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(USA Today) -- Moustafa Ismail's arms look like pythons that swallowed a box of tissues.

He insists they're real and spectacular. The folks at Guinness World Records aren't so sure.

PHOTOS | 'Egyptian Popeye' has world's biggest biceps

Guinness had listed the so-called Egyptian Popeye as having the world's largest upper-arms because that's apparently something Guinness does. There was criticism over the move, as some critics don't believe that a man can have 31-inch biceps and lift 600 pounds without artificial help.

The website removed all reference to Ismail and says it is conducting independent research on the matter. While they're at it, they should look into that fingernails guy. He always seemed shady to me.

A better question might be: What does being the Egyptian Popeye entail? Does he eat hummus instead of spinach? Smoke a hookah instead of a pipe? Is he married to a woman named Olive Oyl? (Some things are universal.)

Ismail told the Associated Press he maintains his biceps by eating seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbohydrates and three gallons of water each day. He moved to Massachusetts from Egypt in 2007.

The claims that his muscles are aided by synthetics upset him. He insists there are no marks on his body that suggest injection and that he's not wealthy enough to afford drugs. Being a sailor man must not pay what it used to.