Wisconsin is filled with talented and remarkable people! We’ve already pointed out 40 famous people, 14 famous filmmakers and 14 Olympians from Wisconsin. We also told you about some great inventions thought up by Wisconsinites, as well as 20 big name brands that were started by people here.
But there are plenty of others who add to the talent pool of the Badger State – in a slightly different way. A Guinness Book of World Records way!
People in Wisconsin are setting and breaking world records all the time. Some are kind of odd, some seem a little crazy and some will just blow you away! But every single record represents the sort of amazing people and things you can find in our state.
Here are 10 standing Guinness World Records and the stories of the Wisconsinites who hold them.
1. Largest Lincoln Logs structure
Dave Stumpf, a man from Kimberly, built a Lincoln Logs creation that earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 and it still stands today. Dave said he was determined to take the record from the folks in Nebraska who built a castle made with 10,036 toy logs.
When Dave was through, his castle totaled 17,384 Lincoln Logs! It only cost him about $4,000 to build it. Way to go, Dave – My boys would kill to knock that one down!
2. Most Big Macs Eaten From McDonald’s
Have you heard about the guy from Fond du Lac who eats nothing but Big Macs from McDonald’s?
His name is Don Gorske and his fast food burger obsession not only landed him fame in the documentary Super Size Me, but he also earned a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records! And this is a record that will be extremely hard to break.
Don, AKA Mac Daddy, has been eating two to three Big Macs a day for more than 40 years. His grand total is more than 26,173 and counting…
Don started eating the double decker sandwich around the time he got his drivers license. At that time, he could eat eight or nine of these 467-calorie burgers a day! He has only missed eight days in all four decades of the OCD-relationship with his favorite fast food. You gotta wonder – how is this man still alive?!
He now only visits the Fond du Lac Mc Donalds two times a week to stock up. He says he freezes the burgers and warms them up in the microwave. Ugh, sorry Don, you are amazing, but that’s stinkin’ gross!
Don has made appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Jimmey Kimmel Live. Plus, you can check out his appearance on the George Lopez Show in this video.
3. Largest Collection of Winnie The Pooh Memorabilia
She says you’ll either think she’s weird, or you’ll embrace the bigness of her collection.
Deb Hoffmann from Waukesha, Wisconsin has collected a museums worth of Winnie the Pooh and Friends memorabilia. To be exact, she has more than 11,485 of these happy characters lining the walls of her house!
Deb still holds the record in the 2015 Guinness Book for having the largest collection ever – and so far it seems her only competition is herself.
That’s because Deb broke her first record of 10,002 Winnie the Pooh items when she set this one!
Here is an interview with Deb when she hit her 10,000 mark.
4. The Tallest Living Horse
Here’s Big Jake – the Wisconsin horse who holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest living horse.
Jake stands at a quarter inch short of six feet 11 inches. He looks huge standing next to a normal-sized horse! You’ll see what I mean in the video of him below.
He’s 2,600 pounds and eats a bail and a half of hay a day. Plus, lots of oats.
His owner, Jerry Gilbert, calls him a gentle giant and a jokester because he’s playful and has a good temperament. Big Jake even helps raise money for charity.
If you’re ever out near Poynette, Wisconsin – you might see Big Jake out on Smokey Hollow Farm.
Meet Jake and Jerry in this video.
5. Highest Forward Flip Trampoline Slam Dunk
At a Milwaukee Bucks game in winter of 2008, Kevin Vanderkolk of the Bucks Rim Rockers broke a Guinness World Record for the highest flip slam dunk off of a trampoline.
He twirled 11 feet six inches into the air landing with an impressive slam dunk! He was aiming to beat a previous record of 10 feet 9 inches high set by someone in New Orleans earlier that year.
You can watch it happen in the video below. Kevin’s record still stands in 2015!
That’s not all – the Rim Rockers were trying to break a total of nine world records the night of that game against the L.A. Clippers. They ended up setting five out of the nine world records. Nice!
6. Largest Profiterole – AKA Cream Puff
What in the world is a profiterole? I had to look it up. It turns out, it’s a funky name for the cream puff! So of course Wisconsin owns this one.
You can find out more about how this pastry almost became our state’s official desert in our article about 20 state symbols of Wisconsin and the stories behind them.
Wisconsin state fair-goers have eaten a total of 4 million cream puffs in the last 10 years. That’s 10,000 gallons of cream according to David Schmidt, AKA Puff Daddy, who led the baking team in crafting the world’s largest cream puff.
The cream puff had to weight at least 50 pounds in order to be considered for the record. But it measured in at 125.6 pounds! It was 7.5 inches high, 38 inches wide and it took six and a half hours to bake in a deck oven.
At the weigh-in, the corporate adjudications manager for Guinness World Records said that 97% of attempts at breaking world records are unsuccessful.
But one of the bakers said it was important that a record like this was set in the Dairyland!
How true…which leads us to our next record!
7. Largest Cheese Sculpture
Anything cheese related is another important record for a Wisconsinite to break! The world’s largest cheese sculpture was another amazing Wisconsin State Fair attraction presented at the 160th anniversary fair in 2011.
Sarah Kaufmann, also known as The Cheese Lady, carved the massive 2-month aged block of cheddar into a pig, cow, boy and a chicken riding on a rollercoaster. It took her 36 hours to carve it and when she was done, it weighed 925 pounds!
The Cheese Lady still holds the Guinness World Record in 2015. Are there any cheese sculpting challengers out there?
8. Largest Human Water-Skiing Pyramid
This stunt is absolutely unbelievable! 60 skiers from Wisconsin got together to create the world’s largest human pyramid while being pulled behind one boat.
It’s called The Big Pull and it takes place on Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids each year. In 2013, five different show ski teams got together to break their previous record of a 54-person pyramid.
This year, they will attempt to break their own standing record once again with a six team pyramid and a total of 72 skiers. You can find out more about the event on the Evinrude World Record Human Pyramid Facebook Page.
Check out the video of the record-breaking Big Pull from 2013.
9. Longest Whipcrack
When nine year-old Adam ‘Crack’ Winrich from Fall Creek, Wisconsin saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, he became instantly hooked on whips.
Two years later he was already making his own whips and selling them!
It wasn’t long before Adam mastered the art of the whip, and today he is a professional full-time whipcracking artist performing live around the world. He currently holds a total of 16 Guinness World Records and counting. His most recent record was for most bottles grabbed with a whip in one minute.
But one of the most impressive records he holds is for the longest whipcrack ever – which he conquered back in 2006. Excluding the handle, Adam managed to crack his whip 216 feet. Holy cow!
Adam has made very entertaining appearances on Conan and just recently on the Steve Harvey Show. You can like Adam ‘Crack’ Winrich on Facebook to find out where he’ll be performing next and to keep track of all his world records!
Check out this video of Adam and see some of his good ‘ol whipcracking tricks.
10. Largest Rice Krispie Treat
A group of 150 students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who call themselves the Project Freshmen 15,000 literally just crushed the Guinness World Record for largest cereal treat by half a ton.
In an effort to raise money for charity, the college kids dedicated a good 40 hours to crafting their enormous sticky treat. The previous record was 10,312 pounds set by folks in California, but thanks to Kraft, Kellogg’s and Grassland Dairy for supplying the marshmallows, cereal and butter – the group creamed the standing record by almost 5,000 pounds! Project Freshmen’s giant treat weighed in at 11,372 pounds.
Although the students are still in the midst of submitting videos and paperwork to Guinness, you can expect this record to be printed in the next edition.
The whole idea started when UW-Madison physics student, Joe Tarnowski and two of his friends made a 15-pound Rice Krispie treat in their dorm one day just for fun.
One thing led to another and before they knew it they had a group of 30 students helping to combine 9,000 pounds of marshmallows, 5,500 pound of Rice Krispies and 900 pounds of butter!
After the students knocked the goal out of the park, they sold slices of their record breaking dessert and they plan to donate their profits to two local Wisconsin charities – United Way of Dane County and Camp Kesem.
When it comes to talent in Wisconsin, we could go on and on all day.
Do you know of any world records set by people from Wisconsin?
Are there any records you’d like to challenge? Let’s hear it.
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All of these records were still standing at the time this article was published. But we know how fast that can change.