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One Helping of Hot Chocolate

It’s computer science education week and to celebrate I downed a mug of hot chocolate in 4.57 seconds.

This happens to beat the current Guinness World Record of 5.14 seconds by nearly a half second.

I’m trying to get kids excited about STEM education and highlight “Computer Science Week” and the “Hour of Code

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.

Official Attempt
Mixing and measuring
Breaking the Record
Thanks to the team!

Sipping away at another record

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.

More on Hour of Code

“The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.”

LA Morning News Feature (KTLA)

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”.

He was not successful.

I think he thought this would be an easy one to break… but the title kind of gives it away “WEATHERMAN POPS BALLOONS WITH HIS BUTT FOR WORLD RECORD BUT HE’S TERRIBLE AT IT

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:

Most Balloons burst by sitting in one minute

Most Balloons burst by sitting in 30 seconds

KTLA Call out
KTLA Feature
They said he got 40 but I think he was closer to 35 when the minute was up (I got 95)

60 minutes for record number 30

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.

Chicago Tribune coverage by Chuck Fieldman

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.

Record Photo Gallery (with lots of sideways photos)

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!

Staring Up

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.


35000 leaves

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.

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81 Laps

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

The video and photo narrative below!

The cue had to remain balanced on a single finger the entire time without touching any other part of the body or any other object.

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Cue up Time and Distance

On Saturday, November 4th, the 26 time Guinness World Record setter will attempt to make it 28.

It’ll be at the Boise High School track from 10 AM to ~ 2:30 PM. Come cheer me on and/or walk and jog with me. I may cover up to 80 laps… and while I don’t get bored easily, it’s still 80 laps around a track.

I’m going for a two for one Guinness World Record attempt. The first is “furthest distance traveled on foot balancing a pool cue on a finger” and the second is “longest time to balance a pool cue on a finger”. The current records are 7.9 miles and 4 hours 7 minutes respectively. The cue must be balanced on a single finger the entire time and must not fall off, touch another part of the body, or any other object. You may see I’m doing them at the same time and wonder if it’s easier to balance a cue on a finger while moving. Is it easier to drink hot coffee while running? You may get to where you’re going faster but that doesn’t make it easier.

Time and Distance: 2 Guinness World Record Attempts in One

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