A radio ‘talkathon’ for 84 hours; hitting 5,000-odd runs in school cricket; making 999 Ganesha idols in a day, dishing of 1,550 recipes in nearly 36 hours. Who are the people with a knack for bizzare and extraordinary achievements? The Sunday Standard profiles some
Records are proof of man’s victory over himself. They are milestones of human endeavour and achievement that mark man’s continuous evolution in a competitive and changing world. The Guinness Book of Records, first published in August 1954, a reference book stating the biggest human achievements and nature extremes, is one of the most stolen books from public libraries around the world. The Olympic Games, the harvest field of records have seen history being made and re-written in a matter of milliseconds and millimetres ever since Koroibos, a cook from the city of Elis, first won the stadion race, a 600 feet long challenge at the Games of Olympia in Greece in 776 BC. Bob Beamon’s long jump in 1968 Mexico Olympics remained unchallenged. Records are as varied and interesting as the people who set them. Absurdities have earned recognition and respect in records set for the longest egg-tossing distance, the maximum number of hours spent playing the Grand Theft Auto, the world-record for inserting 1,200 needles into the head and the world’s biggest lollipop. In India, Assam-based farmer Anil Mahanta created an unbeatable feat by cycling non-stop for a record 48 hours. Two friends from Haryana travelled across 14 states and 28 cities in 19 days, on a tractor. Dinesh Upadhyay fitted 1001 straws in his mouth in one go. The greed for breaking records among athletes led to the expunging and rescinding of records. Some records are stories of man’s victory against nature. Arunima of Rae Bareli, who was crippled permanently after she was attacked and thrown out of a running train by a bunch of goons scaled world’s highest peak Mt Everest. Then, there are people who live to break their own records. Like Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt. The urge among record-breakers to be “officially amazing” is endless and timeless.