Iona Luvsandorj, 28, of London, broke a world record by holding the "Marinelli" pose for 33 seconds. The Marinelli pose is an overturned backbend, and the entire body is supported by the mouth by holding onto a small post between the gums.
Two female members of China's New Shanghai Circus perform a balancing act during a show preview at Sydney's Crown Casino June 16, 2004. Carrying on a tradition of acrobatics, balancing, juggling and contortion dating back 2,000 years, the circus will tour Australia's east coast following their shows in the United States, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand.
June 3, 1998: Dancers of the U.S. dance company Momix go into contortions during a performance of their new program titled "Baseball" in Zurich. The company was formed in the early 1980s under the direction of star choreographer Moses Pendleton.
Sept. 11, 2004: Members of China's Imperial Circus perform during a show in Caracas. Circus members performed acts of balancing, tumbling, acrobatics and contortion in the show.
Sept. 4, 2004: A member of China's Imperial Circus performs during a show in Caracas.
Oct. 26, 2006: Artists Oyun-Erdene Senga and Ulziibuyan Mergen from Mongolia perform their duo contortion performance during Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" show in Madrid.
Nov. 24, 2008: A Chinese acrobat performs during an India-China cultural exchange program in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. The program was organized by the Indian council for cultural relations and embassy of the People's Republic of China to strengthen the cultural bonds between the two countries.
These people can bend their bodies in ways you won't believe