The Guinness World Records has showcased some of the most incredible feats of man and features of nature. Then there are those that somebody had the misfortune of setting. These ten bizarre and unfortunate accomplishments are the top ten world records that nobody should ever want to beat.
All records in this Archive have been officially reported and recognized by the Guinness World Records.
Highest Percentage of Burns to the Body Survived
Let’s face it, most of us break down into a tirade of obscenities when we accidentally touch the tip of our finger to a hot stove. Imagine being Tony Yarijanian of Glendale, California, who survived to tell the tale of when he had 90% of his body covered in burns. On a normal February day in 2004, Tony was cleaning his nail salon when he noticed an unbearable stench. Though it was unusual, he went about his business until he started the dryer. The stench was natural gas, which ignited when the dryer started. The business owner was engulfed in flames, which left him covered in third-degree burns. After a 3 month coma, 60 blood transfusions, and 25 surgeries, Tony awoke to learn he had received quite the unwanted Guinness World Record.
Most Lightning Strikes Survived
On June 25th, 1977, Roy C. Sullivan survived his seventh lightning strike, earning him the record for most lightning strikes survived. It all started in 1942 when his first encounter with lightning left him short one big toenail. Twenty-seven years later, the ex-park ranger lost his eyebrows in another strike. Not satisfied with his current brushes with nature, Sullivan shockingly continued to tempt the Zeus and, during a 1970 lightning storm, had his left shoulder seared. The hits kept coming in 1972, 1973, and 1976, with injuries ranging from seared skin to his hair being set on fire. Ironically, despite nature’s many attempts at killing Roy, he took his own life instead in 1983 at the age of 71.
Farthest Distance Survived in a Tornado
This record sounds like it would have been a hoot to set, but chances are Matt Suter of Missouri wasn’t having the time of his life when, on March 12th, 2006, he was picked up by a tornado and traveled 1,307 feet or roughly 398 meters in the belly of the beast. The 19-year-old was in his grandmother’s mobile home near Fordland, Missouri when the raging storm came in. Amidst the frenzy of the storm, the roof of the home was ripped off and Suter was pulled out and was knocked unconscious. When he finally awoke, the unprepared traveler was lying on a patch of grass, alive and relatively safe.
Most Mouse Traps Released on Tongue
Fifty-nine. That’s exactly how many mouse traps you would have to release on your tongue in one minute should you decide to try and beat Sweet Pepper Klopek from St. John, Canada’s record; and that’s only if you want to beat him. You’ll need a few more than that to put some distance between you and the July 16th, 2015 record, which was achieved at the 25th Annual Busker’s on the Bay Festival. Then again, you’re not an insane person, so you probably won’t be vying to even match Sweet Pepper’s mind-boggling record.
Largest Bone Tumor
On March 10th, 2002, 35-year-old Naresh Kumar of India was admitted to the hospital by Dr. B. K. S. Sanja with a malignant bone tumor weighing 36 pounds or roughly 16.5 kilograms. The tumor, which was successfully removed, was measured at 17 inches or about 45 centimeters long and 11 inches or roughly 30 centimeters wide. For a frame of reference, that’s about 3 inches or about 7 centimeters shorter than the average baby and the same weight as a mid-sized microwave. Though Kumar survived the operation and was immortalized for having the largest bone tumor ever removed, we have to assume he’d much rather have gone unrecognized for, you know, not having a massive tumor.
Longest Time Alive with a Bullet in the Head
The upside to this strange record is that William Lawlis Pace survived. The downside is that, in order to obtain this record, he was shot in the head! Pace’s record started in October of 1917 when he was accidentally shot in the head at 8-years-old. Eighty-nine years later, on July 20th, 2006, Pace underwent x-rays that showed the bullet was still lodged in the back of his head. The former Wheeler, Texas resident suffered facial disfigurement, total hearing loss in one ear, and partial blindness in his right eye – let that be a warning to anyone wanting to try and beat his record.
Most Kidney Stones
Kidney stones aren’t fun. They’re a pain when they form and even more-so when they’re expelled. So just imagine how Dhanraj Wadile of India felt when Dr. Ashish Rawandale removed over 172,000 kidney stones from his left pelvic kidney on December 9th, 2009. The mass of stones took around three hours to remove during an endoscopic operation at the Institute of Urology in Dhule, Maharastra. While Dr. Rawandale is credited for the official record for the removal, we think the real honor has to go to Wadile, who suffered from over 100,000 stones inside of him – and that’s the record we’re sure you won’t want to beat.
Most Bones Broken
He may have been American’s finest stunt performer, but earning that title doesn’t come without a lifetime of pain and broken body parts. By the end of 1975, just six years prior to the end of his performance career, Robert Craig Knievel, otherwise known as Evel Knievel, suffered 433 bone fractures. According to the Guinness World Records, this is the most broken bones suffered in a lifetime. Think you can surpass his record… you know, without dying?
Most Bones Broken
Wait a second, somebodies pulling my chain. Hold on, let me just… Oh, uh, okay. So, apparently the world record for most scorpions in the mouth goes to American Dean Sheldon, who really needs to rethink the course of his life. On November 24th, 2001, the audacious Mr. Sheldon held 21 scorpions in his mouth for ten seconds on the set of Guinness Rekord TV in Stockholm, Sweden. If you’re an arachnophobe, the site of scorpions crawling out of Sheldon’s mouth should fuel your nightmares for a few months.
Most Football Management Rejection Letters
Some people just aren’t meant for the things they love. From November 16th, 1994 to June 4th, 2013, United Kingdom native David Boyne, who wanted nothing more than to join prestigious football clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United, was sadly rejected. Over the 19-year period, Boyne received 126 different letters of rejection, and though they may have shut down his football career, they gave him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records instead.