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Eight years of hard work pays off after all: Eiffel Tower made of ‘wrong’ matches is included in the Guinness Book of Records

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Richard Plaud at his 7.19 meter high replica — © Facebook

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He must have let out a loud ‘Oof’: the Eiffel Tower scale model by Richard Plaud (47), consisting of 700,000 matches, will be included in the Guinness Book of Records after all. His construction was initially rejected because he had used the wrong matches.

Friday, February 9, 2024 at 2:59 PM

Plaud made a scale model of the world-famous Eiffel Tower using matches. That scale model is 7.19 meters high, or 45 times smaller than the original copy in Paris. The previous world record was held by Toufic Daher, a Lebanese who in 2009 made a matchstick replica of the tower that was 6.53 meters high.

Plaud thought he had set a world record with this, but he was not included in the famous Guinness Book of Records because he had used the wrong matches. The Frenchman used matches without the red, flammable heads, which he had received after contacting the match manufacturer. Guinness therefore ruled that he had used parts that are not freely available in stores. Therefore, his record was disapproved.

The unveiling of the replica attracted many spectators. — © Richard Plaud

Negotiations

After many negotiations, Plaud and its Eiffel Tower will be included in the Guinness Book of Records next year. As a result, his eight years – or more than 4,200 hours – of work still yield a world record. “We admit that we have been a bit too strict,” a spokesperson said. “Richard’s work is truly amazing.”

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