We can all remember Michael Jackson’s hit song ‘Bad’ which was one of his first rock song played everywhere in the 80s. People went mad about it, and later several additions of musical cover of this song started popping up. However there was ons particular person who has put his own very unique spin to the classic hit.
John Moschitta, Jr. became famous for being the world’s fastest talker in the 1980s. He is known to speak 583 words per minute. Moschitta used his talent build a career which flourished in the 80s. During that time he was seen on TV everywhere as “Micro Machines Man” in toy commercials, a teacher on Saved by the Bell, and even a narrator on Sesame Street. He also became the face of FedEx and Minute Rice.
During an interview he was asked the origin of his fast-talking. He stated that he practiced everyday how to talk fast so that he can one day break a Guinness record. He also added on a more humorous note that “I also grew up in a house with 5 sisters so to get a word in edgewise it was self defence.”
But during that interview, he also proved exactly just how talented he is by blending his unique skill with one of the biggest songs in the 80s. You guessed it, in the middle of the interview he stopped and performed the requested song ‘Bad’. He nailed every word, literally in just 20 seconds.
For comparison, it takes Michael Jackson a minute and 8 seconds to sing that far in the song. But what is even more fascinating is that during the entire performance Moschitta is speaking, he articulates each word clearly, and he doesn’t let his pronunciation get jumbled.
Even now decades later, Moschitta is still possibly the fastest talking person in the world. There has been one time where Moschitta’s rival Woodmere almost took the win for the fastest talker. However during that contest, which was organised by an editor of The Guinness Book of World Records, it was found that Woodmere who beat Moschitta out by a fraction of a second, left a sentence out of the required text.
Even though this is some time back, the world is still fascinated by the unique talent. The video on YouTube is now a certified classic with 103,719,072 views, 2.6 million likes, and 229,248 comments. Will there ever come a time when someone will beat his record? We will have to wait and see what the future holds.