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Human coconut peeler in Panama claims he is Guinness-worthy

Published on May 14, 2013 10:07 AM

RIO ALEJANDRO, Panama (AFP) - With jaws of steel that have earned him the nickname "Coconut Peeler," Mr Andres Gardin, at the tender age of 64, is hell-bent on gnawing his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sure, lots of gents his age might be thinking about retirement or whiling away time at the bar.

But when you have a set of vice-like teeth, you have a duty, don't you? Mr Gardin, who styles himself in an thorough homage to the old American classic TV character Mr T. and drives a cab when not making headlines, is not one to shirk from skills he has honed since he was a coconut-chomping lad of 11.

That makes over five decades of training, and more than 100,000 coconuts shredded.

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