Over the past days there have been a slew of stories about the life of Moammar Gadhafi. Many of them paint a picture of someone out of touch with reality, and also the owner of a truly dark heart. So it is almost heartening to run into the story below that paints a picture of a man who is vain, and not so unlike many who have the means to make the years slip away with some cosmetic changes.
The former dictator was known for his vanity–in March, a Brazilian plastic surgeon came forward with an account of a four hour cosmetic procedure he’d performed on Gadhafi in 1995. “He told me that he had been in power for 25 years at that time, and that he did not want the young people of his nation to see him as an old man,” Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro told the AP. “I recommended a facelift, but he refused.” Gadhafi received hair plugs and had fat from his belly injected into his face to counteract the appearance of aging. The operation occurred in the middle of the night in Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli. He insisted on local anesthesia, so he could remain awake during the procedure; midway through the surgery, he paused to snack on a hamburger.