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Man attempts to set world record fist-pumping 17 hours straight

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James Peterson (Akron Beacon Journal)

A 34-year-old unemployed man from Ohio attempted to set a Guinness World Record over the weekend by fist pumping for 17 hours straight.

James Peterson began the attempt on Friday morning, according to the Akron Beacon Journal, and was scheduled to end at 3 a.m. local time Saturday. Peterson, a self-described fist-pumping "veteran," was accompanied by a pair of videographers on his quest for the record--which included stops at bars in and around the University of Akron.

"I did this on St. Patrick's Day, but it was not documented," Peterson said, telling the paper that he super-glued his right fist closed "to ensure I maintain perfect fist formation."

"I used to hang light fixtures," he added, "so I am used to having my hands above my head."

If successful, it would be the first individual fist-pumping record listed by Guinness, though not the only one involving fist pumping.

On News Year's Eve 2010, the record for most people fist pumping was set in Times Square, where 5,726 revelers were led by the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," the reality show that popularized fist pumping. And in 2010, 390 people set a world record for simultaneous fist bumping in Australia.

[H/T: The Big Lead]

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