Polish woman makes Guinness World Record by standing in ice box for 3+ hours

10:19 PM | 26 Jan, 2024
Source: Guiness World Records (Website)

A Polish woman made a world record and proved that she is the queen of ice!

After standing in a box full of ice for over three hours, Katarzyna Jakubowska become the first ever woman to pass the ultimate test of cold endurance.

The 48-year-old Polish lady set the world record for making 3 hour, 6 minutes, and 45 seconds longest duration of full body contact with ice. 

Katarzyna was the winner of the women’s category in the 2023 Polish Walrus Championships, a competition where challengers attempt to be the last one standing in a tub of ice.

Katarzyna, who is a designer by profession, took up this challenge — eventually setting the record — and tested her strengths. She also intended to encourage more females to participate in such challenges. 

Before attempting the record, the Polish woman underwent a number of medical tests to ensure that the mind-blowing challenge wouldn’t affect her health.

Katarzyna did three practise attempts, monitored her body temperature fluctuations, underwent treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and massages, and also practiced self-hypnosis to better prepare for the record.

“The cold is not an obstacle for me, I can find warmth in it. I can control what I'm in and my head knows when it needs to send a signal to shiver more and keep the temperature up,” she said, as reported by Guinness World Record's official website.

“The most difficult moment was when I saw that the audience was terrified, halfway through my time. Earlier I asked to explain to the audience why my body was trembling, because not everyone understands it and it is a normal process,” she added.

“I believe that we have great strength as women,” Katarzyna said. “I wanted to show with my person that if we want something, we can do it.”

“I am an ordinary woman who dreamed of becoming a Guinness World Records title holder and wanted to open the way for others. I feel satisfaction that in spite of various obstacles, I have such strength in me,” Katarzyna further said.

“I wish everyone the courage not to be afraid to dream and make those dreams come true!”

Wim “The Iceman” Hof formerly held the men’s record with a time of 1 hour 53 minutes, and the current record is 3 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds achieved by Krzysztof Gajewski (Poland).

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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