This Strange M&M Guinness World Record Was Just Broken

These days, it seems like there's a Guinness World Record for everything. There's a record for the world's stretchiest skin, the world's longest tongue, the largest serving of mashed potato, the most number of spoons stuck to a person's body, and even the most number of cans opened in one minute by a parrot. When it comes to world record-setting, if someone's tried it, someone else is bound to try it harder. But the truth is, we don't really think about Guinness World Records until, well, someone breaks one. And recently, a particularly strange but sweet record reached a new height — literally.

Earlier this year, Will Cutbill from Solihull, England, broke the Guinness World Record for number of M&Ms stacked on top of one another. That's right — there's a record for stacking tiny morsels of chocolate candy. What was the number of M&Ms he had to stack to reach such a towering height, you ask? Five.

A new record born out of boredom

It turns out that, like many Guinness World Records, this one was born out of boredom. According to Food & Wine, Cutbill decided to start stacking M&M's during the U.K.'s third COVID-19 lockdown.

"I was in the living room, eating a bag of M&M's, and I was incredibly bored, and I just decided to see how many of them I could stack on top of each other," Cutbill told BirminghamLive. "I started thinking, I wonder if there's a world record for this, so I looked it up online and found out the most anyone had ever stacked was four."

According to Cutbill, M&Ms are not as flat as they present themselves and are actually really difficult to stack. It was practically a miracle he was able to stack four on top of one another, let alone five. The challenge, he said, took him several hours.

"I was pretty ecstatic when I got the fifth. I can't lie. I was running around the room, arms in the air," Cutbill said in an interview with CNN.

A bizarre win is still a win

Until now, the record-holders for the highest stack of M&Ms, topping off at a whopping four stacked M&Ms, were Brendan Kelbi from Australia and Silvio Sabba from Italy, per Food & Wine. Sabba is apparently a multi-record-holder, having set over 200 Guinness World Records, including the fastest time to build a 10 toilet roll pyramid (apparently, Sabba is an expert in the art of stacking things).

As for Cutbill, he seems pretty satisfied with his singular win. He's posted his Guinness World Record official certificate to Instagram and has even included "Guinness World Record holder" in his Instagram bio. Of all the world records to set, stacking M&Ms is certainly one of the more bizarre accomplishments. But it's an accomplishment, nonetheless. So if a stack of five M&Ms is Will Cutbill's claim to fame, we're here for it. Way to go, Will. Let your freak flag fly.