Man with 'World's Stretchiest Skin' Doubles as Surefire Cure for Somnia

Gary "Stretch" Turner of the Royal Family of Strange People claims to have the world's stretchiest skin.

In actuality, Turner, 41, has an extreme case of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder that causes his skin to be twice as thin as normal.

"If you 'look at your own skin cells under a microscope, they'd be nice and round and lock in many places," Turner told ABC News back in 2007. "But my skin cells tend to be more jagged, and don't fit together quite so well. The best way to describe it is I'm built rather like a badly woven basket, if you can imagine that, which will pull apart."

Luckily for Turner, his skin doesn't unravel when pulled — instead it stretches far enough away from his body as to allow him to carry up to three pints of beer at once on his belly flap.

The Royal Family of Strange People can be seen at Priceless London Wonderground now through September 20th.

[H/T: Arbroath, Daily Mail, video via ITN]