Mark Mckinley of the Guinness Book of Records has announced that Frenchman Richard Plaud’s record-breaking Eiffel Tower will be included in the upcoming edition. The tower, built using 706,900 matches, was initially rejected due to two mistakes made by Plaud during the construction process.
Plaud had bought the matches from supermarkets and then convinced match manufacturer Flam’Up to supply him with boxes containing 190,000 headless sticks. According to the Guinness Book, this was a major mistake as the flammable heads of the matches must be scraped off before use. Additionally, Plaud cut off the heads of some of the matches instead of scraping them off.
After a week of review, the Guinness Book has reversed its decision and acknowledged Plaud’s effort as officially great. Plaud describes his experience as an “emotional rollercoaster ride.” He had originally built an Eiffel Tower out of matchsticks that was 6.53 meters high and held the record until now.