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Pole-sitting is the practice of sitting on a pole for extended lengths of time, generally used as a test of endurance. A small platform may be placed at the top of the pole.
Pole-sitting is related to the ancient ascetic discipline of Stylitism, or column-sitting. Famous column-sitters include St Simeon Stylites the Elder (c. 388-459) of Antioch (now Turkey) who sat on a column for 37 years. 
Flagpole-sitting was a fad from 1924 to 1929. The fad began when a friend dared stunt actor Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly to sit on a flagpole. Shipwreck's initial 1924 sit lasted 13 hours and 13 minutes. It soon became a fad with other contestants setting records of 12, 17 and 21 days. In 1929, Shipwreck decided to reclaim the title. He sat on a flagpole for 49 days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, setting the enduring record. The following year, 1930, his record was broken by Bill Penfield in Strawberry Point, Iowa who sat on a flag pole for 51 days and 20 hours, until a thunderstorm brought him down. 
This fad eventually reached Shipwreck imitators when, in 1929, Baltimore had at least 17 boys and 3 girls sitting on 18 foot hickory poles while their family and friends cheered them on.
Peter Spencer ascended to a small platform on a 100 meter wind monitoring tower, and has maintained a hunger strike since 1 December 2009. Peter is protesting recent changes to land clearing and water management regulation. 
- ↑ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Simeon Stylites the Elder". Newadvent.org. 1912-02-01. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13795a.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- ↑ Flagpole Sitting - The Bad Fads Museum[dead link]
- ↑ http://www.mgwashington.com/index.php/news/article/they-run-for-office-and-lose-again-and-again/934/
- ↑ http://blogs.tampabay.com/baybuzz/2008/06/the-most-unique.html
- ↑ "Useless Fact: World Pole-Sitting Record Set". Distant.ca. http://www.distant.ca/UselessFacts/fact.asp?ID=166. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- ↑ "Peter Spencer protests". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-12-07. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/counterpoint/stories/2009/2764313.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
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