In order for your name to be mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records, you need to have something outstanding: intelligence, strength, speed, or just an unusual talent. Some records make you wonder: is the human brain capable of such a thing?
Records are different. They can demonstrate incredible strength. Agility and endurance. Developed attention and memory. Or maybe the result of an excess of free time. After all, what else can explain the achievements like the maximum number of cocktail tubes in the mouth? However, our collection is not about such. Here are the eight most impressive achievements of the human brain.
Maximum simultaneous chess games
Not everyone manages to play even one game with dignity. But Grandmaster Timur Gareev was able to play on 48 boards at once. In 2016, he played 48 games simultaneously, of which he confidently won 46! All this took about 20 hours. At the same time, the chess player played blindly. He did not look at the boards, and kept the position of the pieces in mind.
Fastest Rubik’s Cube
The popular toy really makes you puzzle. In fact, collecting it is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. If you know the exact algorithm, you can solve the cube pretty quickly. But hardly many people know how to do it as lightning fast as the Korean Sungu Cho. His best result is 4.59 seconds! The guy just honed the proven movements to such an automaticity that he was able to break the world record.
Memorizing the largest number of pi digits
It is enough for ordinary people to know that the number Pi is three whole and so many hundredths there. It has no end anyway. But mathematicians love accuracy in everything, so they have already calculated this number to several tens of thousands of decimal places. Of course, it was not without computers.
And if in the era of technology you will not surprise anyone with accurate calculations, then a good memory still delights. Such, for example, as a student from India Rajvir Meena. He memorized 70,000 pi and in 2015 told their commission in less than 10 hours. Prior to that, the maximum achievement was 67,890 digits. Chinese Liu Chao was able to remember them in 2006.
The fastest learning of a foreign language
The author of the super memory technique, the Spaniard Ramon Campayo, also boasts phenomenal brain capabilities. He trained him all his life, memorizing a variety of facts. Therefore, more than once he broke world records and participated in various memory championships. Once, on the way to such a tournament in Munich, Ramon realized that he did not know German at all. He learned a new language on the plane, reading the entire textbook in just 1 hour and 10 minutes. And, which is also important, over time I did not forget the rules and vocabulary, although I never returned to the book.
Remembering the largest amount of information
Another example of amazing memory is Bartholomew Pretender. He established his achievement even before the Guinness Book of Records, in 1838. The fire destroyed the building of the British Royal Insurance Company where the man worked. All paper archives were burnt. But he was able to recover the papers solely from memory. Of course, it was simply impossible to check the accuracy of all the information. But the record is still impressive.
Maximum read speed
Speed reading is an always relevant and important skill. In the modern rhythm of life, it is not enough just to read information, you also need to perceive it. In this talent, no one beats Howard Berg. Best score for the fastest reader in the world – 25,000 words in 1 minute! And he actually assimilated everything he read. The man even tried to teach others and developed his own method of teaching speed reading. True, none of Berg’s disciples was able to reach such heights. Because of what he was even sued.
Instant addition in the mind
American Regis Philbin is not called the Calculator Man for nothing. He does not need any additional technique, a man can perform complex mathematical calculations with lightning speed. For example, in 2000, in just 15 seconds, he added the number 34 36 times in his mind. Not a computer, of course, but anyway faster than any other person. Usually, during this time, no one manages to add even 3-4 examples.
Best photographic memory
It is one thing to memorize a number or a word, but quite another to accurately reproduce everything seen only once, like a camera. Briton Stephen Wiltshire was born with a diagnosis of autism. From childhood, he was distinguished by the ability to accurately redraw everything he saw on paper. Stephen’s most outstanding achievement is the New York panorama, which he depicted exactly to every window and air conditioner. And this is only after a 20-minute flight over the city!