Everyone knows about Guinness World Records—or maybe you know it as The Guinness Book of World Records as it was popularly called until 1999. It is a yearly reference book that lists world records for both human accomplishments and the extremities of the natural world.
It was first published in 1995. Since then, Guinness World Records has become the best-selling copyrighted book in the world. Interestingly, with every new edition, we learn of even stranger and more incredible records, exactly like the ones we’ve mentioned here. Be prepared to be stunned!
The Heaviest Weight Lifted with a Human Beard
Guinness World Records is full of records chronicling heavy lifts by men, women, and even children lifting all sorts of objects. But it’s usually with the hands. When it comes to the heaviest weight lifted using a human beard, Antanas Kontrimas of Lithuania holds that record.
In 2013, Kontrimas lifted 63.80 kg (140.7 lb) with his beard during the production of Rekorlar Dunyasi in Istanbul, Turkey. He managed to support a human weight using his beard! How unbelievable is that? It’s clear that this is one difficult record to set and beat!
The World’s Stretchiest Skin
The skin can stretch, but no more than 1.5 cm. However, due to a rare medical disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects the connective tissues and leads to the loosening of the skin and hypermobile joints, Gary Turner has been the owner of this record since 1999.
Turner can stretch his stomach’s skin up to 6.25 inches without experiencing pain. The British performer was also part of The Circus of Horrors in 2005 and is currently a sideshow performer. Turner performed in the short film called He Took His Skin Off for Me.
Most Body Piercings in the World
Some people are born with a unique ability or physical characteristic that just cannot be replicated by anybody else. That means some of their records may never be broken until someone with a similar rare condition is born (for example, Gary Turner and his stretchy skin).
Other times, it’s just about finding someone ready to put themselves through a great deal of agony and/or adorn themselves with several piercings, like Elaine Davidson. The Brazilian has a record-breaking 462 body piercings, including 192 on her face and 214 in her genital region.
Most Fingers and Toes on a Living Human
Though having over 10 fingers and toes would seem like something you’d only find in a sci-fi movie, polydactylism is an extremely uncommon but real disorder in humans. While specific cases of polydactyly could have been caused by a genetic disorder or underlying hereditary illness, the condition is sporadic.
It can occur without clear cause. The world record for the most fingers and toes of any human being alive belongs to Devendra Suthar of India. Suthar, a carpenter, claims that having an additional four fingers has no effect on his ability to complete tasks. However, cutting requires extra caution.
Most Pinky Pull-Ups in a Row
Many people globally had to resort to home workouts when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, and quarantine lockdowns were enforced worldwide. Some even achieved incredible results, and when the lockdowns were eased, they looked completely different. But we strongly doubt anyone could match what Tazio Gavioli can do.
With 36 reps, the Italian currently holds the world record for successive pinky pull-ups. So while we congratulate you on your one-arm pull-up, you still have a long way to go before you wow us, pal. Gavioli broke the record in 2018 and has shown his talents since 2011.
The Fastest Time to Finish Eating a Bowl of Pasta
Everyone knows that one person in their lives who, whenever they eat, looks like an unhinged animal rather than a 21st-century human. But if you’ve never told them, it’s time for them to know they can forge a career as a competitive eater and make a whopping $500,000 annually!
Elite competitive eaters can make that much from their winnings and endorsements. That’s some food for thought, right? In 2017, Michelle Lesco, a competitive eater, turned her talent for fast eating into a world record after mauling a bowl of pasta (100 gm plus sauce) in 26.69 seconds!
Man Covered by Most Bees
If you haven’t already noticed, many of the records in Guinness World Records are totally insane, which says quite a lot about the person or people who achieve them. After all, who in their right mind would voluntarily let a beehive settle on them for any length of time?
That would be Gao Bingguo. Back in 2015, the Chinese beekeeper set a Guinness World Record after covering his body with nearly 1.1 million crawling bees that weighed an enormous 109 kg (240 lbs). Over 2,000 bee stings later, his body temperature reached above 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).
The World’s Longest Fingernails
Many people have a habit of biting their nails. Some do it out of laziness to pick up a pair of nail clippers, while others do it out of stress or boredom. Lee Redmond obviously doesn’t have any of those issues, as she grew her nails out for 30 years.
She began in 1979. Her fingernails’ total length measured 28 feet, 4 inches long. And it set a world record at the time. Unfortunately, Redmond lost her nails in 2009 due to an automobile accident. The record now belongs to Diana Armstrong with 42 feet, 10.4 inches of fingernails.
The World’s Tallest LEGO Tower
It seems LEGO pieces only exist to hurt the sole of our feet. But believe it or not, they can come in handy in many ways. As it seems, LEGO pieces can be used to create every kid’s dream—a tower! And one has even set a world record.
This tower, which stands at 114 feet, 11 inches tall, is situated at St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. Topped with a Rubik’s cube, the structure was built with thousands of LEGO bricks. Danish constructors, primary school kids, and even the mayor of Budapest helped in the construction.
The Largest Rubber Band Ball Ever Made
It’s incredible how much use the regular person can make from a rubber band, especially for something so simple but somewhat pointless (no disrespect). However, Joel Waul doesn’t care whether it’s pointless or not and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest rubber band ball ever made.
Waul earned the record in 2008 after building a 9,032-pound enormous rubber band ball. He used 700,000 rubber bands of different sizes to build his giant 6-foot, 7-inch ball, which he named Megatron. Not a bad name. Steve Milton’s 4,594-pound rubber band ball previously held the record.
The World’s Loudest Burp
The human body is capable of astounding feats. Such skills are usually displayed in the Olympics after years of diligent practice. Some people devote their entire lives to perfecting their craft in order to perform one dive, one lift, one gymnastic routine, or, in Paul Hunn’s case, one burp.
In 2009, Hunn released a burp that was 109.9 decibels loud. To put that into perspective, his burp is louder than a full orchestra. As impressive as that sounds, his more-than-a-decade-old record was broken in 2021 by Australia’s Neville Sharp, who registered 112.4 decibels!
The Longest Mustache Ever Seen
Nowadays, it’s fashionable to sport a stylish mustache or an epic beard. Among regular males, “beard” stands for being exceptional. While some men oddly prefer to be clean-shaven, India’s Ram Singh Chauhan went against the norm and allowed his mustache to grow for over 37 years.
The result was a 14-foot mustache that won him a world record in 2010. If you want to beat Chauhan, he laid out some tips in 2012. According to the record-holder, it’s important to get your family on your side, and don’t be a slave to fashion.
The World’s Heaviest Onion
If you’re familiar with Guinness World Records, you know that humans aren’t the only things that get on the list. Food has a category on the renowned records. It was created because people all over the world have created giant-sized items, from doughnuts to Doritos.
In 2014, Tony Glover of North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom established a world record with an onion that weighed 18 pounds, 11.84 ounces. Can you imagine how much you would cry if you cut that thing? Tony claimed that after breaking the record, he felt “absolutely wonderful.”
Longest Plank Held in the World
Many gym goers and yoga practitioners are familiar with the plank position. It looks somewhat easy on the eyes—assume a push-up position, but instead of your hands, rest on your forearms. The tricky part is holding this position because your abdominals get taxed quickly.
Two minutes is an impressive feat, but not until Mao Weidong of China said, “Hold my beer.” In 2016, he held a plank for a record eight hours and one minute. However, Australia’s Daniel Scali broke the record in 2021 with 9 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second!
The World’s Largest Ping Pong Paddle
Regardless of what you do, there’s that one person that will always beat you in a sports game. You probably know someone who always beats you at the office ping-pong tournament. Are you tired of it and want to win every future match you play against them?
Well, you can just build an enormous paddle! In 2017, Rise Brands did just that in Columbus, Ohio, building a paddle that measured 11 feet, 7.8 inches long and six feet, 7.8 inches wide. Of course, that’s not regulation size, but it was enough for a world record.
The World Record for Most Toothpicks in a Beard
More than just stylish facial accents, beards improve the appearance of most men. We’ve already seen someone hold up to 68kg with his beard. However, they also have utilitarian functions such as serving as a nest for rescued birds or a convenient container for items like toothpicks.
Well, if you can’t pick someone up with your beard, you can at least do what Joel Strasser did. In 2018 he amassed 3,500 toothpicks in his beard! Accomplishing the activity took three hours and 13 minutes, but in the end, he got his name in the history books.
The World’s Most Tattooed Man
Tattoos are beautiful, and many people have multiple tattoos. Most times, there is a sentimental meaning. Some even build a tattoo “sleeve” that covers their arms or legs in permanent ink. But even people who have covered their bodies in tattoos have nothing on Lucky Diamond Rich!
Born Gregory Paul McLaren, the New Zealander is the world’s most tattooed man after spending over 1,000 hours (over 41 days) tattooing his body with different designs. He didn’t stop there and had his teeth replaced with silver veneers. McLaren also had his earlobes stretched!
The Farthest Arrow Shot with the Feet
Archery is undoubtedly an impressive skill. Shooting an arrow to a respectable distance using our hands, let alone our feet, is something most people would struggle with. But some people are more talented in archery than the average person. And one of these people is Brittany Walsh.
She is a Guinness World Record holder in acrobatic archery and a solo hand balancing artist. Walsh set a new record in 2018 when she fired an arrow 40 feet, 4.64 inches with only her feet! Some of us can’t even shoot that far with our hands!
The Largest Humanoid Vehicle in the World
Who hasn’t watched the Transformers movies? Well, many people have, and it looks like someone was inspired. A humanoid vehicle is one that is built to look like the human body. Simply put, a humanoid vehicle is a transformer in its “natural” form.
Over the years, many people have created humanoid vehicles, but none are as impressive as Japan’s Sakakibara Kikai’s Mononofu. The massive vehicle stands 28 feet tall and weighs over 7 tons. Construction of the vehicle, known as Mononofu, which translates to “Samurai Warrior,” lasted six years.
The World’s Largest Hula Hoop Spun by a Female
It appears that you either have it or not when it comes to hula hoop spinning. Like with anything else, sometimes it takes a lot of practice to become an expert hula hooper. But can you imagine how much practice Getti Kehayova must have put into get her record?
She spun a hula hoop measuring 17 feet, 0.25 inches in diameter! In fact, she spun the hoop despite wearing a protective vest, almost fracturing a few of her ribs in the process. However, she did break a record by successfully spinning the large hoop at least three times.
The Heaviest Sword Swallowed
There are many bizarre world records, but this has to be one of the weirdest. Sword swallowing is a skill that involves a performer passing a sworn through their mouth and down their esophagus into their stomach. Regardless of the name, it can be performed with numerous other objects.
Apparently, this also includes a Dewalt jackhammer. That’s because Thomas Blackthorne sword-swallowed a Dewalt jackhammer in 2007. The object weighed 83 pounds, 12 0unces. He held the full weight in place for over three seconds. This earned him the sword-swallowing record for the heaviest object ever swallowed.
The World’s Longest Kiss
It’s a great thing to be in love, but not everyone is comfortable with public displays of affection. And if it involves kissing for a long time in public, most people would rather not. Well, most people wouldn’t do most of the things in the Guinness World Records anyway.
Anyone who wants to break the world record for the longest kiss would have some insane endurance levels because the current world record is an astonishing 58 hours, 35 minutes, 58 seconds. The record was set by Thailand’s Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat in 2013 between February 12 and 14!
Most People in a Car
If you’ve ever gone on a road trip with a large family or a group of friends, you’ll know it can be pretty claustrophobic at times. This is even more possible if you’re traveling in a small car. As expected, there’s a record for most people in a large car.
We will assume that none of the 41 passengers in a Toyota Rav 4 at the Toyota Center Krasnoyarsk Zapad (Russia) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, suffer from claustrophobia. They probably would not have been able to achieve this strange but still outstanding world record if they were.
First Person to Break Sound Barrier in a Freefall
There are many brave people who have held Guinness World Records, but we believe that none of them would compare to Felix Baumgartner, the first and still the only person to break the sound barrier in a freefall. Let us show you exactly how much of a phenomenon the Austrian skydiver is.
On October 14, 2012, Baumgartner flew to the stratosphere on a helium balloon and then descended to Earth in a specialized suit. He also set a new world record for the longest skydive (nearly 24 miles), with a top speed of around 843.6 mph, or Mach 1.25.
The World’s Largest Hairy Family
While many people are hairy, it’s nothing compared to the largest known hairy family. Congenital generalized hypertrichosis is a rare skin disease. It is characterized by hair overgrowth on up to 98% of male bodies (excluding the palms and soles) and minor and asymmetrical hair overgrowth in females.
Victor Gomez, Luisa Lilia De Lira, Gabriel Ramos Gomez, and Jesus Manuel Fajardo Aceves are the four affected members of a 19-person family in Mexico that spans five generations. As expected, they have entered the Guinness World Records as the largest hairy family, and they still hold the record.
The Tallest Living Human
This is what usually comes to mind when we think of the Guinness World Records. Although humans come in many sizes and shapes, only one man can call himself the tallest person alive. And that man is Sultan Kösen, standing at 8 feett,2.82 inches tall.
According to Guinness World Records, Kösen is one of just 10 people who have grown 8 feet or taller and the seventh tallest man ever. Kösen’s anomalistic growth is from the condition called acromegaly, caused by a tumor that affects his pituitary gland. As such, he walks with crutches.
The Shortest Mobile Human Alive
Still speaking of height, Sultan Kösen’s height might be an extremity, but there’s someone else at the far end of the scale. That person is Colombia’s Edward Nino Hernandez. As the shortest living mobile human, Hernandez stands at 2 feet, 4 inches tall. He weighs just 22 pounds!
Hernandez suffers from hypothyroidism, a disorder that has hindered his growth. Hernandez told UPI, “I use my smile to conquer the world! I always share my big smile with everyone; that’s my charm. I can achieve everything I set my mind to. Everything is possible.”
The Most Number of Roof Tiles Broken by a Woman in One Minute
Have you ever watched videos of martial arts masters and students smashing bricks and other heavy things with just their fists? Really impressive, right? Well, while that is impressive, the United Kingdom’s Lisa Denis decided to step things up a notch with her incredible Guinness World Record.
The Taekwando master demolished 923 roof tiles in just one minute! Can you believe that? After she had completed her amazing feat, only two tiles from the pile Dennis hit during that legendary one minute remained intact. Five years after, and she still holds the record!
The Longest Time Breath Held Voluntarily
Do you recall the swimming pool game you used to play with your friends? Everyone would take turns holding their breath underwater while trying to beat the previous record. While most people aren’t free-diving pros like Aleix Segura Vendrell, we would find it difficult to get over a minute.
The Spaniard held the record for holding your breath for the longest amount of time—an amazing 24 minutes, 3.45 seconds. In 2021, Croatian Budimir Šobat held his breath voluntarily for 24 minutes, 37.36 seconds to beat Segura’s record. Both remain impressive feats to this day.
Most Number of Big Burgers Eaten in a Lifetime
McDonald’s lovers, here’s one to beat. While there are many addicts of this fast food joint in the world, none compares to Donald Gorske from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Known popularly as the “Big Mac enthusiast,” the 69-year-old holds the Guinness record for most Big Macs eaten in a lifetime.
He has consumed up to 32,000 Big Macs so far! According to him, the Big Mac constitutes about 90%–95% of his solid food consumption, and he eats around 14 of them every week. Interestingly, Gorske only weighs 185 pounds, stands at 6 feet, 2 inches, and claims to have a cholesterol level of 140.
The Largest Pizza Ever Made
Pizza is consistently ranked as the most famous food, and for a good reason. Anyone who disagrees with this claim is crazy. Some people are more zealous about it than others, and it seems as though Dovilio Nardi, Marco Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Matteo Nardi, and Matteo Giannotte are the most passionate about it
The group of five made a pizza with a total surface area of 13,580.28 ft² (1,261.65 m²). They named the pizza “Ottavia,” which has Roman origins and means “eighth son.” How long do you think it’ll take you and your friends to devour this?
The World’s Tallest Sandcastle
We often turn to building sandcastles—or at least trying to—when spending time at the beach with family and friends. However, unlike the team at Skulptura Projects GmbH, we don’t typically have a team of 12 sculptors and 8 technicians laboring eight hours a day for three and a half weeks.
Their job was to construct a 57-foot,t 11-inch tall sandcastle. It was completed in June 2019 and used up 11,000 tons of sand mixed with water. Their record lasted two years until Skulpturparken Blokhus set a new record of 21.16 m (69 ft, 5 in) in 2021.
The Farthest Tightrope Walk in a Minute
There are many extreme sports and activities in the world today, and tightrope walking is one of them. This activity can be a terrifying experience because they often take place at great heights. In some situations, the performer even opts not to wear a safety harness!
Russian Oxana Seroshtan smartly chose to walk on a tightrope at a safe height in her bid to break a world record while wearing heels. She broke the previous record, clocking a distance of 24 feet, 7.2 inches while wearing high heels. How incredible is that?
The Longest Time Balancing on Four Fingers
Bruce Lee was a skilled martial artist who could perform incredible feats like a two-finger push-up, among many others. But surely, even the famed Bruce Lee would have been impressed with Wang Weibao’s incredible record.
Using only two fingers on each hand, a Chinese man was able to completely lift himself off the ground in 2008 and hold that posture for an unbelievable 19.23 seconds! Wow! You can see how remarkable Weibao’s record is by the fact that it has been in place since 2008.
Most Human Targets Hit with Plungers in a Minute
When you hear people talk about hitting a target, you usually think about marksmanship or archery. But this is a list of weird Guinness World Records, so hitting human targets will take a different form. Throwing plungers at humans should win the award for the most random record.
However, it can be proof of Gerhard Doni’s creativity in coming up with the record attempt. In 2010, the German record-holder broke his record by one plunger after throwing (and sticking) 15 rubber-cup plungers to people in a minute. Who else feels like contesting this record?
The Most Ice Cream Scoops Balanced on a Cone
Imagine if ice cream vendors allowed you to order as many scoops as you want on one cone. How many do you think you will order? Well, no one knows for sure, but we’re certain Dimitri Panciera would almost wreck the ice cream business if given such an opportunity.
The Italian beat his own record in 2018 by balancing 125 scoops of ice cream on one cone! Besides the pizza record, if there’s another record that makes our mouth water, then it’s this one. Teach us your ways, Dimitri! He has held the record since 2018.
The Loudest Snoring Ever Recorded
Have you ever slept close to someone who snored loudly? Maybe your partner seems to make the house shake when they snore. Or perhaps you’re that partner and have struggled for years to stop. Well, we don’t think you could be as loud as Kåre Walkert.
The Swede suffers from apnea, and on May 24, 1993, he recorded peak levels of 93 dBA while sleeping at the Rebro Regional Hospital in Sweden. Research shows that snoring is caused by variations in pharynx shape and lung capacity. We wouldn’t want to be his partner!
The Heaviest Person to Finish a Marathon
There are many odd records in Guinness World Records, but there are also some incredible and inspirational ones. Take Charles Bungert, for example. The American finished the 2013 marathon as the heaviest person to ever do it, weighing 193.96 kg. (427 lb, 9 oz). Isn’t that impressive?
Bungert completed the Los Angeles marathon in 8 hours, 23 minutes, 40 seconds. The previous record was held by Kelly Gneiting, a 400-pound sumo wrestler who completed the 2011 contest in 9 hours, 48 minutes, 52 seconds. If you can break Bungert’s record, go for it. But you must be over 16.
Fastest Time to Wrap Someone in Wrapping Paper
It can be tedious wrapping bulky Christmas or birthday gifts. You know, if you do a poor job, it’ll seem like you don’t care about the gift when you actually do. If you struggle with gift wrapping, Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, and Cody Jones are the ones to call.
They set the record for the fastest time to wrap a person in wrapping paper (team of two), getting the job done at 1 minute, 58.9 seconds. As impressive as that sounds, David Rush and Lisa Marie Hannon broke that record in 2021 (1 minute, 43.19 seconds).
Longest Human Tunnel Moved through by a Skateboarding Dog
Like humans, animals can also feature in Guinness World Records. For instance, Otto, an English bulldog, rode his skateboard through the legs of 30 people in his hometown of Lima, Peru, in 2015. Otto achieved this feat by skating through the longest human tunnel in history as a skateboarding dog.
Otto went through without guidance or touching the legs of any of the people. Two years later, Dai-Chan, a 5-year-old bulldog from Kanagawa, Japan, set a new record by skating through 33 people. He had previously set a record of 32 people before breaking his own record.
The World’s Largest Collection of Memorabilia
As you’d already expect, the largest collection of memorabilia has its own category in Guinness World Records. People collect and store different types of items, and before they know it, their stockpiles grow to become pretty impressive. Louis Georgiou from the United Kingdom is an example.
He has the world record for his 2,111 pieces of Transformers memorabilia. But there’s even a bigger record for the largest Guinness World Records memorabilia collection! Martyn Tovey of Radstock, United Kingdom, has 2,164 unique items. There are also sporting memorabilia and Sonic collection records!
The Most Walnuts Smashed in One Minute Using Nunchucks
This world record is quite nutty (pun intended). It involves a Pakistani martial arts student named Mujtaba Hassan Mughal. Samuel Sprague from the United States previously held the world record for the most walnuts crushed in one minute with a nunchaku, which Mughal broke a few years ago.
Sprague broke 62 nuts, but Mughal crushed an astounding 118 nuts. Isn’t that impressive?! Mughal’s record has been standing since 2018, and so far, no one has broken it. During the process, some nuts weren’t smashed, but it didn’t stop him from setting a record. Terrific!
Most Riders on One Surfboard
A Guinness World Record for most people riding on a surfboard was broken in 2015 when 66 surfers rode a wave together in Huntington Beach, California, on a 42-foot surfboard. Over 5,000 onlookers cheered them on as they rode the giant surfboard for 12 seconds.
The Epic Big Board Ride and Visit Huntington Beach set a new record. According to reports, the previous record was set in 2005 by 47 surfers in Queensland, Australia. The record-breaking 42-foot surfboard was designed by the same team who built the previous successful attempt in Australia in 2005.
Most Balls Caught by a Dog with Its Paws in a Minute
We’ve already seen a dog skateboarding, so why not throw in a dog who can catch balls? Here is a picture of Purin, an adorable beagle who in 2015 smashed her own previous record for the most balls caught by a dog in a minute using only its front paws!
It turns out that catching balls isn’t the only thing the beagle from Tokyo is good at. “The beagle from Tokyo can also skateboard, walk on two legs, . . . and has many other impressive skills,” Guinness World Records noted. We absolutely love the sweetheart and her amazing record.
The Loudest Purr Ever Recorded
Did you seriously think we would mention dog records without mentioning those achieved by cats? Of course not. The cats will never talk to us anymore (not that they do much anyway). Well, Merlin the cat earned a Guinness World Record in 2015 for having the loudest purr.
Domestic cats generally put off 25 dB of sound, but Merlin’s purr peaks at 67.8 dB, which is as loud as a shower or even two people speaking! Owner Tracy Westwood revealed that she adopted the adorable furry creature from a rescue. What a cute kitty cat!
The Longest Coin Spin Ever
Who would have known that spinning a coin would earn you a place in the Guinness World Records? But we must admit it must take some time and effort to master such a skill. After all, spinning coins necessitates a certain kind of technique, doesn’t it?
If that’s the case, then Japanese coin-spinner Keita Hashimoto, who achieved a record of 25.71 seconds, certainly put in a lot of effort to beat the previous record. It was previously held by Morocco’s Danny Youn, who spun a coin for 26.55 seconds on September 22, 2015.
The Largest Ice Cream Scoop in the World
All ice cream enthusiasts, you might think we’re lying about this, but we have found the largest ice cream scoop in history, and it inevitably entered the infamous Guinness World Records! This giant treat, which weighs over 3,000 pounds, was achieved in 2014 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
It was created by the American dairy business Kemps. The strawberry-flavored delight stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and used about 733 ice cream containers. Thousands of people lined up to get a generous scoop of the ice cream for free all weekend long at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival.
The Fastest Typing Time Using the Nose
There seems to be no end to the weird Guinness World Records that exist. Although we don’t really know why somebody would type using their nose, we can’t complain if it gets your name into the Guinness World Records. So we present Vinod Kumar Chaudhary from India’s New Delhi.
Clocking in at 46.30 seconds, this man set a new record for the fastest typing speed using the nose in 2014 after honing his skills for months. Chaudhary said, “Typing is my profession as well as my passion, which inspired me to try something different and outstanding.”
The Highest Jump on a Pogo Stick
We all know that jumping on pogo sticks is fun. However, we find it quite incredible that someone actually set a record for the highest pogo stick leap. A pogo pro named Biff Hutchinson made it into the Guinness World Records 2018 edition.
Biff holds the record for the highest pogo stick leap at 11.5 feet, double the height of the average human. If that stunned you, then Henry Cabelus’s record will blow your mind. He jumped 3.41 m (11 ft, 2.5 in) in 2021 to set a new world record.
The World’s Fastest Tortoise
As the popular saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race.” In keeping with that sentiment, we now present Bertie the tortoise. Bertie ran an 18-foot distance in 19.59 seconds at an astonishing speed of 0.92 feet per second at his home in Adventure Valley, United Kingdom, in 2014.
With this accomplishment, he broke the previous record for the fastest tortoise in the world, which had stood since 1977. Bertie’s owner said, “Having found a previous record for a tortoise named Charlie, I tested Bertie against it, and he beat it every time. So we applied for the record.”
The Fastest Time to Find and Alphabetize the Letters in a Can of Alphabet Soup
We have no doubt that alphabet soup is the best soup among children worldwide. In fact, many adults still see it as their favorite. It is made with pasta that has been mechanically carved or pressed into the letters of the alphabet. And someone wanted to turn this into a record.
Cody Jones wanted to find each letter and arrange them alphabetically. He achieved this feat in 2018 and set a world record in the process. However, in 2021, Jones’ record was broken by Jacob Chandler from the state of Oregon, who completed the task in 2 minutes, 8.6 seconds.
The Fastest Time to Carve a Pumpkin
Every Halloween is an opportunity for us to see various amazing examples of pumpkin carving from skilled people throughout the world. Given the complexity involved in the designs, we can only guess that the process took some time to complete. But what about speed carving?
In 2013, Stephen Clarke established a world record by carving eyes, nose, mouth, and ears into a pumpkin in just 16.47 seconds. He accomplished the milestone on New York’s PIX11 Morning News. The jack-o-lantern had to feature a full face, including ears, a mouth, a nose, and eyes.
The Fastest Time to Finish a Triathlon Blindfolded
For those who didn’t know, triathlons are quite challenging. The 2.4-mile swim, 26.2-mile run, and 112-mile bike ride make up the Ironman triathlon. That’s tough enough to accomplish in the normal sense, but what about when your eyes are covered?
British athlete Haseeb Ahmad, who is registered blind, completed the Ironman in just 11 hours, 3 minutes, 31 seconds while having blacked-out swimming goggles and his guide, Duncan Shea-Simonds. He has also represented Great Britain in para-triathlon events. His record has stood since 2016.
The Longest Flatulence Ever Recorded
Yes, as per Guinness World Records, there is a record for just about anything, including the longest butt burp ever recorded in human history. Other people find it embarrassing to pass gas, while others find it hilarious, and some people even take joy in it.
With a gas pass reaching 2 minutes and 42 seconds, London-born Bernard Clemmens now holds the record. We wonder if a gas mask was required for the Guinness evaluator to wear while timing the attempt. Hopefully, they had one to use, or they may have quit their job after that.
The Record for Most Guinness World Records
Setting a Guinness World Record is surely something to be proud of. Yet what if you broke so many records that you made a record for doing that too? Ashrita Furman has set over 600 records to date, and he presently holds more than 200 that have not been broken.
These titles include various categories and skills such as distance sack racing, underwater juggling, and the world’s biggest pencil. Mr. Furman has also broken records extinguishing lit matches with his tongue, balancing a bicycle in his mouth, and most knives caught, among many others. What more is left?