The Guinness Book of Records, or more commonly known as Guinness World Records, was first published in 1955 by Hugh Beaver and was intended to keep track of unbelievable world records achieved throughout the history by people. The book is published annually, updating previous records with new ones, but some world records are made to never be broken by people who have a unique, special talent which they were born with.
There is a wide variety of records which people challenge for each year, from most hot-dogs eaten in a minute to, well, most toilet seats broken with your head. Surely many of these people know what they are doing and most of them worked for years to train themselves to succeed, but some of these records are made to never be broken in the near future.
It is always interesting to find out about what the human body can do and how certain people use it to their advantage. They reach new horizons with unforeseen results and the intention of dominating a certain sector to which they devote to for years in order to become the very best.
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15 The Fastest Man In The World
Who doesn’t know about the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt? In 2009, he was declared “The World’s Fastest Runner” due to his incredible performance at Rio’s 100m lap sprint which was completed in less than 10 seconds with a top speed of 45 km/h. Bolt won 3 different gold medals for the 200m run (19 seconds) and the four 100m laps finished in just 37 seconds, speeds which were believed impossible to be achieved by today’s human. But the 30-year-old Jamaican sprinter managed to defeat these principles through his unbelievable agility which proved everyone wrong.
Bolt was the first athlete to win multiple consecutive Olympic titles and was declared the athlete of the year in 2008, shocking millions with his rare talent.
14 The Richest Man In The World
We all know him; he has reinvented the 21st century with his innovative software which has brought people and PCs closer than ever. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world with a current net worth of $80 billion thanks to his massive business ― Microsoft. Gates dropped out of Harvard along with his friend, Paul Allen in 1975, and founded Microsoft just 2 years later.
His operating system, Windows, runs on over 60% of today’s computers, conquering its well-known competitors, Apple OS, Linux, and Ubuntu. Gates was born on the 28th of October and is currently 61 years old, but he was not the richest person to have ever lived, though.
The richest person ever recorded was John D. Rockefeller, which had an estimated net worth of over $300 billion from his “Standard Oil” business, which was profiting from the rising demand for oil in 1890 (which made him become America’s first billionaire), but that is not it. The actual richest person to have ever lived was Caesar Augustus, with a net worth of $4.6 trillion, since he owned all of Egypt.
13 Heaviest Weight Pulled By A Tongue
Thomas Blackthorne managed to lift 12.5kgs (27 pounds) with only his tongue, which was pierced by a hook holding the four weights. He has trained over the course of over six years in order to be able to beat this record and managed to hold the weights for over five seconds, during which the audience felt terrified and prayed that Thomas will get through his act without any incidents; admirably, he did.
In the end, Thomas went home with a new world record and an undamaged tongue. This is a record which sure won’t be broken, since Thomas’s record was held since the 11th of September 2004, and since then, there was only one person to break this record three times in a row - him.
12 Captain Eric Melrose Brown
Captain Eric Melrose Brown has flown over 485 planes over the course of his life and successfully landed each and every one of them, making him the most decorated pilot in the history of the Royal Navy. Due to those circumstances, he thinks his record will never be topped.
Brown has also flown almost every single category of aircraft and has fought along the Royal Navy in World War II. On top of that, he was the first pilot during this time which took a jet off from an aircraft carrier.
Captain Brown was born on the 21st of January 1919 and died this year in February.
11 Most One-Handed Push-Ups
Paddy Doyle, declared “The World Fitness Endurance Champion,” has some records under his belt but his most impressive one is the “most one arm push-ups completed in 5 hours”, with the astonishing number of 5,260 continuous repetitions; something very few would dare to challenge. The British athlete first entered the Guinness World Records in 1987 and since then broke over 100 records.
He has also broken the world record for most push-ups in a year which was of 1,500,000. Doyle was mostly mentally pressured by this challenge since he was surrounded by “Guinness World Record” representatives every day, which were monitoring his daily routine of push-ups throughout the year.
10 Fallout Boy
Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the world record owner for "most atomic blasts survived throughout one’s life." Tsutomu managed to survive two atomic blasts which were meant to end his life, but they didn’t.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was born on March 16, 1916 in Nagasaki. He was on a business trip to Hiroshima when the first bombing happened, and just three days later returned to work, where the second bombing happened. Only 64 years later was he truly recognized as a survivor by the government of Japan. Tsutomu died at the age of 93, on January 4th, 2010 from stomach cancer.
9 Kevin Fast
Kevin Fast has set an incredible record which may never be broken. He has pulled an airplane over the course of 8.8 meters (28 feet) by only using his body. The plane weighed a whopping, 188.83 tonnes (416,299 lbs.) making people skeptical regarding Kevin’s intentions at the beginning, but after just a minute Kevin made the plane move, and he could have gone much further if he wouldn’t have had a finish line, he says. Kevin works as a priest and owns over five weight pulling world records.
8 The Human Conductor
Roy Sullivan was a park ranger in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia and during his lifetime, he was hit by lightning 7 times, miraculously surviving each and every one of them. He was recognized by the Guinness World Records only after they have documented about all of the happenings.
One of these incidents took place on a mountain road. A lightning reflected onto a tree and into the open window of his truck; knocking him unconscious and burning most of the hair on his body, his truck stopping right near the edge of a cliff.
Another incident happened in 1973. During a patrol night, Sullivan spotted a storm cloud following him, so he tried outrunning it; when he thought the cloud was gone, he got out of his truck. As soon as he did, the lightning struck him; crawling throughout his body and setting his hair on fire, which, while still conscious, was put out with a can of water that he always held in his truck.
7 Tallest Man In The World
Most of you may have heard of the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, aged 33. The Turkish farmer is measured at a staggering 250 centimeters (8 ft), making him sure that he stands out of the crowd.
Sultan Kosen was given the “Guinness World Record” award for being the tallest male alive. This was due to a tumor that affected his pituitary gland, responsible for controlling height. This flaw did not only give him a few extra feet, but also fame and recognition around the world because of his abnormal height.
Kosen has gotten surgery since then in order to fix his problem, and his growth stopped. He is now a healthy man which is very proud of his title due to all the attention he’s got for his unusual height.
6 Mr. Eat's All
Michel Lotito is the World Record holder for the “Strangest diet.” Over the course of his lifetime he has eaten a total of 9 tons of metal, from bikes to an entire Cessna 150 airplane - that’s right.
Michael suffers from Pica, a disease which makes him want to eat indigestible objects such as dirt, glass, metal and anything that a normal human wouldn’t. A normal dinner for him would consist in a few screws, a broken bulb, some bolts, and salad dressing, for design, of course. Lotito has died on June 25, 2007, aged 57, due to natural causes.
5 World's Fattest Man
As a result of such a hearty meal, there are outcomes. John Brower Minnoch is known as the world’s heaviest man; he weighed in at a stunning 1,400 lbs. which is roughly 640 kilograms, the weight of a 1992 Subaru Vivio, making him the heaviest man ever recorded.
John was born on September 29, 1941, and at just the age of 12 he weighed 133 kg (294lbs). His weight since then gradually increased until he was hospitalized due to a cardiac arrest from which he recovered. He then started his treatment which was based on a strict weight-loss diet.
He has lost over 400 kg (880 lb), but one year later, his weight started to get out of control again and he discontinued the treatment, only to die 2 years later at the age of 41 due to edema.
Jonathan Lee Riches holds the Guinness world record for filing the astonishing number of 4,000 lawsuits on many different companies and individuals during his lifetime. Once he found out about this, he sued the Guinness World Record books.
Riches was a former prisoner which was released in December 2012 and since then; filed over 4000 lawsuits. He even started including a copyright symbol in his signature since March 2006 in order to make sure no one is ever going to copy it. He has been nicknamed “Sue-per-man” and some of the people he sued are President Bush, Bill Gates and even Pope Benedict XVI.
3 Biggest Biceps In The World
We have all seen some well worked-out biceps throughout our lives but none like Moustafa Ismail’s, an Egyptian bodybuilder who holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest biceps in the world; with an astonishing diameter of 65 centimeters (25.5 inches).
Many people speculate that this is a result of a prolonged usage of Synthol, a muscle-enlarging product, but Moustafa denies this. He says his nutrition, proteins, and genes made him become who he is today, and he is proud of that.
The bodybuilder has since then been featured on TLC’s Strange Love, in which he met the love of his life, Nicole, and they are now both living happily together.
2 Most Subscribed YouTube Channel
The most subscribed channel on the video streaming platform YouTube belongs to Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, a 27-year-old Swedish gamer which, over the course of eight years, has managed to get the astonishing number of 50 million subscribers - making him the most subscribed channel in the world and surpassing the second most popular channel, HolaSoyGerman, by 20 million.
To put this into perspective, South Korea has 51 million inhabitants, Canada has 36 million, and Spain has 46 million. It is speculated that his net worth is around $60 million dollars - his main source of income coming from video ad-revenue. The successful YouTuber now lives in the United Kingdom along with his girlfriend, Marzia Bisognin, which is also a YouTube celebrity with over 5 million subscribers.
1 World Record For Most World Records
Ashrita Furman, aged 62, is the proud owner of the “World Record for Most World Records” title. Furman held over 550 different world records, but is currently holding only 200.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York and works as a store manager. His quest for hunting records started in 1979, one of his first world records was for most jumping jacks (27,000), followed up by many other different achievements such as breaking the Guinness record for the fastest mile on a kangaroo ball, longest underwater cycling distance, longest distance balancing a milk bottle on the head, fastest mile in somersaulting, world’s largest pencil, and many, many, more; making him the man who he is today, the world’s World Record holder.