The Guinness Book of World Records comprises some incredibly whacky and interesting attempts, from people breaking toilet seats to people holding rattlesnakes in their mouth.
So it’s time to have a look at the 15 most bizarre world records:
1. Most toilet seats broken by the head in one minute.
This was something that surprised the masses to a great extent. Breaking many things can be digested, but the breaking of toilet seats was something that the world witnessed for the very first time. Kevin Shelley of the USA broke 46 wooden toilet seats in a minute to create this strange world record.
2. Most bones broken in a lifetime.
Evel Knievel, a motorcycle stuntman, was famous primarily for his stunting skills. He had suffered a total of 433 bone fractures till 1975. This was something that wasn’t normal or common. He thus achieved this outlandish world record for breaking most bones in a lifetime.
3. Most feet and armpits sniffed.
Madeline Albrecht worked at a testing lab for products by Dr. Scholl for 15 years and had to smell thousands of feet and armpits. The approximate number of feet sniffed by her is 5,600, and the number of armpits is indeterminate.
4. Most lightning strikes survived.
When lightning strikes, it can be deadly, but Roy C Sullivan survived these lightning strikes several times. He was the sole person in the whole world to be struck by lightning 7 times. He had suffered several injuries, including losing his toenail and eyebrows. His left shoulder was seared, and his hair, legs, and chest were burnt.
5. Most rattlesnakes held in the mouth.
Snakes aren’t like our normal pets. Even the thought of snakes can scare many. Touching them still is fine with some but imagine putting live breathing snakes in your mouth. Jackie Bibbie is one such man who has made the impossible possible. He held thirteen live rattlesnakes in his mouth by their tails for ten seconds without getting bitten.
6. Strangest diet
Michel Lotito of France became world famous when his diet secrets came out in the open. It was notably the most deadly and uncommon. He consumed metal and glass throughout his lifetime. His diet included eighteen cycles, fifteen market trolleys, seven TVs, six chandeliers, two beds, a low-calorie Cessna light aircraft, and a computer.
7. Longest hiccup attack
Hiccups are pretty common, and they even subside within a few seconds and for some maybe minutes, but a strange case of constant hiccups was noted in the United States of America. Charles Osborne started hiccupping in 1922 and was not able to stop until 68 years later! These hiccups couldn’t be stopped as a blood vessel had busted. This busted blood vessel damaged a part of his brain that inhibited the hiccup response.
8. Tallest full Mohawk
The Mohawk is a pretty common hairstyle where the sides of the head are completely shaven. A strip of hair is observed only in the middle, which is a longer one. The tallest full Mohawk, measuring 68.58 cm (27 in), belongs to Eric Hahn of the USA.
9. Most tattooed person
Tattooing is an art. Lucky Diamond Rich set a world record by tattooing his whole body. First, he had colorful designs tattooed, and then he went on covering most of his body with black ink. Even his eyelids, gums, the delicate skin between the toes, and the inside of the ears were covered with black ink. Lucky has spent more than 1,000 hours of his life getting tattooed.
10. Most pierced person
Elaine Davidson has a total of 4,225 piercings on her body, including her ears, forehead, eyebrows, chin, nose, tongue, stomach, breasts, hands, and pubic area (internal and external). She is the only woman noted in the history of the world to have these many piercings.
11. Most needles inserted into the head.
Wei Shengchu from China is a name that surprised many. He had inserted 2,188 acupuncture needles into his head. This made him the first man to set such a painful yet amazing world record.
12. Longest metal coil passed through the nose.
Andrew Stanton of the USA marked his name in history by doing something very unusual. He passed a 3.63 m metal coil through his nose and out of the mouth. This shocked the masses a lot, and many doctors wished to go deep into the particulars of his body.
13. Longest beard
Beard is a common feature in many males. There are several designs and beard shapes circulating every day. It is a shock to many that a beard has also made its mark in world records. Hans N. Langseth’s beard measured about 5.33 m (17 ft. 6 in) at the time of his burial in 1927. He is known to have the longest beard of all time.
14. Stretchiest skin
Our skin can be stretched normally, but when this stretching gets very intense, it is a sign to seek a doctor. Garry Turner, a resident of the United Kingdom, was diagnosed with a skin disorder that is very uncommon. Due to a rare health condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, he can stretch the skin of his abdomen to a length of 15.8 cm (6.25 in).
15. Highest number of straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)
Karate Nataraj of India made the headlines and, shockingly, was on the cover pages of several magazines and journals. He amazed the masses by setting a world record in an area where many had previously failed. Nataraj stuffed a total of 650 drinking straws in his mouth without using his hands.
These were people who were just like us but did something that most of us could not even think of. This article enlists 15 world record holders and the extraordinary skills that set them apart from the rest.