21 candles and a world record in Berhampur, Odisha
In an attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, Manoj Kumar Moharana — a post-graduate student of mathematics of Berhampur, district Ganjam in Odisha — stuffed the ends of 21 lit candles in his mouth.
Apart from the attempt with candles, he also kept 90 grapes inside his mouth in a second bid to reach the record book. Both these demonstrations took place in the presence of Berhampur Sub-Collector, S.S.Swain at his office on Saturday.
Two years’ practice
Mr. Moharana, who hails from Khadarada village under Polasara block of Ganjam district, said he had been practising for the potential record in these two fields for over two years.“Recent Guinness record for most lit candles in the mouth is 18, by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Mumbai on Jan 7, 2017. The current record for most seedless grapes stuffed in the mouth is 88,” said Mr. Moharana.
Earlier in 2015, he had tried to create a record using his field of study, mathematics. He had attempted to write squares of every number from 1 to 1000 from memory in 49 seconds. “But Guinness authorities did not accept my endeavour, so I decided to try another field to get recognised,” he said.
– BERHAMPUR, MAY 22, 2017