30 of the Craziest Guinness World Records
Humans are a pretty competitive bunch, meaning there are world records for just about anything you can imagine — and then some! Since 1954, the world’s wildest accomplishments have been carefully certified and documented by Guinness World Records.
From loudest dog bark and longest hug to the biggest Star Wars collection, here’s a look at some of the craziest records on their books.
Ever hear a dog bark and think, “Man, that’s got to be the loudest bark I’ve ever heard?” A new world record for loudest dog bark was set at a charity event in Adelaide, Australia back in 2012 when a golden retriever named Charlie let rip a bark that measured an ear-piercing 113.1 decibels.
Most Tattooed Female Senior Citizen
This one’s actually a three-fer, as the title of Most Tattooed Woman Ever, Most Tattooed Woman Living, and Most Tattooed Senior Citizen (Female) are all held by the same woman — Charlotte Guttenberg of Melbourne, Florida. The craziest part? Charlotte didn’t get her first tattoo until 2006 at the age of 56!
What would you do if you went on a nature retreat for a year and a half and emerged with noticeably longer eyelashes? For You Jianxia, the answer was simple—keep going! The Shanghai native set the world record for longest eyelashes when her luxurious lashes were measured in 2016 at the unbelievable length of 4.88 inches
Greatest Weight of Bees on the Body
This record is a great big pile of “Nope.” Chinese carnival performer Ruan Liangming set a new world record in 2016 when he wore a mantle of honeybees weighing 140 pounds over his semi-covered body. How did he do it? Liangming used 60 queen bees to attract swarms of male honey bees because, well, who knows why people do the things they do?
Highest Tightrope Walk
Take the Empire State Building (1,454 feet high) and stack it on top of One World Trade Center (1,792 feet high). Then imagine walking across two of the highest peaks equaling that height in the Swiss Alps on a piece of wire just 18 millimeters thick. Now, imagine doing it at 50 years old.
Longest Time Spent in Full Body Contact with Ice
Hydrotherapy has many therapeutic benefits, but in 2014 Jin Songhao of China took things to the extreme with a record-breaking 113-minute ice bath that aired on Chinese television. The endurance challenge was the latest in a string of freezing attempts made by the 60-year-old Songhao, who has made a name for himself and his ability to endure icy cold temperatures.
Farthest Tightrope Walk in Heels
Attempting to walk any length of distance in high heels is ambitious, but to walk 50 feet in heels on a tightrope is only for the brave. For that reason, Oxana Seroshtan, a Russian tightrope circus performers, still holds the world record for farthest tightrope walk in heels after nearly five years.
Biggest Glass Christmas Tree Decoration
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest skyscraper (the vertigo-inducing Burj Khalifa) and the world’s tallest hotel (the JW Marriot Marquis). And, as of December 19, 2018, the famously extra city is also home to the world’s biggest glass Christmas tree decoration, a colorful glass ornament that weighs over 2,400 pounds!
Tallest Mohawk Spike
All it takes to be in the Guinness Book of World Records is the will to do so. Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe spent 15 years growing his hair for his record-breaking moment: He set his mohawk spike at a whopping three feet, 8.6 inches high.
Most Piercings (Male)
Take a deep breath for one of the wildest world records of all time. On August 5, 2010, Rolf Buchholz of Germany was certified as having the most number of piercings on a male with a whopping 453 separate piercings, proving the old saying “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Most Piercings (Female)
Meet Elaine Davidson, the current world record holder for the most number of piercings on a woman: She has an eye-popping 462 piercings that literally cover her from head to toe. Davidson, who hails from Brazil and the UK, ups the ante even further with brightly colored makeup, feathers, and other adornments she adds to her piercings.
Longest Handshake Chain
Mass participation challenges are among the most fun and most specific world records that exist, which is the perfect description for the longest handshake chain. The current record is shared by the 3,434 members of the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation, who filled an entire stadium on November 2, 2013.
Most Juggling Catches in One Minute (Three Fire Staffs)
Sometimes you see someone do something and a switch clicks in your brain. You think, “I need to spend the rest of my life doing this.” Adam Solko spent nearly a decade performing as a juggler and fire performer with the Fandazzi Fire Circus before deciding to combine his love of both into challenging a world record for fire juggling at the Minnesota State Fair.
Most Knives Thrown Around a Target in One Minute
On the day after Christmas, most people are still at home relaxing with family and eating leftovers, but not David Adamovich. Known as “The Great Throwdini,” he set the world record for most knives thrown around a target in one minute by expertly tossing 102 knives around his partner Tina Nagy.
Largest Blindfolded Taste Test
Our sense of smell is heavily influenced by our ability to see what we’re tasting, which is why it’s so hard to accurately taste things when you can’t see. It’s this simple, but profound, idea that led to a charity event in Saudi Arabia that resulted in 1,486 participants setting a world record for the largest blind taste test.
Loudest Purr by a Domestic Cat
UK resident Tracy Westwood knew her 13-year-old cat Merlin had a loud purr, so in 2015 she invited Guinness World Record adjudicators to check him out. A British TV program filmed the attempt to see if Merlin had the world’s loudest purr, which ended in a successful measurement of 67 decibels.
Longest Human Tunnel Traveled by a Skateboarding Dog
Otto, a three-year-old bulldog from Peru, isn’t the first bulldog to gain notoriety for his sick skateboarding skills. That honor went to Tillman, an English bulldog who earned a spot in history in 2009 as the fastest dog on a skateboard. But Otto did set a new world record in 2015 when he glided through the legs of 30 people in the longest human tunnel traveled by a skateboarding dog.
Steepest Roller Coaster
Just looking at a photo of the Takashiba roller coaster, located at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan, is guaranteed to give you vertigo. The German-designed ride takes park goers over 3,000 feet into the air before dropping down at a nearly vertical, 121 degree angle that makes the heart-pounding roller coaster the steepest in the world.
Many duration and mass participation challenges are undertaken as charity events, which makes the world record for longest hug even sweeter. In 2018, friends Joe Snape and Will Jarvis raised over £7,000 for a mental health support organization with a record-setting hug that lasted 36 hours, 36 minutes and 36 seconds.
Fastest Roller Coaster
People who enjoy adrenaline spikes naturally enjoy roller coasters. Formula Rossa, located in the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi, gives riders the thrill of being in a Formula One race car. The coaster hits top speeds of 149 mph around a 1.3 mile track, earning it the heart-stopping title of fastest roller coaster in the world.
Most People Skinny-Dipping at the Same Time
Deirdre Featherstone founded the charity event Strip and Dip when she was recovering from breast cancer treatment in 2013, and since then the empowering event has become a joyful Irish tradition. In 2018, the event gained national prominence when over 2,500 women bared it all on a secluded beach and broke the world record for the largest simultaneous skinny dip ever.
Longest Fingernails on a Pair of Hands Ever (Female)
It’s one thing to grow out your hair, beard, or even a mustache. But Salt Lake City, Utah resident Lee Redmond took things to the extreme when she decided to see how long she could go without cutting or filing her fingernails. Turns out Redmond could go a pretty long time — 30 years to be exact!
Largest Rubber Band Ball
Some people collect Betty Boop merchandise or dedicate themselves to mastering the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. But Joel Waul of Lauderhill, Florida had something much bigger in mind—a six-foot, seven-inch high ball made entirely of rubber bands that clocked in at almost 5 tons and took the title of largest rubber band ball.
Most Expensive Dessert
Leave it to New York City to come up with the world’s most expensive dessert—a $25,000 ice cream sundae served in a goblet encircled by an 18-karat gold, diamond-encrusted bracelet. Serendipity 3, the Manhattan restaurant known for its over-the-top decor and menu, even took it one step further by serving the sundae with a commemorative gold spoon covered in white and chocolate diamonds.
Most people celebrate a 90th birthday by getting together with family and friends, but Jose Castelar had bigger plans for his country’s former leader’s big milestone. Castelar, who lives in Cuba and worked as a roller in a cigar factory for most of his life, decided to honor the 90th birthday of Cuba’s previous Prime Minister Fidel Castro in 2011 by attempting to roll a 90-meter cigar. He even broke his own world record for longest cigar in the process!
Most Naked Riders on a Theme Park Ride
This oddly specific world record is held by the 102 people who spent the afternoon of August 8, 2010 riding the Green Scream roller coaster sans clothes at Adventure Island. The free-admission theme park is located in the coastal resort town of Southend-on-Sea in the UK. Surely there must have been a good reason, right?
Most Cosmetic Surgeries
There’s no such thing as the Fountain of Youth, but that hasn’t stopped Cindy Jackson from trying to find it. Since 1988, the two-time author has spent over $100,000 on 47 separate surgeries, setting a new world record in 2005 for most cosmetic procedures.
A typical Valentine’s Day usually includes roses and a nice dinner at a special restaurant, but Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat of Thailand decided to do something a little different on February 14, 2013 when they broke the world record for longest kiss. They locked lips for a whopping 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds!
Largest Star Wars Collection
It’s an almost impossible task to collect it all, but Steve Sansweet of Petaluma, California is trying his best. On May 4, 2015 (Star Wars day, for the uninitiated), Sansweet had his collection of Star Wars memorabilia certified as the largest in the world with over 93,000 unique catalogue items.
Most Spoons Balanced on a Human Body
This is one of those records that makes you wonder, “How did they even know they could do that?” Etibar Elchyev of Georgia set the world record for the most number of spoons balanced on a human body when he laid 53 spoons across his chest, back, and shoulders — a feat that seems to defy gravity.
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