The Guinness Book of World Records, or generally known as Guinness World Records was established in 1955 by Hugh Beaver to record feats of extraordinary nature by people around the world. Published annually, the Guinness Book keeps track of existing records and updates new ones. People say records are meant to be broken, but there are some records which may never be broken, since the people who made these records were born with special talents.
People challenge to break a wide variety of existing records each year. Some are challenging, like most hot-dogs eaten in a minute, while some are downright bizarre, like most toilet seats broken on your head. People train for months, sometimes years in order to achieve such amazing feats. Some succeed, some are near misses and others, well it can get embarrassing sometimes.
It’s amazing to see how tough a human body can be, and how people manipulate their bodies to do the most extreme of things in order to be the very best that they can be. Here are a few records which pushed people’s bodies to their extreme limit:
1. Longest eyelash
Eyelashes are usually enticing and compliment a person’s looks, but You Jianxia of China took it upon herself to grow the longest eyelashes in the world. She grew her eyelashes to an astonishing 4.88 inches (12.40cm), giving him a rather peculiar look. This feat was recorded on 28th June , 2016. Amazing? definitely. Beautiful? Definitely NOT.
2. Longest fingernails
3. Most Marmite eaten in one minute
Marmite is used for brewing beer. The yeast extract has a rather unpleasant taste, so it was impressive when on September 7th, 2016 Germany’s Andre Ortolf ate 0.5 pounds of marmite to create a one of its kind world-record. What sort of suffering his tastebuds underwent is anyone’s guess.
4. Oldest Bodybuilder – Male
Love for one’s body knows no age, and American bodybuilder Jim Arrington of California proved it by participating in a bodybuilding competition in Venice at a ripe old age of 83 years and 6 days. He participated in the event on Sept 7th, 2015 making him the oldest professional bodybuilder in the world.
5. Most viewed YouTube channel for a ‘millennial’
YouTube is one of the most popular media platforms in the world, and the channel Ryan ToysReview broke the world record for the most-viewed channel for a millennial (born after 2000) on March 16th, 2015 when his channel hit 12,076,126,791 views. The channel features 6 year old Ryan playing with and reviewing his toys. His channel has over 7.5 million subscribers.
6. Largest collection of teddy bears
Everyone loves teddy bears, and everyone has owned a few of them in their childhood. Jackie Miley of South Dakota, however, has a fierce passion of collecting teddy bears. The 69-year old Hill City resident broke the Guinness Record for most teddy bears owned on New Year’s Eve, 2012 when she bought her 8,026th teddy. This record will certainly take some beating.
7. Heaviest weight pulled by tongue
They say the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. It certainly is for United Kingdom’s Thomas Blackthorne, who lifted a mind-boggling 27 pounds (12.5kgs) with his tongue in Mexico City on 1st August, 2008. The Englishman pierced his tongue and trained for over 6 years to accomplish this feat.
8. Most one-handed pushups
Most pushups in one go is a hotly contested record, with several attempts made every year. World Fitness Endurance Champion Paddy Doyle owns the record for most one-handed pushups in 5 hours. The British athlete completed an impossible 5,260 reps to break the record, making him one of the fittest men in the world. Doyle has over 100 World Records to his name.