7. Most Languages Reciting a Poem: 111


Queens resident Ashrita Furman is officially the holder of the most Guinness World Records in the world, including the record for holding the most Guinness World Records. In 2009, he also became the first person to simultaneously hold 100 records after assembling an international group to recite a poem in 111 different languages, ranging from Dzongkha to Picard.

The event took place at City Hall Park, and participants took turns reading “Precious,” by late Indian spiritual leader, Sri Chinmoy. The group effort, held in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy coming to America, broke the previous record, in which “Value on Community Harmony” was recited in 79 languages.