These categories are often completely invented and submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. So in honor of the release of the Guinness Book of World Records 2013, here are the 15 weirdest records broken by people around the world. Like many of the records it charts, the Guinness book was the product of a can-do spirit and the need to validate one's pride. Over the ensuing decades, the book became a phenomenon, selling more than 120 million copies in 37 languages.
If you're having a hard time grasping the importance of becoming the world's fastest kiwi peeler(multiple-record holder Alastair Galpin set that mark this week, stripping and eating the fruit in about 16 seconds) you're not alone.
In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of the Guinness Brewery, went on a hunting trip with friends in Ireland.
Figuring that pub-goers would be grateful for a record book that settled debates and bar bets, Beaver created one.
The McWhirters were stringent fact-checkers, often traveling long distances to adjudicate whether potential-record holders met the book's standards. Though he considered himself an excellent shot, Beaver was unable to bag any golden plovers. In 1954 he tapped a pair of brothers for the task: Norris and Ross McWhirter, who ran a London fact-finding agency. Some 175 miles away, at a juvenile detention center in Wigan, prisoners and staff took turns running on a treadmill in a bid at setting the fastest time for a collective 100-mile run. The idea was to distribute the book free of charge to bars in a ploy to generate publicity.
Upon returning from the trip, neither he nor his friends were able to locate a reference book that provided the answer. He notched his first in 1979 by doing more than 27,000 jumping jacks, and has since hop-scotched the globe in search of new marks, tacking on records for rope-skipping (on a pogo stick) at Cambodia's Angkor Wat, hula-hooping at Australia's Ayers Rock, and traveling the entire 12-mile length of Paul Revere's Massachusetts ride in forward rolls.
Some 50,000 copies were reprinted and sold; demand proved so high that the book went through three more editions over the next 12 months.
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