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50 guys in one bed

May 15, 1964: the students of Wakefield College in England attempted to set a record for the most people piled in one bed. They were hoping to make it to 50, but when they got to around 47 things started to go wrong. Frazer Cartwright, who was on the bottom, gasped, "Get off... quick... I'm..." Then blood began gushing from his nose, and he passed out. Luckily the audience intervened before he wound up dead. Cartwright vowed never to repeat that experience again.

Sources: The Terre Haute Tribune - May 16, 1964; Tuscaloosa News - May 15, 1964.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 27, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Fads, World Records, 1960's

Teddy Bears Remote Picnic

14-year-old Emma Welch recently set a world record for the "largest teddy bears’ picnic on a mountain summit." She arranged the transport of 135 tedddy bears to the summit of Mount Snowdon in North Wales. All done for a good cause, to help raise money for brain tumor research.

But the reason she had to narrow her world record attempt down to a specific location is because the world record for largest teddy bears' picnic (anywhere) is pretty competitive. The record seems to have been held since 1995 by the Dublin Zoo, for a picnic with 33,573 bears in attendance. That set the bar pretty high, and people have been trying (and failing) to beat it ever since.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 03, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: World Records

World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock Contender

Sugarcreek, Ohio has what they claim is the world's largest cuckoo clock. In fact it had been on display at a couple of different venues for many years. It is quite a lovely and charming tourist attraction.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Mar 20, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Puppets and Automatons, World Records, Landmarks, Sightseeing

Competitive Bridal Bouquet Catching

Apparently there's a Guinness World Record for catching bridal bouquets, and Jamie Jackson of Utah has submitted documentation to back up her claim that she's the new world record holder. She's caught 46 bouquets since 1996. The previous record was 11. She says that this is "her sport," and that to catch a bouquet requires strategy and planning. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 17, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Weddings and Marriage, World Records

The Guinness Artist

David Gilhooley is known as the Guinness Artist, because he occasionally uses Guinness beer to paint watercolors. But he now has a second reason for the name after winning the Guinness World Record for most pencil portraits drawn in 12 hours. He sketched 200 of them.

By my calculations, that means he had to complete approximately one sketch every three and-a-half minutes. [Huddersfield Examiner]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 08, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, World Records


Telly Savalas always seemed like an unlikely pop star. And yet, as Wikipedia notes, his version of "If" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in March 1975, and retains the record for being "the shortest title of any song to reach number one in the UK."

The parody version:
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 09, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, World Records, 1970's

Beer Mile World Record

Runners World reports that Chris Kimbrough, a 44-year old mother of six, has "shattered the women's beer mile world record." She did this by running four laps, and drinking four beers, in 6:28.6, beating the previous record by 13 seconds. In a previous age, I suppose, this might have qualified her as "beer honorable."

I find her achievement quite inspirational. Makes me think I should start exercising more (especially if that involves a beer-exercise combo).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 07, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Sports, World Records

Norris Kellam, the Human Cork

Norris Kellam's great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name "The Human Cork." In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours. Unfortunately he didn't make it. After 71 hours and 19 minutes he was overcome by sharp cramps and sunburn and had to climb out of the pool.

There's more about Kellam at The images are from the Norfolk Public Library.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Human Marvels, Sports, World Records, 1930's

Longest Usable Golf Club

This guy has the longest golf club, and I doubt anyone will top him. But I wonder if there's also a record for the shortest usable golf club?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Sep 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports, World Records

World’s Fastest Lawnmower

Clocked at 116 mph. Although I think a more relevant test would be how fast it can go while simultaneously cutting grass. More info at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, World Records
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