In 1986 Cleveland set the world record for most balloons released simultaneously. The releasing of over 1.5 million balloons had a horrific impact on the surrounding area. As Blood, Sweat, and Tears sing in their 1969 hit Spinning Wheel, “What goes up, must come down.” To all current and future record setters, this reminds us of one of our principles, “Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t hurt others. Don’t hurt the planet.”
Regardless, these images are absolutely stunning and slightly horrific.
Want to add a degree of difficulty to your record-setting? Try throwing a unicycle into the mix! Records involving the one-wheeled wonder look really impressive, as you can see from the collection of unicycle world records on RecordSetter.
If you’ve never ridden one, have no fear: with a few balancing tricks and good posture, you can learn the art of unicycling. Here’s Coach Bob on YouTube showing you step-by-step.
School is in session, everyone is back from summer vacation, and the monotony of daily routines threatens to crush your soul. But at least you have friends around. We wanted to make sure you remembered that record setting is not just a lone activity. To prove it to you, we hand selected some of our favorite group world records you can set with your friends at school, in your dorm, or at after work happy hours.
London, Kent is the Bloody Mary capital of the world! Ok, maybe not. But Kristian Foy along with 21 people did get together and drink Bloody Marys on a staircase, setting a (slightly buzzed) world record.
Adam Okrasinski of Brooklyn, New York piggybacked three people at once, a new world record. He stated beforehand that the people needed to stay on his back for at least 10 seconds in order for the record to count. Okrasinski set the record on March 31, 2009 at LVHRD‘s PHTHRD III party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Live in NYC? Come set this record with the RecordSetter team. This Sunday, September 25th at Make NYC Your Gym Day attendees will be invited to participate in an attempt to set the world record for Largest Zumba Dance Party in New York City. Zumba involves “dance and aerobic elements and incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves.” Basically, it’s going to be a whole ton of fun. The event starts at 12:30pm and the record breaking begins at 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, kids, grandma, or roommate. And look for us in our Yellow Jackets!
Here at RecordSetter we encourage everyone to get involved in setting world records. We also understand that you are a busy individual. That being said, each week we’re going to bring you three world records you can beat while sitting at your desk; right here, right now. No excuses, play like a champion.
This world record started with one lonely cat drawn on a child’s hand and has blown up to 247, drawn on the hand of college student Alyssa Weissman of Burlington, Vermont. Solidifying her dedication to this record, she drew the cats and checked them off with permanent marker.
Rob Costa of Quincy, Massachusetts displayed patience and endurance while setting up this fun to watch world record; a domino chain of 40 nickels successfully toppling. But don’t worry, you don’t have to display that same patience to watch. Costa was kind enough to submit a time lapse video of the process and success.
Star Trek fans can be found everywhere. They are young and old, male and female, introverted and extroverted. There might even be one sitting next to you right now. In order to celebrate this narrative-detail-obsessed group, it’s time to pay tribute to the Trekkiest world records on our site. If you consider yourself a devotee of all things Kirk and Spock, have a go at beating one of these.
In 1989, while performing his trademark “guitar windmill” move, The Who’s Pete Townshend impaled his hand on the tremolo bar and required hospital treatment. These are the kinds of injuries that can result from good, hard rock-and-roll.
The following world record competitors have risked bodily harm to pay tribute to Townshend. In true VH1 style, we go behind the scenes, tracing the history of this hardcore record.
The current record of 137 was set at the Pitch Fork Music Festival by Joseph Gunderson in 2009.
The record was born in paying homage to legendary guitarist Pete Townshend. Hayley Kennedy of Brooklyn, New York completed 125 air guitar windmills at a party in Williamsburg in 2009. Since then the record has been beaten three times.
Sure, 137 windmills in 60 seconds is a very tough standard to beat, at least for humans. But with all the rock concerts that happen each and every day, it’s surprising that this record hasn’t been broken in over two years. If you reckon you can take it on, submit your attempt at recordsetter.com/submit.
Otherwise, here are some records that have not yet been set, meaning that if you submit one of these categories, you’ll become a world record holder!
Three World Records Waiting to be Set:
Most People at a Concert Doing Air Guitar Windmills
Here at RecordSetter we get tons of super interesting and creative submissions. Each week we’ll be posting a short entry as an ode to the interesting and creative world records we love. Here are the three latest startling examples of human innovation.
Art Hoffman of Louisville, Kentucky created a domino chain in his driveway using 120 Altoids tins, then made the entire chain topple. Lest you think toppling tins would be mundane to watch, check out the slick editing and suspense in this video, complete with “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins as the soundtrack.
Sean Sonic of San Diego, California and radio station Channel 933 invented an all-American summer world record. To celebrate the 4th of July, he put on a hot dog costume and hurled himself down a Slip ‘n Slide seven times while being squirted with ketchup and mustard.
At RecordSetter we host a slew of impressive juggling world records on our site. Recently, Selyna Bogino, a young Italian juggler and acrobat artist, came across our computers. This girl has some insanely unique talents (and we see a lot of talent!). She juggles…upside down…with her feet. In the video description Bogino says, “I’m practicing at home for fun,to beat the world record of the longest and most difficult 5 balls routine ever..!”
We wish her the best of luck, definitely looks difficult enough to us. Selyna, if you’re reading this, we’d be honored if you’d set some awesome world records on our site. We’d be thrilled to have you join our community.
Well, that definitely fills the inspiration quota for the day. Watch her video, then go set records!