I got to celebrate my 33rd birthday setting my 33rd Guinness World Record for STEM.
I ran end zone to end zone on the famous blue turf at Boise State. While there weren’t 11 people trying to tackle me, I did do it while juggling. That wasn’t the hard part though. The hard part that puts this in Guinness World Record territory is that I did it while blindfolded.
102 yards to take it to the house.
It was 26 degrees and my fingers were frozen but the team came out to support so I didn’t want to let them down. It took 34 seconds (and a few tries) but the mark of 30 meters was surpassed.
Wednesday is the 33rd Birthday and I could think of no better way to celebrate than to attempt to break my 33rd Guinness World Record.
I will combine the 3 specialties that few in the world can (or would want to) claim: juggling, running, and doing both blindfolded.
I will attempt to set the inaugural mark for “Greatest distanced travelled whilst juggling three objects blindfolded”. The minimum mark set by Guinness is 30 meters.
The backdrop will be the famous Boise State University Blue turf 3 days before they play their bowl game in Las Vegas. I will attempt to start juggling while blindfolded in one end zone and without stopping, dropping a ball, or regaining my sight, I will attempt to end up in the other end zone. The saving grace is that there won’t be 11 people on the field trying to tackle me… I actually don’t know which is harder: kickoff returned for a touchdown or this…
On Wednesday the 13th at 11:30 AM it’s supposed to be 28 degrees outside so I’m hoping my fingers are still functional enough to make it.
If you’d like to come watch you’ll be able to see the field from the patio at the Hall of Fame museum. I also still need a couple people to film and witness if you’d like to volunteer and get on the field.
This is my first eating/drinking record. It’s not my strength like juggling or balancing and yet with a growth mindset and quite a bit of practice (mostly with water) and lots of trips to the restroom, I was able to break this on the first try at the Cradlepoint Christmas party on December 8, 2017.
On Friday I will attempt to spoil a perfectly good cup of hot chocolate.
I will attempt to drink a cup of hot chocolate in under 5.14 seconds to break another Guinness World Record in honor of this being hour of code week. I want to draw attention to how important it is for a future generation of students to all have an understanding of coding and many to pursue it as a career.
This is branching outside my traditional strengths of juggling and balancing and entering into the world of competitive eating (and drinking). I will make the attempt at the annual Cradlepoint Christmas part at 3 PM on Friday, Dec 8th.
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I found out a couple of my Guinness World Records for balloon popping were featured on KTLA morning news in LA. The anchor has been doing segments trying to break world records on the show as part of his “Friday Feats”.
I would actually argue that he’s not really that terrible at it. I just spent a lot more time preparing than he did. As the article calls out, it’s a team effort and the folks at Lake Hazel Library brought their A-game. While I would consider this to be one of the “easiest” Guinness World Records I’ve broken, that just means I only spent about a dozen hours on it. I built quad strength by practicing, I tried several chairs and knew having a low chair or supports on the side was bad. I practiced with the team a week before the event, filmed that practice, and reviewed it with the team (timing is VERY important). We contained the balloons and had a bigger team to collect and place the balloons. I also wore bike shorts underneath my other shorts (if you watch the video you’ll find out why this is important!)
At the time this aired the Guinness Records hadn’t been fully verified and posted to Guinness site but they are now:
Tonight I broke my 30th Guinness World Record. I balanced a pool cue on my forehead for 1 hour 3 minutes 14 seconds. And my neck still feels every second of it. And an hour after the attempt I still have a divot in my forehead.
But STEM education is being promoted and I’m still having fun.
I did have a bit of a scare at the Boise airport this morning flying to Chicago since I did not know you couldn’t carry a pool cue onto a plane. More on that below.
Thanks to the Oak Brook Public library for hosting me!
My neck was in a significant amount of pain as I have never stared at the sky for this long before. I got close balancing a hoe on my nose but didn’t have tilt my head back as far for that one. When I balanced the hula hoop on my forehead I was swimming and was able to angle my body forward as well so my neck wasn’t tilted as far back. My feet started falling asleep halfway through, but in the end, I made it over an hour to set my 30th Guinness World Record.
But who knew cues weren’t allowed in carry-on bags? I put it in the same category as a tennis racket, or the metal tripods I was also carrying in my baggage. Did I look at the TSA website where it clearly states they’re not allowed? Of course not. In my usual fashion I left home a little more than an hour before the flight but ran into traffic merging onto the freeway so didn’t arrive until less than 40 minutes to take off. This wouldn’t have been a problem. I got through the metal detector to find I had been selected for additional random electronic screening. This wouldn’t have been a problem either. Then I grabbed my pool cue and they said it wasn’t allowed. I’m 25 minutes until take off at this point. It takes 4 minutes for the electronic screening and they offer to dispose of my cue or escort me out of security. I chose the escort and sprinted to the United counter. They saw me running and were immediately very helpful. The flight was closed so they couldn’t check it. Was there a later flight I could take? Yes. Was there someone I could give the cue to? No. Maybe the cue could make the next flight? They were too helpful. There was a TSA agent nearby and they grabbed him to help. Someone offered to check it anyway and see if it could get on the flight. They printed a gate check tag even though the flight was closed and I handed the guy 2 sticks. “Do you have a bag for these?” No. They found some plastic, wrapped up the sticks and put a priority sticker on them. I sprinted back to security, made it through and sprinted to the gate to find a smiling agent say I was just in time. I wondered the whole time if my cue had a chance. I landed in Chicago and used the beta track my bags feature and it said they had arrived. They had. They were undamaged and they were used to set my 30th Guinness World Record tonight!
Tomorrow, in the Oak Brook Public Library outside Chicago I will attempt to stare straight up for over 1 hour. I will be staring up at a pool cue to keep it balanced on my forehead. If successful, I will set my 30th Guinness World Record.
A cue balanced on the forehead is an inverse pendulum (think Grandfather clock upside down, or a Segway but with an extra axis of freedom). The tipping acceleration is inversely proportional to the center of gravity so the higher the center of gravity, the slower it tips. I’ll have the fat end up for a higher center of gravity.
The hard part about this attempt is actually keeping my neck bent up for an hour… which I have never in my life done before. The closest I got was 42 minutes balancing a hoe on my nose a couple months ago.
This morning I raked (and bagged) about 35,000 leaves in 1 minute. I may be off by a little bit since I’m estimating. Officially I raked 15.725 kg of leaves in 1 minute.
I was promoting Rake up Boise with Neighborworks Boise which is another thing that makes Boise a wonderful place to live besides a thriving economy driven by technology.
Using my estimating skills honed as an engineer and doing a couple sanity checks is how I arrived at a 35,000 leaf estimate. If you count the number of leaves in the air in this title picture there are about 100. I figure there were a little less than 100 handfuls like that in each bad for about 35,000 leaves. In a sanity check, if each one of these small, dead, try leaves weights about .5 grams then you get a little over 30,000 leaves at 15.725 kg. A search on the internet lead me to find 25,000 dead Oak tree leaves weight less than 70 kg and these were a lot smaller than oak leaves so I’m in the ballpark.
Tomorrow I attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Leaves Raked in 1 minute” in partnership with NeighborWorks Boise who puts on Rake up Boise, Paint the Town, and other activities that help make Boise one of the best cities in the world to live in. Put a high tech workforce and a generous community together and you get some amazing results. Continue reading No Leaf Unturned→
It was a brisk 35 degrees at 10 AM this morning when I started my quest to break 2 Guinness World Records with a cue balanced on a finger for distance (8.9 miles/36 laps) and time (4 hours 7 minutes) around the Boise High School track. The middle finger of my right hand was numb within the first mile and I wouldn’t regain feeling for over four and a half hours.
In the end, I jogged and walked 81 laps (20.13 miles / 32.4 km) in 4 hours 20 minutes 0 seconds. I ran/walked the first half marathon in about 2 and a half hours and then only covered 7 miles in the last 2 hours since I hadn’t trained to jog more than about 10 miles and I wanted to avoid injury