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10 World Records that Are Nearly Impossible to Break

5. Nadya Suleman from the United States holds the Guinness World Record for giving birth to six boys and two girls successfully on the 26th of January, 2009, and surviving it along with her children.

Nadya Suleman
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On 26 January 2009, Nadya Suleman, a single mother, made the headlines by delivering eight babies: six boys, and two girls at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, California, USA. Since then, she got the title of  “Octomom.” Nadya’s octuplets, which were conceived through in-vitro fertilization treatment, are the first-ever to be born alive and survive their first week after birth.

The incident grabbed a lot of media attention and created a huge controversy in the field of assisted reproductive technology, which led to an investigation of fertility specialists involved in this matter. An interesting fact about Nadya is that she had six kids before the birth of octuplets, making her a mother of 14 children in total. (source)

6. Jon Brower Minnoch from the United States set the Guinness World Record in 1978 of being the heaviest person alive, weighing 1,400 lb. (635 kg). Unfortunately, he died at the age of 42 because of multiple health issues caused by obesity.

Jon Brower Minnoch
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Jon Brower Minnoch was dealing with his obese condition since his childhood days. On his 12th birthday, he weighed 294 lb. (133 kg). When he reached the age of 22, he weighed 500 lb. (230 kg).

Due to deteriorating health conditions, he was admitted to a hospital in Seattle where the endocrinologist calculated Minnoch’s weight at more than 635 kg (1,400 lb). A big portion of that was caused by fluid accumulation due to congestive heart failure. He was put on a diet for two years of 1,200 calories per day, which led him to lose a significant amount of weight.

He was measured 216 kg (476 lb) at the time of his discharge. He was admitted to the hospital again in October 1981 for putting on 89 kg (197 lb). He died two years later on 10 September 1983 weighing more than 362 kg (798 lb). (source)

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7. Mr. Shridhar Chillal from India registered a world record on 17th November 2014 for having the longest fingernails in the world with a combined length of whopping 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in) – as long as a London bus. He hadn’t cut his nails since 1952, or for 66 years.

If you ever browsed through the Guinness World Records, there is a high chance that you will stumble upon the picture of Shridhar Chillal of Pune, India. Mr. Shridhar Chillal holds the record for having the world’s longest fingernails, a record which he achieved by not cutting his fingernails for an astonishing 66 years.

According to Guinness World Records, when he was 14 years old, he got punished by his teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail. This event prompted him to grow all the nails on his left arm.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! organization was extremely impressed by his outstanding achievement and flew him to the US for a special event at Time Square during which his nails were cut and put up for public display in a museum. Before his nails were trimmed, they had a combined length of 909.6cm (29 ft), about the same length as a London Bus, according to Guinness.

Having such long nails for that long hampered his life. Due to the weight of the nails and his attempt to maintain their length, he suffered permanent disability in his left hand along with sleepless nights. (source)

8. Ashrita Furman from the United States holds the Guinness World Record for having the most number of Guinness World Record titles in history. He broke more than 600 world records, and currently holds 200 of them.

For many of us, having a Guinness World Record is a big deal. It can make our friends and family proud. Maybe it is also something to brag about at family gatherings. However, Ashrita Furman does not share the same opinion. He is not interested in breaking one record, he wants to hold as many world records as possible.

This firm belief drove him to break more than 600 records in over 30 years.  Although only 200 currently stand among all, that didn’t discourage him. His fascination with being a multiple record holder started in the 1960s when he was a young boy. His first accomplishment was knocking out 27,000 jumping jacks in six hours and 45 minutes, and from there, there was no stopping him.

He broke records for balancing a chainsaw on his chin, most fire torches lit and extinguished in one minute, most arrows broken with the help of the neck in one minute, and many, many more. (source)

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9. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the world record owner for “most atomic blasts survived throughout one’s life.” Tsutomu managed to survive two atomic blasts – Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and lived for 38 more years to the age of 93.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi
(Left) Hiroshima Bombing. Image Credit: Thefamouspeople.com, TODAY/ Youtube.com

When the first bomb was dropped in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, by the United States, the 29-year-old naval engineer was on a three-month-long business trip in the city. Miraculously the shock waves from the blast picked up Yamaguchi from the ground and sent him hurtling into a nearby potato patch.

He was less than two miles away from Ground Zero. “I didn’t know what had happened,” he later told the British newspaper, The Times. “I think I fainted for a while. When I opened my eyes, everything was dark, and I couldn’t see much.”

After the city was devastated, he returned to his home in Nagasaki on August 8th. The very next day he was in his office reporting to his superior about the dreadful incident that happened in Hiroshima when another atomic bomb was dropped.

“I thought the mushroom cloud had followed me from Hiroshima,” he later told the newspaper The Independent. Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived yet again. Tsutomu Yamaguchi died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 93. (source)

10. Garry Turner from the United Kingdom got the Guinness record title of The Stretchiest Skin. He is capable of stretching the skin of his stomach to a length of 15.8 cm due to a rare medical condition called “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.”

Gary Stretch
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This 41-year-old British man suffers from an extremely rare disease, known as “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.” It is a rare genetic disorder of connective tissues that affects the skin and internal organs. Because of this rare condition, he can stretch the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm.

In an interview, he told ABC News, “If you look at your own skin cells under a microscope, they’d be nice and round and lock in many places. But my skin cells tend to be more jagged and don’t fit together quite so well. The best way to describe it is I’m built rather like a badly woven basket if you can imagine that, which will pull apart.”

Mr. Turner not only holds the Guinness World Record of having The Stretchiest Skin but also, he is one of the members of Circus of Horrors, the group which auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. (source)

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