IJMC World Records You Don't Want To Know About

            IJMC - World Records You Don't Want To Know About

Now then, I don't warn people lightly. This one is kinda gross and nasty 
and deals with topics most people don't like. Callus. Roaches. Limburger. 
Things like that. If you don't like that...skip this one, and read the 
next...it should be right behind this one.                          -dave

World Records

Callus Collection

Florence Franklin of Peoria, IL, holds the record.As of Sept 12, 1992,
Florence had over 200 pounds of callus (sheets of hardened skin) in her
collection."I shave it off people," Florence told us. "They don't mind.
Some people even autograph the big pieces." 

Infestation of Mites (Group)

This record belongs to the 3,859 residents of Kildare, Montana. In 1989,
visiting doctors certified that every person in the town was suffering
from scabies, a skin disease caused by mite infection. "The mites seemed
to be jumping from one person to another," the mayor of Kildare told us,
"so we decided to get together and go for the record." 

Snail-Sucking (Live)

Armand Forcalquier, of Marseille, France, holds the record. In a contest
held on Feb 12, 1992, Armand sucked down 1,238 live snails in a little
over 4 hours.  "It was not easy,"  Armand boasted after he learned the
record was his. "They cling to their shells, but they can't get away from

Nose Stuffing (Limburger Cheese)

Hans Kleiber, of West Berlin, holds the record.In a contest held on May 1,
1986, Hans managed to stuff 13 ounces of limburger into his nostrils in
less than a minute. Hans' closest competitor gagged on nine ounces and was

Raw Kidney (Eating)

Alice Caldwell of Butte, Montana, holds the record. OnOct 22, 1991, Alice
gobbled up more than 14 pounds of raw veal and lamb kidneys. "Kidneys are
a good source of protein and vitamins," Alice told us. "If you cook them,
you lose some of the vitamins. As you can see, I don't care about the
record - I care about my health." 

Roach (Largest)

Rita Carlson, of Pasadena, CA, claims the record for having raised the
world's largest roach. Her record-setting roach is over a foot long and
weighs close to two pounds (1992). "Plenty of protein," Rita told us, "and
plenty of good, natural vitamins helped to make this roach into a
champion. You should have seen it when I first found crawling around my

{There are a couple more roach records.One is highest paid for a roach
named Lassie II ($112,450) and longest living (Lassie, 12 years).Both
roaches came from roach fficianado Sheila Biderman. About the oldest
roach, Sheila reports that "She's like one of the family.If she ever gets
too old to poke around food by herself, you can bet I'll do the humane
thing and step on her, record or no record."}

Socks (Continuous Wear)

David Horrigan, of Glen Ridge, NJ, claimed the record in 1989. In a sworn
statement, Horrigan has worn the same pair every day for twenty years and
114 days. In 1983, shoe stores throughout New Jersey banned Andy from
their premises. Since then he has purchased his shoes through the mail.
Andy plans to remove the socks and take a look at his feet in 1999. 

Tapeworm (Longest)

Sally Mae Wallace of Great Grits, Mississippi, holds the record. On Sep 5,
1991, doctors extracted 37 feet (continuous) of tapeworm from Sally.
"About after 20 feet of that thing had come out of my mouth," Sally told
us, "I just knew I had the record. I was really filled with joy." 

Tongue (Hairiest)

Selma Ruby, of Dallas, Texas, holds the record. Selma's tongue is fully
covered with hair (1992)."I've been thinking about having it removed by an
electrolysist,"  Selma told us, "though lately people have been telling me
that it's beautiful." 

Underarm Hair (Length)

Florence Floss of Ban, Idaho, holds the record .On July 15, 1992, the hair
growing out of Florence's left armpit stretched to a length of 34 inches.
This was more than enough for a record, but Florence hopes to have a yard
of hair dangling from her armpit soon. "I shave the other armpit,"
Florence reported to us. 

Feet (Smell)

On Aug 21, 1991, Wanda Lake, 18, broke the record held by Dave Horrigan.
Wanda removed her shoes in the crowded lobby of a Los Angeles theatre. In
the five minutes that followed, the lobby was a chaotic mass of
panic-stricken people trying desperately to escape. In the end, 42 people
were sick, and 14 others had passed out. 

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