39 Strange and Intriguing World Records People Have Achieved

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26Ed McGivern

Ed McGivern was able to fire five shots at five yards into a silver dollar in 45/100ths of a second, shoot six hand-thrown clays, shoot a dime on the fly and that his Guinness world record for "The greatest rapid-fire feat" still stands (1932).


27. Michael Phelps holds the world record for most Olympic medals ever held but also the longest putt (160' Putt) ever televised.


28. The world record for long-distance archery is held by a guy named Matt Stutzman with no arms.


29. A cheetah named Sarah holds the record for the fastest 100-meter sprint in the world with 5.95 seconds.


30. Teddy Roosevelt once held the World Record for most hands shaken in one day, with 8510 at a White House Reception.


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31Betty White

In 2014, Betty White was awarded the Guiness World Record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female),” with a 1939 debut.


32. The world record for keeping a pair of ferrets in your pants is 5 hours and 30 minutes.


33. There is a "never-ending" wave in Brazil called a pororoca, attracting surf competitors from all over the world. The longest record for surfing a single wave is 37 minutes and was for a distance of 12.5 km.


34. A white guy named Snow from Canada is in the Guinness Book of World Records twice for having the best selling reggae single in US history, as well as the highest charting reggae single in history.


35. There was an armed interceptor version of the SR-71 called the Lockheed YF-12. It was the largest manned interceptor ever made and held several world records for speed and altitude. It was canceled after the secretary of defense held funding so it could be spent in the Vietnam war.


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36Jesse Owens

Widely regarded as the greatest achievement in collegiate athletics, Jesse Owens set 3 world records and tied a fourth all in the span of 45 minutes.


37. Scatman John's 1994 hit came after a long jazz piano career, non-vocal due to a debilitating stutter. He later saw scatting as purposeful stuttering to be used with his lyrics to remove shame. He went on to hit #1 in 14 countries, 32 Platinum & Golds, and break world records for music sales at an age of 53.


38. A Spanish athlete named Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo added 20 meters to the javelin throw world record in 1956 using a style that was later banned due to the danger it posed to the public.


39. According to Guinness World Records, the longest recurring actor in any video game franchise is Kane, from the Command and Conquer series, played by Joseph D. Kucan.

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