When it comes to breaking world records, Ohioans are known for their exceptional abilities to do so—even if that just means baking a really, really big pie. From strange collections to extremely long sports games, our state has set the bar pretty high for potential future world record contenders.
1) World's largest pumpkin pie
Although you can always count on a giant pumpkin pie to be made in Ohio at least once a year at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, the world's largest pumpkin pie was actually made by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen on September 25, 2010. The pie weighed 3,699 lbs. and had a diameter of 20 ft.
2) World's longest game of kickball
The longest marathon of people playing kickball was 51 hours and 0 minutes by students at Padua Franciscan High School in Parma on May 27-29, 2011. The game lasted 474 innings and resulted in a final score of 431-306. This world record was achieved for a good cause, as the event helped raise $10,000 for "Kick-It," an organization that uses kickball to raise funds for pediatric cancer victims.
3) World's largest collection of trolls
The largest collection of trolls belongs to Sherry Groom of Alliance. As of October 26, 2012, the collection consisted of 2,990 trolls.
4) World's largest meatball
The world's largest meatball was prepared by the Columbus Italian Club during the St. John's Italian Festival in Columbus on October 5 -8, 2011. Only seven members of the association handled the meat before it was cooked. The participants were: Fred Muccio, Mike DiCarlo, Jim Vergalitto, Bill Maselli, Rick Willimott, Chuck Nance and Joe Gigliotti. The meatball weighed in at 1,110.5 lbs. and had a diameter of 4 ft. and 6.5 inches.
5) World's longest walk-through horror house
Canton's haunted house, "Factory of Terror," is the world's longest walk-through horror house, measuring 4,951 ft. The house length was last verified on September 17, 2014.
6) Worlds most hugs in 24 hours
Jeff Ondash (AKA, Teddy McHuggin) of Ohio, gave away 7,777 hugs within 24 hours in Las Vegas on Valentines Day in 2010. This record was also broken for a good cause, as Ondash became the world's hugging champion to raise money for the American Heart Association during American Heart month.
7) World's longest living conjoined twins
Ronnie and Donnie Galyon surpassed the world record for longest living conjoined twins and celebrated their 63rd birthday on October 28, 2014 at Disney World and Busch Gardens.
8) World's most amount of people on fire simultaneously
On September 19, 2009 at Chagrin Falls, Ted A. Batchelor, friends and family, and the Ohio Burn Unit Team took on the Gunniess world record for "Most peolple on fire at the same time." A total of 17 people were on fire for 43 seconds.
Impressed? You should be. If not, you try finding 2,991 toy trolls and the space to store them or convincing 17 of your friends (plus yourself) to allow themselves to be set on fire for 44 seconds.