The Life of Ashrita Furman, the World’s Most Prolific Record Breaker

I imagine I’m not alone in having spent a lot of my childhood reading The Guinness Book of World Records, the encyclopedia of world records both monumental and trivial that’s updated yearly. At some point, I started to realize that a certain name appeared all over the book, often in new places every year. I never knew that someone could make a name out of breaking records, but Ashrita Furman was—really, is—that name. So you can imagine how delighted I was to find out this week that Brian McGinn had released a documentary about the life of the legend himself. Furman has a lively personality that comes through in this enjoyable film, and it’s as enjoyable as the discipline and dedication that drives his serial record-breaking.

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