August 28, 2004

On This Date in in 2004, George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to successfully swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took him 15 hours and 59 minutes. In contrast, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel was Matthew Webb on August 25, 1875. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes to complete the journey. The youngest person to swim the English Channel was Thomas Gregory, who was 11 years old and did it in 11 hours and 54 minutes on September 6, 1988. It true what they say, after someone does something for the first time, like climbing Mount Everest, it a true feat of endurance and stamina, but give people enough time and old farts and young snots will race past the first person’s record and sneer and laugh at how long it took them.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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2 Responses to August 28, 2004

  1. In 1998, I was the first person to watch the English Channel, which began with a week long marathon of old British sitcoms and rare episodes of obscure cult series. I tuned in for 27 hours and 13 minutes straight, before falling asleep during an episode of Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway?.

  2. Joel Byers says:

    I would watch that show.

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