10/17/2012 04:35 pm ET

The Strangest World Records In Sports

Breaking world records was once a zealous industry in which human achievement was stretched to unfathomable limits. But as the opportunities for shattering history dwindle with every mammoth-sized rubber-band ball and overly pierced rebel, optimistic competitors are forced to peruse another field of play.

Sports, of course.

Insanity and circus-esque creativity continue to flood the record books. Enjoy the three-ring spectacle of madness that is world-record athleticism.

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