RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTW) – North Carolina may be the first in flight, but did you know about these other records it has under its belt?

North Carolina also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest surviving double heart bypass patient, smallest arcade machine and for the longest delayed parachute flight. 

You can find the smallest piece of ice in the Tar Heel State – and the largest collection of Coca Cola memorabilia (sorry, Georgia).

The world record for the most goals scored by a player in the National Women’s Soccer League game (set by Samantha Kerr and Kristen Hamilton in 2019, when they each scored four), first musical act to perform a concert on every continent (Metallica) and the fastest softball pitch (set by Monica Abbott at 77 mph) were broken in the state. As was the largest food drive in 24 hours at a single location (set by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 2011, with 559,885 lbs) and the fastest half marathon dress in pajamas by a male (Brendan Murray, at one hour, 28 minutes and 30 seconds in March 2019).

Here are 10 other world records that have been broken in North Carolina:

  1. Largest gathering of people wearing sweatbands

Date: July 13, 2018

Set by: Republic Wireless

Location: Durham

This one might be about four decades late. The world record for the most people gathering and wearing sweatbands was set by 4,990 people during a minor league baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

  1. Tallest Bigfoot

Date: 1500

Set by: True Giant Bigfoot

Location: North Carolina

Does Bigfoot exist? If so, he’s been spotted across North America. Sightings in spruce forests and high mountains indicate that the hairy giant is between three and six meters tall. 

  1. Longest marriage

Date: Feb. 27, 2011

Set by: Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher

Location: New Bern

This tale as old as time is also the longest of all time. Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher were married from May 13, 1924, until Herbert’s death on Feb. 27, 2011, for a total of 86 years and 290 days.

  1. Largest gathering of Elvis impersonators

Date: July 12, 2014

Set by: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Location: Cherokee

I’ll have a blue Christmas…in July. The record for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators was broken by 895 kings of rock and roll.

  1. Largest collection of back scratchers

Date: Sept. 20, 2018

Set by: Manfred Rothstein

Location: Fayetteville

He’s got your back! Manfred Rothstein, a dermatologist, has 657 back scratchers from 71 countries in his clinic. He’s been collecting since the 1970s.

  1. Longest sit-in

Date: July 25, 1960

Set by: Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond

Location: Greensboro

These four activists had two historic moments in one. The Black students staged a peaceful sit-in from Feb. 1 until July 25, 1960 at the “whites-only” Woolworth lunch counter to protest segregation.

  1. Most lit candles in the mouth

Date: June 25, 2021

Set by: Garrett James

Location: Charlotte

Kids, don’t try this at home. Garrett James stuffed 105 lit candles into his self-described “gigantic” mouth at once to take home this title.

  1. Most people hugging soft toys simultaneously

Date: Feb. 14, 2020

Set by: Smoky Mountain High School

Location: Sylva

Lonely on Valentine’s Day? These students had the solution. The high school had 835 people hug stuffed animals at once as a way to raise school spirit and collect toys donations.

  1. Largest object unboxed

Date: May 11, 2017

Set by: Volvo Trucks

Location: Charlotte

A 4-year-old unboxing fan did the honors of unveiling a 72-foot Volvo VNL truck. The truck was hidden inside a 77-foot cardboard box with cellophane windows.

  1. Longest model train

Date: April 23, 2011

Set by: Wilmington Railroad Museum Model Railroad Committee

Location: Wilmington

The longest model train is 925 ft. 6 in. and is made up of 31 locomotives and 1,563 carriages. If built to scale, the train would be 15.27 miles long!