• Short Summary

    A BEDTIME STORY FORM FINLAND; A STORY THAT SHOULD PUT ANY INSOMNIAC TO SLEEP. IT?

  • Description

    A BEDTIME STORY FORM FINLAND; A STORY THAT SHOULD PUT ANY INSOMNIAC TO SLEEP. IT IS ABOUT A 51-YEAR-OLD DOCK WORKER WHO YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) CLAIMED A WORLD RECORD FOR SLEEPLESSNESS.

    HE IS MR. TOIMI SILVO, WHO COMES FROM THE PORT TOWN OF HAMINA, 150 MILES (240 KMS) EAST OF HELSINKI. AT 1645 HOURS (LOCAL TIME) YESTERDAY, HE HAD STAYED AWAKE FOR 276 HOURS 45 MINUTES (11 1/2 DAYS), CLIPPING THE PREVIOUS RECORD BY AN ITALIAN.

    HARBOUR WORKMATES TOSSED HIM PLAYFULLY IN THE AIR AS HE SET UP THE NEW RECORD. HE SAID HE FELT "FINE AND NOT TIRED AT ALL". NOW, HE PLANS TO KEEP UP HIS MAMMOTH ABOUT OF INSOMNIA FOR ANOTHER WEEK.

    THIS IS HOW HE'S KEPT HIMSELF AWAKE: -
    WALKING MORE THAN 250 MILES (400KMS) -- SINGING SONGS HE COMPOSED HIMSELF -- RUBBING SNOW OVER HIS BODY -- DRINKING GALLONS OF COFFEE AND EATING PLENTY OF PORRIDGE WITH AN OCCASIONAL RAW EGG.

    EVERY FEW HOURS OR SO HE "REGISTERS" WITH THE POLICE OR CUSTOMS OFFICIALS TO SHOW HE IS STILL GOING STRONG. HE REFUSES TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH DOCTORS.

    AFTER HIS DAILY WALK, HE RELAXES FOR AN HOUR OR TWO AT HOME -- IN A CHAIR. EFFORTS BY HIS WIFE TO GET HIM INTO BED HAVE BEEN OF NO AVAIL. IN FACT, MR. SILVO SAYS HE HATES BEDS. SO MUCH SO THAT HIS NEXT TARGET IS TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR -- POLE-SITTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6QD2QPRHZXDSNXSA6B19BFS6C
    Media URN:
    VLVA6QD2QPRHZXDSNXSA6B19BFS6C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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