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Nov 14 2013

Ashrita Furman gets a Documentary

record-2If you’ve never heard of Ashrita Furman then you’re lying to yourself. You’ve heard of him many times you just didn’t realize it was the same guy each time. Ashrita Furman is a record breaker. It’s basically just what it sounds like. He breaks world records. One record he keeps breaking over and over is his own record for the highest number of records broken.

Now Brian McGuinn is making a short documentary about Furman’s life and his preparation to climb Machu Picchu, on stilts. Many of his records actually do take place on stilts so he must be pretty good at walking on them. I’ve always avoided them myself. I can fall down well enough without lifting myself up 12 inches and taking away the use of my toes.

Hit the jump for a video and an out of date list of his records.

No Category Details Record Date Place Photo
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Somersaulting Longest continuous distance 12 miles 390 yards Apr 1986 US 10
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Hopscotch Most games completed in 24 hours 434 games Mar 1998 Mexico 54
3 Milk Bottle Balancing on Head Longest continuous distance 80.95 miles Apr 1998 US 56
4 Pogostick Jumping Up Steps Fastest time up CN Tower 1899 steps in 57 min  51 sec July 1999 Canada 60
5 Brick Carrying with One Hand (9 pounds) Longest continuous distance 85.05 miles Oct 1999 US 61
6 Somersaulting Fastest mile 19 min    11 sec Nov 2000 US 63
7 Pogostick Jumping Fastest mile 12 min    16 sec Jul 2001 England 67
8 Sack Racing Fastest time for 10 kilometers 1 hour     22 min      2 sec Aug 2001 US 68
9 Underwater rope jumping Most in one hour 900 Aug 2001 US
10 Skipping (like children without a rope) Fastest time for a marathon (26.2 miles) 5 hours   55 min    13 sec Aug 2003 Canada 81
11 Milk Bottle Balancing on Head Fastest mile 7 min      47 sec Feb 2004 Indonesia 84
12 Spacehopper (Kangaroo Ball) Fastest time for 100 meters 30.2 sec Nov 2004 US 93
13 Stilt Walking Fastest 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) 39 min    56 sec Dec 2004 China 92
14 Hula Hoop Racing Fastest 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) 1 hour     25 min      9 sec Jun 2006 US
15 Milk Crate Balancing on Chin Most weight balanced 93 pounds     7 ounces Jun 2006 US 119
 16 Pogo Ball Fastest mile 43 min      9 sec Jul 2006 Japan 122
17 Popcorn Sculpture Largest 20 feet    10 inches Aug 2006 US 126
18 Cigar Box Balancing on Chin Most boxes 223 Nov 2006 US 135
19 Top Spinning Longest continuous time 7 hours     1 minute    14 sec Nov 2006 US 137
20 Top Spinning Fastest mile 25 min    13 sec Dec 2006 Turkey 140
21 Forward Rolls Most in one hour 1330 Jan 2007 Bulgaria 141
22 Egg and Spoon Racing Fastest mile/spoon held in mouth 9 min      29 sec May 2007 US 148
23 Sack Racing Fastest mile 16 min    41 sec May 2007 Mongolia 151
24 Underwater Hula Hooping Longest time 2 min      38 sec August 2007 US 150
25 Underwater Pogostick Jumping Longest distance 1680 feet August 2007 US
26 Glass Balancing on Chin Most 20 oz. glasses 81 August 2007 US 165
27 Pencil World’s largest 76 feet  2.75 in August 2007 US
28 Hopping and Jumping Rope Fastest mile 34 min      1 sec Sept 2007 US 168
29 Juggling on a Pogostick Fastest mile 23 min    28 sec Sept 2007 US 117
30 Frog Jumping Fastest 10 meters 8.22 seconds Nov 2007 US 173
31 Orange Nose Push Fastest mile 22 min    41 sec Nov 2007 US 87
32 Tiddlywinks Fastest mile 23 min    22 sec Dec 2007 Dominican Republic 180
33 Stilt Walking  (On Spring Loaded Stilts)
Fastest mile 7 min      13 sec March 2008 Germany 197
34 11.5 Foot Hula Hooping Most rotations in one minute 64 April 2008 US
35 Jumping Rope while Bouncing on a Pogostick Most jumps in one minute 178 May 2008 US 203
36 Pool Cue Balancing on Chin Furthest distance 5472 feet   9 inches July 2008 USA 181
37 Candles on Cake Most candles burning simultaneously 48,523 August 2008 US
38 Stilt Mile Fastest mile on non-springloaded stilts 12 min    23 sec Sept 2008 US
39 Rope Skipping on Stilts Most jumps in one minute 145 Nov 2008 US
40 Kiwifruit Peeling and Eating Fastest time 5.35 seconds Dec 2008 US
41 Bat Balancing Fastest mile 7 min        5 sec June 2009 US
42 Pool Cue Balancing Fastest mile 6 min      55 sec July 2009 US
43 Book Balancing on Head Fastest mile 8 min      27 sec July 2009 US
44 Pool Cue Balancing on Chin Fastest 10 meters 3.02 seconds August 2009 US
45 Pancake Catching Most pancakes caught in one minute 46 Sept 2009 US
46 Basketball Catches Behind the Neck Most in one minute 27 Oct 2009 US
47 Stair Climbing with Books on Head Most stairs in one minute 122 Oct 2009 US
48 Pool Cue Balancing on Finger Longest continuous time 4 hours     7 min Nov 2009 US
49 Hopscotch Most games in one hour 33 Dec 2009 US
50 Golf Ball Bouncing on Golf Club Longest duration 1 hour     20 min    42 sec Jan 2010 US
51 Playing Table Tennis with Egg Longest rally 14 hits Jan 2010 US
52 Juggling on a Pogo Stick Greatest distance 4 miles    30 feet Jan 2010 Easter Island
53 Table Tennis Ball Spitting Greatest distance 42.1 feet Jan 2010 Easter Island
54 Champagne Cork Spitting Greatest distance 22 feet Jan 2010 Easter Island
55 Balancing a Pool Cue on Finger Furthest continuous distance 8.95 miles Feb 2010 Puerto Rico
56 Frog Jumping Fastest 100 meters 7 min      18 sec March 2010 Italy
57 Sponge Throwing Most in face in one minute 43 April 2010 US
58 Pie Throwing Most in face in one minute 56 April 2010 US
59 Standing on Rolling Globe Longest time 43 min    56 sec April 2010 US
60 Lemon Peeling and Eating Fastest time 8.25  sec May 2010 US
61 Banana snapping Most in one minute 99 May 2010 US
62 Balancing Most Eggs on End  Most simultaneously 888 June 2010 US
63 Apple Bobbing Most in one minute 34 June 2010 US
64 Piggyback Running Fastest mile with a person of equal weight 12 min    47 sec July 2010 US
65 Golf Ball Bouncing on a Golf Club Furthest continuous distance 1.8 miles July 2010 US
66 Orange Peeling and Eating Most in 3 minutes 6 July 2010 US
67 Space Hopper Racing   Fastest mile 13 minutes August 2010 US
68 Poetry Reading Poem translated and recited in the most languages 146 August 2010 US
69 See Saw Largest 79 ft  2 in long August 2010 US
70 Largest Hula Hoop Spinning Minimum of 3 spins 16 feet   6.7 in Sept 2010 US
71 Coin Blowing Furthest distance with one breath 16 feet 2.76 in Oct 2010 US
72 Pea Blowing Furthest distance with one breath 22 feet 2.93 in Oct  2010 US
73 Hopscotch Fastest game 1 min    1.97 sec Nov  2010 US
74 Heaviest Shoe Walking For a distance of 33 feet (10 meters) 323 lbs. total Nov  2010 England
75 Malteser Blowing Furthest distance with a straw 46.1 feet Nov 2010 US
76 Jello Eating with Chopsticks Most in one minute 1 pound    5 ounces Dec 2010 US
77 Swiss Ball Balancing Longest time to stand on 75cm ball 5 hours     7 min 6 sec Dec 2010 US
78 Can and String Walking Fastest mile 11 min    55 sec Jan  2011 Canada
79 Chopstick Snapping Most in one minute 118 Jan  2011 Bali
80 Chopstick Snapping Most in 30 seconds 60 Jan  2011 Bali
81 Book Balancing on Head Furthest continuous distance 20 miles Jan  2011 Bali
82 Skipping (like children) without a rope Fastest 5K (3.1 miles) 30 min Feb  2011 Bali
83 Baseball Bat Balancing Longest continuous distance 9 miles Feb 2011 Bali
84 Cucumber Snapping Most in one minute 118 March 2011 US
85 Marshmallow Bobbing Blindfolded Most in one minute 20 March 2011 US
86 Vinyl Record Breaking Most broken in 30 seconds 38 March 2011 US
87 Orange Peeling and Eating Fastest time for 3 oranges 1 min   9.72 sec April 2011 US
88 Balancing Object on Nose Tallest pole 40 feet May 2011 Italy
89 T-Shirt Tearing While Wearing Most in one minute 25 June  2011 US
90 Kiwifruit Peeling and Eating Fastest time for 3 kiwifruits 21.1 seconds June 2011 US
91 Mountain Climbing on Stilts Greatest vertical height gained 4,018 feet July 2011 US
92 Mountain Climbing on Stilts Highest peak climbed 9,398 feet August 2011 US
93 Balancing Object on Chin Tallest object 68.95 feet August 2011 US
94 Jugging on a Unicycle Greatest distance with 3 objects 1.75 miles August 2011 US
95 Underwater Cycling Longest distance 3.03 kilometers Sept 2011 Portugal
96 Duct Taping Oneself to Wall Fastest time 2 minutes 12.63 sec Oct 2011 US
97 Milk Bottle Balancing on Head Fastest half marathon with liter bottle full of milk 2 hrs       33 min 28 sec Nov  2011 US
98 Rope Skipping Wearing Swim Fins Most skips in 5 minutes 253 Dec 2011 Scotland
99 M&Ms Eating Blindfolded with Chopsticks Most in one minute 20 Dec 2011 US
100 T-Shirt Tearing Most torn in half in one minute 24 Dec 2011 US
101 Mashed Potato Eating Most in one minute 1 pound 7.9 ounces Dec 2011 US
102 Drinking 200 ml. of Mustard Fastest time 20.8 seconds Dec 2011 US
103 Popcorn Catching Most caught midair while popping in one minute 34 pieces Dec 2011 US
104 Stilt Running Fastest 400 meters 1 minute  32.78 sec Dec 2011 US
105 Walking Backwards in 440-lb. Iron Shoes Fastest 10 meters 32.72 seconds Jan 2012 US
106 Pogo Stick Tapping Most in 30 seconds 62 Feb 2012 Vietnam
107 Apple Snapping Most in one minute 44 Feb 2012 US
108 Hula Hoop Racing with Milkbottle Fastest mile balancing milkbottle on head 13 min 37.35 sec March 2012 US
109 Jumping Rope Underwater Most jumps in one hour 1608 March 2012 Brazil
110 Boiled Egg Eating Most peeled and eaten in one min 6 March 2012 US
111 Hula Hooping Fastest mile 11 min 21.06 sec March 2012 US
112 Popping Party Poppers Most in one minute 64 April 2012 US
113 Egg Balancing Fastest time to balance one dozen eggs 1 minute 15.72 sec April 2012 US
114 Marmite Eating Most in one minute 7.6 ounces May 2012 US
115 Garland Exchanging Most in one minute 37 May 2012 US
116 Running and Juggling with Swim Fins Fastest 5 K        (3.1 miles) 32 minutes 3.77 sec  May 2012 Czech Republic
117 Water Balloon Throwing Most hits of a person in one minute 28 June 2012 US
118 Egg Crushing with Big Toes Most in one minute 55 June 2012 US
119 Malteser Catching in Mouth Most in one minute 75 June  2012 US
120 Bounce Juggling Fastest continuous mile with 3 balls 7 minutes 27 seconds June 2012 US
121 Balloon Bursting with a Fork Most in one minute 197 July 2012 England
122 Skipping (like children without a rope) Fastest half marathon 2 hours 27  minutes     1 second July 2012 US
123 Olive Eating with a Teaspoon Most in one minute 60 July 2012 US
124 Swim Fin Running Fastest mile 7 minutes  47.25 sec July 2012 US
125 Water Balloon Throw and Catch Furthest distance 127.36 feet August 2012 US
126 Grape Catching in Mouth Most in 3 minutes 213 August 2012 US
127 Grape Catching in Mouth Most in one minute 86 August 2012 US
128 Tennis Racket World’s largest 50 ft 3.07 in long,16 ft 8.6 in wide August 2012 US
129 Raw Egg Catching Most in one minute 87 Sept 2012 US
130 Duct taping a Person to a Wall Fastest time 32.85 sec Oct 2012 US
131 Grape Eating with Teaspoon Most in 3 minutes 190 Oct 2012 US
132 Grape Eating with Teaspoon Most in one minute 64 Oct 2012 US
133 Lawnmower Balancing on Chin Longest duration 4 minutes 12 seconds Oct 2012 US
134 Strawberry Dipping in Chocolate Most in one minute 53 Nov 2012 US
135 Balancing Chainsaw on Chin Longest duration 1 minute 25.03 sec Nov 2012 US
136 Lemon Catching Blindfolded Most in one minute 28 Nov 2012 US
137 Raw Egg Catching in Mouth Most in one minute 12 Nov 2012 US
138 Egg Crushing with Toes Most in 30 seconds 39 Nov 2012 US
139 Tennis Ball Catching with No Hands Most in one minute 48 Nov 2012 US
140 Baseballs Held in Baseball Glove Most for 10 seconds 26 Nov 2012 US
141 Apple Cutting with Samurai Sword Most apples cut midair in one minute 29 Nov 2012 US
142 Marshmallow Bobbing Blindfolded Fastest time for 6 marshmallows 27.5 seconds Nov 2012 US
143 Melon Chopping with Sword on Stomach Most in one miniute 48 Nov 2012 US
144 Passing a Giant Inflatable Ball Most consecutive passes in a minute 1300 Dec 2012 US
145 Walnut Smashing with Hand Most in one minute 131 Dec 2012 US
146 Furthest Distance on a Spacehopper Most in 24 hours 5 miles Dec 2012 US
147 Aluminium Can Opening Most in one minute 59 Dec 2012 US
148 Baked Bean Eating Most with a cocktail stick in 3 minutes 152 Dec 2012 US
149 Walnut Cracking with Head Most in one minute 44 Jan 2013 US
150 Spoon Twisting Most in one minute 14 Jan 2013 US
151 Hagoita Hitting Most hits between 2 people in a min 72 Feb 2013 US
152 Knife Catching Most in one minute 53 Feb 2013 US
153 Balloon Inflating with Nose Most in one hour 380 March 2013 US
154 Paper Aircraft Catching Most caught in mouth in one min 17 March 2013 US
155 Running in Fireman’s Uniform Fastest mile 7 minutes 58.02 seconds April 2013
156 Balancing an 8-ft Stepladder on Chin Longest duration 4 min    9.22 sec May 2013 US
157 Garlanding (team of two) Most single garland passes in one minute 77 June 2013 US
158 Throwing Shaving Cream Pies Most in one minute 71 June 2013 US
159 Clog Running Fastest 100 meters 17.69 seconds June  2013 US
160 Eating an Orange (Team of Two) Fastest time 19.42 seconds June 2013 US
161 Slicing Potatoes While Hopping on a Shovel Most in one minute 34 July 2013 US
162 Banana Slicing with a Sword on a Slackline Most in one minute 36 August 2013 US
163 Dribbling a Basketball while on a Pogo Stick Fastest mile 23 minutes 2.91 sec August 2013 US
164 Catching and Holding Water Balloons Most in one minute 18 August 2013 US
165 Balancing Electric Lawnmower on Chin Longest duration 2 minutes 19 seconds Sept 2013 China
166 Hard Boiled Egg Catching in Mouth Most in one minute 58 Nov 2013 US
167 Most Current Records Held at the same time by an individual (131) Dec 2011 England

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