When it comes to celebratory gestures, nothing beats the satisfaction of a perfectly executed high-five. The following world-record holders have taken the two-person palm-slap and thrown on some extra effort and flair, resulting in achievements that will bring your hands together in spontaneous applause.
Craig Morrison and Sam Stilson of The Record Collection made a high-five that measured 87.1 decibels. The duo experimented with a variety of lubricants, including peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, to see which liquid would result in the loudest slap. Things got messy. Behold:
Athletic scamps Ben Jenkins and Kia McNeely ran towards each other for a combined distance of 6.44 kilometers (4.0 miles) before slapping a high-five. They kept their high-fiving hands raised in the air for the duration of the feat.
If you’ve never seen a stick bomb in action, stop everything you’re doing and watch this video immediately:
Suitably impressed and maybe a little freaked out? Good. Let us begin.
To make your own stick bomb, you’ll first need to learn the weaving technique. (Though there are a few methods, the most common, as seen in the video above, is the cobra weave.) Grab yourself a huge bag of popsicle sticks and warm up your fingers, because Andre, a.k.a. coolvids317 on YouTube, is about to give you a thorough tutorial.
Most of us would have trouble doing one back handspring. Chelsey Kipping can do 32 in a row. In July 2010, the then 13-year-old gymnast from Valmeyer, Illinois, showed off her tumbling talents for an important cause: honoring a friend who had been killed by a drink driver with a new world record for Most Consecutive Back Handsprings.
RecordSetter: Tell us a bit about yourself! How old are you, where are you from and what do you like to do?
Chelsey: I’m 14-and-a-half years old (almost 15), I live in Valmeyer, IL. I’m a level nine gymnast and I’m obsessed with gymnastics so that takes up most of my time. I’ve also become a cheerleader. I love kids so I babysit whenever I can. My brother is in college. So when he comes home I really enjoy spending time with him. When I have days I’m not at gym I am with my best friend Miranda. Either watching her play her sports or just wasting time.
What made you set the handspring record?
I had done a “Flip-A-Thon as a fund raiser for my gymnastics at the Mid Summer Celebration in Valmeyer for a few years. Each year, I did more back handsprings. The announcers would always “interview” me between innings. It was Mel Patton and Artie Voellinger, and they were very nice and funny.
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This past week Radio Station K-Rock 89.3 in New Minas, Nova Scotia completed their 3rd Annual World Record Week lead by DJ, Mel Sampson. The results included the breaking of two records that were originally set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, frozen waffles, cardboard towers, and more. Read on for a glimpse into the life of a Canadian radio DJ; and one of our favorite record setters.
Originally set by Isla Fisher on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mel showed no fear as her hands became icy from holding 73 frozen waffles. It’s safe to say the office enjoyed this one…those waffles didn’t go to waste.
This was more than just “can I get fries with that.” Mel was able to befriend this friendly drive-thru associate and asked almost 100 questions. The result of which is a pretty hilarious and strange conversation.
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.
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.