Real-Life Human Torch Holds Three World Records For Being Set on Fire

Austrian stuntman Josef Toedtling holds three Guinness World Records that few people would even dare think about challenging. His specialty is being set on fire, and his most impressive record-setting feat saw his entire body engulfed in flames for a full five minutes and forty-one seconds.


Toedtling uses multiple layers of fire-proof clothing and slathers himself in a special cooling gel which helps him endure the heat for so long—but don’t for a second think the experience doesn’t get unbearable. His other two Guinness World Records involve being dragged by a horse while on fire and dragged by a vehicle in the same situation, which requires additional padding plus shin and elbow pads. Sounds like a tough way to earn your 15 minutes of fame.

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]


The real stars of that video are the cows, 2 of which had the good sense to run away and 2 that ran right over to check out the stupid human being extinguished. If cows were not herbivores, I would swear they were looking at him as if he were tasty barbecue.