Ever since the Guinness Book of World Records’ rise to fame, pretty much everyone has been competing for a spot in it. People do all sorts of bizarre things in the name of record-breaking, and Iowa is no exception. So, here are 10 weird and wacky world records that Iowa has the honor of holding.
1. World's largest gnome
The world's largest concrete gnome is located at Reiman Gardens in Ames. It weighs 3,500 pounds and is 15 feet tall.
2. The world's largest frying pan
The world's largest frying pan, in Brandon, weighs half a ton and can hold 44 dozen eggs. It is actually debated whether this frying pan or the frying pan in Long Beach, Washington, is the world's largest, but many agree that the title belongs to Iowa's pan.
3. World's largest strawberry
The world's largest strawberry, in Strawberry Point, weighs 1,430 pounds and stands 15 feet high, 12 feet across.
4. World's largest popcorn ball
Sac City, Iowa, is home to the world's largest popcorn ball, which weighs 3,100 pounds.
5. World's largest bull
Albert the Bull is the world's largest bull at 30 feet tall, 33 feet long, and a whopping 45 tons. You can find Albert in Audubon, Iowa.
6. World's largest Cheeto
If you visit Algona, you will find the world's largest Cheeto enshrined in a case, sitting on a velvet cushion. At Christmastime he wears a Santa Claus hat.
7. World's largest clog dance
The world's largest clog dance was achieved by 2,605 people during the Tulip Time festival in Pella, Iowa, on May, 8 2010.
8. World record for most people to do a simultaneous Stop, Drop, and Roll
Iowa holds the world record for most people to simultaneously do the Stop, Drop, and Roll. The event was held on August 21 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
9. World record for most sets of twins in one class
In 2012, Iowa set the world record for most sets of twins in one grade. There were 16 sets of twins in the ninth-grade class at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in Des Moines, Iowa.
10. World's longest beard
Hans N. Langseth set the world record for the longest beard when he died in Kensett, Iowa in 1927. His 17 foot, 6 inch long beard was presented to the Smithsonian in the 1960s.
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