Lockdown fun: How to relieve the boredom – with ten world records YOU can break at home

Many are trying to use the spare time they now have in lockdown doing something productive. However, no one said it had to be useful.

Two-time Guinness World Record Holder and reigning British Flatland Unicycling Champion, Simon Berry holds the record for fastest 100-metre unicycle hurdles and fastest 4×50 metre unicycle hurdles relay, he stressed the importance of enjoyment, saying: “The most important aspect of record breaking is enjoyment.

“If you’re passionate about something, you’re halfway there already.

“When you enjoy what you’re doing, all the other required skills fall into place – dedication, tenacity, determination.

“For me, a huge help was making friends with similar interests and practicing together.


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“Pooling different perspectives and experiences helps build everyone’s skills, not to mention being even more fun.

“Don’t give up if you think you can do it!”

While it’s not expected for anyone to take up uni-cycling whilst trapped in the confines of their own house – there are plenty of other records that you and your children can attempt to break at home that won’t potentially require a trip to the hospital.

Record: Most Ice Cream Scoops Balanced on One Cone

Best advised to pursue this one in the garden and not on carpets.

Current Holder: Dimitri Panciera in Italy holds the record for 125 scoops on a cone balanced for 10 seconds.

Record: Keeping Two Balloons in the Air Using Head.

Inflate two balloons and test your children’s coordination, seeing how long they can keep both balloons from hitting the ground without using their hands.

Current Holder: Abhinabha Tangerman from the Netherlands kept two balloons in the air for 1 minute 9 seconds in Leiria, Portugal in 2018.

Record: Most Spoons Balanced on the Face at One Time.

You might need to order some extra spoons – let’s hope the feeling of beating a world record outweighs the cost of a new cutlery set.

Current Holder: Dalibor Jablanovic in Serbia held 31 spoons on his face for 5 seconds.

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Record: Most Juggling Tricks in One Minute with Three Balls.

Current Holder: Taylor Glenn in the USA completed 39 tricks in 2018.

Record: Most Baked Beans Eaten in One Minute, Using Chopsticks.

Delicious and nutritious – see how many baked beans you can eat as fast as you can.

Current Holder: Cherry Yoshitake from Japan ate 71 in 2015.

Record: Quickest Time to Eat a Jam Donut in One Minute without using Hands.

Delicious and not so nutritious – there are plenty of Youtube videos of people valiantly attempting this – see if you can beat them.

Current Holder: 11.41 seconds set in 2014 by Philip Joseph Santoro in the USA.

Record: Most Toilet Rolls Balanced on the Head.

If you’ve been wondering what to do with the packs of loo roll you stockpiled pre lockdown – your moment has finally come.

Current Holder: The record is 12 toilet rolls balanced for 30 seconds.

Record: Most Party Blower Toots in One Minute (Team of One or Two)

Best attempted during waking hours and not in the dead of night.

Current Holder: Greg James and Radzi Chinyanganya hold the record for 78.

Record: Most Blindfolded Plastic Bottle Flips in One Minute.

Current Holder: Josh Horton in the USA did 27 full flips in one min while blindfolded, with the bottle landing perfectly on each flip.

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