Adrenaline Junkies Break Guinness Records on a Global Scale
More than half a million people are participating in Guinness World Records Day, including these thrill-seekers.
Thrill-seeker Simon Berry, a burly tattooed 24-year-old Brit, rolled on the ground, shut his eyes, and raised his fists in the air triumphantly. His extreme version of tea time had just gone exceedingly well.
Berry bungee jumped while gripping a chocolate cookie, er, biscuit. He then dunked it right into a normal-sized cup of tea positioned on a plank 240 feet and 10 inches below with surgical precision. The strange feat was part of Guinness World Records' annual World Records Day.
"Going down and having to nail that cup of tea was tricky," he told Guinness World Records in a video afterward. "Just the feeling in me chest and seeing everyone smile - it was fantastic."
Today marks 24 hours where half a million people will attempt to set new world records. Guinness World Records launched the inaugural event 12 years ago as a way to encourage massive record-breaking on a global scale, and to celebrate the sale of its 100 millionth book copy. This year will see upwards of 600,000 people trying to secure their places in the history books, according to the organizers.
Martin Rees, a 28-year-old magician, set a new world record for number of magic tricks performed during a single skydive. He pulled off 11 over Wiltshire in the U.K., including the classic disappearing handkerchief. How he holds onto anything so calmly traveling at 120 mph is beyond me, but then again Rees also holds the current record for magic tricks performed in a wind tunnel.
Berry's successful bungee dunk with a chocolate hobnob biscuit actually beat the previous record set in 2013 by an American in California City. Back then, Ron Jones dunked a normal-sized doughnut into a regular cup of joe from a height of 198 feet and 8 inches.
To Berry, Rees, and all the other newly certified record-setters: Cheers, you crazy kids.