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10 World Records You Probably Never Knew Existed

6. In 1958, two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing while refueling by matching speed with a fuel truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.

The Cessna
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A flight endurance record is the longest time an aircraft spent in flight without landing. During the year 1958, two pilots decided to make a flight endurance record using a Cessna 172. The pilots, Robert Timm and John Cook, took off from McCarran Airfield in Las Vegas. During their flight, food and water were supplied by a chase car with a matching speed. The supplies were hoisted aboard with a rope and bucket.

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The plane was refueled time and again by hoisting a hose from the fuel truck up to the aircraft. During refueling, the driver of the truck steered the vehicle, while another person kept up with the plane’s speed with his foot on the truck’s accelerator pedal. Using these techniques, the two pilots managed to spend 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes, and 5 seconds in flight. They landed at McCarran Airfield on February 7, 1959, after creating a world record that remains intact even today. (source)

7. Glynn Wolfe, a Baptist minister from California, held the record for most monogamous marriages, 29, with his shortest marriage lasting 19 days.

Glynn Wolfe
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The world’s most married man is Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe. Glynn was a Baptist minister who married 29 times. His longest marriage was for 11 years to his 28th wife. His shortest marriage lasted only 19 days. Out of his 29 marriages, three of his marriages were to those women whom he had divorced previously. In 1936, Glynn divorced Charlotte Devane and then married her again later in the same year. In 1948, he divorced Katherine Archer and remarried her the next year. He did the same thing with his wife Sharon Goodwin – divorced her in 1959 and remarried her in 1960.

One of Glynn’s spouses, Linda Essex-Wolfe, holds the record of being the world’s most married woman. She had married 23 times. Glynn passed away a few days before his 89th birthday. He is survived by 19 children, 40 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. (source)

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8. Sitting on top of flagpoles was a fad in the mid- to late 1920s. In this fad, people would compete to see who could break records for endurance sitting. The world record is 51 days, 20 hours.

In 1924, a stunt actor, Alvin Kelly, sat on a flagpole for 13 hours. This stunt gained him popularity, and soon pole sitting became a fad. Pole sitting emerged as an endurance test with multiple competitors trying to break the previous record. The person wishing to take part sat on the top of a pole or flagpole for extended lengths of time. The top of the pole contained a small platform for the sitter.

After Alvin, many people sat on the pole and broke his record. In 1929, Alvin decided to reclaim his title and sat on a flagpole for 49 days. But his record did not survive long. The next year, in 1930, Alvin’s record was broken by Bill Penfield. Bill sat on a for 51 days 20 hours and only came down after a thunderstorm forced him to. Since then, no one had been able to break his record. Also, the fad of pole sitting vanished with the onset of the Great Depression. (source)

9. Pedro Lascuráin (34th president of Mexico) holds the record for the shortest presidency in the world. He was in office for less than an hour.

Pedro Lascuráin
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Pedro Lascuráin was a Mexican politician. He is well noted in history due to his extremely short term of presidency. The events leading to Lascuráin’s presidency started unfolding after 19 February 1913 when General Victoriano Huerta overthrew President Francisco I. Madero. Huerta couldn’t be the president immediately as according to the 1857 Constitution of Mexico, the next in line to the presidency was the vice-president. The vice-president was followed by the attorney general, the foreign secretary, and the interior secretary.

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So, Huerta ousted the then vice-president and attorney general. Pedro Lascuráin was the foreign secretary at that time. Huerta decided to make Lascuráin the president so that he could appoint Huerta as his interior secretary. On February 19, 1913, Pedro Lascuráin became the president of Mexico. His presidency lasted less than an hour. To this day, Lascuráin’s presidency is the shortest in history. (source)

10. The largest free kitchen in the world on record is the Golden Temple in India. The kitchen produces 138 chapatis per minute and is run by volunteers. It receives more visitors than the Taj Mahal and provides free meals to anyone from any religion, race, or background.

Golden Temple
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About 500 years ago, Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, said: “There is no Hindu, and there is no Musalman .” With his belief that all are equal before God, the Sikh faith was born. The feeling of equality and oneness emerged as Langar, a free community kitchen where everyone, regardless of religion or social status, can sit together and eat the same food. The living example of the rejection of caste in the Sikh faith is the langar at Golden Temple. Located in Amritsar, India, the Golden Temple houses the world’s largest kitchen where an average of 100,000 free meals are served every single day of the year.

On holy days, about 150,000 meals are served, and not a penny is charged. No one is turned away, and the food never runs out. Everyone gets a wholesome, vegetarian meal. The food is cooked and served by volunteers. Anyone can volunteer for the kitchen work in the world’s largest kitchen. While most of the work is done by hand, the kitchen has a mechanized oven and a conveyor belt that turn out 200,000 rotis (chapatis) on daily basis. (1, 2)

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