Mark Mckinley, the organization’s representative for the Guinness Book of Records, has officially recognized Frenchman Richard Plaud’s Eiffel Tower made entirely of matches as a record-breaking feat.
Plaud spent eight years constructing his replica of the Parisian landmark, which stands at 7.19 meters tall. However, he made two serious mistakes during the process. He bought 706,900 matches from supermarkets and later persuaded match manufacturer Flam’Up to supply him with boxes containing 190,000 headless sticks. According to the Guinness Book of Records, using headless sticks instead of regular matches is a big no-no.
Another mistake was even more bizarre: Plaud cut off the heads of the matches instead of scraping them off as required by regulations. This disqualified him from the record race.
After a week of controversy, Plaud describes his experience as an “emotional rollercoaster ride.” The record would have remained with his predecessor, Toufic Daher, who built an Eiffel Tower out of matchsticks that is 6.53 meters high and has held the record since 2009 until now.