Man Tries Crying For Days To Break Guinness Record… And Goes Blind

A man who forced himself to cry for seven days says that went temporarily blind when the craze for eccentric feats of resistance sweeps across Nigeria.

Tembu Ebere, who has been trying to cry non-stop for a week, said he had experienced headaches, puffy eyes and a puffy face, and went partially blind for 45 minutes through his own efforts.

Ebere, who claims to be a comedian, promoted his efforts on TikTok and, under his TikTok handle, told his followers: “Send me your problems, I’ll be crying for you.”

She sat crying and clutching her head next to a live timer, which read two hours and seven minutes. Ebere’s video garnered 5.3 million views from confused TikTokers around the world, with some even cheering for him. One said, ‘Come on, man, you can do it.’ Others joked, saying that “honestly, I think I’ve cried the longest” and “Nah, I still hold that record.”

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The Guinness Record has seen a rise in attempts to break records for Africa’s most populous nation in recent monthssparked by a chef’s four-day cook-a-thon that captured the public’s imagination.

“I had to re-strategize and reduce my regrets,” he told the BBC, adding that he was determined to cry towards his goal despite the difficulties encountered.

The record frenzy broke out in May when a chef named Hilda Baci he tried to cook continuously for 100 hours to “put Nigerian cuisine on the map”. His attempt was so followed that it caused the official website guinnessworldrecords.com to crash for two days. She was cheered on by celebrities and the vice president of Nigeria.

The 26-year-old managed 93 hours and 11 minutes, which was enough to break the previous cooking marathon record set in India in 2019. His success inspired a wave of similar attempts at activities that included spending more time singing, praying and even kissing.

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John Obot, a schoolteacher, told him that he would try to spend 140 hours reading classic literature aloud in September.

“The motivation is to promote the culture of reading in Nigeria,” he said, adding that he had chosen a “meaningful record”.

But some of the stunts have faced criticism for being frivolous or offensive. A suggested kissing world record attempt was banned in Ekiti state and authorities told organizers they would be punished if it went ahead.

“(The) ‘kiss-a-thon’ as an event is not only absurd, immoral, unhealthy (but) capable of denigrating Ekiti’s image,” said a statement from the Ministry of Culture.

Elsewhere, a masseuse trying to set a massage endurance record collapsed after 50 hours and in another marathon cooking attempt, two chefs were disqualified after they turned off their stoves and went to sleep.

Guinness World Records itself has urged Nigerians to be easy and advised applicants to contact the body, or risk having your records unrecognized.

“Please, enough of the record-a-thons (Record marathons)”, the organization behind the record book said on social media after someone broached the idea of ​​other similar events. The comments sparked a backlash from some Nigerians who questioned whether Guinness World Records was “tired” of their country, forcing the organization to backtrack and say it was accepting “applications from all over the world”.

“We can all be friends,” he said.

The Guinness Records also said it could not confirm whether the number of attempts by a country in itself constituted a record.

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