Time travel is technically possible, by smartly flying across time zones. A German man recently decided to take advantage of this fact to take the Guinness Record for the world’s longest birthday by traveling back in time !
Traveling back in Time to extent a Birthday
Sven Hagemeier, from Germany, set the record for the longest birthday celebration ever – strategically flying between time zones to extend the party for almost two days. Not that it was a big party as he traveled alone and ate non-descriptive airline food during his ‘celebrations’.
However Hagemeier managed to have a 46-hour long 26th birthday, mainly spent in the air.
Hagemeier began his record-setting journey in Auckland, before setting off for Brisbane, which is two hours behind. From there, he caught a plane to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, 20 hours behind the Australian city.
The record, of course, only makes sense considering the time in different time zones and how it elongated the date of his birthday – in reality, the actual duration of his journey was much shorter than the 46 hours he could celebrate his birthday. He actually only spent 13 hours and 10 minutes in the air, but his birthday lasted 46 hours, if you add the time he gained by flying across the International Date Line.
What was the highlight of his original birthday adventure, you wonder? Meeting his wife in Hawaii at midnight to celebrate the end of his 46-hour birthday journey.
Sven’s protracted birthday celebrations beats the previous record set by Nargis Bhimji of Karachi (Pakistan). She celebrated her birthday for 35 and a half hours by crossing time zones after flying from the Pakistani city to Singapore and then to San Francisco in June 1998.
This year Hagemeier plans to celebrate his birthday at home with his family. He plans not breaking any records….. mabye just a cake eating record!