March 15, 2013 at 8:29 AM ET
Just when it seems like "My Strange Addiction" has showcased the oddest habits out there -- from a woman who eats cat fur to a man who really (really) loves his car -- the show reveals a new, peculiar and particularly distasteful obsession.
In the upcoming season finale, viewers will meet Michelle, a woman who can't seem to quench her thirst for blood.
"I like to drink blood when I'm reading, when I'm relaxing, when I'm watching TV, when I'm painting -- there's never a bad time for me to drink blood," the 29-year-old tattoo artist explained.
And in addition to enjoying the nectar of life in virtually every setting, Michelle also likes it in just about any form.
"I wake up in the morning, I pour it into my coffee cup," she said. "I like to cook with blood. I like to make it in soup. I like to cook it with stir-fry.... When I make Bloody Marys, I use vodka, hot sauce and then I add the final touch -- the blood."
In fact, Michelle, who claims to get irritable if her favorite drink isn't on hand, goes through about a liter of blood per day to satisfy her cravings -- that makes for nearly 1,000 gallons over the last 10 years. And not just any blood will do for the sanguinarian.
"I prefer pig's blood to beef blood, because I prefer the gaminess," Michelle said. "It's a little bit more salty than the beef blood. The consistency is like that of wine. It's just slightly thicker."
And much bloodier.
See just how far Michelle's thirst for blood goes, and find out whether or not she really wants to kick the habit, when the season finale of "My Strange Addiction" airs Wednesday, March 20 at 9 p.m. on TLC.
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