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Brent Fraser after setting what he believes is a new world record for catching a grape in his mouth that was launched from the greatest distance on Aug. 30 at Sachem Field in Hanover, N.H. (Photo courtesy – Brent Fraser)


Remember Brent Fraser?



He’s the Lebanon resident who I reported on with photographer Sarah Priestap last fall, when he set a Guinness World Record for using your mouth to catch a grape dropped from the greatest height:

It was a dream years in the making, and all it took was a hot air balloon, walnut-sized fruits shipped specially from Georgia and a crew of Ph.D.-level engineers who gathered at a tiny Vermont airport before the sun rose on Monday morning.

Yep, I wrote that.



He later got a certificate from Guinness. But the man is insatiable when it comes to catching grapes in his mouth from absurd distances, so he recently made two additional record-setting attempts.

The first time, in mid-August, he tried to double the height record, but it didn’t go so great. From Brent, via email:

The height one was crazy painful. The grapes were getting dropped from around 225 feet and hit terminal velocity of between 74 and 78 miles an hour. I made an attempt at several of the grapes but due to the wind and the speed of the grapes, we called it off.

So last Wednesday, he tried again, this time going for the distance record, which he had missed when Sarah and I were there. A team launched grapes from a wooden catapult designed by engineers that Brent works with at Creare, a Hanover firm.

This time, Brent says, he was successful! Assuming Guinness verifies the record, he will get another certificate in the mail sometime soon.

Brent again:

My official measurement was 356’ 1”. … I couldn’t be more excited to be a two-time Guinness World Record holder now. This distance record stood for eight years and has always been my primary goal to beat one day.

BTW, if you’re into Upper Valley Guinness stories and videos, you might enjoy this one about Strafford kids going for a world-record marble run.

And last but not least, here are more photos from the successful attempt, all courtesy of Brent. Click “more…” at the end to see all of them.


Missed grape.

Marking the catch spot.

Checking the damage.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Grape tracking.

Winning grape.

Waiting for the official measurement.

Setting up the launcher.

Measurement shot.

Posing at the record spot.

Marking the catch spot.

Grape ready for launch.

Eyes on the prize.