From snow to corn and umbrellas to video games, Maine holds some pretty peculiar Guinness World Records. Being that it’s bordered by only one other state, it’s no wonder that Maine and its inhabitants seem to march to the beat of their own drums. These records run the gamut from silly to downright daring – I guess that’s why the rest of the world calls them Maine-iacs!
It turns out the World’s Tallest Snowman was actually a Snow-woman. Residents from Bethel, Maine and the surrounding towns created her in February 2008 using 13 million pounds of snow, a 48-ft-wide fleece hat, an 8-ft-long nose made from chicken wire and painted cheesecloth, lips made from five red car tires, arms made from two 30-ft-tall spruce trees, a 6-ft 6-in-wide snowflake pendant, a 130-ft-long scarf, and three 5-ft-wide truck tires as buttons! Her name was Olympia, and at 122 feet 1 inch tall, she was just a few feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
Speaking of snow, Robert G. Davis drove 12,163 miles through Maine and Canada by snowmobile on his Yamaha RS Venture over a 60 day period to earn this record.
On August 22, 2007 student Dylan Guptill of South Berwick, Maine completed Myst – the graphic adventure puzzle video game – in just 3 minutes and 18 seconds.
Maine may be better known for its lobster and blueberries, but it also produces its fair share of corn. On November 15, 2015 Michael Diggins Jr. of Scarborough, Maine became the first ever record holder in the corn shucking category with 13 ears shucked in one minute.
Nancy Hoffman of Peaks Island, Maine runs the aptly named Umbrella Sleeve Museum out of her home, and as of July 7, 2012 she is the official record holder of the world’s most umbrella sleeves at 730.
Young Zachary Miller scored this record at Brunswick High School on July 1, 2014 when he completed a mile run in 5 minutes and 48.86 seconds – not bad for a guy wearing swim fins!
The longest canoe measures 149 feet 1 inch and was built by students and teachers of Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, Maine.
One of Yarmouth, Maine’s claims to fame is the massive revolving globe named Eartha that sits in the lobby of software company, Delorme. The sphere is 41 ft 18 in in diameter and weighs 5600 lb. It was designed and built by the CEO of the company, David Delorme in 1998 and took two years to build.
A team of 13 tap dancers from the Centre of Movement School of Performing Arts in Portland boogied all the way to Gorham, Maine in a choreographed routine, covering a distance of 10.4 miles in 4 hours and 33 minutes on October 20, 2002. The spectacle raised funds for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
Colonel Joe Kittinger of the United States Air Force became the first man to complete a solo transatlantic crossing by balloon. He traveled 3,543 miles from Caribou, Maine to Montenotte, near Savona, Italy. The flight took 86 hours and took place from September 14, 1984 to September 18, 1984.