Top 10 Guinness World Records That’ll Probably Never Be Broken

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If you’re looking for a Guinness World Record to break, we recommend staying away from these!

10. Michael Phelps: Most Olympic Gold Medals

Michael Phelps is by far the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time and will hold that Guinness World Record for some time. Phelps’ holds a whopping 28 Olympic medals in total. 23 gold medals, 3 silver, and 2 bronze to be exact.

In order to break that record, you don’t only have to an insanely good athlete, but you also have to compete and win in events in which you can win multiple medals in a single tournament. These are particularly rare within the Olympics. The odds of having one who is on the same level as Michael Philips is certainly going to be pretty low. At that, you also have to be the best at your sport year after year. It’s very unlikely that his record will ever be broken.

9. Ashrita Furman: Record Breaking Record Breaker

Ashrita Furman doesn’t just hold “a” Guinness World Record but THE Guinness World Record for records! This man has a record of breaking Guinness World Records at an exceptional rate. Right now, the number of records that Furman set so far is 600 with 191 records that he still holds.

To break this man’s record, you’ll have a long journey of Guinness record-breaking ahead of you. What are the chances of someone else being able to break more than 600 world records to break Furman’s record? We’ll say it’s pretty darn difficult!

8. Roy C. Sullivan: The Human Lightning Conductor

This record is pretty difficult to break because it’s somewhat accidental and you’d probably end up dead if you try it intentionally. Having survived being struck by lightning for SEVEN times, Sullivan earned the title of the Human Lightning Conductor.

Sullivan’s journey started in 1942 and ended in 1977 with 7th and last lightning strike. Surprisingly enough, Roy C. Sullivan didn’t die from any of those lightning strikes but instead, committed suicide in 1983. Now, are you willing to get struck by lightning 8 times to break his record? We didn’t think so!

7. Eric Brown: Highest Number of Different Aircraft Models Flown

Captain Eric Brown is a British Navy test pilot who holds the record of flying the largest number of different aircraft types in history. There is more than one reason why Eric Brown’s record will never be broken, first of which is context.

Brown was a test pilot during WW2 – a period that was known for testing a large number of aircraft models in rapid succession. There were simply too many models to be tested. The fact that aviation was relatively new back then is simply something that is long gone and likely won’t be repeated. The second factor is the amount of time in which Brown stayed in service. Those two factors combined are extremely difficult to repeat. It’s safe to say this record will not be broken.

6. Matt Suter: Surviving Longest Distance Throw By a Tornado

On 12 March 2006, Matt Suter accidentally set a Guinness World Record that’ll probably never be broken. While inside his mobile home in Fordland, Missouri, he was caught in a tornado which threw him 398 meters away from his original location.

After regaining consciousness, Suter had only minor injuries and was the holder of a Guinness World record that’ll probably remain in his name for years to come.

5. Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Surviving 2 Nuclear Attacks

There have been two nuclear attacks in the history of mankind. In WW2, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima and two days later dropped the second one “Fat Boy” on Nagasaki. Yamaguchi witnessed both, and survived.

This Nagasaki resident was on a business trip to Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb dropped. He survives and goes back to his hometown just in time to witness a second atomic bomb being dropped there. It is very unlikely that something like this ever happening to someone else – thankfully, this is a record that was made not be broken.

4. Kevin Fast: Heaviest Aircraft Pull

This record isn’t just the heaviest aircraft pulled, it is the heaviest vehicle pull ever attempted by man. By pulling a CC-177 Globemaster III that weighs a whopping 188.83 tons for 8.8 meters, Kevin Fast’s record is unlikely to ever be broken. Considering the fact that this is one of the heaviest airplanes on the planet and the distance for which he pulled it, breaking this record would be insanely difficult.

3. Nadya Suleman: Most Children Delivered at a Single Birth

On 26 January 2009, Nadya Suleman survived a Caesarean section surgery in which she gave birth to 8 children, 6 boys, and 2 girls. Nadya’s octuplets are the second in US history and the first ever to be born alive and survive after birth.

Given the extreme rarity of such birth with this survival rate, this is a record that will probably be held by Nadya for so many years to come, if not forever.

2. Queen Elizabeth II: World’s Oldest Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st of April, 1926, which makes her 92 years old as of 2018. Queen Elizabeth broke the record of the world oldest monarch when she turned 88 back in 2015. As she’s already going strong into her 90s, that record is likely to stay solid for a really long time.

1. Pelé: Most World Cup Wins by Any Player

The debate over who is the world’s best soccer player is one that’ll never be settled. However, some soccer players have some record numbers that are extremely hard to break. Among the most difficult of those records is one that is held by the legendary soccer player Pelé, which is winning the world cup three times.

Since Pelé won his third World Cup back in 1970, it has remained an unbroken record.

If you’re looking for a Guinness World Record to break, we recommend staying away from these!