We live in a strange, strange world folks. Nestled, like hidden gems, between the truly amazing feats of strength, speed, and stamina, are some of the most absurdly obscure records ever chronicled in human history. After searching Guinness’s website and scouring the web, here is just a brief list of all the ridiculously bizarre Guinness World Records people boast about.


Most jelly eaten with chopsticks in one minute

…by a guy named Cherry…can I ask if the jelly was cherry?


Largest hairy family

The Gomez family suffer from a rare condition called Congenital Generalized Hypertrichosis. They set their record back in early 2000 and I think it’s safe to say they won’t have too many people attempting to break this particular record.


Most big macs consumed

A guy named Donald ate his 26,000 Biggie in his fortieth year of Biggie consumption. Do the math – that means 650 Macs per year, 1.78 Macs every single day. Oy vey.


Farthest light bulb throw

Yes, somebody woke up one day and said to themselves, “I wonder how far I can throw this light bulb. Not only shall I throw this light bulb really super far, but I should call Guinness and see if they’ll put me in their book.” That somebody was Harshvardhan Gupta and by golly Guinness sure did put him in their book.


Fastest 30 m on a scooter by a dog

While strangely specific, this is actually pretty impressive, and rightly so. Norman the Scooter Dog is quite the scooter trail blazer. See the video here.


Orange nose push – fastest mile

Why they neglected the rest of the citruses is beyond me. Perhaps Ashrita Furman was allergic to other fleshy fruit. Either way, she too woke up one day saying, “Simply walking or running a mile wasn’t enough.” She would rather be on her hands and knees, bent over the ground, pushing a naval with nothing but her nose. Well done, Ashrita.


Fastest time to drink one liter of lemon juice through a straw



Largest gathering of people dressed as penguins

Naturally. As if penguins weren’t good enough, how about the largest gathering of people dressed as dogs? It was only 264, by the way, in the UK. Seems there’s lots of room for improvement on the mass dog impersonation front. Oh, and there’s the largest gathering of people dressed as Peter Pan (280 people, UK) and Superman (867, UK) also. We see you United Kingdom.


Fastest time to place 24 cans in a fridge

This one should make you giggle. Is this really an amazing feat? Sorry Silvio Sabba, but it sounds like you were bored (and thirsty) one day and decided to take on a new hobby. Although in comparison, that’s probably how many of these world records came to be.


Have you ever competed in a Guinness World Record event? What other silly records have you heard of?

Additional Images: William Murphy / Flickr





Eli Stewart
Eli Stewart
When she's not writing, she's baking...or traveling the world with a pack on her back and a camera 'round her neck. She's got a wild imagination and an insatiable fernweh. Try to keep up. Follow her on the Tweeter at @TheWritingBaker.