700-Pound Man Enjoys Day Out Thanks to Forklift

He's trimmed down from 1,234 pounds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2008 7:30 AM CDT
Manuel Uribe, 43, better known as "Meme", kisses his girlfriend Claudia Solis, 38, inside a trailer holding his specially designed bed on a trip to a lake in Monterrey, northern Mexico, Sunday.   (AP Photo/Monica Rueda)
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(Newser) – With the help of a forklift, a 700-pound Mexican man made his first excursion outdoors in five months yesterday—without getting out of bed, AP reports. The machine lifted Manuel Uribe’s bed onto a platform truck, which transported him to a lake, where he rested near the shore and chatted with a local boatman. Uribe, 45, used to weigh 1,235 pounds and once held the Guinness weight record. He's been dieting for 2 years.