An Australian Man Has Broken Guinness's Decade-Long Record for the World's Loudest Burp

By Ken Ossea, Jr.
Record holders train their entire lives for a moment like this.
Record holders train their entire lives for a moment like this. / Yuri_Arcurs/iStock via Getty Images

On May 6, 1954, Oxford student Roger Bannister became the first runner to break the 4-minute mile barrier, a feat then considered a physical impossibility.

On July 29, 2021, another imagined physical limit was breached. Neville Sharp earned a Guinness World Record for the world’s loudest male burp, breaking a record that had stood for a decade.

Sharp, who lives in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, belched at an astounding 112.4 decibels. For comparison, a chainsaw might roar at 120 decibels; a garbage disposal is 80 decibels. Humans typically begin to experience pain while exposed to 110 decibels.

Listen to some of Sharp's more robust efforts:

The main event:

Sharp, who said he was motivated to best Englishman Paul Hunn’s 2009 record of 109.9 decibels because “the record has been held by an Englishman for over 10 years,” practiced for five years for the strange feat. He was taught to belch productively by his sister and began doing so at the age of 6, proving that it’s often necessary for many great athletes to start early.

Guinness also recognizes Elisa Cagnoni for the world’s loudest women’s burp. Cagnoni, of Italy, let out a 107-decibel roar in 2009.

[h/t United Press International]