They may be things you never expected to see, but for some they became an obsession - so much so that many of the more quirky entries into the new edition of the Guinness World Records book for 2014 are as startling as they are impressive.
Guinness World Records, widely considered the global authority on record-breaking achievements, published the latest copy of their guide on world records on Thursday (September 12), recognising a huge array of unique international record-breakers.
The world's largest walking robot, at 8.2m high, was built by Hans Zollner, who created a mechanised fire-breathing dragon that dwarfs the local landscape - though at the presentation of the record locals donned fairytale get-ups to take on the robotic mythical beast.
From the UK, London's Leilani Franco demonstrated her incredible ability as a contortionist who drinks tea with her feet and now holds three new back-breaking records, including the fastest backbend walk.
She said she's often asked to perform by her friends, so doing so for Guinness World Records was not a problem.
"Whenever I'm at a party, my friends are always like 'Leilani do a trick, show people what you can do' and I say 'ok' and then I do something really weird and everybody gets really shocked and I like that," she said.
In the U.S., Happie the Floridian skateboarding goat rolled into the record books with the farthest distance skateboarded by a goat, travelling 36 metres (118ft) in 25 seconds.
Happie's owner, Melodie Cooke, said success had perhaps gone to Happie's head a little.
"Before Happie was skateboarding she was very happy and calm and she liked to be held, very friendly and obedient. After she became a Guinness World Record skateboarder she became a little bit of a diva," she said.
"She's still very friendly and stuff, but sometimes she has this attitude, or this look in her eye - 'look at me, I'm a diva'," Cooke added.
Bigger is not always better, as Texan Austin Coulson set out to prove, using a baby's pram and a quad bike to construct the world's smallest roadworthy car.
It measures just 63.5 cm high, 65.41 cm wide and 126.47 cm long.
California's Steve Sansweet and his full-size Darth Vader celebrated being recognised as owning the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world, with over 330,000 items.
Back in Europe, Italy's Fabio Reggiani was riding high after being recognised as creator of the world's largest motorcycle, measuring 5.10 m (16ft 8.78 in) from the ground to the top of the handlebars.
Also leading the pack are Germany's Julia Plecher, who ran the fastest 100m in high heels (14.531 sec), and last but by all means least was Puerto Rico's Milly - the world's smallest dog.
She measured just 3.8 inches small - enough to fit in the palm of your hand.