Can You Beat These? Most Bizarre World Records
Since its inception in 1955, The Guinness Book of World Records has served as the undisputed authority on all things records. It’s a fascinating collection of human courage, accomplishment, and ingenuity. But, of course, there’s much more to it than that.
The world records that line the pages of Guinness’s famous book can be divided into two categories. The Most FIFA World Cup Wins by a player, The Tallest Building, and The Most Spacewalks by a Female belong to the first category. The category that, well … makes sense.
Today though, we’re going to focus on a second, more interesting category: the head-scratching, eye-rolling, dumbfounding world records that also line those same pages. The questions that cause us all to say, “Well, sure. I guess that’s something to be proud of.”
So, without further ado, and before I set the record for the world’s longest list-icle introduction, let’s get to it! These are the most bizarre world records of all time.
Most Jenga Blocks Removed by Whip in One Minute
Talk about taking a game to an entirely different level. I mean, Jenga is hard enough with your fingers.
Apparently the base game is far too easy for Adam Winrich. On April 27, 2018, Winrich wowed the crowd at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Texas when he successfully used his whip to remove seven Jenga blocks in a single minute without knocking the tower over.
Presumably, he celebrated this momentous achievement with mutton and a tall glass of ice-cold mead. If you can’t tell, I’ve never actually been to a Renaissance Festival before.
The Largest Coffee Bean Mosaic
With a little patience and a whole lot of wine corks, serial record-breaker Saimir Strati set the world record for the Largest Coffee Bean Mosaic! Lori Caffe in Albania commissioned the artist to construct an eye-catching display to set their business apart. One-month and one million coffee beans later, Lori Caffe had their art piece and Mr. Strati had another world record.
The mosaic uses different roast types as shades to portray the five continents and a variety of musicians. It’s a spectacular sight to behold, unless, of course, you’re the record holder that Mr. Strati beat out.
Farthest Milk Squirting Distance
Talk about world records destined to stand the test of time. Enter: Ilker Yilmaz of Turkey.
On September 1, 2004, Mr. Yilmaz drank a cup of milk and managed to squirt it nine-feet, two-inches OUT OF HIS EYE. Thankfully, Guinness documenters were on hand with rulers and presumably emergency rain ponchos at the Armada Hotel in Istanbul to document this critical moment in human history.
I have so many questions that desperately need answers. How did he discover that he could do this? Does he have any competition? Was it one percent? Two percent? Skim? It had to be one percent, right?
Most Clothes Pegs Clipped to Face
Remember when you made fun of that weirdo in grade school that used to do weird stuff at recess? Who’s laughing now?
Although my Internet sleuthing was unable to dig up hard evidence of Silvio Sabba acting weird in grade 3, it’s safe to say that the man who holds the world record for most clothes pegs clipped to the face in one minute has a history.
The Italian born Sabba set the world record on December 27, 2012. He did so by securing 51 clothes pegs to his face in a single minute. Greatness comes in all forms.
Most Feet and Armpits Sniffed
The experts say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well, Madeline Albrecht of Cincinnati presumably worked very, very hard.
As an employee of Hill Top Research Laboratories, Albrecht oversaw the testing lab for the stinky-feet impresario Dr. Scholl. The woman spent 15-years smelling feet and armpits in the name of science. As such, her 5600 feet and armpits sniffed record is firmly cemented in the Guinness World Record book. What a legacy.
Heaviest Car Balanced on Head
The record for the heaviest car balanced on a human head was set in London on May 24, 1999, by John “Iron Neck” Evans. Using a specially outfitted Mini car and the trap strength of a small army, Evans was able to balance the 159.6 kg vehicle for a total of 33-seconds. And thankfully, there’s video evidence.
As fun as that video was though, I can’t help but feel unsatisfied. The video that I really want to see is the training montage video. One with ‘80s hard rock blaring, an old, washed-up neck balancer yelling encouragement, and John Evans repeatedly balancing a side of beef on his head.
Most Lightning Strikes Survived
There’s no amount of training in the world that could guarantee you this bizarre world record. Roy C. Sullivan, an ex-park ranger from Virginia, managed to survive seven lightning strikes.
The first one cost him his big toenail, the second, his eyebrows. And so on, and so on, and so on.
Hardest Kick to the Groin
As much as I’d love to watch the training montage for this bizarre world record, I really don’t think I’d have the stomach for it. I mean, I’ve only written 30 words about it so far, and I’ve already shifted in my seat 10 times.
American Roy Kirby holds the record for surviving the hardest kick to the groin ever recorded. The kick, which travelled at 22 mph and delivered 1100 pounds of force, was delivered by an MMA-trained American Gladiator. Though it’s not officially recognized by Guinness, I’ll happily take Roy Kirby at his word.
The Longest Distance Pulled by A Horse While on Fire
I’ve got a hand it to him, Austrian stuntman Josef Tödtling is certainly creative. I mean, how else could you possibly explain the sheer silliness — and genius — of his record-breaking stunt!
On June 27, 2015, Tödtling put on his protective clothing, strapped on his shin pads, covered himself in cooling gel, and allowed himself to be dragged 500 meters behind a horse whilst being completely engulfed in flames. Silly? Yes. Genius? I have no idea anymore.
The Largest Collection of Hamburger Related Items
Meet Harry Sperl, a.k.a. Hamburger Harry, from Daytona Beach. Why do they call him Hamburger Harry? I’m glad you asked!
Hamburger Harry is a collector. But not just any collector. He collects all things hamburger. Hamburger plushies, hamburger toys, McDonald’s statues, bike helmets, clothing … the list goes on. All told, Hamburger Harry owns 3,724 hamburger related items, which is enough to earn him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
It’s a little strange, and Harry is certainly a first-ballot eccentric. But hey, it’s not as creepy as the world’s largest porcelain doll collection. But only by a hair.
Largest Foot Rotation
I recommend reading more about this ridiculous record on an empty stomach. I certainly wished someone had warned me.
Maxwell Day of the United Kingdom has a particular set of skills. In fact, his particular set of skills landed him a fancy certificate and the coveted world-record-holder distinction. On September 24, 2015, Mr. Day rotated his feet to a 157-degree angle in the wrong direction. I mean, talk about talent.
The website has a video link that documents the … feat. And I’d tell you all about it but I can’t quite work up the courage to watch it myself. YUCK!
Most Consecutive Stairs Climbed on Head
Not to be confused with the world record for the most consecutive stairs climbed while balancing a person on the head, which is just as bizarre. No! We’re here to talk about a completely separate record entirely.
On January 5, 2015, history was made. Standing in front of a live audience, Li Longlong of China successfully beat his own record of 34, by ascending 36 stairs using only his head.