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13 Of The Most Ridiculous World Records Held By America

Our forefathers could never have imagined America would be this great.

Posted on July 4, 2017, at 12:49 p.m. ET

1. The largest number of surfers catching a wave on a single surfboard:

Sixty-six surfers from Huntington Beach, California, ride the world's largest surfboard as they break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of surfers ever to ride a wave on a single surfboard, on June 20, 2015. To qualify, the board must surf a wave for a minimum of 10 seconds under its own momentum.
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Sixty-six surfers from Huntington Beach, California, ride the world's largest surfboard as they break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of surfers ever to ride a wave on a single surfboard, on June 20, 2015. To qualify, the board must surf a wave for a minimum of 10 seconds under its own momentum.

2. The world's largest rubber band ball:

Joel Waul of Lauderhill, Florida, poses with the 8,200-pound rubber band ball that he created in the driveway of his home on Aug. 12, 2008. Three months later, on Nov. 13, Waul took the Guinness World Records title for the largest rubber band ball.
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Joel Waul of Lauderhill, Florida, poses with the 8,200-pound rubber band ball that he created in the driveway of his home on Aug. 12, 2008. Three months later, on Nov. 13, Waul took the Guinness World Records title for the largest rubber band ball.

3. The world's longest pizza:

Volunteers spread tomato sauce and cheese onto the pizza base as they successfully break the Guinness World Records title for longest pizza, with a length of 1.32 miles (2.13 kilometers), at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on June 10, 2017. A consortium of pizza oven makers and bakers joined forces to shatter the previous record, held by Naples, Italy, by 600 feet (182 meters).
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Volunteers spread tomato sauce and cheese onto the pizza base as they successfully break the Guinness World Records title for longest pizza, with a length of 1.32 miles (2.13 kilometers), at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on June 10, 2017. A consortium of pizza oven makers and bakers joined forces to shatter the previous record, held by Naples, Italy, by 600 feet (182 meters).

4. The most people twerking at a single location:

Rapper Big Freedia directs crowds to break a Guinness World Record for most simultaneous twerking, at Herald Square in New York City on Sept. 25, 2013. The following year, Big Freedia broke the record at the the Central City Festival in New Orleans.
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Rapper Big Freedia directs crowds to break a Guinness World Record for most simultaneous twerking, at Herald Square in New York City on Sept. 25, 2013. The following year, Big Freedia broke the record at the the Central City Festival in New Orleans.

5. The person with the world's longest fingernails:

Chris "The Dutchess" Walton shows off her fingernails, totaling 19 feet and 9 inches (6.02 meters) in length, at the New York Public Library on Sept. 14, 2011.
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Chris "The Dutchess" Walton shows off her fingernails, totaling 19 feet and 9 inches (6.02 meters) in length, at the New York Public Library on Sept. 14, 2011.

6. The person with the world's largest collection of sneakers:

Jordan Michael Geller poses with his collection of the Nike Air Jordan Retro line at the "ShoeZeum" in downtown Las Vegas, Sept. 25, 2012. Record keepers at Guinness World Records certified that Geller's ShoeZeum, a shrine to Nike that he said included one of every model of Air Jordans ever made, held the record for the world's largest collection of sneakers, with more than 2,500 pairs.
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Jordan Michael Geller poses with his collection of the Nike Air Jordan Retro line at the "ShoeZeum" in downtown Las Vegas, Sept. 25, 2012. Record keepers at Guinness World Records certified that Geller's ShoeZeum, a shrine to Nike that he said included one of every model of Air Jordans ever made, held the record for the world's largest collection of sneakers, with more than 2,500 pairs.

7. The most people opening umbrellas at the exact same time:

Crowds of fans hold up their umbrellas while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most people opening umbrellas at the same time, during the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on June 14, 2016.
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Crowds of fans hold up their umbrellas while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most people opening umbrellas at the same time, during the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on June 14, 2016.

8. The largest gathering of people in sombreros:

Angels fans take part in a Cinco de Mayo promotion by wearing sombreros and setting a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing sombreros, during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on May 5, 2015.
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Angels fans take part in a Cinco de Mayo promotion by wearing sombreros and setting a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing sombreros, during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on May 5, 2015.

9. The world's most expensive dessert:

In 2007, the Golden Opulence Sundae cost a whopping $1,000 and was usually ordered two days in advance, allowing time for the finest ingredients to be flown in from around the world. The decadent dessert at Serendipity 3 in New York's Upper East Side included a $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet like those used in the Vatican (which was yours to keep), a priceless Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla to create an intense flavor, and a 23-karat-gold edible leaf wrapped around the ice cream. The ice cream also came with candied fruit from Paris soaked for many months and costing $100 per pound, with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, drizzled over the top along with chunks of the world's rarest Chuao chocolate from Venezuela. Later that year, the Serendipity 3's Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae took the new title at $25,000.
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In 2007, the Golden Opulence Sundae cost a whopping $1,000 and was usually ordered two days in advance, allowing time for the finest ingredients to be flown in from around the world. The decadent dessert at Serendipity 3 in New York's Upper East Side included a $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet like those used in the Vatican (which was yours to keep), a priceless Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla to create an intense flavor, and a 23-karat-gold edible leaf wrapped around the ice cream. The ice cream also came with candied fruit from Paris soaked for many months and costing $100 per pound, with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, drizzled over the top along with chunks of the world's rarest Chuao chocolate from Venezuela. Later that year, the Serendipity 3's Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae took the new title at $25,000.

10. The largest margarita in the world:

Recording artist Jimmy Buffett stands with members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in front of an 8,500-gallon, two-story margarita named "Lucky Rita," as he speaks during the grand opening celebration for the Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Oct. 14, 2011.
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Recording artist Jimmy Buffett stands with members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in front of an 8,500-gallon, two-story margarita named "Lucky Rita," as he speaks during the grand opening celebration for the Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Oct. 14, 2011.

11. The world's largest piñata:

This 46-foot (14-meter) piñata in the form of an orange M&M candy set the world record for the world’s largest piñata on Aug. 4, 2011, and is filled with thousands of packages of Pretzel M&M’s.
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This 46-foot (14-meter) piñata in the form of an orange M&M candy set the world record for the world’s largest piñata on Aug. 4, 2011, and is filled with thousands of packages of Pretzel M&M’s.

12. The biggest popcorn ball in the world:

The Popcorn Factory's Guinness World Record–holding popcorn ball weighed 3,423 pounds and was 24.5 feet around.
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The Popcorn Factory's Guinness World Record–holding popcorn ball weighed 3,423 pounds and was 24.5 feet around.

13. The most people doing jumping jacks in 24 hours:

Former first lady Michelle Obama does jumping jacks along with 400 schoolchildren on the South Lawn of the White House, on Oct. 11, 2011, in Washington, DC. In total, 300,265 people at 1,050 locations participated in the attempt to break this record as part of the "Let's Jump!" event organized by National Geographic Kids.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama does jumping jacks along with 400 schoolchildren on the South Lawn of the White House, on Oct. 11, 2011, in Washington, DC. In total, 300,265 people at 1,050 locations participated in the attempt to break this record as part of the "Let's Jump!" event organized by National Geographic Kids.


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