These 10 Wild Guinness Book Records Were All Set in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is known for some pretty remarkable things. From historic landmarks to championship sports teams and breathtaking scenery that only New England can offer.

Besides the obvious, there are a few lesser-known accomplishments that have put Massachusetts on the map and in the book, the Guinness Book of World Records. Incredible records have been set or broken by extraordinary Massachusetts residents who have made their way into the world record hall of fame.

According to the book, more than 50 records are held or broken in Massachusetts or by Massachusetts residents, but we’ll list ten for you.

The Cape Cod Canal is the widest sea-level canal in the world. Seventeen miles long and 540 feet wide, the canal was built between 1909 and 1916 and connects mainland Massachusetts to the Cape.

Merrily Cassidy

Merrily Cassidy

John Kelly holds the record for the fastest marathon dressed as a video game character (Yeah, that’s one thing apparently). He did it at the Boston Marathon in 2016 with a time of 2 hours and 57 minutes. Kelly had dreamed of running the Boston Marathon and wanted to combine it with her other childhood dream of being the video game character Link, the hero of Hyrule. The friction must have been crazy.


Ray Tomlinson, an engineer at a Cambridge computer company, sent the very first electronic message, what we now call e-mail, in 1971. Wonder what the e-mail said? “QWERTYUIOP” which are all the letters on the top row of a traditional English keyboard.



The largest stir-fry weighed 4,010 pounds and was prepared by University of Massachusetts Amherst Food Services on September 5, 2011. The stir-fry was cooked in a pan 14 feet in diameter and 18 inches deep. The event’s chef, Jet Tila, is a former record holder for the largest stir-fry, set in September 2004.

via UMass Amherst Facebook

via UMass Amherst Facebook

Ron Cooper managed to do the most push-ups in one minute while carrying a 60-pound bag at the North Shore YMCA in Marblehead. He also broke the pull-up record.

Portrait of an athletic man doing push-ups outdoors


Worcester is home to the oldest two-faced cat in the world, which lived to be 15 years old. Frank and Louie had two functioning eyes, two noses, two mouths, and a brain. The couple eventually died of cancer.

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via FacebookUberFacts

In May 2016, the largest gathering of people wearing tie-dye took place at Fenway Park in Boston. The Business Professionals of America did, with 1,500 people showing up at the historic ballpark dressed in tie-dye.

via Business Professionals of America

via Business Professionals of America

Allan Ganz, who operates his business in Everett and Malden, has broken the record for the longest career ice cream parlor. Allan joined his father’s ice cream truck and started selling at age 10 in 1947. Ganz continued to work with his father until age 19 and after a 22-month stint in the armed forces, he returned to sale and did not cease to serve. since.

Palmer’s Kelly and Michael Bostwick hold the record for the longest officially released song. The song is called “In the Garden” and is three hours, one minute and 50 seconds long.


Thanks to an immense amount of research and data science, humans have produced the first-ever direct image of a black hole in Cambridge. 29-year-old computer scientist Katie Bouman is credited with extensively developing the algorithm used to capture the historical image.

The National Science Foundation holds a press conference on the first results of the Event Horizon telescope project


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