25 World Records You Shouldn’t Try To Beat

Posted by , Updated on May 28, 2024

Have you ever held a record? Like, most jellybeans juggled while blindfolded on a unicycle? No? Me neither. 

But after diving into the Guinness Book of “Everything Weird,” we discovered achievements that are less “wow” and more “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!”

From eating cow-brains to sniffing feet – we’ve wrangled the nastiest, smelliest, and most painful records for your viewing (and stomach-turning) pleasure today.

So grab your hazmat suit and a signed waiver because we’re diving headfirst into

25 World Records You Most Definitely Shouldn’t Try to Beat… unless you enjoy pain and questionable life choices.

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Breaking Concrete Blocks With Front-Flips

Concrete Blockshttps://www.worldrecordacademy.com/strength/most_concrete_blocks_broken_with_the_head_world_record_set_by_Kerim_Ahmetspahic_217064.html#:~:text=VISOKO%2C

Forget fancy footwork; Bosnian taekwondo champ Kerim Ahmetspahic rewrote the record books by front-flipping over concrete blocks.

He pulverized an amazing 111 blocks with his head; that’s almost 2 per second! – earning the dubious honor of “Most concrete blocks broken with the head by forward flips.” You read that right. Forward flips. With his head. 

As impressive as it is mind-boggling, this record comes with a side of “please don’t try this at home”.

24

The Most Live Rattlesnakes Held In The Mouth

Rattlesnakehttps://www.news-journal.com/opinion/cornyn-the-texas-snake-man-jackie-bibby-and-his-rattlesnake-roundups/article_19176a36-4775-11e9-a393-cbc5c47ab101.html#:~:text=Bibby

Jackie Bibby, the “Snake Man” of Texas, holds titles you wouldn’t find in a party trick handbook. His claim to fame? 

A jaw-dropping 13 rattlesnakes in his mouth at once, earning him the “Most Live Rattlesnakes Held in the Mouth” record. 

His records don’t stop there. He’s also taken a bath with 185 of them and taken a nice long nap with 24. 

While Jackie’s talent is undeniable, some accomplishments, no matter how impressive, are best admired from a safe distance, preferably behind a very thick wall. And maybe a door.

23

The Most Tarantulas Held On A Body For 30 Seconds

Tarantulahttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/82525-most-spiders-on-the-body-for-30-seconds

Are you the type of person who has no issues with critters of the 8-legged variety? Well, Daniel Jovanoski‘s got you beat. 

This Macedonian maestro of the multi-legged managed to hold a staggering 200 tarantulas on his body for half a minute, earning him the dubious honor of “Most tarantulas held on a body for 30 seconds.” 

While Daniel’s arachnid affection is impressive, that’s a nope from me.

Hard pass.

22

The Fastest Time To Eat A Raw Onion

Raw Onionhttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/78833-fastest-time-to-eat-a-raw-onion

Japan’s Yusuke Yamaguchi holds the crown for being the world’s fastest raw onion eater. Yup…

Completing the feat in a tear-worthy 29.56 seconds, Yamaguchi devoured the crunchy vegetable at a New Year’s Eve party in 2013.

While his feat deserves a round of applause (not necessarily to be confused with sniffles), we’ll stick to celebrating with bubbly. And breath mints – on his behalf. 

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Drinking Ketchup

Ketchuphttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-time-to-drink-a-bottle-of-ketchup#:~:text=The

Ok, so who even knew this was a thing??

Please hold the fries because André Ortolf from Germany takes ketchup consumption to a whole new level. And then some.

He guzzled a whopping 396 grams of the red stuff in a record-breaking 17.53 seconds – that’s faster than some folks can finish a glass of water!

If that made you feel queasy, I’m sorry to say we’re not done yet. Ortolf also holds several other world records – one for downing peanut butter (378 grams in a minute), one for eating three pounds of baby food in a minute, another for eating 14.46 ounces of lasagna in 30 seconds, and one for eating almost 2 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes in a minute. And that’s not even half of them!

Some people just like to break records…

20

Sword Swallowing

Sword Swallowing Diagramhttps://www.swordswallow.com/records.php#:~:text=On

In 2015, Dan Meyer etched his name in the sword-swallowing hall of fame by swallowing an astounding 29 blades, each 27 inches (68 cm) long! That’s enough blades to make buttered toast seem positively pedestrian.

And if you were wondering about then women, Between 1899 and 1905, Edith Clifford was the queen among women sword swallowers, regularly sending down 16, 20, and even 24 blades in one sitting. Her talent was such that she even impressed the legendary Harry Houdini, who dedicated a portion of his book to her astonishing abilities.

19

The Longest Time Spent Encased In Ice

David Blainehttps://davidblaine.com/frozen-in-time/#:~:text=On

Renowned illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine, known for his jaw-dropping street magic and death-defying stunts, took icy endurance to another level in 2000…

He stepped into the heart of Times Square, not for a magic show, but to be encased in a massive block of ice. For a bone-chilling 63 hours, 42 minutes, and 15 seconds.

For the two odd days, he battled sleep deprivation and the biting cold, before emerging with the help of… chainsaws!

Chainsaws.

18

The Most Tattooed Man

Leopard's rosetteshttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2016/6/farewell-to-tom-leppard-most-tattooed-senior-citizen-432523

Tom Leppard, better known as the “Leopard Man of Skye,” wasn’t your average ink enthusiast. This Scottish hermit claimed the title of “Most tattooed man” for quite some time, adorned with elaborate leopard-skin patterns covering an estimated 99.9% of his body. 

The intricate tattoos, complete with saffron yellow between the spots, not only earned him local fame and fortune but also the record for the “Most tattooed senior citizen” at the time of his passing in 2016. 

His record has since been superseded by the current title holder, Lucky Rich.

17

The Most Big Macs Consumed In A Lifetime

Big Machttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-big-macs-consumed#:~:text=The

Finally, a record I can understand!

Donald Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has rewritten the recipe for burger devotion. With an astounding 33,400 Big Macs consumed in his lifetime, Don isn’t just a fan; he’s practically a walking McSymphony of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions” (on a sesame seed bun, of course).

But what drives his McMania? In his own words: “It’s the hamburger, man. The best hamburger sandwich ever made.” 

16

Conducting Electricity

Two Torcheshttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/95805-conducting-electricity-most-torches-lit-with-the-body-in-one-minute

Chayne Hultgren, a.k.a. “The Space Cowboy,” takes electric entertainment to a whole new level. 

This Australian go-getter holds the record for lighting 16 torches in one minute… using his own body as the conductor! Yes – 16 fires ignited by the power coursing through Chayne’s courageous circuits.

Please, folks, do not try this one at home. Ever.

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The Longest Time Spent Buried Alive

Man in a Coffinhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2004-06-26/czech-survives-10-days-buried-alive-in-coffin/1999324

A 50-year-old Czech fakir or holy man – known as Zdenek Zahradka or Ben Ghan, spent 10 days buried alive in a wooden coffin without food or water, earning the record for the longest time spent buried alive.

It goes without saying that this act poses significant risks of suffocation, dehydration, and psychological distress, and we definitely do not recommend it.

Mr. Zahradka, connected to the outside world only by a ventilation pipe, described severe thirst as the most challenging aspect. He spent his time sleeping, contemplating, and occasionally talking to friends through the pipe. He emerged reportedly exhausted, losing nearly nine kilograms during the ordeal.

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The Most Ghost Peppers Eaten In 1 Minute

Ghost Peppershttps://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/watch-man-in-us-breaks-guinness-world-record-after-eating-17-ghost-peppers-in-one-minute-3243984

Gregory Foster holds the record for devouring 17 ghost peppers – those fiery fiends packing a million Scoville Heat Units – in a single, fiery minute!

 Now, while we raise a virtual eyebrow (in awe, not pain) at his feat, let’s be clear: chugging chili bombs is not a recommended pastime.

Ghost peppers, also known as Bhut Jolokia, are no laughing matter. They are roughly 100 times hotter than jalapeños and a staggering 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Just a tiny slice of one can set off a chain reaction of pain, causing burning in your mouth, throat, and stomach, along with profuse sweating, nausea, and even temporary eye swelling.

If you think that’s wild, wait till we get to the cow brains!

13

The Longest Time Spent Playing Video Games Continuously

PlayStation Controlhttps://www.allaboutgames.net/general/the-longest-gaming-sessions-ever-recorded/#:~:text=Call

Okan Kaya wasn’t just playing Call of Duty; he was living it. In 2012, this dedicated gamer shattered the world record for the longest continuous video game session, logging a staggering 135 hours! Yes, five days of non-stop adrenaline, frags, and virtual combat.

If you’re wondering how Kaya’s Call of Duty marathon stacks up against other endurance feats in the gaming world, the title for the longest recorded poker game belongs to Phil Laak, who managed to grind through a mind-bending 115 hours at a Las Vegas casino in 2010. 

12

The Farthest Barefoot Walk On LEGO

Legohttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/469467-farthest-distance-walking-on-lego-bricks#:~:text=The

I know this list is titled 25 Records You Shouldn’t Try to Beat, but I am positive that this is the one we can all go for. Really!

The record for the longest distance ever walked barefoot on LEGO® bricks belongs to Salacnib “Sonny” Molina: 8,898.9 km (nearly 5.5 miles!). 

That’s not too bad, is it? We can do that easily!

Having set this particular record two times, Sonny achieved it once again in Woodstock, Illinois, on May 1, 2021.

11

The Most Consecutive Push-Ups

Push upshttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-34021612

Carlton Williams obliterated his own record for the most consecutive push-ups in 2015, cranking out an eye-watering 2,220 perfect reps in a brutal 60-minute challenge. 

I’ll help you with the math – that’s 37 push-ups per minute, enough to leave even seasoned athletes gasping for air and wondering if they’ve been doing it wrong all along.

His previous record? A respectable 1,874. 

Even though the record-breaking event took place in Australia, Carlton, a construction worker from Wales, stated his motivation was to “prove for once and for all that the Welsh people are physically, socially and spiritually superior”. 

I think he made his point, but we’re going to need more than push-ups before we can make that call.

10

The Fastest 100-Meter Dash (On All Fours)

Runhttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/88771-fastest-100-m-running-on-all-fours

I’m sorry for laughing, but why, just why, would anyone go for a world record running on all fours? 

Collin McClure set the record for the quickest 100-meter dash on all fours, blazing through the distance in a stunning 15.66 seconds! Which is actually not half bad considering the fastest 100-m dash in the world on two legs is 9,58 seconds – a record that belongs to Usain Bolt of course.

Not satisfied with simply being the king of four-legged sprinting, Collin also claimed the crown for the fastest 50-meter dash… while running backwards, still on all fours! 

9

Surviving The Most Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikehttps://virginradio.co.uk/lifestyle/92446/meet-the-man-who-survived-being-struck-by-lightning-seven-times

Forget dodging rogue balls at a baseball match; Roy C. Sullivan holds the Guinness World Record for surviving the most lightning strikes – seven! 

Born in 1912 in Virginia, Roy spent his days exploring Shenandoah National Park. But his adventures with Mother Nature weren’t always sunshine and rainbows. 

Het got struck the first time in 1942 while on patrol in the park. Undeterred, he kept on park rangering, only to be zapped again… and again… and again. You’d think he’d give the weather report a quick glance before heading out, but nope, seven strikes later, Roy still had a pulse and a story to tell.

8

Cycling Backwards With A Violin

Wooden Violinhttps://eliteworldrecords.com/records/longest-distance-of-cycling-backwards-while-playing-violin-by-an-individual-male-&2394

Christian Adam from Switzerland isn’t your average cyclist. He holds the record for the farthest distance ever cycled backwards while simultaneously playing the violin: a mind-boggling 60.45 kilometres (37.56 miles)

That’s right, folks, 5 hours and 8 seconds of pedalling in reverse and serenading the wind with classical tunes. 

If you ask me, that is much harder than running on all fours.

7

The Most Cow Brains

Cow brainhttps://www.recordholdersrepublic.co.uk/world-record-holders/251/takeru-kobayashi.aspx

You might have been waiting for this item; I have been dreading it!

Takeru Kobayashi, Japan’s finest (or perhaps most questionable) culinary champion, took the crown for most cow brains eaten in 2002 – eating 57 cow brains in just 15 minutes.

Fifty-seven. Brains. 

Now, I’m all for embracing cultural differences and expanding palates, but “less is more” definitely comes to mind here. 

But Kobayashi, affectionately nicknamed “The Tsunami” in the food-gobbling world, holds a tremendous 8 competitive eating records, from 106 tacos in 10 minutes to 14 Twinkies in 60 seconds, and even two separate hot dog battles.

The man clearly relishes his food.

6

The Most Body Modifications

Tattooing in Close Uphttps://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/meet-the-couple-who-holds-world-record-for-most-body-modifications-3548070

Gabriela Peralta and Victor Hugo Peralta hold the impressive title of “Most Body Modifications” in the Guinness World Records, sharing an impressive 98 alterations between them! 

This isn’t some casual “pierced eyebrow and tribal armband” his and hers situation. 

Their modifications range from the classic (multiple ear piercings, anyone?) to the more unique (sclera tattoos, anyone?). 

A shared passion for body art led them to this record-breaking point, proving that expressing yourself through needles and scalpels can be a true bonding experience (of course, we recommend less invasive bonding activities for couples watching this video).

5

Going Without Sleep

No Sleephttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2023/1/whats-the-limit-to-how-long-a-human-can-stay-awake-733188

The human quest for endurance has seen all sorts of remarkable feats, from holding your breath underwater to consuming a mountain of pancakes. 

But one record you won’t find in the Guinness World Records anymore is the longest period spent awake. Why? Because, as it turns out, pushing the limits of sleep deprivation isn’t just a performance stunt – it’s seriously dangerous. Hallucinations, organ damage, and even death can all occur with prolonged sleeplessness.

Back in 1986, Robert McDonald set the record by staying awake for a mind-boggling 453 hours and 40 minutes (that’s nearly 19 days!). 

While his achievement was undoubtedly impressive, Guinness World Records officially revoked the category in 1997. 

4

The Most Feet Sniffed

White Sockshttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-feet-and-armpits-sniffed

Think your job stinks? Think again. 

Madeline Albrecht, worked at Hill Top Labs in Cincinnati for 15 years, where she braved the fragrant frontiers of Dr. Scholl’s testing grounds. 

Thousands of feet (5,600, to be exact) and countless sweaty armpits later, she’s the undisputed queen of odoriferous research.

3

The Worm Man

Earthwormshttps://nypost.com/2003/11/18/weird-but-true-576/

According to Mark Hogg, he just really likes the taste of worms. Known as the “Worm Man,” Mark has had a unique passion for entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, since childhood. 

In 1998, his dream of claiming a record in thethe Guinness World Records Book came true when he devoured 62 night crawlers in 30 seconds. But his reign as champion was short-lived.

In 2003, a 26-year-old from India set a new, much higher bar by consuming an unnerving 200 earthworms in 20 seconds.

Now. If you thought that was gross, you should cover your ears. In 1990, a woman from Japan sought medical attention after experiencing severe stomach discomfort. To everyone’s surprise, the cause was an infestation of 56 parasitic worms, earning her the ghastly record for the most worms removed from a human stomach.

2

World's Dirtiest Man

Barefoot in naturehttps://www.deccanchronicle.com/140120/news-world/article/stinky-world-record-iranian-man-has-not-bathed-60-years

No, it isn’t Mike Rowe from the program “Dirty Jobs” – despite his best attempts.

The real grime champion lives in a cosy cave in Iran and hasn’t taken a bath in, well, let’s just say, a long, long time (think pre-Beatles, pre-moon landing, pre-everyone-and-their-dog-having-a-hot-tub-in-their-backyard).

Amou Haji’s lifestyle epitomises a stark departure from societal norms. Abstaining from bathing since the 1960s, Haji’s existence revolves around a diet occasionally featuring aged porcupine and the unconventional use of an animal dung in his pipe for tobacco.

Haji’s title, while unofficial, surpasses the previous record held by Kailash Singh of India, who went dirty for 38 years. 

1

The Highest Cliff Dive

World Recordshttps://www.highjump.cz/en/cliffdiving/records/#:~:text=The

Forget jumping from airplanes and scaling icy mountains. The real adrenaline rush these days comes from… cliff diving? 

Yep, and Swiss superman Laso Shaller has redefined the game. Since 2015, he’s been ruling the roost (or should we say cliff) as the world’s highest flyer, dropping like a human meteor from a staggering 58.8 meters (192 ft) – That’s like falling off a 20-story building!

Diving from that height, he hits the water at a mind-blowing 120 kph, which is nothing if not awe-inspiring and truly, truly disturbing.

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