There are impressive world records and there are odd ones. And then are the ones that just come about because someone was willing to make a random object bigger than it's ever been before.
The World's Largest Suitcase
Passengers are usually allowed to bend the rules when it comes to how large their carry-on bags are, but we’re pretty sure this one would have to be gate checked. The gigantic suitcase was shown off at the 100th Chinese Export Commodities Fair in Guanzhou. The Shanghai Newest Luggage Co. Ltd. in Shanghai made the case that sports dimensions of 5 feet and 9 inches by 3 feet and 9 inches, with a depth of 1 foot and 6 inches. Good luck cramming that through the security x-ray machine.
The World's Largest Chess Piece
St. Louis already had the king of all beers; now they have the king of all chess pieces. The 14.5-foot-tall king piece weighs 2,280 pounds and sits atop a platform in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame. The piece was built in less than six weeks by R.G. Ross Construction inside a top-secret location at a nearby shopping center.
The World's Largest Chocolate Sculpture
Qzina Specialty Foods celebrated their 30th birthday just like the rest of us: by building a gigantic chocolate sculpture modeled after an ancient Mayan temple. Apparently the Mayan culture played a crucial role in the origins of chocolate, even worshipping the cacao tree that chocolate is made from. The sculpture weighs in at 18,239 pounds of rock-solid chocolate and took more than 400 hours to construct. At six feet tall with a 10-foot-by-10-foot base, the temple is exactly one-thirtieth the size of the real Mayan structure on which it was based. It will be on display in Irvine, Calif. in June at the Qzina Insititute of Chocolate and Pastry.
The World's Largest Toilet
This one sounds way cooler than it actually is. Instead of a john the likes of which only Paul Bunyan could sit on, this is actually a regular-sized toilet that has been plopped down in the middle of a 2,150-square-foot garden of peach, plum and sakura trees in Ichihara, Japan. The bathroom cost around $124,000 to make and has a centrally located toilet that’s enclosed in glass with a few curtains for privacy. But fellas, leave your magazines at home; this toilet is for ladies only.
The World's Largest Whoopee Cushion
The British love their potty humor, so they probably jumped at the opportunity to unveil the world’s largest whoopee cushion in 2008 at the Scoop in London. The cushion measured 10 feet in diameter, which is large enough to provide all of the punch lines for the entire "Nutty Professor" franchise.
The World's Largest Open Sandwich
Is there anything more tantalizing than Spam? What about 1,242 pounds of Spam? Last year, a group of volunteers in Fremont, Neb. got together to assemble the world’s largest open-faced sandwich, layering 11,500 slices of Spam across a 14-by-6-foot piece of bread. Nine cases of pickles and two cases of mustard finished off the toppings. No report ever surfaced about how many gallons of Pepto-Bismol were required after the sandwich was finished being eaten.
The World's Largest Motorized Shopping Cart
Finally, the appropriately sized cart for a trip to Costco. The cart, which is 9.84 feet long, 11.48 feet tall and 5.9 feet wide, was displayed in 2005 at the Asda store in Watford, England. The creator of the cart, Edd China, also earned a world record for creating the world’s fastest furniture.
The World's Largest Horn Circumference - Steer
Lurch, an African watsui steer owned by Janice Wolf of Gassville, Ark., had some serious horns. Lurch’s horns measured 37.5 inches in 2003. Sadly, Lurch’s downfall came about when he got cancer in 2010 at the base of one of his horns. Since his passing, he has been sent off for a taxidermy treatment, which is awesome because the only thing that looks creepier than a steer with gigantic horns is a dead and stuffed one standing in your living room.
The World's Largest Hiking/Work Boot
There’s nothing more important than proper footwear for a hike, so if you know anyone looking for a size-700 boot for their next camping trip, let them know you’ve found it. In 2006, German shoemaker Schuh Marke made the world’s largest hiking boot, which measures over 23 feet long, over 8 feet wide and almost 14 feet tall. It was presented in Hauenstein, Germany before being flown to Shaquille O’Neal's house for a proper fitting.
The World's Largest Omelet
Yum-Bur (the Turkish Egg Producers Association, duh) celebrated World Egg Day in 2010 by cooking up a breakfast dish that weighed 9,702 pounds and 8 ounces. The omelet was made up of 110,000 eggs and more than 300 liters of oil and salt. There were more than 60 chefs involved and the whole process took over two hours to prepare in the three-and-a-half-ton metal cooking pan.
The World's Largest Collection of Traffic Cones
Britain’s David Morgan has a totally reasonable explanation for his totally bizarre collection. Morgan works at a plastics company, so when a rival company brought a legal dispute over the design of a cone, Morgan went about collecting as many cones as he could to defend himself in court. Now he has a collection of 137 different types of traffic cones encompassing two-thirds of all types of traffic cones ever made.
The World's Largest Screwdriver
Good luck losing this bad boy in your loose and disorganized tool box. Thomas Blackthorne of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, England got his tool certified in 2008. The overall length of the screwdriver is 39.7 inches with a one-inch-thick steel shaft. The acrylic handle measures 7.6 inches at its widest point. We’re not sure this tool can fix much of anything, but it definitely makes for one extremely suggestive publicity photo.
The World's Largest "Charlie's Angels" Memorabilia Collection
Most young men who came of age in the '70s lost their need for "Charlie’s Angels" posters when they graduated from high school. Not Jack Condon of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Since the show’s debut in 1976, Condon has been collecting posters, hats, t-shirts and more, eventually racking up over 5,500 items. The avid fan lived out a dream when he got to meet all six actresses who portrayed the Angels over the show’s run.
The World's Largest Pool
The world’s largest outdoor swimming pool resides in Chile at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort. The giant man-made pool is set along the coastline, sucking in water directly from the sea using a computer-controlled filtration system. The pool covers nearly 20 acres—larger than 20 Olympic-size pools—and is six times the size of its closest competitor. There are 66 million gallons of water in it and and it costs more than $3 million annually to maintain.
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The World's Largest Pizza Base Spun
When you order a large pie from Tony Gemignani, you’re getting enough pizza to feed your whole family. For a week. While filming a show for Guinness World Records Week at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn. in 2006, Gemignani spun 17.6 ounces of dough for two minutes. In that time, he spun it out to a 33.2 inch diameter. Clearly, Gemingani is not interested in helping diners stay away from carbs.