There are many ways to set a record and leave your mark in the Guinness World Records book. But there are only a special few that really push the boundaries of what’s humanly possible. These are only the most genuinely breathtaking achievements-the records that may never be broken ever again.
Ready to take a look at? Let’s get it on!
1. Greatest height from which a basketball is shot:
Everyone knows that being tall is a big advantage in basketball-it’s just a high sport. But how high is too high? In 2018, Australian YouTubers How Ridiculous headed out to Maletsunyane falls in Lesotho Africa, to attempt to make a shot from the top of the falls into a hoop all the way at the bottom, 200 meters below. At first, it seemed like the breathtaking view had them a bit distracted because they spent 5 full days throwing complete air balls. However finally, on the fourth day, the elements seemed to align in their favour, and they managed to set the World Record for highest basketball shot made. Maybe the view was just so good they were missing on purpose?
2.Bosnian who broke 111 concrete blocks:
It seems there’s always a way to take something extreme to the next level. Bosnian teenager Kerim Ahmetspahic proved that in a big way: he holds a strangely impressive Guinness World Record for the most concrete blocks smashed…with his head. You would think one would be enough, but not for him, then 16 years old took this really seriously and somehow managed to destroy 111 concrete blocks in just 35 seconds with his skull inexplicably still intact. That’s 111 blocks than any of us could destroy with our head so you better bow down to this black belt.
3. Flying in a wingsuit through a gap only 8 and a half feet wide:
As if base jumping wasn’t life-threateningly dangerous enough, Uli Emanuele decided to kick it up a notch…or two. He took his wingsuit up a mountain in Switzerland which he’d chosen for a reason: it had a cave closeby that he was determined to jump through. You’d expect a base jumper to choose a cave a lot wider than this one though. This is in fact the smallest hole any base jumper has even flown through and it’s an unnaturally dangerous stunt. But he was determined, and he somehow achieved his impossible goal: base jumping through a gap only 8 and a half feet wide. And if that sight doesn’t get your heart rate up, I don’t know what will.
4. Rubik’s cubes solved underwater in one breath by a man in India:
You’ve probably sat for an unreasonable amount of time trying to solve a Rubik’s cube at least once in your life, so you know it’s not easy. ILLayaram Sekar from India decided to give himself a bit of time pressure and see how many he could solve. By that I mean, he took a breath, submerged himself in water, and tried to break the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved underwater-all without coming up for air!
He was down there on his single breath of air for a pretty impressive 2 minutes and 17 seconds, but it’s one thing to just hold your breath, it’s another to solve such difficult puzzles at the same time. And yes I said puzzles, plural: he managed to completely solve 6, stealing the record in the process!
5. Guinness World Record for the highest jump in quarterpipe:
As anyone who’s ever set foot on slopes will tell you, skiing is a perilous sport, even at the most basic level. That makes this incredible World Record even more impressive. When a 59 foot high hip was built in Italy for the Suzuki Nine Knights in 2016, plenty of pros took the opportunity to try out the highest hip ever built, but none did more with it than David Wise. He absolutely smashed the world record for a highest air world record on quarterpipe by soaring a glorious 46.5FT above the surface. That’s a full 13 feet higher than the previous record. When you break a record by that much, you know your title is pretty safe.
6. World record for freediving underwater for 24 minutes:
The thing about freediving is that it always looks so peaceful, which is very deceiving to spectators like you and me. It’s actually an incredibly difficult sport that puts your body under an enormous amount of pressure the deeper you go. Alexey Molchanov knows all too well about the mental and physical difficulty involved in freediving because he holds the record for it. The Russian took his incredible, record-breaking monofin swim below the ice in a quarry and made it to a staggering 590 feet, beating the previous record by 16. And makes it look easy!
He dedicated his record to his mother who died in a free diving accident a few years ago, so diving is clearly in his blood and his record definitely won’t be beaten with ease.
7. Tiluck Keisam limbo skater:
Do you think you could limb your body beneath a pole only 11 inches off the ground while roller skating? If you said yes, I’m super impressed because I definitely couldn’t. That’s not the only reason that Tiluck Keisam is a marvel though. He achieved the world record for farthest distance limbo skating under bars, which I didn’t even think was a thing that could be done, and he was only 8 years old at the time. Even more amazingly, he does it all while doing the splits! For his record, he travelled an amazing 475 feet 7 inches on his skates, under 11.8 inches high bars in the splits position and somehow it doesn’t even look that difficult when he does it!
8. Fastest brick breaker:
seeing a martial artist breaking through concrete bricks like it’s easy is always exciting, but just because you’ve seen it before, doesn’t mean Kevin Taylor won’t blow your mind when he does it. He holds two world records for the fastest brick breaking, he’s always broken the first one he set in 2006. Honestly, you’re probably going to have a hard time believing these numbers for…his current world record, he broke 584 bricks in just 57.5 seconds.! with skills like that, it won’t surprise you to learn that he created the world speed Brick Breaking Association, where he teaches people how to do what he does. Even with his training though, I doubt anyone will be breaking his records anytime soon.
9. World fastest MTB bike record:
If there’s one thing that’s going to get your heart rate up, it’s a speed record. Combine that with a gravel mountain slope and you’ll people on the edge of their seats. Max Stockl already had the world speed record for cycling downhill but he clearly thought he could steep it up a notch. He was right! He found a mountain in Chile’s Atacama desert with a 45-degree slope and took his Mondraker bike and hamlet he made himself with him to his specially chosen slope. And he chose wisely: he broke his own record by clocking just over 104 miles a speed he reached after only 11 seconds! Now that’s how you ride a bike! If that wasn’t enough to satiate your craving for watching people perform an impressive skill in a harsh environment, then have another: John Farn worth holds a surprising number of world records involving his skills with a football, but his new one is seriously impressive. He took his football out to Sahara desert, one of the most unforgiving places on earth, to attempt the record for crossing the entire Sahara desert while keeping a football under control the whole way, all this, of course, taking place over a 7 day period. And it was harder than expected because not only did he have the searing the desert heat to contend with, but strong winds too which are not helpful when you are trying to juggle a football. But he didn’t let it stop him and he managed to set a probably unbeatable record by covering 2,500 miles!
10. John Farnworth Juggles Football Through Sahara on Epic Record-Breaking Journey:
If that wasn’t enough to satiate your craving for watching people perform an impressive skill in a harsh environment, then have another: John Farnworth holds a surprising number of world records involving his skills with a football, but his new one is seriously impressive. He took his football out to the Sahara desert, one of the most unforgiving places on earth, to attempt the record for crossing the entire Sahara desert while keeping a football under control the whole way, all this, of course, taking place over seven day period. And it was harder than expected because not only did he have the searing desert heat to contend with, but strong winds too, which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to juggle a football. But he didn’t let it stop him and he managed to set a probably unbeatable record by covering 2,500 miles!
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