The Good Morning BreakfastGuinness World Records' Weirdest Records Of 2015
─── 14:14 Wed, 10 Sep 2014
Stoeberl, 22, an artist and comedian from Monterey, California, has been trying to get official recognition for his massive tongue for two years.
Guinness World Records finally measured him earlier this year and declared Stoeberl's titanic tongue measured 3.97 inches from tip to closed lip. That means he's licked previous record holder, Stephen Taylor, a 52-year-old British man whose licker measures a whopping 3.86 inches.
Stoeberl picked the right time to get the record. Guinness World Records 2015 Edition -- its 60th collection -- is hitting stores today.
Editor Craig Glenday admits he felt extra pressure to make sure all the world records featured in the big 6-0 edition were truly Guinness-worthy. He thinks he succeeded.
“This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades," he said in a press release. "Of course, we’ve still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from… and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut.”
Some of the weirder world records that made the cut include:
Linsey Lindberg aka Mama Lou set a world record by crushing eight apples with her bicep. Once an accountant, she now blows up and pops hot water bottles and rips telephone directories in half.
The longest jump by a cat is six feet and was achieved by Alley, owned by Samantha Martin of Austin, Texas.
The largest playable guitar in the world measures 43 feet, 7.5 inches tall; 16 feet, 5.5 inches wide' and weighs 2000 pounds. Modeled on a 1967 Gibson Flying V, it was built by students from Conroe Independent School District Academy of Science and Technology, Conroe, Texas, at a cost of $3,000.
Nick “The Lick” Stoeberl has the world's longest tongue, measuring 3.97 inches from tip to closed lip. The artist and comedian has always known his tongue was large, and he says, “My dad was a huge KISS fan, and may have wanted me to be a rock star. I may have been the answer to his prayer.” Stoeberl says that the only downside is “that I have to spend longer brushing my tongue in the morning.”
The world's largest yo-yo measures 11 feet, 9 inches and weighs 4,620 pounds. Built by Ohio resident Beth Johnson, it took a year and a half to complete, but is fully operational.
Broc Brown, 17, of Jackson, Michigan, stands 7 feet, 1.5 inches tall. Although he can dunk, he’s too big for basketball. He wears size 24 athletic shoes -- bigger than those worn by Shaquille O’Neal.
Massachusetts resident Alan Edward Labbe boasts the record for largest male afro. His massive hairstyle measures 5.75 inches in height, 8.5 inches in width, and boasts a circumference of 5 feet and .75 inches.
Denmark’s Karsten Maas has taken his love of the game to the extreme with his longest ‘usable’ golf club. Measuring 14 feet, 5 inches long, the colossal club can drive a ball 542 feet, 10.16 inches.
The world's shortest cat is Lilieput, a nine-year-old female munchkin cat, who measured 5.25 inches from the floor to the shoulders on July 19, 2013. She is owned by Christel Young of Napa, California,
Bob Bretall, 52, has been collecting comic books since the age of 8. Now he has more than 94,268 unique comic books as of May 1, 2014. Bretall’s collection weighs an estimated 8.3 tons –- as much as 118 adult men. Bretall has said he will never sell any of his comics, and will “leave that to [his] kids when it becomes their inheritance to do with as they will.”