Getting featured in the prestigious Guinness World Records is something most people dream of and are often willing to go to any length to accomplish this dream. And India’s Manoj Kumar Maharana is one such example. The 23-year-old from Odisha has broken the record of ‘Most straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)’, by cramming 459 drinking straws into his mouth at once. To break the record, Manoj had to ensure that the straws were fully in his mouth and stayed there for at least 10 seconds without even one falling off.
The record of ‘Most straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)‘ has been unbeaten for eight years. The previous record was made by Simon Elmore, who had crammed 400 straws in his mouth at the Mark ‘n’ Simon Show in Germany. The rules for this title state that the challenger is not allowed to use his hands to support the straws during the 10-second period. The challenger is only allowed to use elastic bands around a cluster of straws to hold them together.
Manoj Kumar Maharana, who is all of 23, says that he wanted to achieve a Guinness World Records title ever since he was a child. According to the Guinness World Records website, the turning point was when Manoj heard about the previous record holder, Simon Elmore, and was really encouraged to attempt breaking it.
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There is another variation to this record, and that is ‘Most straws stuffed in the mouth (with hands)’. As the name suggests, challengers to this title are allowed to use their hands to hold the straws in their mouth. They are therefore able to fit more straws into the mouth. Guinness Rishi from India has created a record of holding 496 straws in his mouth on the set of Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega in Mumbai in 2016. Rishi had all his teeth removed so that he could cram more straws in his mouth.