Weird World Records

5 Weird World Records

This is a post on 5 weird world records. They are so uncommon, you’ve probably never heard of them. Some may seem extremely crazy and ridiculous, but rest assured, they are all genuine world records achieved by real people. If you are a Guinness World Records fan, you will enjoy this post.

The world is filled with so many competitors that are eager to win even the oddest competitions. From a world record for the most people headbanging simultaneously, to shooting the farthest backwards shot ever, you will surely find the data to be very interesting, funny and entertaining.

#1 Most Software Downloads In 24 Hours

Firefox 3.0

Firefox-3.0” by Lijorijo is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The world record for the most downloads for a single piece of software in 24 hours belongs to the non-profit organization known as Mozilla Firefox. In June of 2008 (referred to as ‘Download Day’), there were a whopping 8,002,530 downloads for Mozilla’s Firefox 3.0 between 17-18 June 2008.

Before Download Day, the Mozilla Foundation encouraged their users worldwide to download Firefox 3.0 to get a shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records. It didn’t take very long to reach their target of 5 million downloads, which was reached long before the end of the 24 hour period. That means that nearly 100 copies were downloaded every single second of the day.

#2 Most People Headbanging Simultaneously

Weird World RecordsDid you know that there is even a world record for the most people head banging simultaneously? Well, believe it or not, it is a real Guinness World Record. The record of 320 was set in 2014. It was achieved by high school students from Australia in honor of Guinness World Records Day 2014. The students were headbanging to the 1975 song by AC/DC called “It’s a Long Way to the Top“. Out of all concerts ever conducted, this record (or better) has probably already been achieved many times before. But what good is it to have a record beaten without the professionals to confirm it?

#3 The Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Penguins

penguin costume

Pajaroantonio” by Yosoylamejor is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

As silly as it sounds, there is even a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins. Like the record for the most people headbanging simultaneously, this record was also in honor of Guinness World Records Day 2014. A total of 373 people dressed up as penguins at Richard House (UK) in Queen’s Walk, London. Richard House is a children’s hospice.

#4 The Man With The Stretchiest Skin In The World


Meet Mr. Gary ‘Stretch’ Turner. He currently owns the Guinness World Record for the stretchiest skin on the planet. Tuner suffers from an extreme case of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome EDS, which is an inherited connective tissue disorder. It is an extremely rare condition that affects 1 in 10,000 to 15,000 people. The disorder will typically affect the joints, blood vessels and the skin. Turner has a very rare strain that has severely weakened his skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure for EDS.

Back in the 19th century, there were several sideshow performers who had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. They were advertised as The Elastic Skin Man, The India Rubber Man and Frog Boy.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome EDS

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome” by Piotr Do??onek is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Above is a individual with EDS. You can clearly see skin hyperelasticity.

Turner describes his skin as being paper thin. Though he says it is twice as thin as regular skin, it seems more like 10 times as thin. As a very young child, Turner’s uncle would pull his skin and show it off to his friends. At that point, Turner noticed that he truly had something that was very rare and bizarre. He says that the best way to describe his skin is like a badly woven basket.

Some Of Turner’s Amazing Capabilities

Gary ‘Stretch’ Turner is a former star of Circus of Horrors. Thanks to his rare condition, today he is a performer for the Royal Family of Strange People, which is a fascinating show in London. People will come to see unique individuals with human oddities, equipped to perform extraordinary stunts.

Turner is able to stretch the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm (6.25 in). He certainly has skin that is capable of doing many unbelievable things. With his extremely stretchy skin, he could actually turn his belly into a table. The skin/table is capable of holding up to three pints of beer. Can you even imagine being served beer from a shelf that is actually a man’s skin?

Turner also has a trick that may be terrifying to some people. Using heavy duty bulldog clips to help pull his sagging skin down, he can also do a rather frightening impression of Batman.

If you watch the above YouTube video of Turner showing off his extraordinary stunts, you may think that it physically hurts when he pulls his skin. Well, according to Turner, it is painless.

#5 The World’s Longest Backwards Shot


In November of 2014, Corey “Thunder” Law of the Harlem Globetrotters beat a Guinness World Record for the longest backward basketball shot. At US Airways Center located in Phoenix, Arizona Law made a backward shot from 82 feet, 2 inches. He beat the previous record by about 10 feet.

What Is The Record For The Longest Basketball Shot?

You can definitely say that the US Airways Center is one of Law’s lucky arenas for breaking unusual world records. The reason is because not only did he break the Guinness World Record for the longest backward basketball shot, but he also broke the Guinness World Record for the longest basketball shot in the same arena the year before. The basketball shot measured 109 feet, 9 inches.

Final Words

Out of all five world records in this post, it there one you found to be the most ridiculous or unusual? It may be the man with the stretchiest skin, or the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins. You may have just read about all five for the very first time. Whether it is for the first time or the thousandth time, you must admit, these are some extremely weird world records.