It would seem that there is a record to break for almost everything under the sun. Still, every once in a while, something comes along that still raises a few eyebrows.

Who could even think to compete with Gao Yang, aged 37, who claims he can sleep for seven hours on a rope tied between two trees?

He is hoping this rather dubious talent will put him in the Guinness Book of Records (not between two trees either).

Gao hails from Anshan, northeastern China’s Liaoning Province, and he told the press that it took him nearly a quarter of a century to master the skill and that now he can now sleep on the rope undisturbed for seven hours.

How on earth can he do this? It’s that old answer about the question of how one gets to Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice and then practice some more. Gao claims he “rehearses” every morning on a 10 foot-high rope in a park near his home.

“I met a master when I was 12, and he taught me some tips. It took me nearly 24 years to acquire the skill. It’s nearly impossible for ordinary people to do this. It needs the perfect coordination of body muscles and balancing skills. I am finally ready to contact Guinness in the coming days and am confident of being able to set a world record.”

Perhaps Gao has a future in television commercials for advertising ultra cheap motels, sleeping pills or mattresses?

If you should pass by his local park and he is awake, get his autograph now, just to be on the safe side.

(news source http://www.weirdasianews.com/2010/10/08/chinese-man-hopes-break-sleepingrope-record/)

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