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2020 was certainly a year where most of the world spent a lot more time online than usual.

Despite everything this year has thrown at us, there's one thing that can't be stopped - people breaking records! 

We've seen some amazing records this year, from people who've honed an existing skill, or tried to achieve a new goal.

Our YouTube channel has been a host to these incredible new records, as well as never-before-seen ones.

Here are the jaw-dropping record titles that were ultimate fan favourites this year. 


January saw an incredible record broken for the longest continuous vocal note, achieved by Richard Fink IV (USA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

He managed to hold a single note for 2 minutes 1.07 seconds. 

Richard had held the record previously and trained hard to regain the title.

"I have been anxiously planning to regain this record, which I held from 2009-2016, since it was beaten by 9 seconds in January of 2016," Richard said before his attempt.


A stand-out smash hit of 2020 was the incredible record achieved by veteran George Hood (US) in Chicago, Illinois.

The former US Marine and DEA Supervisory Special Agent set a remarkable fitness record for the longest time in the plank position (male) at an ab-burning time of 8 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

In order to properly train for this event, George underwent several training camps and fitness regimes, including doing 674,000 sit ups, 270,000 push ups and a practice attempt in 2018 in which he lasted 10 hours and 10 minutes.

In total, he did around 2,100 hours of planking in preparation for his attempt - more than most people will do in their lifetime! 


Bob Weighton, from the UK, was officially confirmed as the oldest person living (male) at 112 years and 1 day on 30 March 2020.

The evidence was scrutinised by Guinness World Records Senior Gerontology Consultant Robert Young. 

Bob Weighton received the record title after Mr. Chitetsu Watanabe (Japan, b. March 5, 1907) passed away on February 23rd 2020 at 112 years and 355 days.   

Sadly, Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep due to cancer on the morning of Thursday 28 May 2020.

Guinness World Records are investigating new potential record holders.


April saw this giant onion bhaji record announced. It was cooked up in London on the 4th February 2020 and weighed 175.48 kg (386 lb 13.8 oz).

The onion bhaji was made by Oli Khan and a team of 25 others from the Surma Takeaway Stevenage in London at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.

The attempt took place before any social distancing measures were put in place in the UK.

After their successful attempt, the team focused on delivering over 5,000 Indian and Bangladeshi curries to health workers at Lister Hospital and the new QE2 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In May, you met the legendary Hamako Mori (a.k.a. Gamer Grandma). 

Born on 18th February 1930, Hamako was officially recognised as the oldest videogames YouTuber.

When her record was first announced she had around 150,000 subscribers, but now has 474,000!

Hamako began playing videogames 39 years ago, and especially loves to play GTA5.


Que Jianyu (China) has an incredible talent for solving Rubik's cubes. While that's impressive in itself, Que has a multitude of talents when it comes to the coloured cubes, and can solve them upside down, with his feet, and even while juggling them!

One of his most impressive records is him juggling and solving three Rubik's cubes simultaneously in 5 minutes 2.43 seconds.

He first broke this record on the set of 'La Notte dei Record', in Rome, Italy, on 17 November 2018.

A never-before-seen edit of his amazing attempt hit our channels in June, garnering over 9 million views! 


On the 29th June 2019, Cat Dixon and Raz Marsden (both UK) set out on their tandem bike to embark on what would become a record-breaking adventure around the world; completing their journey in 263 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. 

Their record for the fastest circumnavigation by tandem bicycle was announced in celebration of the launch of Guinness World Records Day 2020.

The pair arrived back in the UK on the 18th March 2020 and claimed not just the female record, but surpassed the men’s record too, earning them a spot in Guinness World Records: 2021 Edition.

Cat, 54, and Raz, 55, set out from Oxford last year, covering 18,263 miles on a route that took them through 25 different countries and five continents. 


Pam Onnen (USA) has a mind-bending talent for spelling words backwards. 

She was able to spell a staggering 56 words backwards in one minute in Hastings, Minnesota, USA.

Pam felt that her town, Hastings, deserved to have Guinness World Records title holder as an inhabitant. 

With this record attempt Pam wanted her town to make history.


In September, it was announced that Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira had broken her own Guinness World Records title for the largest wave surfed – unlimited (female)

It bested her previous record by five and a half feet, with a confirmed measurement of 73.5 foot (22.4 metres). 

Maya rode the wave on February 11, 2020 at the inaugural WSL Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge event in Praia do Norte, Portugal - the World Surf League (WSL) announced Maya as the winner of the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and the wave was later validated by the Red Bull Big Wave Award.

“The wave was pretty special although it was terrifying as well!," Gabeira said. 


Our viewers were amazed when we put out a profile on Rolf Buchholz (Germany) in October, the long-standing record holder for most body modifications (male).

He has 516 modifications, as verified in Dortmund, Germany on 16 December 2012.

Rolf's body modifications include; 481 piercings, two subdermal 'horn' implants and five magnetic implants in the fingertips of his right hand among others.


18 November 2020 marked the 16th annual Guinness World Records Day and saw records being broken across the globe. 

One of people who attempted a record in celebration of Guinness World Records Day was roller skater Tinuke’s Orbit (aka Tinuke Oyediran, UK).Tinuke Orbit crouching on floor

Tinuke broke the records for the most cartwheels on roller skates in one minute (30) and the most spins on e-skates in one minute (70).

"Achieving both of these records has made my lockdown dreams a reality! For anyone who has struggled with lockdown like I did, setting yourself a challenge really can help you get through and I encourage everyone to just go for it," Tinuke said.


James Hobson, founder of Hacksmith Industries and known as “The Hacksmith” on YouTube, and Bogdan Malynovskyy (both Canada), made lots of Star Wars fans very happy after creating the world’s first retractable proto-lightsaber.  

James was inspired to build a real-life lightsaber as a tribute to one of his favourite movies, and was helped by Bogdan. 

The saber itself is designed to resemble the ones that are used by Jedi Knights. It is attached to tanks of liquid propane gas and oxygen gas to create the high level of heat required to make the plasma beam.  

Once lit, the beam heats up to an impressive yet terrifying 2,204 °C (4,000°F), meaning it can cut through almost anything, including metal!