Meet Guinness’s Ultimate Record Breaker

Ashrita Furman is the record breaking equivalent of the tabloid stars who are famous for being famous. Furman has recorded more world records, as recorded by Guinness, than anyone else. None of his records are really that impressive, only his obsession with racking up more and more of them. Jilian Mincer profiles him for the Wall Street Journal:

Most visitors to Antarctica go to see the penguins and the glaciers. Ashrita Furman went to hop on a pogo stick.

Mr. Furman, seeking to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile on a pogo stick, jumped up and down a landing strip on the Antarctic tundra in 2003.

“The conditions were pretty hard,” says the 56-year-old New Yorker, noting that extreme temperatures caused his pogo stick to freeze up midway through the event. He nevertheless completed the feat in 17 minutes, 45 seconds, setting the world record.

It was just another day in the life of Mr. Furman, who holds the ultimate Guinness world record: The record for Guinness world records.

Since 1979—when he set his first record by completing 27,000 jumping jacks—Mr. Furman has set 312 Guinness records, more than anyone else. He currently holds 120 titles.

Thursday, Guinness is holding its annual Guinness World Records Day and has flown Mr. Furman to London to participate. The company expects more than 300,000 people world-wide to compete in activities ranging from the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz” to the heaviest road vehicle pulled by human teeth.

Mr. Furman’s mission: break the record for walking with the heaviest shoes. He’s hoping to add enough weight to a pair of custom-made metal boots so that each foot will weigh about 160 pounds.

“He’s living and breathing what Guinness is all about,” says Alistair Richards, Managing Director of Guinness World Records. “He lives by a philosophy that nothing is impossible.”…

[continues at the Wall Street Journal]


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