The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

For the Record …

I read recently that a 46 year old Brazilian-born lady got married to a 60 year old, balding, retired civil servant in Edinburgh. Nothing unusual about the alliance except that Elaine Davidson holds the Guinness record of being the world’s most pierced woman with 6,925 piercings (with 192 on her face alone).

Speaking of which, one has read about the various records that are certified by Guinness. There are records for the tallest, shortest, fastest, slowest, fattest, thinnest, and what have you.

For instance, a huge pumpkin, all of approx. 822 kg, grown in Wisconsin, U.S.A., weighed in as the world’s heaviest. Fair enough. What’s next? The largest melon (current record – approx 122 kg)?

There is the record for the family with the largest number of living generations (7). And a dog with the longest ears (left ear – 31 cm, right ear – 34 cm)

However, some of the “records” defy logic, and makes me wonder why they should appear at all, and if people do things just to gain their moment of fame.

A Japanese man, Kenichi Ito, holds the record for the fastest 100 metres race, running on all fours (a man is supposed to run on two legs, by the way). An American named Ashrita Furman holds the record for the fastest mile running in swimming fins (why would anyone want to do that on terra firma?).

Krunoslav Budiseli, a Croatian, holds the record for wearing 245 T-shirts at the same time – the T-shirts weighed 68 kg (why didn’t anyone offer him a sweater if he was feeling so cold?). Italy’s Vittorio Innocente set a world record in underwater cycling, pedaling to a depth of 66.5 meters (maybe the cycling tracks in his home town were too choked).

Setting records and breaking them are all fine. But, some of them surely test one’s reasoning. And, verge on the absurd, to put it mildly.

As for the happy 60 year old groom on his wedding day, he said, “Elaine looked astonishing. People see the piercings but I see the amazing personality underneath.”

Indeed. That’s what love is all about, I suppose.

Is that a record, too?


September 29, 2011 - Posted by | About this and that, Human Behavior | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Does he really mean it? The photo shows a troubled look on his face as she seems to have held his hand tightly. I feel he couldn’t cover up his body language.


    Comment by Revathy Venkatratnam | October 2, 2011 | Reply

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