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Neville Sharp, from Darwin, Northern Territory, broke a record that’s stood for more than a decade, admitting he had wanted to seize the crown from the British record holder.
His burp registered at 112.4 decibels on 29 July 2021, later telling Guinness World Records that he was ’more than excited’ that he’d finally broken the record.
According to Guinness, his belch was ‘louder than an average electric drill or a trombone’.
“Neville, like most children, was taught how to burp by his older sibling, in his case his sister Sandie (nee Sharp) Hunt,” it said on its website.
“Picking up the skill at age six, Neville has been honing the art of eructing on command ever since.
“45 years later, Neville decided to put his belching abilities to the test and attempt the official Guinness World Records title for the loudest burp (male).”
Sharp's victory was also partly down to his wife, KP, who had coached him for the past decade – also encouraging him by insisting he should attempt the record.
But the road to success was by no means instant, as it took Sharp five years of training to perfect the strength and noise level of his burp.
Mind you, he said the biggest obstacle wasn’t anything relating to his skill, but was actually ensuring he had all the necessary equipment to measure his burp correctly.
Sharp eventually headed to an ‘acoustically dampened’ studio to make sure he could get an accurate decibel reading.
"My reason for attempting to break this record was to be a world record holder,” he said, jokingly adding: “The secondary reason was because the world record has been held by an Englishman for over 10 years.”
The record was previously held by Paul Hunn of the UK, who burped his way to the top with a reading of 109.9 decibels 12 years ago.
He also set the record back in 2004 with 104.9 decibels.
Meanwhile, the record for the loudest burp (female) belongs to Elisa Cagnoni, who guzzled a value of 107 decibels on 16 June 2009, when she’d been at the 13th annual Hard Rock Beer festival 'Ruttosound' competition in Reggiolo, Italy.
Pretty impressive stuff, we must say!
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