When it comes to world records, there are hundreds of unusual, bizarre and twisted talents that have won the title, including a man who collects dead rats, a woman who gave birth to 69 children and a kid who has a perfect score on over 30 different arcade games. Searching high and low, from east to west, through the best and the worst, we've come up with our Top Ten Weirdest World Records.
Biggest Super Mario Collection
25-year-old Mitsugu Kikai of Tokyo, Japan owns the largest collection of Super Mario memorabilia in the world, comprised of no less than 5,400 individual items. Mitsugu also used to collect Pokemon and Zelda memorabilia before focusing on his one true mushroom-jumping love. When asked if he had a girlfriend, Mitsugu said he never felt the need for one.
Deepest Underwater Cycling
Apparently, cycling on land was way too mainstream for Vittorio Innocent, who took a little jaunt on his two wheeler 66.5 meters under the sea. The deep sea cyclist apparently inspired a wave of followers set on stealing his crown, as only six months later over 100 attempts were made to beat Innocent's record – all of which failed miserably.
Longest Time Spent in Full Body Ice Contact
Bettering David Blaine's feeble ice-related attempt at shocking the world is the lesser-known Wim Hof of the Netherlands, who won the world record for the longest time spent in direct, full-body contact with ice, braving the cold for one hour, 42 minutes and 22 seconds back in 2009.
Tightest Frying Pan Roll
Yes, there actually is a competition in America (where else?) where men stand on stage and curl frying pans into rolls. Scott Murphy of the NXB Team Training Centre set the record with an aluminium pan curled to a 30cm circumference with his bare hands in just 30 seconds. The world-renowned strongman is said to build up his finger strength and pain threshold by punching walls at least three times a day, and also enjoys a spot of light gardening in his spare time.
Longest Ferret Legging
Ferret Legging is an endurance sport that involves trapping live ferrets in your pants for as long as possible. The current world record is held by a man from Yorkshire, who managed five hours and 30 minutes. Largely considered a dead pastime, one town in Virginia has admirably decided to keep tradition alive by dedicating a whole day to the ancient art of sticking ferrets down your boxers.
Largest Navel Fluff Collection
In terms of rare (and disgusting) collections, this one is a real big hitter. A librarian from Australia took his organisational skills to the extreme, keeping a colour-coordinated collection of his navel lint in jars. Apparently, he always marvelled at the amount of fluff he found in his belly on a daily basis, and so started 'harvesting' it during his stay at a youth hostel in 1984. 28 years later, the collection weighs a staggering 22.1 grams, and is quite literally growing by the day.
Largest Callus Collection
Florence Franklin of Peoria, Illinois, holds the record for the largest callus collection in the world. Florence has over 200 pounds of calluses in her collection, and keeps them in pride of place in her front room. Her collection has become so famous in her home town that some people even autograph their specimens to add that personal touch.
Longest Distance Pulled by a Horse Whilst on Fire
Disclaimer: No animals were hurt in the making of this world record... but a grown man did suffer 2nd degree burns. The longest distance pulled by a horse whilst completely on fire was 472.8 meters, achieved by Halapi Roland in Kisoroszi, Hungary.
Live Snail Sucking
Armand Forcalquier, of Marseille, France decided to ignore more traditional cooking methods, and ate his escargot the way nature intended. Forcalquier currently holds the world record for live snail sucking, de-shelling 1,238 of the gastropods in little over four hours – proudly boasting that, “They cling to their shells, but they can't get away from me”. Onlookers described the event as truly exhilarating. We'll take their word for it.
Heaviest Weight Lifted by Eye Sockets
Last but (unfortunately) not least, in 2009 Australia's own Chayne Hultgren (also known as The Space Cowboy) beat the world record for the heaviest weight lifted by both eye sockets, moving a 411.65 kilogram weight with strings hooked onto his lower eyelids. The weight was in fact a bicycle piled high with the record breaker's nearest and dearest.
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