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The 69-year-old went through the first book like it was only a few pages rather than 1,004. He tossed the two pieces into a box at his feet and grabbed the next book off of a table. After the first 60 seconds, Charon had already ripped through 16 phone books - three less than he tore through two years ago when he originally set the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s record.
After two minutes, he had gone through another dozen, and only twice did any of the books give Charon a problem. He paused slightly on the 32nd phone book and again on the 34th before splitting each in half. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d almost finished ripping the 40th volume when time expired.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, I wanted 40,Ã¢â‚¬Â Charon said. Charon lost his title in late 2002, when Mike West, a fitness and judo instructor from Indiana, ripped through 30 phone books.