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Inside London’s Secret Silver Vaults: STORE CRAZY2m43s

Inside London’s Secret Silver Vaults: STORE CRAZY

Tucked away in an unassuming road in central London is the largest retail collection of fine antique silver in the world. If you’re looking to pick up some dazzling antiques, look no further than the London Silver Vaults. From sparkling jewelry, to decorative candle sticks, to a cucumber slice dated back to 1805, the vaults sell thousands of pieces of silverware. John Walter is the current proprietor at William Walter Antiques, a third generation silver dealer who first opened their doors back in 1940, to keep London’s silver hoard safe against the Nazi's bombs. It was his grandfather who first came down there and opened a storage. From the on it grew to become an antique center. William Walter Antiques is effectively like a safe deposit within a safe deposit, guarding items that are valued from a few pounds to nearly a million. It is one of the top five most secure buildings in the world, right behind Fort Knox and The Back of England, so if you want to enter the place, you will have to go through a vigilant system of safety measures. And for a good reason. The London Silver Vaults cater to collectors, presenting pieces dating from well into the 1600s to the present. One of the retailers, Langfords, boasts a silver bowl from one of Queen Victoria’s sons and a silver teapot that dates from an era when tea was more expensive than silver. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Ian Phillips

He Believes That The Earth Is Flat And He Gains More Followers By The Minute8m29s

He Believes That The Earth Is Flat And He Gains More Followers By The Minute

There is an ever-growing community of people who reject scientific wisdom and insist that the world is flat. Nathan Thompson, 31, a network marketer based in Orange County, California, set up the Official Flat Earth and Globe Discussion group on Facebook in June 2016. The group now boasts more than 42,000 members and even Nathan has been taken aback by its rapid growth. He was introduced to the notion of a flat Earth by a friend and says he initially dismissed it as a “ridiculous idea”. He now spends his time travelling across the USA to meet other Flat Earthers and spread his message to potential new converts. These ‘Flat Earthers’ believe that our planet is encircled by a giant, heavily-policed ice wall and that gravity is just an unproven theory. They also claim that NASA is a fraudulent organisation and that all the photographs and video footage we have from space are computer-generated imagery (CGI). And while their views may sound far-fetched, the movement has attracted a number of celebrity adherents in recent months, including rapper B.o.B., former reality TV star Tila Tequila and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. The Flat Earth community is also united in the belief that the continent of Antarctica is actually an ice wall that stretches around the perimeter of our world. Videographer / director: Joel Forrest Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: July 7, 20175,109 viewsVirality: 2%
Burns Survivor Mom Rebuilds Her Life5m47s

Burns Survivor Mom Rebuilds Her Life

Life is a funny thing; it can go from perfect to grim in a blink of an eye. A young mom is battling to reclaim her life after experiencing horrific burns as the result of a terrifying campfire accident. On September 30, 2016, Courtney Waldon, 27, from Tallapoosa, Georgia, went through the most excruciating pain that left her with burns over 40% of her face and body, after her husband poured gasoline into a camp fire in the hopes of keeping it alive for longer. After being through several skin grafts and being in the hospital for 51 days, Courtney and her husband separated, which left her and her daughter with no income. With medical bills over two million dollars, a local church decided to pitch in by building a new home for the loving family. Courtney wasn't left completely alone though. Her community rallied up to help the young single mother by donating their time and money and eventually built a new house for Courtney and her 5 years old daughter. “I’ve been managing to get my life back, I’m just pushing forward everyday to make myself better for myself and for my daughter,” said Courtney. She may look different on the outside, but she is just as strong as she ever was on the inside. Maybe even stronger. Videographer / director: John-Paul Steele Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Michael Muncer Editor: Sonia Estal

I Want The World’s Biggest Hips Even If It Kills Me: HOOKED ON THE LOOK3m36s

I Want The World’s Biggest Hips Even If It Kills Me: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

Bobbi-Jo Westley is on a one-woman quest to have the world’s biggest hips - even if doing so KILLS her. Currently measuring 95 inches, she has her sights firmly set on the current record of 99 inches, held by LA-based Mikel Ruffinelli. And her supersized hips have already earned her a supersized following, with legions of fans from around the globe buying and trading her pictures online. Despite the warnings of doctors and nutritionists that her current lifestyle means she is a ‘ticking time bomb’, she is determined to keep on growing her hips until she sets a new world record - or die trying. Her super-sized hips have already garnered her a super-sized following; her fans are actually collecting and trading with her pictures online. They don't stop at pictures; people actually pay money for the New Yorker to sit on them and squash them. The dark side of her over-sized fame is that Bobbi-Jo is constantly on the sharp end of the hateful messages from Internet trolls. This doesn't make her want to quit though; in fact, she thinks that her hips are what makes her unique. "I want to be remembered for something, and I think having the world’s biggest hips is what I was meant to be remembered for.” says the SSBBW, which stands for “super sized big beautiful woman” Videographer / director: Carlos Chiossone Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

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Published: July 3, 2017Updated: July 5, 2017308 views
God’s Own Junkyard Is London’s Neon ‘Wonderland’: STORE CRAZY4m12s

God’s Own Junkyard Is London’s Neon ‘Wonderland’: STORE CRAZY

HIDDEN behind inconspicuous shutters in an East London warehouse is a neon wonderland. God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow is the brainchild of British artist Chris Bracey, nicknamed the ‘Neon Man’. Chris spent 37 years sourcing, creating and revamping neon from all around the world. Following Chris’ death in November 2014, the neon nirvana is now solely owned by his son Marcus, who is continuing the trade with a passion. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Shannon Lane, Michael Muncer Editor: Jack Stevens

6ft 9in Woman Bids To Be World’s Tallest Model4m38s

6ft 9in Woman Bids To Be World’s Tallest Model

Former basketball Olympic medalist Ekaterina Lisina has a new target in her sights - being named the world’s tallest model. Standing at 6ft 9in in her bare feet, Ekaterina, from Penza, Russia, has already been named the tallest woman in Russia. After retiring from basketball, the leggy beauty launched a career in modeling and now believes she is the world’s tallest model. The 29-year-old Russian beauty has won fans all over the world, thanks to her striking height. Many of said fans are men with a penchant for tall, “Amazonian” woman, preferably with big feet. Because of her stature, Ekaterina has trouble finding wardrobe for her 6 foot 9 inch frame, mostly pants, jeans and shoes. Her feet have officially been recognized as the biggest in Russia, with a European size of 47, or a men's US size 13. The current record for world's tallest model is held by Amazon Eve, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, making Ekaterina the sure contender to snatch that title. Ekaterina also is the proud owner of the world's longest pair of legs, measuring 52.4 inches, which is also longer than the current record holder. Ekaterina doesn't shy away from the attention she's been getting so far; in fact, she hopes that by winning these two titles, she will be getting even more attention. Videographer / director: Nikita Sergeev Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: June 30, 2017Updated: July 4, 201717,536 views
Aged 50 And Only 29 Inches Tall: BORN DIFFERENT3m05s

Aged 50 And Only 29 Inches Tall: BORN DIFFERENT

An Indian man has become a local celebrity – because he’s 50 years old and only 29 inches tall. Basori Lal, from Madhya Pradesh in India, has become a hero in his village and is regularly visited by curious travelers from the surrounding area. Basori was born an average height but his family noticed he stopped growing at the age of five. Basori lives with his brother Gopi Lal, 55, and Gopi's wife Satia. The couple consider blessed to have Basori in their family. Even Basori himself is quite happy with his diminutive stature, saying that he eats, sleeps and works and lives like normal people. When he was born, his family didn't notice anything strange about the child, because he was of average height, just like the rest of the children. It wasn't until Basori reached the age of five that they noticed he isn't growing. Basori experienced some bullying in his youthful days, but they are long gone. Now, Basori is content to spend his life living with his brother and working in the factory to earn more money for the family. He is indeed so happy, that he drinks a special toast to it each evening before bed, with a shot of whiskey. Videographer / director: Rare Shot Producer: Haziq Qadri, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Trans Couple Pause Transition To Become Parents: MY TRANS LIFE3m14s

Trans Couple Pause Transition To Become Parents: MY TRANS LIFE

TRANS couple who stopped transitioning to have a baby celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. For couple Liam Johnson, 20, and Racquelle Trammell, 30, their biological daughter’s first birthday is a celebration they thought they might never experience. After meeting through a mutual friend in 2011, the couple started dating and quickly realised their relationship was serious. Although they both wanted to have a family, it was a tough decision to halt their transitioning in order to have a baby. Liam identifies as a man but he is still able to get pregnant and give birth naturally. Racquelle had to stop taking oestrogen to ensure her sperm could fertilise an egg. Videographer / director: Phil Rossi Producer: Eve Wagstaff, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

Half A Million Dollar Skateboard Collection3m26s

Half A Million Dollar Skateboard Collection

A skateboard enthusiast believes he has amassed the world’s largest collection - worth over half a million dollars. Skateboard mega collector Todd Huber estimates he’s spent over $100,000 on boards and related memorabilia – although recent valuations of the collection are more than five times Todd’s original spend. Who knew something like collecting skateboards can yield such a substantial profit? The 51-year-old, originally from San Francisco but now living in Simi Valley, California, had been keeping his collection in a one-car garage - much to his wife’s dismay. The 5,000 skateboards are now housed in a 30,000 square feet warehouse, which also includes a shop, indoor skatepark and, according to Todd, 'the very first Skateboard museum ever in the world'. Todd Huber has purchased many different skateboards from many different places to add to his collection. Maybe he has seen some of the best selling skateboards on Amazon and seen some of the unique and crazy designs there. The Videographer/Director of this unique video is Joel Forrest, produced by Charley Sutton and Michael Muncer with editing by Ian Phillips.

“I Haven’t Seen The Floor In Four Years": BRITAIN’S HIDDEN HOARDERS12m33s

“I Haven’t Seen The Floor In Four Years": BRITAIN’S HIDDEN HOARDERS

A hoarder who hadn’t seen her floor in four years has called in Britain’s most extreme cleaners. Sally-Ann Howell, 45, from Tivadale, West Midlands contacted cleaning specialists N Gervais in November 2016 after the council received complaints about a strong smell coming from her flat. So hoarding specialists Tee and Caz, from N Gervais were brought in to attempt one of the most extreme cleans they’d ever encountered. Videographer / director: Marcus Hessenberg Producer: Charley Sutton, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: June 23, 2017Updated: June 24, 2017380 views
This 26-Year-Old Model Wears Her ‘Wrinkles’ With Pride4m46s

This 26-Year-Old Model Wears Her ‘Wrinkles’ With Pride

A 26-year-old woman with a rare condition that makes her look decades older is challenging beauty standards by becoming a model. Hoping to break into the modelling industry, Sara Geurts from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is determined to carve out a successful modelling career despite battling with Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) - a genetic condition that leaves her with excessively saggy skin. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a fairly rare condition affecting only 1 in 5,000 worldwide, however only a dozen people have been diagnosed with Sara’s type of the condition, Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Dalos syndrome. The syndrome causes Sara to have soft, doughy skin that is extremely fragile and her joints and muscles are also weak and often leave her in discomfort. At one point in her life Sara’s skin was her biggest insecurity, now she takes pride in her unique look and fully embraces it as she heads towards a career in modelling. “We are in the generation of albinism models. We have melanin models. We have vitiligo models. We have plus size models. And those are all fabulous things. But the one thing that we are really missing are people with disorders within our everyday commercials.” adds the brave young woman and we can’t help but wish her all the best in her future endeavors! Videographer / director: William McLeod Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: June 22, 2017Updated: June 24, 201723,851 views
London’s Monster Supplies Shop: STORE CRAZY3m19s

London’s Monster Supplies Shop: STORE CRAZY

WHETHER you’re a vampire, zombie, werewolf or mummy, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has everything you need. Located in an inconspicuous high street in Hackney East London, the unusual shop's shelves are lined with weird and wonderful items - ranging from cubed earwax, a tin of night terrors and jars of salt made from tears of sorrow. But the reason the quirky shop sells things that go bump in the night is not just to give you the heebie jeebies, it’s actually to encourage children to write. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Shannon Lane, Michael Muncer Editor: Marcus Cooper

2’6” Tall Fashion Vlogger Stands For Beauty In All Sizes: BORN DIFFERENT5m24s

2’6” Tall Fashion Vlogger Stands For Beauty In All Sizes: BORN DIFFERENT

Fashionista Michaela Davert has a rare condition that means she can break a bone as easily as a piece of chalk. The 18-year-old, who measures 2ft 6ins in height, has broken over 90 bones in her body and was isolated at school. But now trendy Michaela, from Michigan, USA, inspires her 30,000 YouTube subscribers with beauty and fashion vlogs and inspires other girls to do away with traditional beauty standards and embrace their differences. Videographer / director: Jeremiah Fabre Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

India Is The Home Of The World’s Tallest 8-Year-Old: BORN DIFFERENT2m55s

India Is The Home Of The World’s Tallest 8-Year-Old: BORN DIFFERENT

A giant schoolboy is towering over his classmates and teachers – measuring a whopping 6 feet 6 inches at the age of EIGHT. Karan Singh, from Meerut in India, believes he is the world’s tallest eight-year-old and comes from a towering family - his dad Sanjay is also 6 feet 6 inches and mum Shweatlana is an incredible 7 feet 2 inches. Karan has been a record breaker since birth, entering the Guinness Book of Records as both the heaviest and tallest baby at birth. He has also been recorded as the world’s tallest 5-year-old so his dad wants him to be recognized again. His mom is actually India’s tallest woman. She plays for India’s national basketball team and has represented her country in numerous sporting events. Despite being unusually tall for his age, Karan’s regular endocrinological tests show that he is actually very normal. He’s just lucky to be born in a family with some very “tall” genes! Dad Sanjay said: “We take Karan to an endocrinologist regularly. For both Shweatlana and Karan it might be an excess of the growth hormone. Till now, the tests have not shown any problems and everything is normal. Karan has a good stamina and has no internal problems.” Karan has no problems with his friends about his height and he actually wants to become even taller! Such tall ambitions. Be sure to check out BarcroftTV's other videos, for more unique stories. Videographer / director: Shams Qari Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

500lbs and Pregnant: HOOKED ON THE LOOK4m53s

500lbs and Pregnant: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

Morbidly obese Monica Riley once wanted to be the fattest woman in the world and would eat over 10,000 calories a day in an attempt to become immobile. The 28-year-old ballooned to 700lbs and hoped to become so large that she became bed bound under the care of her feeder fiancé, Sid. But after suffering two miscarriages, Monica, from Fort Worth, Texas, is pregnant again and now overhauling her lifestyle in a bid to ensure a healthy pregnancy and be a fit mom. Monica’s dream was to be recognized as the world’s fattest woman. She even “hired” her fiance to be her feeder, using a funnel to help her devour those insane amounts of food. But when she finally got pregnant, she decided to shed the excess weight in order to become the mom that her child will need her to be. She’s lost a whopping 196 pounds so far. Videographer / director: Ryan Barbosa Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

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Published: June 13, 2017Updated: June 14, 201743,825 views
Mechanic Offers Discounts To Make Men Have Prostates Checked3m29s

Mechanic Offers Discounts To Make Men Have Prostates Checked

A MECHANIC is offering a 20 percent discount to customers that agree to see the doctor about their prostate. Errol McKellar launched the campaign called ‘MOT Yourself’ from inside his garage in Hackney, London to get more men in Britain talking about prostate cancer and eliminate the taboo associated with it. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, the 59-year-old is now determined to get more men to go for screenings to avoid the hardships he went through in his battle with the deadly disease. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Michael Muncer Editor: James Thorne

Real Life Vampires Find Love At First Bite: EXTREME LOVE5m05s

Real Life Vampires Find Love At First Bite: EXTREME LOVE

When fetish model Lea met tarot-reader Tim, it was love at first bite. The 20-year-old fanged beauty and the 31-year-old psychic are real-life ‘vampires’, from Austin, Texas, who have a passionate relationship based on sucking each other’s blood – and say it’s better than sex. ‘Countess Lea of House Van Doorn’ and ‘Count Tim of House Van Doorn’ met two years ago at a vampire festival and felt an instant ‘connection of darkness’, which quickly developed into a blood-sucking relationship. Now the pair, who care for Tim’s three-year-old son, Daedric, are planning to tie the knot in a vampire themed wedding ceremony next year. These people don’t have the supernatural abilities that we associate with the likes of Dracula, but are rather individuals who claim that they have a condition which requires them to drink blood for sustenance. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

World’s Oldest Cigar Seller: STORE CRAZY3m39s

World’s Oldest Cigar Seller: STORE CRAZY

Take a look inside the world’s oldest cigar merchants - and one of the last remaining public places in the United Kingdom where people can still smoke inside. Cigar merchants James J. Fox, based in London’s upmarket Mayfair region first opened its doors in 1881 in Dublin, before moving to London in 1947. The tobacconist has received eight Royal Warrants over time, with the last being issued by the Queen Mother in 1997 and they still continue to supply cigars to the royal household. The cigars they make range in price from £20, but if you feel like splurging, you will have to cough up hundreds of pounds for one of their ultra-rare pre-Castro pieces. Cigar lovers can also take a stroll around the in-store museum, filled with historical memorabilia. The collection includes historical ledgers and cigars from the 1851 Great Exhibition and even one of Churchill's many famous hats and the chair he would sit in whilst choosing his cigars in store. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Crystal Chung, Michael Muncer Editor: Sonia Estal

Boy With A Hairy Tail Worshiped As A God In India 1m57s

Boy With A Hairy Tail Worshiped As A God In India

An eight-year-old boy is being worshipped in an Indian village after growing a long hairy tail. Dulha Singh was born with a patch of hair on his lower back with locals believing that he is an incarnation of Hanuman – a monkey like God. The young boy lives with his uncle Sahib Singh and aunt Majeer Kaur in Amritsar, Punjab. Little Dulha says that he doesn’t mind the tail and that he would leave it, believing it’s a gift from God. “Some kids used to make fun of my tail. They are now my friends and do not tease me anymore.” admits Dulha, obviously feeling the burden of fame. The uncle told media that Dulha’s mother decided to cut his tail when he was younger, but unfortunately she died before she had the chance. Now that Dulha is in his custody, he decided not to cut it and people from the surrounding villages are flocking to see the incarnation of the Monkey God and pray. People used to travel hundreds of miles to seek blessings by touching his tail. It is nice to see he is happy in his own skin and doesn't care if he is different, that is what makes him special! Dulha also has a knack for climbing trees, which villagers see as further proof of being a God! Videographer / director: Rare Shot Producer: Haziq Qadri, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: June 5, 201756,481 viewsVirality: 7%
Model With Down Syndrome Challenges Beauty Stereotypes: BORN DIFFERENT4m22s

Model With Down Syndrome Challenges Beauty Stereotypes: BORN DIFFERENT

THE first model with Down Syndrome to front a beauty campaign is hoping to shake up the industry and prove that “beauty belongs to everybody.” Katie Meade is the first to admit that people with Down Syndrome, as well as other disabilities, are largely absent from the beauty and fashion industries - and she’s determined to change it. The 33-year-old made history last year when she became the first ever model with Down Syndrome to be the face of a beauty brand and her career - both as a model and as an ambassador for people with learning disabilities - continues to grow. Growing up, Katie loved putting on different outfits and playing with lipstick, and had always dreamt of becoming a model but it wasn’t something she believed would ever happen to her. Now that it has, Katie is passionate about encouraging other people – whether they have a disability or not – to consider themselves worthy of a place in the beauty and fashion industry. Videographer / director: Rachel Mummey Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: June 2, 2017795 viewsVirality: 10%
One In A Million Boy With CLOVES Syndrome: BORN DIFFERENT5m05s

One In A Million Boy With CLOVES Syndrome: BORN DIFFERENT

A three-year-old boy remains upbeat despite battling an extremely rare condition that has made the right side of his face heavily swollen. Victor Padilla was born with CLOVES Syndrome – an overgrowth illness that causes complex vascular anomalies leading to the formation of tumours on the body. CLOVES, which in Victor’s case stands for Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth with Vascular Anomalies, is said to have only been diagnosed in a couple of hundred people worldwide. But despite the terrible nature of Victor’s condition, his parents Jennifer and Jerry Padilla have sent him to pre-school in Rochester, New York, and could not be happier with the progress he is making. Videographer / director: Mike Bradley Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Ripped YouTuber Does Insane 15,000 Calorie Food Challenges3m13s

Ripped YouTuber Does Insane 15,000 Calorie Food Challenges

A fitness fanatic and slender Youtuber proves that he is a food challenge machine - by devouring gigantic 15,000 calorie meals in minutes. Nathan Figueroa, 29, has proven to the world that his eyes definitely aren’t bigger than his stomach, by consuming large meals from an 80oz steak, a 28 inch pizza, a 6 lbs burrito and a whopping 10 lbs burger and fries challenge. The videographer from Florida started his food challenges in 2015 after he saw a picture of his friend eating a giant burger on social media. Nathan contacted his friend and asked if he could join him in the food challenge and has been gulping down ginormous portions of food for his 230,000 followers ever since. Check out this insane food challenge. Videographer / director: Nathan Figueroa Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Ian Phillips

Remove My Genitals To Make Me A Genderless ‘Alien’: HOOKED ON THE LOOK6m16s

Remove My Genitals To Make Me A Genderless ‘Alien’: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A MAKE-UP artist wants to remove his genitals to achieve his dream of looking like an alien. Vinny Ohh, 23, based in Los Angeles, has already spent $60,000 transforming himself into a 'genderless alien’. But he has been told by plastic surgeons that he may never be able to have the operation - which would be a world-first. Medical professionals have warmed him such an operation could be highly risky and leave him unable to urinate, but he is adamant that he will go ahead with the procedure, saying that he needs it in order to become his true self. Videographer / director: Joel Forrest Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

From Mormon To Glamour Model: HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m20s

From Mormon To Glamour Model: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

BUSTY Allegra Cole has enlarged her 54-inch breasts so much that she struggles to do up her own shoes - but she was actually raised as a strict Mormon. The proud mum swapped a career as a suburban piano teacher for the glitz of glamour modelling, with her initial operations funded by strangers online. Allegra, 47, styles herself on what she calls the “extreme Jessica Rabbit look” and openly talks about her “boob greed” and her desire to go even bigger. Allegra grew up in a traditional Mormon household in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was a musical prodigy, performing as a professionally trained pianist at a very young age. She settled into a tranquil life as a mother and piano teacher, but in her 30s she decided to pose for some modelling shots - and quickly got hooked. She now earns up to $100,000 a year posing for sexy pictures, with her 34MM cups in high demand. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

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Published: May 25, 20171,121 viewsVirality: 10%
Man Has His Hand Sewn Inside His Stomach In A Groundbreaking Surgery3m48s

Man Has His Hand Sewn Inside His Stomach In A Groundbreaking Surgery

A man whose hand was saved after it was sewed inside his abdomen is now set to have pioneering surgery, the first of its kind in the world, to restore full use of his fingers. Former machine operator Carlos Mariotti, 43, from São Ludgero in southern Brazil, lost all the skin from his hand and fingers in a horrific workplace accident in March 2016. However, quick-thinking surgeons decided that rather than amputate, they could salvage the totally mutilated hand by surgically tucking it into a soft-tissue pouch in his belly, where it stayed for 42 days. The doctor had never done that type of surgery and he had never seen it performed before. Carlos had two more surgeries in May 2016, which left his hand looking like a boxing glove, and despite of its gruesome appearance, he is lucky to have a hand at all. He had to remember every day that he cannot take his hand out of his body, which is a really strange sensation. Now, he is set to have two more procedures to radically improve the range of movement in his hand, by separating his fingers and repairing his nerves. He has not been able to work since the injury, but he started to pick up things and exercise, making small improvements, and now faces a financial battle to raise money for the surgery. Videographer / director: Janet Tappin Coelho Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: May 23, 2017Updated: May 24, 20174,178 views