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Perhaps the cliche is correct: Everything is bigger in Texas.
The Lone Star State is home to some 550 Guinness World Records, some pride-inducing and others simply, well, bizarre. But who are we to judge?
Here is a roundup of some of the most fun, fascinating and head-scratching records set in Texas:
Largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys
A whopping 661 people dressed as turkeys at the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot in Dallas in 2011.
“The sense of humor we have in this town is fabulous,” then-Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “People say we take ourselves too seriously, but we really don’t.”
Biggest serving of chili con carne
Created at the Spirit of Texas Festival in College Station in 2017, this chili featured 1,500 pounds of beef, 750 pounds of diced onions, 300 pounds of diced bell pepper, 1,300 pounds of diced tomatoes, 192 jars of minced garlic in oil and 50 pounds of chili powder. The dish weighed 4,800 pounds.
And true to Texas style, not a bean in sight.
Largest collection of video games
Antonio Romero Monteiro started collecting video games in 1987, at the age of 10. The 45-year-old gamer, who lives in the Houston area, now owns an astounding 24,268 video games, worth an estimated $2.1 million. In addition to the largest overall collection, he holds the records for largest collections of XBox, Sega Genesis, Nintendo and PlayStation games and memorabilia.
“I see video games as a form of art, where creativity and storytelling transcend to limitless possibilities. Each generation of video games systems gives further potential to realize creativity and share boundless stories, challenges and experiences,” Monteiro told Guinness World Records in 2022. “Some of my most precious memories include video games and their experiences with family and friends.”
Tallest living dog
At 3 feet, 5.18 inches tall, Zeus the Great Dane was named the tallest living dog last year. Zeus, who lives in Bedford with his owner, Brittany Davis, spends his days taking walks, napping and roaming the Dallas Farmers Market, where he is a bit of a celebrity.
“The comment that we hear most often is ‘Wow, that’s a horse!,’ ‘Can I ride him?’ or ‘Does he have a saddle?’” Davis told Guinness World Records. “The answer to all those questions is ‘no.’”
Biggest pizza available for purchase
Moontower Pizza Bar in Burleson sells the world’s largest commercially available pizza, known as “The Bus.”
Measuring 8 feet by 32 inches, for a total of more than 21 square feet, this pizza takes 30 minutes to bake in a rotating oven and costs $300, which includes one topping. It’s available for dine-in, carry out and delivery. If you’re considering ordering it, the restaurant says “you better bring your appetite.”
Heaviest ball of dog fur
Yes, really. In 2012, Texas Hearing and Service Dogs in Austin created a 201-pound ball of dog fur called “Fur-O-Sphere.” The nonprofit group, which trains and provides dogs to help people with hearing or mobility challenges, gathered the fur from more than 8,000 pups.
“It’s a fun concept because it’s simple and visual and disgusting, and people like that,” Sheri Soltes, the organization’s founder, told the Austin American-Statesman.
Largest attendance at a regular-season NFL game
The Dallas Cowboys broke the NFL attendance record for a regular-season game Sept. 20, 2009, at AT&T Stadium against the New York Giants. Construction of the stadium had just finished a few months earlier. Attendance hit 105,121, including 30,000 fans in standing-room only party plazas.
That game broke the previous mark of 103,467, set in 2005 in Mexico City for a game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
Biggest feet on a woman
Growing up, Tanya Herbert always towered above her classmates, and in 2022, the Houston woman broke the record for her women’s size-18 feet.
“Going to the stores was out of the question,” Herbert told Guinness. “None of the stores I’ve ever been to have carried a men’s size 16 let alone a women’s size 18.”
But thanks to social media, Herbert has connected with other women who struggle to find shoes and even picked up tips to alter smaller shoes to fit her.
Fastest sandwich made using feet
Speaking of feet, Rob Williams of Austin, used his to make a bologna, cheese and lettuce sandwich, complete with olives on cocktail sticks, in one minute and 57 seconds in November 2000.
The bologna sandwich was made with two slices of bread, which Williams removed from the loaf packet with his feet, Oscar Mayer bologna, slices of square processed cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, mustard, mayonnaise and sliced pickles. Williams’ record remains intact more than 20 years later.
Biggest homecoming mum
Really, could this belong anywhere but Texas? The homecoming mum — once a modest corsage featuring a few chrysanthemums — has become one of the state’s quirkiest traditions.
Arlington ISD’s special education department created the world’s largest mum while recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2021. The result? A 22-foot-long pink and white mum with a plywood base, shrouded in ribbons, flowers and a teddy bear.
Ayanna Williams was motivated by a childhood obsession with her mother’s painted-red fingernails to grow her own nails. And for 28 years, she did just that.
By the time the Houston woman decided to cut them in March 2021, her nails reached a combined record-breaking length of 24 feet, requiring two full bottles of nail polish and 20 hours to paint. To cut them, a Fort Worth dermatologist used an electric rotary tool.
A Minnesota woman is the new record holder.
Largest belt buckle
This one might not come as a surprise. To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, Montana Silversmiths, a designer of handcrafted jewelry and buckles, created a massive belt buckle, at 10 feet, 6 inches by 14 feet, 6.4 inches.
The buckle was built and transported in four sections, each weighing more than 250 pounds. To accommodate the buckle’s height, the company had to reroute ducts for the air vents in its showroom at Dallas Market Center.
Biggest butter sculpture
If anyone deserves the world’s largest butter sculpture, it’s Big Tex. Sharon BuMann, a New York artist, traveled to Dallas in 2013 to create the massive dairy version of everyone’s favorite talking animatronic cowboy.
The butter version of Big Tex weighed 4,077 pounds and remained refrigerated throughout the State Fair that year.
Longest parade of Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Motorcycle enthusiast Adam Sandoval organized the ride after learning that a group in Greece held the record for longest Harley-Davidson parade. In 2019, Sandoval used social media to spread the word about a ride in Paris, recruiting 3,497 riders from 48 U.S. states and Canada to the Lone Star State that October.
The ride raised more than $54,000 for Motorcycle Missions, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and first responders how to build motorcycles.
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