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Subject: World record record holder

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/06/09 at 1:45 pm

A New Yorker has set a new world record - for holding the most world records.

Ashrita Furman, 54, simultaneously held 100 Guinness world records, reports the Daily Telegraph.

They included doing 27,000 star jumps, somersaulting over 12 miles and 390 yards, and chopping 27 apples mid-air with a samurai sword.

Mr Furman, who has dedicated the last 30 years to breaking records, is now training for his next bid - to run the fastest mile in flippers.

He has broken a staggering 236 Guinness World Records in his time, but entered the history books by holding 100 simultaneously.

Two of his records have since been broken, and he now holds 98, but his title of "most records held simultaneously by an individual" is far from being touched.

"The next nearest is about 20 records so even when some of mine are broken, the record is pretty safe," he said.

Recent records include 339 basketball bounces in one minute in February, 40 M&Ms eaten with chopsticks in a minute in March, and having a poem translated and recited into 111 different languages in April.

The New Yorker became obsessed with reading the Guinness Book of World Records as a child, and dreamed of one day breaking one.

"It's not about beating anyone or my ego. It's about proving to people that there are no limits to what we can do," he said.

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