Bizarre Records From The Guinness Book Of World Records
Updated: Feb 13
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:
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.
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.
** update** Lee Redmond had recently cut her nails due to a car accident. Melvin Boothe has since passed away.
Ram Singh Chauhan's moustache measures to be 14 feet long.
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.
Largest collection of rubber ducks:
Charlotte Lee has a total of 5,631 duckies. She displays all of them in a dedicated duck room.
Editor: Jo Ann Sun