Fame comes and goes, but the record for most balloons inflated nasally in three minutes (28) can last a long time. Having your name in the Guinness World Records, a product that organically grew out of weird bar bets, is not only an honor, it is also a more achievable goal that rising to power or starting a game at Madison Square Garden. The key, according to Mike Janela, one of the U.S. judges who adjudicate record attempts, is to have a plan.
"We get 1,000 applications a week," Janela says. "That's everyone from a kid saying he has the coolest dog to someone going for a speed record." He adds that only 2 percent of world record inquiries end up earning the official Guinness certificate of approval. Being the best in the world at something is apparently harder than it looks.
We asked Janela for his help understanding the process of making a record-setting attempt and sending proof to the judges. He gave us a quick guide to getting our name in the book.
Submit Your Proof
All evidence – digital or physical – is submitted by snail mail for the judges to authenticate and confirm according to the guidelines that were set at the beginning. Similar to the application process, the confirmation process involves waiting upwards of eight weeks. If your proof is accepted, Guinness World Records will send an official certificate notifying you of your status and new position in the book alongside the likes of Kazuhiro Watanabe, the guy with the world's tallest mohawk. "He hadn't cut his hair in 10 years," says Janela. "We love those types of things. Where else are you going to go to get recognition for something like that?"
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