What’s the Idea?
If you’re stuck at home, why not try to get in the Guinness Book of Records? There’s lots of world records you can break from home.
What’s the story
When I was a kid, Guinness world record attempts were a really big thing.
Everyone seemed to have a copy of the Guinness Book of Records.
(Find out all about it on Wikipedia here.)
There was always someone trying to get into the Guinness book of records on the telly and my family and I used to really enjoy watching the attempts.
Because there are so many world records I decided to do some research and see if there were any that could be easily broken at home.
Turns out – there are!
People should do this because…?
For fun, fame, and glory!
To keep the kids occupied for an hour.
To raise money for charity.
How do you do it?
Bear in mind that if you want to get in the Guinness Book of Records, they are pretty strict on the rules.
So read the instructions carefully for whatever it is you are going to attempt, and make sure you have witnesses and video evidence.
You can find advice from Guinness World Records here.
You will need to set up a Guinness World Records account to search for world records to break.
Or you can see below for some ideas of records you can break at home.
World record attempts adults and kids can try at home
1. Tallest toilet paper tower in 30 seconds
Title holder: Silvio Sabba (Italy)
Record to beat: 28 rolls
Rules: Only touch one roll at a time
2. Fastest 100m on a space hopper
Title holder: Ashrita Furman (USA) and Ali Spagnola (USA)
Record to beat: Male=30.2 sec, female=38.22 sec
Rules: Bounce as quickly as you can
3. Most T-Shirts put on in one minute
Title holder: Levi Dayne (USA) and Nathan Anderson (USA)
Record to beat: 17
Rules: Can use any size, short or long-sleeved, and you may enlist a friend to help you pull them down (though they must be put on one at a time).
4. Fastest time to assemble Mr Potato Head
Title holder: Samet Durmaz (Turkey)
Record to beat: 6.62 seconds
Rules: Make sure to put everything in the right place!
5. Most leapfrog jumps from a team of two in 30 seconds
Title holder: Lt Nouman Rafiq and Sheraz Sarfraz (Pakistan)
Record to beat: 34
Rules: Participants must take turns being the frog, and each person must have both hands placed on the ground and the back, respectively, at the same time before a jump.
6. Fastest time to put on a double duvet cover
Title holder: Luke Fuller (UK)
Record to beat: 39.41 seconds
Rules: The duvet must be placed “neatly” within the cover with all four corners properly set, otherwise the attempt is disqualified.
There’s literally thousands of world records available to try to break so go and have a dig around the Guinness World Records website yourself.
They have a special section dedicated to breaking records at home – you can find it here.
If you decide to go for one, why not do it for charity?
Or if nothing else you can have a giggle at some of the crazy things people have done.
Stuff you may need
It will depend on the record you are trying to break, but be prepared to require loo rolls or a spacehopper!
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