Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List


IDRecordWhoWhatWhereWhenExplain
3511Largest banner flown by a helicopterMöbel Martin GmbH & Co. KG5107 square metre(s)Germany, Mainz18 August 2012The largest banner flown by a helicopter measures 5,107 m² (54,971 ft²41 in²) and was achieved by Möbel Martin GmbH & Co. KG in cooparation with Martin Klenke from Helijet Charter GmbH (all Germany) in Mainz Finthen, Germany, on 18 August 2012.
3512Largest backwards raceMater Salvatoris InstituteBelgium, Kapellen13 March 2009The largest backwards race was achieved by 539 participants in an event organised by Mater Salvatoris Institute in Kapellen, Belgium on 13 March 2009.A logbook was used for the counting.
3513Largest serving of roast porkFundación Produce Yucatán, A.C6,626.15 kilogram(s)Mexico, Mérida06 March 2016The largest serving of roast pork is 6,626.15 kg (14,608 lb 2.5 oz) and was achieved by Fundación Produce Yucatán, A.C. (Mexico) in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on 6 March 2016. Fundación Produce Yucatán sought to regain their previous Guinness World Record title for the largest serving of roast pork. A traditional cochinita pibil was prepared using 47 ovens and served from a 50 meter long serving dish. The cochinita pibil was served in the traditional Yucatan-style with hand patted tortillas, pickled red onions and habanero sauce. There were 250 student volunteers from the Universidad Tecnológica del Poniente who helped prepare, cook and serve the public.
3514Most marathons run by married coupleDavid Major, Linda MajorUnited Kingdom20 January 2013The most marathons run by a married couple is 751 and was achieved by David and Linda Major (both UK), as verified on 20 January 2013.David and Linda married on 25 March 2004 and ran their first marathon as husband and wife at the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in Bungay, Suffolk, UK, on 4 April 2004. The last marathon they ran together was the Gran Canaria Marathon on 20 January 2013 in Las Palmas, Spain. David ran 451 marathons in this period and Linda ran 300. Both David and Linda had run a number of marathons before getting hitched but these do not count towards the record.
3515Longest barbecue marathon (team)Ball Park Brands34, 35 hour(s), minute(s)United States, New York13 August 2015The longest barbecue marathon by a team is 34 hr 35 min, achieved by Ball Park Brands (USA), in New York, New York, USA, from 11-13 August 2015. Grillers Drew Battistelli and Susie Bulloch prepared hot dogs, half chickens, rib eye steaks, baked potatoes and grilled corn.
3516Haven ‘FunStar’ sets record during training for the holiday park’s new GWR Live! eventsAdam Kaufman (UK) - a member of holiday park company Haven’s ‘FunStars’ entertainment team - recently achieved a new world record during a training session for the brand's upcoming Guinness World Records-themed events, securing the title Fastest time to pass through 10 rubber rings in a rapid 27.60 seconds, at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park in Devon, UK.
3517Loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports eventSacramento Kings126 decibel(s) (A-weighted)United States, Sacramento,,Sleep Train Arena15 November 2013The loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports event was 126 dBA achieved by fans of the Sacramento Kings (USA) at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California, USA on 15 November 2013.The crowd at the Sleep Train Arena surpassed the previous record of 106.6 dBA during a timeout in the first quarter with a measurement of 119.7 dBA, and an attempt at halftime of 122.6 before a final attempt during the fourth quarter timeout. The game was against the Detroit Pistons.
3518Most rugby passes by a team in one hourMark Wells4,008 timesNew Zealand, Waipu27 February 2016The most rugby passes by a team in one hour is 4,008 and was achieved by Waipu Rugby Club (New Zealand), in Waipu, New Zealand, on 27 February 2016. 15 players from the Waipu Rugby Club completed the record as part of an event that saw World Cup winning Head Coach Sir Graham Henry visit the club.
3519Longest continuous ride standing on the seat of a motorcycleRatnesh Pandey32.3 kilometre(s)India, Indore05 December 2015The longest continuous ride standing on the seat of a motorcycle is 32.3 km (20 miles) and was achieved by Ratnesh Pandey (India), in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India on 5 December 2015. Ratnesh rode a Honda Unicorn for this attempt. As per the rules, he did not touch the handlebars at any time during his ride.
3520Largest skin cancer screeningKaiser Permanente, San Diego780 participantsUnited States, San Diego04 August 2011The largest skin cancer screening involved 780 participants and was achieved by Kaiser Permanente, San Diego (USA) in San Diego, California, USA, on 4 August 2011.Patients were screened individually and over 50 biopsies were performed at the event, with many more scheduled for future appointments.
3521Most people to complete CPR training in 24 hoursTaoyuan County Government20035 peopleChinese Taipei, Taoyuan,,Taoyuan County Stadium07 December 2012The most people to complete CPR training in 24 hours was 20,035 people achieved at an event organized by the Taoyuan County Government, Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei, on 7 December 2012
35221957: Oldest Ever F1 World ChampionNo other sport push both the limits of human reactions and the boundaries of engineering in quite the same way as Formula One.Arguably the greatest talent to ever bless the world of motor racing was Juan Manuel Fangio, an almost mythical figure who dominated F1 throughout the 1950s with a sense of style and charm coupled with a huge dose of courage.In seven full Formula One seasons he was World Champion five times —a record which stood for 46 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher - and runner-up twice.In the 51 championship Grand Prix races he took part in, he started from the front row 48 times (including 29 pole positions), notching up 23 fastest race laps en route to 35 podium finishes, 24 of which were victories.His achievements are made all the more impressive by the fact that most of his challengers on the track were young enough to be his sons, with many of his admiring rivals referring to him as 'The Old Man'.The son of an Italian immigrant who moved to Argentina at the turn of the century, Fangio was always fascinated by automobiles and began working in a garage at the tender age of just 11.For the next four decades he would split his time between working as a mechanic and racing archaic, almost self-built cars in grueling South American long distance races – a grounding that would later hold him in good stead for the rigors of Formula One.videoAfter World War II had ended – an occurrence that had stalled the careers of many race drivers, Fangio moved to Europe.Despite being a relative senior at the age of 38, he soon caught the eye while competing in several events and would eventually move on to the newly formed Formula 1 World Championship. The move allowed him to pit his skills in cutting edge vehicles against the world’s best drivers, which in turn saw his reputation grow to legendary status.He would go on to race for four of the most famous European manufacturers in an era where drivers raced with almost no protective equipment on circuits with no safety features.Winning his first world title for Ita­lia­n car maker Alfa Romeo in 1951 at the wheel of the Tipo 159 Alfetta, the following year saw Fan­gio suffer a serious accident during a pre-season event in Monza,Italy sidelining for the entirety of the campaign while he recovered from a career-threatening spine injury.Despite the severity of the injury, which would leave him with a permanently stiff upper torso, he was nevertheless well enough to return to the drivers seat for the 1953 Championship which saw him finish second overall driving the A6GCM for Mase­rati.A smooth transition when swapping teams mid-season the following year to Mercedes-Benz, saw him win eight out of twelve races to once again take the title, a feat he would repeat the following season.With Mercedes withdrawing from competition, Fangio then went on to join Ferrari for another championship winning season in 1957, this despite a tempestuous relationship with team owner Enzo Ferrari.His greatest accomplishment however was to come the next year.Having subjected himself to a demanding training programme in an effort to keep up his fitness levels in line with his younger rivals, the hard work was to pay off in grand style with a successful return with Maserati it what was to prove his final full F1 season.Driving the same iconic 250F he had driven during the 1954 season, he kicked off the new term with a mesmerizing hat-trick of wins in Argentina, Monaco and France.With two races remaining, going into the crucial German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring circuit Fangio needed six points to extend his Championship lead and claim an unprecedented fifth world title. It was to prove to be the race of his life.videoHaving started the race in pole position, and enjoying a 30 second lead, on the 13 th lap, disaster struck during a pit stop.A mechanic removing the rear left wheel on Fangio’s car let a wheel nut roll under the vehicle without noticing. Finding the stray nut took nearly half a minute, leaving Fangio trailing in third place by the time he rejoined the race - a full 48 seconds behind British drivers Mike Hawthorn, and Peter Collins.What followed was a showcase of a driver at the height of his powers.Over the next 10 laps, Fangio would break the course lap record a stunning nine times (seven of the records were in successive laps, taking an incredible 15.5 seconds off Hawthorn's lead in the first lap, then another 8.5 seconds in the next).Having eased past second placed Collins on the inside of the left corner at the ESSO Terrasse during the early stages of the 21 st lap, Fangio went in hot pursuit of Hawthorn, eventually cutting past him on the inside of a late corner, with only his right tires on the track and his left tires on the grass.It was a dramatic way to take the lead, but Fangio’s job was far from over, with the Argentine having to fight off a relentless Hawthorn who valiantly battled back as best he could, but who ultimately couldn’t stop the old master from taking the chequered flag.At 46 years and 41 days, Fangio had once again won the world title, making him the oldest Formula One world champion – a record that still stands to this day.The following year saw him abruptly retire after only two races into the 1958 season, before moving back to his beloved Argentina.Not long afterwards he hit the headlines in unexpected circumstances after being kidnapped in Cuba by members of Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement in a bid to draw attention to their cause. As was the case with just about everyone who met him, his captors were left charmed by Fangio and they released him unharmed.Frequently attending Formula 1 races in his later years, he remained a popular spokesman for the sport for many years and was regarded as an all-round champion because of the way he conducted himself outside of racing up until his death in 1995 at the age of 84.When once asked what makes a racer, he poignantly answered: “There are those who keep out of mischief, and there are the adventurers, ‘“We racing drivers are adventurers the more difficult something is, the greater the attraction that comes from it.”Recognised as a true gentleman on and off the track, Fangio proved an exception to the supposed rule that nice guys finish last.
3523PlayStation 4: Can Sony’s new console live up to its predecessor’s record-breaking legacy?After months of anticipation, Sony's next version of its hugely successful gaming console, the PlayStation 4, has gone on sale in the United States.Likened to a "supercharged PC", it boasts an eight-core x86 processor and has a new social feature which lets players share recorded gameplay clips with a press of a button from the console's controller. The new "Dualshock 4" controller also includes a touchpad, and a lightbar, which allows a separate camera to track player's movement in 3D for motion sensing games.videoMeanwhile, a new PlayStation Cloud service for the console will let players buy games online which can be played immediately as they download in the background.To mark the unveiling, here below we take a look at the record-breaking achievements of its predecessors.First video game console to ship 100 million unitsThe earliest video game console to ship 100 million units was the PlayStation. In May 2004 Sony announced that their first home video game entertainment system had sold 100 million units worldwide - the first console in history to do so. The figure includes sales for the PSOne, the smaller version which was launched in 2000.Best-selling computer games consoleWhatever the new device is that Sony unveil this evening, it will have to go a long way to match the success of the PlayStation 2.Released in 2000, manufacturing of the console only ceased this year, but sold over 153.6 million units (as of 21 November 2011), earning it a world record for the most units shifted for a video gaming device. The second best-selling console is the Nintendo DS, released in 2004. The DS overtook the PS2 in January 2011, when it registered 147 million sales, before losing ground.First game to sell over one million units for the PlayStationThe earliest PlayStation game to sell over one million units was Tekken, released for PlayStation in Japan in March 1995 - and the rest of the world in November of that year. Tekken remains one of the most successful fighting games of all time.First PlayStation 2 game to sell over 1 million unitsIt may come as a surprise to western gamers, but the first title to reach a similar feat for the PS2 was Capcom's Onimusha: Warlords, released on 25 January 2001.Created by some of the same team behind Resident Evil, the Warlords title was a phenomenal success when it launched alongside the then new console in Japan. The game, which was set in feudal Japan, surpassed the 1 million sales mark in that country in less than a month, and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. The Xbox port of the game, Genma: Onimusha, also has the distinction of being the first game Capcom released for a Microsoft platform, as it hit the Xbox on 28 January 2002.First console game to use a dual analog stick controllerTwin analog stick controllers such as the PlayStation's DualShock are now standard on most current-generation consoles (even the motion-sensing Wii offers one as an add-on), because they allow a level of precision that previous digital controllers simply couldn't live up to. The first console game to make exclusive use of a twin analog stick controller was the PlayStation 3D platformer Ape Escape, released by Sony on 31 May 1999. While earlier games supported both analog and digital controllers, Ape Escape was the first console title that would only function with the new and improved input method.First PlayStation 2 game to support online playThe earliest Playstation 2 game to allow online play was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, published by Activision, released in 2001. Unlike later online titles this could be done without the need for an adaptor, by using a standard USB connector and a dial-up connection.First video game console to support Blu-rayOne of the key selling points for the PS3 when it was released was its support for Blu-ray technology allowing for HD movies to be watched on the console, and larger capacity for data on game discs. Blu-ray uses a blue laser that has a shorter wavelength than conventional disks and readers, allowing more data to be stored. A single-layer Blu-ray can hold 25 GB while a double-layer disk can hold 50GB.First commercial use of the "Cell" processorThe earliest commercial use of the much-hyped Cell Engine was in the PlayStation 3. Described as a "breakthrough microprocessor" the Cell - designed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM - it was aimed at applications requiring 3Dgraphics and video in other words perfect for gaming.Best-selling karaoke game seriesThe PlayStation platform has also been a popular one for those sing as well as those who like to shoot things. The best-selling karaoke game series of all time is Sony's SingStar (2004-10). More than 22 million discs have been sold and over 15 million tracks have been downloaded from the series' online SingStore. To date, more than 1.5 million players have uploaded nearly 300,000 videos of their performances to the My SingStar Online service.Largest computing network for a games consoleThe largest computing network is the Folding@Home project. In March 2007 Stanford University and Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 was to join the Folding@Home project. This allows users to contribute the processing power of their machines to the scientific study of protein folding and associated diseases like Alzheimers. As of October 2007 more than 289,000 PlayStation 3 users have signed up, making this the largest and most powerful distributed computing project for a games console.First videogame with PS3 and PS Vita cross-playOne of the key features of Sony's most recent handheld device, the PS Vita, is its ability to enable owners to play head-to-head with PS3 owners on certain games. The first game to boast the feature was Wipeout HD on the PS3 which lets players take on Vita owners equipped with Wipeout 2048. Online, up to eight players can take part in the same game, whether they're clutching their PS3 controller or their PS Vita.Best-selling PlayStation Vita videogameWhen Sony needed a star for its PS Vita launch, it was Uncharted: Golden Abyss to the rescue. Developed under the watchful eye of creators Naughty Dog, the spin-off debuted with the PS Vita in Japan on 17 December 2011. As of August 2012, the fourth entry in the Uncharted saga had sold 580,000 copies worldwide, firmly cementing Nathan Drake as PS Vita's leading man.Most expensive PlayStation 3 game sold at auctionThe most expensive PlayStation 3 game sold at auction was a factory sealed copy of NBA Elite 11 (EA, 2011) which fetched a price of $1,500 (£915), and was sold by Damian Fraimorice (Israel) to a buyer in the USA on 2 August 2011.NBA Elite 11 is a rarity because its retail release was cancelled after it had gone into full production: the publisher, EA, pulled the game over 'polish concerns'. The factory-sealed box sold by Damian Fraimorice is one of only 10 mint condition sealed copies known to exist.
3524PlayStation 4: Can Sony’s new console live up to its predecessor’s record-breaking legacy?After months of anticipation, Sony's next version of its hugely successful gaming console, the PlayStation 4, has gone on sale in the United States.Likened to a "supercharged PC", it boasts an eight-core x86 processor and has a new social feature which lets players share recorded gameplay clips with a press of a button from the console's controller. The new "Dualshock 4" controller also includes a touchpad, and a lightbar, which allows a separate camera to track player's movement in 3D for motion sensing games.videoMeanwhile, a new PlayStation Cloud service for the console will let players buy games online which can be played immediately as they download in the background.To mark the unveiling, here below we take a look at the record-breaking achievements of its predecessors.First video game console to ship 100 million unitsThe earliest video game console to ship 100 million units was the PlayStation. In May 2004 Sony announced that their first home video game entertainment system had sold 100 million units worldwide - the first console in history to do so. The figure includes sales for the PSOne, the smaller version which was launched in 2000.Best-selling computer games consoleWhatever the new device is that Sony unveil this evening, it will have to go a long way to match the success of the PlayStation 2.Released in 2000, manufacturing of the console only ceased this year, but sold over 153.6 million units (as of 21 November 2011), earning it a world record for the most units shifted for a video gaming device. The second best-selling console is the Nintendo DS, released in 2004. The DS overtook the PS2 in January 2011, when it registered 147 million sales, before losing ground.First game to sell over one million units for the PlayStationThe earliest PlayStation game to sell over one million units was Tekken, released for PlayStation in Japan in March 1995 - and the rest of the world in November of that year. Tekken remains one of the most successful fighting games of all time.First PlayStation 2 game to sell over 1 million unitsIt may come as a surprise to western gamers, but the first title to reach a similar feat for the PS2 was Capcom's Onimusha: Warlords, released on 25 January 2001.Created by some of the same team behind Resident Evil, the Warlords title was a phenomenal success when it launched alongside the then new console in Japan. The game, which was set in feudal Japan, surpassed the 1 million sales mark in that country in less than a month, and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. The Xbox port of the game, Genma: Onimusha, also has the distinction of being the first game Capcom released for a Microsoft platform, as it hit the Xbox on 28 January 2002.First console game to use a dual analog stick controllerTwin analog stick controllers such as the PlayStation's DualShock are now standard on most current-generation consoles (even the motion-sensing Wii offers one as an add-on), because they allow a level of precision that previous digital controllers simply couldn't live up to. The first console game to make exclusive use of a twin analog stick controller was the PlayStation 3D platformer Ape Escape, released by Sony on 31 May 1999. While earlier games supported both analog and digital controllers, Ape Escape was the first console title that would only function with the new and improved input method.First PlayStation 2 game to support online playThe earliest Playstation 2 game to allow online play was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, published by Activision, released in 2001. Unlike later online titles this could be done without the need for an adaptor, by using a standard USB connector and a dial-up connection.First video game console to support Blu-rayOne of the key selling points for the PS3 when it was released was its support for Blu-ray technology allowing for HD movies to be watched on the console, and larger capacity for data on game discs. Blu-ray uses a blue laser that has a shorter wavelength than conventional disks and readers, allowing more data to be stored. A single-layer Blu-ray can hold 25 GB while a double-layer disk can hold 50GB.First commercial use of the "Cell" processorThe earliest commercial use of the much-hyped Cell Engine was in the PlayStation 3. Described as a "breakthrough microprocessor" the Cell - designed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM - it was aimed at applications requiring 3Dgraphics and video in other words perfect for gaming.Best-selling karaoke game seriesThe PlayStation platform has also been a popular one for those sing as well as those who like to shoot things. The best-selling karaoke game series of all time is Sony's SingStar (2004-10). More than 22 million discs have been sold and over 15 million tracks have been downloaded from the series' online SingStore. To date, more than 1.5 million players have uploaded nearly 300,000 videos of their performances to the My SingStar Online service.Largest computing network for a games consoleThe largest computing network is the Folding@Home project. In March 2007 Stanford University and Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 was to join the Folding@Home project. This allows users to contribute the processing power of their machines to the scientific study of protein folding and associated diseases like Alzheimers. As of October 2007 more than 289,000 PlayStation 3 users have signed up, making this the largest and most powerful distributed computing project for a games console.First videogame with PS3 and PS Vita cross-playOne of the key features of Sony's most recent handheld device, the PS Vita, is its ability to enable owners to play head-to-head with PS3 owners on certain games. The first game to boast the feature was Wipeout HD on the PS3 which lets players take on Vita owners equipped with Wipeout 2048. Online, up to eight players can take part in the same game, whether they're clutching their PS3 controller or their PS Vita.Best-selling PlayStation Vita videogameWhen Sony needed a star for its PS Vita launch, it was Uncharted: Golden Abyss to the rescue. Developed under the watchful eye of creators Naughty Dog, the spin-off debuted with the PS Vita in Japan on 17 December 2011. As of August 2012, the fourth entry in the Uncharted saga had sold 580,000 copies worldwide, firmly cementing Nathan Drake as PS Vita's leading man.Most expensive PlayStation 3 game sold at auctionThe most expensive PlayStation 3 game sold at auction was a factory sealed copy of NBA Elite 11 (EA, 2011) which fetched a price of $1,500 (£915), and was sold by Damian Fraimorice (Israel) to a buyer in the USA on 2 August 2011.NBA Elite 11 is a rarity because its retail release was cancelled after it had gone into full production: the publisher, EA, pulled the game over 'polish concerns'. The factory-sealed box sold by Damian Fraimorice is one of only 10 mint condition sealed copies known to exist.* Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2014 is out now to buy. Bursting with news and views from the gaming world, alongside the latest and very best records relating to the world's most popular titles, its the ultimate guide to videogames. Find out more here.
35252010: Highest Score on Guitar Hero III by a Female Gamer
3526Allan Ganz breaks record for longest career as an ice cream manEveryone's familiar with the sound.It's summertime and the sun's out. Maybe you're a kid running through the sprinkler, maybe there's a neighborhood game of kickball going on. Maybe you're just on the porch, having a chat with a friend.Then you hear it. And like moths to a flame, you're drawn. Choco Taco? Firecracker? Chipwich? So many choices! Yes, that melody hits your ears from the truck passing on by and you know: the ice cream man has arrived.And for 67 years, the ice cream man in the greater Boston area has been Allan Ganz. Now, he can lay claim to being the most unique of his kind in the world, having broken the record for the longest career as an ice cream man.Allan joined his father's ice cream truck and starting selling with his dad at the age of 10 in 1947. Then, they sold in the cities of Everett and Malden, Massachusetts, each right outside Boston. Ganz continued working with his dad until he was 19. After a 22-month stint in the armed forces, he returned to selling with his dad and hasn't stopped serving since."My fondest memory," Allan told the Salem News, "is just being healthy enough to make these kids happy and put a smile on their face.In 1977, Allan bought his own truck and has since relocated to the town of Peabody, about 20 miles northeast of Boston. His typical season runs from April to October, and the dedication is high.On a regular week during the school year, Allan will leave the house at 5:30 a.m. to go pick up his ice cream orders and stock the truck twice a week, a process that can take up to 3 hours. He'll often head out to sell around 1:45 p.m. each day while local schools are in session, to be ready when students are dismissed for the day.When school's out in the summer, Allan will hit the road at 11 a.m. and operate his route until 8:30 at night. His popularity has spawned appearances on The Food Network, numerous profiles in local media, and even a fan-created Facebook group page called Fans of Allan the Ice Cream Man, which boasts more than 1,000 members.As a truly neighborhood institution, Allan has estimated in the past that he knows up to 90% of his customers by name and has even opened "credit" accounts where parents will give him a certain amount of money and allow their children repeat visits until that credit runs out.Now 76 years old, Allan shows no signs of slowing down. He has to look no further than his father for continued career inspiration, as Ganz the elder sold ice cream until he turned 86."My father would take me by the hand to see the ice cream man," says Peabody resident Amy Lyn Blake. "My son is now a teenager and when he hears that song, he grabs his allowance and heads out to see Allan. ...Allan Ganza has been a part of my family for three generations. He will forever be 'The Ice Cream Man!'"The 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition of the Guinness World Records book is out now! Find out all about it and see record holders like the longest tongue at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2015And for the latest on all things world record, visit Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our brand-new Instagram. Plus check out Guinness World Records on YouTube to subscribe for the latest record-breaking videos!
3527Breaking Bad returns, Dota 2 team wins $1.43m and Blackberry to be sold? – News in world recordsThe record breakers in the news todayLast night marked the return to US TV screens of cancer-stricken teacher-turned-criminal Walter White and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman for the first episode of the final run of Breaking Bad.One of the most eagerly anticipated TV drama climaxes in recent memory, the AMC show which first began airing in 2008, has the distinction of holding the Guinness World Records title for highest-rated TV series (current), having garnered a metacritic.com score of 99 out of 100 for its fifth season.The show stars Bryan Cranston as White, a high-school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung-cancer who undergoes a midlife crisis and turns to drug dealing.To the world of video games, where a Swedish e-sports team have won $1.43m (£924,000) after emerging victorious at a Dota 2 tournament.The final in Seattle was a tight affair, with the eventual winners Alliance securing victory after destroying the base of runners-up, Na'Vi from Ukraine, in the final game of a best-of-five challenge.Guinness World Records is currently awaiting evidence before confirming if this has set a new record for largest single eSports prize – a record that is currently held by 2012’s The International, a DotA 2 championship organized by developers Valve which had a winner’s prize pot of $1 million (£630,000).Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has put itself up for sale in a bid to turn around its business.The Canadian company, which has seen a slow take up of its new Blackberry 10 operating system, has formed a special board committee to examine its options.The world’s biggest-selling mobile phone remains the basic-but-tough Nokia 1100, launched in 2003 and known by its developers simply as ‘The Penny’, has shipped more than 250 million units.That puts it far ahead of its nearest rivals, Nokia’s own 3210/3310 (released in 1999) and the Motorola RAZR V3 (launched in 2004). Cheap, robust and widely available, the Nokia 1100 came just at the right time to catch the communications revolution across the developing world – particularly in India. Such success is, however, no guarantee of continued momentum. In a similar fall from grace to Blackberry, by 2012, and for the first time in a decade, Nokia had dropped out of the top five smartphone makers in the world.Finally Mel Gibson has been confirmed to play the villain in movie sequel 'The Expendables 3'.Antonio Banderas has also signed up for Sylvester Stallone's crack group of veteran action stars, and will star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Harrison Ford, with shooting due to start soon.Stallone’s Rocky franchise, running from Rocky (21 November 1976) to Rocky Balboa (20 December 2006), stands as the most successful sports movie franchise, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six installments.
3528Hathaway teams up with Nolan again, super-fast Mars mission, and new iPad’s summer production run – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayOscar-winner Anne Hathaway looks set to join the cast of Christopher Nolan's new sci-fi space adventure movie, Interstellar.Hathaway, who starred as Catwoman in Nolan's final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, is in talks to take an unspecified role in the film which centres around a group of space explorers who travel through a time wormhole.The Dark Knight Rises (USA/UK, 2012), the third Batman movie to be directed by Christopher Nolan (UK), grossed $160,887,295 (£103.9 million) in its opening weekend of 20–22 July 2012, setting a record for the highest box office film gross (2D).A research team at the University of Washington has received funding from NASA to build a super-fast rocket that could get astronauts to Mars in just 30 days.The project will use fusion technology to power the rocket up to speeds of 200,000mph.Missions to the Red Planet currently involve a four year round trip. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/University-of-Washington-scientists-developing-Mars-rocket-202245751.htmlThe USSR Mars 2 and Mars 3 missions were the first spacecraft to reach the surface of Mars, in 1971. We have yet to see a successful sample return mission, but the first visit by humans should happen within the next few decades.Reports have emerged today that Apple is to begin production of a fifth-generation iPad in August this year.According to a report on Taiwanese tech industry website DigiTimes, the new version will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, with a streamlined bezel design simila to that of the iPad mini, with a display supplied by LG Display and Sharp.The fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad is 3.14 seconds, achieved by Chase Samuel (Canada) in Osler, Saskatchewan, Canada, on 22 February 2013.Finally, cult classic British sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy TV network, it has been announced.The original series, which ran on the BBC between 1978 and 1981, followed the exploits of a group of renegades and convicted criminals who escape a prison planet after stealing a spaceship.Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell is on board for the remake, with the 13 hour-long episodes written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski.The original show was written by Terry Nation, a regular writer for Doctor Who who created up the Daleks.Rob Hull (UK) holds the world record for the largest collection of Daleks with over 571 examples of the Doctor’s arch nemeses, despite not being a fan of the show.Rob’s collection includes several rare pieces as well as a full-size working model.
3529Farewell Frank and Louie - world's longest surviving Janus cat passes away
3530The Yankees Join Manchester City, Candy Says Candy is Healthy, and Waitress Receives a $1,000 tip - The News in World RecordsTwo of the most well-known sports franchises in the world joined forces Tuesday, as the New York Yankees and Manchester City announced they would partner to form the newest addition to Major League Soccer: New York City F.C.The new club will begin play in 2015, with Man City as primary owners and Yankees brass helping get the effort off the ground. The Yankees are often considered the Manchester United of American sports and vice-versa, so it's a bit weird to see the Pinstripes partner with Manchester City on the venture. But still, Man City did well to link with the Yankees, who own the most World Series titles (27) and surely will know a thing or two about getting a successful franchise launched.In other big sports news today, golfers like Adam Scott and Ernie Els will soon need to adjust their short games: the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association voted to outlaw the "anchoring" of putters against the body in competition, starting in 2016. The use of so-called "belly" putters isn't banned itself, just the action of propping the putter against the body for control.This will also hold true for any Guinness World Records attempts from everyday golfers, as GWR rules stipulate all golf attempts must follow the rules of the R&A and USGA. So those of you hoping to top Richard Lewis' record1,000 golf holes played in one year will need to get your putting game ready.Ever had a great experience at a restaurant and decided to leave a little extra for a tip? We bet it was nothing like this: one woman's Tumblr recently posted a photo of a tip her mother received after waiting on a patron -- a $60.42 meal accompanied by a $1,000 tip. A handwritten note on the receipt instructed the waitress to use the money to enjoy Italy. Maybe while she's there, she can grab a small taste of the largest polenta ever made. That was in Pianello di Cagli and weighed 3,560 kg (7,848 lbs), produced in June of last year.Lastly, facts are facts but sometimes you need to consider the source. Take the announcement from the National Confectioners Association stating that their studies revealed candy consumption having no associated risk for obesity, diabetes, or other health issues.So, taking a few hundred bites of the largest chocolate bar (weighing 5,792.50 kg/12,770 lb 4.48 oz) wouldn't do anything to add inches to my waistline? Potential ignorance never tasted so sweet!
3531Guinness World Records: Gone Wild! Episode 5 PreviewOnly two episodes remain of the exciting hit new show, "Guinness World Records: Gone Wild!" But some of the most interesting and unique record attempts have been saved for last, including this week's episode.Most of the attempts we've witnessed this season have featured individuals competing against a lot of things - chief among them: time, pain, fear.But this week, we'll see a couple of attempts with people competing…against each other.This includes a chance at the most mousetraps released on the tongue in one minute, which will see three competitors vying to submit themselves to quite a painful threshold to earn a record!Photo courtesy truTVSpeaking of self-inflicted pain, another of the episode's attempts comes straight from the movies - more specifically like something out of "Road House." One man will try to smash the most breakaway bottles over his own head in 30 seconds. Dalton would be proud!Another competitive effort will see a group of racers seeing who can run the fastest 50-meter dash. Sound simple enough? Maybe, until you consider that the group will consist entirely of men, who will be sprinting to the finish line in high heels. Definitely not the kind of preparation you're used to seeing from the Olympics.Photo courtesy truTVIn one of the more unique and longstanding record categories in the Guinness World Records library, also keep an eye for an attempt at the most times to jump into a pair of underpants in one minute. This record has been attempted 11 times since it was first set more than 11 years ago, but nobody has been able to break it in more than a decade.We'll also see a chance at redemption for one record holder. In the season's very first episode, Christopher Schewe (a.k.a. "Shoenice") failed at a chance for the fastest time to eat 20 lit birthday candles. Thursday, he makes a return to see if second chances favor the persistent.Photo courtesy truTVAnd we'll end the episode on a lighter note, literally. One man will attempt the highest jump into a pile of marshmallows, with more than 100,000 puffy treats ready to cushion a fall from more than 25 feet.Enjoy these amazing record attempters while you can - soon the season will close and there will be nothing else quite like them!As always, make sure to follow along as we live tweet the action on @GWR and to talk about all your favorite records at facebook.com/GuinnessWorldRecords. Then come right back here on Friday for a full recap."Guinness World Records Gone Wild!" airs Thursdays in the U.S. at 8 ET/PT on truTV.
3532GWR Challengers: recapping the month in try-this-at-home recordsHello friends! It's Annie again, your Community Manager at Guinness World Records Challengers. Hope everyone is ready for the latest news from the world of at-home record breaking!We would like to feature the wonderful world of food records this month. Here at Guinness World Records, we are lucky to have a chance to witness the diversity of challengers around the world attempting records. A good food culture brings together a diverse community of people! It is that same diversity that we want here at Challengers.We hope to get more suggestions for new types of food records that anyone around the world can attempt in their own homes. So take a look at the some of records we have currently and feel free to make suggestions for new food records that we can share with everyone around the world!Fastest time to eat a jam doughnut with no handsIt is very difficult to avoid a sticky situation with this challenge because of the strict rules. However, Philip Joseph Santoro did an amazing job! And, he introduced to the Challengers community an attempt filmed through Google Glass! Let’s see how Philip no-handedly breaks the world record:videoMost cocktail sticks inserted into a Gelatin Sweet in 30 SecondsThis record takes speed and accuracy. Are you able to beat this gal's fast moves?Most creme eggs eaten in one minutePlease welcome back Pete Czerwinski (aka "Furious Pete") back to the Challengers community! We are excited to see more of Pete's attempts on Challengers in the future. How fast will your attempt be? Can you beat the famed competitive eater? CLASSIC CHALLENGESWe are still in a very egg-cellent mood here even though Easter is over. So let's continue the spring holiday celebration by breaking more eggs! Well breaking more egg records, that is. Again, these are a few records on Challengers that we noticed have not been attempted or broken in quite a long time. We hope to showcase some of these challenges to encourage new and old Challengers to step up to the plate and attempt to break the current world record!Fastest time to shell a boiled eggIt has been a few years since anyone has tried to beat Sylvio's fast fingers in this challenge! Take a look and try it out:videoMost eggs held in the hand in one minuteAlthough we have not had any current approved record holders for this challenge, these challengers have balancing skills that can some day put them at the top of the egg pile! Hopefully, we can have a new record holder soon for this challenge:videoFastest time to eat three pickled eggsWe are tickled by these pickled eggs. Kyle Thomas Moyer has a fast chewing method in this attempt and it is a fast time to beat! Check it out:videoThat’s it for now. See you guys next month, but hopefully I see you directly on Challengers first!Challengers is our free and fast online record-breaking platform, where anyone can make a world record attempt at home, and share their video of it with the world, potentially even earning themselves an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate! Learn how to use the site here.
3533Guinness World Records Gone Wild! Episode 2 RecapLast week's debut episode of "Guinness World Records Gone Wild!" certainly brought us some interesting characters and record attempts.But while that show relied mostly on individuals with unique talents or who were able to tolerate pain, this week's showing brought us a few individuals who downright toed the line between danger and insanity - all of which made for some great watching!Most melons sliced on the stomach in one minuteWe wasted no time getting into a perilous situation with the first attempt of the night. Sinn Bodhi, who's spent much of his life wielding a sword, attempted to slice watermelons clean in two on the bare stomach of his volunteer Hunter.The trick here, of course, was to slice the melons strongly enough that they would split but gently enough to - well - to not turn poor Hunter's insides into fruit salad.Unfortunately, Bodhi failed to slice enough melons completely in half to hit the record total of 27. Fortunately, Hunter escaped with nary a scratch.Most live cockroaches held in the mouthAnytime a participant says he threw up a few times while practicing his record, you know you're in for a good attempt.In this case, it was zookeeper Sean Murphy attempting to keep the most live cockroaches in his mouth at once. Using what was described as the "pouch technique" - aka placing the cockroaches on the inside pouches of the cheek first - Murphy blew past the previous mark of 16 with a new record 21 live cockroaches held in the mouth. Watching official adjudicator Stuart Claxton count the living bugs by hand to ensure they were all still alive was a fun reminder that working for Guinness World Records is definitely not a normal day job. If you have the stomach for it, check out the attempt.videoFatigue set inThe middle of the episode brought us two participants who needed all of their energy stores to complete their attempts. Chris Poli set out to kick the most objects off of people's heads in a minute (choosing cardboard popcorn containers) while Becca Swanson aimed to throw the most domestic appliances in one minute by a female (choosing 75 lb/34 kg refrigerators).Unfortunately, both attempts fell short, as each participant understandably succumbed to fatigue after great starts at their respective attempts and fell short of their target numbers. Watch as Swanson tried getting the best of some fridges.videoMost nuts crushed by sitting down in one minuteThe jokes and puns were easy to make for this record, as Rod Edmondson channeled his human nutcracker. But once the attempt started, we saw it was no laughing matter.Edmonson attacked the walnuts by essentially crab-walking and squatting to the floor repeatedly for 60 seconds. His goal? At least 76 nuts. The catch? Each one had to be crushed individually and separately. And that is where Edmonson met his failure.It was first announced that he crushed open 82 walnuts. But after checking various slow-motion replays, it was deemed that Edmonson only cracked 75 of them according to the guidelines, one short of tying the record. Nutcracking turned heartbreaking.Most arrows caught blindfolded in two minutesA fan favorite record attempt, and why not? Watching somebody try to pluck shooting arrows out of the sky blindfolded is something out of a comic book movie or The Matrix.As pointed out by the attempting brothers Brandon and Tyler Burke, the key here was to listen for the whooshing sound of the arrow and attempting to time the catch to the sound. The timing wasn't right on this night, though, as the brothers needed four catches and only managed three.One thought to consider - how did the brothers decide who would get to shoot the arrows and who would catch them? Seems like one role is a bit preferable to the other.Highest shallow diveTonight's main event saw longtime record holder Darren Taylor, aka "Professor Splash," attempt to break a record in a category he has owned for nearly a decade.The highest shallow dive requires its attempter to jump from as high as possible into a pool of water no more than 12 inches deep. Taylor has mastered the technique, first breaking the record in 2005. Since then, he had incrementally increased his own height 16 times.On "Gone Wild!" though, he really ratcheted up the anxiety. In his last three successful attempts at the record, Taylor had only increased the number by a combined 3.54 inches. In this episode, he was looking to add another 5-plus inches on this attempt alone. As usual, it was a "splashing" success, you might say, for one of GWR's evermore iconic record holders - a new record of 37 feet, 2 inches.Melons were sliced, arrows were caught, refrigerators were thrown - I'm not sure how next week's episode can top this, but I have a feeling we're in store for a lot of the same great attempts, so be sure not to miss out."Guinness World Records Gone Wild!" airs Thursdays at 8 ET/PT on truTV.Interested in attempting a world record in a future episode? Let us know here.
3534Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar honoured as part of Guinness World Records 60th anniversary celebrations
3535New Xbox: Can Microsoft’s next-gen console live up to its record-breaking predecessor?Microsoft is today set to unveil the much anticipated next version of its hugely successful Xbox console at an event in Seattle.Speculated to be called either the Xbox 720 or Infinity, rumours suggest that the next-generation games machine will feature an eight-core processor, 8GB of memory , a Blu-ray drive an improved Kinect motion controller and Illumiroom - a projector which throw a huge additional image across the wall surrounding the TV.To mark the unveiling, here below we take a look at the record-breaking achievements of its predecessors.Introduced in 2001, the original Xbox was the first games console to feature built-in ethernet (for online play) as standard.Although the Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2 supported online play, they both required additional hardware to connect to a modem or router.The original Xbox was also the first video game console with an internal hard drive. Similar to those in a PC, the device featured a standard 3.5-inch drive, with a speed of 5,400 RPM and 8GB of storage. This meant that a separate memory card for saving games was unnecessary.As well as saved games, the hard drive was used for content downloaded from Xbox Live, as well as being used as a disk cache for games, allowing faster loading times.The best-selling video game on Xbox was Halo 2 (Microsoft, 2004) which sold 6.3 million units.The Xbox was succeeded in 2005 with the Xbox 360. The first million-selling videogame for Xbox 360 was one of the console’s launch titles - Call of Duty 2 in 2005. It served as a precursor to the success of the first-person-shooter series which would prove to be one of the most successful franchises on the console. Within 16 days of release on 8 November 2011, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward, 2011) became the fastest videogame to gross $1 billion (£641.6 million).Since November 2008, gamers have been able to have their own avatar to represent them on Xbox Live. The little characters can be used as players in a number of games, and users can buy apparel and props to customize their avatar and update its appearance. According to xbox.com, the best-selling avatar item in the Xbox Live marketplace is the Night Vision Goggles from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for both male and female avatars, which costs 240 MS points – that’s £2 ($3) in real money.Over five years after the launch of the Xbox 360, Microsoft released the Kinect sensor on 4 November 2010. By 3 January 2011, the add-on had sold 8 million units – an average of 133,333 a day, making it the fastest-selling videogames peripheral.At a whopping $1,242 (£773), the Swarovski crystal-encrusted Kinect designed by PlayBling is the most valuable Kinect sensor. Inspired by pop star Kylie Minogue's 2011 European tour, it was available exclusively as a prize to the winner of a competition organized to promote the Kinect title Dance Central.Known as the definitive source of review scores in Japan, weekly magazine Famitsu gave the Xbox 360 version of fighting game Bayonetta a perfect 40/40 score – setting a record for the highest Xbox 360 Famitsu score. The magazine has only given 15 games a perfect score, and of those 15 Bayonetta was the first Xbox 360 game.The 360 also holds the record for the longest video game console warranty. The infamous "Red Ring of Death" (otherwise known as total hardware failure) that plagued many Xbox owners forced Microsoft to extend the warranty of the Xbox 360 to three years longer than any other gaming device.The most expensive Xbox 360 game sold at auction is a copy of Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition, by sold by Damian Fraimorice (Israel) for $2,999.00 (£1,865) to a buyer in New York, USA, on 2 February 2011.Only 1,000 copies of the Ultra Limited Edition of Dead Space were manufactured. In addition to a copy of the game, the box includes a bonus DVD, an exclusive lithograph illustrated and signed by Ben Templesmith (the artist on the Dead Space comic book), a 97 page Dead Space art book written and illustrated by the development team, a 160-page graphic novel and a patch bearing the insignia of the game's spaceship, the USG Ishimura.
3536Guinness World Records: Gone Wild! Episode 5 RecapThe latest episode of "Guinness World Records: Gone Wild!" had something for everyone. Records that tested the pain threshold. Attempts that made you laugh. Even a second chance for a disqualified record holder from earlier this season.Time to recap all of the action for those who missed it!Most mousetraps released on the tongue in one minuteOuch.That's the only word to properly describe what viewers witnessed in this record attempt. Aiming to break the existing mark of 40, two attempters not only had to stare down history. They also had to do so in front of the reigning world record holder, Sweet Pepper Klopek, who was in attendance to watch.After neither man challenged the number, Klopek himself surprised the crowd and took aim at his own throne. The result? Watch here for yourself if you aren't too busy wincing, that is.videoMost sugar glass bottles broken over the head in 30 secondsNext we were introduced to Thomas Stefanik, who brough a record attempt straight from a movie bar scene.His task was to smash sugar glass bottles (aka, much easier to smash and breakable than real glass) on the head. This proved trickier than anticipated, when replay showed that Stefanik broke a couple bottle with his hands before they even touched his head.Still, Stefanik used his double-fisting technique and endured enough smashing shards on his shaved head to escape with a new record 72 bottles smashed.Track of TearsOur next two attempts took place on the Guinness World Records Arena outdoor track. Unfortunately, both attempts failed, despite being two of the more entertaing events to watch all night.A group of four raced to complete the fastest 50 meters doing "the worm," taking all those in attendance back to the early '90s. Only two of the four finished, though, and the fastest competitor needed 1 min 39 sec to finish the course, 40 seconds off of record time.Also on the track: five men racing on foot. Which sounds pretty straightforward, until we saw the five men would be racing in high heels. Certainly like no other race many have seen before.videoMost times to jump into a pair of underpants in one minuteSpeaking of using articles of clothing for some unintended purposes, Brandy Goddard then brought a lucky pair of underpants to the arena. To be used. By jumping into and out of them as many times as possible in one minute.With the constant full-body exertion required, this record has long proven taxing for even the most ardent attempters. Originally set in April of 2001, the number of 27 had stood for more than a decade before Goddard gave it her shot.In a heartbreakingly close finish, she fell just one jump shy with her 26 leaps. One of the more difficult records in the GWR library lives for another day.Second Chance for ShoeniceArdent "Gone Wild!" fans certainly remember Christopher Schewe, a.k.a. "Shoenice," who appeared in the season's first episode. Shoenice successfully ate 20 lit birthday candles in a sub-2 minute time for a world record then, but was disqualified for eating multiple candles at once. The rules allow only one candle to enter the mouth at a time.Wanting to prove his talent was no fluke, Shoenice altered technique, had the candles held in a cake so as to avoid sticking together, and extinguished the record with a blistering time of 1 min 12 sec. In this case, only second time was the charm.Photo courtesy truTVHighest jump into marshmallowsThe evening closed with the latest in a series of death-defying stunts this season. Brent Steffensen climbed. And climbed. And kept climbing. By the time he finished, he stood on a platform 28 ft 10.75 in (8.8 m) high, staring down at an inflatable pool filled with more than 100,000 marshmallows.Now, "death-defying" and "marshmallows" don't make as much sense together as, say, "chocolate," "graham crackers," and "marshmallows." But this was no joke. Steffensen planned on jumping nearly three stories, completing a full forward somersault before landing on the soft, inviting surface below.Navigating the nearly 30 feet of danger in between, though, Steffensen made it look graceful and easy. He raised a triumphant fist in the air and brought another exciting episode to a thrilling close, breaking the previous record by more than a foot.It's been an incredible season of record attempts and next week sees the season finale upon us. Not sure how what we've seen so far can possibly be topped, but you can bet some of the craziest records yet have been saved for last.Guinness World Records: Gone Wild! airs Thursdays at 8 ET/PT on truTV.Interested in attempting a world record in a future episode? Let us know here.
3537Focus on India: Super-sized sweets and motorcycle yogaOur regular round-up of recent record-breaking achievements from the region.We start this installment of our round-up of all things Indian and record-breaking on two-wheels and the remarkable story of Arcot Naga Raj.The 36-year-old gave up his job as a senior estimator in the UAE to come back to his hometown Hyderabad and follow his dream of setting a cycling endurance world record last year.Covering an astonishing 14,198 kilometers on a bicycle Arcot travelled through more than 900 villages, towns and cities in 19 states over the course of over four months to set a new world record for longest journey by bicycle in a single country.It took Mr. Naga Raj over 762 riding hours (135 days in total), averaging 105 km (65.24 miles) per day to complete his adventure.Speaking to the New India Express about why he took on the challenge of the trek, Arcot said: “Right from my teenage years, I wanted to travel alone on bicycle, but I got a job. Though the job was comfortable I wanted to do something more in life, something which makes me happy. So I quit in August 2012, came back to Hyderabad without a plan and in 15 days, figured out that bicycling was an option which allowed me a close look at places.” “I went ahead and bought a bicycle, trained myself physically and mentally. I started this journey”.He added: “I wanted to send a message to the world that Indians have high levels of physical endurance. I was asked to cover 2500 kilometers to claim the record. But I felt it would be easy for others to break it. And so, I covered more than 14,000 kilometers.”Sticking with the two-wheeled theme, here’s Bharat Sinh Parmar and his rather spectacular set of wheels.Taking the Guinness World Records title for longest motorcycle, you can watch Bharat take the 26.29 m (86 ft 3 in) bike out on the roads of Jamnagar City in the video below. Sadly the clip doesn’t show how well it handles corners.videoFrom four wheels, to two feet in reverse and a successful record attempt for the largest backwards walk.Organised by Prestige Institute of Management and Research (India) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, a huge crowd of 1,107 participants marched in the opposite direction back in February as part of the institute’s annual entrepreneurship week.videoThe Lavasa Women's Drive, a regulation rally held on two separate courses between Mumbai and Lavasa, and Pune and Lavasa took place back in February – an event which set a new record for most female participants in a motor sports event with a total of 935 participants.Organised by The Times of India and Lavasa Corporation Ltd, the event saw driver Hemal Yogesh Sawant and co-driver Meera Parmeshwaran Warrier finish the Mumbai - Lavasa route in first, while the winners of the Pune - Lavasa route were Anaheeta Sidwa and co-driver Latha Santosh. The drive is an annual affair held in the aid of women's cancer awareness.Laddu are ball-shaped sweets popular in India, made from flour and sugar and a variety of other ingredients depending on the recipe.Ratified by Guinness World Records earlier this year as weighing 7,132.87 kg (15,725 lb 4.64 oz), S. Venkateswara Rao, owner of Sri Bhaktanjaneya Sweets from Tapeswaram, Andhra Pradesh created this dentist’s nightmare - a super-size version of the treat which also featured ghee, candy rock chips, cashews, and almonds setting a record for largest laddu.The practice of Yoga has its origins firmly entrenched in Indian tradition, so it was more than a little appropriate to see the record for largest yoga class - multi venue claimed earlier this year for an event that took place across large parts of the nation.A record setting 62,824 participants took part in the successful attempt organised by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, President of Shanthivana Trust, which took place in 47 locations across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts of Karnataka State.We end this instalment of our round-up with anther incredible two-wheeled feat, this time from the extraordinary yoga practitioner and stuntman Abhayjit Mehlawat. If you thought holding a plank pose was difficult enough, then try performing one while on a moving motorbike.Abhayjit, pictured at the top of the page, took the title for most consecutive yoga positions on a motorcycle, after managing 50 different poses while riding the vehicle during a recent attempt in Jabalpur.To cap it all, Abhayjit managed to cover a total distance of 5 km (3.1 miles) during his routine and somehow managed to include an amazing 10 reverse positions for the attempt.You can watch him in action in the footage below.videoThat’s all for now, but stay tuned to GuinnessWorldRecords.com for more incredible feats from India.
3538Panasonic’s Mitsutoshi Shigeta: How attempting a world record was a challenge towards making battery history
3539Fan Choice Record of the Week: June 7If we learned one thing this week, it's that you can have your studenterbrød and eat it too.Congratulations to Team Benns A/C and Tanges Bakery (both Denmark), who secured 56.25% of last week's vote with their 313 kg (690 lb) largest studenterbrød cake to win the Fan Choice. It was the first time this year the fan's chose a foodstuff as their favorite achievement. This culinary accomplishment will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. From a long towel chain to a lot of stamps, we've got it all. We start, though, by trolling for votes.LARGEST COLLECTION OF TROLLS (pictured above)Record: 1,754 unique troll itemsHolder: Ray Dyson (Canada)Location: Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaThat's not all: Dyson says he began his collection in 2002 after being told he resembled the famous troll dolls. He keeps the collection in his home and actually owns more than 4,000 items, but record guidelines stipulate only unique items can be counted. LONGEST HUMAN TOWEL CHAINRecord: 261 participantsHolder: Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WALocation: Perth, AustraliaThat's not all: The attempt was made to celebrate World Plumbing Day and bring awareness to the profession. Only fabric bath towels or beach towels were permitted, with Person A holding a towel end, Person B holding the other end in one hand and holding a new towel in the other hand, and so on to Person C and beyond.LARGEST STAMP COLLECTION - FIRST DAY COVERSRecord: 7,215 stampsHolder: George Vavvas (Greece)Location: Ionnina, GreeceThat's not all: Vavvas began his collection in 2005 and has stamps from 119 different countries. A stamp's first day cover is a stamped envelope, postal card, or other postal material that was processed at the post office where the stamp was issued on its first day of issue, and has a cancellation indicating the same. FASTEST TIME TO CYCLE AROUND AUSTRALIARecord: 37 days, 1 hour, 18 minutesHolder: Reid Anderton (Australia)Location: Start and end at Brisbane, AustraliaThat's not all: Anderton covered 14,178 km (8,809.78 miles) circling Down Under, hitting the road from March 10 to April 15. He rode to raise money for the Eagles Wings/Challenge for Change charities, registered in Australia and Zambia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children in southern Africa.LARGEST YO-YORecord: 3.63 m (11 ft 9 in) in diameterHolder: Beth Johnson (USA)Location: La Rue, Ohio, USAThat's not all: The massive yo-yo - which Johnson has coined the "Whoa-Yo" - weighs 2,095.6 kg (4,620 lb) and took her more than three years to build and perfect. Required to be a working yo-yo, Johnson's creation crashed in three previous test attempts before finally functioning successfully from a crane on try No. 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:&lta href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/7158608/"&gtWhat is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?&lt/a&gtYou can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!
3540Katy Perry talks divorce text, Coke debuts in Myanmar, Sharp brings big TV to Europe - News in World RecordsPop singer Katy Perry reveals in this month's Vogue cover story that ex-husband and comedian/actor Russell Brand requested a divorce via text message on New Year's Eve 2011. Depending on how badly he wanted out of the marriage, we here wonder if Brand may have been a contender for the fastest time to type a text message. That record, for a prescribed 160-character message, is 29.43 seconds by Yousef Ahmed Abdul Saboor (Egypt) at the Marina Mall, Kuwait City, Kuwait, on 1 March 2012. And Katy, if you're reading this, I'm available and would certainly take your call.If there's one brand in the world that everyone must know, surely it's Coca-Cola. Turns out, not quite. Despite holding the record for most valuable brand name with recognition equivalent to a brand value of $77.8 billion (£49.7 billion), Coke entered a new frontier this month: Myanmar. The famous cola brand opened its first bottling plant in the country since pre-World War II and that now leaves Cuba and North Korea as the only countries in the world in which you can't legally obtain a Coke and a Smile.videoSharp has released the largest consumer TV on the market in Europe. The Aquos LC-90LE757 boasts a 90-inch display with a markup of £12,000 ($18,799). Sharp noted that it waited a year to sell in Europe after debuting the set in the U.S. due to the market's demands. They were right: take, for instance, the largest HD TV set at a sporting venue. The record television sits at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, measuring 196 ft, 10 in x 77 ft, 2 in (59.99 m x 23.52 m).From really large to super-small, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has unveiled a smartphone just 6.18 mm (0.24 in), what it claims is the thinnest smartphone in the world. While we await possible certification of the Ascend P6 as an official record, the fact it's a smartphone leaves it still short of the record for thinnest mobile phone overall: the 2007 release of the Samsung Ultra Edition II checked in at just 5.9 mm (0.2 in) thick.Lastly, Paul McCarthy's massive upcoming art installation "WS" has prompted some to take stock of the world of huge art. While museums may struggle to house some of these gigantic constructions, our database can certainly squeeze them in.From the largest anamorphic pavement art (1,570.0 m² [16,899 ft² 69 in²], above in Germany) to the largest model of a human organ (a lung sculpture measuring 5.02 m [16 ft 5 in] tall and 5.78 m [18 ft 11 in] wide), there's room for plenty in the Guinness World Records gallery.

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