When news recently spread about a set of twins born 87 days apart in Ireland, the newborns’ place in the Guinness World Records—for “Longest Interval Between Birth of Twins”—was all but sealed. As of April 30, Guinness World Records spokesman Damian Field confirmed that the 58-year-old publication had been in touch with the twins’ parents, Chris and Maria Jones-Elliot, and were awaiting evidence of their claim before making the record official. (The current title holder is Peggy Lynn of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, whose daughter Hanna and son Eric were born 84 days apart between 1995 and 1996.)
It may sound like the sort of exaggerated tale one might tell in a drunken stupor, but there are plenty of records like it. Check out our first list here, and then read on for these 6 other hard-to-believe (but even harder to make up) Guinness World Records.
1. Most garters removed with the teeth in one minute: 26
We’d rather he keep his practice techniques to himself. But in 2008, Ivo Grosche showed off his speed and coordination skills on the set of Germany’s Guinness World Records: Die GroBten Weltrekorde when he skillfully removed 26 garter belts using only his teeth in just 60 seconds.
2. Most Big Macs consumed: 23,000
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A daily fast food fix is not normally the kind of thing one would want to boast about. But Fond du Lac, Wisconsin native Donald Gorske has found worldwide fame for his Big Mac-loving eating habits. For 42 years, Gorske has made a daily trip to McDonald’s for his sandwich of choice. While his 23,000th burger was the one to make the record books in 2008, he hasn’t stopped since; in 2011, he logged his 25,000th Big Mac and noted that, “I plan on eating Big Macs until I die.” Perhaps most amazing is the fact that Gorske’s cholesterol level is low.
3. Fastest time to enter a zipped suitcase: 5.43 seconds
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Speed, agility and a body small enough to actually fit inside a suitcase are just a few of the requirements for challenging this record. In 2009, contortionist Leslie Tipton packed herself away in front of a dumbfounded studio audience on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly.
4. Loudest burp by a male: 109.9 dB
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Here’s one that should make mom proud: Paul Hunn is a UK-based belcher extraordinaire. In 2009, he earned a Guinness World Record for world’s loudest male burp, with a sound that ranks somewhere between a motorcycle and a chainsaw on the decibel scale.
5. World’s oldest male stripper: 60
No, he doesn’t have daddy issues. In 2000, Las Vegas resident Bernie Barker gave up a career in real estate to become the world’s oldest male stripper as a way to get back into shape following a battle with prostate cancer. Before his passing in 2007, Barker won more than 40 competitive dance-offs for his smooth moves.
6. Largest collection of sick bags: 6016
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We’re pretty sure the competition for this record wasn’t a heated one. As of January 29, 2010, Dutchman Niek Vermeulen officially accumulated the world’s largest assemblage of barf bags, collected from 1142 airlines in more than 160 countries over the course of five decades.