Amazing World Record Feats
As she unzips the zipper, the mystery contents are revealed. Inside, folded up like an accordion, lays Leslie Tipton, a professional contortionist!
In 2007, Leslie wiggled her way into Guinness World Records for being the fastest person to get into a suitcase and zip it up from the inside. This 37-year-old Californian can complete this feat in 13.31 seconds. "My flexibility is supernatural," she says. "I squish myself in there just like you'd squish your clothes in."
"This is a talent I didn't even know existed in the world," Oprah says.
Leslie says she was born flexible, but she has to train to control the movements. Now, she can bend over backward for others...literally.
Meet Swee' Pea, the jump-roping superdog! In 2007, this 10-year-old border collie/Australian shepherd mix set a world record for the most rope skips by a dog in one minute. She blew away the canine competition by jumping 75 times in 60 seconds.
Alex, her owner and trainer, says he began training Swee' Pea when she was very young. "We started really slow, and then we built it up," he says. "She first broke the record at 62, then went to 65, and now she's at 75."
Seven years ago, he says he began teaching Swee' Pea another trick that would eventually make it into the record books. She's the only dog in the world who can climb stairs—backward and forward—with a glass of water balanced on her nose.
At 6'7 1/2" tall, Radar is almost twice the size of an average horse. To support his supersized frame, he eats his fair share of hay. Tipping the scales at 2,600 pounds, this record holder weighs more than a Mini Cooper!
You haven't seen mini unless you've met Thumbelina, the world's smallest horse! At just 17 1/2" tall, she's smaller than most dogs and almost six feet shorter than Radar.
Fan's first show-stopper is putting an audience member in a bubble. Volunteer Debbie, is mesmerized by the "bubble cluster" Fan creates before encasing her in one behemoth of a bubble!
"I want to do that!" Oprah says.
With the wave of an arm, Fan blows his old record out of the water on only his second try!
Ken says his record is 721 claps per minute and gives the audience a speedy round of applause at 14 claps per second!
After having three children, Cathie started lacing a corset around her then-26-inch waist. "We do Victorian costuming. In order to have a Victorian costume look appropriate, you have to have the proper underwear. So I started wearing a corset to make the Victorian gowns look beautiful," she says.
Cathie says she wears her corset 24 hours a day and only takes it off to shower. "I go fishing, I do everything any normal person would do," she says.
Kenneth attempts to break his own record on stage—and slices 24 red delicious apples to bits!
Kenneth's isn't the only record broken today. Oprah's Book Club selection The Pillars of the Earth broke a few of its own. Not only is it the longest book she's ever chosen—at 973 pages—it's also the fastest-selling book in Oprah's Book Club history.
Check out Oprah's interview with author Ken Follett