Some people achieve fame by saving lives with incredible medical breakthroughs or feats of derring-do, others break athletics world records, accomplishing near superhuman achievements – and then there is Bob Salem, a man who pushed a peanut 14,115 ft, up to the summit of Pikes Peak, with his NOSE!
Salem, a 54-year-old Colorado Springs resident, marked the end of his seven-day peanut pushing adventure when he finished his trek up Pikes Peak on Friday, July 16, according to local radio station KRCC.
The man did most of the pushing at night, he told the radio station, and went through roughly two dozen peanuts along the way.
Salem, however, didn’t use his hands to move the peanut along the 12.6-mile route to the top of the mountain. He decided to let his nose do the pushing.
His nose had the aid of a “homemade contraption” ― a CPAP sleep machine with a spoon duct-taped to it ― during his journey, according to KRCC.
But, believe it or not, Salem is not the first to accomplish the feat.
In a segment on the mountain’s past “peanut pushers,” the Travel Channel highlighted Texas craftsman Bill Williams’ journey with a peanut to win a $50 bet in 1929.
In 1963, Ulysses Baxter pushed a peanut up the mountain in eight days, a record at the time.
However, Salem, who did the peanut push to celebrate the city of Manitou Springs’ 150th birthday, is the first person in the 21st century to complete the push.
Salem reportedly beat the previous record by one day – or shall we say, by a nose!
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