If you’re so inclined, almost any activity usually performed with clothes on can easily be accomplished in the buff. Sleeping, reading, household chores and driving immediately come to mind as fitting into the naked friendly category. Of course, these day to day naked activities happen mostly in the realm of the private, often without the knowledge of neighbors, friends and co-workers. When nudity enters the public realm, it tends to elicit disapproving reactions.
On the one hand, Western culture has long celebrated the human form as a subject of beauty. Starting with the Greeks, much of western art continues to celebrate the human body in sculpture and art. Nudity was also an integral part of the original Olympic Games. On the other hand, attitudes regarding public nudity often change, depending on time and circumstance.
Currently many areas of the Western world, including the United States, Europe and Australia tolerate, if not celebrate group expressions of public nudity. Some such activities move to the realm of competition, with achievements for activities performed exclusively by naked participants receiving some type of formal recognition. A few, but not all, of the current naked records even receive a Guinness Book of Records certification. These are ten of the most bizarre naked world records currently held.
10. Naked Roller Coaster Ride
Amusement park roller coaster rides tend to challenge the courage of most clothed people. Now think about naked roller coaster riding. A British tradition, if one can call a few competitive attempts a tradition, also boasts a world record. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the current record for a group naked roller coaster ride was set in 2010 by a group of 102 riders at an amusement park in Scotland. The proceeding of the event went to a local charity.
9. Largest Naked Bike Ride
Sitting comfortably on a modern bicycle seat poses problems for the average rider. Siting naked on a modern bicycle seat only doubles the problem. While small naked bike rides, for fun and protest started popping up in cities across Europe and the United States sometime in the 1990s, at least according to Internet lore, large scale naked bike rides began trending right about the turn of the century, the 21st century.
In 2004, an informal organization – The World Naked Bike – provided the impetus for expanding the activity to a global scale. Today the event extends to seventy cities in twenty countries, making each year a record setting largest naked bike ride.
8. Record Naked Photo Shoot
Following the Western art tradition of celebrating the human form, Spencer Tunick has built a storied career photographing groups of nude people in various places around the world. Many of the photo shoots also address a larger topic. A recent naked photo shoot in Israel, for example, was intended to bring attention to the water issues of the area generally, and water issues of the Dead Sea in particular.
His largest naked photo shoot, a 2007 event, occurred in Mexico City’s Zocalo square, when some 18,000 individuals posed in various positions.
7. Largest Nude Wedding
The wedding industry is populated by people who earn a good living selling or renting dresses to brides, grooms, bridesmaids and best men. As such, nude weddings aren’t popular among wedding industry professionals. Fortunately for them, tradition holds.
Currently the record for the largest nude wedding consists of twenty nine couples, married in Jamaica. A Valentine’s day spectacular that occurred in 2003, there’s no report on the number of couples still together.
6. Largest Group Streak
Today’s most noted streaking events occur at sporting events, with individuals often showing it all for the fans in the stadium as well as the television audience. College streaking became a coming of age activity sometime during the 1970s, as a way for young individuals to demonstrate their autonomy while presenting their anatomy to the public. Shortly thereafter, group streaking began trending on college campuses.
Currently, the University of Georgia claims the record for the largest group streak, when 1,543 streakers took to the streets on March 7, 1974.
5. Largest Skinny Dipping Event – Multiple Venues
The fact that the Guinness Book of Records recognizes achievements in two skinny dipping categories attests to the popularity of the Activity.
In July of 2008, the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) coordinated the world’s largest skinny dipping event at multiple venues, getting the bathing suits off of 13,674 people, and their buns into the pools of 103 resorts around the country.
The AANR holds such an event annually, although not always on such a large scale.
4. Largest Naked Art Figure
The Marree Man of South Australia represents probably the strangest, rather than most titillating, naked record. As the story goes, in July of 1998, a passenger aboard a plane flying over Finniss Springs, a flat land near Murree, noticed a strange phenomena.
It was a 2.5 mile piece of earth art, better known as a geoglyph, depicting a naked Aborigine man. It’s thought to be symbolic of Australia’s original inhabitants. Due to wind and erosion, the Marree Man is slowly eroding and to date, no record of his creator has been established.
3. Longest Naked Racing Course
Naked running events pop up throughout Europe and North America on a regular basis. Some of the more popular, such as The Running of the Nudes in Pamplona, Spain, tend to get consistent media coverage.
Most of the lesser known naked running races average about 5k, with many billed as walk/run events. Perhaps the most challenging naked race, and certainly the longest, is the Bay to Breakers race. Held annually in San Francisco for over one hundred years, the race course covers twelve beautiful kilometers.
2. Naked Skydiving Record
It gets a bit chilly in the upper atmosphere. Nonetheless, naked skydiving has reached a certain level of popularity among the crowd that enjoys freezing their bums off. Different state and international organizations keep records for formal skydiving or parachute feats. The Society for the Advancement of Naked Skydiving keeps records for the United States.
Most records are state centered, with a skydiving group of eight from Wisconsin currently listed as the country’s naked formation skydiving champions.
1. Largest Skinny Dipping Single Event
Contestants from Europe, the United States and Australia continue to compete for the world skinny dipping record. It’s probably the most popular of the world’s naked activities. Individuals and groups practice this on a regular basis in the backyard sauna or pool, but larger group participation occurs in publicly approved places.
In March of 2015, the Guinness Book of Records announced a new skinny dipping record. This time a group of almost 790 participants in Perth, Australia participated in a sponsored event, just for the fun of it.
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