The Guinness Book of World Records has been a source of fascination and inspiration for people of all ages since it first hit the shelves in 1955. From the fastest runners to the strongest weightlifters, the book has documented countless achievements and records set by individuals from all corners of the globe.
But it’s not just physical feats that are celebrated in the pages of the Guinness Book. The book also features records for the most tattoos in one day, the longest fingernails on a pair of hands, and even the largest collection of rubber ducks. These unusual and often quirky records demonstrate that anyone can make their mark in the world, no matter how strange or seemingly insignificant their talent may seem.
With over 47,000 records and counting, the Guinness Book of World Records is constantly expanding and evolving. Every year, new records are set and new categories are added, ensuring that there’s always something new and exciting to discover within its pages. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, or just want to see what the world’s most impressive and unique individuals have accomplished, the Guinness Book of World Records is the place to start.
1. Meet Blosom the tallest cow ever
The female Holstein, pictured towering over her American owner Patty Meads-Hanson at a staggering height of 190 cm (74.8 in) – over 6ft tall – was first recognized as the tallest cow living after Guinness World Records visited Blosom and her owner at her home in Orangeville, in 2015.
Patty said, “The funny thing about Blosom was how unaffected she was by all the attention that seemed to surround her. As long as she had her oats, and daily chin rubs and ear scratches, life was good.”
Blosom was born to two normal-sized cows. and according to Patty, was even taller when she was eight years old. Always friendly with her owners, Patty treated Blosom like any other household pet and loved nothing more than spending time with her out in the field.
2. Snoop’s Giant Gin and Juice
Inspired by Snoop Dogg’s classic hit Gin and Juice, in 2018 Snoop, Warren G, Michael Voltaggio, Kim Kaechele and Kendall Coleman mixed a paradise cocktail containing 180 1.75 litre bottles of gin, 156 1 litre bottles of apricot brandy and 28 3.78 litre jugs of orange juice.
The massive mixed drink was unveiled live on stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in California, USA.
3. The biggest, heaviest rideable tricycle weighs 750 kg (1650 lb) and was built by Wouter van den Bosch in Arnhem, Netherlands, in May 2010
4. Age is nothing but a number to gymnast Johanna
In 2012 Johanna Quaas, 86, from Germany was awarded with the record for oldest gymnast and was still a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele
5. James and Chloe Lusted have been married since 2016. They are based in the UK and come from the same hometown.
Together they feature in the new Guinness World Records 2023 edition, and on 2 June 2021, they broke the record for the greatest height differential of a married couple
6. New record holder for longest ears on a dog is Lou, a black and tan Coonhound from Milwaukie, Oregon, USA. Lou’s ears measure an impressive 34 cm (13.38 in) each
7. Largest pumpkin sculpture. Ray Villafane (USA) carved a zombie apocalypse from two giant pumpkins – weighing 824.86 kg (1,818 lb 5 oz) and 767.9 kg (1,693 lb)
8. Longest toenails 👣 Starting in 1982, Louise Hollis (USA) grew her toenails to exceedingly great lengths. When measured at their longest in 1991 the combined length of all ten toenails was 220.98 cm (87 in).
9. Think saltwater crocodiles are big? Well even though they’re the heaviest reptiles on the planet today, reaching up to 1,200 kg (2,645 lb) – that’s roughly the same weight as two Minis – they’re puny in comparison to this beast.
This is a representation of the Sarcosuchus imperator, the saltwater croc’s ancient ancestor, which is estimated to have measured as long as 12.2 m (40 ft) and weighed as much as 8 tonnes (17,600 lb). If it was alive today, this image shows how big it would be compared to two taxis.
10. Traditionally, bulls are the sumo-wrestlers of the farmyard: big, heavy, immovable. At least that’s how the stereotype goes. But little Humphrey from Iowa, USA, measures just 67.6 cm (26.6 in) high at the withers (shoulder-blades), making him the world’s smallest bull (height).
11. Longest tail on domestic cat (living) – Cygnus Regulus Powers – 44.66 cm (17.58 inches)
12. The largest fan was confirmed as a new record on this day in 2009. It measured 8.48 m (27 ft 10 in) long and 5.18 m (17 ft) in height when fully opened. It was presented and measured at the Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Peak Galleria store in Hong Kong, China.
13. It took 11,000 tonnes of sand to create this spectacular new record for the tallest sandcastle (17.66 metres / 57.94 ft) by 12 sculptors & 8 technicians. The project led by Thomas van den Dungen’s Skulptura Projects GmbH at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen, Germany.
14. Meet the shortest living man (non-mobile), Junrey Balawing from the Philippines.
Junrey, pictured here being measured on his 18th birthday, measures just 59.93 cm (23.5 in) tall, as verified at Sindangan Health Centre in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, on 12 June 2011.
At birth, he was the size of a 1-litre coke bottle. His mother only started to suspect something was not right when Junrey was four years old as his friends began to outgrow him. The family sought advice and he was given medication to strengthen his bones, which unfortunately was not effective. Junrey is therefore listed in the non-mobile record category as he has difficulty walking unassisted.
15. A sea of blushing brides, Petrer, Spain. 1,347 participants set a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as brides, at an event organised by Sedka Novias The oldest person wearing her wedding dress was 92.
16. With an incredible 1,444 items in his personal collection, Sergio Bodini from Italy has the world’s largest collection of newspapers – all different titles.
At the time of confirmation, Sergio’s collection was made up of newspapers from 115 different countries – just under two-thirds of all the countries in the world.
Sergio started his collection when he was a 10-year-old boy in 1980. Initially, he kept them in his bedroom but as he’s gathered more and more, they’re kept in plastic boxes which are stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
17. New record: Largest human image of a bicycle 🚲 Congratulations to all 2,620 cycling enthusiasts in Moscow, Russian Federation who came together to form an enormous bicycle as the sun set yesterday at Saint Basil’s Cathedral.
The record attempt was organised by the Organizing Committee of Moscow Cycling Festival and Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow.