Meet the scooting cat and the hair-skipping woman: The most unusual Guinness World Records

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Zion Clark completed 20m walking on his hands in 4.78 seconds (Guinness World Records 2022)
Zion Clark completed 20m walking on his hands in 4.78 seconds (Guinness World Records 2022)

Every year, the Guinness World Records book lists some of the world's wildest and most peculiar feats of skill. 

Of course, there's the fastest runners, and the people who can lift the greatest weight, or jump the highest. 

But for all the impressive entrants pushing the limits of human endeavour and endurance, there are those whose entries make us wonder how on earth anyone ever discovered their bizarre skill-set, let alone came to triumph in their niche.

The 2022 edition, out now, includes a woman who can skip with her hair and the fastest cat and dog on a scooter. 

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For those who'd like to test their speed against the world's greatest power-walkers, stop right there - can you do it on your hands like Zion Clark from Ohio, USA? He's one of this year’s record breakers after he completed the fastest 20m walking on two hands, in 4.78 seconds.

Clark has Caudal Regression Syndrome, meaning he was born with no legs but his perseverance saw him begin wrestling in elementary school.

The 23-year-old is hoping to become the first American athlete to compete in both an Olympic (wrestling) and Paralympic (wheelchair racing) Games in 2024.

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Meanwhile, Pratik Mohite from Maharashtra, India, brings another showcase of endurance as the shortest competitive bodybuilder (male), standing at 3ft 4in (102cm).

Mohite began bodybuilding after seeing the sport as a representation of being fit and strong, and longing to take part even if others saw him as “weak”.

Laetitia Ky is the record holder for the most skips over own hair in 30 seconds (Image: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2022)
Laetitia Ky is the record holder for the most skips over own hair in 30 seconds (Image: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2022)

Another of the record-breakers is Laetitia Ky, from Abidjan in Ivory Coast, who holds the record for the most skips over a person’s own hair in 30 seconds. 

She achieved 60 skips by braiding her natural hair and adding extensions to sculpt her skipping “rope”.

The 25-year-old is known for creating sculptures with her hair, citing inspiration from the different pre-colonial hairstyles of women from her African culture, and is also a model, actress and content creator.

Then there's Canadian dog and cat duo, Lollipop and Sashimi, who have also made their way into record-breaking history, becoming the fastest dog and cat duo to travel 5m on a scooter, achieving the dazzling feat in 4.37 seconds.

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Proud owner Melissa Millett said the pair both enjoyed solo scootering but came up with the trick on their own after both hopping on together one day. 

There's also gymnast Bethany Lodge, who became the record-holder for the fastest 100m forward rolls (42.64 seconds) and for the most backwards somersault burpees in 30 seconds (five).

Achieving the records served as a fitness goal for the 28-year-old after she initially found it difficult staying motivated during the coronavirus pandemic, with many training places closed. 

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Also featured for 2022 is Paige Olsen’s dog Lou, who at 34cm has the longest ears on a living dog, as well as Morgan Parsley, whose 30.9cm feet are the largest on a teenager and Oliver Richters, the tallest competitive bodybuilder (male) standing at 7ft 1.9in (218.3cm).

No need to compare and despair with these incredible record-holders. It's more a case of stand and stare. 

Guinness World Records 2022 is out now.

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