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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 gizmag.com.

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

The world’s smallest book

It's titled "Shiki no Kusabana," which means "Flowers of Seasons." It's 22 pages long, written in Japanese and Chinese scripts, and features 12 line drawings of flowers. Also, it measures less than a millimeter in height and width.

It's not available on Amazon. [cincinnati.com]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: World Records, Books

Highest Hot Wheels Wall Track



No translation necessary.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 01, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Toys, World Records, Europe, Cars

30-hour Interview

Norway's VGTV is conducting (or probably has by now conducted) a 30-hour interview with author/chess-player/historian/politician Hans Olav Lahlum, aiming to set a record for the longest interview ever. The station is hoping that people will really start tuning in as the interviewer and interviewee grow progressively more sleep-deprived. Because the Norwegians, you see, are big fans of "Slow TV." Previous hits have included a documentary on firewood and a 134-hour live broadcast of a boat trip. [Wall Street Journal, VGTV]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Journalism, Television, World Records

Long-Distance Bed Pushing

Whatever happened to long-distance bed pushing? It was a craze that swept across colleges in 1961. Time magazine (Feb. 24, 1961) reported on it:

The latest caper in Canadian colleges is bed pushing. Born at the University of Rhodesia, and perfected—as was last year's college craze, phone-booth stacking —at South Africa's University of Natal, it spread over some sort of Commonwealth bush telegraph. Last week Canadian college students from Nova Scotia to British Columbia were indefatigably mounting beds on wheels and pushing them over highways, prairies and frozen lakes. The current world's record of 1,000 continuous miles is claimed by a team from Ontario's Queens University, which kept its Simmons rolling day and night for a week.

I found reports of students continuing to push beds long distances as late as 1979 when a new world record was set (1,980 miles by students from Pennsylvania's St. Vincent College who pushed a bed in laps around a shopping center). But then the fad seemed to fade away. At least, I haven't been able to find reports of more recent updates to the record.

The picture below shows students from Ontario Western University pushing a bed along a highway back in 1961.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 21, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Fads, World Records, 1960's

The Egyptian Popeye

Mustafa Ismail won the 2013 Guinness World Record for having the largest biceps. He's called the 'Egyptian Popeye.' He insists his bulging arm muscles are 100% natural, and according to albawaba.com, 'Japanese doctors' have examined him, looking for any signs of doping or suspicious needle marks, and have pronounced him to be the real deal. But I'm having trouble believing that. Arm muscles simply don't develop like that naturally.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Body, Bodybuilding, Sports, World Records

World Breast-Milk Donation Record

Among the things Guinness awards world records for is breast-milk donation, and Texas mom Alicia Richman was recently recognized as the new record holder for donating 86 gallons of breast milk over a period of nine months. That's a lot of milk. She hopes to break her record if she has another child. [chron.com]




Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 10, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: World Records, Body Fluids

World’s largest ball of paint

Mike Carmichael of Indiana owns the World's Largest Ball of Paint. It started out back in 1977 as an ordinary baseball -- and then he began to paint it. Many thousands of coats later, it weighs over 3000 pounds, has become a roadside attraction, and is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest ball of paint in the world (I'm not sure if there are any competitors to the title).

According to Mike's website, for $10 he'll write anything you want on his paint ball and send you a picture of it. His website was last updated in 2007, so I'm not sure if the offer still stands, but if it does I'd be tempted to put a message from Weird Universe on it. Any suggestions?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 08, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: World Records

World Record For Holding Cockroaches In Your Mouth

Watch Travis Fessler set the record by stuffing 11 cockroaches in his mouth. According to an article on Cincinnati CityBeat, he says doing this hurts because the roaches have sharp barbs on their legs, and they try to crawl down his throat. So I'm crossing this off my bucket list.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 03, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Insects, World Records

Running the Sahara



Yes, they were technically insane.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 31, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Sports, World Records, Africa, Brain Damage
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