Body records are some of the most famous and long-running in Guinness books since people have had bodies for – well, a long time! Having long nails is a personal choice – some like it, and some don’t. Lee Redmond chose to start growing her fingernails out in 1979. Adding up all ten of the fingernails, they come to twenty-eight feet and four inches long, which netted her the world record by quite a margin.
Sadly, Redmond lost her nails in a car accident. That seems like it could be a joke, but it’s real.
Time to Make the Biggest Soup
If you're familiar with the “Guinness Book of World Records,” you're probably familiar with the food category. The most common record is to have the biggest something – pizza, doughnuts, Doritos. If there's a record for it, someone will get to work.
That someone was none other than Tony Glover of North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he set the world record for the world's heaviest onion ever recorded, weighing in at a whopping eighteen pounds, 11.84 ounces. The best part is, that he was then able to turn it into the largest bloomin' onion in the world.
It Requires Lots of Beans
Few things are as classically funny as a whoopee cushion. Once upon a time, you could hide one on a chair and wait for the hilarious flatulence to ring out at the dinner table. Nowadays it's not much as far as practical jokes go, but that doesn't mean Guinness wasn't interested in a really, really big one.
The town of Covington, Kentucky, decided this was what they were going to be known for, and they pulled it off in a big way. The cushion in question measured twenty-five feet in diameter, and it took far more than one pair of cheeks to trigger it.
Down the Hatch!
One peculiar category in these Guinness books is the swallowing category. Some people have the training and control to “swallow” something like a sword (without chewing, obviously) and then bring it right back up without suffering any damage. Definitely, definitely do not do this sort of thing at home – these are professionals.
Still, once you get good enough, you could do what performer Thomas Blackthorne did, sword-swallowing a freaking jackhammer that weighed eighty-three pounds and twelve ounces. He held the weight inside his body for a little over three seconds, and excuse us, we're just getting a little dizzy.
What Do You Mean “Voluntarily”?
As a kid, you probably went to the pool and tried to hold your breath for as long as possible. Maybe you got to a minute, or a little past it, but most people have a problem with passing eighty-seven seconds. It's called a breakpoint, and it's when your brain decides breathing becomes a priority.
Some people can train themselves past it, like Spaniard Aleix Segura Vendrell. He's a professional freediver, and he can spend a lot longer under the water – almost half an hour! He was recorded as holding his breath voluntarily for twenty-four minutes and 3.45 seconds.