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7 bizarre Guinness World Records
Since 1955, Guinness World Records has been celebrating the best and most fascinating people among us. The fastest runners, the fastest eaters, the person with the longest fingernails… they all have a place in history thanks to Guinness World Records. While many records are very impressive, though, some are just downright strange. Here are seven bizarre Guinness World Records that you would probably rather read about than try to break.
Most people at a virtual funeral
In 2005, a Chinese gamer named Snowly played “World of Warcraft” for three days straight (which almost seems like it could be a record in and of itself). This proved to be too much for his body to take, though, and he died of fatigue. To celebrate his life, more than 100 other gamers filed into a virtual cathedral inside the same game and held a virtual funeral service for him. After this incident, the makers of “World of Warcraft” and other Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) have changed the set-up of their games to include breaks to prevent obsessive gaming.
Farthest marshmallow nose-blow
This one is a bit gross, but the farthest a marshmallow has flown after being blown out of one person’s nostril and into the mouth of another person is 17 feet, 11 inches. The nose-blower was Paul Prado and the catcher (who must have had a lot of faith in Paul) was Sophia Rojas, who carried out this feat on the set of “Guinness World Records Gone Wild,” which is taped in Los Angeles, California.
The wealthiest cat in history is Blackie from the United Kingdom. When Blackie’s owner, Ben Rea, died in 1988, he left his $12.5 million fortune to the cat, which was the last living member of the 15-cat family he had lived with. Rea was a reclusive antiques dealer who wanted nothing to do with his family, so when he died, he split his fortune between three cat charities, with the understanding that they would look after his beloved Blackie.
You Jianxia of China holds them Guinness World Record for longest eyelash, with one of her lashes measuring 4.88 inches long. It is possible that this lash is even longer now, as the last official measurement was conducted on June 28, 2016. It is not clear why this woman’s eyelashes are so long, but she probably goes through a lot of mascara!
First implanted antenna
The first implanted antenna was implanted in the head of a British man named Neil Harbisson in 2004. The antenna, which makes him look as if he was part-robot or perhaps an alien (which many people would enjoy here in 2019, as well), allows him to receive phone calls and use the internet, but it also does something much more incredible: it allows him to “hear” colors. The antenna “converts light waves into sound waves and transmits this to Neil’s inner ear,” making him one of the only people on Earth who can simultaneously see, smell, and hear a red rose at the same time.
Most toilet seats broken by the head in one minute
Kevin Shelley of the United States broke a record 46 wooden toilet seats over his head in one minute on September 1, 2007. This was accomplished on the set of a Guinness World Records television show taped in Cologne, Germany, so it is possible that America now owes this country some new toilet seats!
Most beer bottles opened by a chainsaw in one minute
Who wants to use a regular old bottle opener when you could use a chainsaw to open a beer bottle? This was Ashrita Furman’s idea when he broke the record for “most beer bottles opened by a chainsaw in one minute” in May 2016 in New York, New York. He opened a whopping 24 bottles in sixty seconds, beating his own previous record.