Guinness World Records are amazing feats of endurance, power, and strength. The record holders can push every perceived human boundary and achieve what is impossible for most of us. But something strange has happened at Guinness World Records for the past few years. The world record categories have grown increasingly bizarre – and we’re not just talking long fingernails anymore.
Many of these records are pretty specific, while others, to be honest, raise concerns about the record holder’s mental stability.
The following 25 records only scratch the surface of the outrageous and wacky recorded for Guinness World Records. If you’ve always wanted to have your name attached to a world record, the wide range of options presented here may give you some goals… or suggestions.
Here are 25 Outrageous and Wacky World Records
Largest bikini photoshoot
The World Record for the most extensive bikini photoshoot took place in August 2011, when over 3,000 girls and women ranging in age from 4 to 69 years old took part in one of the most anticipated photo shoots on a beach in Huludao, Liaoning Province, China.
All of the models were Huludao residents and included students, television presenters, professional models, community volunteers, and overall bikini fans, who all wore locally made bikinis.
Highest shallow dive
On October 22, Darren Taylor (USA), aka “Professor Splash,” dove 10.3 m (33 ft 10 in) into a pool of water only 30 cm (12 in) deep to create the record for the highest shallow dive.
Not being one to stagnate, he continued to break his own record, most recently surviving an 11.56-m (37-ft 11-in) dive in September 2014. Professor Splash has also taken the title for the highest shallow dive into a fire after diving from a height of 8 m (26 ft 3 in) into a pool of flames to showcase his mastery of more than one element.
Oldest stripper (male)
After recovering from prostate cancer, Bernie Barker (USA) started stripping in 2000 at the age of 60. Initially only in it to get back into physical shape, Mr. Barker soon became an inspiration to many as he won over 40 contests during his career, which was quite a jump from selling real estate – his previous job. Sadly, Mr. Barker died on March 21, 2007, at the age of 66 years.
The loudest female burp
Burping is a natural human activity that is sometimes associated with the culmination of a good meal. It is, however, not something you would expect to be excreted loudly from the mouth of a petite young woman.
Elisa Cagnoni belted out the world’s loudest female burp on June 16, 2009. Reaching a total of 107.0 dB. – that’s like hearing a jackhammer from less than a meter or 3 ft away – she shattered not only a world record but also a few well-ingrained notions about women and burping.
Longest continuous chant
24 hours, 10 minutes, and 8 seconds.
That is how long 582 people continued their marathon chant at the Hanuman Temple in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, to break the previous world record. The group was led by Hindu spiritual leader Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and achieved the feat in July 2022.
Most mouse traps released on the tongue in one minute (female)
If your tongue has little to no feeling, this may be the record for you. Zoe L’Amore (Australia) set a world record for the most mousetraps released on the tongue on September 28, 2012, in London, UK.
In case you were wondering, they released 24 mousetraps on her tongue in one minute. The fearless performer also held the record for the most stops of an electronic fan’s blades with her tongue (32!) until it was broken by Ashrita Furman, the most prolific record-breaker in Guinness World Records, with a 35.
Longest ongoing pilgrimage
Arthur Blessitt of Florida, USA, has carried a 12 ft wooden cross for over 64,752km (40,235 miles) between 1968 and 2019. That’s 86 million steps, with more than 19 billion pounds carried over 51 years – all for the glory of God.
His world record pilgrimage has led him to all seven continents, including Antarctica, and he has crossed 321 “nations, island groups, and territories” while preaching from the Bible.
Heaviest object sword-swallowed
In November 2007, Thomas Blackthorne set a world record by sword-swallowing the heaviest object, the end of an 83-pound, 12-ounce Dewalt jackhammer. He then held the total weight of the hammer and bit for more than 3 seconds. As an added challenge, the hammer was turned on.
Biggest skinny dip
If you favor a large group of naked people doing the same activity, you’ll be pleased to know that large groups of naked people doing the same activity are common in the Guinness world record files.
One of these is the world’s largest skinny dip, completed by 2,505 women who stripped naked and dove into the icy cold North Atlantic waters off the coast of Wicklow, Ireland. The feat, like other Guinness World Records, had an awareness-raising component; the event was held to raise money for children with cancer and to raise breast cancer awareness.
Most consecutive pogo stick jumps with no feet
Apparently, extreme pogo is a thing. Who knew… Fred Grzybowski, aka “Pogo Fred,” holds multiple Guinness World Records for his extreme pogo stunts and is widely regarded as one of the best pogo stuntmen in the world.
One of his records includes 117 jumps on a pogo stick with no feet in 2014. Fred got his start when he was eight-years-old and received a pogo stick for Christmas.
Most toothpicks in a beard
Jeff Langum, a bearded man from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, set the Guinness World Record for the most toothpicks inserted into the beard in July 2013. In just over 3.5 hours, the dapper, bearded gentleman successfully inserted 3,157 toothpicks into his facial mane, breaking the previous record by 50 picks.
Making for striking photos, this fascinating record might be something to chase if you have the patience – and hairy disposition.
Farthest nasal ejection of spaghetti
Kevin Cole of Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA, holds the record for blowing the longest spaghetti strand out of a nostril in a single blow. On December 16, 1998, Kevin set a new record distance of 19 cm (7.5 in) on the Guinness World Records set.
Kevin started training for his world record attempt with Ramon noodles before progressing to spaghetti. He can blow one end of the spaghetti out one nostril and the other end out the other, creating a “nasal floss” effect – enjoy your next bowl of spaghetti with that visual in mind.
The furthest distance to squirt milk from an eye socket
While we’re on it, let’s keep going with the gross ones. If you didn’t already know, eye squirting for world records is much more common than you might think.
Apparently, you just have to try it. On September 1, 2004, Ilker Yilmaz set a world record by doing precisely that. Yilmaz squirted milk from his eye socket to a considerable distance of 9 ft 2 in (279.5 cm) at the Armada Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.
Heaviest weight pulled with eyesockets
And eyes are used for more than just squirting milk. On April 25, 2009, Chayne Hultgren of Australia, also known as The Space Cowboy, pulled 907 pounds using only his eye sockets on an Italian TV show set.
Chayne pulled a rickshaw carrying three ladies and more than 100 kg (220 pounds) of metal weights, and he hooked fish hooks into the lacrimal bones beneath his eyes to connect the Rickshaw to his eyes.
Longest metal coil passed through the nose
Andrew Stanton, a Las Vegas show performer, set his very own peculiar Guinness World Record on March 31, 2012. The record for the longest metal coil passed through the nose became his after what we can only assume was a grueling training period.
Stanton passed a piece of metal 11′ 10′′ (363 cm) through his nose. The record was set while filming “Lo Show Dei Record” in Rome, Italy.
The world’s longest-lasting kiss
Some world records were made for new lovebirds, such as the world’s longest kiss. The current world record was created over the course of three days, from 12 to 14 February 2013, and lasted a total of 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds.
The record was set by a very affectionate couple from Thailand – Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat, who not only set a Guinness World Record but also received a cash prize and two diamond rings.
The world record for holding the most world records
Ashrita Furman (USA), 62, currently holds this meta title. A record breaker of note, Furman used to hold over 600 Guinness World Records but currently only has around 200 behind his name as other eager record breakers have started coming after his titles.
He started his Guinness World Records journey in 1979 after completing the most consecutive jumping jacks (27,000). His other records include the longest distance cycled underwater, the longest distance balancing a milk bottle on his head, and the fastest mile while somersaulting.
The heaviest weight lifted by a tongue
The tongue is believed to be the strongest muscle in the body, but is it?
Thomas Blackthorne of the United Kingdom put the theory to the test and has a world record to prove it. On August 1, 2008, at El Show Olimpico in Mexico City, Mexico, Blackthorne used his tongue to lift an unbelievable 27 lb 8.96 oz (12.5 kg) – that is the weight of an average three-year-old.
The greatest distance catching a grape in the mouth
Some records make us cringe, and others make us involuntarily close our throats. Paul E. Lyday has one of those. On September 7, 2009, he caught a grape in his mouth at a distance of 354 ft 4 in (108 meters). The record was set at ground level in Fort Motte, South Carolina.
Fastest time to type to one million
No matter how silly it may seem, one shouldn’t judge the specifics of a world record. Les Stewart of Mudjimba, Australia, became a millionaire after 16 years of typing, yes, typing.On November 25, 1998, he achieved his longtime goal of typing every single number, from one to one million in words (rather than actual numbers).
He has been a regular entrant in the record books since he began his marathon task in 1982 following an injury and illness. To obtain the record, Les went through seven manual typewriters, 1000 ink ribbons, 19,890 pages, and 16 years, 7 months.
Fastest speed for a motorcycle ridden blindfolded
Billy Baxter set the (crazy) world record for the fastest speed riding a motorcycle blindfolded at RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK, on August 2, 2003, by reaching a speed of 164.87 mph (265.33 km/h). Royal Artillery Motorcycle, Display Team members assisted him.
During the ride, he and two outriders communicated using a three-way radio system. But that was not the end of his blindfolded fun. During Top Gear’s 2004 series, he drove a lap of their circuit as a guest, credited as the “Blind Man!”
Most nails hammered with the head
In 2017, a man set a Guinness World Record for the most nails hammered with a peculiar and much-needed body part – his skull. It took Boston native John Herrero, also known as ‘Hammer Head,’ just under two minutes to drive 38 nails into a wooden plank using nothing but his forehead.
The coveted record isn’t Herrero’s first; he also retains the one-minute record for the same improbable talent.
Most watches eaten
People will eat strange things for world records, but this one is weirdly specific. Kim Seung Do of Seoul, South Korea, ate five watches (the entire watch minus the wristband) in 1 hour and 34 minutes in 1998. Kim consumes up to 600 grams of metal daily and estimates that he has consumed 4 tons of metal in his lifetime.
Most apples held in the mouth and cut in half by chainsaw in a minute
As mentioned previously, there are world records, and then there are world records. Some defy logic, while others simply lack sense. In 2020, Wang Lei (China) chainsawed 25 apples from Wang Xinli’s (China) mouth in less than one minute.
That should be the end of that. However, it needs to be said that Wang Lei chainsawed four more apples from Wang Xinli’s mouth than they did during their last time on December 22, 2019. Yes, some people lack sense several times.
Wang Lei and Wang Xinli
We thought about it but decided against sparing you the image for this one. Wei Shengchu accomplished this bizarre feat in 2013. A total of 2,188 needles were inserted into his head.
A feat that indeed must have left him with fantastic blood pressure, zero sinus issues, no chances of a headache for at least ten years, and unknown levels of relaxation.
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