“…Ashrita Furman went to Peru to climb the mountain above Machu Picchu, which is called Cerro Machu Picchu, and is ten thousand feet above sea level. This was late last July. Furman, who lives in Queens, where the highest point is two hundred and fifty-eight feet, allowed himself a day to become adjusted to the altitude. Furman hoped to climb higher than anyone ever had on stilts. The record, according to Guinness World Records, was 7,242 feet, set in South Dakota, in 2002.
No one had stopped Furman at the Great Wall of China in 2005, when he completed the fastest mile on a hop ball, fifteen minutes and three seconds—a record that he broke in 2010, doing thirteen minutes in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Nor had anyone interfered when, in 1993, he climbed to the snowline of Mt. Fuji on a pogo stick, sixteen miles up and back, which was the greatest distance ever travelled on a pogo stick, or when, in 1987, he jumped underwater on a pogo stick in the Amazon River for three hours and forty minutes, longer than anyone ever had. Yet he was turned away at Cerro Machu Picchu by security.
Furman, who is fifty-seven and the part owner of a health-food store in Queens, is the world’s leading practitioner of a pursuit that is known as Guinnessport—the undertaking of challenges designed to get a person into an edition of Guinness World Records. He has set more world records than anyone ever has: three hundred and sixty-seven.
Currently, he holds a hundred and thirty-one records, one of which is the record for holding the most records. Twenty-seven thousand jumping jacks, done in six hours and forty-five minutes, was Furman’s first record, in 1979. Furman’s records involve at least seventy discrete skills, the bulk of which he learns for the attempt. Slicing apples in the air with a samurai sword took a year. A few years ago, in order to hold a hundred records simultaneously, Furman took up pure Guinnessport. Furman (who is celibate) has lived a little like a monk, in the same house, in Queens, for thirty-eight years…”
Okay, well naturally this dude is just demanding a quick astro-analysis and voila Le Virgo.
So THIS is what happens when Virgos hit the Guinness Book Of Records & decide to ace the thing, yes?
So he is Virgo with Mars in Capricorn conjunct the North Node. That’s like a massive desire to over-achieve but notice how he’s still happily nesting in his South Node (deep past, path of least resistance, natural niche) of Cancer/Kataka, right? Same house for 38 years and all but when he DOES leave it, he’s pogo-dancing along the Great Wall Of China or smashing world records for number of beer glances balanced on one’s chin.
He’s got Moon in should-be-sensible Taurus & Venus-Saturn in Scorpio + a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction.
It’s interesting he’s celibate – imagine being the lover attempting to distract him from his pursuits? Would be hell. Venus-Saturn in Scorp can be extreme in either direction.
His chart is here – no birthtime – but really WHAT do you think his Rising Sign would be?
I’m punting Aries. Or, ahem, Sagg.