Every two years, the Malaysian Book of Records faithfully compiles the biggest, strongest, tallest, and silliest accomplishments of its citizens. In fact, it could probably be said that Malaysia holds the world record for having the most records. Here are some wacky highlights.
- Nur Malena Hassan, 27, endured 32 days enclosed in a glass box with 6,069 scorpions, suffering seven stings (she had held a previous record of 30 days and 2,700 scorpions).
- In the town of Sabah, more than 13,000 people joined hands to plant a record 20,000 hibiscus plants in one minute.
- The nation’s largest gathering of test-tube babies (210) assembled at the Tropicana Golf and Country Club in Petaling Jaya, in an event organized by the Damansara Fertility Centre.
- Restaurant manager Mohd Razib A. Majid and his sons collected more than 4,300 miniature toy cars (the family first set the record in 1999 with a mere 1,400 cars).
- Some 30 volunteers took 48 hours to build the nation’s largest Minangkabau-styled house made of 20 sen coins, measuring 6.12 meters in length and 3.06 meters in width.