I have chosen Human Ingenuity as my Area of Interaction because it is an interesting topic to learn about. I also chose world records because I love to have a challenge in my life, and seeing other people hold weird and wacky records is very interesting to me. Even before I had the idea of trying to beat a record, I thought it was such thrills watching other people reach their achievements and goals of beating a world record.
Ever since seeing those people, I’ve always wanted to beat a world record.
World records fit in with Human Ingenuity because it’s how people try and achieve their goals to make their dreams come true. This year we learned about human achievements and it interested me a lot. This is why I decided to do World Records for my personal project. This topic interests me because world records are very cool and challenging. World records have always interested me, because it is cool how people can beat these records for crazy and interesting things at any time.
World records, such as sword swallowing and another, most scorpions held in mouth.
For my project I decided to try and break the world record for most straws in your mouth at once. The current record is 400 straws at once, and held there for 10 seconds. My goal was to beat this world record and have Guinness world records put me in the record book. I picked this goal at first because it was at 256 but went up quite a bit in a month.
This made my goal all the more challenging to beat the record, but as I like a challenge I decided to continue on with the goal to beat that record. It turned out to be a very challenging record. This shocked me but also made me want to do it more.
It made me feel this way because I love having a challenge in my life and that’s one of the reasons I chose world records in the first place. It took me a while to but I finally decided on this world record because I figured I could accomplish it. This influenced me to make decisions on stuff like: how to loosen my lips so I could hold that many straws in my mouth, what type of straws to get, how to record it if I beat the record to get it to Guinness world records, who would by my witness for beating this goal, and how could I make a good attempt to beat this goal.
I had to create solutions for these such as: stretching my lips to try and fit around all the straws, just regular soda straws, just take photos of me beating the record (if I beat it), get someone either friend or family to watch me do it, and just go for it without thinking about the pain in my lips from the hundreds of straws stretching my lips. Throughout the process of this I had to learn to understand the connection between these things and the goal of my project and how to keep these things in mind.
It was very challenging at times to remember these steps and I would start complaining because my lips hurt from all the straws or that I kept thinking I couldn’t do it because I was running out of room for straws in my mouth. It was really hard to convince myself to keep putting more straws in and keep going on. I would feel incredible pain in and around my lips and lose my concentration and the straws would fly out of my lips, because my mouth would slip off of the straws.
In my research along the way I looked at lots of records and changed my mind quite a few times before deciding to try and break the record for most straws held in your mouth at once. Lots of the world records I looked at seemed rather easy but they turned out to be rather hard and a lot more difficult than I expected. For example: I looked at the world record for fastest time to eat 3 soda crackers which seemed rather easy, but it was actually rather challenging as soda crackers are really salty and are hard to chew fast and swallow fast too.
Then I tried doing the record for most Ferrero Rocher eaten and unwrapped in 1 minute which was 8. This also seemed easy, but it was also very challenging as the chocolates were hard to unwrap and the little nuts in them made them hard to chew and swallow very fast. Then I had a brilliant idea, start a new world record! That way I would be guaranteed a spot in Guinness World Records. But, the more I looked into it the more complex I realized it was. First the Guinness team had to review and debate the submission, deciding if it was “record material” or not.
Then they would have to interview eye witnesses about whether or not you actually did it (applies to all records, but Guinness is especially strict about new records). So I kept that idea for a while and thought of things that I could do but they either turned out to be too hard to do, or turned out that Guinness would not accept it as a record, therefore I wouldn’t be accomplishing my goal. I would just be doing something crazy for the heck of it, which wasn’t the point of my goal.