Friday, August 31, 2007

Malaysia's King Tooth pulls train with teeth in world record bid

A Malaysian nicknamed "King Tooth" pulled a seven-coach train using a steel rope clenched in his mouth Thursday, a feat that organizers said was a new world record for the heaviest weight pulled with teeth.

Grunting and gasping, Rathakrishnan Velu's neck muscles strained and his face contorted as he hauled the 297.1-metric-ton (327.50 U.S. tons) train over 2.8 meters (9 feet, 2.2 inches) along tracks.

Rathakrishnan Velu, also known as Raja Gigi (King of Teeth), pulls a set of linked trains with his teeth
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The feat is expected to be recognized by Guinness World Records in two to three weeks after verification of the data, said Rathakrishnan's manager, Anna Chidambar.

"I don't know what toothpaste he uses but I am sure a lot companies will be looking to endorse their products from Rathakrishnan," said Maximus Ongkili, a Cabinet minister, who witnessed the effort at a railway station in Kuala Lumpur.

There's a video here.

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