He Held on by a Hair


The man who claimed the "world's record" for traveling the farthest distance on a zip line attached only to his hair was killed in April as he similarly attempted to cross the Teesta River in West Bengal, India, on a zip line. He died of a heart attack, and since observers were unclear if his limpness was part of the performance, he hung lifeless for 45 minutes. He was identified in news reports as a "Guinness Book" record-holder, but as with many such claims, the Guinness Book has no such category.

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