Guy Nabs Grape Dropped From Hot Air Balloon—With His Mouth

Brent Fraser should have a new world record
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2016 9:47 AM CDT

Since at least high school, Brent Fraser has had a "natural knack" for catching things in his mouth. The odd skill has finally paid off. Fraser, 35, has apparently claimed the world record for the "greatest height catching a grape in the mouth" at 101 feet, reports the Valley News, though Guinness World Records still needs to confirm the feat, which could take weeks. While the world record for the longest self-thrown grape catch is a distance of 69.5 feet, no one had ever attempted to seize a record for the highest catch, so the New Hampshire resident decided to be first. Using walnut-sized grapes dropped from a hot air balloon at an airport in Thetford, Vt., Fraser succeeded Tuesday in catching one dropped from 75 feet, then another from 101 feet.

"I really wanted 100 feet, so to get 101 was really cool," says Fraser, who only realized the extent of his talent while seeing the Blue Man Group as an adult. "In the show, they were throwing marshmallows at the crowd trying to get people to catch it, and nobody was catching it," he says. "Then they threw one at me and I caught it." Then he caught another. Fraser now hopes his skill will nab him another world record soon: He's tried to beat the world record for the greatest distance grape catch in the mouth using a sling slot—a video shows a man succeeding at over 354 feet—but has so far failed. Getting pummeled with grapes hurt "so bad," he says. "I felt like I was being punched in the face." (This odd record involves a very long pizza.)

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