42 minutes later we had the answer to life, the universe, and everything. The questions were: would my nose ever be straight again, and when would the throbbing in my neck stop?
Today I broke my 22nd Guinness World Record at JUMP in downtown Boise for the Longest Duration Balancing an Object on the Nose. The previous record was 31 minutes and was held by the legend himself: Ashrita Furman – the Guinness World Record holder for the most Guinness World Records.
I had to overcome a few challenges. I knew my neck was going to hurt a lot, I was a little concerned about the wind (there was some), and I knew my nose was going to be uncomfortable. The surprises were… well, surprises. The biggest challenge was my throat got a little dry. I was expecting this so I drank plenty of water before the attempt, but I couldn’t swallow any of my salivae to soothe the dry throat. I would try, but I started gagging. Since my throat was dry, I kept making more saliva. Have you ever tried swallowing while looking straight up? Try it. You won’t be able to. After 42 minutes my mouth was full of foam and I was just hoping I wouldn’t go into a coughing fit and lose the balance. It was also red air quality in Boise from nearly 100 wildfires in the northwest.
This record fits into JUMP’s mission statement very well: “Creating an environment for inspiring human potential.” – Thanks for having me!
JUMP in downtown Boise is hosting an open house on Sept 7 with “A Playful Moment at JUMP” at 6 – 7 PM in the Pioneer room on the 6th floor.
Then from 7 PM to 7:30+ PM I will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Longest Duration Balancing an Object on the Nose” outside near the main front entrance to JUMP next to a tractor (the object is a hoe!). The current record is 31 minutes. The hard part is the object has to weigh at least 2.5 lbs and the nose really isn’t meant to support that much weight… or any weight, I suppose.
The 2018 Guinness World Record’s book was released two days ago and I got my hand on a copy yesterday. Long story short, I made the book 3 times! Only a subset of all records are published every year so while I’ve broken a few, not all (and maybe not any) make the book.
All three are juggling records I set in 2016.
One of them is a current record (head rolls), one is a record I have already surpassed (fastest blindfolded juggling), and one is a record that has been surpassed by someone else (fastest juggling) and I’m deep into training to take back.
It took 30 minutes 52 seconds to walk 3,300 meters or 2.05 miles. The previous record of 1668 meters while balancing a pool cue on the chin was nearly doubled. The time didn’t matter other than my neck was ready for a break. I walked the first 1700 meters at a more conservative pace to avoid a mistake and then booked it for the second mile. A few times the cue was tipping a little too far and I had to jog to keep up. I made a total of 8 laps plus 100 meters.
One of the hardest parts about this attempt is staying on the track while staring up in the sky – especially when the sky has a bright sun in it. An early morning attempt kept the sun close to the horizon and when I was rounding the corner that pointed me directly at the sun I was in Boise High School’s shadow.
On Tuesday, August 15th at 7:30 AM, I’m am going to attempt to walk more than 1668 meters around the Boise High School track. This would be a normal morning activity for many, but I’m going to attempt to do this while balancing a pool cue on my chin. If successful, it will be by 21st successful Guinness World Record breaking attempt.
It’s another example of the classic physics problem: an inverse pendulum with 2 axes of freedom vs a Segue with only 1 axis of freedom. I wonder if there’s a version of a balancing record while on a Segue…
The last time I had a pool cue on my chin I only had to cover 10 meters. This time I have to go a lot further, but the only clock I’m racing against is the one my set by the pain threshold of my neck looking up.
Guinness World Record number 20 fell today after a long wait.
I bought the hula hoop the day before Jeremy was born. I’ve had it in our living room now for more than 15 months. It’s taken a couple dozen trips to various swimming pools. The previous record for longest duration balancing a hula hoop on the head was 49 seconds. I beat the record in less than a minute (funny how that works). I then persisted for 15 more minutes. When my neck didn’t want to take it any more, I started practicing my seal moves and swam up out of the water a couple times and swam forward and back. At 16 minutes and 13.19 seconds, the hula hoop fell into the water and we celebrated.
We got some great media coverage with local channels CBS 2, Fox 9 and KIVI 6 airing coverage. They all caught that I’m promoting STEM education which is encouraging.
Longest time to balance a hula hoop on the head while swimming
If I ever need a 2nd job as a seal substitute, I’ll be sure to list this as one of my top skills.
The current record is 49 seconds. I’ll be attempting to break it on Saturday, August 5th at the Boise State University Rec Center pool at 10 AM.
Rules: The hula hoop has to be balanced vertically on the forehead (not chin). I can either move or remain in the same spot. The water must be deep enough that I cannot touch. I’m not allowed to use any floatation devices or touch any other object.
Thanks so much to Kelsey and the Boise State Rec center for helping make this happen!
Thanks to the Captial High School Cross Country team for the support. The previous record of 6 Minutes 55 seconds fell by over a minute. For 5 minutes 53.92 seconds, I kept a pool cue balanced on my finger without it touching anything else (including other fingers or any other part of my body) while covering 1609.34 meters in under 6 minutes.
My asthma acted up after and I’ve been hacking up a lung, but feel pretty good. I could have run faster, but the lactic acid buildup and oxygen deprivation lead to wobbly arms, wobbly arms lead to pool cues bouncing off fingers, and that leads to Guinness World Record attempts being disqualified. So balancing speed vs body control was one of the biggest challenges today.
After a 2 week delay due to a nasty cold, Guinness World Record attempt #19 is on. I will attempt to run the fastest mile ever run while balancing a pool cue on my finger. If you want to come out to watch or cheer me on, it will be at 8 AM at the Capital High School track starting with a talk to the cross country team about the power of having a growth mindset, setting goals, and having the grit to power through pain and adversity.
The current record is 6 minutes 55 seconds. The pool cue has to rest on 1 finger and cannot touch any other part of my body or fall off or the record attempt fails. The hardest part is the end when the body gets wobbly from oxygen deprivation and my arm gets super shaky. In practice I even once had the cue fall off with 10 meters to go and break into several pieces!
The one minute record was a little bit weaker but was still 77 balloons burst in 1 minute. The 30-second record was 46 balloons.
It took quite a bit of preparation at home finding the right balloons (big enough, but not too big; easy to pop, but not too easy), the right chair, the right sitting cadence, enough squats that I could sit and stand nearly 100 times in a minute, the right shorts (actually combination of shorts since I’m wearing multiple layers) to sit on a bunch of balloons and land on a hard chair without too much pain. And then there was the logistics on how to get only 2 balloons placers (Guinness Rules) fed enough balloons efficiently enough to break this record. In the end, it was a success.
The new Guinness World Records for balloon burst by sitting are:
1 minute: 95!
30 seconds: 49!
Thanks to the team!
Promoting STEM education through my story and juggling