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A South African man has been living in a barrel 25m above the ground for more than two months, non stop.

Vernon Kruger has broken a world record set by himself in 1997.

Kruger is staying in the barrel for over 68 days and says “sleeping in this barrel is not very easy.”

The barrel is equipped with a drainage system for “all the waste”.

He has been washing twice a week in a small basin and surviving on food hoisted up by his team in a wicker basket.

The idea first came to his mind while climbing a palm tree on an island during a vacation. After a bit of research, however, Kruger discovered that a man from Indonesia had already broken the record by sitting in a tree for 28 days.

He scrapped the idea and one of his friends suggested “pole sitting”.

“The record was 54 days then,” said Kruger, who decided to take on the challenge and sat “on pole” for 64 days.

Despite the cramps and back pains, Kruger is now repeating the experience more than two decades later.

And to his team’s dismay, he plans to stay more.

“Vernon is not coming down when he breaks his record,” said organiser Fiona Jones. “He’s going to stay a little longer.”

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