9 new world records to set your sights on surpassing
Are you up for the challenge?
From the world’s largest pepper to the largest gathering of zombies, new Guinness World Records are being set every day – and they were meant to be broken. If you've ever wanted to get your name on the list of world-record holders, here are nine records set in the past two years by ordinary people just like you. What are you waiting for? Break away!
Donating the most hair to cancer patients at a single charity event
In November of last year, Israel showed the world that, despite its small size, its heart is very big. In a charity event sponsored by Pantene Products Israel and the Zichron Menachem Association for the Support of Children and their Families in Jerusalem, Israel broke the world record for the largest amount of hair donated to victims of cancer in a single charity event. More than 250 women joined 200 hair salons to donate 117 pounds of hair to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Israel Hayom reported that while the event was set to be a three-day drive, the Israelis broke the record of 107 pounds in just five hours.
Most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone
Dimitri Panciera balanced 71 ice cream scoops on a cone during the Gelatiamo ice cream festival in Forno di Zoldo, Italy, in July 2012. The pink scoops started to melt, but never toppled over as Panciera joined the ranks of Guinness World Record holders.
Largest collection of video-game memorabilia
In January 2013, Guinness officially named Colorado web designer Brett Martin the world record holder for having the largest collection of video-game memorabilia. His collection, at the time, totaled 8,030 individual items and was worth more than $100,000. "Many of my friends know I'm a gamer," he told Guinness in 2013, "but I guess after this they'll realize just how passionate and obsessed I am!"
World's largest pepper
A massive green pepper, dubbed "Godzilla" by the children of Israeli produce farmers, was crowned the world’s largest pepper in the Guinness World Records 2013 book. The farmers at a community in Southern Israel first noticed the giant pepper when it failed to fit through the company’s produce sorting machine. Now the huge pepper, weighing in at 1 pound and measuring twice the size of an average pepper, sits in a place of honor in the farm’s main office for the admiration of visitors.
Largest gathering of zombies
According to Guinness, the world's largest gathering of zombies has become one of the most popular (and sought-after) records. With shows like The Walking Dead and the recent rash of zombies everywhere in popular culture, the record has changed hands a few times in recent years. Asbury Park's New Jersey Zombie Walk regained the crown in 2013 when 9,592 undead walkers joined their party. That's a whole lot of shuffling corpses on the Asbury Park boardwalk!
Largest cereal breakfast
On August 7, 2012, students in Auckland, New Zealand, attended an event organized by Sanitarium Weet-Bix (a popular type of cereal in the country) to watch the 2012 Olympic games alongside former Olympic champions from the area. They did this, all while munching away on 320 boxes' worth of cereal and using about 423 pints of milk, to set the world record for largest cereal breakfast attendance.
Ed Jarrett has broken his own record for the world's tallest sandcastle numerous times already, but the latest came in October 2013 on Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. His first record-breaking sandcastle was verified by Guinness in 1993 and stood at 21 feet, 6 inches high. His latest world-record sandcastle (dubbed "Sandy Castle" as it was created to raise money to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy) stood a whopping 38 feet, 2 inches tall.
Largest collection of pizza boxes
Scott Wiener of Brooklyn, N.Y., might just be the world's biggest pizza fan. Not only does he run a pizza tour company that takes people to famous pizza places in the Big Apple, he also has been collecting pizza boxes since 2009. On Guinness World Records Day in 2013, Wiener was officially certified as owning the largest collection of pizza boxes. His collection, at the time, included 595 different pizza boxes, but chances are good that he's well over 600 by now. Wiener has even published a book called Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box. Now that's dedication.
Largest serving of salsa
In August 2013, the University of Illinois cooked up a batch of salsa weighing a whopping 6,840 pounds. In order to make sure the salsa was ready to serve the incoming freshman during the university's annual convocation, they started mixing up the locally sourced ingredients at 4:30 am in a 1,500 gallon container. Anyone have some chips?
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