Is There a Guinness World Record for Everything?

I’m not really sure how this happened (I think it may be the result of having watched ABC New World Tonight earlier in the evening), but I was sitting there trying to think of something to write for my blog, and To Tell the Truth was playing on the TV in the background. And just like that, an idea for a blog post came to me.

The first To Tell the Truth was about a student who was accepted into all eight Ivy League Schools, but it was the second one that captured my attention.

This was about trying to identify which person holds the Guinness world record for breaking wooden toilet seats with his head. I wasn’t that interested in which person was telling the truth (OK, maybe a little); what interested me more was why is there a world record for such a feat? And who was the first person to smash a toilet seat over his head? And why? And what made somebody decide to make it a competition that would put somebody in the Guinness Book of World Records?

I don’t have the answers to any of those questions, but I do have info on the person who holds this world record.

His name is Kevin Shelley and he is a fitness instructor and MENSA member who says he has an IQ of 148. He holds the world record for most wooden toilet seats broken by the head in one minute, a remarkable 46, which he achieved on a German television show in 2007.

Here is the video proof of his record:

So I guess congratulations are in order. I’m wondering if anyone has tried to beat the record in the past 11 years; I certainly have no interest in doing so.

But it did get me thinking about possible world records I might have a shot at:

  • most students put to sleep during a college lecture
  • fastest time to put a student to sleep upon commencement of lecture
  • longest consecutive streak of daily blogging despite having no readers

While I have no plans to ever watch To Tell the Truth again, I do want to thank them for giving me some material for a blog post. I’m happy to find such material anywhere I can…

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