If you feel like you haven’t achieved much in a year of lockdown, get ready to feel like even more of a failure.
David Rush, from Idaho, has retaken his official Guinness World Record for balancing a pool cue on his head.
In 2017, David balanced a pool cue on his forehead for one hour, three minutes and 14 seconds. But then plucky Brit Steve Rawlings, from Oxfordshire, smashed David’s record – more than doubling the time.
David was determined to reclaim the title.
“I took this one on not sure how long I would go,” he said.
“I was certainly planning to beat [Steve’s time] but I wasn’t sure by how much.
“It’s a rather painful record to break," he said, "with aches in the neck and back and it’s usually a matter of how long I want to endure the pain.”
Dave managed to break the record, but soon after that, he says, he made a mistake.
“The catch was I made the record attempt in a confined space, and after I broke the record I let myself relax," he said.
“It wouldn’t normally have been a problem but I had to take a small step back but that was enough that I ran into the wall behind me. I couldn’t correct the balance. The cue fell after 2 hours 6 minutes 20 seconds.”
David was practically delirious after the record, breaking feat, he says. “I didn’t realise how disoriented I was until I tried to get off the wall and realised I was too dizzy to stop holding on to the wall to keep my balance.
“After several seconds, I did finally get my neck to move and was able to take a step forward but I was dizzy for a while after this one.”
However, he was left with a serious dent in his forehead, and a very sore neck. It’s all for a good cause, though.
Dave has broken over 150 world records – including both world’s fastest juggler, and the world’s slowest juggler – as part of his campaign to publicise the importance of science education.
“We need more boys and girls to grow up with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math," Dave says. "That passion needs to lead to an education that will prepare them for technical careers.
"In short," he adds, "we need people with the skills necessary to sustain technological innovation and drive our economy,” he says.
And there we all were watching Netflix and eating biscuits all year.
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