Indian with 39 wives, 94 kids is strangest story of 2011

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The story of an Indian man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof, was named numero uno by ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ in the top 11 strangest stories for this year, Indian media reported Saturday. Considered to be the authority on all things odd, amazing and unusual, ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ released the annual list of the strangest stories of 2011. Topping the list is the story reported by London-based newspaper The Telegraph about Ziona Chana, who lives in a four-storeyed building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram, sharing borders with Burma and Bangladesh. “It’s a safe bet that Ziona Chana would not be impressed watching ‘19 Kids and Counting’ or ‘Sister Wives’. The 66-year-old Indian man has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren,” said ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ in a statement. “I once married 10 women in one year,” Chana is quoted as saying by The Telegraph. According to the daily, Chana met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17. Other strangest stories include ‘Implanting organs in the name of Art’, ‘Liechtenstein for hire at $70,000 a night’, ‘Blind dog gets own guide dog’, ‘Cemetery collector with 29 bodies arrested’, ‘Alabama company turn gun lovers’ ashes into ammunition’ and ‘Mexican vampire woman Maria Jose Cristerna immortalised in wax’ among others.

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