Man marches into record books with lawnmower on his chin


Posted at Jun 23 2017 05:40 PM

Ashrita Furman attempts to set the Guinness World Record for the farthest distance walked while balancing a powered lawnmower on the chin, in the Queens borough of New York, U.S. June 22, 2017. Shannon Stapleton, Reuters

NEW YORK - Pushing a running electric lawnmower for 71 meters (233 ft) is not a difficult thing to do, but try doing that distance not pushing it, but balancing it on your chin.

New Yorker Ashrita Furman broke, by more than 50 meters, his existing Guinness World Record for "the farthest distance walked balancing a powered lawnmower on the chin."

When he finally lowered the grass-cutter to the pavement, Furman had traveled 71.53 meters, easily besting his previous and still-existing record of 20 meters.

"I pushed beyond what I had done before by a lot and I'm very, very happy," Furman said on Thursday.

Although he made it look easy, Furman said he was constantly battling the elements.

"Wind is really your enemy in this kind of balancing, and I had a couple of gusts of wind where the lawnmower felt is was going to spin off," he said