Commentary

Website lets you become record holder

Originally Published: November 14, 2011
By Laura Lane | Special to Page 2

World records are set every day.

Sure, there are the well-known ones in sports: Most career wins by a quarterback in the regular season (Brett Favre, 186), most points scored in an NFL season (LaDainian Tomlinson, 186 in 2006).

There also are the slightly more specific sports records: Most fourth-quarter comeback wins in a career (Dan Marino, 36) or most pass attempts in a rookie season (Sam Bradford, 590, in 2010).

But what about talents outside of sports? Ones that are so specific, so niche, and yet so extraordinary?

That's where RecordSetter.com comes in. Take Perry Romanowski, for example. He currently holds the world record for the fastest time to run 50 miles while juggling (8 hours, 23 minutes, 52 seconds). And then there's Mack Elder, who holds the mark for the fastest time to name all "Star Trek" TV episodes in broadcast order (1 minute, 38.9 seconds). There's also balancing legend Doug McManaman, who holds more than 200 records, including the longest time to balance a vacuum cleaner on his chin (43.35 seconds).

"We make the platform as open as possible, because we encourage creativity in the record-setting process," said Dan Rollman, who co-founded the site with fellow world-record junkie Corey Henderson. "Our basic rules are that your submission has to be quantifiable, breakable, and you need to have sufficient media evidence. But beyond that, we really encourage people to use their imagination and dream up new world-record categories."

The site officially launched three years ago and now has more than 20,000 records, submissions from 50-plus countries, and the biggest collection of world-record videos on the Internet.

"We all look for unique ways to express our individuality, and a world record is an opportunity to do that," said Rollman, who evaluates the submissions with a moderating team. "We have 7 billion people on this planet, there has to be something that I do that puts me in first place on some category, no matter how obtuse it is."

The site has even caught the attention of celebrities -- particularly Jimmy Fallon, who has invited guests on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to break and create world records. Included: Cameron Diaz (her record of most bunnies snuggling in a hammock was unfortunately stolen) and Drew Barrymore (most people hit in the face with pies in 20 seconds while on roller skates). And then there are the professional athletes who have come to the site, looking for a claim to fame outside their sport or simply for a good joke for the locker room. Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes currently holds the world record for most Apple laptops held at once by a professional athlete (eight).

So how does RecordSetter compare to the Guinness World Records? Well, consider it equal to Wikipedia versus the encyclopedia. Rollman and Henderson even launched their own book last week, "The RecordSetter Book of World Records," which has more than 300 categorized records and feats and interviews with the record-holders. Some gems include: the most fist pumps in 30 seconds and the fastest time to open a bag of Skittles and sort them by color.

In honor of the book, we asked Rollman to give ESPN his top five favorite sports-related records on the site. Think you can beat them?

RecordSetter co-founder Dan Rollman's favorite sports records:

1. Most Consecutive No-Look Half Court Shots.

2. Most Consecutive "Behind The Back" Golf Ball Bounces.

3. Most Consecutive Football Catches While Riding A Unicycle.

4. Fastest Time To Run Five Laps Around A Car.

5. Longest Football Throw Caught By A Wakeboarder.

Laura Lane is a regular contributor to Page 2 and Esquire.com.


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