No official adjudicators from Guinness World Records were around, but that didn’t stop these kooky Clevelanders from trying to set so-called endurance records.
Do almost anything for long enough, it seemed, and you could claim a record. Of the record-breakers, the outboard motor crew, J.W. Griffin and George Mishey, got the most press.
They required constant refills of fuel and food. Their manager, Roger Eyring, hung from a pier and handed it down to the boat.
On one pass, he dangled a can of oil and gas. On another, he dropped a meal from a restaurant called Chapin’s Lunch. “Mishey and Griffin say they will stay out until the motor gives out,” The Plain Dealer said.
They stayed on the water for just over 168 hours, beating the old supposed record by 30 hours. Two days later, three local teenagers attempted to break the record for length of time sitting in a tree.
“Elyria’s three aspirants for tree-sitting honors are making something of a party of their contest, being perched in two trees about twenty feet apart,” The Plain Dealer reported, “and carrying on continuous conversation to relieve the monotony of just sitting.”
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July 25, 2019