5 Guinness World Records You Won’t Believe
Many of us have had the dream of owning an officially recognized world record but might not know what we’re good at. Sure, there are the obvious world records like being the tallest, shortest, heaviest, fastest, etc. However, there are those records that are set around the world that go largely uncontested. Maybe you have more record-holding abilities than you thought you did. Here are five Guinness world records you won’t believe, and maybe you can try out a few for yourself.
5. Feeding Time
Time consumes us all, but have you ever thought about consuming time? While there are plenty of records for eating food in a certain amount of time, one man stands out as the best at eating…watches. That man is Kim Sueng Do, who ate an estimated four tons of metal before setting out to eat five watches in front of a live audience.
Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, ate five watches on national television in just 94.07 seconds. To train for his big day, Kim had been eating more than one pound of metal every day.
4. Will and Te…
When drafting your final will and testament, there tends to be a ton of lingo that gets sorted out by lawyers. However, there is a record for the shortest will ever written and accepted by the courts. In 1906, Thorne V. Dickens had just three words in his will that read “All for mother.” This was contested, though, as it was unclear who Dickens was referring to.
It turns out that Dickens wasn’t talking about his actual mother. Instead, he had left everything to his wife/the mother of his children, thus “mother.” The will itself was admitted to probate, making it the official shortest will.
3. Can Opener
There are a lot of various records for performing a task in one minute as many times as possible, so it makes sense that there would be a record for most cans opened in one minute. However, there’s a very specific category that will surprise you: Most canned drinks opened by a parrot in one minute.
The record was set (or established in most likelihood) by Zac the Macaw. On January 12, 2012, Zac set out to untab as many sodas in one minute as he could. The end result was 35 cans ready for consumption. Zac doesn’t have the record for most bottle caps removed by a parrot in one minute, though, as that record belongs to Gordon the Macaw, in Los Altos, California.
2. Sporting Futility
Losing streaks can go for a very, very long time, even in the professional ranks. No professional team knows that more than soccer’s Woodford United F.C. Between April 2012 and November 2013, the team didn’t collect a single win or draw. Instead, they lost all 65 of their matches before beating Blackstones F.C. 2-1.
On the international stage, the country of San Marino had the longest losing streak. For 61 matches between September 2004 and October 2014, they lost every time, making it more than a decade without a win. Finally, in boxing, Reggie Strickland holds the record for most professional losses, amassing 276 of them between 1987 and 2005.
1. Enter the Badlands
Those that have spent some time watching competitive eating or browsing through YouTube may be familiar with Eric Booker, a.k.a. Badlands, a.k.a. BadlandsChugs. After spending a lot of time trying to set new eating records, especially at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Badlands turned his attention to being the world’s best chugger.
Badlands has set a lot of Guinness World Records for chugging, including downing a liter of Mountain Dew in just 6.8 seconds. Perhaps his best accomplishment, though, came when he chugged two whole liters of soda in 18.45 seconds.