Locally held Guinness World Records

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels
Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels

Morning Greenville 👋 Did you know one of your GVLtoday editors is in the Guinness World Records Book? That’s right. Every morning you learn about the best of what’s happening in our city from a local celebrity. All kidding aside, Editor Ana helped to set the record of “Most bow ties tied simultaneously” (823 to be exact) with University of South Carolina Dance Marathon in 2014 to help raise money #ForTheKids at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital

Editor Ana (third from right) setting a world record with UofSC Dance Marathon in 2014
Editor Ana (third from right) setting a world record with UofSC Dance Marathon in 2014

Recently, the team down at COLAtoday rounded up local Soda Citizens you can find in the Guinness World Records book, so that got us wondering if we had any local record holders here in town. Turns out, we do, and some of these feats are pretty impressive. Let’s take a look.👇

Largest collection of telephones | Greenville, SC

Yep, you read that right. At 1,135, Greenvillian Michael Phillips has the world’s largest collection of telephones. Michael began the collection in the early 1980s with a Superman statue telephone now valued at ~$1,000. The collection includes many different types of telephones such as race cars, food and beverages, musical instruments, and cartoon characters. 

Fastest relay 100 x 5 kilometers | Greenville, SC

The fastest 100 x 5 km relay was completed in 30 hr 1 min 15.3 sec by the Greenville Track Club at Eastside High School right here in Greenville. That’s some quick running.

Greatest cumulative distance vehicle drift in 8 hours | Greer, SC

On Dec. 11, 2017, Johan Schwartz of Denmark achieved the greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours at 232.5 miles with BMW of North America. In order to complete this record, BMW had to help Johan refuel while the car was in motion. Another record, “Longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted),” was also set by the team on the very same day. Check out some insane video footage from these world record attempts here.  

Most people controlling paddle balls simultaneously | Landrum, SC

On Nov. 30, 2012, 443 people in Landrum set a world record for the most people controlling paddle balls simultaneously. Students at O.P. Earle Elementary School + Landrum Middle School joined Steve Langley, a.k.a. The Paddle Ball King, in this attempt. 

Hottest chilli pepper | Fort Mill, SC

While not technically from Greenville, we couldn’t resist mentioning the Carolina Reaper pepper, which holds the record for hottest chilli pepper (1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units). Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, SC grows the peppers + set the record in September 2017.

Longest journey by car using alternative fuel | Started in Columbia, SC

The longest journey by car using alternative fuel is 30,158.5 miles and was started down the road in Columbia, SC. The drive (which finished in Vancouver, Canada and took over five months to complete) was completed using only biodiesel and vegetable oil. Fuel was collected at many stops along the way, including fast food restaurants

Longest line of garden flamingos | Fripp Island Resort

Fripp Island Resort + Pledge the Pink hold the world record for the longest line of garden flamingos. The line consists of 3,753 flamingos and measures almost a mile long.