# Breaking the record

There is a record whose value is expressed by a natural number. (The value is strictly discrete, not only continuous and then rounded to a natural number.) However, after the record is once established, any other person to topple the previous record-holder will break it by at least 2. The value of the record can be expressed by both odd and even numbers.

For instance, if the current score is 505, the next record-holder's score may be 507, 508, 509, etc., but it may not be 506.

What record is this?

• Welcome to Puzzling;) Sep 1, 2016 at 12:54
• just want to check, this is a real record right? Sep 1, 2016 at 13:00
• Generally, any riddles on this site need to go through the sandbox (meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/5276/…) If this has already, please mention so in the question. Thanks! Sep 1, 2016 at 13:07
• @AvikMohan. No they don't meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/q/5372/19989. And this is not a riddle. Sep 1, 2016 at 13:10
• @Widdershins. I don't know what to say. This does not look like a riddle to me. It's not a poem, that's for sure. But this is not a requirement. Also it does not provide clues towards something. But I may be wrong on this one. But one think is certain. For now you don't need to go through the sandbox with any riddles. Sep 1, 2016 at 13:23

My shot:

The record for the most records a person has broken.

In order to break that record:

you need to break another record and you will break this one also. So +2

Example:

A person has broken 505 records and that's the biggest number of records.
In order to break that record, you need to break at least 506 records. But if you do, you instantly have at least 507 broken records, because you broke the record for the most records a person has broken.

• Say, if you get 506, and that bumps you up to 507, wouldn't that bump the old holder down to 504, since they don't hold that record anymore? Sep 1, 2016 at 13:14
• @fuandon. Yes, it does, but that still does not break my explanation. The previous record was 505 and the new record is 507. What's on second place it does not matter. Even if you have a +3 over second place you still broke the record by +2. Sep 1, 2016 at 13:16
• Yeah, true, the question does say 'at least two', sorry! Sep 1, 2016 at 13:18
• Congratulations. :) Sep 1, 2016 at 13:31
• I fear this is actually quite complicated. If Person A has 500 normal records, then 1 more for most records, he'd have 501. If Person B gets to 500 records, does he then share the "most records" record? If so, they'd both have 501 (or 500 if you count it that way). Person B then breaks another normal record would have his 501st and move ahead, so he'd now have 502 records and Person A, with only 500 normal records and no share of the most-records record would drop to 500. But the record number itself has only increased by 1, from 501 to 502. Sep 1, 2016 at 13:32

It could be:

The record beating record :). Each time a record is beaten the record beating record increments twice (because it was itself beaten too).

One possible answer is

The largest prime number found / calculated / verified

It is a valid category of records that is well maintained and looked after. It is a strictly discrete number that technically can be both odd and even numbers, however, after it's been established, both the current and new records will always be odd and thus the difference will be at least 2.