Throughout history, women have often been treated at the “weaker” sex. But while men and women are built differently, women are just as capable of incredible feats as men. This is demonstrated, for example, in some world records that are held by women and no man has ever been able to break. And no, we aren’t talking about some insignificant records that the folks who put out the Guinness Book of Records use to fill some blank pages (like longest nose hair or the greatest distance Moonwalked in one hour). No, we are talking about incredible achievements that highlight the richness of human potential.
To see in which areas women have risen to the top, we invite you to take a look at these world records held by women. From crushing the most watermelons between the thighs, to living longer than anyone else, these are some of the most amazing accomplishments by ladies from the past and present.
#1. Lowest Limbo Skating Over 25 Meters
11-Year-old Shristi Sharma smashed the record for lowest limo skating by skating for 25 meters under bars held only 6.69 inches above the ground.
#2. Fastest Time To Crush Watermelons Between The Thighs
Ukrainian, Olga Liashchuk, managed to crush three whole watermelons between her thighs in a shocking 14.65 seconds. She hopes to someday be the strongest woman on the planet.
#3. World’s Oldest Gymnast
Johanna Quaas is the world’s oldest gymnast. At age 86, she took part in a competition that put her in the record books. Today she is 91 years old and she’s still hitting the gym.
#4. World’s oldest competitive bodybuilder 2010 – 2011
Believe it or not but Ernestine Shepherd recently turned 80, making her the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and — according to the Guinness Book of Record — the oldest competitive bodybuilder in 2010 and 2011.
#5. Most Items Kicked Off Of People’s Heads In One Minute
On June the 1st, 2016, fifty-nine footballs were kicked from atop the heads of students by Silvana Shamuon in Waterloo, Canada. A large audience was in the Catholic school’s gymnasium was present to witness the attempt. Sure, this one might be a bit silly, but just imagine how tiring this must have been!
#6. Most Grand Slams In Tennis History
Margaret Court holds 24 titles, seven more than the top male record-holder, Roger Federer. Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Helen Wills Moody, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova all have more than Federer, too. Go women’s tennis!
7. Most Gold Medals For Olympic Basketball
Teresa Edwards has four gold Olympic medals and one bronze for basketball, while the top male athlete, Carmelo Anthony, only has three gold and one bronze.
#8. Oldest Living Person Today
Ms. Emma Martina Luigia Morano is believed to be the last person living on Earth to be born in the 19th century. She came into this world on November 29, 1899, and she recently celebrated her 117th birthday in her home in Vercelli, Italy.
#9. Oldest person ever
The oldest recorded age anyone ever reached was 122 years and 164 days. Jeanne Louise Calment was born on February 21, 1875, and died on August 4, 1997. For a touch of perspective, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone the year after she was born.
#10. Youngest Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Marjorie Gestring won the Olympic gold for springboard diving in 1936 at just under the age of 14. Her record still stands today.
#11. Shortest Time To Score Three Goals In World Cup History
Carli Lloyd scored three goals, which is called a hat trick, in just 16 minutes of the 2015 Women’s World Cup game. The hat trick record for men is 24 minutes and it dates back to 1954.