Over the weekend, I had a chance to sit down and read the Guinness Book of Records for a few hours. There are over 40,000 + records they have currently recorded, and they are scary impressive. Out of all the records, here are 21 records that I felt you should know about the most:
1. 1,840. That is the most amount of burpees performed in 1 hour by Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom. This was done at the Bull’s Head, Polesworth, Birmingham on February 4th, 1994.
2. 450. Besides being a 15 World Champion wrestler, WWE Superstar John Cena also holds the title for the most Make A Wish Foundation wishes granted by a single individual, with over 450 wishes and counting.
3. 657,061. This is the most books donated to charity in seven days. This was achieved by the Rotary Clubs of Jamaica from May 1-8, 2010. The books were distributed primarily to the Jamaica Library Service and also to schools (kindergarten through high school level.)
4. 175,509. The largest charity walk was achieved by Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) at Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines on February 15, 2014.
5. $1,251,372,491. The Rocky franchise movies running from Rocky (November 21, 1976) to Rocky Balboa (December 20, 2006) is the most successful sports movie franchise ever, throughout its six installments.
6. 501.The longest performance by a solo artist and was achieved by Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan (India) at the Rhythm Therapy Hall, Nandavanam Hospital, Ottapalam, Kerala, India, on July 5-26, 2009.
7. 210. The most amount of shoes shinned in eight hours was achieved by Kieran Porter of the United Kingdom on behalf of Street Kids International in London on April 12, 2012.
8. 221. The most Double Dutch-style skips in one minute, which was achieved by Jun Tanizawa of Japan. This was performed in Kyoto, Japan on February 10, 2012.
9. 98. The oldest living US dollar billionaire is John Simplot. He has a net worth valued at $3.2 billion when listed on Forbes.com on March 8, 2007. He self-made his fortune in the agricultural business, most notably in potato products.
10. 2.45 meters. Javier Sotomayor (of Cuba) set the world record in the mens’ high jump on July 27, 1993 in Salamanca, Spain. This record continues to stand after 20+ years and counting.
11. 29.9%. Asia is home to more people than any other continent in the world. Roughly 4 billion people live within its boundaries, with more than 1.3 billion in China and 1 billion in India.
12. 8030. In 1989, eight-year-old Brett Martin’s (USA) parents gave him a 4-cm (1.6-in) Mario holding a mushroom. As of October 2012, Brett has amassed a treasure trove of 8,030 items, many of which you can see at videogamemm.com
13. 200. The longest distance swim of 200 metres underwater with one breath achieved by Tom Sietas (Germany) in Beijing, China on November 6, 2008.
14. 6,324. The most amount of competitive full contact rounds in boxing and other martial arts achieved by Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom. This was done from February 1993 to November 12, 2009.
15. 50. The longest video games marathon playing Grand Theft Auto was achieved by Jeff Cork (USA), who played for 50 hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA from August 6-8, 2011.
16. 33.45. 33.45 meters or 109 feet, 9 inches to be exact. This is the longest successful basketball shot, which was achieved by Thunder Law (USA) of the Harlem Globetrotters, at US Airways in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11, 2013.
17. 122. The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years, 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France) She was born on February 21 1875 and died on August 4, 1997 in a nursing home.
18. 4210. The most pull ups performed in 24 was achieved by Caine Eckstein (Australia) on the set of NBC’s Today Show in New York, New York on October 6-7, 2014.
19. 1,050. The largest coffee shop is the Adwaa Al Masaa Café which has 1,050 seats. The coffee shop was inaugurated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on August 13, 2014.
20. 117.17. The farthest distance climbed on a ladder in 24 hours by a team is 114.17 km (or 70.94 miles). This was achieved by members of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service (Isle of Man) in Douglas, Isle of Man, from July 13 to 14, 2012.
21. 1,138,600. On November 9, 2012, Hank Chien (USA) beat his own world record once again by achieving the highest score on Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1981) with a total of 1,138,600 points.
To read more amazing records, please go to Guinness World Records.