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We humans can do amazing things -- whether it's out of sheer will to live (see "surviving adrift at sea") or an intense desire to be globally recognized for a bizarre achievement. Can you guess what these record breakers got up to?

A man named Roy C. Sullivan survived the most lightning strikes. How many bolts hit him over his lifetime?

  • 7
  • 17
  • 27

American Gary Hatter took the world's longest lawnmower ride from May 31, 2000, to Feb. 14, 2001. How far did Hatter ride?

  • 14,594 miles (23,487 kilometers)
  • 24,594 miles (39,580 kilometers)
  • 34,594 miles (55,674 kilometers)

Jayasimha Ravirala gave the world's longest lecture from in March 2007. For how long did he speak?

  • 12 hours
  • 72 hours
  • 120 hours

Australian swimmer Susie Maroney completed the longest ocean swim in history. How far did she go?

  • 22 miles (35 kilometers)
  • 122 miles (196 kilometers)
  • 212 miles (341 kilometers)

In 1997, Sri Lankan man Arulanantham Suresh Joachim set a world record for balancing on one foot. What's the record?

  • 40 hours, 16 minutes
  • 64 hours, 44 minutes
  • 76 hours, 40 minutes

What's the record for most cockroaches eaten at a sitting?

  • 6
  • 36
  • 136

In 1960, Donald Campbell fractured his skull in a car crash during speed trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Since then, no one has survived a crash at higher speeds. How fast was Campbell going?

  • 360 mph (579 kph)
  • 406 mph (653 kph)
  • 466 mph (750 kph)

What's the world record for most books typed backwards?

  • 7
  • 67
  • 167

What's the longest known time that anyone has survived adrift at sea?

  • 444 days
  • 484 days
  • 844 days

What's the world record for holding one's breath?

  • 8 minutes, 37 seconds
  • 10 minutes, 48 seconds
  • 14 minutes, 12 seconds