Sure we set bad records all the time. Like most outrageously expensive property taxes in the nation. (And we just went up again to an average of $9,490.) It’s New Jersey. If it's a record for a bad thing, we're in contention.

But did you know New Jersey is home to many bizarre records? Forget that record about being the only place in America with a statewide prohibition on pumping your gas. We'll leave that one alone. We have far weirder to talk about. So pull up a chair.

Most tongue piercings

Here in New Jersey we're known for our caustic wit and sharp tongues. But no tongue may be as sharp as Frank Vacca’s. This guy from Newark owns the Guinness World Record for most tongue piercings. He won it in 2012 with 16 piercings on his tongue, then added four more and broke his own record in 2017 with 20.

This year he plans on trying to break his own record once more. "From time to time, I like to test the boundaries on how many I can fit,” he says, although it probably came out more like, "Fum tie to tie I Ike tess owndrays oww man I an it."

Oldest person to grow a new tooth

While we're in the mouth, how about that Erna Kohane? At age 92 years and 144 days it was confirmed in Mount Arlington, New Jersey on Jan. 15, 2014 by Guinness Book of World Records that she's the oldest person to grow a new tooth. Her secret? Probably never getting 20 piercings in her tongue.

Most people simultaneously fist pumping

Yes they really did this. In 2010 on New Year's Eve MTV and the "Jersey Shore" cast led a simultaneous fist-pumping done by 5,726 people in Times Square. Plenty in the effort were from Jersey. The record stands to this day.

MTV's "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" New York Premiere Party
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Longest inflatable water slide

Not the old Action Park but the new one they brought back several years ago under safer circumstances was the home to another world record. The Guinness World Record for longest inflatable water slide was achieved there July 10, 2015, with a slide measuring 1,975 feet.

Tallest and fastest roller coaster

Yes another Guinness Record belongs to Six Flags Great Adventure. Their Kingda Ka is still the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world at 456 feet tall and hitting 128 mph. Suck it, Hershey Park!

Oldest log cabin

What's believed to be the oldest log cabin in the country still standing can be found in Gibbstown, New Jersey. Believed built between 1638 and 1643, the C.A. Nothnagle Log House is said to not only be the oldest surviving structure in the Garden State but the oldest log cabin in America. And it's currently for sale.

And back to a bad record like highest property taxes, can you believe this tiny log cabin has property taxes of more than $5,000 per year?

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