How about a list dedicated to the oddities and impressive nature of Guinness World Records? Before video was everywhere, Guinness World Records would publish a book annually that was a best seller. The records cover everything from longest hair to most piercings to the most people to dance the “YMCA” at a single location (that honor goes to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, btw). Let’s dive deep, and have a look see at some of the craziest and most impressive World Records officially recognized by Guinness. Here are 15 to get you started.
15. World’s Highest Shallow Dive
We’ll begin our deep dive by diving shallow. What is a shallow dive, you ask? Well, it’s a dive from any height into a pool of water no more than 12″ inches deep. As you’d imagine, the technique of choice by shallow divers is that off the belly flop, or regionally, the belly buster. American shallow diver, Darren Taylor, who is known in the dive world as “Professor Splash” had been progressing higher and higher over his career, and presently holds the world record at 10.3 meters, or 33’10”. Yes, that equates to Darren jumping off a platform that is over three stories high, and slashing down into a kiddie pool that holds roughly a foot of water. Diving is a hazardous sport in general, but one miscalculation, or too much rotation in a shallow dive, and participants will dive into a six foot hole for their next attempt.