Guinness-No one ever wants their birthday to end, but Sven Hagemeier from Germany managed to keep his special day going for almost two days by crossing between different time zones, this day last year, as he was turning 26 years old.
Over the course of 46 hours, Sven flew from Auckland (New Zealand), to Brisbane (Australia) and then to Honolulu (Hawaii), achieving a record for the Longest birthday ever.
Sven’s elongated birthday celebrations beat the previous record set by Nargis Bhimji of Karachi, celebrated her birthday for 35 hours 25min by crossing time zones after flying from Karachi to Singapore and then to San Francisco back in June 1998.
Speaking of his record-breaking birthday celebrations, Sven said, “I have known Guinness World Records since my childhood and I am a huge fan … I always asked myself if it would be possible to set a record myself. After I found the perfect record for me, I felt confident I could become a record holder.”
The birthday-boy spent the majority of two days in an aeroplane enjoying plane food, working out how to stay comfortable on long-haul flights, and communicating using hand-gestures.
In New Zealand, Sven met Khan, a particularly accommodating taxi driver who managed to show him many of Auckland’s most interesting places in just an hour and a half. Everyone wanted to get involved in his record attempt and Sven arrived back home feeling happy that, “you will get help, wherever you are in this world.”
But Sven’s extended-birthday highlight was landing in Hawaii at midnight, with the knowledge that he had successfully set the record and that his wife was there waiting for him.
Sven described his Guinness World Records certificate as “an incredible present”.
This year, however, Sven plans to celebrate his birthday in a more low-key, traditional manner – at home with just his family – happy 27th birthday Sven!
Im gonna hope Sven only put out this PG version of his 26 birthday so his wife doesnt nag him. I mean first off, wife at 26? Laaaammmmeeeeee. Look flying in planes suck. Its never any fun. You’re in a cramped ass seat, and as of recently theres a strong record of planes fucking up and crashing into the oceans never to be seen again. They’re the worst. So thats how you want to spend your 26th birthday? Do better than that, Sven. You dont get many more of these because soon enough your 30 and have a kid and you just wasted your birthday flying and driving around for an hour at a time. That version of your birthday sounds awful.
My Version of your birthday however could be awesome. Heres what i would do. Unload a couple hundred bucks and each place just get the best hooker you can find. I mean yea that sounds kinda skeezy but kinda awesome too. I mean c’mon. Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand?
Exhibit a.) Hawaii
Exhibit b.) New Zealand
Exhibit c.) Australia
Yea, my point exactly. Im gonna assume you took like three grand out at the ATM and just went from airport to hotel room and found a chick to stuff. I mean those are all island surf countries which means there has to be some soul surfer chick available. Lay down the “Hey its my 26th birthday and im trying to set a world record at the same time, wanna be apart of it?” line and you’re bound to get one. One hot one too. So yea Sven im gonna give you the old wink wink nudge nudge, you spent your 26th birthday going 3 of the hottest islands just flying and doing quick tourist stuff and eating shitty airplane food. But deep down in side I hope you were partying with reef girls and saying Mahalo to some Hawaiian chick in a lei.