15 Truly Bizarre Guinness World Records in History
The Guinness Book of Records was published for the first time in Great Britain on August 27, 1955. Since then, thousands of Guinness records have been set, the more bizarre and unusual ones.
In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, owner of the Guinness Brewery in London, took part in a hunting party in Ireland. From word to word, Beaver and his friends found themselves in the middle of a heated debate trying to find out what was the fastest hunting party in Europe.
Unfortunately, none of them were able to provide an answer to the question that was bothering everyone, and thus the idea of a compilation to record all this “essential information” for the curious customers of the Guinness brewery was born.
Sir Hugh Beaver hired the McWhirter brothers in 1952, true “gurus” of facts and statistics. Three years later, the first edition of Guinness World Records appeared.
The book enjoyed such fantastic popularity that, in the autumn of 1956, Sir Hugh Beaver began to sell the first edition of the book throughout Great Britain, but also in the United States.
Currently, the Guinness Book of Records contains more than 40,000 records, which are even more strange and unusual. They are divided into 20 categories, from arts and crafts to sports and architecture.
Here is a list of the most bizarre and weird Guinness World Records of all time.
1. Guinness World Records – The Hairiest Family in the World
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – four members of the Gomez family from Mexico have about 98% of their bodies covered with hair.
Some people have more body hair than others, but there is one family that surpasses them all. On February 1, 2000, the Gomez family received the Guinness World Record for the world’s hairiest family.
The family consists of 19 members from five different generations, all suffering from the same rare disease called congenital generalized hypertrichosis (CGH). The genetic condition is manifested by a considerable amount of hair growing on the face and body.
In the past, those suffering from CGH were marginalized by their communities, often being considered werewolves. Incidentally, CGH is also known as “werewolf disease” and is most likely the basis of most myths about half-man, half-wolf creatures.
2. Guinness World Records – Longest Nails
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – Shridhar Chillal from India is the man with the longest fingernails in the world.
The record for the longest nails in the world has been broken, with both men and women taking turns.
Some Guinness records measure the nails of both hands, feet, or one hand. Shridhar Chillal, from Pune, India, falls into the latter category, holding the all-time record for the longest fingernails on a single hand.
According to him, the man let his nails on his left hand grow for almost 66 years. When he finally decided to cut them, they measured no less than 909.6 cm.
But this Guinness record was not an easy one to set. Chillal has been unable to use his left hand effectively since the age of 14, suffering from constant joint pain and difficulty sleeping.
His nails are currently on display in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! from Times Square, New York.
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3. Guinness World Records – Most People on a Surfboard
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – 66 people huddled on a surfboard.
Surfing is usually a one-person sport where adrenaline junkies venture into the ocean in search of the biggest wave.
But on June 20, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, 66 adults crowded onto a single surfboard to break a new record, the previous record being 47 people.
The board on which the 66 daredevils, all members of the Epic Big Board Ride club, floated was specially produced for the event and measured 12.8m in length.
4. Guinness Records – The Man with the Most Elastic Skin
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – the British Garry Turner holds the Guinness record for the man with the most elastic skin.
Turner’s unusual skin elasticity is the result of a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disease that affects the tissue that connects the skin, ligaments, and organs. The level of collagen in the skin is affected, which means that the skin can become incredibly elastic.
Because of this, Turner can stretch and twist his skin abnormally much. For example, the man can stretch the skin from his abdomen up to 15.8 cm away from the body.
His freak record was approved in Los Angeles, California, on October 29, 1999.
5. Guinness World Records – The Fastest Bathtub
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – a Swiss managed to turn a bathtub into a vehicle that can exceed the speed of 180 km/h.
In the top of the most bizarre and unusual Guinness records in history is the feat of the Swiss engineer Hannes Roth, who decided to turn an ordinary bathtub into a racing car.
As a racing driver himself, he knew exactly what it would take, so he spent more than 300 hours modifying that tub, which he bolted onto a go-kart chassis and attached a four-cylinder Yamaha engine to. There were also essential accessories for a bathtub, such as a shower.
After several tests, Roth took the motorized tub to the Dynamic Test Center in Vauffelin, Switzerland. Here, Roth’s improvised vehicle reached an average speed of 186.82 km/h and a top speed of 189.9 km/h.
His Guinness record was approved on May 6, 2016.
6. Guinness World Records – Ruan Liangming, The Bee Man
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – China’s Ruan Liangming holds the Guinness record for the “heaviest bee cloak.”
On May 15, 2014, in Yichun, Jiangxi Province, China, Ruan Liangming broke an unusual world record by becoming the man who carried the heaviest “bee cloak.”
Ruan had about 637,000 bees on his body (including 60 queens), weighing in total no less than 63.7 kg.
Asked about his attempt, Ruan said: The challenger must remain calm when dealing with bees. Bees will die once they sting you, so they usually avoid stinging unless they feel threatened. If you notice that the bees are in an agitated state, you must immediately find out the reason or stop the experiment.
7. Guinness World Records – The Most Plastic Surgeries
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness records – Cindy Jackson is the person with the most plastic surgeries.
Most of those who turn to the help of a plastic surgeon only want minor interventions to fix a certain defect or highlight a certain part of the body.
But American Cindy Jackson, born in Ohio, turned plastic surgery into a record worthy of the Guinness Book of Records. Thus, between 1988 and 2005, Jackson went through no less than 47 cosmetic procedures, the total cost of which reached the value of 100,000 dollars.
Among the cosmetic procedures Jackson requested were liposuction, skin lifts around the eyes, jaw surgery, cheek implants, chemical peels, and permanent makeup.
8. Guinness World Records – The Longest Ramp Jump from a Wheelchair
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham holds the record for the longest ramp jump from a wheelchair.
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham was born with a serious condition that prevented his spinal cord and spine from developing properly. Because of this, Aaron found himself confined to a wheelchair from an early age.
After being adopted into a family with six other children, Aaron grew up watching his older brother Brian do tricks on his BMX bike at the local skateboard park. Fascinated by the acrobatics he was performing with such ease, his brother Aaron wanted to try it too.
He was helped by Brian and his adoptive father who modified his wheelchair making it more suitable and safer for such attempts. After a few failures and a series of minor injuries, Aaron managed his first jump on a 1.2m trampoline.
Since then, Aaron has continued to develop his own style, a combination of skateboarding and BMX stunts, using his wheelchair. In 2008, he set the first world record for a back jump in a wheelchair. Further records followed in 2011 and 2015.
Then on July 20, 2018, Aaron set a new world record for the longest ramp jump from a wheelchair, achieving an impressive jump from a height of 21.35m.
9. Guinness World Records – The Most Hula Hoops Rotated Simultaneously
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – Marawa Ibrahim holds no less than 12 world records for the most hula hoops spun simultaneously.
Australian Marawa Ibrahim is a true master of hula hoops, managing to break her own world record no less than 12 times.
On November 25, 2015, Ibrahim broke his previous record by spinning 200 hula hoops simultaneously while in Los Angeles, California.
Other world records in the Australian’s record that she achieved while hula hooping include: the fastest 2km race, the fastest 100m rollerblading, or the longest marathon-style run.
In 2012, Marawa formed a hula hoop team, Marawa’s Majorettes, with which he set several other world records, including the one in London 2017 for the most hula hoops spun simultaneously by a team (299 hoops).
10. Guinness records – The Biggest Chicken Nugget
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – Nick DiGiovanni and Lynn Davis set the record for the largest chicken nugget.
On May 22, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the pair of DiGiovanni and Davis set a Guinness record to say the least unusual: the largest chicken nugget that weighed no less than 20.96 kg, which is 115 times the size of a regular nugget.
The following ingredients were used for the giant chicken nugget: 2 liters of whole milk, 18 km of chicken, 40 eggs, onion, granulated garlic, salt, black pepper, and slices of bread. The mixture was poured into a special container and topped with beaten eggs and a mixture of breadcrumbs and panko.
But this was not the first record of the two who have extensive experience in setting culinary records.
For example, in November 2021, DiGiovanni and Davis set the record for the largest cake, with a weight of 44.24 kg and a circumference of 128.9 cm.
11. Guinness World Records – The Largest Collection of Toothpaste
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – although it may come as a surprise, the largest collection of toothpaste tubes belongs to a dentist.
Val Kolpakov of Alpharetta, Georgia collected no less than 3,000 tubes of toothpaste. His collection includes toothpaste tubes from around the world, including Russia, China, South Korea, India, and Japan.
Kolpakov’s first bizarre collection was one of human teeth, or rather, those teeth that the dentist extracted from patients in his office. Over time, however, the doctor realized that toothpaste tubes are much more interesting and… less scary.
The decision was a wise one since the collection on display in his Atlanta dental office today attracts hundreds of onlookers.
12. Guinness World Records – The Largest Wig
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – a world record for the largest wig is probably the least expected on this list.
The wig, a creation of film prop specialists Kelly Hanson and Randy Carfagno Productions, measured 2.23m wide, beating the previous record by more than 1.5m. The wig was worn by actress Drew Barrymore while on on the set of The Tonight Show in New York on January 27, 2017.
During the performance, the star attempted to break the previous record, and her attempt was validated by a Guinness World Records judge who carefully inspected and measured the wig worn by the actress.
It should be noted that the wig was so big that Barrymore needed the help of four people to get on stage.
13. Guinness World Records – The Unluckiest Man in the World
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – you know the saying that lightning never strikes the same place twice? The saying turned out to be completely false for Roy C. Sullivan.
The odds of a person being struck by lightning just once in 80 years are about 1:10,000. But what are the odds of someone getting struck by lightning seven times? According to mathematical calculations, they would be about 1:10 28 or 1:10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
These statistics give Roy C. Sullivan the status of the world’s unluckiest man. His bad luck earned him the nickname “The Lightning Conductor Man,” with the American surviving no fewer than seven lightning strikes between 1942 and 1977.
Sullivan’s injuries included the loss of a toenail, the loss of both eyebrows, a burn on his left shoulder, his hair set on fire twice, and multiple burns on his legs and abdomen.
Sullivan’s wife was also struck by lightning while standing on the terrace of the house with her husband.
On September 28, 1983, Roy C. Sullivan committed suicide, apparently due to family problems. His tombstone was struck by lightning two years later in 1985.
14. Guinness World Records – The Fattest Man in the World
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – some records are funny, interesting, or just plain unusual. Others, however, are no cause for celebration, as is the case with the Guinness record for the world’s fattest man.
When it comes to weight, there was one man who weighed more than anyone else in history – Jon Brower Minnoch set the record for the heaviest human being at 635 kg.
Minnoch was never a weak man. At the age of 12, he already weighed 133 kg, and at 22, he was 1.85 m tall and weighed 230 kg.
Minnoch’s weight contributed significantly to the deterioration of his health, and the man was hospitalized for 16 months, during which time doctors did several medical investigations. The results determined that Minnoch’s problem was due to his body generating excess fluid.
While hospitalized, Minnoch lost approximately 419 kg. But his condition worsened rapidly after discharge.
Jon Brower Minnoch died on September 10, 1983, in Seattle, Washington. At the time of his death, he weighed 362 kg.
15. Guinness World Records – The Man Who Survived Two Nuclear Explosions
The most bizarre and unusual Guinness World Records – between 90,000 and 146,000 innocent civilians were killed when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Two days later, a second atomic bomb, named “Fat Boy,” hit Nagasaki, the explosion killing another 39,000 to 80,000 civilians.
But the tragedy also produced a world record that will hopefully never be equaled in history – a man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi miraculously survived both explosions.
How was such a thing possible? Yamaguchi was on a business trip to Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb fell on the city. The man survived and returned to his hometown… Nagasaki. He arrived just in time to witness the second bomb.
In the end, Tsutomu Yamaguchi not only survived the war but lived to the age of 93, dying of stomach cancer in 2010.
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