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I Can Use It as a Table': Rare Syndrome Gives Man the World's Stretchiest Skin

I Can Use It as a Table': Rare Syndrome Gives Man the World's Stretchiest Skin

"marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic skin..."

The Internet can't seem to get enough of Garry Turner, a British man whose claim to fame is the world's stretchiest skin.

Turner was given the Guinness World Record title in 1999 and has been using his talent to amaze -- and gross out -- audiences ever since.

Watch this ITN News report with Turner -- going as Garry "Stretch" -- showing off just what he can do:

According to Life's Little Mysteries a few years ago, the reason Turner is able to extend his skin like a real-life elastic man is due to a syndrome called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. With this syndrome, the collagen in skin that helps it maintain its relatively rigid state doesn't work properly. The National Institute of Health describes it as a disorder "marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels."

Southport Online News from Great Britain back in 2003 featured Turner, reporting that he first noticed his condition was strange in elementary school when other children couldn't do the same. Southport states that Turner tried his hand at sheep farming and in the plaster business but wanted to see if he could make money just by stretching his skin. It became something he has been doing ever since.

Southport reported Turner putting his inherent talent to work at the Circus of Horrors. ITN News notes more recently he is featured at Priceless London Wonderground's show.

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