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The 50 weirdest Guinness World Records
September 17, 2004 11:37 PM   Subscribe

The 50 weirdest Guinness World Records
posted by bob sarabia (21 comments total)

 
Why doesn't this guy:

LARGEST HANDS: Hussain Bisad of Somalia's measure 26.9cm from the wrist to the tip of his middle finger.

take the record from this guy:

MOST TENNIS BALLS HELD IN ONE HAND: Francisco Peinado Toledo of Spain held 18 for 10 seconds last year.

?
posted by Krrrlson at 12:31 AM on September 18, 2004


Anybody else read this wrong?

In a 15-year career, Madeline Albrecht sniffed 5,600 feet while working for footcare experts Dr Scholl in the USA.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:19 AM on September 18, 2004


Hahaha.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:12 AM on September 18, 2004


In January, Danny Higginbottom of Louisiana dived 8.90m into 30cm of water.

Unpossible.
posted by PrinceValium at 4:52 AM on September 18, 2004


I think they're refering to the height of the board, PrinceValium
posted by Pretty_Generic at 4:53 AM on September 18, 2004


68 years! That poor son of a bitch!
14. LONGEST ATTACK OF HICCUPS: Charles Osborne of the USA - 1922 to 1990.
posted by ssmith at 5:06 AM on September 18, 2004


I think they're refering to the height of the board, PrinceValium

Huh?
posted by jpoulos at 6:18 AM on September 18, 2004


He dove from a height of 8.90m into a puddle of water with a depth 30cm.
posted by riffola at 6:48 AM on September 18, 2004


In January, Danny Higginbottom of Louisiana dived 8.90m into 30cm of water.

Unpossible.


I actually saw that on TV the other night (I have absolutely no idea what show, or channel). Even watching it in slow motion, I couldn't make sense of how he managed to do that without breaking every bone in his body; but he did.
posted by influx at 7:30 AM on September 18, 2004


BREATH HELD VOLUNTARILY: The USA's Robert Foster held his breath for 13mins 42.5secs in 1959.

If you're going to try this at home don't use your eyes while doing so, as it can cause temporary blindness.
posted by psmealey at 7:49 AM on September 18, 2004


Anyone have a picture of the guy holding 18 tennis balls in his hands for 10 seconds? I want to see that.
posted by banished at 8:17 AM on September 18, 2004


How do you dive into a body of water smaller than you? A tub with a foot of water in it you don't dive into; you land on it.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:09 AM on September 18, 2004


Pretty much. He didn't dive as much as fall; he came down, and landed, in an all-fours position, facing down. I don't understand either.
posted by influx at 9:15 AM on September 18, 2004


heres danny higginbottom diving into 30 cm of water. hehe, it's pretty funny looking.
posted by bob sarabia at 10:11 AM on September 18, 2004


But this impresses me: HEAVIEST TRAIN PULLED WITH BEARD: Ismael Rivas Falcon of Spain pulled a 6,069lb train in 2001.
posted by Zurishaddai at 11:39 AM on September 18, 2004


hehe, it's pretty funny looking.

That ain't a dive. A dive is head-first. I wanna see someone do a head-first dive that high into that little water.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:00 PM on September 18, 2004


33 TALLEST LIVING WOMAN: Sandy Allen of the USA, at 7ft 7ins.

34 HEAVIEST MAN: In 1978, Jon Brower Minnoch of the USA weighed more than 100st.

47 SHORTEST MAN: In 1990, Gul Mohammed of India was just 57cm tall.


Tallest, heaviest, shortest? Now those are some weird records!

</sarcasm>
posted by filmgoerjuan at 1:47 PM on September 18, 2004


Seems like he also had a fairly cushioned landing site.
posted by anathema at 4:51 PM on September 18, 2004


If you look closely, though, it sure looks like he broke his right wrist, the way it's flopping around.
posted by rafter at 5:11 PM on September 18, 2004


How do people think of these things?!

The one about typing the numbers one to a million seemed like it took a easily capped amount of time until I did the math for how many words were involved and how many hours of typing it would take someone who typed 100 words a minute to do it.
posted by orange swan at 7:25 PM on September 18, 2004


Great post, Bob. I specifically followed the link to see if this was there:

41 LONGEST JOKE-TELLING MARATHON

Yep. Guy who held this record in the 80s was a longtime friend of my family's. Damn that Heeman for stealing it from him in '92!
posted by soyjoy at 9:39 PM on September 18, 2004


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