There are about 40,000 records in the Guinness World Records, but what are some of the most peculiar records from Russia? How many world records were set in St Petersburg?
The Guinness Book of World Records was first published in 1955 and since then has collected extreme records from all around the world. Here are some of the most bizarre records set in St Petersburg and Russia.
Three bizarre world records set in St Petersburg
1. The longest ravioli
Yes, we are talking about ravioli here. Not the Russian pelmeni, but the Italian dish. In August 2014, Amway Russia cooked the longest ravioli in St Petersburg. It measured 29.28 metre and was 6 centimetre wide. The ravioli was stuffed with chicken and onion. Only one year later another ravioli record was set in Volgograd, Russia, when an Italian restaurant created the biggest (but not the longest) ravioli.
2. Fastest iron bar bending to fit into suitcase
In November 2008, Alexander Muromskiy cracked the record of bending a 6-metre long iron bar in order to fit it into a suitcase. It took him only 25 seconds, 4 seconds faster than the old record. Muromskiy is well-known to the World Record community because he also holds the world record of bending the most iron bars (12 bars) with his head in one minute.
3. Fastest ice hockey shot
Few will disagree if Russia claims to have one of the best ice hockey teams in the world. So it only makes sense that Russia also holds the record of the fastest ice hockey shot. Denis Kulyash set the record during the Continental Hockey League’s All-Star skills competition in St Petersburg in February 2011 with a 177.5 kilometre per hour slapshot.
Six bizarre World Records from all over Russia
Big and impressive are two words one can use when it comes to describing Russia. The following seven Guinness World Records set in Russia will redefine what ‘big’ means.
1. More than 1,000 skiers in swimsuits, Sochi
In April 2016, Russia broke the world record of the largest crowd in swimsuits on skis at the Olympic ski site in Sochi. During the BoogelWoogel mountain festival, more than 1,000 Russian skiers participated in their swimwear.
2. Largest audience for live-stream reading marathon
In October 2014, Google Russia set the world record for the biggest audience for a live-stream reading marathon. In 36 hours, viewers from more than 100 countries watched a live-stream reading of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina with a peak of 61,364 people watching on 3 October.
3. 69 Vasilyevs’ kids, Shuya, Ivanovo Oblast
Some 200 years ago, Russia already set a record that is still unbroken: the most children born by one woman. The wife of the peasant Fedor Vasilyev, who lived between 1707 and 1782, was pregnant 27 times and gave birth to 69 children: 16 twins, seven triplets and four quadruplets. Out of the 69 born children, 67 survived. However, experts question the authenticity of this Guinness World Record.
4. Largest human formations, Orel
Russia still holds the record for creating the largest human star with more than 6,300 participants in May 2015 and the biggest human number (450) with more than 7,500 participants in May 2016. Both records were set in Orel.
5. Longest sushi, huge chicken serving, largest bowl of salad
Beside big formations, Russia also holds several records for big food. In December 2011, a shopping centre in Yekaterinburg hosted 60 chefs to create the world’s longest sushi roll with a length of 2.5 kilometre within 15 hours. In August 2015, the restaurant Yoshkar-Ola created the largest serving of smoked chicken of more than 1,900 kg. One year later in September 2016, Moscow created the world record of the largest salad (20,100 kg) at the Red Square: a Greek salad achieved by the Mouzenidis Travel company.
6. Largest Ohoukhai Dance, Yakutsk, Sakha Republic
The Ohoukhai dance is a traditional dance during the Ysyakh festivity of the Yakut New Year when the Sakha people celebrate their New Year in early summer to greet the sun. With more than 15,000 participants, this dance set the record in June 2012 in Yakutsk.