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The 20 Most Ridiculous Feats in Sports and Athletics

Ed NoveloCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2017

The 20 Most Ridiculous Feats in Sports and Athletics

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    It's rare to be truly unique in this world, and sometimes you have to go to extreme and unusual lengths to distinguish yourself from the herd.

    And as the following people will show you, there's nothing like being able to do something others can't, even if it's absurd.

    How exactly these people found the inspiration to do these things, I'll never know. But that won't stop me from offering my own personal and "professional" theory as to why they felt the "need" to display their "talent."

    I "like" quotations. 

    You'll notice that most of these "feats" are world records, though it's certainly not a prerequisite; most of these are only in the record books because it's likely nobody else has tried them, or simply no one knows about them. 

    Well, I'm here to do something about that.

    And, no, this list won't include actual, respectable records, such as Barry Bonds breaking the home-run record, or that summer he read 100,000 books and his cranium increased in size.

    Wait, that's a bad example. Is he in jail yet?

    So without further ado, let's take a look at 20 of the most ridiculous feats in sports and athletics.

1. Shallow Pool Dive

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    Sport

    Extreme diving

     

    The Feat

    At what I first suspected to be one man's suicide attempt caught on tape was actually a world record in the making, as Darren Taylor, or "Professor Splash," belly-flopped from 36 feet up into just a foot of water.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Considering all he did was fall, I would think that was not that hard. But he is, after all, a professor for a reason.

    According to him, you have to "dissipate as much water for a cushion effect." I don't know about all that scientific voodoo. 

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    My guess is, if you tried it, it probably won't be the record that breaks. Those pools are pretty fragile, as is your spine.

     

    My Theory

    His wife, possibly in an attempt to kill him for the insurance money, kicks him off of their two-story roof one day.

    But, unexpectedly, he belly flops into their five-year-old daughters kiddie pool below. He yells, "I feel glorious!" and decides to try it once more. 

    His wife has no objections, telling him to "try that part of the roof, it's higher."

2. Pop-a-Shot Record

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    Sport

    Basketball...kind of

     

    The Feat

    You know those basketball arcade games where you have a minute to make as many baskets as you can?

    Whatever your best score is, it's probably nowhere near what this woman accomplished. 

    She hit 114 shots in a row, shooting an astounding 100 percent from the field.

    Alas, she contributed no assists and no rebounds, but neither does Carmelo Anthony, and he's a Knick. Momma said life ain't fair. 

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Considering Kevin Love and Michael Beasley have trouble with this game, it must be harder than it looks. Or the NBA needs to start drafting better talent.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Give it a shot. I heard the woman in the video was offered a contract from the Lakers later that day.

    OK, OK, that's not believable. She was offered a contract from the Raptors. There we go. 


    My Theory

    It was a Saturday and, if I understand correctly, Sunday comes afterwards. Mrs. Clutch was at her local Crazy Fun Land amusement park, having lunch with her soon-to-be-ex husband while their 35-year-old son ran around acting a fool. 

    They couldn't decide who would get the convertible, so she bet him that she could hit 100-plus shots in a row on the Pop-a-Shot game. Winner gets it.

    He laughed, because he was an A-hole, but she marched right on up and...watch the video. I work on commission. 

3. Swim Fin Hurdles

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    Sport

    Track and field, Hurdles

     

    The Feat

    Veronica Torr set the record for the fastest 100-meter hurdles wearing swim fins, clocking in at 19.278 seconds in 2009. You read that right. The human race is going places.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Jumping over things can be difficult, especially with flippers on. If one of those things happens to nick a hurdle, you have yourself a guaranteed face plant.

    Of course, you can always just take them off and do it like a sane person, but I guess that just wouldn't be nearly as impressive.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Only if you're in excellent shape. Seriously, did you see the legs on this woman? The rest of her wasn't bad either.

    Something about black tights, the way they just accentuate those fins...Man those were good fins.

     

    My Personal Theory

    The year was 2006, and Veronica was on a date, snorkeling off the coast of a Hawaiian island—any one of them will do.

    Just hours before, Veronica had eaten a crazy quesadilla, and her stomach began to make ungodly noises. 

    She rushed out of the water, looking for the nearest bathroom. Alas, she found one, but, as chance would have it, the only way to the entrance was over a line of hurdles.

    A new, ridiculously stupid world record was born. And it could be yours!

4. Brick-Breaking Record

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    Sport

    Martial arts, Brick punching

     

    The Feat

    Tae-kwon-do master, Ali Bahcetepe, smashes 317 bricks in a single minute for a world record.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Difficult. Everything I know about martial arts comes from watching Dragon Ball Z, and if that show is to be believed, you'll first need to align your "chi," and then start screaming a lot.

    This could take anywhere from five minutes to a month. It's best to try this with no one around.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    That depends. To accomplish this, you either have to be highly skilled in martial arts, or, most likely, drunk and really angry.

    Your best shot is if you're the latter. Oh, and be sure that what you're punching are bricks—you don't want to end up with a lawsuit on your hands.

     

    My Theory

    You know when someone ticks you off and you grab something and say "this is your face," then you start punching it repeatedly to everyone's horror?

    Well, apparently the only thing around for Ali to grab was a brick. Then he grabbed another, and another, and a few more.

    When his hands healed, he set this record.

5. Boxer Smashes TVs

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    Note: Actual video wouldn't upload, can be found here.

    Sport

    Boxing, TV Smashing

     

    The Feat

    In what is just a typical Wednesday night for me, Mike Yikealo earned a world record for donning boxing gloves and punching 10 TVs off of a table arranged in a circle in just 7.66 seconds.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Extremely easy. If you're looking to get a world record, this is the only one you might actually have a shot at breaking. Plus, standard definition televisions are really cheap at thrift stores.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    I'm doing it right now as I type; that's how easy this is.

     

    My Theory

    Mike has a bit of a temper. One day while watching his favorite show Lamb Chops Play Along, a fly landed on the screen. He told it to shoo, but it didn't move.

    Never one to take off his gloves, not even while sleeping or making love, Mike got up and punched the TV, knocking it to the ground. He realized his true calling, and it didn't involve punching people.

6. The Crazy Dunkers

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    Note: Once again, video won't upload, can be found here.

    Sport

    Competitive dunking

     

    The Feat:

    Willy Martinon, Lilian Martinon, Jimmy Gougaud, Mickael Richard and Florian Januel, otherwise known as "The Crazy Dunkers," succeed in making 17 front-flip dunks in less than 30 seconds, breaking the previous record of 15.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Intermediate. For starters, they're cheating a bit with the trampoline. Make no mistake about it, a real man front-flip dunks from the pavement. Jordan did it.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    In all honesty, I think I can learn to do this. All I need is a basketball, a trampoline and some parachute pants.

    If I'm going to be flying through the air, I have to look fabulous. You're welcome to join me.

     

    My Theory

    One of these guys, um, Willy Martinon (yeah, that'll work, his name's first on the list) was a part of the circus act called the "Flying Martinons."

    Then, one day, Martinon's parents were killed by the gangster boss...Snooki? That'll do. Then, Martinon came across Stephen King.

    King told him: "If you can break the most basketball front-flip dunks in 30 seconds record, your parents will come back."

    It didn't work, but he continues to flip and flip endlessly, hoping that one day King will be right. Or at the very least, Snooki returns to the giant boil she crawled out of.

7. Bar Jumping on a Bike

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    Sport

    Freestyle biking

     

    The Feat

    Using a trial bike, Vittorio Brumotti hops from one bar to another 30 times using only his back wheel, apparently feeling the need to say "Hi" each time he does it. He broke the previous record of 28.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Extremely hard. You would be an idiot to try this one unless you were a professional bicyclist, but if you're so inclined knock yourself out, as I'm sure you will.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    No. You know where I stand on this.

     

    My Theory

    Explosions are cool. Though there's not one here, and nothing changes that. Let's pretend there was an explosion.

    Vittorio was biking really fast and then he exploded. No. That doesn't work; he's clearly alive in the video and in one piece, unfortunately.

    Occam's razor: The simplest explanation is often the right one—he just felt like doing this.

8. Joey Chestnut Eats Hot Dogs

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    Sport

    Competitive eating (or dinner)

     

    The Feat

    Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes at Coney Island's annual hot dog eating contest. Shortly after winning, he set another world record in the bathroom.

    Hey, those port-a-potties are deeper than you think—I dropped my keys in one once.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    The actual process of eating a hot dog is easy; it's getting past 10 or so and overcoming the inevitable rupturing of your stomach that is hard.

    Most of us would throw up long before we hit the mark, and our girlfriends would leave us long before that.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Unlikely. Some people like to believe they can eat a lot, but the fact of the matter is, they can't. At least not compared to Chestnut.

    Stick to trying to eat that "monster" steak at your local bar and grill and win that t-shirt already, you momma's boy.

     

    My Theory

    Joey Chestnut loved his girlfriend. He thought that maybe someday they'd get married, get a dog, maybe even have a couple of kids.

    Then, one day he came home to discover she had left him.

    In a fit of rage and hunger (oh yeah, it was his lunch hour, too), he grabbed a 50-pack of hot dogs from the fridge and started eating...and eating...and eating. And he never looked back, largely because he fell into a coma.

9. "Marshall Artist" Sets Record

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    Note: You know the routine. Found here.

    Sport

    Martial arts

     

    The Feat

    Since the video doesn't state his name, we'll just call this guy Marshall Artist. Marshall set a world record by doing 128 karate kicks on a single leg in one minute back in 2002.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Seems to me this is mostly about balance and flexibility. I don't imagine one has to be a black belt to accomplish this.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Sure. I'm thinking a cheerleader/gymnast has the best chance at breaking this one, since they're flexible and fit.

    Plus, the boyfriend can also set a record for longest period watching a cheerleader kick a post without moving or blinking.

     

    My Theory

    Marshall Artist was recovering from a terrible car accident, one in which left him with two broken arms. A stubborn man, Marshall refused any help, believing he was fully capable of taking care of himself.

    In time, he learned to kick on light switches, and even shampoo his hair with his feet. He's a very flexible man, you see.

    He would later hunt down the man who broke his arms and karate kicked him repeatedly in the face. Unfortunately, Guinness wasn't there, as he would have set a world record with 152 consecutive kicks to the face.

10. Underwater Somersaults

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    Note: Here.

    Sport

    Swimming, Gymnastics

     

    The Feat

    Marta Fernãndez Pèrez set the world record with the most underwater somersaults in a single breath at 28 back in 2001.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Easy. That is, if you can hold your breath for a while. Or you're Aquaman.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Considering this is all I ever do in a pool, I would think it's possible. Go ahead and try it, but keep a friend around (one that likes you) just in case; Bleacher Report won't be responsible for your pathetic demise.

     

    My Theory

    When she was a little girl, Marta was told that time travel was possible, but only if you can go backwards fast enough.

    Living by the type of absurd logic only a child could have, she jumped into a pool and started somersaulting again and again, hoping that if she could just go backwards fast enough, time would too.

    It didn't work. But at least she discovered she was really good at underwater somersaults.

11. Rollin' Deep on a Surfboard

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    Note: Here.

    Sport

    Surfing...technically

     

    The Feat

    I hear that things are better when they're bigger, and I've been crying ever since. They took this saying to the extreme in Australia, where Nev Hyman constructed the world's largest surfboard.

    When all was said and done, 47 people had fit onto this behemoth and were even able to ride it back to shore, along with the world record in 2005.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    I've never surfed, much less on a giant surfboard, so I really have no frame of reference. I'm going to say easy to intermediate, since it looked like all they had to do was stand there and look pretty.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Yeah. Just go find someone with a giant surfboard or make your own. Good luck. Take pictures.

     

    My Theory

    Nev was a nice, albeit insecure, man. One day while surfing, he crashed, and his bathing suit came off.

    Naked, he swam to shore, where a group of totally hot chicks were standing, probably eating a sloppy Famous Star, as Carl's Jr. would have me think.

    Much to Nev's embarrassment, they pointed and laughed at him in a totally hot way.

    In that moment he vowed to construct the world's largest surfboard. That way, if he fell over, it wouldn't be into the water.

    Good thinking, Nev. That fixed the problem.

12. The Archer

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    Sport

    Archery



    The Feat

    If you can get past the music, you'll notice a rather portly man holding a bow and arrow. If that wasn't impressive enough, he actually manages to shoot his arrow (get this) into another arrow!

    You read that right. It's a beautiful thing witnessing two arrows become one; maybe this can double up as a sex-ed video.

    Unfortunately, the video doesn't give his name or the record he broke, but given some of the ridiculous records we've seen up to this point, I'd be surprised if it wasn't. It's awesome, nevertheless.



    Degree of Difficulty

    I once had a neighbor who had a bow and arrow, and I can tell you, aiming is not easy. And Travis, if you're reading this, I'm still terribly sorry about your sister's limp...



    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Not without years of practice, and still, probably no.



    My Personal Theory

    Unwilling to sit down and explain the birds and the bees to his son, The Archer—as he forces his few friends to call him—opts to explain the miracle of life by the only means he knows how—shooting things.

    He would also shoot a few birds and bees for the hell of it.

13. Underwater Pogo

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    Note: Found here.

    Sport

    Pogo, Swimming?

     

    The Feat

    Ashrita Furman enjoys him some pogo, and decided in 2007 to enjoy his favorite hobby under water. He would set a world record for traveling 1,680 feet in an Olympic-size pool.

    And what can you say you've accomplished today?

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    You know, I can't imagine this would be all that hard. Maybe it's an endurance thing. Or maybe you just have to be off your rocker.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    I don't see why not. Just make sure that the pool doesn't have anyone in it, otherwise you might get arrested for being a creeper. It probably doesn't help that you're holding that camera.

     

    My Theory

    Ashrita was growing more and more weary of life on land every day.

    Having a rather misguided understanding of evolution, he took his pogo and jumped into a pool, hoping that soon he would adapt and mutate while underwater.

    Instead, he would just set a world record...again.

14. Soccer Juggling While Seated

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    Sport

    Soccer

     

    The Feat

    Tomas Lundman juggles a soccer ball while sitting down, and does so for 10 minutes and four seconds, a record set back in 2007.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Hard. I know it might not seem that way, but give it a try and you'll see what I mean.

    That's the thing about experts; they make things look easy. So easy, in fact, that your average person feels they can do it, too.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    I'm thinking no. Unless you're Lionel Messi, in which case, thank you for reading. I appreciate it. I enjoy scoring goals with you on FIFA 2010.

     

    My Theory

    He does it all for the bubbly. Watch the video. He seems more excited to get the bubbly than he is to have broken the record.

    Incidentally, I too am now working on this record. I don't believe in paying for anything.

15. Largest Cheerleader Pyramid

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    Sport

    I'm told cheerleading is a sport

     

    The Feat

    First of all, I couldn't find the actual video of this, but I did you one better.  I think you'll find the above video from the Lingerie Football League to be as informative as it is arousing. And let's face it, that combination just doesn't happen very often. Just think of them as cheerleaders—hot, dangerous cheerleaders who play football.

    As for the feat, the Charlotte All-Star Cheerleading organization decided to assemble the world's largest pyramid, which included 280-plus girls from the ages of 4-18 back in 2003.

    "Now that's a big-ass pyramid," Stephen Hawking would say of the event, telepathically of course.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Intermediate. It's not like they're doing flips up there. Just make your way to the top and hang out till someone says "cheese!" and you see a flash.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Probably, though I doubt you have 280 friends on hand. This is where you find out Facebook doesn't count. Physically, it seems very possible, though they were younger and thus, weighed less.

     

    My Theory

    After they noticed football fans weren't actually at the game to hear their annoying cheers, they decided that, in order to get their attention, they would construct an enormous pyramid.

    Unfortunately, the forgot to try this during an actual game, as they were alone in a gym.

16. Dude Perfect Trick Shot

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    Sport

    Basketball

     

    The Feat

    If you've ever seen ESPN's SportsNation, I'm sure you've heard of Dude Perfect. They're the guys who make ridiculous trick shots from pretty much everywhere. I chose this one because there's actually enough time to make a sandwich between the time he throws the ball and the time it goes in.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Intermediate? I'm a man of odds and statistics, and it seems to me that if I were given 100 attempts, I'd make one of them. I could be wrong, but next time I find myself in Reliant Stadium—which will surely be never—I'll give it a shot.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Try it. Everyone else seems to be making trick shots these days. And thanks to SportsNation, everyone continues to think they're the greatest thing ever. Good thing Michelle Beadle's on that show, or I wouldn't really have a reason to watch it.



    My Theory

    One day, Michelle Beadle was dancing around my room in a bikini as I was working on my book, "Jumpkicks and Uppercuts: How to Beat Anyone at Mortal Kombat," when Jessica Alba walked in with a pizza and some beer and...OK, this is a fantasy, not a theory. Though I guess some people would call them the same thing.

    Anyway, I don't know, Dude Perfect just felt like making yet another basket.

17. Shuttlecock Juggle

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    Sport

    Badminton...well, it's used in badminton.

     

    The Feat

    Again, a heads up. The woman in the video isn't the actual girl who broke the record, but a photo of her can be seen here. I included it to give you an idea of what this would look like, if for some reason your brain isn't working today.

    The record is held by Li Huifeng, who juggled a shuttlecock for four hours and 40 minutes back in 2006.



    Degree of Difficulty

    Hard. Whole lot of eye-foot coordination here guys, and because of its design it seems as though it would be quite unpredictable. Now that's analysis.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Doubtful. Four-plus hours is a long time to do anything, much less this. Not to mention, you probably don't have four hours to waste if you're over 20, and if you do—get a job you slacker! And while you're at it, find me one too please.

     

    My Theory

    It's entirely possible she decided to do this because she wanted to use, "I hold the longest shuttlecock control with feet record" as a pickup line in bars. It'd work on me. Then again, so does, "will you stop staring at me please?" They know they like it.

18. Rob Dyrdek Breaks Multiple Skate Records

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    Sport

    Skateboarding

     

    The Feat

    According to Guinness, Dyrdek broke 21 world records in one day, and you can see him doing so on the video above. Here's a link for the full list. Some of these have since been broken.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Hard. I used to skate, and have many scars to show for it, mostly on my butt. It requires a lot of skill to do the things these skaters do, and believe me, I've seen many a people jump on a skateboard thinking they're awesome and embarrass themselves. That being said, I think I can make a run at the consecutive ollies record. Or maybe most scars on one butt.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Some of you might have a shot if you know how to skate. And no, it's not like snowboarding. Plus, you have to be sure Guinness is around. Saying, "naw dude, I swear I did it!" doesn't count.

     

    My Theory

    Oh, it's Rob Dyrdek. If you've ever seen the show Rob & Big then you know just how weird this guy is. He was probably just sitting on the toilet and thought: "You know, I think I'll break a world record today."

    It's really how most men come up with ideas.

19. Unicycle Rail Grind

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    Sport

    Unicycling

     

    The Feat

    Alex Toms broke the record for the longest flat rail grind on a unicycle, traveling a distance of nine feet in 2005.

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Hard. Especially on your special place; unicycles aren't kind to this area.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Doubtful. Unless you're that guy in college who rides one because he thinks it'll get him chicks. Sadly, it does, but I never saw him grind something! Jessica, why!?

     

    My Theory

    Alex Tom's parents were poor, so that terrible day when his dad ran over his bike, leaving just half of it broken, he had to make the best of the situation. Unable to afford a new bike, he used what was left to construct a unicycle.

    In time he would master it. Then, one day, he was strolling along when a woman with a baby in her hands tripped. The baby went flying and, in a split-second decision, he jumped onto a rail, grinded down it and saved the child.

    She would thank him for his awesome act of bravery. He also got her number.

20. Most Basketballs Spun Simultaneously

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    Note: Here.

    Sport

    Basketball spinning

     

    The Feat

    Michael Kettman spun 28 basketballs simultaneously back in 1999. In 11 years, this record still stands. Get to work!

     

    Degree of Difficulty

    Like I said, 11 years. This has got to be harder than it looks.

     

    Can a Commoner Do It?

    Considering that this guy looks a middle school science teacher, I'd think so. Get on it, Bleacher Report fans.

     

    My Theory

    Michael had just been laid off from his job. He was depressed and started drinking, because that's always what happens in movies. He did have a mortgage to pay and a family to feed after all. After a series of failures in get-rich-quick schemes, Mike decided he'd rob a bank.

    On the way there he walked by Charles Barkley, who just happened to be on the street eating a full-sized alpaca and spinning a basketball. Mike was inspired to spin a basketball or something, and I became sick of coming up with this story. Eventually, he broke the world record. Shut up, I just ate McDonald's—I got things to do...and ideas to come up with...

     

    Edward Novelo leaves his couch once a week. You can find him there if you'd like, but mostly on the web. Fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops and FIFA 10 (and only 10) can friend him at TheEdHead on PS3. He's pretty good, so don't suck.—Stephen Hawking

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