A Frenchman’s Eiffel Tower made entirely of matches will be entered in the Guinness Book of Records. This was announced by Mark Mckinley of the organization, who admitted that they were too strict in their interpretation of the rules in Richard Plaud’s attempt. Plaud, a 47-year-old civil servant, built his eight-year passion project at 7.19 meters tall using 706,900 matches.
However, he made two mistakes: first, he bought matches from supermarkets and then persuaded the manufacturer Flam’Up to supply him with boxes containing 190,000 headless sticks. According to the Guinness Book, this was a big mistake. Another issue was that Plaud cut off the heads of the matches instead of scraping them off as required by the regulations. This disqualified him from breaking the record held by Lebanese craftsman Toufic Daher’s Eiffel Tower made out of matchsticks that is 6.53 meters high since 2009 until now.
Now after a week of reviewing the case, Richard Plaud describes it as an “emotional rollercoaster ride.” If not for these mistakes, his record would still stand today.