2,100 needles in the head: Markham man breaks his own Guinness record


Mohanathas Sivanayagam marked the long weekend by sticking 2,100 acupuncture needles into his head.

The 37-year-old is a father of three young boys and works in the trucking industry. He came to Canada from Sri Lanka when he was 23. He has a pleasant smile, a calm demeanour, and a love of record breaking.

He already holds the Guinness world record for “most needles inserted into the head.” It was a joyous celebration on Dec. 3, 2011, when he stuck the last of 2,025 acupuncture needles into his scalp, capturing the title from China’s Wei Shengchu, who stuck 2,009 needles into his head in 2009. Draped in a Canadian flag, Sivanayagam posed for photos, accepted a bouquet of flowers and a small trophy, smiling as the needles poked out of his head and the sides of his face.

The certificate for the 2011 spectacle…read more.

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