10. Ashrita Furman
The Man with the Most World Records
Growing up in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, Ashrita Furman always dreamed of breaking world records. As a child he enjoyed the Guinness Book of Records, which is a franchise that was conceived in 1954. Ironically, 1954 is the same year that Furman was born. In 1979, Ashrita Furman set his first official world record by completing 27,000 jumping jacks. Since that time, he has set more than 300 Guinness records. He currently holds approximately 113 records, including the honor for the person with the most world records. Ashrita Furman has set records on all seven continents and in more than 30 different countries. He is known for his incredible endurance and bizarre feats.
In 1986, Furman invented and set the record for underwater pogo stick jumping and introduced the sport on Good Morning America on April Fools Day. He also began setting records at historic locations. He set world marks for completing forward rolls along the entire 12.25 mile route of Paul Revere’s Ride in Massachusetts and jumping 11.5 miles up and down the foothills of Mount Fuji on a pogo stick. He gained a mile long hula hoop record at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Australian desert. Furman has also set records at such famous landmarks as the Egyptian pyramids (longest distance balancing a pool cue), Stonehenge (longest time standing on a Swiss ball), the Eiffel Tower (most sit ups in an hour), the Great Wall of China (hopping on a kangaroo ball) and Angkor Wat (jumping rope on a pogo stick).