It's been around for nearly 70 years and it's where we turn to discover the wildest, wackiest, and weirdest things people have done for their 15 minutes of fame.

It's the Guinness Book of World Records, which was first published in 1955.  

And while records have been set from all over the globe, there are entries from over very own backyard as chronicled by Mental Floss, which has produced a YouTube covering the 'Weirdiest World Record from Each State'.

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Not surprisingly, South Dakota's has to do with extreme weather.

The date was January 22, 1943, in Spearfish, when a brisk reading of four degrees above zero, jumped to 45 above in just two minutes.

But that was just the beginning.

After topping out at 54 degrees, the temp plummeted 4 below zero, with a record-setting 58-degree temperature variance in just 27 minutes.

Iowa's weirdest record came over a much longer period of time.

It was April 29, 2013, at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, when comedian David Scott began telling jokes on stage and didn't stop for more than three days.

When he finally let up 40 hours and eight minutes had passed.

By rule, he was allowed one five-minute break per hour but had to wait at least four hours to repeat any jokes and he had to have the microphone in his hand at all times he was on stage.

Minnesota's entry was more academic in nature.

It was 2016 when a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota set out to find the world's most confusing emoji, asking test subjects to rate images based on whether they perceived them as positive or negative.

The winner?

Smiling Face with Open Mouth and Tightly Closed Eyes Emoji

The 'Smiley Face, Open Mouth, Tightly Closed Eyes' emoji.

This one nearly split opinion in half with 54 percent viewing it as positive while 44 percent said it was negative.

Check out the other records from across America:

The Coldest Temperatures in Sioux Falls History

When a polar vortex rolls through Sioux Falls, it can get even the heartiest dreaming of indoor fires, baking, and hot chocolate.

Mr. Bendo is tough enough but for the love of Pete, someone put a scarf on the Statue of David!

All this icy chatter had us wondering about the coldest days ever recorded in Sioux Falls. Here is the historical data from the National Weather Service with the coldest temps ever recorded in Sioux Falls since record-keeping began in 1893.

Gallery Credit: Danny V

Iowa Palmer Company's Twin Bing Products

Can you even really claim to live in this part of the country if you've never had a Twin Bing?


"It consists of two round, chewy, cherry-flavored nougats coated with a mixture of chopped peanuts and chocolate. The Twin Bing was introduced in the 1960s," -Wikipedia

Not only has the TB been a staple of the Sioux Empire for over half a decade, but the makers of the classic candy have also infused the unique cherry and chocolate flavor into lots of other things.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

What Its Really Like Inside Minnesota's Largest Candy Store!

I finally stopped by that big yellow building along a Minnesota highway and couldn't have imagined everything I'd see inside of Minnesota's Largest Candy Store!

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