If you discover yourself talking to Suresh Joachim, you can forgive him for sounding favor a damaged document.

You are watching: What is the world record for standing on one foot

For the better part of a decade, the Mississauga man"s life has radvanced roughly specifically that: gaining his name right into the famous Guinness World Records.

From standing on one foot (76 hours, 40 minutes) to running the greatest distance via a 4.5-kilogram brick in his hand (126.675 kilometres), Mr. Joachim"s knack for wacky stunts has earned him 29 world records considering that 1996.

He wishes to make it an also 30 next week, by bowling for 100 hrs directly at Playtime Bowl in Toronto -- 10-pin, no less.

"I have never before played this game in my life," Mr. Joachim, 36, sassist at the bowling alley last week, where he has been training eexceptionally night.

Leafing through the Sri Lankan-born, former accountant"s pile of Guinness certificates, it"s tempting to ask, Who cares? But a comparable question propels Mr. Joachim"s seemingly pointmuch less pursuits: Who cares around the world"s suffering children?

It"s a question he began to ask in 1983, once ethnic violence erupted between Sri Lanka"s Sinhalese and Tamil neighborhoods, and set off two decades of bloody problem.

"At that time, my heart began to speak," sassist the slight, slim Mr. Joachim, who was a young teenager attending a Catholic boarding college in Sri Lanka at the moment. He recalled how a bloopassed away man, injured in a bus explosion, stumbled right into the college to take refuge. "I was sitting in the corner of my room, thinking I had to execute something."

Around that time, he had actually been inspired by Michael Jackson"s devotion to children"s causes (notwithstanding the pop icon"s succeeding legal troubles entailing young tourists to his The golden state ranch). But Mr. Joachim kbrand-new there was no avenue to such lucrative superstardom in his strife-torn homeland.

In 1991, while examining to become a hired accountant in Sri Lanka"s funding city, Colombo, an uncle provided him a Guinness record book as a gift. Between its covers, Mr. Joachim saw exactly how he might use attention-grabbing stunts to increase awareness of children"s suffering.

He was especially intrigued by the document for balancing on one foot, which then stood at 34 hours. Lured by its evident simplicity, he determined to attempt it at residence.

"I stood for 3 hrs and also fainted," he said, including that he had been hobbled by a scarcity of food because of the fighting. Undaunted, he got a organization club to sponsor him and told Guinness that he planned to collection a brand-new document of 35 hours. He was encouraged when he found out he was allowed 5 minutes of remainder each hour, yet vexed when Guinness told him the document had actually considering that been damaged and stood at 45 hours.

The business club, which had actually currently booked the stadium at Colombo"s Vihara Maha Devi Park based on a 35-hour attempt, was not pleased, but Mr. Joachim was able to start at an early stage, and set a new record of 47 hours.

Or so he believed. "I broke the document, but a guy in India did it for 55 hrs around the exact same time," he shelp. "I was exceptionally sad."

Mr. Joachim regrouped and turned to a new and also more ambitious target, and one that would certainly stick: He ran 3.495 kilometres, as soon as eincredibly hour, for 1,000 consecutive hrs from Aug. 19 to Sept. 29, 1996.

Emboldened by the decisiveness of that record, which still stands, he took another run at the one-legged balancing act the complying with spring, with equivalent success: His record of 76 hours, 40 minutes is still the moment to beat, though it was a painful ordeal he sassist he would not repeat for a million dollars.

In 1998, he moved to Australia, wright here he discovered it less complicated to uncover corpoprice sponsors for his efforts, all in the name of a charity he established, the Universal Fund for Suffering Children.

At one mall, he took a trip a record 225.44 kilometres up and dvery own the escalators, and at one more, ran 126.675 kilometres, in laps about a fountain, while moving a 4.5-kilogram brick in an ungloved hand, pointing downward. Mr. Joachim made his means to Toronto in June of 2003 to set the record for the longest continuous radio broadactors, 120 hrs, at Scarborough"s Geethavaani Tamil Radio station. While here, he met Christa Rasanayagam, the woguy he would certainly marry.

Naturally, their wedding set documents too. Ms. Rasanayagam had actually 79 bridesmaids, and also lugged a bouquet 60.09 metres long, at Mississauga"s Christ the King Church.

Due to the fact that then, Mr. Joachim has collection distance documents for running on a treadmill and, many newly, for the longest dance marathon by an individual (100 hours), elevating $1,500 for tsunami relief in February.

"In another eight years" time, I"ll hold 150 people records," he sassist, "but if I get more sponsors, I"m ready to do even more than that."

More instantly, he hopes to secure sufficient sponsors to spend a complete 2 years doing nopoint but accumulating people records, among them running backward, singing Elvis Presley songs and also playing 35 characters in a single movie.

The granddaddy of them all will be his World Peace Marathon, in which he really hopes to run via 88 significant cities in 54 nations from December, 2006, to June, 2007.

Mr. Joachim aims to raise $1-billion, and collect one million signatures for a petition calling on the United Nations to make June 24 a worldwide ceasefire day.

"There"s no one day for civilization to come together and also talk about their troubles," he shelp. "That"s my major goal."

His more instant problem, of course, is the 100-hour bowl-a-thon, which will certainly start Wednesday at 11 a.m. By following Sunday at 3 p.m., he hopes to have actually soundly beaten the present record of 60 hrs, 15 minutes, set last September in Malta.

See more: Can The Variance Of A Data Set Ever Be Negative ? Can The Variance Of A Data Set Ever Be​ Negative

Then, he"ll head house to his three-week-old boy, Joshua, whom he has already tapped as his successor.

"I"m going to teach him tennis and swimming and golf," Mr. Joachim sassist. "He"ll lug even more fame to this country."