Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

4051Air guitar record smashed in CaliforniaFrom Amanda Mochan in CaliforniaLast Thursday I traveled to Highland, California for a record attempt for the largest air guitar ensemble. The attempt took place at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino's annual Rock n' Roll Bingo event, held in conjunction with local rock station KCAL-FM. The previous record was 1,883 participants, set in Australia in 2009. The largest air guitar ensemble is one of Guinness World Record's most popular record categories, and has been broken ten times, twice in the United States. The rock n' roll bingo players were determined to bring the record back to America for the third time. Before doors opened, I walked through the counting method to ensure that every participant was accurately recorded. As bingo players entered the enclosed room, their drivers licenses were scanned and a computer program kept an up-to-date count of the people who had checked in. At the door, players received a numbered guitar pick along with a free air guitar. Once players entered, they were treated to a performance by the Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Mr. Crowley, followed by three rounds of bingo. The crowd was in great spirits, as each bingo game carried a cash prize, and DJs from KCAL were on hand to keep energy levels up.After the third game, the record attempt officially kicked off with a short lesson in the art of air guitar, led by professional air guitarist Bjorn Turoque. Bjorn has competed in and hosted numerous air guitar competitions, the most recent of which was the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland. According to Guinness World Records guidelines, participants must perform three recognizable air guitar moves, so Bjorn led the crowd through the 'windmill' (holding the guitar with your left hand while strumming/windmilling with your right arm), the 'finger tap' (tapping the neck of the guitar with your right fingers), and the ever-popular 'tongue of fury' (lifting up the guitar and playing it with your tongue). Once the participants were schooled in these moves, the official attempt began. Bjorn led the crowd through a rendition of "Crazy Train" as played by Mr. Crowley. The energy was electric, and the crowd really let their inner rock stars loose. After deducting the few people that did not participate, I was able to confirm a new world record of 2,377 participants - over a 25% increase on the previous record! Congratulations go out to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, KCAL-FM, Bjorn Turoque, and most importantly, the players who participated and made the record attempt a success. Rock on!video
4052UK gears up for National Giant Vegetables ChampionshipNext month, the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship returns to Shepton Mallet in Somerset.A highlight in the horticultural calendar, it attracts fruit and vegetable growers from around the country and has become famous for producing specimens that break world records.The giant vegetable competition is part of The Bath and West National Gardening Show, which takes place from 2nd to 4th September.Growers must present their fruit and vegetables to be weighed and measured by adjudicators on 1st September.The rules are strict and the rivalry fierce as gardeners can often spend an entire year nurturing one promising vegetable.Giant vegetable growing takes time and dedication.Peter Glazebrook, (pictured above with Guinness World Records Editor-In-Chief Craig Glenday), has won numerous Guinness World Records for his produce, including last year's potato weighing 3.76kg.He stresses the importance of a long growing season with a lot of love and care, sowing his seeds at the beginning of the year in order to harvest record-breaking giants for the September show.For many gardeners, it's not the prize money that matters, but the satisfaction of growing a world-beating specimen that motivates them."We always say about a show we've done really well if we can cover the petrol money," says Peter, "It's a hobby. It's a challenge."Judge Ray Davey is excited about the competition, explaining that despite a very dry spring, growers are skilled at overcoming all weather conditions.In fact, most of their hard work starts now as "with only a month left until the competition, they'll be concentrating on getting their vegetables just right."Davey makes clear that while size and weight are of most importance in a giant vegetable competition, entries must also be edible and in good condition in order to win.He is confident that this year's championship will be as brilliant as ever and we can't wait to join him there to see which vegetables succeed in breaking a world record!Click here to enter the competition. Forms must be submitted by 23rd August 2011.Records set at previous National Giant Vegetables Championship:• Heaviest Leek: 8.1 kg (17 lb 13 oz), Fred Charlton (UK), 2002• Heaviest Cucumber: 12.4 kg (27 lb 5.3 oz), Alfred J. Cobb (UK), 2003• Longest Beetroot: 6.405 m (21 ft), Peter Glazebrook (UK), 2008• Heaviest Parsnip: 5.90 kg (13 lb), Peter Glazebrook (UK), 2009• Heaviest Potato: 3.76 kg (8 lb 4 oz), Peter Glazebrook (UK), 2010
4053GWR Day 2011: One month to go to an amazing 24 hours of record breaking!It's almost that time of year again! GWR Day, a global celebration of all things superlative this year takes place on November 17.The annual event sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure a prestigious Guinness World Records title during a 24 hour period.More than 200,000 people took part in last year's GWR Day, with hundreds of records being broken, as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds being raised for charities associated to record attempts.Notable records smashed last year included a mass-show of muscle as more than 1,000 people made a grab for the title of largest tug-of-war tournament in the Netherlands, 90-year-old Thomas Lackey's successful attempt to become the oldest wing walker with a flight across the English Channel, and 426 pooches taking part in an attempt at the record for the most dogs in costumed dress in Florida, USA.This year's GWR Day is shaping up to be even more spectacular, with 50,000 people expected to take part in the world's largest martial arts display in Yongnian County, China and the largest ever gathering of leprechauns set to take place outside Grand Canal in Dublin being just two of the many record attempts confirmed to take place on the day.Any records set on Guinness World Records day are short-listed for inclusion in next year's edition of the book and you too can be part of the global celebration. To find out how to apply to set a record click here. Talking ahead of GWR Day, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday said: "You don't have to be a stuntman or daredevil to take part in Guinness World Records Day - anyone with a record-worthy party trick or talent can join in the fun. That's the point of the day - to celebrate the joy of record-breaking and have a go at that record you've always wanted to attempt. And if we help raise a lot of money for charity along the way, so much the better!"Stay tuned to and our follow us on Facebook and Twitter (look out for the #gwrday hashtag), for all the latest news in the run up to this year's event.To watch highlights from GWR Day 2010, click the video player
4054New world records set at Toronto MarathonLast Sunday saw Guinness World Records partner with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to give runners the opportunity to set official Guinness World Records in the both the 42.2K marathon and the half marathon (21.09 kilometers).Adrenaline was high as runners braved the cold and 35 MPH wind to strive for greatness within Canada's largest city. Official Guinness World Records set were the following: Fastest Half Marathon by a Mascot (Male)David Hiddlestone who ran this year's marathon as one a marathon staple costume of "Jefferson the Dog" from MyNextRace.With a bench mark record of 1 hr 59 minute 14 second previously set by Peter Donato at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in February of 2011, David Hiddleston succeeded in setting a new record with a time of 1 hr 46 minutes and 27 seconds! Fastest Marathon in a Superhero Costume (Male)One of the most nail biting moments of the day transpired after skilled runner, Stephane Hetherington, dressed as marvel comic and superhero, The Flash narrowly missed the 'Fastest Marathon in a Superhero Costume' (Male).His clocked in an amazing time 2 hours 35 minutes and 8 seconds and came in 28th in overall in the full marathon. Unfortunately he just missed the previous record set at 2 hr 34 minutes and 56 seconds.The current record will continue to be held by Michael Wardian (USA) who dressed as Spiderman at the 2011 Lower Potomac Marathon in Piney Point, Marathon, USA. Fastest Marathon Dressed as a BottleAttempted by: Mark Wilding (Canada) With a final time of 3 hrs 39 minutes and 25 seconds Mark Wilding smashed the previous record of 3 hr 53 minutes 26 seconds set by Gavin Rees (UK) at last year's Virgin London Marathon.Originally from Keswick, Ontario, he had a previously failed attempt at last year's 2011 Virgin London Marathon. His record is focused on raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Other notable achievements of the day included Elite runner Kenneth Mungara (Kenya), pictured at the top of the page, who was this year's first place finisher. This was Mungara's fourth straight Toronto marathon win clocking in at 2 hours 9 minutes and 49 seconds to beat Ethiopia's Shami Dawit by a stride and two seconds. Canadians Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet, pictured below, celebrated their run after placing 3rd and 4th with times qualifying times for the 2012 Olympics!
4055Thanksgiving run in Dallas sees new record set for largest gathering of people dressed as turkeysLast Thursday wasn't just Thanksgiving Day in Texas, it was also the 44 th annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot a family-friendly tradition that gets over 38,000 Dallas residents out of their houses to participate in a 5k fun run. The race is sponsored by Capital One Bank, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas YMCA programs that work to strengthen the foundations of community. The Turkey Trot consists of a certified 5K as well as an eight mile race, but this year it had something new to offer. The YMCA and Capital Bank partnered up to attempt the Guinness World Records feat for largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys. I travelled to Dallas to adjudicate the attempt, arriving at the Turkey Trot at 5am on Thanksgiving morning where I found volunteers from the YMCA and Capital One Bank setup and ready for the masses. Capital One Bank provided turkey costumes for those participants who had opted not to make their own. To qualify for the record, the costume had to include a turkey beak, a turkey coloured bodysuit with plumes on the back, and webbed turkey feet. This was a new Guinness World Records attempt, with a minimum of 500 people required to set a benchmark. As people started to stream in with their full turkey attire, I started to count the qualifying turkeys as they entered the designated area, termed the "coop." It was quite a sight to see! After the turkeys were gathered in the coop, I started the timer, as a minimum of 10 minutes held in the coop was required to meet the Guinness World Records guidelines. After the 10 minutes, I was happy to announce a new Guinness World Records achievement for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys with 661 participants. The turkeys cheered in celebration, and were then let out of the coop and free to run the 5k race.
4056Thirty Seconds to Mars make record books with marathon tourRock band Thirty Seconds to Mars entered the record books last Wednesday following a sold-out concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.The gig marked the 309th show the group had played in support of their This Is War album, setting a new world record for the Most Shows Played During An Album Cycle.Speaking to MTV about how the tour became a record-breaking stretch, lead singer Jared Leto explained "It was my idea. I'm the guilty party here.""People started to ask us, with an incredulous look, 'What is wrong with you?', or they would kind of look at us and be like, 'You guys arestillon tour?'He added: "It started to seep in that maybe this was a little bit crazy. And then I remember as a kid, I was a big fan of the Guinness World Records book ... so I just started thinking, Maybe we should take a shot at it. ""I used to love it, you know, like world's longest fingernails, so it's fun to think we're a part of something that was a part of our childhood"."Plus, it's Mars history, and something fun for us to do and another chance for us to stop, take note, say thank you to the people that have shared the journey and helped to take our dreams and make them reality."videoFollowing the record-setting show, the band played a low-key benefit gig at New York's St. Peter's church, bringing down the curtain on a tour that has sold out scores of arenas around the world including London's O2, the first International Lollapalooza Festival in Santiago, Chile, and Rock Am Park in Germany in front of an audience of 100,000 people.Summing up the last two years spent on the road, Leto said "We'll always look back at this time as one of the most important and impactful periods of our creative lives, ever."
4057Dry July sobriety pledge campaign sees sign-ups soar thanks to recordFor seven years, Dry July in Australia has taken a light-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue.The monthlong campaign each year asks individuals to notice their drinking habits and take a pledge to give up alcohol for the month, using the opportunity to understand the value of a healthier lifestyle. Beyond just giving up alcohol, it also encourages people to simply try any healthier initiatives, like changing diet or starting a new exercise program.Despite the noble motives and growth over the past six editions, though, Dry July still faced recent obstables of low awareness and less-than-desirable numbers of participants.Enter five Guinness World Records attempts.Spurred on to incorporate record-breaking into their campaign via a pro bono partnership with Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Dry July attempted the following five feats, attributing their successes to their sobriety:1.) Most chin-ups with a 40-lb pack in 1 minute: 22 by Marcus Bondi2.) Largest smoothie: 2,300 litres (607.6 US gal)3.) Largest Skittles mosaic: 6.78 m² (72.98 ft²) with the use of more than 50,000 Skittles4.) Most cricket balls faced in a minute: pending evidence review5.) Fastest time to dress in cricket whites: pending evidence reviewWith stated campaign objectives of increased sign-ups, creation of viral content, and awareness growth, Dry July did so in the "cool, irreverent and fun" way they said they had hoped to.After the month kicked off with the above attempts, sign-ups for Dry July increased by 9% over the previous year's campaign.Social media engagement also increased from the previous year, with Facebook "likes" up 55%. In total, Dry July's day of attempts at Guinness World Records titles reached 173,000 people on Facebook, and garnered 7.3 million impressions on Twitter.Traditional media coverage also came pouring in, with more than 100 pieces of coverage both local and international, reaching a total audience of more than 20 million.The main slogan for Dry July is, "Imagine what you could achieve without a hangover!" If their single-day records extravaganza Down Under is any indiciation, the answer is a whole lot.
4058Aviva and Premiership Rugby tackle new Guinness World Records title at Premiership finalAviva came up with the record-breaking idea when looking to do something big to celebrate another season of its learning programme Tackling Numbers. The Guinness World Records attempt ticked all the boxes and provided with an extraordinary occasion to involve and engage with children from the programme at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.
4059Deloitte Southeast Asia’s large scale change management activity sets paper aircraft world recordDeloitte Southeast Asia aimed for the skies last Friday when it succeeded in setting a new paper aircraft world record .A total of 803 Deloitte employees from across ten locations around Southeast Asia came together to set a Guinness World Records title for the Most People Making Paper Aircrafts Simultaneously in Multiple Locations.The professional services firm had been interested in developing an event with a record breaking theme that would build brand eminence in the marketplace as well as drive engagement internally.After much discussion with Guinness World Records creative team, they identified the paper plane record as a title that they could potentially achieve.Called “Take flight to 2020”, the record-breaking event was designed to be a platform for Deloitte’s staff to inspire and be inspired by the vision and dreams of fellow colleagues.The attempt coincided with Deloitte’s annual Southeast Asia Partners Conference – a large scale change management activity and strategy building exercise to launch Deloitte’s global 2020 strategy held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore.Delegates at the conference were joined by Deloitte staff in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for the attempt which began simultaneously at 11.38am (Singapore time).Participants were required to fold three paper aircrafts within 15 minutes and to write on the aircraft their dreams and what the Deloitte 2020 vision meant to them. A total of 3,067 planes were folded in the allotted time, with each aircraft made by the participants forming a symbolic gesture of their dreams and aspirations taking flight with Deloitte.The Guinness World Records record title attempt proved to be a resounding success, enabling Deloitte Southeast Asia to bring together its people across multiple locations in a meaningful and innovative way by engaging their aspirations.Speaking after the attempt, Dr Janson Yap, Deloitte Southeast Asia’s Innovation Leader who led the firm in their record-setting effort said: “This exercise rallies the collective Deloitte Southeast Asia, and demonstrates the cohesiveness of our people.“It also shows the innovative culture within Deloitte, where we harness the power of our people to harvest good quality ideas that will help us structure and advance our business as we navigate the ever-changing marketplace”.
4060Weetabix teams up with Olympic star Mo Farah for record-breaking sports day eventLondon 2012 icon Mo Farah hit the track again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London yesterday to set another world record.The running star claimed the title for the fastest 100 metre sack race as part of a special children's sports day event that took place at the iconic venue.As an international track and field athlete in the long distance and middle-distance, Mo took on the sack race challenge as special guest of honour at the Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day.Weetabix's brief for the event had been to create a participative experience that would encourage children aged six to 11 to get active, eat a nutritious, healthy breakfast and have recurring interactions with their brand.Helping to bring this idea to life was the official Guinness World Record atttempt involving Mo which took place as the finale for the event.Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah attempts the record for 100m sack race! #WeetabixSportsDay#Vine— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 14, 2014A new record category, Mo needed to finish the race in a minimum time of of 40 seconds for a new benchmark to be set, and was given two attempts to register a record-setting time. Tension was high in the Copper Box Arena with children from competition-winning schools cheering on the British champion and posing in Mo's trademark 'Mobot' stance.The venue had previously seen handball and pentathlon events taking place during the London 2012 Olympics.Coming in at just over 42 seconds on his first two attempts, Mo summoned up Olympian willpower to complete the 100 metres in a time of 39.91 seconds.When the record was announced by Guinness World Records' adjudicators, the excited children broke ranks and ran to congratulate Mo on his achievement.It's a happy moment for all @Mo_Farah's fans too... #WeetabixSportsDay— Weetabix (@weetabix) July 14, 2014The double Olympic gold medal holder of 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events, also currently holds the Guinness World Records title for most European Athletics Championships 5,000 metres gold medals.The event gathered widespread attention, with The Metro among a number of news sites covering the attempt.Congratulations to @Mo_Farah - a new record for fastest 100m sack race with 39.91 seconds!— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 14, 2014
4061Raytheon and MATHCOUNTS Add Up to a New World RecordMany GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS holders are famous for their physical abilities. The tallest man or the fastest marathon by a female, for example.But on May 10, a group of 325 participants banded together to prove that world records can just as easily be achieved with the mind.That group worked as one to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the fastest human formation of Pascal's triangle (first 25 rows) at the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition in Washington, D.C. Needing to finish in under 10 minutes, they completed a blistering time of 6 minutes, 16.57 seconds"Mathletes come to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to compete against each other for the top title," said Allison Jeannotte, Director Strategic Initiatives with Raytheon Company. "Our GWR attempt was the first time in the competition's 30-year history that the Mathletes completed something together. Setting records is in their blood and this allowed all of them to be winners that day. Each student walked away a GWR certificate--they were thrilled." Pascal's triangle is a mathematical phenomenon in which each number in the triangle equals the sum of the two numbers immediately above it, an example of whichcan be seen here.The record-breaking group consisted of 244 middle-school students, 61 math coaches, and 20 advisors. They were each assigned a random, unknown number and - upon a starting signal - had to reveal their numbers and get in position using nothing more than verbal communication.Check out this video of the frenetic, record-breaking event.videoAfterward, MATHCOUNTS executive director Lou DiGioia (seen as the last person to enter the triangle in the video) said, "This one event brought everyone together. You had 325 people working together for one goal, and it was awesome."The competition and record attempt brought together participants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., U.S. territories, and schools from the Departments of Defense and State.After days of competing against each other for national championships, the record attempt gave all involved a chance to finally compete on the same side."I think that it is really cool," said Joy Smith, an 8 th-grade competitor from Wyoming, "that even though we're from cities that no one has ever heard of, we get to come to D.C., which is awesome, and we get to set a record that we never thought about doing before."
4062Escapade break largest gathering of people dressed as Superman record at Kendal Calling music festivalEscapade, one of the UK’s top fancy dress companies, successfully made their way into the record books last month after organising a superhero feat while also raising money for charity.The company provided hundreds of free Superman costumes, in all shapes & sizes, for an eager collection of music fans at the Kendall Calling festival in Cumbria in an attempt to set a new world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman.Participants signed up to take part amidst a whirlwind of excitement that had been built up about the attempt on Facebook & Twitter.An eventual total of 867 donned the comic book hero’s iconic red cape, blue body suit and red shoes to set a new record, beating the previous record of 566, achieved by Sears Holdings Corporation (USA) at the Sears company headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Illinois, in June.The attempt, which coincided with the launch of the Man of Steel film, was also used to help raise awareness for "Help for Heroes", a charity which works to provide better facilities for wounded British servicemen and women.Speaking after the attempt, Escapade’s Bhupendra Maisuria, said: “We are thrilled to have helped make history by creating a new Guinness World Records achievement, causing a bit of a stir, and having fun whilst raising much needed cash for a great cause.“We were stunned by the incredible reaction of festival goers who really took up the mantle and joined us to break the record.“The work that our servicemen and women do makes them the real life superheroes. We’ve supported Help for Heroes since 2009 and wanted to pay tribute to them by dressing as Superman for the day.”“Our thanks go out to all the Supermen who took part in our successful record-breaking attempt.”A spokesperson for Kendal Calling said: “We are delighted that Escapade chose Kendal Calling for this incredible challenge, the stunt really helped to captivate festival goers on the day. We were more than happy to offer our support in helping break a Guinness World Records title, and are excited to see what the team have in store in future.”The attempt generated widespread international press coverage, including BBC News, The Huffington Post, ABC News, the Daily Mail, and the New York Daily
4063Infinera and DANTE highlight telecommunications breakthrough with world record attemptEarlier this month, Optical connectivity specialists Infinera teamed up with European academic and research network provider DANTE to set a new Guinness World Record with a landmark new telecommunications benchmark.The two organisations set up an 8 Tbps (terabit per second) optical connection between Amsterdam and Hamburg in just 19 minutes and one second, earning them a record for the fastest provisioning of long-haul multi-Terabit transmission capacity on a live network.In telecommunications, provisioning is the process of preparing and equipping a network to allow it to provide new services to its users.The 8TB per second connection capacity Infinera set up for the attempt would allow for 1.6million HD movies to be streamed simultaneously in both directions, a size equivalent to the entire capacity of the internet in 2005.With streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, people are using the internet in increasingly sophisticated and HD ways, placing a greater demand on internet service providers. Internet networks are looking to continually increase their capacity in response to consumer demands. With this in mind Infinera were looking to draw attention to their own optical chips that are used for fibre optic provisioning, which can deliver industry-leading capacities.Speaking after the successful record attempt, Infinera Product Evangelist Geoff Bennett, who headed up the project said: “The Guinness World Records title lets us reach areas of the media that we wouldn’t normally.”He added: “It felt a bit odd. I’ve been living and breathing this project for almost four months. “When I was a kid growing up in 1970s Britain, Record Breakers was one of my favourite shows and finally, after all these years I’m a Record Breaker!”“A whole team of amazing people helped me make it possible”.The attempt generated widespread international press coverage for Infinera, including the Wall Street Journal, Tech Week Europe, Yahoo Finance and Telecom TV.
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4066From the Archives - Dinosaur Sick?!From the Archives is a new feature here on, in which we'll be showing off some of the many weird and wonderful record-breaking items we have here at Guinness World Records HQ - take a look!Have you ever held in your hands something that is hundreds of millions old?Would you like to?Well, perhaps you'll give it a miss after I tell you that today's item from the archives is in fact an example of dinosaur sick, very similar to the world's oldest vomit!Discovered in 2002 by a team led by Prof. Peter Doyle, the fossilised vomit of an ichthyosaur (a large, fish-like marine reptile) was found in a quarry in Peterborough, UK.It was dated and found to be 160 million years old - the oldest such example discovered.The example of dino sick we have here at Guinness World Records isn't this record-holder, but is quite similar and almost as old.Let's move in a little closer:As you can see, there are shells present, which could indicate the prehistoric creature whose stomach this came from ate shelled creatures whole, then regurgitated the shells, much as an owl does the bones of its prey today.How about an even more detailed look at one of these shell outlines?Oh, and before you ask - no, it doesn't smell at all - millions of years and fossilisation help a lot with that, it seems!Of course, this is just one of hundreds of interesting and unusual items we keep here in the Guinness World Records office - be sure to check back next time we bring one out From the Archives to see another!
4067Aces wild as Turning Stone Resort Casino makes largest human playing cardFor 20 years, Turning Stone Resort Casino has welcomed families, tourists, and other visitors to Central New York for its activities and entertainment. Now, it can also welcome them to record-breaking ground.In front of official Guinness World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson, 600 Turning Stone guests joined to form the largest human playing card, shown briefly above and in full below. Participants were color-coded into white and red sections before getting to their places for a minimum of five minutes. After a handful of guests were discounted for leaving the attempt area early, the remaining 600 dealt their way into history.Their choice of card to depict? The Ace of Diamonds.Turning Stone is located on Oneida Nation Homelands in Verona, New York, USA. The human playing card was the first-ever record attempted at the resort casino.Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said, "Turning Stone has set a world standard in excellence, so it only makes sense that we set a world record while having fun celebrating our 20th Anniversary."The idea to attempt a world record was created as part of Turning Stone's summer-long 20th anniversary celebrations, including special concerts, competitions, and prize giveaways."Everyone knows Guinness World Records is the gold standard, the platinum standard, whatever you want to call it," said Brett Stagnitti, public affairs manager for Oneida Indian Nation. "People can take a lot of pride in that and associate with that. Not many people get a chance to set a world record."
4068Largest gingerbread house for charity gets us in the Christmas spiritWell if this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, we're not sure anything but a personal visit from Santa Claus would do the trick.Texas A&M Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, USA, was recently certified as building the largest gingerbread house, not only completed in time for Christmas, but also built with the aim of raising money for charity this holiday season.The final measurements? An internal volume of 1,110.1 m³ (39,201.8 ft³), a length of 18.28 m (60 ft), width of 12.8 m (42 ft) and height of 3.07 m (10.1 ft) at its tallest point.Visitors were able enter the record-breaking home - which could house a family of five - and meet Santa for a cost of $3 per adult and $2 per child. Proceeds from these ticket sales were then donated to nearby St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to construct a new trauma center, with the house raising more than $150,000."Everybody got excited that we were trying to do this," said Bill Horton, general manager of Traditions Club. "90% of all of the product was donated … from lumber to electrical supplies to eggs, brown sugar, powdered sugar, nutmeg and ginger." The house was - as per record requirements - edible. Although beware to those on a holiday diet: the combination of baking ingredients and sweets meant the construction totaled 35,823,400 calories!The record broken by Traditions had stood for more than 7 years. And now you can see this massive and delicious edifice come to life in 60 seconds with this time-lapse video. videoLooking for that perfect last-minute stocking stuffer? The Guinness World Records 2014 edition is on sale now. See a full list of where to find it here.
4069Stars of the MTV VMAs, US Open begins, and Happy National Dog Day! - News in World RecordsMTV held its annual Video Music Awards on Sunday and, as is tradition in a ceremony starkly different from its more traditional forebearers like the Grammys, Brits, or American Music Awards, delivered plenty of memorable moments. These ranged from the oh-so-brief *NSYNC reunion that we predicted would still go on to Miley Cyrus doing...well whatever it is she did. videoYet despite a great night all around, nobody came close to touching Peter Gabriel's record for most wins at a single VMA, when he took home 10 total in 1987 - nine for the video "Sledgehammer" plus the Video Vanguard Award.From artists in the studio to artists on the court, today kicks off the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. For a fun breakdown of a number of US Open records, starting from the very first competition in 1881, be sure to check out our " Six Degrees of US Open Separation" before Nadal, Serena, and Federer hit the court.In a day jampacked with action, let's not forget that it's also National Dog Day! Make sure to give Spot a longer belly rub, Max an extra treat, and Fido five more minutes of fetch today to celebrate our four-legged friends. And be glad you weren't on clean-up duty for the largest dog walk and its 22,742 dogs at the Great North Dog Walk organized by Anthony Carlisle (UK) on June 12, 2011.Lastly, we hope her bouquet wasn't filled entirely with water-squirting flowers. A Pennsylvania couple recently married in full clown regalia at the 2013 Clownfest. We're sure the folks at Clowns International are happy for the duo: they're the organization who organized the largest gathering of clowns way back in 1991 with 850 at Bognor Regis, UK.
4070Kuwait City’s Marina Mall plays host to Guinness World Records In-a-Minute eventWorld records tumbled last month as Fiesta Kuwait staged their second Guinness World Records In-a-Minute event at the Marina Mall in Kuwait City.Taking place over the course of three days, this year’s event was took place in partnership with Kuwait’s Association of Child and Maternity, with the aim of delivering record-breaking entertainment for the children of the country.Pupils from schools across Kuwait, both Arabic and international, aged from 5 years to 15 years, were given the chance to attend the Challenge Fair and take on each other in live attempts to break a range of 60-second Guinness World Records titles.A total of ten world records were broken over the course of the event, including new benchmarks set for most baby food eaten in one minute, the most jelly beans moved using a straw in one minute and most flavours of ice cream identifed in one minute blindfolded.Each record challenge was sponsored by a commercial partner, with sponsors including Turkish Airlines, Yaico, Chicco, Gymboree, Americana, Sultan Center, Milupa, Gum, and Alanbaa Newspaper.The event was opened with an appearance of two of iconic record holders, Jyoti Amge (Shortest woman – living), and Brahim Takioullah (Largest feet on a living person).Visitors to the fair were given the chance to meet both record holders, with the mall attracting three times as many visitors on average than a normal day.
4071WYMLW: Dalmatians On Bikes… Oh, Come On. What More Do You Want?Greetings, record-lovers! Once again, I’m here to help you catch up on the videos you may have missed last week. As you can tell by the title of this article, things got pretty real while you were away. More on our spotted canine friends later…First off, meet Kazumi Kawahara. She holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of ‘fastest 10 meters in the box split position’. It is indeed quite a novel way of getting around.I’ve got her worked out though - she is clearly training for the day when our alien overlords show up and shrink-ray our houses to half the size to make way for their human torture camps. Those low ceilings will be a cinch for Kazumi here…videoMarcus and Alfie are back with a ne- WAIT. WHO IS THIS IMPOSTER? Oh, it’s Luke. You know – Luke?Anyway, check out what is (spoiler alert) certain to be a feeble attempt at eating peas with toothpicks.videoNow, we need to talk. About the Dalmatians. The Dalmatians on the bikes.videoI’m just going to give you a minute to recover from that.…Right, back to (relative) normality. Oli brings us another adventure On The Road where he meets Igor Zaripov, a Cirque Du Soleil performer with a unique talent…Those who are freaked out by anything teeth related may wish to look away now…videoFinally, who’s this handsome chap? I do know that he’s talking about #askGWR, a great new feature where we answer your best questions… Listen to him. He knows the score.videoRight, after that, that’s definitely enough from me for this week.Ta-ta!
4072WYMLW: Coconuts, Karate and Super Stacked Snacks…What you missed last week - Adam Moore's guide to some of the recent video highlights on our YouTube channels.Welcome back! There have been videos… You may have missed them… We need to talk…Spring has finally arrived here in the UK. However, by the time you read this it will most likely have crawled back under the tiny rock it calls home. Still, what better way to cool off than a nice glass of coconut milk?"But my soft little human hands cannot penetrate its strong, husky exterior…"SIT DOWN WUSS. Come back when you can do this.videoSticking to a theme, in last week's Slo-Mo Test Lab Bing is visited by a Karate specialist who obliterates pine boards with his fists in sllloooooowww mmmoooootioooooonnn… That sounded better out loud rather than writing it down. It just looks like I fell asleep on the keyboard. Not cool.videoNext up, Ukranian strongwoman Nina Geria shows us blokes how it's done by lugging a 120kg lump of metal across the room. videoFinally, what do you get if you cross 9,000 calories, 4 beef patties, a nurse and a spanking paddle?One hell of a dinner date, that's for sure…Oli's On The Road again and this time he's headed to the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas where he has a go at eating the world's most calorific burger…Think he's up to it?videoWell, that's all for another week. 'Til next time…
4073My Story: Chloe Macari - owner of Truffles, record holder for Longest jump by a guinea pigMy Story is a regular feature on, where record holders reveal their experiences.Today's guest blogger is 14-year-old Chloe Macari from Rosyth, Fife in Scotland (pictured right, with her sister Nicole, 15).Chloe's pet Truffles has achieved worldwide fame after setting a world record for the longest jump by a guinea pig with an incredible leap of 48cm.Here, Chloe tells us what it's like to own a record-breaking animal.Truffles first came into my life during a visit to a local pet shop four years ago.Up until that moment I had always wanted a dog, but I wasn't allowed to have one.My older sister Nicole picked out Nibbles, a white and brown guinea pig, while I opted for his black and white brother.In the past I had often felt jealous of friends who owned dogs, but that all changed once I took my new furry friend home.Truffles began his journey into the history books a couple of years later. It all started while I was browsing through the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records book at my local library.Flicking through the pages I noticed entries for the fastest run and longest jump by guinea Pigs which had been set during a publicity event in London for the launch of the animated movie G Force.Inspired, I went home and immediately told my mum that I thought Truffles could break the records if I trained him.After getting mum's blessing, I set about preparing an area of our house as an exercise area for our guinea pigs.I created two jumping positions from a pair of shoe boxes which I weighed down by filling them with books, then covered them with old cushion covers to make them soft for landing.Me and Nicole always spend at least an hour every day taking care of Truffles and Nibbles, from cleaning their cage, to giving them a brush as well as spending time encouraging them to exercise.It was during this time that I would try to get the pair of them to attempt jumping a gap between the boxes.Cucumber is their favourite food, so I placed the guinea pigs on one box and the cucumber on the other and then gradually moved the boxes further and further away from each other.It soon became clear Nibbles did not take to jumping, instead deciding to hop down and run around before cheekily stealing the cucumber from the opposite box.Truffles, on the other hand, appeared to really enjoy the challenge.Within an impressively short time, Truffles was able to beat the previous record of 20.5cm set by a guinea pig called Diesel in London in 2009.Over the Christmas holidays I showed my family that Truffles could beat the record, leading my granddad John to encourage me to get in touch with Guinness World Records.Soon after making an application for Truffles through the Guinness World Records website, I was sent a list of guidelines for the longest jump by a guinea pig record category.In order for an attempt by Truffles to be valid, it needed to take place in a public setting. I would also need to record video of the jump with a tape measure present, and would also need to have creditable witnesses to sign to say Truffles did it.I decided to organise Truffles' world record attempt at my local scout hall (I'm currently a patrol leader in the 41st Fife troop), and called on scout leaders there to help verify the jump.On the day of the attempt, a group of people gathered at the hall to see if Truffles could make animal history, including a number of my friends from scouts.On cue, Truffles managed to jump a record-setting 30cm, causing the hall to erupt with cheers.videoEveryone was so excited to see a world record being broken and I was so proud of him.My grandad John was there too and he took him around the hall to meet all the scouts on a lap of honour.A few weeks after sending the evidence off, a Guinness World Records certificate arrived in the post - it was such a great feeling.It didn't take long for news of Truffles' feat to spread around the small village where we live -everyone was talking about his world record.We were soon interviewed by local newspapers, and also featured on an ITV documentary called Super Tiny Animals.All this attention on Truffles was really exciting, but it also meant more people became aware of the world record and could inspire other guinea pig owners to get their pets to challenge his jump.If another guinea pig beat the jump, Truffles would not be selected for the Guinness World Records 2013 book.With this in mind, me and Truffles set about improving his record.After another period of training during the Easter holidays, tempted by curly kale, Truffles managed to jump an incredible 48cm.videoShortly after sending through the evidence of the new attempt we received confirmation that the jump had not only been accepted as a world record leap, but that Truffles would indeed be appearing in the next edition of the Guinness World Records book - he had done it! Despite already having had quite a bit of coverage last time around, with Truffles now making it into the book we found ourselves once again in the news. Popular websites like Buzz60 were now covering the story meaning Truffles was now all over the internet as well.My mum tells everyone now that Truffles has retired, but if anyone does break his record, I'm sure he could do it again.He is still fit and healthy and we love him to bits.It feels amazing to be the owner of a Guinness World Record holder, helping him train has been one of the best things I have ever done.Everyone is so interested in him, I can't count how many times I have been asked about the whole story - I like that everyone loves my wee guinea pig!Do you hold, or have you held a Guinness World Records title? Do you want to tell the world about your attempt(s)? Contact us on our Facebook page or via Twitter, and you could be the next to have your story published!
407418 Records for 18 Holes at The MastersThe Green Jacket. The azaleas. Amen Corner.It's touted as a "tradition unlike any other," and in the golf world, The Masters is exactly that.To get you ready for the field at Augusta in this, the tournament's 78th edition, we thought we'd take a stroll through a full course's worth of Masters-related records. The competition begins Thursday, as 97 entrants aim to find their way to the iconic clubhouse for a jacket fitting. Use this trivia wisely as you and your friends kill time between Sergio Garcia putts.Time to tee off.1.) YOUNGEST GOLFER AT THE MASTERSYou've got some nerves to shake off here as you prepare to attack the course. Your entire game is still ahead of you, and that was the case for Guan Tianlang (China, b. 25 October 1998), who was 14 years 169 days old when he competed at last year's competition, making him the youngest ever to play the Masters...2.) YOUNGEST PLAYER TO MAKE THE CUT AT THE MASTERS...and to also make the cut! Just two days later, Tianlang made more history before he could even drive a car. He carded a 300 for the entire tournament (73-75-77-75).video3.) LARGEST GATHERING OF TOP-FLIGHT SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT A SINGLE VENUENo. 3 has one of the more unique names of all the holes at Augusta National - Flowering Peach (each hole is named after the nearby plants associated with it). And for that we give it the most unique record on the list. For its 70th anniversary in 2007, the Spanish sports publication Diario MARCA gathered a collection of 1,217 top-level championships at a celebration ceremony. This included 36 Olympic medals, nine Tour de France titles, and, yes, two Masters championships.4.) LONGEST MASTERS HOLE-IN-ONEHere at Flowering Crab Apple (not a bad golf hole name itself) in 1992, Jeff Sluman (USA) carded an ace on what was then a 213-yard par-3. He remains the only golfer of the 23 to ever hit a hole-in-one during the Masters to have done so on the fourth.5.) MOST CONSECUTIVE GOLF MAJORS WONvideoFive is one shy of what Tiger Woods achieved in 2000-01. At the height of his powers, Woods (who we'll hear more from below) won the U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship of 2000, before completing the "Tiger Slam" at the 2001 Masters. It would be the second of Woods' four career Masters victories.6.) MOST TOURNAMENTS IN A GOLF VIDEO GAMENot surprisingly, Woods parlayed his iconic results on the course to some pretty sweet successes off of it. This includes his popular Tigers Woods PGA Tour video game series. No surprise, then, that it was under the banner of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 that a golf videogame featured all four majors as playable courses for the first time ever.7.) MOST-WATCHED MASTERSWhether for good reasons on the course or negative reasons off it, Tiger still draws the most eyeballs. Thanks to his legendary 1997 performance (again, more to follow), that year's weekend TV ratings in the U.S. averaged 15.8 million viewers, the most-watched edition in the tournament's history.8.) LOWEST MASTERS SCORE, 36 HOLESAs we approach the midway point, it's easy to start thinking about your score. And a good start can really help. Just ask Ray Floyd. His 131 from 1976 remains the lowest-ever 36-hole score at the Masters. He went on to card a weekend 140 to win the second of his four career majors.9.) LOWEST SINGLE-ROUND SCORE AT THE MASTERSAlright, through the front nine. How's your scorecard looking? Do you have any shot at this record? It's shared at 63 by Nick Price and Greg Norman. Price carded his low round at the 1986 Masters Norman in 1996. Of course, that sadly set Norman up to have to give interviews like this the rest of his life.video10.) HIGHEST SCORE TO WIN THE MASTERSThe tenth hole at Augusta is often viewed as the most difficult. "Camellia" is a 495-yard par-4 with an insanely steep slope approaching the green. It goes to show that winning the Masters is not meant to be easy. In fact, three times has a golfer won with a score of just 289: Sam Snead in 1954, Jack Burke, Jr., in 1956, and Zach Johnson in 2007.11.) MOST BIRDIES RECORDED IN A SINGLE MASTERS ROUNDAsk Anthony Kim what the No. 11 means to him and he'll take you right here: t he most birdies scored by a golfer in a single round at the Masters was indeed 11 by Kim in the American's second round in 2009.12.) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN A MASTERSvideoOn No. 12, we salute Tiger Woods and one of the most singular performances in golf history. He won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 strokes, finishing a magnificent 18-under. The performance was so dominant, in fact, that...13.) LOWEST TOTAL SCORE IN MASTERS HISTORY...his total score of 270 (70-66-65-69) from that same year remains the lowest aggregate score across all four rounds. His nearest competitor that year was Tom Kite, who finished with a 6-under 282.14.) YOUNGEST WINNER OF THE MASTERSWhat, you thought we were done with Tiger's once-in-a-lifetime 1997 run? Don't forget, that tournament made him the youngest-ever player to win at Augusta, at the precocious age of 21 years 104 days. He would go on to have a decent career.15.) MOST MAJORS WON BY A LEFTHANDED GOLFERvideoWe slot Phil "Lefty" Mickelson here because of his amazing shot in the 2012 competition at this very hole. Having won the Masters three times alone, Mickelson added a PGA Championship in 2005 and a win at The Open last year for a total of five career majors for the southpaw.16.) FIRST EVER MASTERS HOLE-IN-ONEIt happened right on 16, which today is known as the 170-yard, par 3 "Redbud." It remains the second-shortest hole on the course and at the 1934 Masters, Canadian Ross Somerville aced it to make early tournament history.17.) OLDEST GOLFER TO WIN THE MASTERSThis, of course, is Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1986 Masters aged 46 years 82 days. If you've followed golf at all in the last half century, you're pretty familiar with why we're talking about this record on 17.video18.) MOST CAREER MASTERS WINSAnd how could we not end with the Golden Bear again? The most impressive record of all: the most career wins of the Masters is six, by Jack Nicklaus. He took home the jacket in 1963, 1965-66, 1972, 1975, and most famously in '86. Even Kermit never looked so good in green.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!
4075Has Brazil’s Carlos Burle beaten the world record for largest wave surfed?Brazilian extreme surfer Carlos Burlea has reportedly beaten Garrett McNamara’s 2011 record for the largest wave surfed (unlimited) after riding a claimed peak of 100ft.The potentially historic moment, which was captured on video in the clip below, took place on Monday in Nazaré off the coast of Portugal on a wave formed above an underwater canyon famous for being the world's biggest wave generator.videoThe canyon had previously been the scene for McNamara's triumphant record-breaking ride in November 2011, which saw him negotiate a wave which measured 78 feet from trough to crest.Guinness World Records is currently awaiting further evidence in order to verify if Carlos has indeed beaten the previous benchmark.Commenting on his incredible ride, Burle, from Pernambuco in Brazil told "It was luck -we never know when we will be catching the wave. I still hadn't surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides.“For me, it was a big adrenaline moment."Carlos Burle (R) is hugged by fellow surfer Pedro ScoobyBurle, 45, was with fellow Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira, who was knocked unconscious by the strong waves and nearly drowned.After being dragged to shore, Maya was given medical attention on the beach before being taken to hospital where she is recovering from a broken ankle.The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shawn Dollar, who managed to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 18.5 m (61 ft) in height without a tow at Cortes Bank, a reef 166 km (100 miles) west of San Diego, California, in December last year.
4076Largest collection of pizza boxes record set for GWR Day 2013It’s not a stretch to say that for Scott Wiener, pizza is life.The Brooklyn resident runs a professional pizza tour company, taking visitors to famous pizzerias around New York City.He also claims to eat an average of 15 slices a week and has been collecting unique pizza boxes from around the world since 2009.And now all his hard work has paid off with an official certification of his passion. In celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2013, Wiener has been certified as owning the largest collection of pizza boxes, with 595 different boxes.“Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I assumed all pizzas were delivered in boring white boxes with dull red printing on top,” Wiener said. “But that’s clearly not the case according to the boxes I have amassed over the past few years.”Wiener has collected most of the boxes himself, but he’s also been given pieces by friends, family, and customers on his pizza tour.The collection – housed in Wiener’s apartment – includes contributions from 42 different countries that span four decades. Most boxes have been unused, but those that did once host a pizza are cleaned and then coated in polyurethane to ensure they’re able to be stored permanently.Weiner even owns a box from the fellow record-breaking largest pizza commercially available, a 54-inch box he needed to transport from Los Angeles after he and some friends ordered the massive pie on a visit.He’s also had a book published, titled “Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box.”“I’m constantly exposed to pizzerias and people from around the world who love pizza,” Weiner said. “As the collection grew, I knew I wanted to set an official record with Guinness World Records.”
4077Q&A: Guinness World Records Gone Wild adjudicator Stuart Claxton takes your questionsOne of the stars of new US show Guinness World Records Gone Wild, Stuart Claxton yesterday answered viewers questions in a live webchat with Tru TV.Along with answering queries about the incredible feats performed on the show, the Guinness World Records adjudicator was also on hand to give advicevideo
4078Confirmed: Alistair Moffatt reclaims tightest parallel parking world record with Fiat 500 stunt - watch
4079Video: How “perfect clock” redefines timekeeping history, 300 years onA pendulum clock based on an 18th century theory dismissed at the time, has been recognised by Guinness World Records for its accuracy.
4080Fists of fury: Largest boxing lesson is a knockout in SydneyAgainst the stunning backdrop of Sydney’s Manly beach over 500 people hooked and jabbed their way to a new world record.When a Guinness World Records title is broken it’s often a case of one country taking down another’s record. But when the title for the largest boxing lesson was smashed by Guy Leech Fitness in Sydney’s iconic suburb of Manly, it represented a single-city rivalry.Last broken with 452 participants by Gateway 2 Health Fitness in Sydney’s Maroubra, on the city’s southern beaches, the largest boxing class record was then attempted by well-known ex ironman Guy Leech at Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches.A regular record breaker in the field of group fitness, Leech had been planning an attempt on the boxing category since mid 2013.Already the holder of records for largest circuit class (which he has broken twice) and largest resistance band class, Guy Leech and his business Guy Leech Fitness enlisted the help of Virgin Active, BUPA and the International College of Management (in whose grounds the event took place) to take the title for the largest boxing lesson.A total of 508 people stepped into the ring to take part in the attempt. During the event 10 people were judged to have not taken part satisfactorily, so the new record came to 498 participants.“That’s record number four and I’m thrilled,” Leech said after the event. “But watch this space - I’m already planning another fitness record for later this year. If ever there was a time to spread the message about the importance of exercise it’s right now.”video

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