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Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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The Oldest Land Creature Ever

  • Year Set: 2019
  • Who Set It: Jonathan The Tortoise
  • Nationality: N/A

We know by now that both turtles and tortoises are capable of living extremely long periods of time. While most of the animals that live the longest seem to reside in the water than on land, the tortoise manages to exist in both. Specifically, one known as Jonathan the Tortoise. We know he was hatched around 1832, and as of this writing, he is still alive. This makes him around 189 years old! Just imagine all Jonathan has lived through. This mark is obviously a world record, the question now is how much longer can he live? It seems like he’s trying to make the record completely unbreakable at this point.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Longest Journey By A Butterfly

  • Year Set: 1989
  • Who Set It: N/A
  • Nationality: N/A

How could anyone ever know the distance traveled by a butterfly? Well, it is quite simple: you tag it. This was done by a team led by Donald A. Davis when he released a butterfly in September of 1988. They recaptured the butterfly in April of 1989. The creature was released in Canada but had been caught in Texas. Yet when they checked into the data, the scientists found that the butterfly spent time in Mexico too. It managed to travel a distance of over 2,880 miles. However, it is uncertain how often it went around different territories, so many believe it could have traveled more than double this figure.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Tattooed Human Being

  • Year Set: 2006
  • Who Set It: “Lucky” Diamond Rich
  • Nationality: New Zealand

Several people all around the world have many tattoos. In some native tribes, tattoos are a symbol of something important that the person does or achieves. This is why many of them seem to be heavily tattooed. But no one on Earth is more tattooed than a man named “Lucky” Diamond Rich. The New Zealand street performer is tattooed nearly everywhere on his person, just slightly under a 100% body covering. In 2006, he was given the world record in this category by the Guinness World Records team when he surpassed the previous holder, Tom Leppard.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Concrete Blocks Broken Records

  • Year Set: 2015-2018
  • Who Set It: Ali Bahçetepe
  • Nationality: Turkey

There are very few martial arts records that are counted outside of competitions. However, there are those related to the field that the Guinness World Records team cares about. Ali Bahçetepe from Turkey seems to possess quite a lot of them. The martial artist holds the record for the most overall heavy concrete blocks broken with the abdominals/stomach. He also holds the record for most concrete blocks broken in 30 seconds, most broken in a minute, and most broken in a single stack. Those numbers in order are 683, 1175, and 37, in that order.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Children Delivered In A Single Birth To Survive

  • Year Set: 2009
  • Who Set It: Nadya Suleman
  • Nationality: United States of America

It is uncertain if Nadya Suleman was going for a world record when she was aiming to have children. She had to actually get a Vitro Fertilization to even get pregnant, as she did not have a partner to have kids with. However, the IVF treatment worked far better than anyone ever assumed. When she went into labor at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, California, she gave birth to six boys and two girls, bringing 8 children into the world. This is the world record for the most babies ever delivered in a single birth to survive. Due to her impressive accomplishment, Nadya became known as “The Octomom.”

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Prolific Parent(s) In History

  • Year Set: 1765
  • Who Set It: Feodor Vassilyev & His 2 Wives (He & His First Had 69 Kids)
  • Nationality: Russia

If you thought the Octomom had it rough with eight kids, we should introduce you to Feodor Vassilyev. The Russian peasant was able to have a child with his wife at 18. But then he ended up having 22 sets of twins, 9 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets with two different wives. His first wife, who no one knows the name of sadly, gave birth to the most children with Feodor, having 69 children with her. Of those 69, a total of 67 survived infancy. He then had 18 more children with his second wife. He became a father to 87 children overall, with around 84 of those children still surviving into his mid-70s.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Times To Be Struck By Lightning And Survive

  • Year Set: 1977
  • Who Set It: Roy Sullivan
  • Nationality: United States of America

Getting struck by lightning once is considered to be nearly impossible. This is why only a fraction of living humans today will ever experience it. Yet Roy Sullivan must have been a man that ticked off Zeus himself. He was struck a grand total of 7 times and somehow lived after each encounter. A former Park Ranger in Shenandoah National Park was first hit in 1942. But would go on to be struck a few more times with 1970-1977 resulting in 5 hits alone. Ironically, due to the fact that God seemed to be unable to kill him, Roy sadly took his own life in 1983 at age 71. Potentially just to show he could die at all.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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The Most Atomic Bombs Survived By One Person

  • Year Set: 1945
  • Who Set It: Tsutomu Yamaguchi
  • Nationality: Japan

Imagine being around when an atomic bomb hits your hometown. Now, imagine you try to escape this only to be around for a second atomic bomb. That was the case for Tsutomu Yamaguchi. The Japanese marine engineer was in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when each was hit by an atomic bomb. He was working at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on August 6th when the bomb hit Hiroshima. In spite of his wounds, he decided to return to work on August 9th. That morning, he happened to be working in Nagasaki the very time the second bomb dropped. In spite of the radiation exposure, Yamaguchi lived until 2010, dying at 93.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Different Types of Military Aircraft Flown

  • Year Set: 1939-1970
  • Who Set It: Captain Eric Brown
  • Nationality: Scotland

Captain Eric Brown was part of the British Royal Navy and operated as a test pilot during a bulk of World War II. This was a big deal because, at that time, new aircraft were coming out to battle against several different potential enemies. New aircraft were being produced seemingly every week. Due to how impressive a pilot Brown was, he was one of the most trusted pilots Britain knew could get the most out of an aircraft. That led to him flying a world record 487 different types of aircraft, during his service in the Navy. It is unlikely we’ll ever see so many aircraft being tested like what we saw during WWII.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Furthest Distance To Be Thrown By A Tornado And Survive

  • Year Set: 2006
  • Who Set It: Matt Suter
  • Nationality: United States of America

Matt Suter is an exceptional person. He was able to survive something very few can say they have survived, a brush with death after being sucked up and thrown by a tornado. In March 2006, he was living in a mobile home in Fordland, Missouri. On the 12th of this month, he was sucked up by a tornado that would eventually throw Suter and his home 398 meters (roughly 1305 feet). Somehow, he survived this situation. Once the people at the Guinness World Records found out, he was given the official world record for the furthest distance to be thrown by a tornado and survive.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Most Bones Broken By A Human Being

  • Year Set: 1975
  • Who Set It: Evel Knievel
  • Nationality: United States of America

It should not shock anyone to find out that the infamous daredevil, Evel Knievel, would sustain a lot of injuries in his life. He did do some of the most amazing things as a stunt performer. However, in spite of succeeding more than failing, he could always mess up. There are 18 notable mistaken jumps and eventual crashes Evel was part of. As a result, he managed to suffer a total of 433 fractured bones. He sustained a fractured/broken skull, nose, jaw, collarbone, both his arms & wrists, every single rib he had, as well as his back. It is unlikely anyone will ever “break” this world record, we also hope no one tries.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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Largest Cake With An Image Of Someone Falling Off A Horse

  • Year Set: 2019
  • Who Set It: John Oliver & Last Week Tonight Crew
  • Nationality: United Kingdom & United States of America

HBO’s Last Week Tonight w/John Oliver decided to dive into the Guinness World Records for some of their less favorable dealings over the years. They have often opened up useless or odd records, but this was not done just to highlight incredible accomplishments. It was also due to a payoff with some world leaders who would use them to further push themselves as something worthwhile. Oliver decided to spend HBO’s money to make the world’s largest cake with an image of someone falling off of a horse. Although John and his team did achieve a world record, Guinness does not count it, to the shock of no one.

Humanity Always Surprises with these Incredible World Records
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World Record For Holding The Most World Records

  • Year Set: Ongoing
  • Who Set It: Ashrita Furman
  • Nationality: United States of America

Ashrita Furman is not your typical person. He has wanted to stand out of the pack and achieve greatness. This is why he has attempted thousands of world records in his life. Somehow, Ashrita was able to break and hold over 600 Guinness World Records in numerous categories. This is a world record in itself. Such as the most jumping jacks in succession, longest underwater cycling distance, the fastest mile in somersaulting, and many more. While he did hold the record, he only holds around 200 now due to other record-breakers wanting to best his work.


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