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From the pages of Giant Robot ¥ Number 8 (PO Box 2053, Los Angeles, CA 90064; $4)

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Love, Life, and Sumo

The largest athlete in the world, Emanuel Yarbrough takes on all comers. If you have a problem, a question, or need some advice, Emanuel is the fix-it man. He's appeared in strongman contests, pulls trucks, does judo, wrestles, plays football, and is in a few movies. He's also a nice guy. At 6'7", 650 pounds, he is currently the unofficial U.S. ambassador of sumo wrestling to the rest of the world. Send your questions to the PO box or call them in. He is waiting to hear from you.

Q: Sometimes when I stand on a chair or a radiator and I look down on my roommate who is 6'3", I feel much more powerful. Is this how you feel all the time?


A: No, I don't feel that way. I actually try to envision myself as a normal-sized person. I don't feel any greater or any lesser than any other person. I think people notice it, but I don't feel it because my whole thing is diplomacy. I don't want to fight nobody.

Q: I mean no insult by my following question. But I just have to quench my searing curiosity. I realize that you are a more than capable athlete. However, putting earth's gravity in perspective, when you're "getting some," is it hard being "on top"?


A: It has its moments of difficulties, but with any situation in life you just have to deal with it.

Q: When those big guys grab your silk thing, does it feel like the worst wedgie in the world?

--Edo Hata

A: Actually, it hasn't been grabbed too many times, so I have yet to experience that, but that's something that I have to look out for.

Q: Do you ever get skid marks on your silk thing and how do you clean it?--E.H.

A: That is actually a concern that's just not voiced often. It is a concern of wrestlers and it does happen since it occupies that area. Of course you're going to have marks. So you take a toothbrush and Clorox and you clean the spots out. Use a brush that you don't plan on using again.

Q: What the hell do you call those silk things?


A: Mawashi.

Q: What do you think of spandex?


A: I don't have a problem with it. I agree with everyone--it looks right when you have the form for it to look right, and with some forms it doesn't look right.

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