In 2021, a lot happened. Some of it set world records, sparked creativity, and revealed awe.

According to a spokesperson for Guinness World Records, there were 58,000 verified entries this year as of September 2021. Guinness World Records receives approximately 1,000 entries per week, which are then verified.

Some people spent the year honing their skills to the extreme. The world’s largest sandcastle, more than 69 feet tall, was built in Denmark by Dutch artist Wilfred Stijger and 30 sand sculptors. In Vermont, a woman set a record for the most consecutive days running a marathon distance after completing 95 marathons in 95 days.

A great-great-grandmother from Florida became the oldest competitive female powerlifter three days before her 100th birthday. Curtis Means, who weighed only 14.8 ounces at birth, set the new record in November, according to Guinness World Records. Curtis was born 132 days premature on July 5, 2020, along with a twin who died.

According to Dr. Brian Sims, the attending physician at UAB Hospital, statistics show that children born at such a young age have almost no chance of survival, but Curtis defied the odds.

“We don’t know what the future holds for Curtis because no one else is like him.” “Sims stated. “On the day he was born, he began writing his own story. Many people will read and study that story, and hopefully it will help improve the care of premature infants all over the world.”

Denmark’s designers built the world’s largest sandcastle, which stands more than 69 feet tall. What does it take to construct such a massive sandcastle? More than 5,000 tons of sand. According to Guinness World Records, the creation outstrips the previous largest sandcastle in Germany by more than ten feet.

Dutch creator Wilfred Stijger said he built the sandcastle in July 2021 with the help of 30 sand sculptors to represent the power the coronavirus has over the world. The top of the sandcastle is a crown-shaped replica of the virus.

Rumeysa Gelgi, who stands 7 feet and 0.7 inches tall, has broken yet another Guinness World Record, this time for the tallest living woman. According to The Guinness World Records, Turkey’s Gelgi, who is only 18 years old, was the tallest teenager alive in 2014.

Gelgi has Weaver syndrome, an extremely rare condition that causes accelerated growth as well as other abnormalities such as skeletal maturation.

Alyssa Clark, 28, of Burlington, Vermont, ran 26.2 miles every day for 95 days, breaking the world record previously set for running 60 days in a row from March to July 2020. What is her motivation? “I just wanted to run,” she explained.

When the COVID-19 pandemic quarantined everyone, Clark’s ultra-marathon training went into overdrive.

MariMed, Inc., a Massachusetts-based cannabis company, unveiled their new creation on National Brownie Day: an 850-pound pot brownie.

MariMed, Inc.’s pot brownie was released on the same day as the company’s new edibles bakery brand, Bubby’s Baked. The brownie has 20,000 milligrams of THC and is 3 feet wide by 3 feet, 15 inches tall. According to Guinness World Records, the previous world’s largest brownie weighed 243 pounds.

How many ingredients were used to make the brownie? 1,344 eggs, 250 pounds sugar, 212 pounds butter, 5.3 pounds vanilla extract, 81 pounds flour, two pounds baking powder, three pounds salt, and 122 pounds cocoa powder

On August 5, just three days before her 100th birthday, Guinness recognized Edith Murway-Traina as the oldest competitive female powerlifter. Surprisingly, the Tampa, Florida native did not begin lifting until the age of 91, when a friend persuaded her to join an exercise program to prevent osteoporosis.

“Before I knew it, there I was pushing up this bunch of iron I had no use for and no idea what to do,” Murway-Traina said of learning to lift.