There are a lot of world records out there in the world. Some are genuinely difficult while others are… just weird (or plain useless). Knowing Japan’s love of useless inventions, you can only imagine the kinds of world records out there done (or attempted) by Japanese people. We’ve found twenty such examples for you, video and all. Not all of them break a record successfully. Not all of them do something particularly amazing (sometimes it’s just unique or weird). I also don’t know how many of these records have been broken since they were broken in the following videos. I do know, however, that many of them are quite entertaining. Seems like I could get myself a World Record if I thought of something weird enough.
Cutting Cucumber Quickly
I think I may hold the world record for fewest slices of cucumbers cut in twenty seconds. This guy challenges the previous world record holder. It looks like the video is on 4x speed when he cuts, or something.
272 Person Theremin Concert
I had to look up what a theremin is. Also known as an etherphone, it’s an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the theremist. Whatever it is, 272 people got together to play the Theremin in Japan. I’m guessing all 272 theremists in the world had to get together to make this happen.
So Japanese. Flash a bunch of numbers on the screen and make people do math. Even if these numbers were on a static piece of paper in front of me I’d still have trouble adding them together. Then you see what these people can do and it makes you realize how sad you really are at arithmetic.
48 Leepfrogs In 1 Minute
While he doesn’t have an official Guinness representative in his videos, Megwin is always good for a world record breaking attempt, as you’ll soon see. In this one, he tries to do 48 leapfrogs in 1 minute. Definitely harder than it sounds, I think.
Cutting Apples In Midair
Not only does somebody try to break the world record for cutting apples in midair, but he also dresses up like a ninja to do it. His ninja ancestors would be
Ice Cold Endurance
An utter failure, but who doesn’t want to see Megwin suffering in a bathtub of ice? Seems like every child’s dream, to me.
Highest High Vaulting
Remember the little horse things you had to vault over in PE class? Remember how they were a couple feet tall? This guy’s jumping over something insanely tall. He also takes his shirt off for you.
Longest Distance In A Cave With Only One Breath
Not sure why you would want to see how far you can go into an underwater cave with only one breath, and I’m not sure why anyone would want to encourage this, but Ai Futaki does it anyways. Is there a world record for the most insane person in the world, too?
One step up from theremin concert, a bunch of people get together to play the ukulele. I have a feeling some of these people didn’t know how to play the ukulele for real. Someone put an asterisk next to this record.
Speed Duct Taping Yourself To A Wall
Duct taping someone else to a wall is difficult, but duct taping yourself? There’s a world record for that. It also is just about as hard as it sounds.
Okay, so this video isn’t really a world record, but it does show you the world record holder for jump roping doing her thing. Gives you the idea of the kind of jump roping skills you need to break jump roping records.
Longest Stick Bomb
I’d never heard of “stick bombs” before. Whatever it is, it looks as though it’s not following the laws of physics to me. In this video, you see 10,000 sticks stick bombing. Blows my mind.
It wouldn’t be Japanese racing without drifting. Drifting around a track thirty something times is no easy feat. I’d be afraid to play Mario Kart with this guy.
Catching Popcorn Challenge
If Megwin can catch 26 pieces of popcorn as they fly off the frying pan in one minute, he can have the world record! Even by cheating and putting glue on his hands he fails miserably. But that’s more fun anyways, isn’t it?
Putting Pairs Of Socks In A Box Only Using Your Feet
This is where you have to start asking “why?” Do we really need another world record? Do we really need to know how fast someone can put pairs of socks into a box only using their feet? The answer is “no,” in case you were wondering.
323 Girls Wearing Bikinis In A Parade
If you’re going to break a world record, at least advertise your product in the process. That’s what happened in this world record.
The Longest Pasta
Lawson Convenience Store decided make the least convenient pasta possible and attempted making the longest strand of pasta in the world. Luckily it looks like they cut it up and served it later on, though.
Most People Wearing Yukata
How many people in yukata can you get together in one space? In this case, it seems like the answer is 1122 people. How embarrassing would it be if you showed up in your jeans and tshirt on this day, by accident?
Balancing 18 Spoons On Your Face
I’m impressed that he could put spoons on his face in that way. By the end, I was surprisingly on the edge of my seat. Spoons be intense, bro.
Most Connected Rafts
“Let’s see how many rafts we can connect and then ride downstream!” somebody said, for some reason. “Okay, let’s make it happen!” someone else said. Some people have a lot of time and resources on their hands.
There Will Be More
With the likes of Megwin (not to mention every Japanese variety show ever) world records will continue to be made up and broken. When future aliens come visit the smoking hull that was once called “Earth” and come across the Guinness Book Of World Records, they will surely nod knowledgeably at each other, knowing that we probably all deserved our tragic fate.
That being said, they will probably worship the cucumber cutter, because seriously, how does he not cut his fingers?
Let me know your favorite world record. Then, if you’re feeling brave, try to challenge said record and then share it in the comments below…