Created in 1955, the Guinness World Records is no stranger to strange things. For more than six decades, people have been looking for all sorts of creative manners to be “the most” at something. From the largest pillow fight to fitting the most amount of straws in someone’s mouth, there’s just no end to the bizarre records people have created and broken. Every year, the Guinness World Records receives about 50,000 applications out of which about 6,000 get approved…that’s a lot of records! Can you imagine if all of them got approved? From the “few” that get approved, we get things like farthest eyeball pop, fastest marathon dressed as a vegetable (can you guess which one before reading it?), fastest time to crush three watermelons with the thighs, and so much more. These are 25 strangest Guinness world records. Bonus fact: Did you know that the book itself is also a world record holder? That’s right – The Guinness World records is the best-selling copyrighted book of all time.
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Fastest time to crush three watermelons with the thighs
The fastest time to crush three watermelons between the thighs is 14.65 seconds and was achieved by Olga Liashchuk at the Mediaset Studios in Milan, Italy, on June 26, 2014.
Most straws stuffed in the mouth
The most straws stuffed in a mouth (with hands off) is 400, achieved by Simon Elmore, who held them there for 10 seconds at the Mark ‘n’ Simon Show, Sollhuben, Bavaria, Germany, on August 6, 2009.
Largest pillow fight
The largest pillow fight had 6,261 participants and was organized by My Pillow in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, on July 21, 2015.
Most people at a virtual funeral
On October 2005, an avid computer gamer known only as Snowly indulged in a three-day non-stop marathon of the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) World of Warcraft and died of fatigue. Over 100 gamers visited a virtual cathedral inside the game, where a service was held for her.
Farthest arrow shot using feet
The farthest arrow shot using feet is 6.09 m (20 ft) and was achieved by Nancy Siefker on the set of ‘Guinness World Records Unleashed’ in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 20, 2013.
Farthest marshmallow nose-blow
The farthest marshmallow blown out of a nostril and into the mouth of a catcher is 5.46 m (17 ft 11 in) and was achieved by launcher Paul Prado and catcher Sophia Rojas on the set of ‘Guinness World Records Gone Wild!’ in Los Angeles, California, USA, on July 2, 2012.
When Ben Rea died in May 1988, he bequeathed his £7-million ($12.5-million) fortune to Blackie, the last surviving of the 15 cats he shared his mansion with. The millionaire antiques dealer and recluse refused to recognize his family in his will and split the majority of his wealth between three cat charities, with the instruction to look after his beloved pet.
Most toilet seats broken using the head in one minute
The record for the most wooden toilet seats broken with the head in a minute is 46 achieved by Kevin Shelley on the set of Guinness World Records – Die größten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on September 1, 2007.
Most clothes pegs clipped to the face in one minute
The most clothes pegs clipped to the face in one minute is 51 pegs, achieved by Silvio Sabba, in Pioltello, Italy, on December 27, 2012.
The longest fingernails on a single hand
The longest fingernails on a single hand measured an aggregate length of 909.6 cm (358.1 in) and was achieved by Shridhar Chillal on his left hand as measured in Pune city, Maharashtra, India, on November 17, 2014.
Fastest marathon dressed as a vegetable
The fastest marathon completed while dressed as a vegetable is 2 hr 59 min 33 sec and was achieved by Edward Lumley dressed as a carrot at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon, London, UK, on April 22, 2012.
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Most people tossing pancakes
The most people tossing pancakes is 890 and was achieved at an event organized by the University of Sheffield, in Sheffield, UK, on February 15, 2012. Although over 1,500 signed up for the event online a total of 930 participants attended, 40 participants had to be discounted due to either dropping their pancake or not managing to toss their pancake within the allotted time.
The largest collection of toothpaste tubes
The largest collection of toothpaste tubes is 2,037 and belongs to Val Kolpakov (USA), in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, on June 15, 2012. The collection consists of 2,037 different tubes of toothpaste from all over the world, including items from Japan, Korea, China, India and Russia.
Most spoons balanced on the face
The most spoons balanced on a face is 31 and was achieved by Dalibor Jablanovic in Stubica, Serbia, on September 28, 2013.
Most beer bottles opened with a helicopter in 3 minutes
The most beer bottles opened with a helicopter in three minutes is 6 and was achieved by Zhao Yang on the set of CCTV-Guinness World Records Special in Wencheng, Zhejiang, China on December 10, 2015.
Fastest time to complete the World Bog Snorkeling Triathlon
The fastest time to complete the World Bog Snorkeling Triathlon is 2 hr 23 min 24 sec and was achieved by Daniel Bent, at the 2010 World Bog Snorkeling Triathlon, Llanwrtyd Wells, United Kingdom, on July 11, 2010.
Largest bubble gum bubble
Chad Fell blew a bubblegum bubble with a diameter of 50.8 cm (20 in) without using his hands at the Double Springs High School, Winston County, Alabama, USA on April 24, 2004.
Largest gathering of people dressed as penguins
The largest gathering of people dressed as penguins is 624 and was achieved by Richard House Children’s Hospice (UK) at The Scoop, More London, London, UK, for Guinness World Records Day, on November 12, 2015.
Most consecutive stairs climbed on the head
The most consecutive stairs climbed on the head is 36 and was achieved by Li Longlong on the set of CCTV – Guinness World Records Special in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China on January 5, 2015.
The heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears
The heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears is 14.9 kg (32 lb 13.5 oz) by Johnny Strange at the Doncaster Tattoo Jam held at Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire, UK, on October 12, 2013.
Farthest eyeball pop
Kim Goodman can pop her eyeballs to a protrusion of 12 mm (0.47 in) beyond her eye sockets. Her eyes were measured in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 2, 2007. Measuring the “pop” is an exact science that has to be done by an optometrist using a device known as a proptometer; an average of three measurements gives the final, eye‑watering result.
Heaviest weight lifted by human beard
The heaviest weight lifted by human beard is 63.80 kg (140 lb 16 oz) and was achieved by Antanas Kontrimas on the set of ‘Rekorlar Dunyasi’ in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 26, 2013.
Most socks put on one foot in one minute
The most socks put on one foot in one minute is 48 and was achieved by Pavol Durdik, in Puchov, Slovakia on July 14, 2015.
Farthest distance to blow a pea
The farthest distance to blow a pea is 7.51 m (24 ft 7.66 in) and was achieved by Andre Ortolf in the Bodyfeeling fitness gym in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany on July 12, 2014.
Most rotations hanging from a power drill in one minute
The most rotations hanging from a power drill in a minute is 148 achieved by The Huy Giang on the set of ‘Guinness World Records’, in Madrid, Spain, on December 23, 2008.