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These are some of the silliest Guinness World Records

Chainsaws, spoons and onions – the world has gone mad.

MOST WORLD RECORDS are pretty standard — the world’s smallest man (21.5 inches tall), the world’s oldest twin sisters (103 years old), or the world’s highest standing jump (4 feet 10 inches onto a platform) are all interesting factoids to know.

But other records are totally wacky, and just a bit silly really. These categories are often completely invented and submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. Sometimes, they even make it into the official book itself.

So in honor of the release of the Guinness Book of World Records 2013, here are some of the silliest records broken by people around the world.

These are some of the silliest Guinness World Records
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  • Silly fingernails

    Chris "The Duchess" Walton is the current record holder for longest fingernails measuring 10 feet 2 inches and 9 feet 7 inches (AP Photo/Seth Wenig).
  • Silly bees

    Beekeeper She Ping in China covered his body with 331,000 bees in April 2012 (Image: Umberto Salvagnin/Flickr).
  • Silly mohawk

    Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe currently holds the Guinness World Record for "tallest mohawk" at 3 feet and 8.6 inches tall (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey).
  • Silly flag

    Romania set the Guinness World Record for world's biggest national flag in Clinceni near Bucharest in May of this year. The flag measured 1,146 feet long by 744 feet tall (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda).
  • Silly Onion

    Peter Glazebrook from Newark holds the record for the heaviest onion at 18lbs 1oz (John Giles/PA Wire).
  • Silly faces

    On July 28, 2013, 1,213 people broke a Guinness World Record by applying facial masks for 10 minutes at the same time in Taipei (Shutterstock).
  • Silly chainsaw

    Milan Roskopf broke his own record in 2009, juggling three motor saws 62 times in a row (AP Photo/Chritsof Stache).
  • Silly hula hoop

    In February this year, 4,483 people hula hooped for seven minutes at a university in Bangkok (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit).
  • Silly spoons

    This man holds the record for 'most spoons on human body', seen here with 50 magnetised to his body... (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov).

- Megan Willett.

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