With over 60,000 active record titles in the Guinness World Records database, of course some will be held by Iowans.
The Guinness Book of World Records was created in 1954 by the managing director of the Guinness Brewery, who had the idea to create a book of facts and figures to be used for settling arguments in pubs.
Today, Guinness World Records is a global brand with over 150 million world record books sold to date. The company received over 65,000 record inquiries from 187 countries and approved over 6,000 records in 2021 alone.
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Here are some record-breaking Iowans who hold titles in the Guinness World Records.
Most premature twins
Kambry and Keeley Ewoldt made a historic entrance into the world when they became the Guinness World Records’ most premature twins in 2018.
The identical twin sisters were born Nov. 24, 2018, around the 22-week mark of the pregnancy of their mother, Jade Ewoldt. They were 125 days premature, well ahead of their estimated delivery date of March 29, 2019.
Kambry weighed just 15.8 ounces and Keeley weighed 1 pound 1.3 ounces at birth, and the twins spent the first four months of their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital before they could go home.
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Most swing backflip assists in one minute
The world record for the most swing dance flips in a minute is 40 flips, achieved by Thomas Roeder at the University of Iowa Hall of Fame museum in Iowa City on May 5, 2017.
Roeder attempted the feat to reclaim his previous world record which had been broken in 2006. Roeder’s dance partners — Marissa, Sadie, Rachel and Emma — assisted him in breaking the record.
Longest video game marathon playing games in the Mario Kart series
The longest video game marathon playing games from the Mario Kart series was exactly 40 hours, and was achieved by Ben Fick, Anthony Lehnertz and Hunter Nierman in Iowa City on Nov. 2-3, 2018.
The gaming marathon took place at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where hospital patients and staff were invited to drive the fourth kart in the game throughout the marathon.
Most tricks performed by a pig in one minute
The world record for the most tricks performed by a pig in a minute is 13, achieved by miniature pig Joy Bleeker and her owner Dawn Bleeker in Newton on Jan. 16, 2018.
Joy was overseen by two judges — Newton’s mayor and chief of police — as she successfully completed all 13 tricks, each initiated by a different command from Bleeker. When she’s not practicing tricks, Joy, now 10 years old, can be found greeting guests as the spokes-pig for the Capitol II Theatre in Newton, owned by her family.
Most pancakes served in eight hours (team of 150)
The most pancakes served in eight hours by a team of 150 was 14,280, and was achieved by volunteers at the annual Pancake Day Centerville in Centervilleon Sept. 25, 2021.
To qualify for the world record, the flapjacks had to be made to strict specifications of at least five inches in diameter and no more than one centimeter in thickness. HyVee donated 2,400 pounds of pancake mix to help the Centerville community break the record.
Pancake Day began in 1949 as a way for manufacturers to show appreciation to their employees, and has since become an annual tradition in Centerville. The town of 6,000 residents celebrates Pancake Day each year with a parade, live music and the crowning of Miss Pancake Day.
Shortest bull ever
The record-holding shortest bull — a miniature Zebu bull named Humphrey — stands at just 26.6 inches tall.
The measurements of Humphrey, owned by Joe and Michelle Gardner, were taken at the Kalona Veterinary Clinic, in Kalona on April 27, 2018.
Most people planting flower bulbs simultaneously
The most people planting flower bulbs simultaneously was 1,463 people, a record set by the Lee County Economic Development Group at the Lee County Conservation Center in Montrose on Oct. 18, 2016.
Each participant individually planted five tulip bulbs in various colors, for a total planting time of 33 minutes.
Grace Altenhofen is a news reporting intern for the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @gracealtenhofen.