As announced yesterday, Taylor Swift finds herself featured in the upcoming GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 edition with a pair of records: the fastest selling digital single for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and for being the first solo female act with multiple million-selling weeks on the U.S. album charts (for “Speak Now” and “Red”).
So we thought we’d do the same on occasion of her record-breaking success. Here are five of our favorite singles from T-Swizzle's discography and what record holders we think could’ve served as her muse.
Teardrops on My Guitar
Written for: David Browne
Why: Browne strolled down to the Temple Bar Pub in Dublin on June 12, 2011, and started playing his guitar. And then just didn’t stop. Finally, after 114 hours 6 minutes 30 seconds plucking and shredding, the Irishman walked out as the record holder for the longest marathon playing guitar. We’re sure by the end that the frets on his Gibson were covered in blood, sweat, and certainly some tears.
Written for: Malik Anthony and Merilee Rhoden
Why: This American couple went from friendship to dating to creating a literally historic relationship. They broke the record for longest screen kiss on a TV show (3 min 28 sec) and you can catch their whole story – and epic liplock – right here on a Valentine’s Day 2013 episode of “The Jeff Probst Show.”
You Belong With Me
Written for: Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher
Why: This North Carolina couple set the standard for mateship, clocking in with the longest marriage ever at 86 years 9 months 16 days (1924-2011). When you consider the average global human lifespan is around 67 years, the fact the Fishers were wedded almost two decades longer than even that blows the mind.
Today Was a Fairy Tale
Written for: San Agustin School
Why: Feb. 17, 2012 was a legitimate fairy tale for the students of this Spanish school in Valladolid. In order to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the school, students and staff gathered to break the record for most people dressed as storybook characters with 921. Their costumes covered characters from more than 50 different fairy tales.
I Knew You Were Trouble
Written for: Ashrita Furman
Why: Because Furman is nothing but trouble for the thousands of achievements in the Guinness World Records database. The man who has broken more records than anyone else in history (more than 300) shows no prejudice for the feats he’ll take out, having accomplished everything from the fastest mile hula hooping to the heaviest shoes walked in to building the largest pencil. And he’ll definitely take you to places you’ve never been, as Swift sings, having set his records all over the globe, including in front of the pyramids in Cairo, on the Indian Ocean floor in Bali, and at the Great Wall of China.
For more updates as they happen on the upcoming Guinness World Records 2014 edition, visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2014. Be sure to get your copy in stores or online Sept. 12.