I have a 13 year old step-son that always buys the new year’s edition of Guinness World Records. And he often brainstorms about what he can do to get a world record. To him a world record from Guinness is something to be proud of! Something that shows you have accomplished something in life. However, as I listened to him try to come up with something he could do that no one else has ever done before, it made me realize how pointless they really are. Who honestly cares if you have chopped more cucumbers in half by throwing playing cards (I actually saw someone trying to break that record on TV, however they failed) or who made the biggest cupcake (also saw that one on TV). I was wondering why people go to so much trouble to get on record that I looked to see if you win money for setting these types of records and the answer is No. No, you do NOT win anything other than bragging rights. I suppose it’s something to tell your grandchildren about when you are old and home bound, about that one time you beat the record of most watermelons cut on a person’s stomach in 60 seconds using a samurai sword (also something I watched on TV), knowing no one else could one up you. Unless they try and succeed to break your record, which is always a real possibility if your accomplishments are made public for all the world to awe over! Here are some of the craziest world records you may never have thought to try:
Who: 1,213 People (sorry for not listing names)
When: July 28, 2013
What: Applying facial masks for 10 minutes.
Why: I have NO idea…. because it’s cool! And it made all of those 1,213 people super famous!
Who: Chris Walton AKA “The Duchess”
When: Current holder since 2011
What: Longest Fingernails. Her fingernails are 10′ 2″ on her left hand and 9’7″ on her right.
Why: My best guess is that she didn’t want to have much use out of her hands. Can you imagine trying to use a fork or zip up your fly? That’s probably why she is skinny and wearing a dress.
Who: 4,483 People
When: February 2013
Where: Thammasat University Stadium outside of Bangkok
What: Most people simultaneously hula-hooping.
Why: Because hula-hooping is cool! It’s too bad these 4,483 people have to share their record with 4,482 other people in their group. Now, it would have been really cool if they were synchronized hula-hooping!
Who: Etibar Elchiyev
When: December, 2011
Where: Tbilisi, Georgia
What: Most spoons on a human body. Etibar had 50 metal spoons on his body.
Why: He must have found out he had this amazing talent and NEEDED to share it with the world! Look how happy he is!
Who: Jin Songhao
When: January 2011
What: Longest time spent in direct full body contact with snow with a time of 46 minutes and 7 seconds.
Why: Because he has super human strength, that’s why! I cry after my hand touches snow for just a few seconds while trying to get it off my windshield. But the beer may explain things, he should have to redo this without having the numbing effects of alcohol.
Who: 52 Chefs
When: February 2013
Where: Costa Rica
What: World’s largest Cantonese Fried Rice, serving over 7,000 people and weighing in at almost 3,000 pounds.
Why: Because there were some hungry people in Costa Rica craving Cantonese Fried Rice, what other reason could there be?
Who: Milan Roskopf
When: June 2009
What: Juggling three motor saws 62 successful times in a row.
Why: Well to beat his previous record of 35 times, of course.
Who: 102 Riders
When: August 8, 2010
Where: Southeast England
What: Most naked riders on a theme park ride.
Why: To frighten all the little kids that were already frightened to go on the ride, even without seeing a bunch of naked men. Hopefully they wiped down the seats when they got off.
Who: Pete Glazebrook
When: September 2011
Where: Northern England
What: Holds the record for the world’s heaviest onion with an onion weighing in at 17 pounds.
Why: Because giant onions are much more manageable than giant pumpkins.