Anyone would be more then satisfied to be the proud holder of just one Guinness Record. But not Ashrita Furman, `the man who holds more Guinness World Records than anyone else on the planet.
54-year-old Ashrita Furman has spent the last 30 years trying (and succeeding) to break records. At the peak of his record-breaking career, Furman has held 100 records simultaneously and he’s not doing very bad right now, with 98 records under his belt. He has held 236 world records throughout his career and the closest anyone ever came to surpassing him was holding 20 records.
It all started when he was a little boy, reading the Guinness Book of Records and dreaming that one day he will break one himself. He accomplished his dream in 1979, when he set the world record with 27,000 star jumps, in New York City. And from there on, he never stopped.
Some of his record-breaking stunts involved pushing a car for 17 miles in 24 hours, translating and reciting a poem i 111 languages in 24 hours as well as:
walking 80.95 miles with a milk bottle on his head
chopping 27 apples in mid-air with a samurai sword within sixty seconds
deep Knee Bends on a Balance Board
racing against a yak, in a sac, in Mongolia
Most Grapes Caught in Mouth in One Minute (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Longest Time Balancing on Swiss Ball (Stonehenge)
Skipping on a Pogo Stick (Cambodia)
Fastest Mile Balancing a Pool Cue (Egypt)
Fastest Hula Hoop Mile (Uluru, Australia)
Balancing Tallest Pole (Aspendos, Turkey)
Fastest Mile on a Space Hopper (Great Wall of China)
Now Ashrita Furman is training to break the record for the fastest mile with flippers on his feet.
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