7 Amazing Guinness World Records That Michigan (And Its People) Currently Holds

July 13th, 2016

Michigan is the home of award winning attractions, places and destinations. The State is also the home of amazing Guinness world records that most people probably didn’t know. Below are some of the amazing feats that Michigan and its people accomplished throughout the years.

Lake Michigans

Largest attendance at an ice hockey match

The largest confirmed audience for a game of ice hockey was 104,173 people at “The Big Chill at the Big House” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Football Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, on 11 December 2010. An unofficial number of 113,411 was announced by the university as an estimate of all individuals present in the stadium for the match. Mike Janela adjudicated.

The Big Chill at the Big House

Image Credit: Andrew Horne

Largest snowball

Largest snowball

The largest snowball measures 10.04 m (32.94 ft) in circumference and was rolled by students from ASME Michigan Technological University (USA), in Houghton, Michigan, USA, on 29 March 2013. The diameter of the snowball measures 3.20 m (10.45 ft) and its height reaches 3.28 m (9.28 ft).

Image Credit: AP Photo/Michigan Technological University – MLive.Com

Largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter

Largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter

The largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter is 2,096 and was organized by the Yankee Air Museum and the Michigan Aerospace Foundation (both USA) at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA, on 24 October 2015.

Thousands of women participated in this record attempt in order to save Willow Run, the factory where Rosie the Riveter built B-24 bomber planes in World War II. If preserved, Rosie’s factory will become a museum dedicated to aviation technology and the triumphant spirit of women in the work force. The most treasured participants were the 43 “Original Rosies” who served on the home front during World War II.

Image Credit: Guinness

Tallest twins – male

Michael and James Lanier

Identical twins Michael and James Lanier (USA) (b. 27 November 1969) of Troy, Michigan, both stand 2.235m (7ft 3in). Their sister Jennifer is 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) tall. The brothers played basketball at The University of Denver and UCLA, respectively.

Image Credit: The Tallest Man

Longest line of doughnuts

Longest line of doughnuts

The longest line of doughnuts is 3,453.41 meters (11,330.07 feet) and was achieved by Hamburg Enhanced Recreation Organization (H.E.R.O.) (USA) at the Manly Bennett Memorial Park in Hamburg, Michigan, USA, on 19 June 2015.

The Hamburg Enhanced Recreation Organization (H.E.R.O.) attempted this record in honor of the organization’s ten year anniversary. The theme for the event was “We Salute Our Heroes,” and was done to show support and appreciation for their heroes, such as policemen, firemen and military personnel, who risk their lives to protect others.

Image Credit: Kristin Schenden via Detroit CBS Local

Largest sandwich

Largest sandwich

The largest sandwich weighed 2,467.5 kg (5,440 lb) and was made by Wild Woody’s Chill and Grill, Roseville, Michigan, USA on 17 March 2005. The sandwich contained 68 kg (150 lb) mustard, 468.1 kg (1,032 lb) corned beef, 117.9 kg (260 lb) cheese, 240.4 kg (530 lb) lettuce and 1,618.4 kg (3,568 lb) bread.

The sandwich measured 0.44 m (17.5 in) thick and was 3.6 m (12 ft) long and 3.6 m (12 ft wide).

Image credit: Guinness

Largest cinnamon roll

Largest cinnamon roll

The record for the largest cinnamon roll is 276 kg (609 lb) and was achieved by Second Floor Bakery (USA) in Holland, Michigan, USA on 4 May 2013. The completed roll measured 1.83 m (6 ft) in diameter and 17.8 cm (7 in) tall.

Image credit: Peg McNichol/Sentinel Staff via Holland Sentinel

Largest Bible publisher


Zondervan Publishing House of Michigan, USA, is the world’s largest publisher of Bibles. The publisher owns the exclusive rights to the New International Version of the Bible, and is a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Zondervan products are available in 60 countries and in nearly 200 languages.

For more mind blowing and jaw dropping records that involve or feature Michigan, visit this page from Guinness World Records.

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