Talent comes in many forms and in some cases, many bizarre feats defined by toothpaste, the cupid shuffle or hopscotch.
We’re talking about the Guinness World Records, an annual reference dating back to 1955 culminating both human feats and extremes of the natural world.
According to its website, the individual with the most Guinness World Records is Mr. Ashrita Furman, who holds the records for long distance pogo-stick jumping, most glasses balanced on the chin, most hopscotch games in 24 hours and fastest time to pogo-stick up the CN Tower.
But here in Georgia, several individuals have also helped break a world record—some of which are as strange and random as you can imagine.
Here are nine bizarre Guinness World Records won in Georgia:
On Jan. 1, 2012, a large group of 2,049 people wore swim caps at the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia.
On April 30, 1971, Tom Thompson had surgery after he was hit by a car and pronounced dead when he arrived at the DeKalb General Hospital in Decatur, Georgia. The neurosurgeon successfully inserted the first metal plate to ever be inserted in a human skull.
This record was broken on June 15, 2012 by Val Kolpakov, a dentist in Alpharetta, Georgia. According to the Guinness World Records website, Kolpakov’s collection included 2,037 toothpaste tubes from all over the world, including some from India, Russia, Japan and more.
A Douglas, Georgia school broke this record with 621 elementary school students and faculty simultaneously playing hopscotch across multiple courses. Satilla Elementary School hopped its way to the win on April 17, 2015.
Members of Injoy, Inc. gathered at the Catalyst Conference on Oct. 6, 2005 and took home the record for the largest simultaneous whoopee cushion sit. The Atlanta, Georgia, win was achieved with 5,983 participants.
Norman the Scooter Dog broke this record in 20.77 seconds as part of the All Tournament Players Park on July 12, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia.
On Nov. 29, 2015, young Jace Hoffman of Marietta, Georgia, broke this record with her collection of 553 lip balms. The diverse array included flavors like “Mocha Mint” and “Ice Cream Cake.”
On Aug. 25, 2007, 17,000 people gathered at an event organized by Atlanta’s Coca Cola Company. They danced for eight minutes at the Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour.
On Aug. 21, 2016, Srinivas Guptha Dubba and Padmalatha Pasham of Cumming, Georgia, didn’t just break the world record for the largest diaper cake. They also donated the 5,296 diapers used to people in need after having a baby showed them how expensive diapers can be.
To learn more about the Guinness World Records and how to apply, visit guinnessworldrecords.com.
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