Yu Zhenhuan, world’s hairiest man, gets his ears cleaned in Shanghai

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Photo of Yu Zhenhuan

I actually saw this story on CNN this morning. Picture this: Chinese rock musician Yu Zhenhuan is so hirsute, he had to get hair removed from his ears in a surgical procedure in Shanghai because it had reduced his hearing by more than 30 percent.

Doctors said Yu had complained of constant earaches and nausea and had lost one-third of his hearing, Xinhua said.

Yu was recognised in 2002 as the world’s hairiest man by the Guinness Book of World Records, Xinhua said.

Yu’s body, save the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet, is covered with an average of 41 hairs per one sq cm, a condition doctors term “atavism”, it said.

The hirsute 26-year-old Yu, a rock-and-roll singer, made his entertainment debut at the age of six in a movie about “a hairy child’s adventure”, the state news agency said.

Definitely news of the weird.

The Discussion: 18 Comments

C’mon, a ROCK musician and his HEARING problem, and the blame falls on HAIR?

Sounds like that Saddam Hussein-al Qaeda link BS!

August 7, 2004 @ 5:28 am | Comment

Did you see how much hair he has on his ears?

August 8, 2004 @ 9:41 pm | Comment


It was said tongue in cheek!

August 9, 2004 @ 1:52 am | Comment

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August 9, 2004 @ 2:34 am | Comment

WOW! and I thought my friend Mark was hairy!

BTW – Even Bill Clinton admits a connection between Sadaam and Al-Qaeda. Selective perception, willful ignorance or denial has affected your mind, dude!

August 9, 2004 @ 8:57 am | Comment

What does “connection” mean? Enough of a connection that we should send our children t die? Iran and Syria have much, much closer connections.

August 9, 2004 @ 10:03 am | Comment

“Selective perception, willful ignorance or denial has affected your mind, dude!”

ken, I love these words – take for example the recent case where the Bush-ites were pushing the line that al-Qaeda blokes had “transited” Iran – Oh! one of the terrible axis of evil!!!

Destination of these al-Qaeda blokes??? Not one blooming word, not a mention at all, NOT ONE!!!

Nationality and destination would have been the more important issues rather than a country they transited.

Now, that’s selective, that’s wilful!

August 9, 2004 @ 5:31 pm | Comment

Richard, you don’t send your children to war, WE volunteer. Don’t make it seem like you have a choice in the matter. God Bless. PV2 Wisniewski, United States Army

August 9, 2004 @ 6:08 pm | Comment

I appreciate what you do, more than you’ll ever know. But I’ve read many testimonies from grieving wives and mothers who feel their loved ones were sacrificed in a war that was misrepresented to the American people. And indeed it was. If I didn’t care so much, I wouldn’t make an issue out of it.

And had you known before volunteering that you would be sent to a war under false premises, and that your mission would severely weaken and even destroy our true war on al Qaeda, would you still have volunteered and possibly sacrificed your life, all in the name of protecting us from weapons of mass destruction that never existed? Would it really be worth it, to die for bush’s misrepresentations?

August 9, 2004 @ 7:08 pm | Comment

Where on the net are there any more pictures of this guy?

August 9, 2004 @ 8:01 pm | Comment

I see where you are coming from Richard, but people keep saying that we took the eye of al Qaeda. Not true, our troops never left afghanistan, in fact I’m going back over in November. I’m an Imagery Analyst MOS: 96D. We use SAT images to track these guys. People say “oh we didn’t find WMD” sure we didn’t need to go to Iraq, but to me Saddam was a WMD.

August 9, 2004 @ 11:53 pm | Comment

here’s another picture


August 12, 2004 @ 1:46 am | Comment

more recent pictures of china’s hairiest man


August 13, 2004 @ 10:58 pm | Comment

YUCK !!!!!!!!

August 16, 2004 @ 1:30 am | Comment

The world’s hairiest man (with Chinese characteristics)

Reuters has an article about Yu Zhenhuan, the hairiest man in China. He surprisingly doesn’t take the cake as hairiest in the world: a couple of Mexican brothers have hair covering 98% of their body, to Yu’s 96%. But they haven’t tried to parlay their …

August 17, 2004 @ 11:23 pm | Comment

You can find Yu’s website, which contains photos and three of his songs, here:


August 18, 2004 @ 9:33 am | Comment

I saw him on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Strange!

December 8, 2004 @ 11:04 pm | Comment

i dont understand why doesnt he jst shave it off and cleans his ears himself the manky ba**ar*?.he has the title in his hands,if someone hairier comes along he jst has 2 grow it back,wont take him that long!

January 10, 2005 @ 5:42 am | Comment

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