10 Unbelievable Stories of Persistence
1Man Works 30 Years to Turn Sandbar into Lush Forest
In 1979 when he was 16, Jadev Payang saw something on the banks of the river Brahmaputra that made him cry – thousands of snakes and reptiles dying on a barren sandbar, where they had washed up after a flood. Jadev, who goes by the nickname Molai, made it his mission to prevent other animals in the region from dying in the same manner, but the Indian government did not understand his vision and refused to help. Molai persisted alone for 30 years, planting trees and even importing ants, to create an ecosystem that would thrive on its own. In 2008, it was discovered by authorities who were chasing a herd of 115 elephants; they were surprised and impressed at what he accomplished. It is now named Molai forest and home to dozens of different species, including tigers, rhinoceros, deer, rabbits, and apes.
2Dr. Cracks Own Knuckle 36,500 Times
Now, 36,500 cracks later, he has proven his mother-in-law and aunt wrong as both hands are arthritis-free. In 2009, he won the Ig Nobel prize, which honors unusual scientific experiments.
3Postman Builds Palace Over 33 Years Using Tiny Stones
4Man Makes Longest Gum Wrapper Chain
Gary Duschl began his hobby on March 11, 1965, creating a gum wrapper chain from discarded Wrigley wrappers; gum wrapper chains were a fad in the USA at that time.
Basically, Gary never stopped. On March 11, 2014 he continued his reign as Guinness World Record holder with 78,550 feet containing 1,871,538 wrappers. Want to try to beat him? Gary made a video about how to start your own chain which you can watch below:
5Man Collects Belly Button Lint for 26 Years as a Scientist Studies His Own for 3
In 1984 Australian Graham Barker was bored and picked at his belly button. He looked at the tiny amount of lint he gathered on his finger and wondered how much lint could one human produce? Cut to 26 years later, and Mr. Barker had collected 22.1 grams of the stuff, which he sold to a museum for an undisclosed sum.
Meanwhile, Austrian chemist Georg Steinhauser was also curious about his own fluff and what it is made of. He took 503 samples from his own belly over a period of 3 years and discovered it was comprised not only of fibers from clothing, but also dead skin, fat, sweat, and dust (duh and yuck!)
6Grandmother Passes Driver's License Test after 960 Attempts
By this time all of South Korea knew of her persistence and she became a national hero. She was even given a Kia Soul and appeared in their commercial.
7One Armed Woman, One Legged Man Practice Dance for One Year
They were the first handicapped couple to enter the CCTV (China TV) national dance competition and ended up winning a Silver medal with a 99.17 score, and the highest audience vote ever. You can watch their inspiring dance below.
8Deaf and Blind Helen Keller Learns to to Communicate, Goes to College
9Woman Wears Corset Every Day for 4 Years
Because of the myriad of questions she receives, Sara decided to write a book entitled “Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself.”
10Cat Steals 600 Items Over 3 Years
All told, they believe Dusty has stolen over 600 items, which the neighbors try to return to their rightful owners the next day. Still, they have piles of stolen stuff which hasn't been claimed, as you can see in the video below:
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