Famous World Records That Took Forever to Break

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There are many records in the Guinness Book. Some of them came as a surprise to the holders because they were not planned and had an unnaturally long period of time in which to make or keep their record. That is the case for most of those listed below

1. Most Living Generations

Most Living Generations
Most Living Generations

Granted, to have the greatest number of living generations in any one family line is going to take a long time and a lot of generations and this might even go down in the books as the longest duration of reach any one achievement. The Bung family managed that in 1989 when the great-great-great-great grandson was born ‘ making seven generations alive in one lineage. The oldest member of that family was 109 years and 97 days. Her own daughter was approaching 90.

2. Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation

The record has now been officially struck off due to the serious health consequences associated with a lack of sleep. The most famous example was Peter Tripp who in 1959 managed 201 hours for the first record. A succession of people beat his record ‘ but not by much ‘ until 1977 when Maureen Weston recorded a massive 449 hours (nearly 19 days). She reported hallucinations but she did not seem to suffer as much as some of those that she beat. This truly will take ‘forever’ to beat because Guinness will no longer recognise an attempt to break the existing record

3. 31 Year Eruption

Mount Stromboli
Mount Stromboli

olcanic eruptions terrify those living near to them and though many volcanoes are continuously erupting ‘ you generally will not notice but for the occasional puff of smoke and the distinct smell of sulphur. Continuous eruption though, a clear and distinct lava flow and gas cloud goes to Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii. It has been erupting since January 1983 with no end in sight. In 2010, new agencies around the world recorded its 10,000th successive day of eruption. A debate over what constitutes a true eruption means that the longest recorded is Mount Stromboli which has been pumping out rocks and steam for some 2,600 years

4. 4 Seasons and Counting

Steaua BucureÅŸti
Steaua BucureÅŸti

Few in the sport of football (soccer) have ever managed to go too long without losing too many games. ‘It’s a funny old game’ as one pundit used to say. Though Arsenal Football Club will always remember their 2003-4 ‘Invincible’ season, they do not have a patch on Romania’s Steaua BucureÅŸti. Recognised as the sport’s longest unbeaten streak, they went a massive 104 games without defeat between 1986 and 1989. This covered 4 separate seasons of professional football

5. Who Will Ever Squash That?

Jahangir Khan
Jahangir Khan

Steaua BucureÅŸti’s 104 game winning streak is nothing in comparison to the longest ever victory streak recorded by the Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan. As a six-time world champion, he dominated the sport in the 1980s and recorded an impressive 555 match winning streak between 1981 and 1986. No other squash player has come close in nearly 30 years of attempting to break his record. He is considered the greatest player in the history of the game

6. Longest Coma

 Edwarda O'Bara
Edwarda O’Bara

Not a record that anybody would really want, especially if they do not wake up afterwards which is more or less what has happened with all of the top longest comas. The tragic record goes to Edwarda O’Bara who set the record upon her death in November 2012. She had spent a total of 42 years in a coma and was 59 when she died. Previous record holder Elaine Esposito died in 1978 after over 37 years in a coma

7. Longest Conclave

Longest Conclave
Longest Conclave

The election of Pope Francis is 2013 is widely regarded as one of the shortest conclaves ever (though not the shortest) at some 30 hours. Spare a thought for the College of Cardinals as it stood in 1799 as they sought to elect a new Pope. The Cardinals entered the Conclave on 30th November 1799’¦ and emerged with their elected new Pope the following 14th March. The process took them 3 ½ months and at the end emerged Pope Pius VII. This Conclave was also noted as the election with the fewest number of Cardinals and the last to take place outside of Rome

8. King of Swaziland

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II

In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth hit 60 years on the throne. She still had a couple of year to go to catch up with Britain’s longest reigning monarch (Victoria ‘ 63 years, 216 days). An even greater feat would be to catch the longest verifiable reigning monarch anywhere in the world ‘ Sobhuza II of Swaziland whose reign lasted 82 years and 254 days. He came to the throne in December 1899 (he was only 5 months old at the time) and died in August 1982

9. Pitch Drop Experiment

Pitch Drop Experiment
Pitch Drop Experiment

A number of universities around the world have an ongoing pitch-drop experiment to test the rates at which pitch will form drops and then fall into a container below. It moves so slowly that people naturally assume that it is actually a solid. At Queensland’s university, this experiment has been ongoing since the 1920s. A similar experiment in Ireland recorded its first drop in 2013 – 69 years after the experiment was set up. They set up a web cam to record it and it is a popular hit on YouTube

10. Longest Time on Death Row

Gary Alvord
Gary Alvord

Prisoners condemned to execution in the USA are not known for a short period before execution ‘ much like when the UK had capital punishment, unless there was an appeal sentence would normally have been carried out the following morning. The average period on Death Row is around 15 years but Gary Alvord spent 39 years on Death Row before succumbing to a brain tumour in 2013. The longest period on the Last Mile for a prisoner who was executed was Jack Alderman who waited 33 years for his sentence

Conclusion

It is amazing how little time we have as humans that we can waste so much of it. Though some of the records above are unwanted, most of the people above will go down in history for their amazing feats of endurance, good luck or sheer determination

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