Quirky tech and gaming world records

Pokemon collector Lisa Courtney

Ever since the inception of the Guinness World Records in 1955, the records that have been set and broken over the years have gotten stranger and stranger. However, no matter what the record is, there always seems to be someone willing and able to surpass the predecessor’s accomplishment. The world of technology and gaming is no stranger to the chase towards becoming the best and the boldest. Even a Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness World Records was released in 2008 and more recently in 2013.

Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual technology and gaming records that have been broken over the years:

The largest Pokémon collection in the world

After 14 years Lisa Courtney from the UK has managed to amass over 14,410 Pokémon collectibles, the largest collection in the world. This 21-year-old frequently travels to Japan for the specific purpose of buying Pokémon merchandise, often bringing back about 8 – 12 full boxes at a time. Part of her collection has been displayed at the Museum of Hertford as part of an exhibition on popular culture. Move over Ash, we have a new Pokémon master in town!

The farthest a mobile phone has been thrown

Each year Savonlinna, Finland hosts a mobile phone throwing contest. Finland is seen as the home country of mobile phones and the Fins are known to frequently throw away brand-new phones only to be able to purchase the newer models on the market.

There are a variety of mobile phones you can choose from at the mobile phone throwing contest, varying in brand, style and size (all of which have the batteries still intact) but you cannot bring your own. There are two categories you can participate in. Either traditional, which means you have to do a regular over-the-shoulder throw, or freestyle where you can display some fancy footwork or choreography. Of course, in addition to these categories, there are team competitions as well as events for children younger than 12.

In August of 2013, the last time the contest was held, the male winner Riku Haverinen threw his mobile phone an impressive 97.73 metres (beating the previous record) while Åsa Lundgren from Sweden, the female winner, threw her phone 40.41 metres. In the Junior category, the winner was Juho Rusko with a throw of 39.97 metres.

First human to be infected with a computer virus

Mark Gasson from the UK implanted an RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip into his hand and then infected it with a computer virus. This infected chip allowed him to activate his mobile phone and pass through any security door. When a security door would recognize Mark’s implanted chip, that security system would also receive the virus which was then passed onto other RFID chips and swipe cards used on the door’s activation.

So, what was the reason behind all of this? Mark wanted to highlight the threats to and vulnerabilities of cochlear implants and pacemakers.

Most money pledged for a Kickstarter project

Pebble’s E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android opened a funding proposal in 2012. By the end of the fundraising period a total of 68 929 people had pledged and $10 266 845 was raised.

Fastest time for a video game to gross $1 billion

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (released by Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games in 2011) grossed $1 billion within only 16 days.

Longest-running game series

Flight Simulator is the longest-running game series of all time, spanning a massive 32 years and 3 months since its first release in 1979 for Apple II. Flight Simulator now boasts about 16 main series titles.

Fastest-selling PC game ever

Diablo III (created by Blizzard) sold 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours after its launch and 4.7 million players participated in the game on the first day. There were about 1.2 million players who received the game free prior to that as part of a World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion.

First ever video game world championships

1983 saw the North American Video Game Olympics (the first of its kind) take place in Ottumwa, Iowa. Five major titles at the time were featured – Frogger, Milipede, Joust, Super PAC-man and Donkey Kong Jr – and 19 video gamers participated. The eventual winner was Ben Gold from the USA.

The largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters in a single place

This fun record was set in 2011 at World Joyland in China with a total of 1,530 participants joining the event as their favourite characters. Recently, another group of cosplayers tried to beat the record but unfortunately only 153 people showed up.

Man with the most URLs tattooed on him

Pat Vaillancourt from Quebec, Canada has tattooed 10,012 URLs on his body (mostly his shoulders and back). He aims to eventually have 25,000 web address inked all over his body.

Most browser tabs open at once

Some people might see having too many tabs open as a cause for anxiety but not Justin Bank from Illinois in the United States. In his record attempt, he had 11,411 tabs open at once on the Mozilla Firefox browser. He also holds the record for having the most tabs open in Google Chrome, which amounted to 2,012.

Person who texted a phrase the fastest

While shopping in the mall, Melissa Thompson participated in a spur-of-the-moment competition by Samsung that aimed to see how fast participants could type a phrase. She set a world record by typing the phrase, “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” in 25.94 seconds. This was 9 seconds faster than the previous record holder.

World’s oldest Facebook user

Lillian Lowe was 103 years old when she first joined Facebook in 2010 and uses her son’s iPad to browse the site. She has 34 friends on Facebook that she keeps in touch with but does admit to thinking that it is a “dreadful waste of time.”

Most times snapped by Google’s Streetview camera

A 52-year-old resident of Elmswell, Suffolk has been named by Guinness World Records as the person who appears on Google’s Streetview the most times of anyone on Earth. She has been snapped around 43 times in total and almost all of these images she is seen walking her dog.