1. The World's Most Tattooed Woman
Julia Gnuse, commonly known by the nickname ‘The Illustrated Lady’ born 1959, has 95% of her body (including her face) covered in tattoos and holds the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world. Gnuse was born with porphyria, a condition in which sunlight results in blistering of the skin. As the blisters often result in scarring, she began getting tattoos as a way to cover up the scars. However, the tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering as they are purely aesthetic.
2. Noorsyaidah, Metal Wires Growing in Body
Metal wires about 10-20 cm long grow from a woman’s body! Childcare worker, Noorsyaidah, from Indonesia, claims metal wires have been growing out of her body for 20 years. Protruding from her chest and belly, they initially kept snapping off and disappearing then, a month later, they grew back and now continue to get longer and longer until Noorsyaidah’s sister trims them.
3. Old Dutch woman who swallowed 78 cutlery items
Surgeons were flabbergasted when X-rays showed 78 items of cutlery in 52-year-old, Margaret Daalman’s stomach. After seeing her scan the estate agent’s secretary who had been complaining of belly ache, said: “I don’t know why but I felt an urge to eat the silverware – I couldn’t help myself.”
4. Modified Madam La Negra with horns, tattoos, scarification, piercings and a split tongue
La Negra is a poster girl for modified madams. She has horns, tattoos, scarification, piercings and a split tongue. But, despite her appearance, the Argentinian mother-of-one meets with little disapproval from parents at the school gates and says she ‘couldn’t care less’ what others think of her freaky fetish.
5. The world’s longest hair
The world’s longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping from China at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13 and has no plans to book into Vidal Sassoon for this season’s pixie cut any time soon.
6. The world’s smallest waist
Cathie Jung’s waist is about the same size as a regular jar of mayonnaise (less than 15in). The Connecticut housewife says she’s been wearing a corset every day for the past 12 years and she now wears one 24 hours a day. “I probably have around 100 of them,” she says. Eat your heart out Miss Von Teese.
7. The world’s longest nails
Lee Redmond from the US, has not cut her nails since 1979, growing and carefully manicuring them to reach a total length of 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) as measured on the set of Lo Show Dei Record in Spain on 23 February 2008. And, most bizarrely of all? She’s a hairdresser!
8. The world’s longest tongue
German schoolgirl Annika Irmler has licked up a place in the Guinness Book of Records with her whopping seven centimetre tongue. She commented: “My friends always said I had an incredibly long tongue – I could make lots of money with it one day.”
9. The world’s most pierced
By August 9, 2001, Elaine Davidson from Edinburgh, had a record-breaking total of 720 piercings. She first broke the record in May 2000, when a Guinness World Records official examined her and found 462 piercings on various parts of her body, including 192 on her facial area alone.
10. The world’s most flexible
Norkulunga Buthelezi, otherwise known as the ‘Snake Woman’ is considered the most flexible woman in the world. Discovered on a Dutch talent show she is able to bend her spine backwards and wrap her legs around her head with the slithery grace of a cobra.
11. The world’s most eye-popping
Kim Goodman from the US, can pop her eyeballs to a protrusion of 12 mm (0.47 in) beyond her eye sockets. Her eyes were measured in Istanbul, on November 2, 2007 and by far out distanced any of the male contenders. Is it just us or does anyone else feel a little ill looking at this?
12. The world’s tallest woman
Yao Defen of China, claims to be the tallest woman in the world, despite The Guinness Book of World Records recording American, Sandy Allen, under this title. The gentle giant weighs 200 kg (440 lbs), has size 26 (US) / 78 (EU) feet and stands at a towering 7’9″ (236.2cm) tall.
13. The world’s oldest living conjoined twins
Abigail and Brittany Hensel, who have just celebrated their 18th birthday, are the oldest conjoined twins in the world. Despite sharing a body, they play volleyball and basketball, go swimming… even drive a car. It’s not only amazing the girls can do so much but that they are here at all.
14. The world’s strongest woman
South Korean weightlifting champion Jang Mi-ran battled with her size as a teenager but is now the world’s strongest woman. Weighing in at 275lb, Jang won weightlifting gold at the Beijing Olympics in the super-heavyweight class with a series of record-setting lifts.
15. The world’s most powerful lungs
Jill Drake, from Tenterden, Kent holds the world record for the loudest scream in the world. She only realised that she could scream so loudly when she visited the Millennium Dome where her yell got measured and she was suprised to find out that her screams were 129 decibels – louder than anyone else on earth.
16. The most plastic lady
Sarah Burge has been crowned the most plastic lady by “Guinness Book of World Records”. At 49 years old, Sarah has had over 100 cosmetic surgeries, which is apparently the most anyone has cared to admit to, and has spent $850,000 in her quest to turn back time. Formerly, Cindy Jackson was Guinness’s pick for the most plastic surgeries performed on a person.
17. The world’s smallest woman
This is believed to be the world’s smallest woman measuring just 79cms tall at the age of 19. Zhu Haizhen, from China, has landed a place in the Guinness World Records as the tiniest living adult female, weighs just 10kg (22lbs).
18. The world’s oldest mum
Omkari Panwar, 70, from India recently became the world’s oldest mum giving birth to twins. “If I am the world’s oldest mother it means nothing to me,” she said. “I just want to see my new babies and care for them while I am still able.”
19. The world’s quickest contortionist
Leslie Tipton earned her place in the Guinness Book of Records by becoming the fastest contortionist escaping from a zipped suitcase. In 2007, Leslie wiggled her way free from the confines of her baggage in just 13.31 seconds.
20. The world’s fastest mouth
Fran Capo is the world’s fastest talking female at 603.32 words in 54.2 seconds. That’s 11 words a second! Fran actually broke this record twice, the first time on the ‘Larry King Live Show’ on March 5th, 1986 speaking 585 wpm and the second time at the Guinness Museum in Vegas. Phew!