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  Malaysian breaks scorpion record
Updated 22 September 2004, 16.20
Nur Malena Hassan with some of the scorpions
A Malaysian woman has broken a world record by spending 32 days in a glass box with more than 6,000 scorpions.

Nur Malena Hassan, nicknamed Scorpion Queen, has been stung seven times since she began the stunt.

She was in a glass box in a shopping mall with scorpions crawling over her body and passed the time by reading, watching TV and waving to onlookers.

But she couldn't make any sudden movement, or she would face the wrath of her dangerous room mates.

Nur Malena Hassan in the glass box with some of the scorpions

This is not the first time Nur Malena Hassan has performed a stunt like this - she achieved the world record in 2001, after living with 2,700 of the poisonous arachnids for 30 days.

But a year later, the title was usurped by Kanchana Ketkeaw from Thailand, who spent 31 days in a box with 3,400 scorpions.

She is determined to hold onto her record this time - even though she's already achieved the world record, she plans to remain in the box until Saturday, according to the biscuit company which is sponsoring her stunt.

"We don't want her to lose focus, thinking that this is enough," said a spokesman for the company.

"If we can reach 36 days, it will be more difficult for someone else to beat us next time."

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