“All washing machines were harmed in the creation of this record,” proclaims Guinness World Records in what must surely be a contender for the most ridiculous record in the world.
You see, it involves throwing a washing machine as far as possible. And that’s it.
For those who love washing machines, or just cringe at the mere thought of perfectly decent technology being smashed to bits, the video below will be a tough watch.
But if you’re curious how far someone can throw a contraption that should normally live quietly in your home while doing occasional garment cleaning, then dive right in.
The images are from Lo Show Dei Record («The Record Show”) by Italy, which took place in Milan earlier this year. Guinness World Records shared the video this week.
The contest saw Swedish athlete Johan Espenkrona take on fellow athlete Kelvin de Ruiter from the Netherlands.
With the assistance of Guinness World Records officials, the pair set about airdropping three washing machines each weighing 101.4 pounds (46 kilograms).
His ultimate goal was to break the existing world record for the longest throw of a washing machine, which stood at 13 feet 6.6 inches (4.13 meters).
And Espenkrona accomplished just that, winning the matchup with a 14-foot-7.2-inch (4.45-meter) throw and winning a new Guinness World Record. Although a bit silly.
Athletes’ technique suggests that if you ever find yourself having to lift and launch a washing machine into the air (tip: remove all clothing and water first), the best way to do this is to first balance it on your head before grabbing a short run to launch it forward. Although it is probably more difficult than it seems.