GWR Day: Rubik's cubes solved upside down, LEGO structures, Harlem Globetrotters and more

By David Stubbings
Guinness World Records Day 2018

Incredible records have once again been set around the globe for the 14th annual Guinness World Records Day (GWR Day) celebrations.

From incredible stunts by extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham and a teenage boy solving Rubik's cubes with his feet and hands at the same time to a huge UV blacklight painting to raise awareness of mental health issues for young people and stretching homemade slime, GWR Day 2018 featured a wide range of people and achievements.

In case you missed anything, here are this year's highlights.

Rubik's cubes

After his successful attempt for the Fastest time to solve three Rubik's cubes whilst juggling was viewed by millions of people earlier in the year, 13-year-old Que Jianyu returned for GWR Day.

This time he took on two challenging records: the Fastest time to solve three Rubik's cubes simultaneously with both hands and feet and the Fastest time to solve a Rubik's cube upside down.

The teenage king of cubes mastered both records, achieving a time of 1 minute 36.39 seconds for the first record and 15.84 seconds for the other.

Watch both of Que Jianyu's record attempts

Harlem Globetrotters blindfolded slam dunk


The Harlem Globetrotters returned for another set of GWR Day challenges.

This year they achieved five new Guinness World Records titles, including the first for a female member of the team:

  • Most basketball under the leg tumbles in one minute (female) - 34
  • Most basketball under the leg slam dunks by a team using a trampoline in one minute - 28
  • Most blindfolded basketball slam dunks in one minute - 5
  • Most behind-the-back three pointers in one minute - 3
  • Farthest back somersault basketball shot - 17.71 m (58 ft 1.25 in)

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters achieve their new records

Away from the basketball court, extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham set three new records in California, US.

Despite a heavy crash on his final attempt, Aaron still picked up three incredible records.

  • Tallest quarter pipe drop-in on a wheelchair - 8.40 m (27 ft 6.7 in)
  • Farthest wheelchair ramp jump - 21.35 m (70 ft 0.5 in)
  • Highest wheelchair hand plant - 8.40 m (27 ft 6.7 in)

Read more about Aaron Fotheringham and the first-hand account from our adjudicator

Most front split spins in a wind tunnel in one minute Doni Gales

Down in Australia, Doni Gales found herself setting records in a wind tunnel as she successfully attempted the Most front split spins in a wind tunnel in one minute with a dizzying 55. 

Watch Doni Gale's wind tunnel record attempt

Fastest time to wrap a person in cling film attempt start


In Japan, the stars of two YouTube channels have got involved with GWR Day 2018.

Comedian Dekakin set a new record for the Fastest time to wrap a person in cling film-plastic wrap as he covered a willing volunteer from shoulder to toe in 1 minute 59.71 seconds, just 0.29 seconds inside the target time!

Watch Dekakin's record attempt

Meanwhile the stars of BomBom TV took on two slime records.

One member, Yocchi, achieved the Longest distance to stretch home-made slime in 30 seconds with 3.87 m (12 ft 8.36 in) while the whole crew joined forces to set the Longest distance to stretch home-made slime in 30 seconds (team of 8) with a distance of 13.78 m (45 ft 2.51 in).

Watch both of BomBom TV's slime record attempts

Largest LEGO brick sundial


Everyone likes a bit of LEGO, and GWR Day 2018 featured a record attempt using the popular plastic bricks.

Playable Design went back in time to create the Largest LEGO® brick ring sundial (supported), using 45,000 bricks to create a sundial with a diameter of 2.91 m (9 ft 6 in) and a thickness of 0.8 m (2 ft 7 in).

Find out more about the 45,000-brick LEGO sundial


In the UK, artist Livi Gosling and the YoungMinds charity attempted a record with the aim of shining a light on young people living with mental health problems.

They created the Largest UV blacklight painting, a 453.22m² (4,878 ft² 61 in²) image of a human head with a tree inside which lights up into an array of colour when blacklight is switched on.

The design helped symbolise the idea that mental health needs nurturing, like a tree.

Read more about the painting and the message behind it

Billy Karam diorama


In Beirut, Lebanon, petrolhead Nabil “Billy” Karam, has added another Guinness World Records title to his name which reflects his love of cars.

After achieving the Largest collection of model cars on GWR Day 2016, Billy now has the Largest collection of stamps featuring automobiles, emassing a total of 3,333.

See more of Billy's collection, including his stamps and model cars