A world record can be considered as one of the most remarkable feats that a human can experience in their lifetime, especially when it comes to achievements in sports or science, engineering and arts among many other things. But the book Guinness World Records collects all of these topics as well as the slightly more obscure (and sometimes rather stupid) ones too, like ‘most number of candles extinguished by farting’… Understandably, not many people are queuing up, or even have the niche ability, to even think of breaking that record themselves. Here are 25 of the most stupid world records that nobody has bothered to break—yet.
You’d imagine that someone who holds a world record would be a hero, right? Well, we aren’t judging who y’all choose your role models to be, but just so you’re aware, there’s a hero out there who can blow out more candles with their farts than you. Gerard Jessie from the Philippines extinguished the flames of five candles ablaze. All I can say is, don’t give me what he eats, thanks.
This reminded us of this lovely TikTok video:
A young boy called Fin Kehler from Utah holds the world record for having the most amount of snails on his face. Yup, that is a thing. On his 11th birthday, he asked his friends and neighbours to cover his entire head and face with the shelled and slimy creatures for ten whole seconds. Fun!
Reverend Kevin Fast, who has several other weight-pulling records under his belt and is dubbed the “world’s strongest man” managed to pull an entire 416,299 pound (about 29,735 stone) CC-177 Globemaster III aeroplane for almost 9 metres back in 2009. If he can, you can, right?
The convicted fraudster Jonathan Lee Richards has sued over 4,000 companies and individuals (so far), including Bill Gates and Pope Benedict XVI. He filed his first lawsuit against his very own mother because she didn’t take care of him well enough. Richards also tried to sue the Guinness World Records. One angry man, that’s for sure.
Please, don’t try this at home, but Michel Lotito (who passed away in 2007 aged 57) won a world record for eating around 900 grams of metal per day from an aeroplane. Which might I add, was entirely gobbled up. From the age of nine, he developed an unusual tolerance—and fondness—for eating dangerous objects like glass and metal, which are generally indigestible. Doctors discovered he had a pretty resilient digestive system and was diagnosed with Pica, which is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat non-food items.
Your average bog-standard human doesn’t usually tend to enjoy bad smells, especially bodily odours. That’s why there’s a billion-dollar industry whirling around to mask our bad smells. Products need testing though and there’s a job for everything, including armpit and feet smelling to see if the scent maskers work before they hit the shelves. Well, lab worker Madeline Albrecht holds the record for sniffing the most feet and armpits, ever—5,600 of them to be exact.
Shridhar Chillal from India didn’t cut his nails for 66 years, leading them to grow to just about nine metres long. The collective weight of all of that nail stopped him from being able to open out his left hand or flex his fingers—cramp much? He was smart enough to leave his right-hand nails short though, you know, just so he could wipe his ass and stuff…
If you’re one to swat away a bee coming a little too close to your lemonade, imagine having 673,000 of them covering your entire body. Not to mention that’s about 63 kilos in weight. Ruan Liangming, or should we call him, the ‘calmest man alive’, did exactly this, inspired by a 19th-century carnival act called ‘bee Bearding’ where performers placed a queen bee on their bodies thereby attracting thousands of her workers to their beard. Cool, cool, cool.
Beetles are the new health fad, are they not? Well, Ken Edwards was way ahead of the game, because back in 2001 he was crowned the title of ‘human to eat the most cockroaches in a minute’… 36 whole critters down the hatch! Mmm, delicious.
Some people are naturally hairier than others, but there’s one family that takes first prize. The Gomez family who lives in Mexico was awarded the title of ‘largest hairy family’ in the year 2000 because four of its members have around 98 per cent of their bodies covered in hair. The family actually have a condition called Congenital Generalised Hypertrichosis (CGH).
Passing wind on either end is completely natural, okay? But… possibly not as loudly as Elisa Cagnoni can. She can burp at a pitch of 107.0 decibels. That’s comparable to hearing a jackhammer from a distance of 1 metre away. That’s also comparable to something I’m really not too keen on hearing today or any other day, but you go girl.
Georges Christen ran 11 and a half metres while carrying an 11.7-kilo table and a 49-kilo woman sitting on top, between his teeth! Talk about strong gnashers. He also holds 23 other Guinness World Records, including the fastest hot water bottle inflated by lung power. Not the man to mess with, I’d say.
You can be as attracted to someone as you think you are, but even then, imagine kissing them for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat must have been really, really, really loved up. The couple won a world record, brought home the sweet cashula and also two diamond rings. No one has felt just as romantic since, so the record is safe for a little while longer.
Bullseye! The circus artist from California Nancy Siefker shot an arrow into a target that was over six metres away using nothing but her feet, upside down, using her hands where her legs should be. Can’t say I can even do that with my hands the right side up.
There’s always an overachiever in the room, and in this case, it’s Ashrita Furman. From Brooklyn, New York, the guy has become famous for obtaining the most Guinness World Records, ever. He has set a grand total of more than 600 records and still holds around 200. To think that people spend their lives just trying to get one single one… Furman can ride a unicycle while juggling, walk around with a lawnmower balanced on his chin, jump on a pogo stick for hours and push an orange with his nose for one mile, just to name a few.
Andy Jennings from the UK has driven the fastest wheelie bin at the speed of 72.568 kilometres per hour. He designed and built it, adding a racing motorbike engine, a gearbox, steering wheel and seat for him to sit on, then raced it on Elvington airfield. The Cinderella of bins, transformed from trash to kickass.
The Ivory Coast artist Laetitia Ky can do 60 skips over her own hair in 30 seconds. With hair extensions, yes, but still, 60 skips over something attached to your head is a feat that I don’t think many of us are set out to achieve. She also can sculpt her hair into pretty much anything, even a clitoris. Yay!
Pointless, but impressive all the same. In 2021, Sandeep Singh Kaila from Canada spun a basketball on the toothbrush that he was holding in his mouth for one minute and eight seconds. He’s not about to stop there either, Kaila is planning on breaking several other records too, including spinning four basketballs all at once for the longest time.
Beth John from Ohio built the largest yo-yo ever, taking over a year to complete the project it ended up measuring almost three and a half metres and weighing over 2095.6 kilos. The disc plunged 36.5 metres on a rope that was attached to a 150,000-pound crane before rebounding up and back down again. Why? Who cares, she’s built the largest functioning yo-yo because she can.
In 2021, Abolfazl Saber Mokhtari managed to balance 85 spoons on his body. Mokhtari has been doing it since he was a child, and told UPI that he can “focus on whatever I am trying to stick to my body, making me capable of transferring my energy and power to them.”
A very unnecessary accessory one would imagine but Odilon Ozare begged to differ—he made a hat that was almost five metres tall and was required to walk for ten metres with it balancing on top of his head. He is originally a hat maker by trade, and his grandfather initially inspired him to go after the record-breaking title because of a doll he was given when his grandfather passed away. Ozare told Guinness World Records that “one day I was making the doll a top hat with a rolled-up piece of paper. I was about to cut it and I paused for a moment… and made the hat 11 inches which is tall for a 9-inch doll,” which inspired him to make one for himself.
Apparently, Kevin Shelley thought it would be fun to see how many toilet seats he could break in one minute with nothing but his head. He broke 46 of them. Aside from the fact that he could have given himself a concussion, it’s a pretty niche thing to say you can do. Not that I’ll be trying it any time soon.
As cartoon-esque as this is, it actually requires a huge amount of upper body strength and probably a pretty strong ceiling. The Huy Giang holds the world record for rotating a total of 148 times in one minute while hanging from a power drill. Less boring than lifting weights at the gym to get fit, I guess?
For a man, getting kicked in the groin is excruciatingly painful, now imagine receiving the hardest ever kick to the groin on record. Kirby Roy volunteered to be delivered one of these fine boots to the testicles by none other than MMA fighter Justice Smith at a speed of 22 miles per hour, with 1,100 pounds of force behind it. With not much of even a flinch, Roy simply conceded, “That was a strong kick,” but explained to MMAUnderground that it’s because he had been kicked there so many times before that his nerves process only ten per cent of the neurotransmitter necessary to communicate pain from the testicles to the brain.
Measuring 3.53 metres tall and 2.02 metres wide, Rise Brands at Pins Mechanical Company in Ohio built the world’s largest table tennis (or ping pong) bat to ever exist. Why Brands built it in the first place doesn’t really matter, but at least he’ll never miss a ball again.
“What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?” is probably one of the most popular ice-breakers in conversations right after star signs. If you know a thing or two about frozen desserts, you probably assume that chocolate lovers tend to be flirtatious, vanilla enthusiasts, idealists and those who prefer mint chocolate chip, argumentative—while strawberry is linked to having an introverted personality trait. But what if someone with an iron stomach walked up to you one fine day and admitted that their favourite ice cream flavour is ‘squid ink’?
Apart from red flags, this claim is bound to raise eyebrows. Does squid ink-flavoured ice cream actually exist? Who even likes this crazy flavour? Well, buckle up fellow humans. Here are 20 ice cream flavours that will make you kiss your tastebuds goodbye forever.
Spoiler alert: some of these even require you to sign a waiver before purchasing them!
Japan seems like a good place to start for bizarre food trends. In 2013, Torimi Cafe—a peculiar place where customers can enjoy meals while being surrounded by birds—hatched a new recipe: pet bird-flavoured ice cream. Dubbed ‘Cockatiel’, ‘Java Sparrow’ and ‘Parakeet’, the three flavours are made with all-natural ingredients which merely imitate a bird’s flavour. No fowl play here, folks.
But in case you’re wondering what pet-bird flavours taste like, the cafe has got you covered. For ‘Java Sparrow’, imagine “the feeling of pressing the breast of a java sparrow into your mouth,” while ‘Cockatiel’ tastes like the moment “when you’re sleeping with your mouth open and your cockatiel runs over your face and gets its leg in your mouth.” Thanks for the mental image, Torimi Cafe.
If you ever find yourself stranded in a desert with nothing to eat but a cactus, you know what to do. At Fenocchio in Nice, France, this dessert from the desert actually sells. One of the reviews left on Tripadvisor for the ice cream parlour reads: “For years we have seen that they serve a cactus flavour… this trip we went for a single scoop. Unusual gingery taste to it. We won’t be having cactus ice cream again but we’ll definitely be back.”
Meanwhile, cactus-flavoured ice cream can also be found across Japan—with many claiming that it tastes like “drawing water from a cactus after being parched in a desert for days.” Now, that sounds tempting.
It looks like corn. It tastes like corn. Behold, the majestic corn-flavoured ice cream! Available at places including the Sweet Rose Creamery in California and the Korean Lotte Confectionery in South Korea, the flavour in question combines the sweet taste of corn and the creamy relish of ice cream. But according to food blogger Daniel Gray, it tastes more like “soggy popcorn that fell on a pile of yellow snow.” Yikes!
You know what they say: when in Tokyo, eat beef tongue ice cream! At the Yokohama Ice Cream Expo held in Japan, the flavour in question was, in fact, the bestseller—attracting thousands of fans back in 2008. “We have ice cream from all over Japan—from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south—but beef tongue has been the one that people keep coming back for,” organiser Manabu Matsumoto once admitted in an interview. If you’re wondering what it tastes like, imagine tiny chunks of a cow’s tongue folded into a base vanilla flavour. Maybe visualising a tub of frozen milky beef stew will help too.
If you’ve always wanted to taste a freshly-mowed lawn with a creamy texture, this is it. Available in places including Max and Mina’s in New York City and Chin Chin Ice Cream in North London, the ingredients of grass-flavoured ice cream include parsley, violet, lavender, lime leaves and lemongrass. At Chin Chin Ice Cream, you can even get your hands on ‘Chin Chin Freshly Cut Green Grass’ at a steal of £4.45 ($5.85) for a 200 ml serving.
Okay, who woke up and thought it’d be a good idea to infuse a dessert with something from the depths of the ocean? Those who have tasted squid ink-flavoured ice cream describe the odd combination as “sweet, salty, fishy and metallic” all at once. And if those claims failed to raise your eyebrows, note that the one available at the Soft Ice Cream Shop in Japan apparently leaves your tongue black after consumption.
Sorry, we’re still digesting the fact that garlic-flavoured ice cream exists on this planet. ‘Nuff said really.
Forget the black and blue dress, a major debate polarising the internet for the past year is Jeni’s bagel-flavoured ice cream. To date, there have been threats to call the police, offers to trade their first-born child and reactions from “pretty damn good” and “not at all gross” to “the worst thing I have seen in my life” for this one. And guess what? Including sesame, poppy seed, onion and garlic streusel, the cream cheese ice cream in question is re-releasing on 21 March 2022.
What if the creature that we scream at and run away from on beaches could be turned into a frozen delicacy? Well, that’s exactly what Charlie Harry Francis, award-winning inventor and owner of the company Lick Me I’m Delicious, thought while inventing jellyfish-flavoured dessert. While the protein extracted from the sea animal is its main ingredient, Harry Francis additionally worked with a scientist to synthesise the luminance of jellyfishes.
Simply put, the ice cream glows in the dark when you lick it. But to witness this neon green glow, you’ll have to invest £152 ($200) for a single scoop. So, here’s an image of the creation instead:
I scream, you scream, it’s craft beer ice cream! Carefully crafted to maximise the potential of a brew and bring out its best attributes, beer ice cream is available in flavours including ‘Honey IPA’ and ‘Brown Ale Chip’ at Atlanta-based ice creamery Frozen Pints. “We were having a barbecue, and a friend of mine happened to bring over an ice cream maker,” founder Ari Fleischer said in an interview. “One thing led to another, and my buddy actually spilled his beer right next to the ice cream maker. I saw it happen, and it just kind of clicked—why not pour it in and see how it turns out?” Well, thanks to Fleischer and his friend, you can now eat your beer.
American fast food chain McDonald’s is not far behind in crazy ice cream adventures. In 2018, some McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong started offering sweet potato ice cream—served in Oreo waffle cones. While the lilac soft serves packed quite an aesthetic punch contrasted by dark cones, those who tried the flavour have described it as “a mellow, gentle sweet taste” which was anything but bland.
“The taste requires a bit more time to settle on your palette, and requires a little more searching and identifying on your taste buds, but the effort is worth it, as the taste is incredible,” a food blogger wrote while sampling sweet potato-flavoured ice cream in Kamakura, Japan.
You might want to grab onto your churning stomachs for this one. In 2011, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri, triggered health officials when it whipped up an ice-cream infused with cicadas. Literally. To prepare the batch, employees collected the insects from their backyards. After removing most of their wings and legs (some of which were used to garnish the top layer), the bugs were boiled and coated in brown sugar and milk chocolate. They were then mixed with a base ice cream flavour and sold to customers—who reportedly loved it and compared the zest to the taste of peanuts. Turns out anything can be an ice cream flavour if you add milk, cream and sugar to it, huh?
If you still believe pizza-flavoured ice cream is a sin, McDonald’s China is here to rewrite that narrative once and for all. Last month, the fast food chain took the internet by storm with the debut of a limited-edition McFlurry sundae—with vanilla ice cream (so far, so good), coriander sauce and a topping of crispy coriander flakes. Say what now? Costing ¥6.60 (roughly £1), the bizarre creation was immediately branded as a “crime against humanity.”
In Japan, the locals call this savoury-sweet flavour a combination of “milk from the land” and “milk from the sea.” Available for ¥300 (roughly £2), the Mickey Mouse-looking dessert consists of two deep-fried breaded oysters embedded into a soft serve on either side with salty oyster sauce. Many enthusiasts who have tried this flavour admit that it sounds terrible but is surprisingly delicious. I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.
Another questionable dessert invented by mankind is lobster-infused ice cream. Created in 1988 by Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, the flavour includes real chunks of local lobster folded into each bite of vanilla ice cream. While many patrons have left positive reviews of the combination—by stating that the creamy vanilla matches the buttery lobster pretty well—there’s just something about mixing seafood with dairy that makes our stomachs churn.
Well well well, if it isn’t the food crime of the century!
Erm… maybe broccoli doesn’t actually sound like a bad idea after all. Bet hey, what doesn’t kill you makes a great ice cream flavour, right? At least that must be the motto behind Tokyo’s mamushi ice cream. For the uninitiated, mamushi is one of the most venomous snakes in Japan and is the main ingredient of the ice cream infused with the animal. An iron-stomached enthusiast who tried the flavour described their experience as: “My taste buds were fully aware of three parts—garlic, a bit of almond, but the third standout, well, I’ve never had viper before in any form (solid and liquid included) so that must’ve been it.” You’ve hit the jackpot, my friend!
Have you ever sat down for a Thanksgiving dinner and wanted to gobble up the entire table at once? Enter The Ice Cream Store in Delaware, known for its ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ flavour made of mashed potatoes, green beans and tomatoes with vanilla ice cream.
In 2011, Matt O’Connor, founder of Fathers 4 Justice and author of The Icecreamists, gained notoriety for making ‘Baby Gaga’ ice cream from donated breast milk. At the time, the flavour was launched with the help of Victoria Hiley, a breastfeeding mother and advocate who answered an advertisement asking for breast milk on Mumsnet. According to reports, Hiley donated 850 ml of breast milk which helped make the first 50 servings of the ice cream. It was then relaunched as ‘Royal Baby Gaga’ in 2015—following the birth of Princess Charlotte and to remind the Duchess of Cambridge and mothers around the UK of the benefits of breastfeeding.
As for the flavour, in this case, breast milk is apparently blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.
It’s another normal day at the Sweet Spot Ice Cream in the Philippines, where employees make dessert with nothing but milk, cream, sugar and… crocodile eggs. Yes, you read that right. Claiming that they’re healthier than chicken eggs, the flavour combines crocodile eggs with sweet Durian fruits. At least the ice cream won’t bite back, I guess?