Ready for some fun? You may learn a few things about beds, beer, and bets. For example, Q: Can you name the man who holds the record for the most nights forced to sleep on a bed of nails? A: My friend Philip-Jon, for missing his wife’s birthday again last year.
Am I the only person who didn’t know the famous Book of Guinness World Records was started by Guinness Beer? You know, the brown English beer served warm? Nope, I was wrong again, Guinness is an Irish beer. It may look like engine oil, but it’s actually a light-bodied, low-alcohol ale called a stout.
Apparently, the Irish like to spend time at the Pub. And when the stout flows freely, it’s been known for a bet debate to flare up. Before you know it, things get settled the Irish way, and then there’s a lot of crying over spilled beer.
“We can’t have that,” said Sir Hugh Beaver, the man running the Guinness Brewery back in the 1950s. So, he asked a couple of egg heads to find a way to settle pub arguments. And that’s how the story goes. But, of course, as the Irish like to say, “you can’t let the facts get in the way of telling the tale,” so you may want to check the facts of the real story here.
A few bed records from Guinness
The fastest bed-making by an individual (king-sized bed). This is an easy one. I set this record a long time ago as a kid when my mom sent me upstairs to make my bed before watching Batman on tv.
However, according to the experts at Guinness, this record was 1:09 minutes by Mr. Chow Ka Fai in Hong Kong on October 22, 2018. Chow Ka Fai got plenty of practice with hotel beds is a member of Housekeeping at Cordis hotels.
The fastest mobile bed. Talk about a strange world record. According to Guinness, Tom Onslow-Cole “drove” his portable bed up to 83.8 kilometers per hour in the United Arab Emirates. Don’t take my word for it, but the fastest mattress I’ve seen was going 80mph down the highway on top of a grocery getter on moving day.
The most people eating breakfast in bed. I think this happened in week two of the Covid lockdown right here in the United States back in 2020. Unfortunately, this wasn’t verifiable by Guinness at the time it happened. Officially, it was 574 people, eating in bed, and it happened in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 30, 2019.
The most people on a single bed. The new record is 54 people crammed on a single bed in Beijing on September 7, 2013. “Crammed” is in the official description.
Too bad they didn’t have the Family Bed XL by Taylor and Wells. More on this later.
The farthest distance to push a bed. You’re not going to believe this – 5,204 kilometers in the UK from June 21 to July 26. Now that’s a distance record. It took a team of nine athletes and a wheeled hospital bed.
Now, if we’re talking about the fastest to push mattresses together, that would have to be my wedding night when I messed up the hotel reservation for a room with two single beds way, way back.
The most famous bed. This is too easy. It’s the round bed with leopard print cover in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
The biggest waterbed. Hamburg, Germany, holds the record for a waterbed that holds 7,000 liters of water, and it was verified by Guinness May 26, 2001.
What if Guinness is wrong about the largest bed in the world?
You’re going to have to settle this between two contenders for the largest bed world record.
In this corner -- According to Guinness, the largest bed is 86ft 11in long and 53ft 11in wide, and it was created in Hertme, the Netherlands, on May 28, 2011. Everyone knows the Dutch are the tallest people in the world, but this sounds way too unbelievable for any family, no many pets and kids they have. Besides, how long would it take to make a bed like this every morning?
In this corner – the largest bed is The Taylor and Wells Family Bed XL from Bedding Mart here in the USA. It comes in at 12ft wide and 7ft long. This amazing bed is perfect for movie night for your whole family. Its luxurious materials provide the perfect sleeping experience for multiple sleepers, including the fur babies.
It’s all up to you
There’s really only one way to settle this – you’ll just have to see for yourself how big is the Taylor and Wells Family Bed XL. Can you imagine? Twelve feet wide. It’s a sight to behold.