This Guy Holds More than 100 Guinness World Records

Trying to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to Hula Hoop 10k? You’re going to have to beat Ashrita Furman. Most jelly eaten in one minute, blindfolded with no hands? That’s Ashrita’s territory. Think you’re pretty good at spitting champagne corks? Probably not as good as Ashrita.

Mr. Furman, a 56-year-old Queens, N.Y. native, currently holds 120+ Guinness Records. Despite considering himself a “non-athlete,” he started setting records at the age of 24 in 1979 by doing 27,000 jumping jacks. After that, he says, he was hooked on the rush of achievement. Since that Herculean exercise session, he's managed to nab another 358 records. Some of them have since been beaten, but not enough to dethrone him from his Record Reign.

Not only has Furman set an unmatched number of records, he’s made sure to do them in some pretty fabulous places: Antarctica, the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat. Out of all of the records and locations, he says his favorite is the time he pogo-sticked up Mount Fuji in Japan.

So why does he do it? Furman told Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that it's all for the pure joy of challenging himself, succeeding and holding World Records - something he dreamed of when he was a self-described nerdy kid. Check out Ashrita working on some of his very strange accomplishments starting at about 1:20. And yes... he does hold the Guinness Record for holding the most Guinness Records.

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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