It’s inaugaration day in the US, 2001. It’s cold and wet. The photograph shows Noah Hannibal, a young Australian, wearing nothing but boxers, flanked by dozens of American police officers in full riot gear, being led away from President Bush and his wife. Hannibal got three steps from Laura Bush before the Secret Service buried him.
What really stands out, though, are Hannibal’s legs. Thick, hard muscles bulge from his knees and disappear into his stars and stripes satin shorts. His calves are solid lumps of meat. Even among the toughest cops, Hannibal is the closest thing to Superman in that picture.
Noah Hannibal is the reigning Australian Bench Press Heavyweight champion, a committed vegan and an animal-rights activist. His protest was about Laura Bush’s fur stole. Hannibal is one of many people helping to bust popular myths about vegetarians and vegans. And if you wanted a myth busted – or anything else, for that matter – Hannibal is your guy.
Myth Number One: Vegetarians are weaklings. Busted.
(NB: This is a much longer article. I'm currently trying to get an electronic copy of it! It's a good one, actually - Hannibal is a totally buff weightlifter, and doesn't eat meat. Because he doesn't need to, and he loves animals! Great guy.)