The world is full of strange and amazing records, some of which are more interesting than others. Some of the records that have been set in recent years include the world’s longest fingernails (4.5 inches) and the world’s longest mustache (4.29 meters). There are also a number of records for the heaviest fruits and vegetables, including the heaviest lemon (1.849 kilograms), the heaviest apple (1.849 kilograms), and the heaviest jicama (21 kilograms).
While many of these records have been set with the help of modern technology, there are still a few that have been set using only natural methods. So, if you’re looking to break a record, it’s not too late to start growing some freakishly large fruit or vegetables! Who knows, you might just end up in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Most Big Macs Consumed in a Lifetime
In October 2012, Donald A. Gorske ate his 26,000th Big Mac, setting the world record for most Big Macs eaten by a single person in a lifetime. He extended his record to 28,788 Big Macs in 2016. Gorske typically buys 14 of the McDonald’s burgers each week, microwaving them and having his own little feast. It’s taken him over forty years of burgery exploration to set the record. In November 2017, Gorske appeared on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today show to share his love of the Big Mac and offer tips on how to eat them without getting sick. When asked about the health effects of eating so many Big Macs, Gorske said he’s never had a problem and that his cholesterol and blood pressure are just fine.
Largest Rubber Band Ball
Joel Waul’s 4,100-kg rubber band ball is the largest one in the world, setting the record in November 2008. Over 700,000 rubber bands were used to create the ball. The feat was difficult if not plain impossible to do without some sort of ball to use at the center as a base. U.S. citizen Joel Waul was able to accomplish the feat, creating a 4,100-kg rubber band ball in November 2008. Over 700,000 rubber bands were used to set the record. The ball was likely created over the course of years, with Waul adding more and more rubber bands as time went on. It’s an impressive accomplishment and one that is unlikely to be eclipsed anytime soon.
Longest Distance Keeping a Table Lifted with Teeth
The longest distance keeping a table lifted with teeth is 11.8 m (38 ft 8 in), achieved by Georges Christen (Luxembourg) in Madrid, Spain, on February 2008. Georges Christen ran with a 12-kg (26-lbs) table with a 50-kg woman sitting on top of it for the record-breaking feat. The jaw is supposedly the toughest bone in the body, but the teeth are surprisingly fragile if not taken care of. Georges Christen seems to be a perfect example of the former and exception to the latter.
Tightest Frying Pan Roll
For those looking to test their mettle, look no further than the frying pan roll. This seemingly simple feat of strength requires both arm power and focus to complete. The record for frying pan rolling was set in 2007 by U.S. resident Scott Murphy, who managed to roll a 30-cm frying pan down to 17.46 cm in just 30 seconds. 11 years later, his record still stands. Of course, part of the trick is choosing the right pan. Not just any old frying pan will do – it needs to be of a certain size and material in order to be properly rolled. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to beat Scott’s record, then grab a pan and give it a go. Who knows, you might just find yourself in the history books.
Most Beer Steins Carried over 40 Meters (female)
Most Beer Steins Carried over 40 Meters (female) On Guinness World Records Day, Anita Schwarz carried beer steins for over 40 meters in Mesenich, Germany, setting a new world record. This blows the previous record out of the water, which was 26 meters and was set by a Brazilian man in 2017. We love Oktoberfest in Germany because there’s an almost unlimited supply of beer to drink and it’s a chance for adults to be irresponsible. This new twist on the classic celebration is just another reason why we love Germany so much. Prost!
Longest Distance on a Unicycle in 24 Hours
The unicycle, despite its seemingly dated reputation, found new life in the early 1900s when circuses used them as part of their touring shows. Since then, the unicycle has been cemented in public imagination as a clown’s staple ride. However, its popularity waned in the succeeding years. Despite this, some individuals found new ways to use the unicycle. In 2004, Sam Wakeling was able to set a new world record for the longest distance covered on a unicycle in 24 hours. He achieved this by doing rounds on an Aberystwyth, Wales, lap track. His total distance amounted to 453 km, which shattered the previous record. In doing so, Wakeling breathed new life into the unicycle and proved that it is still a viable mode of transportation.
Largest Collection of ‘Do Not Disturb’ Hotel Signs
As of late, hotels all over the world are taking action against DND signs. In the near future, there is a decent chance they will no longer exist. U.S.-based hotel chains like Hilton Hotels are already taking steps toward reaching that goal. If you ever miss those signs enough to visit them at a museum, however, you could always get in touch with Jean-Francois of Switzerland. As of 2016, he had amassed a total of 8,888 of these signs. There’s also German Rainer Weichert who has a collection of over 11,000 unique signs. While it’s uncertain what will happen to all these signs once hotels finish phasing them out, it’s safe to say they won’t be ignored by collectors. After all, DND signs have been around for over a century and have been known to fetch high prices at auction. In 2012, for example, one sign from the Hotel Astor in New York sold for $2,700. Who knows how much someone might be willing to pay for one in the future?
Largest Collection of Rubber Ducks
Charlotte Lee holds the record for the largest number of unique rubber ducks, as her collection is reported to be 5,239 rubber ducks strong. She supposedly started collecting the ducks back in 1996, slowly growing her collection, as she was very selective about the kind of ducks that she would buy. As of 2008, she and her husband — who was reluctant to support the idea but eventually became an avid duck hunter (perhaps because of his wife’s obsession) — created a separate room and cabinet just for her collection. The couple has even been known to take their ducks on vacation with them, making sure to snap pictures of their beloved bath toys in various landmarks. While some people might see this as a bit excessive, there’s no denying that Charlotte Lee’s rubber duck collection is impressive.
Most T-shirts Worn at Once
Most people would say that wearing more than one T-shirt at a time is uncomfortable and unnecessary. However, there are those who see it as a challenge. The record for the most T-shirts worn at once is currently held by Sanath Bandara from Sri Lanka. In 2011, she was able to beat the previous record of 227 T-shirts by wearing 257 T-shirts all at once. Bandara was motivated to break the record after she was affected by the 2008 Weliveriya bombing. Since then, she has been determined to break as many records as she can in order to show the world that anything is possible.
Most Mentos in Soda Fountains
1,911 people in Latvia pulled off a mini soda explosion in June 2008. The people, mostly students from a local university, donned raincoats and combined Mentos and soda to create the showery show. This experiment has been known to give you your own little mini explosion in a bottle for quite a while now. The combination of Mentos and soda creates a reaction that causes the soda to explode.
The mini explosions are created by the Mentos causing the release of carbon dioxide gas from the soda. The carbon dioxide gas is what gives the explosions their power. The people of Latvia took this experiment to the next level by having 1,911 people do it at the same time. This created one large mini explosion instead of many small ones. The showery show was a success and was enjoyed by all who participated.
Most People Dressed as Smurfs
Since the release of the Smurfs movie in 2011, there’s been a strange sexual awakening in people, with an even stranger kink making rounds all over the internet known as ‘blueberry.’ It usually involves large women dressing up as Smurfs and, well, you know the rest. This wasn’t one of those situations, however. An innocent group of 1,253 people in Smurf costumes was able to set the record for most people dressed as Smurfs in July 2008 at the Muckno Mania Festival in Ireland.
The event was organized by Tourism Ireland in order to help promote the Irish town of Castleblayney as the perfect place for a family vacation. And while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying that they succeeded in setting a world record. So if you ever find yourself in Ireland with a hankering to dress up like a cartoon character, be sure to head on over to Castleblayney!
Largest Display of ‘Star Wars’ Clone Troopers Built with Interlocking Plastic Bricks
In June of 2008, the world’s largest display of Lego Star Wars clone troopers was achieved. The display consisted of 35,310 individual clone troopers, with Darth Vader leading them. To give you an idea of the scale, these sets of toys were lined up together to the size of a football pitch and took more than four hours to fully assemble. This impressive showing allowed them to snatch up a new world record.
The previous record had been held by a group in the Netherlands, who had assembled a much smaller display of21,715 pieces. This new record is unlikely to be beaten anytime soon, as it would require a massive amount of time and effort to surpass. Nevertheless, it stands as a testament to the dedication of Star Wars fans around the world.
Largest Collection of Clocks
Jack’s Schoff’s clock collection is fascinating for many reasons. Firstly, it is a testament to the enduring popularity of quartz clocks. In an age where we can check the time on our phones or computers, there is still a demand for standalone Quartz clocks. Secondly, the collection includes clocks from all over the world, ranging in value from 50 cents to thousands of dollars. This provides a great insight into the different designs and styles of clocks that have been popular over the years.
Finally, the collection includes the world’s smallest atomic clock. This is an incredible feat of engineering, and it is amazing that such a tiny clock can be so accurate. If you’re interested in clocks, then Jack Schoff’s collection is definitely worth checking out.
Full-Body Ice Contact Endurance
Wim Hof made headlines in 2007 for beating the longstanding record of longest immersion time in ice, which was 1 hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds. The Dutchman managed to remain immersed in 1,550 lbs of ice for 72 minutes. Later the same year, he managed to remain covered in the cold stuff for an hour, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. That’s a record not likely to be broken any time soon. Hof credits his ability to withstand extreme temperatures to his focus on mind over matter. He has said that he is able to control his body temperature by controlling his breathing and heart rate. Hof has been nicknamed “The Iceman” for his endurance exploits.
Largest Chalk Pavement Art
The largest piece of chalk art on pavement was carried out in Romania by 2,000 children working together with 150 volunteers in celebration of International Children’s Day. They managed to draw a train-looking object and 62 cars on an area spanning 6,658 square meters (75,300 square feet), setting a new record for the largest chalk pavement art ever.
The record was then broken by 5,700 children from Alameda, California, who drew 8,361 square meters’ worth of chalk art. While the Romanian artwork was made using only white chalk, the Californian piece incorporated a wide range of colors to create a vibrant and eye-catching display. This large-scale project is a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together towards a common goal.
Fastest Motorcycle Handlebar Wheelie
Handlebar wheelies are notoriously difficult to do. The amount of practice required to pull off a single one without breaking an arm or losing a tooth is pretty astounding. It involves sitting on a motorcycle handlebar and pulling off a regular wheelie (using the back tires). Edna Wright of Ireland managed to do both of these and clock a record speed of 173.81 km/h (108 mph). If that’s not an impressive display of showmanship, then showmanship doesn’t really exist.
What’s even more amazing is that Wright didn’t just break the world record, she smashed it. The previous record was held by American stunt rider Chris “The Pope” McNeil, who managed a measly 160.6 km/h (100 mph) in 2011. So, not only is Wright the fastest woman in the world at handlebar wheelies, she’s also the fastest person, full stop. And, at just 26 years old, she’s likely to hold onto that title for some time to come.
In the dead of winter, when the snow is deep and the temperatures are low, there is nothing more exhilarating than hurtling down a mountainside on a pair of skis. For most people, the average ski is usually about 160 cm to 190 cm long — enough to accommodate a fully grown man’s feet with a lot of breathing room to spare. This should also be ideal for the kind of maneuvering a skier will need to do during their session. But if there’s a group of people who know how to take it to the next level, it’s the Swedes.
They recorded the longest somewhat practical skis at 534 meters (1,751 feet 11 inches), which accommodated 1,043 skiers. While it’s doubtful that anyone would actually use skis this long in real life, it just goes to show that when it comes to wintersports, the Swedes are always looking to push the envelope. So next time you hit the slopes, remember that while your skis may not be record-breaking, they’re probably just the right size for you.
Oldest Table Tennis Player (female)
Dorothy de Low was 97 years old when she played for Australia during the XIV World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, making her the oldest table tennis player to date. She started playing the sport when she was just a child and continued to play until she was well into her nineties. De Low attributed her longevity to her love of table tennis, saying that it kept her active and mentally sharp. Although she didn’t win any medals at the World Championships, she was proud to represent her country at such a high level. Dorothy de Low is an inspiration to table tennis players of all ages and proves that it’s never too late to pick up a racket and start playing.
The Largest Crew on a Canoe
Canoes are normally short in order to improve manoeuvrability. They can be anywhere between five and six feet for recreational canoes and about eight feet for those used in professional sports. However, the ‘Snake Boat’ of Kerala, India, is more than 10 times the average length. It measures 43.7 meters (143 feet, 4 inches) and can accommodate 143 people at once. That’s including 118 people rowing, 18 singers, two rhythm men and five helmsmen. It was last rowed in public in 2008. The boat is mainly used for ceremonial purposes and is a traditional part of festivals such as Onam. The Snake Boat is an iconic symbol of Kerala culture and has been declared a National Monument by the Indian government.
Fastest Skateboard Speed from a Standing Position
The act of skateboarding generally involves riding a board with wheels down a slope or surface. However, there is also a competitive side to the sport, with skaters competing to achieve the fastest speed possible from a standing start. The current record for the fastest skateboard speed from a standing position is held by British man Peter Connolly, who reached a speed of 146.73 km/h (91.7 mph) in Quebec, Canada, in September 2017. This beats the previous record set by Douglas da Silva, who achieved a speed of 113 km/h (70.21 mph) in Teutonia, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Skateboarding at such high speeds is extremely dangerous and requires significant skill and experience. For this reason, it is unlikely that the record will be broken any time soon.
The Largest Gathering of Santas
While most people associate Santa with the cold weather of Christmas, it seems that the record for the largest gathering of Santas occurs in December in warm weather countries. This is due to the fact that more people are likely to be outside and available to participate in such an event. The current record is held by Thrissur, Kerala, India with 18,000 participants. The record was set in December 2014 at the Nagar Sakthan Thampuran Ground. The previous record was held by Derry City, Northern Ireland with 13,000 participants. The record was set in December 2007 at the Guildhall Square. While it may seem like a silly event, it is clear that there is a lot of enthusiasm for setting and breaking this particular world record.
Smallest All-Terrain Armored Vehicle
Despite its small size, the Ripsaw EV2 is no toy. It’s a real, working armored vehicle that’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. It’s equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine and features an independent suspension system that allows it to navigate rough terrain with ease. In terms of armament, the Ripsaw EV2 is outfitted with a roof-mounted machine gun, making it ready for combat at a moment’s notice. And if that wasn’t enough, the vehicle also comes complete with a built-in chainsaw, just in case you need to cut through anything that gets in your way. So, the next time you find yourself in a tight spot, don’t be afraid to call on the Ripsaw EV2 — it just might be your best shot at making it out alive.
The largest land gastropods currently known are the African giant snails. Aptly named, they haven’t had any natural predators for several generations running, which gives them all the room they need to grow as large as they need. Of all the gigantic snails researchers have come across while touring the continent, the largest specimen ever measured was 39.3 centimeters (15.5 inches) long from snout to tail when fully extended. The shell alone measured 27.3 centimeters and weighed about one kilogram.
These behemoths are slowly but surely becoming a problem for local farmers, as they feast on just about anything that would fit in their mouths. Crops, flowers, other smaller snails; you name it, they’ll try to eat it. Some of the more entrepreneurial individuals have started selling these gargantuan gastropods as pets, though it’s unclear how well they’d do in captivity. Nevertheless, it seems like the age of the African giant snail is only beginning.
Longest Distance Pulled by a Horse (full-body burn)
Halapi Roland is a Hungarian man with a penchant for setting world records involving fire. In 2010, he set the record for longest distance travelled by a human on fire, covering a distance of 931.4 meters. He then followed this up in 2011 by setting the record for the longest full-body burn, enduring flames for 4 minutes and 26 seconds. But Halapi Roland didn’t stop there. In 2012, he set the world record for the longest distance pulled by a horse while on fire, covering 472.8 meters. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also holds the world record for the longest duration spinning a flaming basketball on his finger – an impressive feat considering he’s not even a professional basketballer! Halapi Roland’s unique talent for enduring pain has seen him achieve recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. It seems there’s nothing this Hungarian daredevil can’t do!
Most people would never expect a lawnmower to be fast. After all, they’re designed to trim grass at relatively low speeds. But Tommy Passemante of the U.S set a world record for the fastest speed on a Stock Lawnmower when he reached 98 km/h on live television in November 2008. Since then, there have been many attempts to break his record, but so far, no one has been able to beat him. While it’s unlikely that anyone will ever reach speeds like that in highway traffic, it’s still impressive to see what these machines are capable of. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll see a lawnmower race where the winner is the first one to cross the finish line. Until then, we can only dream.
Largest Pocket Knife
The world’s largest pocket knife was designed and crafted in Portugal by designer Manuel Pires in January 2003. It weighed 122 kg and measured 3.9 meters long. It wasn’t much of a pocket knife, but it would be another seven years before anyone came along and attempted to break the record. In 2010, Garima Foundation and Pankaj Ojha of India designed a knife 6.02 m (17 ft 33 in) long when fully opened featuring a steel blade 2.46 m (8 ft 1 in) in length. While this knife is certainly impressive, it is not without its critics.
Some people argue that it is more of a sword than a knife and therefore does not belong in the record books. Others argue that the Guinness World Record for the largest pocket knife should be awarded to the Portuguese team since their knife was actually functional. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there is no denying that these knives are truly impressive feats of engineering.
Fastest 100m Running on All Fours
When it comes to running on all fours, the Japanese have got it down to a science. For years, they have been setting and breaking records for the fastest 100m running on all fours. In fact, the current world record holder is Katsumi Tamakoshi, who ran the 100m in just 15.86 seconds. That’s an incredible feat, considering that he was up against some stiff competition from fellow Japanese runners Kenichi Ito and Yusuke Suzuki. What’s even more impressive is that Katsumi was able to break Kenichi’s previous record by a full second. Clearly, the Japanese know a thing or two about running on all fours!
Greatest Distance Cycled in 24 Hours (unpaced, male)
As anyone who has ever attempted a long-distance bike ride can attest, cycling is a physically demanding sport. Not only does it require a high level of fitness, but it also demands a great deal of stamina and mental toughness. For these reasons, the record for the greatest distance cycled in 24 hours is an impressive feat. The current record is 903.76 km (561.57 mi), and was set in 2010 by Marko Baloh of Slovenia in Italy. Before that, the record was held by Christoph Strasser, who covered 896km (556 miles). And before that, it was held by the current record-holder, Baloh, who covered 890.2 km (553.14 miles) in 24 hours during a 2008 event. Undoubtedly, the 24-hour cycling record is a testament to the athleticism and endurance of its holders.
Longest Beard (alive)
Beards have long been considered one of the ultimate aspects of true masculinity. In that case, Sarwan Singh of Canada must be the manliest man in existence. His beard was measured at 2.33 meters (7 feet 8 inches) from its tip to his chin. If you think that’s impressive, however, the longest beard we know to have ever existed belonged to Hans N. Langseth of Norway. At the time of his death, it measured 5.33 meters long. Not only is this over twice as long as Singh’s impressive facial hair, but it also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest beard ever. While it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to top Langseth’s record anytime soon, Singh’s beard is still an incredible sight to behold.
Most Eggs Crushed with Head in 1 Minute
Ashrita Furman has held more Guinness World Records than anyone else in history. As of 2019, he has set over 600 records and currently holds 241 of them. Many of his records are unusual and unique, such as Most Lunges in One Hour (43,500), Most Apples Snorted in One Minute (8), Most Jigsaw Puzzles Assembled in 24 Hours (32), Most Tae Kwon Do Kicks in 24 Hours (33,000), and Longest Distance Bounced on a Pogo Stick (26.2 miles). However, one of his most impressive records is for Most Eggs Crushed with Head in 1 Minute. In 2008, he set the record by crushing 80 eggs. His celebration was to be short-lived, as Indian man Gaurav Goley overtook him shortly after by crushing 103 eggs. His celebration didn’t last very long either, as his mark was surpassed by a man who was able to crush 120 eggs. Soon afterward, that record was broken by Scott Damerow from Texas with the current record of 142. While Furman no longer holds this particular record, his impressive Guinness World Record tally is a testament to his athleticism and determination.
Oldest Male Stripper
Bernie Barker didn’t let cancer stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a male stripper. In fact, it was his cancer diagnosis that motivated him to make the switch from real estate agent to exotic dancer. Barker was 60 years old when he started stripping, and he quickly found that it was the best way for him to get in shape after his cancer treatment. In addition to helping him regain his strength and stamina, stripping also allowed Barker to connect with his sensual side. Through stripping, Barker has won over 40 contests and earned the title of oldest stripper in the world. He has also been featured in a documentary about male strippers, and he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Longest Career as an Ice Cream Man
Ganz’s Spoonerism is a neighbourhood and regional favourite, appearing at birthday parties, parades, community events, and softball games. Ganz insists that he’s not the only one to have such a lengthy career in the business. “I know there are other guys that have done it longer than me,” Ganz said. “But I don’t know who they are. I think it just takes a love for the job and staying with it. It helps that I enjoy doing it.” Ganz’s record-breaking career is a testament to the simple pleasure of ice cream — a summertime staple enjoyed by people of all ages. For many, Ganz’s truck will always be the Sound of Summertime.
Fastest 5 Meters on Front Paws by a Dog
When most people think of speed records, they imagine things like the 100-meter dash or the Indy 500. However, there are records for all sorts of activities, including some that are decidedly more low-key. Take, for example, the ‘Fastest 5 meters on front paws by a dog.’ This record was first set in 2010 by Pomeranian dog Jiff, who completed the distance in just 2. Kongo, a Japanese Spitz, broke Jiff’s record in 2014 with a time of 2.39 seconds. While these may not be world-record times, they’re still impressive feats of canine athleticism. So, the next time you see a dog walking on its hind legs, take a moment to appreciate just how much work goes into achieving that level of coordination and balance.
Most Canned Drinks Opened by a Parrot in 1 Minute
Most people think of parrots as clever but ultimately generalist birds, good at doing a variety of things but not masters of any particular craft. However, it turns out that parrots are particularly well-suited for one task in particular: opening canned drinks. Thanks to their powerful beaks, parrots can easily puncture through the metal lids of canned beverages, making them the perfect party companion for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of bottle openers. In fact, parrots are so good at opening cans that they’ve even broken world records. The current record holder is Zac the Macaw, who opened 35 cans in a single minute back in 2012. Given their natural ability, it seems likely that this record will remain unbroken for some time to come.
Heaviest Weight Pulled with Eye Sockets
Heavy things being pulled by eye sockets isn’t the weirdest thing Chayne Hultgren has done. The Australian showman, commonly known as The Space Cowboy, is no stranger to bending the rules of what’s possible. For example, he’s pulled a rickshaw by attaching fish hooks to his eyes and hooking them onto the lacrimal bones, which are located just below the eye. And he’s not just done this once – he’s done it on multiple occasions, including on live television. In fact, during a show in Milan, he pulled 100kg of metal weights with three ladies on top of them. So, if you’re ever in need of some inspiration to achieve the impossible, remember Chayne Hultgren and his impressive feats. Who knows – maybe you’ll be able to add your own feat to his list one day.
Heaviest Vehicle Pulled over 100 Feet (male)
Most of us would consider it a workout just to pull a vehicle for a few feet, let alone over 100. But that’s exactly what Rev. Kevin Fast of Canada did when he set the world record for the Heaviest Vehicle Pulled over 100 Feet. The feat was accomplished live on the air in September 2008, with Fast pulling a 99,060-kg (218,389 lbs 14.95 oz) fire truck. Amazingly, this wasn’t even Fast’s first world record – he also held the two previous records for pulling vehicles weighing 68,090 kg (150,112 lbs 12 oz) and 57,243 kg (126,200 lbs). No matter how you look at it, Rev. Kevin Fast is one strong man!
Largest Commercially Available Hamburger
When it comes to supersizing, Americans definitely know how to do it. Just look at the recent record set for the largest commercially available hamburger. Weighing in at a whopping 352.44kg, this behemoth of a burger was created by Juicy Foods and Ovations Food Services based in Oregon. And if you’re thinking that such a burger would come with a hefty price tag, you’d be right – it costs $5,000!
Given that the average American consumes around Hamburgers per year, this would set them back quite a bit if they wanted to try this record-breaking burger. So what exactly goes into making a burger of this size? The bun itself is over 2m wide and is made from 36 sheets of baking paper. As for the meat, it weighs approximately 140kg and is cooked on a custom-made grill that’s 3m wide.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, the burger also comes with 25kg of toppings, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheese and bacon. So next time you’re feeling hungry, why not try your hand at making your own supersized burger? Just don’t forget to invite friends over – otherwise you may be eating it for days!
Longest Ears on a Dog
Dogs have been bred for certain physical features for centuries now. The Tibetan Mastiff was bred to be large and strong enough to take on a bear, for example. And the bloodhound was bred to have long, droopy ears. In fact, the longest ears on any dog belong to a bloodhound named Tigger. His right ear measured 34.9 centimeters, and his left ear measured 34.2 centimeters. That’s almost 35 centimeters! That’s longer than the average human’s forearm! Bloodhounds aren’t the only breed of dog with long ears, however. Basset hounds, beagles, and afghan hounds also have long ears. But no matter what breed of dog you have, if you’re noticing that his ears are starting to droop, it’s probably time for a trip to the vet!
Farthest Squirting Milk from an Eye
The process is fairly simple. You know how some people can drink coke and squirt it out of their noses? Or that one guy who wound a long coil through his nose and out of his mouth? It’s pretty much the same thing, only you maneuver the milk all the way to your eye and squirt it some distance away. With some basic anatomy knowledge, maybe you can reach Turkish man Ilker Yilmaz’s level. He was able to squirt the milk some 279.5 centimeters (9 feet 2 inches) away. According to Yilmaz, the key is to keep everything relaxed- your throat, your stomach, your sphincter. And don’t forget to practice! When you’ve finally perfected the art of farthest squirting milk from an eye, make sure you have a Guinness World Record official on hand to certify it.
Greatest Altitude for a Balloon Skywalk
Mike Howard is a man who loves balloons. A native of Colorado, he started ballooning when he was just nine years old and has since specialized in cluster ballooning. This is a type of balloon riding that involves attaching a person to a number of rubber balloons and inflating them with helium. In 2014, he set the world record for the greatest altitude for a balloon skywalk when he walked across a beam barely wide enough for one foot from one balloon to another at an altitude of 6,522 meters (21,400 feet). Not content to rest on his laurels, Howard is already planning his next big adventure – an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean using only cluster balloons. If successful, he will not only set another world record, but will also achieve a lifelong dream. So keep your eyes on the skies – you never know what you might see!
Longest Metal Coil Passed Through the Nose and out of the Mouth
Sideshow performer Andrew Stanton holds the world record for passing the longest metal coil through his nose and out of his mouth- a whopping 11 feet! Though it may seem like a dangerous feat, Stanton assures us that there was no danger of brain damage as the nose is not connected to the brain. Nose and mouth are just set apart by the top of your mouth, referred to as the palate. Behind the nose is the nasal cavity, which connects the mouth and nose together through the trachea into the lungs.
So how does one go about achieving such a unique record? Stanton says,”I spent years stretching my nasal septum piercings until they were large enough to accommodate increasingly larger diameters of jewelry. I then took those same skills and applied them to passing metal coils through my nose and out of my mouth.” While this may not be a record that everyone can aspire to break, it certainly is an interesting party trick that will surely impress your friends!
Largest Collection of Garden Gnomes and Pixies
Ann Atkin’s four-acre Gnome Reserve in the UK is home to over 25,000 individual gnomes and pixies. That makes it the largest collection of garden gnomes and pixies in the world! Ann has been collecting these unique creatures for over 30 years, and her collection just keeps growing. Visitors to the Gnome Reserve can see all sorts of different gnomes and pixies, from traditional British styles to more exotic varieties. And there’s one rule that everyone has to follow before entering the Reserve: everyone must wear a pointy hat so that the gnomes don’t feel embarrassed! So if you’re ever in the UK, be sure to pay a visit to the Gnome Reserve. You’ll be glad you did!
Largest Collection of “Star Wars” Memorabilia
As any Star Wars fan knows, the series has a huge and passionate following. So it should come as no surprise that there are people out there who have devoted their lives to collecting memorabilia from the franchise. One of the most dedicated collectors is Steve Sansweet, who has amassed over 300,000 unique items at his base, Rancho Obi-Wan, in Northern California. Among his collection are items like original production artwork, action figures, posters, and more. In 2014, ‘only’ 92,240 items had been cataloged and audited, beating the previous record 10 times over. Sansweet’s collection is truly impressive, and a testament to the enduring popularity of the Star Wars franchise.
Most Apples Held in One’s Own Mouth and Cut by Chainsaw in 1 Minute
As the name suggests, this record is either purely brave or just plain stupid. It involves placing an apple in one’s mouth and cutting it in half with a chainsaw before grabbing another and repeating the feat. The record was first set by Johnny Strange in October 2013, having cut through eight apples in a minute. However, it was later crushed by stuntman and performer Chayne Hultgren, who managed to set a new record with 21 apples sliced in April 2017. While it is certainly a impressive feat of strength and coordination, it is also important to note that chainsaws are extremely dangerous tools. In fact, each year there are thousands of people who are injured while using them. As such, anyone considering attempting this record should be sure to take all the necessary safety precautions.
Most Wins for “Gurning,” a.k.a. Making a Face
Gurning is the act of making a face, usually a very exaggerated one. It can be done with or without the help of props. The word comes from the Old English gyrnan, meaning “to snarl.” Gurning is most commonly associated with the British Isles, where there are numerous competitions held annually. The first recorded gurning competition was held in 1297 at the Cornish town of Fulford.
The most prestigious contest is held at the Egremont Crab Fair, which has been running since 1267. It is traditional for gurners to wear a horse collar, which helps to support their neck as they contort their features. Anne Woods holds the record for the most wins in competitive gurning, having taken first prize 27 times. In 2017, she lost her title to Peter Jackman, who was crowned the new World Gurning Champion. Gurning competitions are open to all ages and both genders. Judges typically look for creativity and level of difficulty when scoring contestants. Making a funny face may seem like child’s play, but it takes skill and practice to be a champion gurner.
Longest Tongue on a Dog
While most dogs have tongues that measure about four inches, Mochi “Mo” Rickert has a tongue that measures a whopping 18.58 cm (7.3 inches), making her the new reigning champion of world’s longest tongue on a dog. The previous record was held by Puggy in 2009, a then-nine-year-old Pekingese with 4.5 inches worth of tongue. Mochi’s owner, Carla Rickert, said that they first noticed Mochi’s long tongue when she was a puppy and it just kept getting longer as she grew. Carla says that Mochi’s tongue is “not a hindrance at all,” and that she loves to give kisses. Mochi is a three-year-old St. Bernard mix who lives with her family in South Dakota, USA. When she’s not busy wagging her record-breaking tongue, Mochi enjoys playing fetch, going for walks, and cuddling with her humans.
Longest Legs (female)
There’s something about Russian women and long legs that’s pretty hard to put our finger on. First, there’s Svetlana Pankratova, a Russian national who held the record for longest legs in the world for quite a while at just over 132 cm (51.9 in). The record was then broken in late 2017 by basketballer and Olympian Ekaterina Lisina, whose 132.2 cm (52.0 in) legs just barely edged out the previous record. But what is it about Russian women that gives them an advantage when it comes to leg length?
There are a few theories. One is that it simply has to do with genetics. Another theory is that it’s partially due to diet and lifestyle; many Russians grow up eating plenty of dairy products, which can help promote bone growth. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that Russian women tend to have some of the longest legs in the world. And we have to say, we’re pretty impressed!
Longest Kiss Ever
In February 2013, a Thai couple set the world record for the longest kiss. Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat kissed for a total of 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! A total of nine couples took part in the event, including one in their late 70s. The previous record-holders managed to break their own record and win two diamonds as well as a lump sum. The longest kiss ever is a world record that is sure to stand for many years to come. Who knows, maybe someone will break the record next year!
Farthest Arrow Shot Using Feet
In 2003, a woman named Katie Götz set the world record for the farthest arrow shot using her feet. While balancing on her hands, she was able to launch an arrow into a target 20 feet away. Even more impressive is that she hit a 5.5-inch diameter target, whereas modern competitions are carried out using 12-inch targets.
Götz’s feat of agility and balance is truly impressive, and her record is one that is sure to stand for many years to come. She is an inspiration to archers around the world, and her accomplishment is a testament to the power of human potential.
Most Guinness World Records
Ah, yes, because what would the world be if there wasn’t a person whose sole purpose in life was to break as many records as they reasonably could? Such a man exists. In fact, his name is Ashrita Furman, a U.S. resident who lives to impress. He has run one mile with a hula hoop in 14 minutes, done 27,000 jumping jacks in six hours and 45 minutes, registered the fastest mile on a pogo stick while juggling three balls and climbed a mountain on stilts. He’s broken over 300 records and currently holds more than 120. You might be wondering how he got into this line of work. Well, it started with him making Guinness World Records for sitting in an ice bath and holding his breath underwater. Since then, he’s gone on to do some pretty wild things – like tightrope walking across Niagara Falls and roller skating blindfolded backwards from John O’Groats to Land’s End. If you think that sounds like fun (or even if you don’t), you might want to try your hand at breaking a record yourself!
Fastest 100-meter Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins (individual, female)
Running 100 meters in a short period of time is hard as it is. Doing it while using swims fins is even more difficult if not plain outlandish on an average day. The record was first set by Maren Zanker of Germany in September 2008, clocking in at 22.35 seconds. However, Veronica Torr from New Zealand broke the record in Beijing, China, two years later, doing it in 18.52 seconds. If you’re curious, yes, there is a male counterpart to the world record. As of 2010, the fastest 100-meter hurdles wearing swim fins (individual, male) is held by Peter Elliot of Australia with a time of 18.41 seconds. He set the record in Sydney. Of course, there’s always room for improvement and hopefully someone will come along to break these records. Perhaps you?
Furthest Skin Stretch
Garry Turner’s skin stretching abilities may sound like something out of a circus sideshow, but his condition is actually the result of a serious genetic disorder. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is caused by a mutation in one of several genes responsible for the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps to give skin its structure and elasticity. Without enough collagen, skin becomes very loose and overly stretchy.
In extreme cases, like Turner’s, this can lead to the skin becoming so stretched that it loses its ability to return to its original shape. While Turner’s flexibility has enabled him to perform some impressive feats, it has also caused him a great deal of pain and suffering. Due to his condition, Turner has endured multiple dislocations, chronic joint pain, and multiple surgeries. He has even been told by doctors that he may not live to see his 40th birthday. As a result, while Turner’s condition may be extraordinary, it is also a reminder of the importance of collagen in keeping our skin healthy and strong.
Most Piercings in a Lifetime (female)
It should come as no surprise that the world record for most piercings in a lifetime is held by a woman. After all, women have been adorning their bodies with jewelry for centuries, and piercings are simply an extension of this tradition. While Elaine Davidson may hold the record for the most piercings in a lifetime, she is far from the only woman to express herself through body art. In fact, piercing popularity has exploded in recent years, with more and more women opting for visible piercings such as eyebrow rings and nose studs. Whether it’s a simple statement of style or a deeply personal form of self-expression, there’s no doubt that piercings have become an increasingly popular way for women to decorate their bodies.
Longest Fingernails Ever on a Woman
Lee Redmond holds the Guinness World Record for longest fingernails on a woman. Redmond went 30 years without cutting her fingernails, which grew to a combined length of 28 feet and 4.5 inches. The nails on her right hand were particularly long, with her thumbnail measuring two feet and 11 inches. Redmond began growing her nails in 1979, but they were snapped off in an accident in 2008. Despite this setback, she was determined to grow them back and reclaim her world record. In 2016, she finally achieved her goal, and her iconic nails have been featured in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Although she no longer holds the world record, Redmond’s story is an inspirational example of dedication and perseverance.
Ram Singh’s mustache is officially the world’s longest, measuring in at a whopping 4.29 meters (18.5 feet). The 62-year-old Indian man has been growing it since the 1970s, and spends about two hours every night grooming it to keep it healthy and strong. He washes it only once every fortnight, but takes great care to make sure it doesn’t get too greasy or dirty in between washings. While some might see his mustache as a bit of a nuisance, Ram Singh sees it as a source of pride. It’s a testament to his patience and dedication, and he revels in the attention it brings him from both locals and tourists. In many ways, his mustache has become part of his identity – and there’s no way he’s getting rid of it any time soon.
Most Wins at the World Beard and Moustache Championships
Michael Wollin, a German national, currently has the most wins at the World Beard and Moustache Championships. The white-bearded man has taken home the crown a total of eight times. Mr. Wollin is a follically blessed individual and his talent for growing a beard is unrivaled. He first won the title in 2007 and has since defended his title six times. In addition to having the most wins, Mr. Wollin also holds the record for the longest beard in the competition. His winning streak ended in 2015 when he was defeated by a younger challenger, but Mr. Wollin remains the greatest beard grower in the world.
Largest Hairy Family
Victor Gomez and Gabriel Ramos Gomez are the world’s hairiest family. They have a very rare medical condition called hypertrichosis, which causes excessive growth of hair on various parts of the body. The family performs at the Mexican National Circus and frequently volunteers for scientists to study their condition. They are hoping that scientists will be able to find a cure for their condition. In the meantime, they are enjoying their life as the hairiest family in the world.
In 2003, Israeli man Aharon Shemoel set the world record for the largest lemon. Weighing in at an impressive 5.265 kg (11 lbs 9.7 ounces), this massive citrus fruit is the size of a small child. It’s not clear if the lemon was grown using genetically modified organisms, but it’s definitely an impressive feat of horticulture nonetheless.
While most of us are used to seeing freakishly large fruits in the modern world, this lemon is particularly impressive. Just imagine how much juice it would yield! And with such a high weight, it’s likely that this lemon contains a considerable amount of bitterness. In fact, it might be so bitter that it could help a person feel Neymar’s World Cup pain.
Whether or not you’re a fan of lemons, there’s no denying that this is one impressive fruit. And who knows? Maybe someday someone will break Shemoel’s record and grow an even larger lemon. Either way, it’s sure to be a juicy story.
Heaviest Jicama (yam bean)
In 2011, an Indonesian farmer in West Java managed to grow the world’s heaviest jicama. Jicamas, also known as yam beans or Mexican yam beans, are typically a few centimeters in diameter and don’t even weigh a kilogram. However, this farmer’s bean weighed an astounding 21 kg (46 lbs 4.8 ounces). The record has remained unbroken ever since. Jicamas are known for their excellent taste and health benefits. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and they contain antioxidants that can help protect against cell damage. The next time you’re looking for a healthy snack, reach for a jicama! Who knows, you might just end up with the world’s heaviest one.
The apple is a familiar fruit that comes in many different varieties. While most apples are on the small side, there have been some record-breaking specimens over the years. In 2005, the heaviest apple ever recorded was grown in Hirosaki, Japan. Weighing in at 1.849 kilograms (4 pounds, 1 ounce), this massive fruit was a hybrid of the Fuji and Mutsu apple varieties. Given the size of the average Hokuto apple, it’s not surprising that one managed to set the record for heaviest apple. However, it’s still impressive to see just how large this fruit can grow!