Beat A World Record In Less Than 30 Seconds

Cvetanka Cvetanovska | Published 30 Jul 2020, 9:59 a.m.

Yes, it's possible, believe it or not. We know, we aren't all cut out to be Olympic world athletes like Usain Bolt, the current world record holder for the 100 and 200 metres, or Petra Felke, the world record holder for the women's Javelin throw since 1986. But, does that mean we can't be the best at something else? With a bit of effort, luck and drive, even you can become the next world record local superhero. 

The Idea!

During a coffee break with our colleagues, we wondered whether we could break a legit world record at home, other than binge-watch a series or move our workout routine for tomorrow. We gathered a lot of information on the topic but needed to go a step further. After all, information has no relevance if it's not supported by data. This way, we decided to do a side project and create a rank list of the top 30 world records you can try to break at home. 

RankRecordWorld RecordSetup EaseAv. CostYears Since Last WRScore
1Most jumping jacks in 30 seconds68Easy£019.8
2Keeping two balloons in the air using head.1 min 9 secEasy£129.6
3Farthest distance to blow a pea12m 58 cmEasy£1.1929.6
4Most sticky notes stuck on face in 30 seconds38Easy£1.4529.6
5Fastest time to arrange the alphabet from a can of alphabet soup3 min 21 secEasy£1.9029.5
6Most paper straws in the beard399Easy£709.5
7Fastest time to eat a burrito35.26 secEasy£619.4
8Most self portrait photos (selfies) in 1 hour1449Easy£059.2
9Most jelly eaten with chopsticks in 1 minute716gEasy£539.2
10Most tea bags thrown into mugs in 30 seconds7Easy£539.2
11Fastest time to drink a bottle of ketchup through a straw33 secEasy£349.1
12Longest time to control a table tennis ball on a table tennis bat handle18 min 44 secEasy£1019.1
13Fastest time to eat a slice of toast8.47 secEasy£1.5068.9
14Fastest time to eat a Big Mac meal59.39 secEasy£5.2978.5
15Most mugs held in one hand21Easy£2208.4
16Most underpants pulled on in 30 seconds17 pairsEasy£2018.3
17Fastest time to eat a 12-inch pizza using a knife and fork23.62 secEasy£13.9958.2
18Tallest toilet paper tower in 30 seconds28Easy£1078.1
19Most dominoes stacked in 30 seconds48Easy£2418
20Most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds28Easy£2038
21Most Ferrero Rocher eaten in 1 minute9Easy£13.5087.7
22Largest bubblegum bubble blown in diameter50.8 cmEasy£1167.4
23Most football touches In 30 Seconds252Easy£15107.3
24Most eggs cracked with one hand in a minute32Easy£4.5095.5
25Most four-leafed clovers picked in 1 hour166Hard£026.7
26Most spoons balanced on the face at one time in 1 minute31Easy£4075.9
27Most lemons caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of two)40Hard£2005.5
28Most Smarties/M&Ms eaten in 1 minute blindfolded using chopsticks65Hard£1.5095.5
29Most wet sponge hits to the face in 30 seconds43Hard£3004.8
30Most amount of grapes eaten in 1 minute133Hard£30191.8

The Methodology

As we mentioned, there are some fantastic achievements from people out there that are on the edge of a miracle. This time, our goal was to point out the records that everyone can try to break and search for other unofficial world record communities. We compiled a list of world records that are funny, cost-savvy, low-impact and low risk, based on the skills of an average person. 

To calculate the easiest world records to beat, we analysed three main factors to determine the cheapest and "easiest" ones including setup ease, cost estimate and years since the world record was set (assuming the sooner, the easier to break). For example, at first glance, it may seem easy for you to balance two balloons in the air, or take over 1000 selfies in one hour. Well, think twice, because things do not always turn out the way we think they will, and that was proved so many times.

The Moral of the Story

So, how about becoming the next Ashrita Furman? This man has set over 600 Guinness World Records in his life and is still holding over 190 of them. Most importantly, he's currently holding the record for "Most Guinness World Records"!  Well, it might take some time to get there, but we can all start somewhere, right?  

In the meantime, we encourage you to try some of these records attempts. However, make sure to stay real and reasonable to yourself, because some ideas seem easier than they are. If you decide to attempt some of the featured records, prepare and practise in advance. Approach lightly to the challenge and do it wisely. 

We guarantee that you'll create a different, memorable experience to share with your network - things we might lack the time or drive for these days. Remember, there are no failed attempts  – what matters is to have a good laugh and enjoy the process.

Additional Info on those that Hold the above World Records

RankRecordCurrent World Record HolderLocation
1Most jumping jacks in 30 secondsSimon IdioUK
2Keeping two balloons in the air using head.Abhinabha TangermanPortugal
3Farthest distance to blow a peaDavid RushUSA
4Most sticky notes stuck on face in 30 secondsSilvio SabbaItaly
5Fastest time to arrange the alphabet from a can of alphabet soupCody JonesUS
6Most paper straws in the beardAnatole IvanowNew Zealand
7Fastest time to eat a burritoLeah ShutkeverUK
8Most self portrait photos (selfies) in one hourPatrick PetersonUSA
9Most jelly eaten with chopsticks in 1 minuteAndre OrtolfGermany
10Most tea bags thrown into mugs in 30 secondsAshrita FurmanUS
11Fastest time to drink a bottle of ketchup through a strawDustin PhillipsUSA
12Longest time to control a table tennis ball on a table tennis bat handleSha ShuchengChina
13Fastest time to eat a slice of toastAnthony FalzonMalta
14Fastest time to eat a Big Mac mealso-called The Essex AnimalUK
15Most mugs held in one handRob ClarkeUK
16Most underpants pulled on in 30 secondsToshiaki KatsugaJapan
17Fastest time to eat a 12-inch pizza using a knife and forkKelvin MedinaPhilippines
18Tallest toilet paper tower in 30 secondsSilvio SabbaItaly
19Most dominoes stacked in 30 seconds[1] Silvio Sabba, [2] Rocco MercurioItaly
20Most socks put on one foot in 30 secondsPaolo DurdikSlovakia
21Most Ferrero Rocher eaten in 1 minute[1]Peter Czerwinski / [2] Patrick Bertoletti[1] Canada / [2] USA
22Largest bubblegum bubble blownChad FellUS
23Most football touches In 30 SecondsParker KuklinskiUS
24Most eggs cracked with one hand in a minuteRoss Mc Curdy USA
25Most four-leafed clovers picked in one hourKatie BorkaUSA
26Most spoons balanced on the face at one time.Dalibor JablanovicSerbia
27Most lemons caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of two)Andre Ortolf/David SchrammGermany
28Most Smarties/M&Ms eaten in one minute blindfolded using chopsticksKathryn RatcliffeChina
29Most wet sponge hits to the face in 30 secondsDavid RushUSA
30Most amount of Grapes eaten in 1 MinuteMat HandUK

That's the basic stuff. If you want to know a bit more on specific records, especially once you could try to beat at home, either alone or in pair, have a look at World Records to Try at Home and best of luck if you do intend to try and break some of these records. 

Source References:

GWR at home official page 
GWR 2019 magazine edition 
GWR Official YouTube Channel 
RecordSetter.com - Unofficial World Record Submission Platform
ebay.com - for pricings