I READ the story and saw the photographs of the two Chinese blokes who went head to head in a contest to get into the Guinness Book of Records – by having the most bees on their body.
They wore only underpants and goggles and one chap stuck plugs up his nose. Very wise. They stood on a set of scales and waited while bees completely covered them in 60 minutes. One chap attracted 26.86 kilos of bees onto his body while the other had 22.9 kilos. Unfortunately, neither got near the record which is held by a bloke in America who had 39.5 kilos of bees on his body – that’s 87lb. Still, I suppose they got a buzz out of it.
These two Chinese lads had me wondering at the daftness of humanity. Especially when it comes to attempting to get into the Guinness Book of Records.
Our own Roy Castle made it with ease, of course. Roy, who was born at Scholes and grew up in the Holme Valley, broke nine world records whilst presenting Record Breakers on TV. But he was doing normal challenges, liking tap dancing and playing musical instruments.
Some other record breakers are distinctly on the edge of barmy. For instance, how many Ferrero Rocher chocolates could you eat in a minute? Jim Lyngvild of Copenhagen holds the record by scoffing seven in 60 seconds. Yuch.
Josh Anderson in New Zealand holds the record for the fastest time to eat a 12 inch pizza. He did it in one minute 45.3 seconds. Not something to try next time you go to Pizza Hut.
Nico Surings from the Netherlands is the 100 metres record holder but don't be surprised if you have never seen him climb the podium at the Olympics. He did it barefoot on ice in 17.35 seconds.
One chap never lost for words, as well as records, is Michele Santelia of Italy who has typed the most books backwards. The only question is – why?
One record that I doubt few will be attempting to beat is that held by retired rat-catcher and part-time entertainer Ken Edwards of Glossop, who once put 47 rats down his trousers for a laugh. His record is eating 36 cockroaches in one minute.