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Guinness winners promote new book

A man who lost almost 700 pounds and the holder of a record number of records were among the winners joining in to promote the newest edition of the Guinness Book of Records. The 1991 U.S. edition lists U.S. records along with world records for the first time.

The record-holders gathered Tuesday at the Guinness World of Records museum.

Michael Hebranko, 37, is listed in the "Super Heavyweights" category for reducing from 905 pounds to 215 pounds. He's shooting for 180 pounds.

The 6-foot New York man said he lost the weight through surgery, severe dieting and help from exercise guru Richard Simmons.

"Taking off the 700 pounds was easy _ keeping it off is the killer," Hebranko said. "It's not like balancing 200 cigar boxes and then it's over."

Bruce Block, of St. Joseph, Mich., balanced a world-record 212 cigar boxes on his chin for 13.5 seconds at Rock Island, Ill., in February. The boxes, without stogies, weighed 90-some pounds.

On Tuesday, just for fun, Block hoisted 102 boxes, all the ceiling at the museum would allow.

Ashrita Furman, who holds a record 25 records, bounced on a pogo stick and juggled three rubber balls.

For an encore, he yodeled while walking on his hands.

Furman's feats include going up Mount Fuji on a pogo stick, riding a rowing machine with wheels attached, balancing a milk bottle on his head and "joggling," jogging and juggling at the same time.

"I do this as a challenge for myself," he said. "I'm always looking for something new."

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