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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is well-known for its fabulous skiing, large LDS population and beautiful national parks. However, Utah is also the home of several current Guinness World Records which were detailed in a map published Monday.
The map was created by Estately and shows the most unique Guinness World Record held by each state in the U.S. Utah is currently the holder of four world records: the longest female fingernails, the largest gathering of people wearing only underwear, the largest scavenger hunt and the longest continuous car skid.
The record for longest fingernails by a female was set by Lee Redmond on Feb. 23, 2008, according to the Guinness Book of World Records website. Redmond began growing her fingernails in 1979 and “carefully manicured them to reach a total length of 28 feet 4.5 inches,” Guinness reported.
The record for the largest gathering of people wearing only underwear was set in Salt Lake City on Sept. 24, 2011, Guinness said. The Utah Undie Run had 2,270 participants and was organized “to challenge the perception that Utah is an ‘uptight’ state.”
The world’s largest scavenger hunt was recently achieved by Utah residents in Provo on Sept. 13. A total of 2,079 participants joined in the scavenger hunt, creating more than 900 teams. The event was organized by Google Fiber Provo, Provo City, Downtown Provo and Cotopaxi.
The record for the longest continuous car skid was set by Norman Craig Breedlove on Oct. 15, 1964. Breedlove was driving the jet-powered vehicle, Spirit of America, attempting to set the land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The vehicle went out of control and left a skidmark that was nearly 6 miles long, according to Guinness.
Click here for a list of all the Guinness World Records held in each state.