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Ashrita Furman
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    (September 16, 1954- )
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was Keith Furman
    Health food store manager in Jamaica, Queens, New York
    Recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the most records
    Has set records in 190 categories (some since broken by others)
    First record was most jumping jacks (27,000) in 1979
    Recent records include Fastest Mile on a Pogo Stick (12 minutes, 16 seconds), Underwater Jump Roping (900 jumps in one hour), Balancing a Milk Bottle (80.95 miles), Tallest Object Balanced on the Chin (54.6 foot pole) and Fastest Time Duct Taping Oneself to a Wall (8 minutes, 7 seconds)
    He dropped out of Columbia to become a follower of guru Sri Chinmoy.
    He is a celibate vegetarian.
    He calls breaking records 'part of my spiritual quest.'
    He frequently makes up new categories to set records in.
    Although some of his records may draw laughter, he says they all require a good deal of determination, concentration and fitness.
    He achieved a personal goal of setting records on all seven continents after hula hooping for the fastest mile at Ayers Rock in Australia and completing the fastest mile on a pogo stick in Antarctica.
    He said, 'When someone breaks one of my records, I'm happy because he's just raised the bar.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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