It took Akira Haraguchi, 60, of Mabara, Japan, a total of sixteen hours to recite Pi to 100,000 decimal places. He claims it is a new world record. From the Associated Press:
"What I am aiming at is not just memorizing figures, I am thrilled by seeking a story in pi," Haraguchi said...Link
Haraguchi, a psychiatric counselor and business consultant... took a break of about 5 minutes every one to two hours, going to the rest room and eating rice balls during the attempt, said Naoki Fujii, spokesman of Haraguchi's office.
Fujii said all of Haraguchi's activities during the attempt, including his bathroom breaks, were videotaped for evidence that will later be sent for verification by the Guinness Book of Records.
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