Even after surgery and bouts with Crohn's Disease, a Florida man who will eat just about anything now has a world record to his credit.
Chris Schewe, otherwise known as Shoenice (Shoenice22 on YouTube), appeared on truTV's Guinness World Records Gone Wild, where he ate 20 lit birthday candles in 1:12, a world record. The previous record was 2:00.
Filmed in Los Angeles last year, the show finally aired Thursday, March 7.
Those who follow Shoenice, and there are millions, know that 20 birthday candles could, easily, be considered a small feat for the 43-year-old. Since creating his YouTube account in 2008, Schewe has eaten just about everything, including bars of soap, sticks of deodorant, handfuls of Crayola Crayons, bowls of lawn clippings and duct tape by the yard.
Shoenice has also videoed himself chugging quarts of motor oil, gallons of ammonia, fifths of liquor and entire quarts of mouthwash--all within seconds. Nothing stops him. Not even a three-day blackout after downing a bottle of rubbing alcohol in 10 seconds has kept him down.
Some of those stunts, he says, are also worthy of world records. Shoenice chose lit candles to etch his name in the Guinness book because he was challenged.
"Basically, there were people who didn't think I could do it," Schewe said. "But, just like I prove the haters wrong every time I do a stunt, I showed the world I belong in Guinness."
A technicality disqualified an earlier attempt at the record, which also aired on the 'Gone Wild show last month. While he consumed all of the lit candles, two were stuck together, nullifying the effort.
"The producers loved me and knew I could do it," he said. "So, they said, 'We know this mofo aint no joke. He's gotta come back and break the record.'"
Even before his YouTube fame exploded and appearances on shows such as World's Dumbest aired, Schewe was known in private circles as a "human garbage disposal." His teachers would complain when Chris would eat all the art supplies--glue, paper, erasers, popsicle sticks--costing his schools unexpected expenses. Still, heads hadn't begun to truly turn until the masses were introduced to his signature stunt: eating tampons.
No, the man doesn't eat used female products. These are new, unused tampons or, according to Shoenice, a delicacy.
"I've eaten thousands of tampons," he said. "I became known for that. I will eat them dry, but if I soak them in (a) little water they are easier to swallow--strings and all."
While he hasn't been officially diagnosed, Shoenice attributes his scarfing ability to a disorder called Pica, which causes an appetite for indigestible objects.
Currently on a tour of the United States, Schewe has been staying in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also calls Boston, New York, Denver, and various other cities, home. When he arrives in any city, it isn't long before Shoenice is entertaining a crowd by wolfing down an entire roll of toilet paper or a box of unused condoms in record time.
"That's what I do," Shoenice said. "I am a professional idiot trying to bring the world together."
To those who charge Shoenice with being a fraud or sideshow act, the Operation Desert Storm veteran says, "F-CK YAWWW."