Guinness World Records (GWR) has issued a warning, urging people to put an end to the proliferation of “record-a-thons” that they deem unnecessary.
The cautionary message was posted on GWR’s official Threads page in response to a user’s announcement of plans to undertake an “Idea-a-thon and puff puff-a-thon”.
Expressing their frustration, GWR wrote in a concise post, “Please, enough with the record-a-thons.” The timing of this statement coincided with Cameroonian skit maker Tembu Daniel’s ambitious attempt to break the world record for the longest crying marathon by an individual.
Notably, a growing number of Nigerians have also joined the race to set new Guinness World Records. Hilda Baci, a Nigerian, recently surpassed her predecessor to establish a new benchmark for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
In May, Baci achieved a remarkable feat by cooking continuously for 100 hours, surpassing India’s Lata Tondon’s previous record of 87 hours and 45 minutes set in 2019.
Following Baci’s accomplishment, Damilola Adeparusi, another talented chef, embarked on a five-day cooking marathon, aiming to further elevate the record.
Adeyeye Adeola also attempted to surpass Baci’s achievement with an astounding 150-hour cooking session. Not to be outdone, Temitope Adebayo, a chef based in Ibadan, declared his intention to cook for over 120 hours.
In addition to culinary exploits, Hassan Joshua Bature, a computer science lecturer at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), revealed plans to undertake an arduous 150-hour teaching marathon.
Meanwhile, Danny Zara, a Cameroonian, made headlines with her intention to set a new world record for the longest-ever sexual marathon.
Tragically, Joyce Ijeoma, a Nigerian masseur who was attempting to break the world record for the longest consecutive massage on different individuals, recently collapsed during her pursuit.
In response to the surge in individuals attempting to break records, GWR had previously issued a brief statement advising participants to consult with their team before embarking on any record-breaking attempts.