The first person ever to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive was Annie Taylor on October 24, 1901. She hoped her feat would bring her fame and fortune but she died in poverty.
In 1958 two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.
In 2007 a man named Jeremy Harper counted to one million. He did not leave his apartment or shave until he finished, and it was all broadcast live on a webcam. It took him 3 months.
In 1954 John Stapp strapped himself to a rocket sled, accelerated to 632 MPH in 5 seconds, and then decelerated to 0 MPH in 1.4 seconds. He experienced 46.2 G’s. He went temporarily blind and experienced two black eyes from his eyeballs having been shot so far forward.
The world record for fastest 1-mile run by a 5-year-old is 6:33.
Poon Kim holds the record for surviving adrift in a life raft at 133 days in 1942-43. When told no one had ever survived longer on a raft at sea, he replied, “I hope no one will ever have to break that record.”
Iran tried to get into the Guinness book of world records by making the worlds largest sandwich. But people started eating it before it could be officially measured so they failed.