10 Weirdest Guinness Book of World Record Holders
Since the beginning of time every person on this earth wants to be unique from the others in any way possible. Even if he/she has to go through all the hard ways anyone can think of. But if that would make the person unique, he/she will intend to go for it. As time passes different ideas occur in people minds, to become one of a kind. SmashingLists presents some of the weirdest record holding people’s along with their “so called” special abilities, which are sure to entertain any person who reads them.
10. Largest Smurf Collection
Steven Parkes, a British man began collecting Smurfs toys as a child, when they were sold as key chains and stuffed toys. And it seems that it became a habit more than obsession because up to Jan 28, 2010 Parkes’ collection has reached to total 1,061 pieces. The collection includes Christmas Smurfs, Easter Smurfs and Smurfs dressed as historical figures.
9. Largest Display of Star Wars clone troopers
LEGO® in Slough, U.K displayed the largest Star Wars clone troopers built entirely with interlocking plastic bricks on June 27, 2008.It was stated that the army of the troopers was composed of approximately 35,310 individual models. The display by the LEGO® Company was considered as a really big treat for the Star Wars fans.
8. The 400-Square-Foot Key Card Hotel
Bryan Berg broke the Guinness world record for the world’s tallest house of cards in 1992 at the age of 17, with a tower fourteen feet, six inches tall. And in 2004 at the mere age of 34, professional card stacker has broken his own record by making a 400 square foot Key Card Hotel, which comprises of more than 200,000 Holiday Inn key cards at the South Street Seaport. The incredible Key Card Hotel features a guest bedroom, bathroom and lobby with life sized furniture made out of key cards. Berg occasionally takes a break on the key card bed of his own design.
7. Most People Dancing to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
Michael Jackson a.k.a the king of pop died on June 25, 2009. He is considered to be a living legend. So as a tribute to the king of pop Michael Jackson impersonator Hector Jackson performs along with thousands of people at the Monument of the Revolution in Mexico City on August 29, 2009. This was considered to be as a world record holder for the most people dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The number of people dancing was said to be approximately 13,597.
6. World’s Stretchiest Skin
On October 28, 1999, it was recorded that the world’s stretchiest skin belongs to a guy named Gary Turner: Garry Turner, of Caistor, Lincolnshire, England, stretched skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm (6.25 in) on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime in Los Angeles, California. After examining Gary’s medical condition it was discovered that he had a rare medical condition called Elhers Danlos Syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissues.
5. World’s Biggest Miser
Hetty Green was a very rich woman; in fact she was once the richest woman in the world, mainly because she didn’t use to spend any money on anything. And I do mean anything. Green was mainly interested in business because it was considered as her family business; there are many tales (of various degrees of accuracy) about her stinginess. She never turned on the heat nor used hot water. She wore an old black dress and undergarments that she changed only after they had been worn out. She did not wash her hands and rode an old carriage. She ate mostly pies that cost fifteen cents. One tale claims that she spent a night looking for a lost stamp worth two cents. Hettie’s son Ned broke his leg and had to have it amputated because Hettie delayed treatment while insisting on finding free medical care. The question arises how cheap a person can get when he/she has $7.5 million ($107 million in 2010 adjusted for inflation).
4. Most Married Woman
Linda Wolfe, 68, is an American woman who holds the honour of “The Most Married Woman in the World” in Guinness book of records after walking down the aisle 23 times, and now is on a look out for Mr 24. According to Miss Linda, she is “addicted to the romance” of getting married. She first married in 1967 at the age of 16, to a 31 year old. The rest of the list of husbands includes a one-eyed convict, a preacher, barmen, plumbers and musicians. Two turned out to be homosexual, two were homeless and one beat her. Another put a padlock on her fridge. One marriage lasted just 36 hours because “the love wasn’t there”. But Linda, from Indiana, once married the same man, Jack Gourley, three times. She told The Sun: “It’s been years since I walked down the aisle. I miss it” The serial bride, who now lives in a retirement home, said she had never cheated on a husband. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, The title of the world’s most married person said in February that she’s lonely and would love to walk down the aisle again.
3. Tightest frying pan roll
There are many records present regarding the strength of different people in different categories. The record for rolling aluminum frying pan is held by Scott Murphy. On July 30, 2007 Scott Murphy rolled the tightest circumference of a 30 centimetre (12-inch) aluminum frying pan with his bare hands in 30 seconds, i.e. 17.46 centimetres (6.87 inches), at the NXB Team Training Centre in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
2. Oldest table tennis player
The most viewed records that amaze viewers are the records created by old people. Dorothy de low, 97 is the oldest living tennis player up to date. She represented Australia in the XIV World veterans Table Tennis Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 25, 2008 and then on October 15, 2009 she participated in table tennis practice in the World Masters Games at Sydney Olympic Park.
1. Largest (and Probably Only) Airplane Ever Eaten
There are a number of records in which people are seen eating different types of stuff. But the record of the weirdest/random thing ever to eat was made by Michel Lotito (1950-2007), better known as Mosieur Mangetout (Mr Eat Everything). He was basically a normal guy, except he ate things like metal and glass. This person is probably the only person to have this ability. He has conjured many records, but his most famous record was eating a Cessna 150 (aeroplane). The Cessna 150 took roughly two years to be “eaten”, from 1978 to 1980. Doctors found that Mangetout’s stomach lining is twice as thick as a normal stomach lining, which explains why he is able to digest these things. The doctors concluded that his rare condition must have developed when he was still in his mother’s womb; He began eating unusual material as a child around 9 years of age and performed publicly since 1966. It is estimated that between 1959–1997, Lotito had eaten around 1 ton of metal. Lotito died of natural causes on June 25, 2007, ten days after his 57th birthday. He is buried at the Grenoble Cemetery.