Run 1 mile in 11 minutes, in a suit?

In the past I have sat in on several (or more) security cordons looking in, as well as observing arcs of fire looking out. One detail lasted over three days in winter, fortunately the position was high in woodland under cover of thick pine trees, a small blessing in itself. What always amazed me was the deathly silence surrounding Felix the Bomb Disposal Officer as he made his long walk (always male in my day).  Felix on The long walk ‘Urban’758px-Eod_technician_irelandIt was always said (a military myth) that if you saw Felix running past by your position, the best policy was to follow and over take him, cos he knew some thing you didn’t...article-0-183D240300000578-101_636x382 In the case of Hawaii-based Army explosives expert 1st Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen, who ran a mile in 11 minutes, 6 seconds while wearing a full-body, 75-pound bomb suit; she would have had 30 Marines caught up in her vortex in my day!                        Yours Aye.

Flipping for Army Lieutenants

U.S. Army 2LT Jalyessa Walker

I know the Army makes its junior officers jump through a lot of hoops, but this is a new Guinness World record.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jalyessa Walker did 49 backflips  at the Sun Bowl during halftime of the UTEP-Rice football.

She broke the record set last month by a 16-year-old Texas high school cheerleader named Miranda Ferguson.

And the amazing thing, the former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader could have kept going, but she ran out of room.

Guinness World Record Teddy-Bear Collection

I’ve always thought I may have a Guinness World Record teddy-bear collection on my hands. But checking in with the world-record holder, Jackie Miley (who lives in Teddy Bear Town in Hill City, SD) I see I am 7,790 teddy bears short:

Jackie Miley, 63, the Guinness World Record holder in teddy bears

Yes, I did my math right. C’mon people, I’m a Sailor!

Gimme a Fist Pump!

James Peterson fist pump record holder?

James Peterson is out of work. And he has a lot of free time on his hands. So he decided to do what every red-blooded American dreams of: he attempted to set the world-record for fist-pumping:

A 34-year-old unemployed man from Ohio attempted to set a Guinness World Record over the weekend by fist pumping for 17 hours straight.

James Peterson began the attempt on Friday morning, according to the Akron Beacon Journal, and was scheduled to end at 3 a.m. local time Saturday. Peterson, a self-described fist-pumping “veteran,” was accompanied by a pair of videographers on his quest for the record–which included stops at bars in and around the Univ. of Akron.

Sadly, the article does not say if Jimmy Peterson got the record.

World Record Catamaran

Turanor PlanetSolar, a 100-foot catamaran

I was volunteered to go to an Admiral’s Call across town last week. And during his talk, the three-star stressed alternative energy choices that were going to be part of the Navy’s future.

I wonder if he was referring to solar, like this ridiculous beast:

Turanor PlanetSolar, a futuristic-looking 100-foot catamaran, on Friday became the first vessel to have circumnavigated the planet exclusively on power generated by the sun. The voyage, which began and ended in Monaco, lasted 19-plus months and included layovers in 28 countries, which were designed to promote the importance of solar energy.

Traveling on an equatorial route to take advantage of abundant sunshine, Turanor PlanetSolar covered more than 37,000 miles and set multiple Guinness World Records. The five-man crew enjoyed stops in such destinations as Tangier, Miami, Cancun, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bombay, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

I am all for smart energy choices. But they must save us money. Just to jump on the bandwagon, while incurring a higher cost, makes no sense.

Stealing Spoons

When the military man approaches, the world locks up its spoons and packs off its womankind. –George Bernard Shaw

Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons; Tbilisi, Georgia 

I wonder if Etibar was in the military:

Etibar Elchyev, a 39-year-old kick-boxing trainer, had originally planned to break the Guinness World Record for balancing spoons on one’s face – with 27 the current target to beat.

However after a change of plan he decided to break the world record for balancing them on his body instead – managing to secure 50 around his neck and chest.

And after he achieved this feat in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Mr Elchyev said he was prepared to go even further in his record-breaking goals.

That’s a lotta spoons. . .