Does the name Randy Gardner mean anything to you? What about the number 264?
If you’re not an insomniac, Guinness record holder enthusiast or sleep analyst, they probably don’t mean much. But 264 is the number of consecutive hours Randy Gardner stayed awake in 1964. His tally still holds the world record, although, a few individuals have since claimed to have broken it.
Gardner was seventeen at the time of his ill-advised experiment. He attempted the feat as part of a science fair experiment. Two of his fellow students kept him awake with activities from television to basketball.
Dr. William C. Dement, a scientist from Stanford University, who was intrigued by the young man’s experiment, supervised Gardner’s record. Dement claimed that Gardner only suffered moodiness and a slight loss of concentration.
Dement’s findings, however, are contrary to the behaviour documented by Gardner’s health monitor, Lt. Cmdr. John J. Ross. Ross maintains that Gardner suffered multiple hallucinations, symptoms of paranoia, and short-term memory loss.
In one experiment, Gardner was asked to subtract seven repeatedly, starting with 100. Gardner got to 65 and promptly forgot what the task was. This was on the fourth day.
Other standout incidents include hallucinating that a signpost was a person, believing that he was a college football pro and forgetting how to speak.
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