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Bizarre Records From The Guinness Book Of World Records

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

By Shanna Edwards

This famous book of facts and statistics started when the founder, Sir Hugh Beaver, got into an argument at a party about which bird in Europe is the fastest. . Unable to find any books to settle the issue, Beaver came up with the idea a while later to create one that could settle such arguments. He invited twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile a list of the world’s most interesting records and facts. Some 13 weeks after opening an office space in a converted gymnasium, the book was finished. In 1955, the book was published for the first time and became a bestseller. Today, Guinness receives over 50,000 applications from over 174 countries, of which 6000 get approved to be in the book.

Here is a list of some of the most bizarre records ever made:

Most Piercings:

Elaine Davidson has a total of 4,225 piercings on her body, though unofficial records recently put that number to be over 6,000 piercings.

Elaine Davidson

Longest fingernails:

Lee Redmond, the female record-holder, has a thumb nail that is 2 feet, 11 inches long.

Melvin Boothe, male record-holder whose nails total to a length of 29 feet and 8 inches long.

Lee Redmond (left), Melvin Boothe (right)

** update** Lee Redmond had recently cut her nails due to a car accident. Melvin Boothe has since passed away.

Longest moustache:

Ram Singh Chauhan's moustache measures to be 14 feet long.

Ram Singh Chauhan

Stretchiest Skin:

Garry Turner can stretch the skin of his stomach to 15.875 cm (that's about half a foot!). His skin is like this due to a rare medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Garry Turner

Largest collection of rubber ducks:

Charlotte Lee has a total of 5,631 duckies. She displays all of them in a dedicated duck room.

Charlotte Lee



Editor: Jo Ann Sun

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