There are plenty of records to break in the world, and thankfully you can find most of them in the Guinness Book of World Records. While some are more normal records, there are some genuinely odd records that people try to break. From longest fingernails to the most piercings in a person's face, there is a record for everyone to break. We compiled a list of the most wacky records, and your mind is about to be blown by these oddities.
1. Nine-Layer Bed Of Nails For A Cozy Nights Sleep
This is not a bed we would want to lie on. Martial arts professional, Vispy Kharadi and his team from India set the world record for the number of layers in a nail sandwich. This bizarre stunt looked painful and dangerous. The man on the bottom tried to concentrate as more layers of nails and men were stacked on top of him.
These men incredibly survived this extreme stunt and broke a world record at the same time. This is something most people would never think about participating in, but it made them famous, so they endured the pain for a few minutes.
2. World's Strongest Man Also Starred In Game Of Thrones
Many people recognize Hafthor Bjornsson as the actor behind Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones. While he is structured like a mountain, Bjornsson also holds the record for the world's strongest man. The Iceland native trains at Thor's Power Gym, where he works to increase his deadlift weight.
Bjornsson hold's the current record for lifting 1,104 pounds (501 kilograms), and he continues to get stronger with each training session. With muscles like his, he could move a car or an elephant. This man's strength is incredible, and it is no wonder he was called "The Mountain" in the HBO hit series.
3. These Two Held The World's Longest Handshake
We can't imagine how uncomfortable it must be to try and break the record for the longest handshake, but Jack Tsonis and Lindsay Morrison attempted this record. The handshake lasted for a whopping 12 hours, and they were rewarded with a visit from the famous wrestler, Hulk Hogan.
These two shook their way to victory in 2009, but their record has since been beaten. In 2016, business partners Matt Holmes and Juan Diaz de Leon shook hands for 43 hours and 35 minutes. Incredibly, anyone can shake hands for more than a few seconds.
4. Bare It All For The Largest Number Of People Skinny Dipping Record
In 2018, 2,500 women gathered south of Dublin, Ireland, to set the record for the most people skinny dipping at once. The swimmers raised funds for a children's cancer charity. The event began in 2013 after a woman beat breast cancer and wanted to celebrate in a charitable and liberating way.
Many of the women felt liberated because they had never been naked in front of so many other people. People accessorized with fun hats, wigs, and sunglasses; however, the rest of their bodies were left bare. Not only did they set a record, but the women also supported an amazing cause and body positivity.
5. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down The World's Longest Hair
If you thought your bad haircut traumatized you, you have never heard of Nilanshi Patel. When Patel was six, she got a horrible haircut, which led her to grow out her hair for 11-years. Now at 17, Patel has no plans to cut her hair anytime soon because she loves her long locks.
She initially set the record in 2018, when her hair was 5.5 feet long. Two years later, it has grown to six feet. To take care of her extra-long hair, Patel washes it once a week, and applies a homemade hair oil that has secret ingrediants made by her mom. Her hair takes and hour to brush and half an hour to dry, but she says it is worth it.
6. The World's Tallest And Shortest Man Regularly Hang Out
Sultan Kosen from Turkey is a well-know farmer and herder because of his world record. Kosen is 8'2" tall, and he has said there are many advantages and disadvantages to being that tall. He was not able to finish school because of his height, and he struggles to find clothes that fit his tall stature. However, he can see a great distance, and his height is advantageous when working around the house.
In comparison, Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal was the shortest man in the world before his death in 2015. He was 1'9" tall, and after being recognized by Guinness World Records, he wanted to use his status to bring attention to his small homeland. He got to travel a bit before his death, like to London to meet Kosen.
7. Charlie Has The World's Loudest Bark
Charlie is a golden retriever who claimed his spot in the Guinness Record Book for having the loudest bark. The average dog bark is about 100 decibels, and Charlie's bark was measured at 113.1 decibels. According to his owner, he is very quiet at home.
Charlie received this title during the Bark in the Park event by Purina in 2012. No other dog has beaten his volume, but many have tried. Charlie's owner also said that he developed this loud bark as a puppy, and he continued to increase the volume as he got older.
8. The World's Shortest Woman Is Only 24 Inches Tall
Hailing from India, the 26-year-old actress, Jyoti Amge, is also the world's smallest living woman. Standing at just two feet and three-quarter inches, Amge was given the Guinness title in 2011 on her 18th birthday. Her small stature is due to a genetic disorder called achondroplasia.
Besides her Guinness record, Amge is also known for her 12-episode appearance as Ma Petite on American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 2012, Amge traveled to Nepal where she met the world's smallest living man, and they posed for the 57th edition of the record book.
9. Vroom, Vroom Went The World's Fastest Tractor
Former lorry mechanic and motorcycle race, Guy Martin set a new speed record in 2019 for driving a tractor at 103.6 mph. Usually, people think of tractors as slow-moving vehicles, but Martin had other plans for this machine. A team of engineers had been working on this secret project for months to make sure everything went smoothly on the day of the test.
Before Martin's record, the fastest tractor speed was 82.27 mph, and he blew that record out of the water. Martin beat the record at Elvington Airfeild outside of York, and his entire team was there to witness the success of their hard work.
10. The World's Largest Traditional Konyak Dance
Donned in their colorful traditional attire, 4,700 Konyak Naga women came together to set the record for the most extensive traditional Konyak dance. Konyak is one of 16 Naga tribes, and the people live in the district of Nagaland in India.
As the women came together, they danced to the traditional instruments and sang a ceremonial song for just over five minutes. The gathering was organised to celebrate the Aoleang Monyu festival, which is held each year in April to welcome spring.
11. No That It Not A Shirt, Those Are All Tattoos
In 2000, Isobel Varley was named "The World's Most Tattooed Senior Woman" by the Guinness Book of Records. When she was 49, Varley got her first tattoo at a convention, and it became an addiction for her. Over ten years, she got 200 designs inked on her body.
Varley spent over 500 hours inking her body, and there are only a few places like her face, ears, souls of her feet, and hands that are not tattooed. In 2015, Varley passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
12. He Can Spin A Ball On A Toothbrush While Balancing It In His Mouth
Thaneshwar Guragai has always been an innovator, and he liked doing things differently since he was a child. He has now set over 14 world records that include "the longest time spinning three basketballs simultaneously" and "longest time spinning a basketball on a toothbrush."
Guragai was always inspired by these people who set records and wanted to be in the book too. His first attempt was in 2010, and his most recent effort was in 2017 as he tried to balance a chainsaw on his chin for the longest.
13. Three-Minute Cleaning Of The Street Lead To A World Record
There are many record Guinness record-holders in India, including the sanitation workers in Uttar Pradesh. Ten thousand workers got together in March 2019 for a three-minute cleaning drive at Kumbh. The state Health Department and the Kumbh Mela administration organized this colossal event.
As millions of people visited Kumbh for the two months following the record event, people complimented the cleanliness and hygiene of the area. The Minister praised the workers for their incredible efforts to keep the region clean.
14. This Construction Mess Won The Record For Concrete Pouring
While this may look like a mess, the Navayuga Engineering Company (NECL) was in the process of building the world's largest flood discharge capacity dam. In the process of building this massive dam, the NECL set the record for the most concrete poured in 24-hours. They also set the record for largest continuous pour.
The project required 90 mixing trucks to pour 32,315 cubic meters of concrete in 24-hours. A Dubai-based company held the previous record. It was a historic moment for the Andhra Pradesh region to set two records in one day.
15. This Man Can Do 24 Rope Skips In 30 Seconds
The 38-year-old Japanese native, Hijiki Ikuyama, broke his own record in 2018 when he got the most skips over a rope 30 seconds. In 30 seconds, Ikuyama can skip 24 times, and he holds multiple rope skipping records. The record-breaking moment was held in front of a crowd of enthusiastic elementary students.
Ikuyama also holds the record for the most skips in 24-hours. He jumped over that rope 151,0000 times. It took a toll on him physically, but he powered through with the help of an enthusiastic cheering section that motivated him to push through till the end.
16. It Took Him 15 Years, But He Grew The World's Tallest Mohawk
Japanese fashion designer, Kazuhiro Watanabe, is the record winner for the world's tallest mohawk hairstyle. After growing his hair out for 15 years, it took a team two hours, three cans of hairspray, and one jar of gel to achieve this style. His hair stood 44.68 inches in the air without falling over.
It was a dream of Watanabe to be in the record book, and he finally achieved his goal. He considered trying to beat different records, but the mohawk was what he settled on. Without all the hair gel, his hair reaches his knees.
17. These Are The World's Thinnest Condoms
Every condom company is always trying to create the thinnest condom for the most real-feel while staying protected. A Hong Kong-based startup that focuses on condoms, and they won the world record for their ultra-thin condom.
The average thickness of the condom is .036 mm. The company distributes its products all over the world, and they have a strong focus on quality and safety standards.
18. This Man Cycled 15 Miles In An Hour, And He Is Over 100-Years-Old
As you get older, it can be more challenging to do physical activity, depending on the lifestyle you lead for most of your life. That is not the case for cyclist Robert Marchand. The French native had an active lifestyle since he was young, with a multitude of jobs from a farmer to a firefighter.
Throughout his life, Marchand has always loved cycling, and he completed the Grand Prix des Nations. In 2012 after her tuned 100, Marchand was recognized by the Guinness book of records for being the oldest active cycler and for riding 15-miles non-stop for one hour.
19. 460,000 Bees Covered This Man's Body For A World Record
Whenever a bee comes near people, they usually swat it away or run in fear. However, this man welcomed 460,000 bees to land on his body for a world record. She Ping is a beekeeper who got stung over 20 times while performing this stunt.
Ping decided to work towards this world record in an effort to sell more honey. While Ping's 100-pound bee-suit is impressive, a man in India still holds the record with 600,000 bees on his body.
20. This Record Breaking Suitcase Is Not TSA Approved
You can definitely pack everything you need in this enormous suitcase. Shanghai Newest Luggage Co. Ltd in China, created this suitcase to break the world record, and they clearly succeeded. The suitcase is almost 5.9 feet tall and 3.9 feet wide. You could fit your entire wardrobe in there.
We aren't sure why anyone would need a piece of luggage this large because you can't bring it on a plane, and it would not be easy to fit in most standard-sized cars. However, it is a conversation starter whenever you struggle to wheel it around.
21. This Man Lived Till He Was 111-Years-Old
The average human life expectancy is 72 years old, but this man lived till he was 111-years-old. Alexander Imich was a Polish-American chemist who was born in Poland to a Jewish family. After World War II, Imich and his wife emigrated to the US because most of his family was killed in the Holocaust.
After they moved, Imich focused his work on the study of paranormal activity and wrote numerous papers on his work. He lived an incredibly full life and celebrated his 111th birthday in 2014. In June of the same year, Imich passed away due to natural causes.
22. Trying Finding Your Way Out Of The World's Largest Snow Maze
Canadians can't get enough of the snow. They have so much if it that two farmers, Clint and Angie Masse, built the world's largest snow maze. The maze required weeks of planning and cost them thousands of dollars to transport 370 truckloads of snow.
In the frigid, snow-covered prairies of Western Canada, the couple built their record-breaking labyrinth that spread out over 30,0000 square feet. The farming couple was used to creating mazes with their fall corn harvest, so they took it to the next level with this incredibly crafted snow version.
23. Don't Fall Into The World's Largest 3-D Painting
3-D paintings are an exciting concept, and they can make you feel like you are about to fall into the ground. British artist, Joe Hill, created the world's largest 3-D drawing in collaboration with Reebok and Crossfit. People posed on gym equipment on this fantastic piece of artwork.
The drawing is located at Canary Wharf in London, where people can work out, take pictures, and enjoy the artistry of Hill's record-breaking work. The painting stretches over 12,000 square feet.
24. Where Did They Find Rubber Bands Big Enough For This Ball?
Joel Waul from Lauderhill, Florida, started making his rubberband ball in 2004. It took him four years and 700,000 rubber bands to create the world's most massive rubberband ball. The ball was nicknamed "megaton," and it weighed 9,000 pounds.
The ball stands six feet and seven inches high, and it is enormous. We don't know what Waul has done with his record-breaking ball since Guinness recognized him, but we know he will never run out of rubber bands now.
25. Casually Drinking A Beer While Breaking A World Record
Jin Songhao has submerged himself in snow and ice multiple times to break a world record. In 2013, he sat in a pile of snow at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Tianjin, while an audience watched him achieve his title.
Besides his record for sitting in the snow, he also sat in a tank of ice for 115 minutes. Since this can be dangerous to lower your body temperature below an average number, he was monitored by doctors to make sure his organs and heart were stable.
26. Paddy Jones Is The World's Oldest Salsa Dancer
Paddy Jones is a British salsa dancer known for winning the Spanish talent show, Tu Si Que Vales with her dancing partner Nico in 2009. The duo also placed ninth overall in Britain's Got Talent. Jones holds the current record as the oldest acrobatic salsa dancer.
Jones began training in classic dance styles when she was just two years old. At 86-years-old, she continues to dance her way through life with sass and poise. Jones took a break from dancing when she married her husband, but after his untimely death, she used dancing as a way to get over her grief.
27. "I'm Only Having One Glass Of Wine Tonight..."
In 2011, 38 Ontario wineries poured 27 liters of their best icewine into a four-foot-tall wine glass. The wineries that took part in the world record were excited for this outstanding achievement because Ontario is often over-looked when it comes to their winemaking.
The record was set at the Niagara Icewine Festival in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Icewine is a special type of dessert wine that is made from grapes frozen while still on the vine.
28. She Must Use A Lot Of Nail Polish
Chris "The Dutchess" Walton is the record holder for the world's longest nails. She has been growing them out for almost 30 years, and they are about two-feet long each. Many people wonder how she takes care of her children and lives a regular life, and it's simple for her.
Walton has no trouble driving, cooking, cleaning, and doing other daily tasks. She goes through a lot of nail polish to maintain her talons, but she always makes sure they are painted. The previous record-holder lost her nails in a car accident.
29. This Dessert Costs $25,000
If you have ever wanted to feel rich on the inside and out, this desert from Serendipity-3 in New York is perfect for you. This $25,000 desert is called the Frrrozen "Haute" Chocolate, and it has real gold in it.
The dessert is also topped with a truffle flown in from France. This decadently delicious treat is served in gold and diamond-encrusted goblet with a solid gold spoon. The dessert received the world record in 2007.
30. Hip-Hip Hooray For The World's Largest Bikini Photo Shoot
Three thousand women gathered in their two-piece swimsuits to beat the record for the most massive bikini photoshoot. A group of Australian women helped the previous record. This fun tradition gathers many people from all over to try and beat the previous record.
The attempt took place in Longwan beach with 40,000 volunteers to count all the women. People from ages four to 70 participated in the photoshoot, and it was fun to see everyone that came to be apart of this record-breaking day.
31. Just Keep Swimming Through The World's Largest Aquarium
When people say there are plenty of fish in the see, they are wrong because all the fish are at the world's largest aquarium. The S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore is home to over 50,000 animals, and it has 49 different habitats. The highlight of the aquarium is the massive open-ocean tank.
The S.E.A. Aquarium is also home to the world's most extensive collection of manta rays. It even has 200 species of sharks, including the endangered scalloped hammerhead and the aggressive silvertip shark.
32. A Swiss Daredevil Balanced On The Rope Of A Cable Car For Charity
Freddy Nock comes from the Nock circus family, and he set numerous world records in his life for tightrope walking. His first world record came in 1998 when he ran on suspension cables for 734 meters.
Nock also balanced on the wire of a cable car leading to Germany's highest mountain peak, and he broke his previous record. Although he was renowned for his high-wire accomplishments, Nock went to jail in 2019 for the attempted murder of his wife.
33. This Man Grows Record Breaking Vegetables
Hailing from England, Pete Glazebrook is a vegetable grower who continues to break records with his extra-large veggies. Glazebrook holds the records for the longest beetroot and parsnip, and the heaviest onion, potato, and cauliflower.
Glazebrook loves his vegetables and is so proud of the record-breaking crops. His largest onion was 18 pounds, and he showed it at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Harrogate, northern England. He also held the record for the most massive carrot weighing 20-pounds.
34. This Mosaic Is Made Only From Corks
Albanian-born artist Saimir Strati makes mosaics out of corks, and he set the world record for using 229,764 corks. The beautiful piece of art was on display at the Sheraton Tirana. It took him almost a month to complete the outstanding work.
Strati also holds many other artistic world records. In November 2009, he completed the largest paintbrush mosaic in honor of Michael Jackson. In 2011, he used over one million coffee beans to complete another piece of record-breaking art.
35. Of Course Dubai Would Be Home To The World's Largest Christmas Ornaments
At the luxurious Dubai Mall, you can find the world's largest Christmas ornament on display around the holiday season. The bauble is 15.4 feet high and weighs over 2,400 pounds. It took 15 people and two nights to assemble this enormous display.
The UAE boasts many different world records, including the world's tallest building and the world's largest shopping mall. Everything is bigger and more extravagant in this middle eastern country.
36. It's Going To Take A While To Finish This Cigar
In 2011, Jose Castelar Cairo from Cuba set the world record for rolling the world's longest cigar. It stretched out over 332 feet, and it took him over a week to finish. Cairo has broken the cigar record five times, and he takes it as a personal challenge to continue to beat his record.
Many members of the community, Cairo's family, and people who work in the cigar shop stopped by to help roll the record-breaking cigar. The conditions had to be perfect for this cigar to withstand the week-long process, and an air-conditioning incident almost ruined their attempt.
37. Only The Bravest Will Go On The World's Tallest Roller Coaster
This is for all the roller coaster loving thrill-seekers out there. Takabisha in Japan is the world's tallest roller coaster at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park. The coaster accelerates at 100km/h and drops 43 meters at 121 degrees.
The park invested $37 million to design and build this insane ride. Each ride only lasts for 112 seconds, but that is all you need to get your adrenaline pumping and ready for another go on this record-breaking coaster.
38. This Man Has 453 Piercings
German native, Rolf Buchholz, has 453 studs and rings all over his body, and Guinness records recognized him as the most pierced man in the world. The computer expert got into the world of piercing almost 20 years ago and fell in love with it.
Rolf has 94 piercings in and around his lips, 25 in his eyebrows, and eight in his nose. A majority of his piercings are in his genital region, and we don't need to see that to believe it. He was also gotten body modifications like the horns in his head. Rolf also sports a bodysuit of tattoos from his neck to lower torso.
39. The Annual Dragon March Broke The Record For Longest Parade Float
The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, which includes the annual Dragon March. In 2012, the march involved a record-breaking dragon display that stretched 2,600 feet. The dragon was made of paper, bamboo and connected by wooden planks.
The dragon was beautiful, and viewers were impressed by the artistry that went into making this incredible display. As people viewed the parade they couldn't believe how long this dragon was and it seemed to go on forever.
40. This Person Creates Record-Breaking Structures Out Of Beer Coasters
German native, Sven Goebel, set the record for the largest beer mat structure by using 300,000 cardboard beer coasters to create this structure without adhesive. He already had many beer mat records and wanted to make his structure even bigger.
He designed a five-room flat out of the beer mats, and it was destroyed in front of judges to prove that there were no adhesives involved in the process. It must have been devastating to see his hard work come crashing to the ground, but he still got the world record.