David Blaine has done it. He’s set a new world record for holding his breath. He deprived himself of fresh oxygen for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, beating the previous record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds.
“I feel great,” the bearded 35-year-old Brooklyn-born Blaine said when he was pulled to the surface after setting the mark.
“I actually started to doubt I was going to make it because I’d never done it with such a high heart rate,” he added. His aides said during the event that his heart rate should have dropped far lower than it did.
Congratulations, but I don’t care how long you hold your breath. I’m still not buying you a Wii, mister. I don’t care if all your friends have one. If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?