Reverend Kevin Faist of Canada pulled a fire truck weighing 126,200 pounds the length of the course before millions of viewers on “Live with Regis & Kelly” in New York City.
Man who holds most the university degrees
This guy is the definition of book smart. Luciano Baietti, a 70-year-old Italian man who lives near Rome, holds 15 bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He first achieved the Guinness World Record for most degrees in 2002 with a mere 8. Now, Baietti, who has studied philosophy, law, sociology, and literature, is studying for a 16th in food science.
Youngest person to climb the Seven Summits
Jordan Romero is no slacker for a teenager. In 2010, he received the Guinness World Record for youngest person to climb Mt. Everest (at 13), which was part of his quest to climb the tallest mountains in the world, known as the Seven Summits. In December 2011, he completed his goal by climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica, making him the youngest person to climb all seven at 15 years, 5 months, and 12 days.
Most number of languages spoken
A polyglot is a person who can speak and understand at least six languages, and a hyper-polyglot speaks more than 12. But how many languages is the world’s record? Guinness used to list Ziad Fazah, a Lebanese man, who claimed to speak 58. However, during a live television appearance it was discovered he was unable to understand some basic questions in languages he said he was fluent in. An interesting candidate is Emil Krebs, a German diplomat who died in 1930, and is credited for knowing 65 languages and studying 120 more. Krebs was particularly fond of the fact that he knew how to say “kiss my ass” in 40 different tongues.
An IQ test is an imprecise measure of one’s intellect; however, getting a high score is extremely difficult. In 2016, an 11-year-old U.K. student named Kashmea Wahi achieved a perfect score of 162, theoretically topping the smarts of Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking.
Most number of Guinness World Records
Ashrita Furman is a New Yorker and spiritualist that happens to also hold a surprising number of unique Guinness World Records, including the most number of Guinness World Records! His first was in 1979 by doing 27,000 jumping jacks. Since then, he has traveled around the world acquiring almost 200, including most sit-ups at the Eiffel Tower, most number of forward rolls along Paul Revere’s ride, and fastest mile on a kangaroo ball on the Great Wall of China.
Fastest reader in the world
Speed reading is a trick that many people have mastered, but true comprehension at that level is very rare. One interesting case is Kim Peek, a severely disabled man with unusual skills. Sometimes called a “mega savant,” Peek was able to read books extremely quickly and remember nearly everything about them. He did this by reading the facing pages, one with each eye. When tested later, he retained 98% accuracy. Peek was born without a corpus callosum—the nerves that connect the two hemispheres of the brain—and no one was able to explain how he did this.