There's a world record for just about everything, and your name doesn't have to be Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt to break one. There are some easy world records that anyone can beat which don't take both natural talent and countless hours of training to achieve.
These are the kinds of records that take little skill, can be learned quickly, and often are just plain dumb. These are the records that might exist just because they can -- that are so crazy or over-the-top, someone is willing to attempt to try them to have their name in history books.
These are the unsung heroes: the ice cream stackers, the mattress divers, the cup musicians.
And while these records seem silly, don't laugh. Regardless of what they achieved, they are on top of their game. Think you can beat one of them? Take a look at these records and see for yourself.
Fastest Time to Peel and Eat an Orange Blindfolded (Team of Two)
- Record Holder: Manish Upadhyaya and Dinesh Upadhyaya
- Where: Goregaon, India
- When: March 5, 2014
Surprised this is a record? It requires no natural skill, just a bit of practice and teamwork. The current fastest time for peeling and eating an orange blindfolded in a team of two is 17.15 seconds.
Manish did the peeling and Dinesh the eating. Parents looking for teambuilding activities might want to consider this (and dethrone the Upadhyayas).
Farthest Distance to Blow a Pea
- Record Holder: Andre Ortolf
- Where: Augsburg, Germany
- When: July 12, 2014
The record for blowing a pea the farthest distance currently stands at 24 feet, 7.66 inches. This is obviously a mighty blow, but someone with lots of lung power (perhaps a former musician) would be ideally suited to beat this record. Just be sure to make an attempt inside, away from the wind, and on a flat surface for validity.
Most Human Targets Hit with Plungers in One Minute
- Record Holder: Gerhard Donie
- Where: Tokyo, Japan
- When: September 14, 2010
People usually don't like it when they have to touch plungers, which makes this record very unusual. Yes, there is a world record for throwing the most plungers at human targets in one minute that currently stands at 15.
Practicing for this record is pretty simple - spend some time with friends while occasionally drilling them from a distance with plungers. This could parlay into breaking a record - and possibly losing friends.
Largest Cup Percussion Ensemble
- Record Holder: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwlyceum
- Where: Genk, Belgium
- When: February 24, 2014
A cup percussion ensemble is apparently a thing, and the current world record for people banging cups in tune is 349 participants at a school in Genk, Belgium. All it takes to break this record is a large group of people, cups, and probably a good set of ear plugs.
The Belgians broke the record playing "Cups" from Pitch Perfect, but feel free to be creative with the song choice.