These days, it seems as though everyone is trying to break some type of record. People will do anything to be the best at something. This doesn’t really come as a surprise considering a little competition is part of human nature. Throughout the years, many world records have been set in Alabama. Some have even been recognized by the Guinness World Records. Listed below are 10 world records held in Alabama. Some may even surprise you.
1. World's Largest Fishing Tournament
Located on Dauphin Island, and founded in 1929, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the world's largest fishing tournament. It usually attracts more than 3,000 participants and 75,000 spectators. The next tournament is set to take place this coming weekend, July 15-17.
2. World's Largest Motorcycle Collection
With a collection of more than 1,400 motorcycles, the Guinness World Records recognizes Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as having the "World's Largest Motorcycle Collection." Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located in Birmingham, Alabama.
3. World's Largest Office Chair
Located in Anniston, Alabama, outside of Miller's Office Furniture, sits the world's largest office chair. It measures 33 feet tall and has a 15-foot-square seat. The giant office chair was built from 10 tons of steel, and it's held down with 15 tons of cement. The Guinness World Records recognized it as the "World's Largest Office Chair" in 1982.
4. World's Largest Penny Collection
In June 2005, Alabama's very own Edmond Knowles cashed in 1,308,459 pennies ($13,084.59) he had been saving for 38 years. It took the Coinstar machine more than seven hours to process the pennies. This was the largest ever cash-in of pennies.
5. World's Largest Bubblegum Bubble Blown
On April 24, 2004, Chad Fell, of Winston County, Alabama, blew the largest ever bubblegum bubble. He used three pieces of Double Bubble gum and blew it to the size of 50.8 centimeters. The Guinness World Records recognizes this bubblegum bubble as the "World's Largest Bubblegum Bubble Blown."
6. World's Oldest Living Person
On July 3, 2015, three days prior to her 116th birthday, Alabama native Susannah Mushatt Jones was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "World's Oldest Living Person." Sadly, on May 12, 2016, Susannah passed away in her sleep.
7. World's Youngest College Graduate
In 1990, at age 6, Michael Kearney graduated from San Marin High School in Novato, California. At age 8, he graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Geology from Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma, California. In 1993, Michael's family moved to Alabama. At the age of 10, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of South Alabama. The Guinness World Records recognizes Michael Kearney as the "World's Youngest College Graduate."
8. World's Oldest Living Chicken
In 2004, Matilda, a 14-ounce hen, was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "World's Oldest Living Chicken." She was born in 1990 and died on February 11, 2006, living 15-16 years. Matilda belonged to Keith and Donna Barton of Bessemer, Alabama. During her life, she became a showbiz chicken, appearing at several charity functions and on numerous talk shows.
9. World Record For Most People On One Scale
To encourage healthy living among Alabamians, 157 members of Scale Back Alabama stood together on a truck scale. This record-breaking event took place on January 8, 2016 at Sabel Steel in Montgomery, Alabama.
10. World's Largest Alligator Ever Caught
In August 2014, the world's largest alligator was caught in Alabama's Mill Creek. It measured 15.9 feet long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds.