5 Insane Guinness World Records of All Time

On August 27, 1955, the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was published in the UK, and it's been cataloging bizarre accomplishments ever since. Find out some of the interesting world records that have been documented by this popular publication...


The Tallest Man in the World # Robert Wadlow was named as the tallest man in the world, who was measured under medical supervision and stood at 8 feet 11.1 inches in 1940, shortly before his death. He began life as a normal-sized infant, weighing 8.7 pounds but had reached the height of 5 feet 4 inches by the time he was five. His extreme height was caused by a malfunction of his pituitary gland, and Wadlow died at 22 years of age in part due to an autoimmune disease but was still growing up to the time of his death.

The Longest Fingernails on a Female Lee Redmond, a resident of Salt Lake City, has held this record since 2008 after not filing her nails since 1979. The total length of all her nails was 24 feet, 7.8 inches as measured in 2003. The nail on her right thumb was longest at 2 feet, 11 inches.


The World’s Biggest Parade of Alpacas Alpaca lovers should have been in Juliaca, Peru, in 2019, to see the biggest parade of these cute faced animals when 1,048 were featured at the 58th anniversary of the southern cattle fair. There were two alpaca species trotting along consisting of the Suri with their long, curly coats, and the Huacaya, which has fur that looks more spongy. They were required to walk 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) and stay close enough together to represent a chain as a tribute to Mother Earth.

Largest Wind Up Toy Collection In 2011, William Keuntje of Landing, New Jersey, was recognized as having the biggest collection of wind up toys. He started collecting them after receiving one in 1975 as a Christmas present and as of 2011 had a staggering 1,042 wind up toys (hopefully not all going at the same time). In celebration, Keuntje held a “Wind It Up” event at his home and gave a wind up toy to the winner of a quiz about toys.

Oldest Tortoise In 2019, Jonathan, a 187-year-old tortoise that lives on the island of St Helena in the Seychelles, was named as the oldest living chelonion. Jonathan has a documented history that proves his birth from around 1832 and has lived through 39 American presidents, seven British monarchs, the Russian Revolution and both world wars. Jonathan has also lived longer than the first airplane flight, incandescent bulb and photograph taken of a human.