Times are so bad in the US that a plastic surgeon has resorted to using the fat that he sucked out of his patients via liposuction to create “diesel” to fuel his SUV.

Dr Craig Alan Bittnet used to run a website at lipodiesel.com but it is no longer online. He claims he somehow managed to use human fat to fuel his Ford SUV and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator. Now this already begins to sound dodgy because a quick check at Lincoln’s website reveals there is no diesel model, only a 310hp 5.4 litre V8 petrol engine.

Nevertheless, he has got into trouble with the authorities and attracted lawsuits because of this. Some patients claimed the doctor sucked out more fat than needed and left them “disfigured”, presumably for more fat to fuel his car!

Whether he really did use liposuction waste to fuel his cars or not, he has shut down his website and left his Beverly Hills Liposculpture clinic supposedly to go do some volunteer work in South America. Of course, people think its to avoid investigations.