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Guy lived in woods for 27 years, stole Pokemon from kids

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An in-depth profile recently published in GQ tells the story of Christopher Knight, the "Maine Hermit" that lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly thirty years. He had no concept of the modern world (including the internet) when he finally returned to civilization, having almost no contact with people from 1986 until 2013.

The most interesting part of the story, however, is how he survived for so long. He mostly lived off of food and supplies he stole from over 1000 break-ins to local houses and cabins.

But Knight didn't just steal food and provisions. He also pilfered magazines, books, kids' entire Halloween candy stashes and, most interestingly, video games.

"He also stole the occasional handheld video game — Pokémon, Tetris, Dig Dug — but the majority of his free time was spent reading or observing the forest. 'Don't mistake me for some bird-watching PBS type,' he warned."

As broken down in The Toast:

"I went to the woods to live simply. To escape from the hubbub and noise of modern life. To listen to Skynyrd while eating only Fritos and reading the occasional Vanity Fair. Eating Tater Tots and playing some kid's Pokémon. Are you going to finish that chimichanga."

It's a fascinating, frustrating story for many reasons, not least of which is the sheer incongruity of a person who supposedly lived "with the land," but in reality, gorged on stolen candy and ran off with people's handheld games. I bet his favorite Pokémon is Vanilluxe.

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