• We have updated the guidelines regarding posting political content: please see the stickied thread on Website Issues.

World Records (Miscellaneous)

You know how it feels like you've been working at the same job for-freaking-ever? Behold the Guinness-certified record holder for working at the same company for the longest time ...

100-year-old man celebrates 84 years working for the same company

... Walter Orthmann, who turned 100 on April 19, was verified Jan. 6 as having worked for textile company ReneauxView -- formerly known as Industrias Renaux S.A. -- for 84 years and 9 days.

Orthmann was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest career in the same company.

"Back in 1938, kids were expected to work to help support the family. As the oldest son of five, my mother took me to find a job at the age of 14," Orthmann told Guinness.

He started working for Industrias Renaux S.A. on Jan. 17, 1938, when he was 15 years old. His proficiency in German earned him a position as a shipping assistant, he said.

Orthmann was soon promoted to a position in sales, eventually rising to the position of sales manager.

The 100-year-old said he remains in good health and still drives himself to the office.

"I don't do much planning, nor care much about tomorrow. All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise and go to work; you need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts. So, let's go to work," he said.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...est-career-in-the-same-company/8011651166770/
A 71-year-old woman has added another Guinness title - oldest woman to swim the length of the Sea of Galilee.
Maine woman, 71, becomes oldest to swim across the Sea of Galilee

A 71-year-old Maine woman with multiple Guinness World Records titles added a new accomplishment to her name by becoming the oldest woman to swim the length of the Sea of Galilee.

Pat Gallant-Charette, 71, a retired nurse from Westbrook, plunged into the water in Israel and swam 13 miles across the Sea of Galilee with a time of 8 hours and 22 minutes. ...

"I'm out for these swims to have fun and to show that as we age, we don't have to really slow down, that if you enjoy something, go for it," Gallant-Charette told WCSH-TV.

Gallant-Charette previously earned Guinness World Records titles including the oldest person to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the oldest person to swim the North Channel.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/05/10/oldest-woman-to-swim-Sea-of-Galilee/9251652214225/
How much rope skipping can one do in a typical work day (8 hours)? Here's the answer ...
Man jumps rope 71,185 times in eight hours, unofficially breaks record

A South African athlete unofficially broke a jump roping world record when he completed 71,185 skips in eight hours.

SD Heijns, 21, took on the record at Time Square in the Menlyn area of Pretoria. ...

Heijns completed 71,185 skips in the eight hour period, besting the Guinness World Record of 70,031 skips, which was set by U.S. athlete Sella Rosa Rega in 2019.

Evidence from Heijns' attempt is now being submitted to Guinness World Records for official recognition.

He said he is now planning to break other records for rope skipping in the 12-hour and 24-hour categories.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...Records-rope-skips-eight-hours/5421652127254/
A new world record for number of T-shirts worn while running half-marathon (111) has been set. It wasn't easy to do the running with an additional 40 lbs. of clothing.
Idaho man runs half marathon while wearing 111 T-shirts

An Idaho man broke a Guinness World Record by running a half marathon while wearing 111 T-shirts.

David Rush, who has broken more than 200 Guinness World Records to promote STEM education, said it took about 25 minutes for his support team to dress him in the 111 shirts before Saturday's YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon ...

Rush completed the half marathon with a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes and 55 seconds, coming in under the 3-hour time limit set by Guinness World Records. ...

The previous record of 82 shirts was set by British runner David Smith in November 2021.

The Idaho man said cool temperatures helped him during his attempt, but he still had to struggle with issues from the more than 40 pounds of added weight from the shirts.

"My arms lost circulation and after a couple of hours my hands swelled to what felt like twice the size, my normally loose wedding ring was a constricted ring, and I couldn't even touch my thumb across my hand," Rush said.
FULL STORY (With Video): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...st-T-shirts-worn-half-marathon/6151652723646/
A teenager in Vermont has unofficially set a new record for farthest distance walked on a tightrope wearing high heels.


Vermont teen walks tightrope in high heels for Guinness World Record

A Vermont high school senior unofficially broke a Guinness World Record by walking nearly 640 feet on a tightrope while wearing 4-inch heels.

Ariana Wunderle, a senior at Bellows Falls Union High School, climbed onto the 6-foot-high tightrope Monday in the school's gym and walked across the rope 52 times for a total distance of nearly 640 feet. ...

The current Guinness World Record for farthest tightrope walk in high heels stands at 49.2 feet and was set by Russian performer Oxana Seroshtan in 2014.

Evidence from Wunderle's record attempt, which was part of her senior project to raise money for nonprofit youth organization Circus Smirkus, is being submitted to the record-keeping organization for official recognition.

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/05/17/Guinness-World-Records-tightrope-high-heels/7611652806894/
Man breaks the world record for playing on the swing. 36 hours on the swing, beating the previous record by 2 hours.

Reading the rules about being allowed 5 minutes' break an hour — and being allowed to accumulate those minutes to take longer breaks — I find it hard to think of a less worthwhile record. As the French say, "everyone's son has gout."

Is it just me or all these records all crazy of late?
I stopped reading The Guinness Book Of Record's yearly book when they started including lame records like 'most texts sent in 60 seconds' type stuff .. actual large physical achievements seemed to have gone out of the window.
Australian knitters are awaiting Guinness certification for their creation being the world's largest tea cozy.
Australian group knits world's largest tea cozy

A group of Australian knitters came together to knit the world's largest tea cozy, measuring 16.7 feet tall with a circumference of 63.3 feet.

The Knit-A-Row-And-Go knitting group, based in Frankston, Victoria, teamed up with knitters in West Australia and Queensland to knit the massive cozy. ...

The finished product was made from more than 186 miles of yarn.

The group aimed to beat the Guinness World Record of 11.15 feet tall with a circumference of 36.4 feet.

Evidence from the attempt is being submitted to Guinness for official recognition.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...World-Records-largest-tea-cozy/3841653338510/
There's a new world record for individual marathon rapping.
British man raps for over 39 hours to break Guinness World Record

A British man who works as a schoolteacher in Spain earned a Guinness World Record when he freestyle rapped for 39 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds.

Daniel Alcon, 35, who uses the stage name DAlcon, took on the Guinness record for longest rap marathon (individual) in Valencia, Spain. ...

Alcon, who previously fell an hour short of the world record in a 2021 attempt, freestyled for 39 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds, successfully capturing the record.

The previous record of 33 hours, 33 minutes and 16 seconds was set by U.S. rapper Watsky in 2020. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...d-Records-longest-rap-marathon/2191653412260/
After much analysis, Guinness has certified a German surfer as having ridden the tallest wave any surfer has successfully surfed back in 2020.
German surfer rides world record 86-foot wave in Portugal

A German surfer broke the Guinness World Record for riding the largest wave -- an 86-foot monster off the coast of Portugal.

Guinness World Records announced Tuesday that Sebastian Steudtner, 36, broke the world record when he rode the 86-foot wave off the coast of Praia do Norte, Nazare, in October 2020. ...

The wave earned Steudtner the World Surf League Biggest Wave Award in 2021 -- the third time he has received the award.

Guinness World Records said measuring the wave was a long and difficult process that involved taking frames from a video of Steudtner's ride and using other objects in frame -- including the surfer's own body -- as points of reference to determine the height of the water.

Steudtner took the record from Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa, who set the record in 2017 at the same location that Steudtner would later visit for his own record-breaking.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/05/25/Guinness-World-Records/4291653499782/
Hopping mad! Frenchman breaks bungee jump record! Vid at link.

Bungee jump record smashed at Scottish bridge

A Frenchman diving off a Scottish bridge has set a new world record for the most bungee jumps in 24 hours. Francois-Marie Dibon notched up 765 jumps at Garry Bridge in Killiecrankie, Perthshire.

This eclipsed the previous record of 430 set by New Zealander Mike Heard in 2017.

Mr Dibon said: "I did not doubt we could do it. We have been building a performance for some time. We were lucky and blessed that it worked well."

An Idaho man has set a new Guinness record for wrapping a human in newspaper.
Idaho man wraps niece in newspaper for Guinness World Record

An Idaho man broke a Guinness World Record by wrapping his niece in newspaper with a time of 2 minutes and 53 seconds. ...

"Two of the hardest problems with this record is that newspaper is so easy to rip and it doesn't like to not rip when being pulled around curved surfaces. ... ," Rush said.

Rush said he enlisted his niece, Cypress, to be the person wrapped for his final attempt. He managed to cover her completely in newspaper in 2 minutes and 53 seconds, beating the previous record of 3 minutes and 5 seconds, set by British man Jonny Andrews in 2013.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...-David-Rush-newspaper-wrapping/1721654535271/
A Welsh man has set a new Guinness record for the most pubs visited (with a drink taken in each one) in a 24 hour period.
Welsh man drinks at 56 pubs in 24 hours for Guinness World Record

A dedicated drinker in Wales broke a Guinness World Record by visiting 56 different pubs in 24 hours and having at least one beverage at each.

Guinness announced Gareth Murphy, 29, of Caernarfon, drank at 56 Cardiff pubs in 24 hours on Feb. 5, breaking the record of 51 pubs set by Englishman Matt Ellis in 2021. ...

The record-keeping organization's rules required Murphy to have a drink at each pub, but the beverages were not required to be alcoholic.

Murphy said he did have some beer during his attempt, but his drinks also included orange juice, apple juice, Coca-Cola, lemonade, Diet Pepsi and cranberry juice. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...-most-pubs-visited-in-24-hours/3321654702985/
Even if you demonstrate a record feat or outcome, Guinness may still deny you record certification if other requirements aren't satisfied.
Strong winds ruin more than 3,000 cookies in Guinness World Record attempt

A Nashville bakery assembled more than 3,000 sugar cookies in a line at a baseball stadium to break a Guinness World Record -- but the attempt was disqualified due to the weather.

The Christie Cookie Co. assembled the sugar cookies into a line at First Horizon Park in an attempt to break the record for longest line of cookies. ...

The current record of 3,328 cookies was set by a company called UpSpring in China in 2019. ...

A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand for Monday's attempt and confirmed Christie Cookie Co. had beaten their target of 3,328 cookies.

The record attempt was disqualified, however, when high winds caused the cookies to be rendered inedible. Guinness World Records requires the cookies to be edible and not go to waste in order to be certified.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...-Guinness-World-Record-attempt/6491655231744/
A Swedish skier has earned a Guinness world record for longest rail grind (balanced skid along a handrail) - more than 500 feet.

Swedish skier rail grinds for more than 500 feet to break world record

An Olympic skier broke a Guinness World Record in Sweden when he completed a 506-foot, 10.3-inch rail grind on skis.

Guinness World Records said Jesper Tjader strapped on his skis at the Skistar Resort in Are and hopped up onto the rail while traveling downhill. ...

Tjader jumped back down to the snow after grinding the rail for 506 feet and 10.3 inches, Guinness said. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...Records-longest-rail-grind-ski/7181655152882/
"High winds rendered the cookies inedible", ummm.... what? They couldnt eat the cookies because it was windy?

The report didn't explain why the cookies were inedible. I suspect the winds blew them onto the ground, so they couldn't be distributed and eaten.
Last edited:
A British 5-year-old girl has been Guinness-certified as the world's youngest female published author.
British 5-year-old publishes book, earns world record

A 5-year-old British girl earned a Guinness World Record when she published a book that she wrote and illustrated.

Guinness World Records confirmed Bella Jay Dark earned the record for youngest person to publish a book (female) when her book, The Lost Cat, sold more than 1,000 copies, the minimum set by the record-keeping organization. ...

Dark wrote and illustrated the book with help from her mother, Chelsie Syme, and the tome was published by Ginger Fyre Press. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...rds-youngest-to-publish-a-book/8351655310832/