Oklahoma man lifts car with breath, breaks world record

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A crowd of nearly 200 watched as one man set a Guinness World Record by lifting 2,780-pounds of car with only the power of his breath at the Bartlesville Community Center on Thursday.

Oklahoma-native Brian Jackson, known as the "I Believe Guy" and the holder several world records including one for bursting the most hot water bottles in a minute, performed the feat at the conclusion of a lunch kick-off event for United Way's 2012 fundraising campaign.

Before he took to the stage, Bartlesville Regional United Way Director Michael Cole announced the theme of the organization's campaign this year to be "Believe to Achieve" and the fundraising goal to be $1.85 million.

"That is slightly over last year's goal, but we believe to achieve," he said. Last year's goal was $1.75 million — a goal that was surpassed with more than $1.94 million raised.

"So we are asking the community to believe in your community to achieve — to believe in the mission of United Way and its agencies … to meet the needs of this community."

Jackson then taking to the stage after giving a short talk about the power of believing in oneself turned to the 2012 Toyota Corolla and said "I guarantee everything I have today, I am going to do everything I can to get that car off the ground."

He explained he was going to breathe through a fire-hose connected to a rescue lift underneath the car. An assistant would then place a paper underneath the car's tire once it lifted off the ground.

"As soon as the paper goes under the tire, it's considered a lift. At that moment, it has broken the world record."

Moments later, after belting up and breathing lung-fulls into the hose to the sound of the crowd cheering "I believe!," the car's tire rose nearly an inch from the ground and the paper slid underneath.

Streamers went into the air and the hall resounded with cheers and clapping, as Jackson released the hose and gave high-fives and hugs to those nearby.

"Two-thousand-seven-hundred and eighty-plus pounds. Two thousand and eight hundred pounds. I just can't tell you," he said.

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