World record set for balloon blowing with nose, on US talk show

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Teen Andrew Dahl set an arcane world record today on the television show Live with Regis and Kelly. Starting before the show, Dahl started blowing up balloons with his left nostril, continuing for the next hour, hoping to beat the existing 213 balloon record.

On finishing, Guinness World Records judge Stuart Claxton announced Dahl had "literally blown the record away", blowing 308 balloons in the 60 minute span. All balloons had to be at least 8 inches wide when blown, and could only be blown with one nostril; Dahl chose his left nostril.

Dahl claims to have started the attempt with a slight cold, making breathing harder. He warned show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa that "the first few balloons are a little gross".

When 7- or 8-years-old, Andrew was waiting behind in a car, while Dahl's father and uncle were in a tuxedo shop. He stuck a balloon up to his nose, began to blow, and over the years has had increasing success, leading up to the record.

"Live's Guinness World Record Breaker Week", an annual feature on the program, continues until Friday.


This article was based on the September 15, 2008 broadcast of Live with Regis and Kelly, as aired terrestrially on CTV in Canada, a rebroadcast of live feed from ABC.

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