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Man breaks record for eating corn with a toothpick

By Ben Hooper
Man breaks record for eating corn with a toothpick
An Idaho man visiting an Illinois library broke the Guinness World Record for most corn kernals eaten using a toothpick in three minutes. Photo courtesy of David Rush

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An Idaho man visited an Illinois library and broke a Guinness World Record for eating 241 corn kernels with a toothpick in three minutes.

David Rush, who previously set a record at the Oak Brook Public Library last year when he balanced a pool cue on his forehead for 1 hour, 3 minutes and 14 seconds, returned to the library to attempt the corn kernel record.

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Rush's third attempt successfully broke the record when he skewered and ate 241 corn kernels in three minutes, breaking the previous record of 236.

"It's a ridiculous talent to have," Rush told the Chicago Tribune. "I practiced skewering a lot to prepare along with the size of the plate, spreading out the corn and best toothpicks to use."

Rush said he has broken a total 83 Guinness World Records, including about 40 that remain unbroken. He said his record attempts are aimed at promoting STEM education.

"A lot of kids don't think they're any good at math or science," he said. "The idea is you can get better at that. If you believe you can get better at something and work hard at it, you can get better at anything."

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