Unbeknownst to her, an elderly Luxembourg woman has broken the world record for uninterrupted staring at a stranger.
The feat was performed last Wednesday in a doctor’s waiting room in Mersch when Pascale Beck, aged 76, spent 29 minutes and six seconds continuously looking at a young woman sitting across from her.
The woman, aged 25, who has a single nose piercing and a few discreet tattoos that are visible on her lower right arm, says she tried staring back in retaliation, but that Beck only increased her resolve.
“The woman’s fiercer than a tiger and more resolute than a Shaolin monk,” said the young woman. “I’m not one to care about what strangers think of me, but this woman left me feeling exposed, small, and weak.”
A Guinness World Records spokesperson says that although they cannot accept Beck’s feat because the company had not been informed in advance, they urge her to participate in the annual world staring championships, which for obvious reasons are held in Switzerland.