Growing up, most of us remember cracking open the latest Guinness Book of World Records we got at Christmas time and seeing who held the weirdest and most wonderful records that year. Everything from freakishly long fingernails to incredibly strong people, there’s always a strange niche that has a record holder. But not all of them are totally wacky and weird, some of them are amazing and great enough to make you green with envy.
Without further ado, here are six of the greatest Guinness World Record holders whose achievements will make you very jealous.
1. The World’s Oldest Person:
Jeanne Calment from France has managed to live to the incredible age of 122 years and 164 days old. She was born back in 1875 and she lived through a lot of pivotal world events. She lived to see the Eiffel Tower be constructed, she sold coloring pencils to the Vincent Van Gogh, and she lived through both World Wars.
She holds another Guinness World Record as the oldest person to appear in a motion picture, Vincent and Me, at 114 years old. She led a very active life well into her 100s despite reportedly having a terrible diet. She died in 1997.
2. Winner of a World Record Bet Amount:
Jon Heywood, a British soldier from Cheshire, England, made headlines when he won an astonishing £13,213,838.68 from a single online bet. Heywood had just opened his Betway account and played with just 0.25p and within 25 minutes, he became a millionaire.
His win went on to be certified by the Guinness World Records as the “largest jackpot pay-out in an online slot machine game”. With the money, Jon decided he wanted to help his poorly father and pay for the best medical treatment possible. He also wanted to treat his family to a vacation with a cruise around the Mediterranean and buy himself a Bentley.
He is still in disbelief about his mega-win, and to be honest, so are we!
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3. The Biggest Barbecue in the World:
We all love a good barbecue with a few pals on a hot summery day out in our own, private backyard. But, imagine what it would be like at the world’s biggest barbecue? That’s right, Uraguay beat Argentina to become the hosts of the biggest barbecue in the whole world.
Since Uraguay is a country with more cattle than people, there’s no better place for this event to take place. For the event, cooks grilled a whopping 16.5 tonnes of raw meat over 14 hours. They also prepared 4,000kg of Russian salad to eat with the beef and plates were sold for just $5 per plate. Now that’s an event we wish we could have been there for!
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4. Youngest Person to Climb Mount Everest:
American schoolboy Jordan Romero was the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest at just 13 years old. As he reached the top of the mountain, he called his mom and told her he was calling her from the top of the world.
It took 7 days for Jordan to reach the 29,035 summits. It’s not the only mountain he’s climbed either: at 10 years old, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro too. Two years after he climbed Everest, he became the youngest person in the world to complete the Seven Summits – climbing seven of the tallest mountains on each continent. At 15 years old, he’s done more than most people do in a lifetime, and it’s exciting to see what he’ll achieve in the future.
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5. World’s Richest Person:
The title of the richest person in the world was once held by Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. For years, his wealth remained unbeatable – that is until Jeff Bezos came around. Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon and is now worth a whopping $112 billion.
His wealth comes as no big surprise. Pretty much everyone you know, including yourself, has bought something from Amazon. What began as a small company running from his basement became a global conglomerate which is used by millions of people every single day. It’s an inspiring story for anyone looking to launch their own business and shows that there are no bounds for how successful you may be one day.
6. Longest Laughter:
It’s a bit of an odd one but a sweet one nonetheless. An Ethiopian man named Belachew Girma has been given the title of world record holder for the longest time spent laughing. He laughed non-stop for three hours and six minutes to win the title for himself.
Belachew is an amazing man who literally laughs in the face of adversary. He has sadly lost two of his wives to HIV and seen his home and business destroyed by fires and floodings. He sees the power in laughter as it helps carry away stress and pain. So, as a result, he heads up a non-profit organization called the Laughter for All Association Ethiopia. What an amazing man!
There are a lot of weird and whacky Guinness World Record holders out there, and they help make the world a little more interesting. These ones are more inspirational as they manage to achieve things most of us couldn’t imagine. Will you become a Guinness World Record holder in the future?