Most Seats Sat in 48 Hours-world record set
by Jim Purol
CA, USA -- Jim
Purol set a World Record for "Most Seats Sat in
48 Hours" by sitting in 39,250 seats.
Photo: Jim "Mouth" Purol of Anaheim set a world
record by sitting in all 92,542 seats of Pasadena's Rose Bowl.
The 56-year-old Anaheim resident, wearing a hat to ward off
the heat, started his quest Monday morning to set a World
Record in the newly created category "Most Seats Sat in 48
Hours." ; AP Photo/Nick Ut. (enlarge
56-year-old, who already holds several other world records,
says he has dreamed of tackling the Rose
Bowl seats for 20 years — ever since he sat in all
107,501 chairs at the University of Michigan's football stadium.
He's doing this to raise money for Outward
Bound Los Angeles, an organization that provides nature
based education to low-income, at-risk urban youth.
All the donations from Purol’s sit-a-thon will
go directly to Outward
Bound’s Los Angeles chapter. He hopes to raise about
$10,000 by the seat-hopping effort, which could take about
"Mouth" Purol said of the stadium where
he's attempting to set the record. "Because this is the granddaddy
of stadiums in the world and the home of the Rose
To ensure his success, Purol sits for 12 hours
each day—stopping only for water and sun-block breaks. At
night he sleeps in a locker room in the lower part of the
The biggest challenge for him beyond the arduous
maneuvering from seat to seat has been the heat. "I just wish
it was December," he said.
With a pad to cushion his aching backside
and an umbrella-hat to shield his face from the sun, he continued
sitting (and standing and sitting and…)
“Despite the heat, the smile has never left his
face,” said Abigail Curry, events coordinator for the Rose
Photo: An exhausted Jim Mouth breaks a record
Wednesday morning after sitting in nearly 40,000 seats at
the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It took Mouth 48 hours to set the
record. He is cheered-on by Marti McClellan-Morehouse, Deputy
Director of Outward Bound LA. Mouth is continuing his stunt
by attempting to sit in every Rose Bowl seat over the next
five days. (Walt Mancini / Pasadena Star-News) - enlarge
Purol is 56, but he has just 9 percent body fat. He's
a creature of habit and has done the same Gilad aerobic video
workout in his home for 18 years. He's not a workout fanatic
as he does weights twice a week and aerobics three times a
Purol is a nutritional fanatic. In the morning, he
eats oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder. He'll have a
sandwich for lunch, and for dinner - his favorite - he'll
have a protein shake of apples, bananas, grapes, nectarines,
ice and two scoops of chocolate protein powder.
When he's busy doing up-downs in the seats in
Pasadena, his food will be donated and delivered by The Spot,
a catering company in Pasadena. Co-owners Sidney Burgess and
Patty Fallahee will feed him fruits and light foods, like
Like any other event at the Rose
Bowl, Purol’s endeavor required additional security,
lights and liability insurance—all costs that the Rose
Bowl was glad to incur for a good cause.
“I think he’s kind of wacky,” said Rose
Bowl Assistant General Manager Jeff Waiters. “But
it seems like he’s doing a good thing for the community.”
No stranger to innovative record-breaking,
Purol earned his epithet by successfully sticking
280 straws into his mouth. Now, though, he may need to be
renamed “Butt” Purol. He holds other 21 Guinness World Records.
Purol, who lives in Anaheim, is a comedian/DJ/karaoke
How does he prepare for something like his
record run? He won't answer directly, but his reply goes like
this: "The big thing is: No wife, no kids, no hits, no runs,
no errors. In other words, I have a lot of free time."
The feat has taken a toll on his body and his
cleanliness, as soot on the seats rubbed off on his clothes.
He says he loves the Rose Bowl but calls the place "filthy."
"Mouth" Purol: "I'm one of those
weird guys. I have the biggest mouth in the world. I've set
world records for most cigarettes, cigars, French fries and
straws. This is a great publicity stunt. Outward
Bound needs more public awareness. No one knows about
Bound is about getting kids out of the innercity and
getting them out of gangs and away from their normal friends
and making new friends. It's about teamwork and trying to
get them a new focus."
Next, he wants to wear as many grocery bags as
possible. He's already tested a few hundred bags here and
Sunday, July 13, 2008