going to be in the cages forever.'" Campo convinced his father to hire the boys and train them in the circus arts. "We began working as magicians. Then I started on the trampoline, and from the trampoline I went to become a trapeze artist," Danny said. "Someday I want to work in the large circuses in order to be more popular, not with the public but with the circus people."

23 posted on 08/01/2007 1:32:48 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: HamiltonJay

LOL!!!


24 posted on 08/01/2007 1:32:58 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: SIDENET

You can smell the disaster now, can’t you?


25 posted on 08/01/2007 1:35:44 PM PDT by kenth
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Looks like a typical Jihadist to me. Appropriate that the term for this condition is “atavism”!


26 posted on 08/01/2007 1:36:10 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Squidpup
Oh My God! I’d spend every dollar I could beg borrow or steal on electrolysis!
27 posted on 08/01/2007 1:40:28 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Squidpup
"China's hairiest man, a wannabe pop star who calls himself King Kong, wants to carry the Olympic torch on its journey to Beijing in 2008 and sing the Chinese national anthem with the world-renowned Hairy Simian Chorale."
28 posted on 08/01/2007 1:45:12 PM PDT by macamadamia
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To: Ditter

Let’s not even get into discussing waxing


29 posted on 08/01/2007 1:51:43 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: SevenofNine

30 posted on 08/01/2007 1:54:45 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Squidpup

She asked him why
Why I’m hairy guy
I’m hairy noon and nighty-night night
My hair is a fright
I’m hairy high and low
But don’t ask me why
‘Cause he don’t know
It’s not for lack of bread
Like the Grateful Dead
Darlin...

Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer hair
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Grow it, show it
Long as I can grow it
My hair

I can let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home for the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for the buzzing bees
A nest for birds
There ain’t no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my...

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Grow it, show it
Long as I can grow it
My hair

I want it long, straight and curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, steaming, gleaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Mangled, tangled, spangled
And spaghetti!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair’s too short

Down to here
Down to there
Down to there
Down to where
It stops by itself
Don’t never have to cut
‘Cause it stops by itself


31 posted on 08/01/2007 1:55:25 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: 2banana
He needs some gold chains...

Gold chains, nothin' - he needs one of these...


32 posted on 08/01/2007 1:56:15 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

BUMP


33 posted on 08/01/2007 1:59:51 PM PDT by SweetCaroline (***Your own healing is the Greatest Message of Hope to others!***)
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To: monkapotamus

LOL! - that’s his face after the waxjob


34 posted on 08/01/2007 2:07:54 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Squidpup; SevenofNine; Tamar1973

35 posted on 08/01/2007 2:09:44 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Squidpup

My beard grows to my toes, I never wears no clothes, I wraps my hair around my bare, And down the road I goes. (Shel Silverstein)

36 posted on 08/01/2007 2:18:51 PM PDT by agrace
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To: monkapotamus

ROTFLMAO! I’d be “raging” if I were that hairy, too! LOL!


37 posted on 08/01/2007 2:38:40 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: monkapotamus

MAN I didn’t realize Muslum rage boy that hair he need good case of nair for that


38 posted on 08/01/2007 2:59:16 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Bon mots

They make great pets when they’re younger but it just doesn’t last long.

We finally had to turn ours over to a wildlife refuge.


39 posted on 08/01/2007 3:34:58 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (If you agee with Democrats you agree with America's enemies.)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


40 posted on 08/01/2007 3:48:06 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Squidpup

Get Gillette to sponsor that segment.


41 posted on 08/01/2007 3:50:08 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Squidpup
I’ve had dogs and cats that didn’t have the fur this guy has. What a curse! You’d have to buy your clothes a size larger to accommodate your fur. In winter you’d need a hair dryer after a bath and think about the hair in the drain. I may have a few unwanted hairs on my lip from time to time but this poor guy is a disaster.
42 posted on 08/01/2007 3:58:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Squidpup
The real story is that every now and then a window-sill Chia Pet mutates and the family adopts it.

Leni

43 posted on 08/01/2007 4:08:44 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !)
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