We’ve all heard how difficult it is to crack a walnut. While different techniques are used to crack walnuts, you are unlikely to have seen anyone crack a walnut with their head.
However, a Guinness World Record for cracking walnuts with the head has recently been broken. The world record for the most walnuts cracked with the head in one minute has been reclaimed by India’s Naveen Kumar, a 27-year-old martial artist. According to the Guinness World Records website, he was able to crack 273 walnuts in a minute, which is more than 4.5 per second.
The previous record of 254 was set by Pakistani serial record-breaker Muhammad Rashid. For several years, the two have fought over the record. According to the Guinness World Records website, Rashid first set the record in 2014 with 150 walnuts cracked, then repeated it in 2016 with 181.
Kumar entered the scene in 2017 after being trained by his fellow countryman Prabhakar Reddy, who holds several martial arts records himself. Kumar broke Rashid’s record by cracking 217 walnuts.
Then a year later, the pair went head-to-head in a nut-cracking contest on the set of La Notte dei Record in Italy. They both surpassed the standing record, but it was Rashid who came out on top, cracking 254 walnuts compared to Kumar’s 239, the website said.
And now, five years later, Kumar reasserted himself as the world’s foremost walnut cracker. “In order to prove my talent, I broke the record again,” Kumar is quoted as saying.
The Guinness World Records posted a video of the record-breaking attempt on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Friday. Kumar started out fast and kept it up throughout, blocking out the pain of the growing welt on his forehead. The walnuts were then donated to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.