To celebrate 60 years of the Guinness Book of World Records we have delved into their archives and picked out some of the best, craziest and most absurd records from around the world. This time we deal with all things pop culture.
1. The HIGHEST RATING TV series
The Metacritic score for Season 5 of Breaking Bad exactly matches the purity level of main character Walter White’s crystal meth: 99 percent. The show’s perfect mix of drama, suspense and black humor combined with slick scripts and three-dimensional characters garnered critical acclaim reflected in its record-breaking rating on the review website, which compiles the votes of critics and viewers from all over the world. We imagine Walt would have one thing to say about it: “I won!”
2. The BEST SELLING album
From Thriller we learned that Billie Jean was not Michael Jackson’s lover and that the kid was not his son. This seminal album has sold the most copies in music history, though the exact number has been contested— much like the paternity of the kid.
3. The first music video IN SPACE
Chris Hadfield loves to shoot videos. His cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station was the first music video recorded in space.
4. The LONGEST Music Video
Pharrell Williams holds the record for longest music video, clocking in at a whopping 24 hours. The video for “Happy”, released in 2013, was the first ever 24 hour video. The track was looped 360 times to achieve the record.
5. Most EXPENSIVE INSTRUMENT sold at auction
Is actually a violin, the Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius was sold to its new owner for an eye-watering $15,875,800 by Tarisio Auctions in London, UK, on June 20, 2011. All proceeds went to charity.
6. Highest BODY COUNT in a slasher film
The honor goes to the 2011 film, The Summer of Massacre directed by Joe Castro. 155 were given a movie death over the course of the film. It has a modest 2.5 out of 10 rating on IMDb, so watch it if you dare…
7. Most EXPENSIVE DRESS sold at auction
The ivory dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955) raised $4.6 million at an auction held at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California on June 18, 2011.
8. Highest BOX OFFICE FILM GROSS on opening weekend
Inception currently holds this crown according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The film racked up a record-breaking $62,785,337 across 3,792 theaters on opening weekend in July 2010. It also went on to win four Oscars.
9. MOST SWEARING in one film
This naughty honor goes to the aptly named Swearnet: The Movie. The 2014 film, directed by Warren Sonoda, features 868 expletives.
10. The most MUSIC FESTIVALS VISITED in 30 days
Brit Greg Parmley holds this record, going to 13 countries in one month between June 24 and July 23 2011.
The festivals were: Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Graspop Metal Meeting, Rock a Field, Pennenzakkenrock, Werchter, Summerjam, Rheinkultur, With Full Force, Rock or People, Malta, Pohoda, Balaton Sound, Exit, Metalcamp, Garden Festival, Umbria Jazz, Moon and Stars, Montreux Jazz, Gurtenfestival, Live at Sunset, Paleo Festival Nyon, Secret Garden Festival, Redfest, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror and High Voltage Festival