Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Inflating Your Resume

It's hard, sometimes, to know what to put on your résumé. You don't want to lie, at least not too much. But you want to give yourself the best chance of success. One of the things that's debated is whether you should put any personal (i.e., non-professional) accomplishments or interests on the document. Generally, the answer is that you should not do so. But that advice probably doesn't consider the following achievement:

According to news source Ananova, a Chinese man has blown up a hot water bottle with his nose and made it explode. It took only two minutes for Zhang Zhenghui, 52, of Liling city, to make the bottle burst.

Zhang said: "Someone blew up a hot-water bottle with his mouth on TV, and I tried it and found it wasn't difficult. "Then I thought, why not try with my nose?"

It took Zhang nearly three years to perfect the stunt which he performed outside a local grocery shop. He also used his nose to blow up the inner tube of a truck tire in just ten minutes, reports Xiaoxiang Morning News. For this stunt, he was competing against two young men equipped with bicycle pumps who only managed to partly inflate identical inner-tubes.

Zhang now plans to apply for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Our official position here at Scott's Spot is that if you can make the Guinness Book of World Records, you should put it on your
résumé.

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