A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 14th 2013
Weird & wonderful ways to be famous
The world is full of record holders for amazing feats; some jaw-dropping, some remarkably extending the limits of humankind and some just plain bizarre. It occurred to me that there must be some of these weird and wonderful record holders in Brisbane, wanting to push their limits and to bask in their moment in the spotlight. With a one-off claim to fame that may spawn their world-wide popularity and increase their visibility, the stakes are high. They may not be normal celebrities but their names are in print, a legacy for future generations to chuckle over. After a bit of research, see below for five of Brisbane's famous Guinness World Record holders.
1) Most High Fives Achieved by an Individual in 24 Hours
One such weird and wonderful record holder is Pete Timbs, who had to brave sore hands from successfully making 14,607 high fives at the 2012 Bridge to Brisbane, smashing the Guinness World Record for the most high fives achieved by an individual in 24 hours. It was all for a good cause though, raising $10,000 for the Kids Help Line. The previous record was 9,325 so Pete not only rightfully win the title, he beat the previous record by a mile. Pete decided to high five because he had hurt his hamstring and couldn't run but he didn't let that stop him and came blazing back to the top, although in a different way.
Pic from Lone Pine Sanctuary
2) Oldest Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, established in 1927 by Claude Reid won the record for oldest koala sanctuary with 137 koalas in captivity. As one of the top zoos in the world, rated by AOL, come and visit a part of history. You can even sign up to be a zookeeper for the day with behind the scenes insight into what it is really like to work with animals. If you don't mind being dirty, immerse yourself in full keeper duties.
3) Longest Nipple Hair Timothy McCubbin, then a 20 year old engineering student from Camp Hill, broke the record for the longest nipple hair at 15.16 centimetres) on November 29, 2010. It is definitely a weird way to make a mark in the world but three people measured his nipple hair and was declared 2cms longer than the previous record. It took four years to grow the hair but he had definitely achieved its goal of fame.
We've all heard of three-legged races at school but imagine a three-legged race that never stops! Steven and Suzanne Eltis achieved 100.13 kilometres at Eatons Hill State School in October 2008. Several attempts have been made to top their record since so it looks like running three-legged for long distances are some people's idea of a fun sport!
5) Most Expensive Mangoes Sold at Auction Australia may not be the epitome of luxury or the country with the most luxury goods but it is home to the most expensive mangoes sold at auction! A tray of 12 mangoes was bought for $50,000 by Carlo Lorenti of Clayfield Markets Fresh in October, 2010. Again, it was for a good cause; mango auctions have been held since 1998 to raise funds for Life Education Queensland (a preventative drug and health education NGO) and Redkite (a support charity for children and young people with cancer). At $4,200 a mango, Carlo Lorenti's family is a fourth-time winner of the Brisbane Markets Mango charity auction. One can only wonder how it felt to eat a $4,200 mango!