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Frenchman’s Eiffel Tower Prank Rebuffed, Then Reinstated in Guinness Book of Records


Feb 12, 2024
Eiffel Tower Sets Record After Bizarre Matchstick Dispute

A Frenchman’s Eiffel Tower Prank Enters Guinness Book of Records

Richard Plaud, a Frenchman who spent eight years building his Eiffel Tower, has had his creation entered in the Guinness Book of Records. The tower stands at 7.19 meters tall and was made using 706,900 matches. However, there were two major mistakes in the construction that led to the tower not being accepted for the record at first.

The first mistake was that Richard bought the matches from supermarkets and then simplified his match shopping by persuading a match manufacturer to supply him with boxes containing 190,000 headless sticks. According to the Guinness Book, this was a big mistake because the flammable, usually red heads of the matches must be scraped off before use.

The second mistake was even weirder: Richard cut off the heads of the matches instead of scraping them off. This led to him being disqualified from the record race. However, after a week of protests and an emotional rollercoaster ride for Richard, he has been reinstated in the record book. The turnaround is a testament to Richard’s determination and passion for his project.

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