Have you heard about 16-year-old Laura Dekker, the girl who sailed around the world by herself? She is believed to be the youngest sailor to have traveled around the world solo. But, despite this accomplishment, she won’t be acknowledged by Guinness World Records. Why? Because the folks at Guinness have stopped recognizing records for young sailors in order to avoid encouraging kids to attempt dangerous voyages. Okay, fair enough, but Guinness, have you looked at some of your records recently? Some of your “records” shouldn’t be considered records at all. Here’s five ridiculous marks in the Guinness Book of World Records.


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    Largest Collection Of ‘Do Not Disturb’ Hotel Signs

    This record is clearly more worthy than traveling around the world solo at 16 in a sail boat. Jean-François Vernetti of Switzerland collected over 8,000 different ‘Do Not Disturb’ hotel signs from countries across the world.


    Photo by Dave Wheeler/Townsquare Media
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    Largest Collection of Clocks

    Does anybody really know what time it is? This guy sure does. Jack Schoff, of the United States, has over a thousand different clocks and his collection continues to grow.


    Photo by The Shopping Sherpa/flickr
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    Largest Snail

    How can you not be grossed out or freaked out over this? The largest size of a snail measured 39.3 centimeters (15.5 inches) from snout to tail when fully extended. This isn’t Gary from Spongebob.


    Photo by Geograph
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    Longest Distance Pulled By a Horse/Full-Body Burn

    Someone woke up one morning and decided to be pulled by a horse, then measure how big of a body burn they got. It’s a real record. The record is held by Halapi Roland, in Kisoroszi, Hungary. The full-body burn was over a distance of 472.8 meters (1,551 feet, two inches).


    Photo by RobRyb/flickr
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    Most Eggs Crushed with Head In One Minute

    Ashrita Furman crushed 80 eggs with his head in one minute. We could drop 80 eggs in a minute — does that count?


    Photo by timlewisnm/flickr