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Longest Distance From Which To Blow Over A Pen

United States Dustin Sulek

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States / September 21, 2011

Dustin Sulek blew a pen over from 360 inches away.

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General caution and common sense required. We show the Stride Team at work, but recommend that these challenges be done at home.

- may use any ink–based pen
 - pen must be standing upright
 - must attempt record indoors in a room without breeze
 - only one person may blow at the pen
 - pen must topple as a result of air from mouth being blown at it

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  • United States Pete Graf

    Pete Graf

    Agree with Dan. Peter, you nailed it!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    I can't wait until we enable the ability to "like" comments so I can "like" what Peter wrote. Everyone We stand by our decision.

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    1... its an old crappy rubber gym floor, thats why the pen was set on a caution wet floor sign... and if you guys knew anything, a folded caution wet floor sign is completely flat. So dont try and say it is on a slop. If it was on a slope it never would have stood up. 2.. Im the one with the basketball and I never dribble anywhere near the pen. plus, I would love to see anyone try to knock down a pen by dribbling a ball 10 feet away.

  • United States Zach Neal

    Zach Neal

    I'm not one to point fingers because I was beaten, but why DOES Devin have his pen on a sign slanted like that? Mine, and everyone elses pens stood up just fine.

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Dan and Peter both provide excellent points. However, I still maintain that several other records that seemed too unrealistic to be true have been denied due to insufficient evidence. In a few cases, further evidence was provided and the records were consequently accepted. In this case, there are several factors that could have played a part, plus we can barely even see the pen. I therefor concur that further evidence of this record attempt should be requested. Zach Neal's attempt looks much more realistic than this one, albeit the fact that he never shows behind the pen. Benjamin Gross also has an attempt pending which I am interested in seeing. Maybe his attempt will provide us with some clarity

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Also, on Zach Neal's attempt, he shows ALMOST everywhere in the room but not quite everywhere. He never shows behind the pen, where someone could have been standing to blow it down from above

  • Australia Peter Craig

    Peter Craig

    I understand this category is difficult to get on camera because of all of the variables for potential cheating - but the spirit of RecordSetter has always been about trust, providing evidence without reason to cheat or manipulate results. With money involved, people get more protective of their own attempts. The evidence provided for each attempt raise concern/doubt BUT all in equal amounts and each person defending their own attempt as legit and pointing out issues with everyone else. Here are my observations which would potentially deny each attempt as Dan has said, which is completely against the spirit of the site, as we're not attacking character or persons.

    Devin Ehrich: the pen is precariously placed on a sloping surface (why?) with two guys down at the end of the pen, having just bounced a basketball. If the pen was on a flat surface and the guys weren't there, and the open space was used better it would be pretty clear it's legit.

    Zach Neal: looked pretty good, but the pen was already leaning when it started and fell the way it was leaning, but otherwise looks like a fairly decent attempt.

    Joesph Hughes: furthest attempt had two camera angles, each not really showing evidence definitively, "spectators" or vents in the space may have played a role and considering it well over doubled Joseph's previous attempt with a handful of blows didn't even wiggle the pen - and his last attempt the camera guy sat near the pen and the pen fell away from the person sitting. To then double the previous attempt seemingly easier raises questions.

    Dustin Sulek: A good attempt and again no reason to suspect malicious behavior.

    In all, there's something to pick at each, but staying within the spirit of RecordSetter, the records stand unless there's collective moderation/decision/discussion from users who can come up with a concise and collective argument one way or another to possibly overthrow the RecordSetter moderators. The site is also about the community moderation process, and has never been about money and cheating. Without attacking or judging a person, feel free to openly discuss attempts with other observers so ideas can be tabled with the RecordSetter crew to consider.

    What ever happened to faith in humanity...

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Look, all you guys from Clinton, Iowa, just submit a second video (if you took one) and we won't have to argue anymore. It's that simple

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Everyone First of all, the spirit of this dialogue is extremely disappointing. We are trying to create a new landscape for all types of human competition. We're looking to raise the bar of awesomeness for mankind. The accusations here are pathetic. If people are cheating, that's even worse.

    This category is a slippery slope. If we were to deny Devin's submission, we'd be forced to deny every attempt in the category. For this reason, we will begrudgingly accept it. There is no clear evidence of cheating.

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Recordsetter, please look into this attempt. Unless they submitted a second video, there is definitely insufficient evidence here

  • United States Tim Elias

    Tim Elias

    again we don't cheat like others...get over it neil

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Without a second camera angle from behind the pen, there is no proof that no one was sitting underneath that purple mat that was to the right of the pen. Someone could EASILY have been sitting there blowing on it. I would like to see another video. After all, we submitted 2 videos for our attempt.

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    we have our proof on this video.. maybe we got lucky and it fell. but if recordsetter wants us to do it again from a different angle.. and allows it we will do it. otherwise this video is all we have

  • United States Mike Blanchard

    Mike Blanchard

    Hey Tim, yes you did cheat.

  • United States alex Gross

    alex Gross

    how does the pen fall towards the person blowing on it that doesn't make any sense..........

  • United States Mitch Jankowski

    Mitch Jankowski

    Recordsetter, please look into multiple of Neil's attempts. There has been clear cheating which should result in a disqualification

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    Mr. 3 Inch nose hair.... you complain on every single record that is uploaded

  • United States Mitch Jankowski

    Mitch Jankowski

    if someone were to be to the side...the pen would not blow over straight backward like it clearly does

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    when the other guys did it from behin the pen who knows if someone comes and stands over the camera man with a fan or something. Once again, only you think of cheating. 3 inch nose hairs dont exist, but you found one?

  • United States Mitch Jankowski

    Mitch Jankowski

    yea ur right...marathon runners can blow a pen down from super far away...what a record devin!!!

  • Australia Peter Craig

    Peter Craig

    It is a very difficult category to adjudicate and so evidence is critical. I'd almost suggest putting a fine powder like flour around the pen so you can see where the wind is coming from. You'd almost even need witness accounts but then it gets complicated.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Everyone We stand by our decision.

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    Ill take your word on it. Dont have time

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Please do. Find a marathon runner and I guarantee you that they can get at least 30ft

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    okay.. I know about 50 college athletes so I'd love to see someone try this in person

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Dustin we took this video from 2 different cameras in order to prove the legitimacy of our attempt. I gave both videos to Recordsetter, they can easily post a link to the 2nd video so you may watch our attempt. Joe and I are both star track athletes and have terrific lung capacities. Please stop doubting our record attempts, your mistrust is very ugly and unwanted

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    this is funny. watch the 360 inch video. The pen sweeps right off the floor. If anything, from any distance of 15 feet or more the pen would wiggle (maybe) and barely tip over. Think you guys need to look into this record

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    The same people that found a 3 inch nose hair are involved in this one??? I work in an office with 15 people. Just had everyone attempt to blow over a pen from 8 feet. Yes, 8 feet. And no one got a wiggle out of the "lightest" pen we could find. Now your telling me someone blows over a pen 5x the distance we couldn't. How bout a little hoensty people

  • United States Dustin Barker

    Dustin Barker

    lol... I find it funny how Neil is involved in all these shady attempts.. Really? someone blows over a pen from 40 feet? For all we know they have a fan hooked up back there. or one of the people at the end watching is blowing.

  • United States Brian Pankey

    Brian Pankey

    Illinois boys rule!

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Jesstin, why does this attempt seem off to you?

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    I am disappointed that you are questioning our integrity. We took 2 videos of this attempt and submitted both to Stride simply so we could prove to everyone that we broke this record legitimately.

  • United States J C

    J C

    yea......

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    Are you saying our video should be denied?

  • United States J C

    J C

    it should have been denied but o well

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    The slight audio misalignment feels like an Internet video quality thing. The ambient room tone remains consistent throughout. We feel good about the decision we made to approve this submission.

  • United States Vernon Frenzel

    Vernon Frenzel

    I do agree with Neil about the blowing part.

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    I find it strange that the sounds of him blowing don't match up with when he actually looks like he starts and stops blowing. Oh well, guess we have to find a bigger room to break this one, the biggest stretch in my house was only 281 inches!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Feels like a clean attempt from our moderation team's perspective. Please keep the input and questioning coming, though.

  • United States Neil Moallem

    Neil Moallem

    If you can see, he is blowing from an angle and not from straight behind the pen, which is why the dust bunny moves and the pen falls crooked. Look at how the tape measure curves and you will understand what I'm saying

  • United States Pedro Gomez

    Pedro Gomez

    As you can clearly see at 1:22 there is a dust bunny or paper moving to the left. It's funny how it doesn't blow away from the person who's blowing but it moves to the left like there's someone helping him.

  • United States Mike Blanchard

    Mike Blanchard

    Seems like this should be done without someone sitting behind the pen

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Wes - the pen clearly hits the red part of the measuring tape as it falls down. If you look at 0:26, the red part is definitely behind the pen.

  • United States Wes Turner

    Wes Turner

    Somehow the pen was blown over toward the person supposedly blowing from 17 feet away. Suspect.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    You can blow until it falls as long as the entire thing is clearly documented on video.

  • United States J C

    J C

    does it have to be in one blow or can i set it up and blow until it falls

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Awesome feat, awesome documentation. Great work, Ben.

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Nice work Ben, bravo.

  • Australia Peter Craig

    Peter Craig

    It's very difficult to validate by video evidence when there are so many variables - I'm not saying this is what has happened but are all valid work arounds to consider: the tape could have been budged slightly to knock the book the pen was standing on. The floor might have been bumped to dislodge the pen. The pen could be teetering on a bare edge to stand upright that it eventually falls regardless of being blown or not. A draft could be coming from any wall/roof/stairwell to contribute assistance. I think this looks pretty legit but future attempts as it gets to the finer end towards the end of the challenge will need to be as precise as possible with as much evidence as they can, and make sure it's done in a relatively open space, inside and by removing any variable which could cause confusion or doubt. Great effort Vincent, good job. Look forward to seeing how far this can go!

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Excellent documentation Reed, please find a bigger table and give it another go.

  • Belgium JoeNagy

    JoeNagy

    thats hard to beat

  • United States Schuyler Van Horn

    Schuyler Van Horn

    Great Job Vincent! This is a perfect submission - thanks for making sure to show the tape measure.

  • United States Simon Kirk

    Simon Kirk

    Nice job Vincent.

  • United States Emma K

    Emma K

    i did it and i submitted my video

  • United States Emma K

    Emma K

    i did it and i submitted my video

  • Canada Sam Singer

    Sam Singer

    I did it again !

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Hey Sam, we sent you an email earlier, need to get a video showing your achievement. Thanks, Rob

  • Canada Sam Singer

    Sam Singer

    I DID !

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Joseph, shoot it on video and submit!

  • Belgium JoeNagy

    JoeNagy

    easy

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