Today marks the tenth annual Guinness World Records Day where thousands of mere mortals worldwide will attempt unusual, bizarre and near impossible feats for a space in the coveted book of which this annual event is based on. This event commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s bestselling copyright book.
Any records set today will be short-listed for inclusion in next year’s edition of the book, but you only have 24 hours! Get thinking. Start record-breaking. And if you need some inspiration, we’ve round up the 7 most outrageous physical feats from around the world thanks to Guinness World Records who provided us with a copy of their 2015 Edition. Forget bodybuilding for just a second. We’re talking apple-crushing biceps and fastest mile completed while pushing an orange—with a nose. Think you have the wherewithal to beat these? Give it a shot. We’d love to see you try.
In April 2014, 16-year-old Gabi Ury held an abdominal plank on her elbows for 1 hour, 20 min, 5 seconds. She shattered the previous world record for longest time in an abdominal plank position by a female, which was previously 40 minutes, 1 second. Ury was born with VATER syndrome, a disease that affects the spine, muscles and limbs. She took the planking challenge to raise money for the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado—the place that helped her overcome her VATER syndrome. Her original goal of raising $5,000 has increased tenfold; donations are closer to $50,000 after her inspiring video and story went public (read more on her website, http://gabiury.com/).
In July 2007, 53-year-old Keith Furman, now known as Ashrita (Sanskrit for ‘Protected by God’), broke the record for fastest mile pushing an orange with nose with a time of 22 min, 41 sec. He beat the previous record of 29 minutes in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport, a strange but populated venue for his stunt.
As of 2014, Ashrita has set 551 official Guinness World Records, and currently holds nearly 200 standing records, including holding the most Guinness World Records. He owes his success to spirituality teacher Sri Chinmoy who taught him self-transcendence and meditation techniques, which have earned him titles such as: fastest one-mile piggy-back race, fastest mile balancing a book on the head, fastest 10 meter balancing a pool cue on the chin, fastest mile on stilts, fastest time to walk 8km on stilts, fastest mile on pogo stick while juggling three balls, fastest mile while hula hooping and fastest marathon skipping.
In June 2013, 61-year old Antanas Kontrimas broke the record for heaviest weight lifted by beard. He lifted a 140 lb, 16 oz female who was harnessed to his beard, beating his own previous record of 139 lb, 16 oz, shown in the video below. No long face here; except for his beard, which is exceptionally long, and strong—very strong.
In June 2013, 33-year-old Linsey Lindberg (aka Mama Lou) beat the record for most apples crushed with a bicep in one minute. She crushed eight, but that’s not her only talent. Lindberg has carved a niche for herself in the strength and entertainment industry by bending metal bars into hearts, using her fist to hammer nails into wood and blowing up hot water balloons—until they burst. This chick isn’t just a pretty face. The video speaks for itself.
In June 2013, Steve Weiner rolled 12 frying pans in one minute. You can watch him in action in this video compilation of the 2012 Coney Island Olde Time Strongman Spectacular. Take notes. Be amazed. Never challenge him in arm wrestling contest, or a thumb war…or any other feat of arm strength. You’ve been warned.
In May 2013, Mongolian dancer, Tsatsral Erdenebileg, broke the record for the longest time to hold the Marinelli bend position with 4 min, 17 seconds. Maybe skip trying this one unless you’re a contortionist. Just our opinion.
In September 2013, 50-year-old Kevin Fast broke the record for most caber tosses in three minutes. He completed a staggering 14 caber tosses—a traditional Scottish competition. Another factoid: Fast has been dubbed the strongest priest in the world. He holds nine unbroken powerlifting world records, has hauled a fire engine 100 feet and pulled a 40-ton house down a road. His other Guinness World Records include: heaviest truck pulled by an arm-wrestling move (12.5 tons) and the highest number of people lifted with the shoulders (11). Let’s see you juggle powerlifting ambitions with your work duties.