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Weird 2011: A Truly Big Family
An Indian Man and His Giant Family

An Indian Man and His Giant Family

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Think you have a big family? Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old Indian man, has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren -- at least, as of the last time we checked in.

Odds are, he has even more by now.

"I once married 10 women in one year," he told the Daily Telegraph.

But that doesn't mean he's ready to slow down.

"Even today, I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry," Ziona told the newspaper.

Keeping a 167-member family might get you on the Ripley's list of strange stories -- but isn't cheap: They go through more than 200 pounds of rice and 130 pounds of potatoes every single day.

Obviously, he's a polygamist -- and in this case, a member of a Christian sect called "Chana," and -- conveniently -- he's the head of it.

Don't expect to meet any members near you -- the group has just 400 families, mostly in the same part of India.

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