Throughout history, Texans have been known to accomplish some pretty amazing things, but these world records just up the ante even more for anyone who wants to challenge them. I give to you some of the most bizarre, outlandish, and impressive records set by our fellow Texans:
1) Tallest house of cards
Measuring almost 26 feet tall, Bryan Berg built this extraordinary free-standing house of cards at the state fair in 2007 in Dallas, Texas. Amazingly, the cards aren't glued to one another or held together in any way. Bryan also holds the record for the largest card playing structure, which he set in China in 2010.
2) Most barefoot marathons run on consecutive days (male)
Eddie Vilbar Vega set this impressive record, running 10 marathons across Oregon, California, and Texas between June 28 and July 7, 2014.
3) Most wireless devices collected in a week
During "America Recycles Week" in 2012, AT&T in Dallas collected 50,942 wireless devices over the course of the week, putting Texas at 12.4% of the total contribution of dead phones in the country. We even beat out California, which says a lot about Texans' commitment to being more eco-friendly!
4) Largest Pecan Pie
While I couldn't find a picture of the actual record-breaking pie, I still thought it should make this list. Back in 1999, the El Paso Diablos minor league baseball team decided to make a 50 ft wide pecan pie that weighed just under 19 tons. Guinness spokesperson Sara Wilcox gave some more detail on just how much went into the making of this pie: "The crust was made from 3,471 lb of flour, 2,085 lbs of shortening, 170 lbs of sugar, 170 lbs of powdered milk and 3,000 lbs of water. The filling was made up of 1,500 lbs of pecans, 13,350 lbs of sugar, 850 lbs of margarine, 200 lbs of salt, 6,700 lbs of eggs, 210 lbs of vanilla [and] 9,700 lbs of corn syrup."
I mean, a pie that big could only be made right here in Texas. Especially a pecan one.
5) Largest Serving of Salsa
This picture doesn't do it justice, because this is only one gallon of salsa. The salsa that made history was just a little bit bigger, measuring 500 gallons and 2,672 pounds. Bob Blumer of the TV show " Glutton For Punishment" put together the bowl at the Annual Tomato Festival in Jacksonville in 2010 - and what better way to celebrate than turn those tomatoes into some delicious salsa that the entire state can enjoy from the same bowl?
6) Longest Tongue on a Dog
Puggy, a Pekingese from Bedford, officially has the longest tongue on a dog in the world, measuring 4.5 inches. I'm not sure if Puggy has any competition, but if he does, no one has stepped up to the plate so far.
7) Largest "YMCA" Dance
Yep, the fun little dance everyone throws into the music mix at parties became even more famous in El Paso in 2008, when 40,148 dancers participated in an event held by the Sun Bowl Association in Texas. The dance lasted all of 5 minutes 34 seconds, but that was enough time for history to be made.
8) Longest Time Spinning a Basketball on Finger
Perhaps one of the most attempted tricks in the world, Joseph Odhiambo seems to have mastered the art of spinning a basketball on his finger, maintaining the spin for 4 hr 15 min on one finger. He made it to the Guinness Books on February 19, 2006 during the NBA All-Star Jam Session in Houston.
9) Largest Gingerbread House
The edible 39,201.8 cubic foot gingerbread house built in Bryan, Texas in 2013 beat a previous world record for largest gingerbread house set by the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was located at the Traditions Golf Club near the club house, and was originally built as a fun way to raise money for St. Joseph hospital. It's not there anymore, but Texans can feel proud to hold such a unique record that also went toward a good cause. One cool fact about the house: The entire thing clocked in at a whopping 35,823,400 calories. So, eating a few bricks might put you in a food coma for a few days, but it would be well worth it!
10) World's Largest Frito Pie
At the State Fair of Texas back in 2012, Frito Lay and coordinators of the fair teamed up to serve the world's largest frito pie, straight out of a trough. 635 bags of chips, 660 cans of chili and 580 bags of shredded cheese later, the masterpiece was born. It officially weighed 1,325 and served 5,000 people. All in the name of celebrating the 80th anniversary of Frito's corn chips.
If there’s a way to make things bigger and better, you can bet that Texans will be the first to do it. What other world records do you know of that were set by someone from Texas?