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Published on Aug 23, 2011
In this Pathé newsreel from the mid-thirties, Leslie Bowles is touted as the heaviest baby in the world. Despite the original title, 'Ten Stone Baby', the boy is actually 3-years-old with quite the appetite for chocolate.
Ten Stone Baby, a British Pathe newsreel from 1935.
Despite the newsreel's original title "Ten Stone Baby", the boy Leslie Bowles is actually 3-years-old. Seen with his parents in a kind of pen, Leslie is sat in an armchair. Somebody then dangles a bar of chocolate into the pen and he immediately sets to work at fetching it.
We also see Leslie playing with bricks.
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