Jiangsu Province, China - A middle-aged man is now challenging the Guinness World Record for throwing a playing card to slice vegetables.
The man, Ye Tongxin, 48, is from Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province. He works as a manager of school buses in the city.
He has been training for ten years to slice fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers and watermelon by throwing playing cards. The tools of training is a frame two meters high, 1.5 meters wide and a few cucumber-shaped bags. He put the bags on the frame and practiced to cut it everyday.
Standing calm with playing cards in hand, Mr. Ye darts the cards at such a speed and thrust that the flying cards would slice cucumbers and loofahs into pieces.
"Usually, I'll spend one hour running at the playground in the morning. I'll run some eight to ten laps as a way to train my strength. Then after dinner, I'll train for two hours, starting from 18:00 to 20:00," he said.
It may seem easy to cut a cucumber or towel gourd since their skins are crispy and easy to cut, but then Mr. Ye showed how to cut apples and watermelons. The cards cut so deep into the apple that it is difficult to pull them out.
His current best performance is to cut a row of 12 cucumbers in 47.2 seconds. His goal, he said, is to cut 18 cucumbers in 60 seconds by the end of this year to create a Guinness World Record for throwing a playing card to slice vegetable and fruits.
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