German Sven Hagemeier celebrates his birthday for 46 HOURS flying across time zones
Now that's a party! Man breaks world record by celebrating his birthday for 46 HOURS flying across the International Date Line
- Sven Hagemeier spent 26th birthday on a plane, flying between time zones
- Named 'longest birthday ever' record-holder by Guinness World Records
- Flew from Auckland, New Zealand to Hawaii by way of Brisbane, AustraliaÃ?Â
12:18, 8 August 2015
14:10, 8 August 2015
Sven Hagemeier, from Germany, has just set a record for the longest birthday celebration ever – strategically flying between time zones to extend the party for almost two days.
He received a Guinness World Record for his 26th birthday after flying from Brisbane, Australia, back in time across the International Date Line to Honolulu, Hawaii.
This 'longest birthday ever' attempt beat the former record of 35 hours and 25 minutes.
Steve Hagemeier, from Germany, has set the record for 'longest birthday ever,' celebrating for 46 hours by flying across the International Date Line
However, Sven's achievement may not have been the most enjoyable way to ring in the next year of his life.
After all, would you want to eat nothing but airline food for almost two full days?
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Still, he did get to take a short tour of Auckland, New Zealand, before he jetted off for Hawaii by way of Australia.
In just 90 minutes, a helpful taxi driver called Khan showed Sven all that the city had to offer.
'You will get help, wherever you are in this world,' Sven told The Telegraph.Ã?Â
Sven began his journey in Auckland, New Zealand, heading to Honolulu, Hawaii by way of Australia
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Despite the exceptionally long journey, the flight time itself actually only tallied 13 hours and 10 minutes in the air.
But due to the time changes in different time zones, Sven's birthday appeared to go on for days.
And this record-breaking attempt was not one that he entered into lightly.
'I always asked myself if it would be possible to set a record myself,' he explained. 'After I found the perfect record for me, I felt confident I could become a record holder.'Ã?Â
Although Sven spent nearly no time on the ground, he did take a whirlwind tour of Auckland before setting offÃ?Â
What was the highlight of his once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you might ask? Meeting his wife in Hawaii at midnight to celebrate the end of his 46-hour birthday journey.
Sven's attempt beat the previous record, which was set by Nargis Bhimji of Karachi, Pakistan, who flew from her hometown to Singapore and then San Francisco to celebrate her birthday in June 1998.Ã?Â Ã?Â
Although Sven's journey took place last year, it was only recently verified – after he provided evidence such as tickets – and entered into the Guinness World Records book.
This year, he plans to mark his birthday at home with his family.Ã?Â
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