Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Rub-A-Dub: Texas Man, 87 Rattlesnakes Share Tub

Yea, I know. Everyone's got a hobby. But Jackie Bibby, the "Texas Snake Man" spends his free time with rattlesnakes.

Bibby hung out in a bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes yesterday. He was fully dressed, the snakes came as they were.

Bibby's latest record-grabbing stunt took place in a clear plastic tub created for him by the Guiness world record folks. Yesterday's lounge-in (eat your heart out, Yoko), lasted for 45 minutes and broke his prior chillin' with rattlers record by 12 snakes.

Bibby didn't boogie his booty. Nope, he says that his success with fully-fanged, venomed rattlers is based on calm and slow, if any, movements. And, apparently, just plain liking rattlers.

He also holds the word record for suspending rattlesnakes from his mouth their tails. Ten of them--and Guiness says so.

Not only that, but Bibby's cuddled head first into a sleeping bag with 20 rattlesnakes. When he went in feet first, he shared the bag with 112 snakes.

Although he's got some great authentic pickup lines (hey, baby, wanna see my snake; world-record certified!), getting someone to curl up with him might put him behind the curve.

Bibby's website offers a fascinating look at his hobby and his action-packed life. A chemical dependency counselor, he's appeared in movies, and on TV. His fun stuff also includes riding rodeo bulls, hang gliding, and sky diving.

The Dublin, Texas man has been doing his snake thang for more than 30 years. He's had to be hospitalized eight times for snakebite.

I'd called that a charmed record. Why does he do it? I'll let you know after I talk with the one and only Texas Snake Man.

Photos: publicity stills, courtesy of the Texas Snake Man.

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