The Craziest World Record in Every State
Find out the wild record that happened in your state.
Hawaii: Largest wave surfed
If you’re going to break a world record in surfing, it makes sense to try it Hawaii, right? In Maui, Aaron Gold successfully surfed without a tow, a wave that measured 63 feet from trough to crest. Since this particular break is known as “Jaws,” it’s even more impressive as a dangerous, death-defying feat. Cowabunga!
Idaho: Largest straw bale maze record
Known for its potatoes and other farms, a fall getaway in Idaho isn’t complete without a straw maze. But hey, why do a typical maze when you can do a massive one? In Rupert, Idaho, Garden Cents created the “Mega Maze” and beat the world record of the biggest straw bale maze ever. They used 3,202 bales of straw and the maze measured 1.6 miles. Don’t miss these must-see family travel destinations in each state.
Illinois: Largest popcorn ball
A popcorn ball might just be what you consider a popular gift for your extended relatives every holiday, but for the employees of The Popcorn Factory in Lake Forest, the challenge of making an epic display earned them bragging rights. The ball weighed a whopping 3,423 pounds!
Indiana: Largest calzone
With a big state, comes big records (and race tracks, of course) but to feed a mighty army, you need even bigger food. Rulli’s Italian Restaurant in Middlebury manifested an impressive calzone, weighing 212.7 pounds, measuring 23 feet, 7 inches by 2 foot, 4 inches. It was made of cheese, pepperoni, and special sauce inside the dough. Only one question remains: Can we try some?
Iowa: Longest beard
Any farmer knows that in addition to overalls and a great hat, a beard is part of the uniform. Though technically the record was set by a man from Norway, he lived the last 15 years of his life the great state of Iowa, so the state earns the title. Hans N. Langseth (ridiculously amazing) beard measuring 17 feet, 6 inches at the time of his burial in Kensett in 1927.
Kansas: Longest tail on a horse
The residences of this square state of many farmlands and ranges know a thing or two about horses. From breeding and breaking them in for rides through cornfields into sunsets, horses are a treasured part of Kansas life. And hey, a lady’s trusted companion needs a pretty hairstyle! Crystal Socha from Augusta took home the world record for the longest tail on a horse named Summer Breeze, coming in at 12 feet, 6 inches. (Here are the most difficult-to-pronounce towns in every state.)
Kentucky: Shortest woman to give birth
The average age of a first-time mom in this Southern state is lower than most other parts of the country, at 23.8. And while creating a family has no age limit, it’s also important to know it doesn’t have a height requirement either. Stacey Herald who is only 28.5 inches—that’s 2.375 feet!—gave birth to a healthy baby girl in Dry Ridge, via Caesarean.
Louisiana: Largest macaroni and cheese
New Orleans can feel like an alternative universe when you visit—streets lined with beads and jazz performers, frosty beverages in everyone’s hand, and the most amazingly gluttonous food you could imagine. Milk and cream reign in this Louisiana destination, and they’re proud to hold the record of the world’s largest macaroni and cheese. Made by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Chef John Folse and Company, the cast-iron kettle dish came in at 1,902 pounds. Inside? Delicious 575 pounds of cooked macaroni, 286 pounds of mixed cheese, 56 pounds of butter, 26 pounds of flour, 1,100 pounds of milk, and 61 pounds of dry seasoning. If you think Louisiana deserves bragging rights for their gargantuan mac and cheese, then you may want to take a look at the coolest records ever set by kids.
Maine: Most corn husked in a minute
Need to get some lobster and corn-on-the-cob on the dinner table before the kiddos start whining they’re hungry? We bet you can’t beat the world record for the most corn husked in a minute: 13! The winner of this title is Michael Diggins Jr. from Scarborough, Maine, and he’s the first record-holder for the claim.
Maryland: Largest crab cake
When it comes to crab records, it has to be a Chesapeake Bay state that takes home the, er, cake. In fact, the largest crab cake ever created weighed 300 pounds and was created by Handy International Incorporated in Timonium, Maryland. And, of course, it was made with Maryland blue crab meat.