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The 10 Oddest World Records Set in Minnesota

As a child growing up in Minnesota--can't speak for elsewhere--one of the most exciting occurrences for a child under the age of 12 years was the School Book Fair. With its crisp and shiny binding, the most coveted book was the current Guinness Book of World Records. Paging through the endless facts and statistics, readers would learn of the world's longest fingernails, tallest woman, largest pumpkin, etc. A lot can be said about a particular region's culture, character, and morals based on what they specialize or are the best at. As you read about good ol' Minnesota's World Records, dear reader, what say you of our humble state? Go forth!  

1. Mickey D's isn't the only place that supersizes burgers, so do we. Behold a 2,014 pound, 10-foot-in- diameter, bacon Cheeseburger.


This gargantuan creation was cooked and assembled at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota in September 2012. Philip Robertson, a Guinness World Records adjudicator, was flown in to make sure that this bad boy was a record breaker. What ever became of this beast?  

2. Our diehard hipsters represent daily with their staple mustaches, so it's no wonder we would be the place of the largest gathering of mustaches in one place, tallying at 1,131.


This occurrence took place in December 2010 after a Minnesota Wild Hockey game. The group was a combination of Wild Fans and members of the Tom Selleck Fan Club. Where was Ron Burgundy when we needed him? He could have helped round out this number nicely to an even 1,132. 

3. We're as fierce and powerful as the husky, creating our own world record of having 296 (the most) people howling together at St. Cloud State University.


In April of last year, students and members of the community gathered together on Atwood Mall at SCSU as they let out the Husky Howl. The question sure to be on everyone's minds: Did any actual huskies howl back?   

4. If you weren't already aware of how classy we are, our longest parade of ATVs, totaling 1,632, oughta prove it.


In Silver Bay, MN, in June 2009, our dear state broke this record thanks to The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota. This writer sincerely wishes she could have been there to witness all of the wonderful and courageous fashion choices of the adoring fans lining the streets, cheering for their rugged loved ones.  

5. We're quite the fan of crime fighting turtles, so its no surprise we're home to the largest gathering (836, precisely) of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to date.


On St. Patricks Day in 2012, fans and mall-goers alike piled into Mall of America's Nickelodeon Universe for the unveiling of its newest ride: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock. Curious to know just exactly how fast the turtle clad citizens dispersed at the end of the event. 

6. We breed determined, impressive, petite, 120 pound moms like Molly Schuyler who can consume an entire 72 oz. steak in under 3 minutes.

Although this 2014 record-breaking feat wasn't accomplished within the state lines of Minnesota, it was conquered by a Minnesotan, and that is reason enough for this writer to honor her with a spot on this most delightful of lists. This certainly isn't Schuyler's first rodeo, having participated in competitive eating contests since 2012. You can read more about her skilled maneuvers, but as Megan from Bridesmaids (2011) would say: "It's a gift."

7. We take sugar intake seriously, in the act of consuming it and in architecture: the largest gingerbread house standing at least 67 feet tall.


In November 2006, it took Roger Pelcher and his team of builders nine days to construct this baby inside Mall of America. That is 1,496 square feet of sweet goodness. What ever became of this mammoth treat?    

8. We're a fan of the dead variety, and got the numbers to prove it: 8,027 zombies all in one place at "Zombie Island."


The largest group of zombies on record was at Midway Stadium, during the Twin Cities 8th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl on Saturday, October 13, 2012 where they attempted to break the world record. And that they did. 

9. We sure know how to ring that bell, and over, and over, and over again. Well, for 80 hours consecutively anyway.

At The Salvation Army in Albert Lea, MN, Captain Jim Brickson rang his bell from Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11 am up until Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7pm. Observe his last 15 seconds in the above clip. He looked too tired for words. (In case you were wondering, he did receive breaks to shower, cat nap, and hopefully, use the restroom facilities available to him. A catheter would have surely been helpful at this juncture.)  

10. We got some pretty big balls--or BALL. The largest ball of sisal twine, to be exact, coming in at 12 feet in diameter and weighing 17,400 pounds.


Starting in March of 1950, Francis A. Johnson of Darwin, MN spent 4 hours a day for 29 years of his life wrapping and rolling twine. The ball is now spending out its days in a gazebo that is situated on Main Street across from the town park. The second Saturday in August, Darwin celebrates "Twine Ball Day." 

In conclusion, we like to eat, we exude humor, class, ferocity, a sense of humor, appreciate sugar, revel in justice, and are dedicated to our pursuits. Hey, we sound like real winners!

If you liked what you read here, check out more stories by addyloukay. You stay classy, Minnesota.