​Guinness world records you could easily beat

Holding a Guinness world record is pretty cool but, usually, setting one takes too much effort. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to earn some bragging rights without having to spend years perfecting some unique skill. We should know — we proudly display our certificate for "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Vampires" and all we had to do was wear fangs, a cape, and dance in a big crowd!

Most CDs balanced on one finger

Current record: Silvio Sabba set the record by balancing 247 CDs on his finger in Milan, Italy on July 12, 2015.

If your plan is to balance the CDs with your finger pointed upward like you're spinning a basketball, you're in for a rude awakening. Even a Harlem Globetrotter couldn't pull off that feat! Instead, you'll need to hold your finger horizontally (like the man in this video, although we can't see what his thumb is doing, so he could totally be cheating) while placing the disks right on top of each other. It'll be fun, like Jenga, but with round flat disks and your fingers. So, really, it's almost nothing like Jenga.

Pro tip: work on your forearm strength. This looks like it could be a killer after a couple hundred discs.

Fastest time to arrange a chess set

Current record: Alva Wei arranged a chess set into a classic chess arrangement in 32.42 seconds in Renton, Washington on January 13, 2015.

Some of us don't even know how to arrange a chess set to begin with — turns out, there are apparently rules about where everything is supposed to go. That's probably the first thing you need to figure out. After that, it's all about the execution.

Honestly, watching some of these videos reminds us of the stress of playing Perfection, since you've got to get all of those little pieces in the right place before it all explodes in your face. Man, that game was terrifying. Are you sure you want to try this one?

Pro tip: Arrange a checkers board and hope nobody calls you out on it.

Most t-shirts worn at once

Current record: Sanath Bandara succeeded in wearing 257 t-shirts in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on December 22, 2011. Apparently, Bandara has been on a mission to break Guinness records ever since surviving the 2008 Weliveriya bombing in Sri Lanka so … you may want to just let this one stand.

But if you are completely heartless and don't care about Bandara and her dreams, you could probably break this record with very little effort. It's unlikely that you actually own 258 t-shirts (unless you happen to be a hoarder which, in this case, would be super-convenient) so the best suggestion would be for you to head to a thrift shop and make use of their ample selection.

Pro tip: make sure the used shirts you choose are, at least, somewhat clean. And vary the sizes — 258 size-smalls will start ripping Hulk-style by shirt eight.

Longest marathon hug

Current record: On February 13-14, 2014 an incredible 26 couples hugged for 26 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds (we're sensing a theme here) at an event organized by Ripley's Believe or Not! in Pattaya, Thailand.

On the surface, this record seems easy to break, but could become a little tricky for a few reasons. Your arms could get tired, bad breath could really derail the whole thing, but there's also the biggest risk of all – emotions. The original record took place over Valentine's Day, which is a hint about how intimate it can be to hold someone else's body for longer than a day. Only attempt this one if you're really happy with the partner you've chosen.

Pro-tip: don't pair up with someone you put in the "friend zone." The closeness will only give them hope, which is bad unless, of course, you're into the whole emotional torture thing.

Most eggs cracked with one hand in one minute

Current record: Ross McCurdy, the owner of a breakfast restaurant, cracked 32 eggs in one minute with just one hand in Kingston, Washington, June 16, 2011. As per the official rules, no shells were allowed to fall in any of the cups or bowls used for the record.

Truthfully, one of the most annoying things in life is cracking an egg. You've got to hit it just right in order to avoid landing shell in the bowl and a nasty, sticky mess all over the counter (and the floor, and the walls, and the dog …). Imagine how much messier it could be if you're trying to do it at a ridiculous pace. For this one, all you can do is practice over and over again but unless you've got an unlimited supply of eggs, this could get real wasteful, real fast.

Pro tip: if you really have your heart set on breaking this record, but don't want to spend money on eggs, pick up a copy of Cooking Mama for the Wii, and practice your technique with the controller.

Most sticky notes on body in five minutes

Current record: Tetsuro Degawa managed to apply 674 sticky notes all over his body in Tokyo, Japan, on the set of Grand Whiz-Kids TV on February 2, 2014.

Does it get easier, folks? Probably not. All you have to do is wear clothing that is smooth and clean, grab a bunch of sticky notes, and just go to town. The taller you are, the better, since you will have more of a surface to cover. Just don't get a papercut doing this, okay? That's gross, and they take so long to heal.

Pro tip: raid the office supply drawer at work for sticky notes so you don't sacrifice any of your own. Those things are expensive, and your boss will totally understand.

Fastest time to place 24 cans in fridge

Current record: Our friend, Silvio Sabba (the CD guy from earlier) succeeded at placing 24 cans in a fridge in 5.78 seconds in Milan, Italy on November 17, 2014.

Anyone who has stocked a fridge during a Super Bowl commercial break has got the skills to pay these bills, so it's worth a shot! Just avoid denting or bursting the cans while getting them in the fridge to avoid breaking the rules (and having to mop the floor).

Pro tip: clear out the fridge ahead of time so you're not competing with other items for shelf space. While you're in there, clean your fridge – it probably needs it.

Fastest window cleaner

Current record: Terry Burrows set a record by cleaning three standard 45 x 45-inch office windows set in a frame with a 11.75-inch-long squeegee and just over 2 gallons of water in 9.14 seconds at the National Window Cleaning Competition in Blackpool, United Kingdom on October 9, 2009.

Before we dig into this one, can we just take a moment to digest the fact that there is a national competition for cleaning windows? Wow. Anyway, to try to topple this record, you should start by perfecting your squeegee skills on something small (like a car window) and then moving up to something bigger (like a glass shower door). Get a high-quality squeegee too, if you're gonna try to roll with the big boys.

Pro tip: wear something … absorbent.

Fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad

Current record: Chase Samuel set a record with his online submission by typing the entire alphabet (with only one hand) in 3.14 seconds.

The only real thing you can do to prepare for this is to practice typing the entire alphabet on – you guessed it – your iPad! Try with both hands and then just one hand, to see which yields the fastest time.

Pro tip: turn off auto-correct! Can you imagine breaking the record only to have it auto-corrected to ABACUS? Ugh.

Most jam doughnuts eaten in one minute

Current: Patrick Bertoletti ate three jam donuts, without licking his lips, in one minute at the Sierra Studios in East Dundee, Illinois on January 14, 2012.

This world record, we're SURE we could demolish! Who doesn't want to claim the glory of having eaten the most jam-filled doughnuts in a mere 60 seconds? Think about the training for this thing! Go to the store. Buy your favorite doughnuts. Get into your comfiest clothes. Put on some mood music. Set a timer. Fail many times and start over. Aside from having to buy extra-large pants in a week, it's bliss!

Pro tip: make sure your bathroom is well-stocked with toilet paper and air freshener. Enjoy.

Most bananas peeled in one minute

Current record: It seems that Patrick Bertoletti had his sights on setting multiple easy records since — on the same day that he ate the most jam doughnuts in a minute, he also peeled the most bananas! Bertoletti pulled back the skin on 8 bananas in one minute, leaving many to wonder how he perfected his skills.

The prep for breaking this record is pretty straight-forward, though you could try seeing whether peeling the banana from the top or bottom makes any difference. Bonus points if you freeze all the bananas you peel and use them for delicious smoothies. You know, for when you need a nutritional boost … that's cool, right?

Pro tip: don't get insecure about how many sexual innuendos will be made at your expense as you work on those bananas. Just own it.

Longest television watching session

Current record: Alejandro "AJ" Fragoso watched 94 straight hours of television in New York, New York on April 12, 2016.

If you have never attempted a television marathon, you might falsely assume that it's easy. We can tell you with 100% certainty that it is not. Not only do you need to stay awake, but you've got to have a plan in place for food, hydration, and a complete mental breakdown. It's harder than it seems, but completely worthy of an attempt.

Pro tip: stretch your muscles from time to time, pick movies you really enjoy, or series with a lot of seasons (think X-Files or South Park), and consider grabbing a box of adult diapers.

Fastest time to assemble Mr. Potato Head

Current record: Samet Durmaz assembled a Mr. Potato Head in 6.62 seconds at the GWR Live! Roadshow at Forum Istanbul, in Istanbul, Turkey on February 21, 2010.

Breaking this type of record really just depends on your manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. If you know where all of the pieces go, all you have to do is try over and over again to improve your speed. This takes little to no strategy. but so, so much patience.

Pro tip: make sure you have all of the required parts before you try this. There's nothing worse than working your way through a whole Potato Head only to realize you're short a pair of spud eyes.

Most marshmallows eaten in one minute

Current record: Anthony Falzon consumed 25 marshmallows in a minute in Sliema, Malta on March 25, 2013.

Breaking this kind of record takes very little preparation, aside from going to the store to buy marshmallows. Since they're pretty dense and sticky, be careful trying this because you could choke. It's probably one of those things that, once you've done it a few times, you will discover a trick for making it easier.

Pro tip: make sure you eat the large marshmallows — save the tiny ones for your hot cocoa.