Cathie Jung’s obsession with everything Victorian led her to reduce her 26-inch waist to 15 inches, the circumference of a DVD, in the hopes of achieving the perfect hourglass figure. “I was the sort of teenager in ’50s when small waists were in vogue, and when I got into my 40s, the kids were gone. I realized I was going the way of all women my age and starting to look a little dumpy and frumpy,” Jung said to ABC News “20/20.” So she began to wear corsets day and night with the help of her husband, who is also fascinated by the Victorian era. She only removes the corsets to shower. Jung now holds the Guinness World Record for tiniest waist, a feat that some would say is unhealthy. However, her husband, an orthopedic surgeon, says it’s all right to wear corsets as much as his wife does as long as there aren’t breathing problems. Also, he says the corsets prevent her from eating a lot, much like stomach stapling would. [ABC News]
Corsets are way too restrictive to us, so we’ll just be fascinated with Jung instead. You can learn more about her, and others who’ve gone to extreme lengths to alter their body, on tonight’s episode of “Taboo” on the National Geographic Channel at 10 pm. Keep reading »
Last month, after a bunch of students in Wales broke a world record for the most people dressed as Smurfs at one time, Kate T. challenged all us Friskians to come up with our very own world record to break. While I’ve been racking my brain to come up with ideas (most people to group kiss at once, anyone?), other folks have been breaking records left and right. The Broadway show “Rock of Ages” broke the record for the largest air guitar ensemble on July 1, and who can forget the woman with the world’s strongest vagina? Speaking of vaginas, what about a nakey world record? Doh, the American Association for Nude Recreation has it covered. Or uncovered? Keep reading »
I’m sure your vagina is impressive, but can it lift 31 lbs? Russian mom, Tatiata Kozhevnikova, 42, was feelin’ a little loosey-goosey after giving birth. Instead of just doing kegels like the rest of us, she decided to challenge herself and become a below-the-belt strong woman.
Tatiana read up on the ancient Dao practice of using a small wooden exercise ball to flex the muscles in your hoo-ha. So, she grabbed one of her favorite knick-knacks, a Murano glass ball, off the shelf and dunked it in her hoop. Now, that’s a crafty way to get your husband to stop complaining about your costly tchotchke clutter! But unfortunately, it sorta got lost up there. “It took me ages to get it out!” Tatiana said. We hope she was exaggerating. Keep reading »
When I was kid, my dad (a stock broker at the time) had a client who either A) set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, B) wanted to set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, or C) mentioned something about pogo-sticks and the Statue of Liberty, and I melded these two things together into one idea. Regardless of which option it was (Dad, do you remember?), I was very impressed. Ever since, I’ve really wanted to set a world record. I thought about things I could do—build the world’s largest rubber band ball, turn the most somersaults in a row, hum the most songs backwards. For years, my theory was that if I could just find something obscure enough that I’d have no competition, I could do it. But you’d be surprised at what counts as “obscure.” Everything I’ve thought of has already been done, and by someone who could do it better/longer then me.
That is, until yesterday, when I saw this story about a group of students in Wales who set the world record for having the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place—2,510 of them to be exact. Seriously, each person did nothing but paint themselves blue, put on a silly hat, and show up to some night club. [Telegraph] Keep reading »