Richard Plaud’s Eiffel Tower made of matches will be entered in the Guinness Book of Records after a week of controversy. The Frenchman used 706,900 matches and simplified his match shopping process by convincing the match manufacturer Flam’Up to supply him with boxes containing 190,000 headless sticks. However, he made two serious mistakes that resulted in the attempt being disallowed, according to the regulations of the Guinness Book.
He built a perfect replica of the Parisian landmark at 7.19 meters, but the flammable, usually red heads of the matches had to be scraped off, and instead, Plaud cut off their heads. This disqualified him from the record race.
After a week of turnaround, Richard Plaud’s attempt at the record was officially recognized by the organization. This comes as a significant relief for him, as the record would have remained with his predecessor, the Lebanese craftsman Toufic Daher.
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