The Record Breaker: The Strange Story of Ashrita Furman Who Has Dedicated His Life to Breaking World Records

The Record Breaker: The Strange Story of Ashrita Furman Who Has Dedicated His Life to Breaking World Records documentary

The Record Breaker: The Strange Story of Ashrita Furman Who Has Dedicated His Life to Breaking World Records documentary

The Record Breaker: The Strange Story of Ashrita Furman Who Has Dedicated His Life to Breaking World Records documentary

It seems like fate that Ashrita Furman was born in 1954, the same year the first Guinness Book of World Records was published. As a child the New York native became fascinated with the annual record books but due to his lack of athleticism never dreamed he could ever accomplish something worthy of a “record.” Years later in 1978, with very little training, he entered a 24 hour bicycle race in Central Park where he surprisingly finished in third place. The near victory sparked something deep inside Furman, and the following year he set his first official record by doing 27,000 jumping jacks. Furman now holds more Guinness records (148) than anyone in the world.

In this life-affirming documentary short from Brian McGuinn we learn about Furman’s extremely bizarre life, and watch has he prepares to climb Machu Picchu. On stilts. (via Booooooom)

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