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Mar 30, 2016

Pharaoh, the king of Cairo strongmen

Pharaoh, the king of Cairo strongmen

Karim Hussein has been dubbed "The Pharaoh" by friends and family, Hussein seemed destined to be a strongman from a young age, and claims to have a unique biological makeup that easily absorbs pain.

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, carries a wooden bench with his mouth in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. Dubbed "The Pharaoh" by friends and family, Hussein seemed destined to be a strongman from a young age, and claims to have a unique biological makeup that easily absorbs pain. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, pulls truck with his mouth in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, washes his face with broken glass in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, sleeps on glass as a man uses an axe to break in half a concrete block rested on his chest in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, sticks a needle and thread through his throat in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, walks over his sons as they sleep on broken glass in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, carries his son and friends to show his strength in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, holds a glass filled with butter in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Children of Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein play with broken glass in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, carries a wooden ladder with his mouth in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, puts broken glass in his eyes in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, sticks a knife in his thigh in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, eats nails in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2016. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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