The Popcorn Stand: Bang your head

You know my obsession with the human race’s obsession with head banging activities, so here we go again.

And as I’ve commented before, I have no idea how anybody comes up with these ideas. Not in a million years would I wake up and say, “I think I’ll go crack some coconuts with my head.”

But that’s exactly what a martial artist in Pakistan did and apparently he has numerous world records of this sort. It was reported he added to his world records by setting the world record for “most green coconuts smashed with the head in one minute.” It seems the Guinness organization that determines these records has too much time on its hands as I would have also never thought of the record “most green coconuts smashed with the head in one minute.”

The black belt (do you need a black belt to set this record?) Muhammad Rashid set the record by using his head to smash 35 coconuts in one minute, so he couldn’t break the one coconut per one second barrier. Rumors he now plans to lead a musical group Smashing Coconuts to challenge the group Smashing Pumpkins are not true, although I’m sure there’s a record for smashing pumpkins as well.

Although I have to admit, what Rashid did sounded pretty tough because he had to smash each coconut so it leaked milk before it could be considered a legal smash.

And I have to give Rashid credit for being creative. Because one of his other world records is “most drink cans crushed with elbow in one minute.” At least he didn’t use his head for that one.

But I have to admit when reading about these records it just drives me nuts.

You can watch Rashid set his world record here

— Charles Whisnand


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