Friday, August 31, 2012

The Lighter Side of World Records

Hey all,

I was surfing the other day and saw this article about a water balloon fight setting a Guiness World Record.  It made me curious and I went and had a look at the video.  What a hoot!  I'd have joined in!  What about you?

As I watched the fun, I got to thinking about other records.  Not the normal ones, like the fastest man in the world (said to be Usain Bolt) or the oldest person on the planet (Besse Cooper at 116), but those odd-ball attempts at a world record, some, just to say you did.  So I went on a research quest and today's Lighter Side is a look at some of them.  Enjoy!!!

1)  A bee keeper in China, She Ping, broke a world record by covering his body with 33.1 kilograms of bees (about 331,000 insects). 
 I say... CREEPY!!!   I can almost feel the little critters crawling on me, and all I want to do is run around screaming!!!


2) Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons magnetized to his body during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Most spoons on a human body".
I say... Seriously?  Someone came up with this as a world record?  Body Spooning?  What about Magnetic Forking?  Or Knife Sticking?


3) Seventy-four scuba divers dance to set the world record for an underwater dance class at Sydney's Olympic Park Aquatic Centre October 27, 2006.
I say... Weird yes, but at least this one is fun.  Like the water balloon fight, I could get into doing something like this!


4)  Guinness World Record holder for the 'Most Pierced Man', Rolf Bucholz of Germany, poses showing some of his 453 piercings.
I say... AUTSCH!!!!  Which is German for OUCH!!!!  Why you'd do this to yourself is beyond me.  I don't mind piercings or tattoos, but this, IMHO, is way too much!!!  But it's his body, so...


5) And finally, one last really weird one...   June, 2011: Brian Spotts of the USA reclaimed two Guinness world records in egg balancing.  The Dacono man stood 900 eggs on end at a Hong Kong mall; he's also balanced a dozen eggs in one minute and 32 seconds.
I say...  And his mother said he wouldn't amount to anything when he grew up.  I'm sure he can use this skill in the real world.  How about you?  LOL

But then again, I work with people every day at Cirque du Soleil who jump on beds for a living!  So I guess anything can pay the bills!  

Until Monday!


CJ England
Follow Your Dreams


Phylis said...

We have two Guiness records in town. One for the most bands in a parade.

And we just got another one at the Nebraska State Fair for the most antique tractors in a parade.

Some of my fondest memories are of going to the farm and having either Grandpa, Mom, Daddy or Grandma take us for a ride on the tractor.
I guess these aren't weird they are just unusual. lol Can you hear the conversations for those people? "Yes. I'm in the book for the most eggs standing up. Seriously." LOL!

Phylis said...

If you highlight and right click you can go right to the sight. Sorry about the links!

Ray said...

Some of these records would be more at home in Ripley's Believe it or Not.

CJ England said...

Those are both awesome, Phylis. You live in a very famous place. LOL

CJ England said...

I agree, Ray. Sometimes I think they look for the oddest record they can get and go for it.