5 Of The Strangest/Craziest World Records Ever
Since its conception in the United Kingdom in the mid 1950s the Guinness Book of World Records has grown to be one of (if not the) largest world record collating authority. With thousands of records it would seem that must be something that makes people want to get their record in the book. However, in this article I am going to present some of the craziest world records that have made it into the book. Some of these are simply insane and in my eyes just appear to be an attempt to make it into the book. Nevertheless, its still quite amusing to view these 'achievements' that people have made.
1. Worlds Largest Ball of Paint
In May 2004, a seemingly normal man from Alexandria, Indiana named Michael Carmichael entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the worlds largest solid ball of paint. The idea came to him around thirty years earlier when he saw a baseball drop into a bucket of paint. Therefore, the next logical step for Michael was to continue painting the baseball layer by layer until the present day. The paintball is so large now it has over 18 000 layers of paint with each being a different colour to the previous one. What's more, Michael decided to record every layer of paint that he has used.
I'm still not sure why he would want to do this. It looks cool anyways...
2. The Fastest 100m Run On All Fours
Japan's Kenichi Ito holds the world record for the fastest time to run the hundred meters on all four legs at 17.47 seconds. I really do not understand the practical use of being able to run 100 meters on all four legs but you have to praise his effort in getting the record.
3. The Most Weight Lifted Using Eye Sockets
Similar to the previous record that I presented to you, I'm really not sure what the practical uses of being able to hold something up using your eye sockets. Anyway, Manjit Singh from the UK obviously felt that there was something to be gained from carrying out this world record. He decided to lift just over 51 pounds in weight using just his eye socket. It looks so so painful.
However, this is not the only strange records that Manjit has as he currently olds 31 strongman records including the longest distance pulling a double decker bus with his teeth and using his ears to lift 85kg.
4. The Longest Time Spinning A Basketball On A Toothbrush
Again this is one of those records that really make me question as to why someone would want to hold this world record. It seems a pointless world record. But anyway, in 2012 eighteen year old Michael Kopp broke the world record for the longest time spinning a basketball on a toothbrush for just over 26 seconds. Perhaps if you have a lot of time on your hands this would be a very achievable record to try to beat. I don't think I am going to try though :)
5. The Most People Flapping Their Arms Simultaneously
This is again a totally pointless yet slightly laughable world record set at St. Joseph's University in Pennsylvania. It saw over 400 staff, students and alumni flapping their arms simultaneously for five minutes in the same way that their mascot does.