NY man breaks world record for extinguishing matches with tongue

By Daniel Uria   |   May 12, 2017 at 4:32 PM

May 12 (UPI) -- A New York man set a new world record by extinguishing more than 30 matches with his tongue in a minute.

Ashrita Furman, who holds more than 200 Guinness World Records, claimed the new title for "most matchsticks extinguished with the tongue in 1 minute."

Furman, 61, sat at a table at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Jamaica and individually lit a total of 37 matches and extinguished them on his tongue to surpass the previous record of 30.

He was only permitted to extinguish one match at a time and was prohibited from using his breath to blow them out.

Last year, Furman completed a similar feat to add to his lengthy list of records by extinguishing 44 blow torches with his tongue.

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