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4831Derek Jeter retires and highlights the September Guinness World Records sports blogIt’s been a wild end of summer and beginning of fall in the sports world. And, after a month off, the GWR Sports Blog is back!We have a ton of noteworthy achievements from the world of pro sports to catch up on, so let’s get right to some of the amazing accomplishments you may have missed the last two months.FOOTBALL – AMERICAN STYLEFour weeks into the NFL season, the new American pastime is roaring in full force, but the records have been falling since before the season even started.We covered a couple potential and already-fallen NFL records in our season preview and – as predicted in that piece – Devin Hester has since broken the mark for most career return touchdowns with 20.videoTwo things not included in that piece: last month’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class had earned 55 all-pro selections among its seven inductees, the most ever.And from hall of famers to guys just getting started, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles offered a small glimmer of hope to a struggling Jaguars franchise. The rookie completed 78.4% of his passes in his first start for the Jags, going 29-of-37 for the highest completion percentage in an NFL quarterback’s debut start.BYE BYE BASEBALLvideoMajor League Baseball’s postseason has kicked off, but as the playoff teams fight for the World Series, a couple of impressive feats came about to close the season.First, the New York Yankees. If you follow sports (or even if not) you may have heard that their iconic captain Derek Jeter retired following the season. He finishes with the most games played at shortstop for the same team and most career hits by a shortstop, with 2,747 and 3,465, respectively, in addition to a career record 158 postseason games played.The Yankees also became the first team in MLB history to cross the 15,000 home run plateau, having hit the most ever with 15,005 at season’s end. Elsewhere in baseball, San Francisco Giants reliever/spot starter Yusmeiro Petit retired a record 46 consecutive batters across a month’s worth of appearances and the Texas Rangers used a record 64 different players this season, as injuries and poor performance decimated their roster.GIRL POWERPlenty of impressive performances from the ladies of the sports world this month, including these three.We start off with tennis star Sabine Lisicki, who received a GWR certificate prior to the US Open for her record fastest serve by a female at 131 mph (210.8 km/h).Then we hand off to Brittney Griner. Griner has made in-game dunking routine since her college days at Baylor, but made history for the Phoenix Mercury by stuffing the first dunk in WNBA postseason history. Phoenix went on to win the WNBA Finals, and Griner’s historic slam served as a highlight along the way.videoAnd already scary talented at such a frighteningly young age, 17-year-old American swimmer Katie Ledecky continues making dolphins blush. At the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Australia, she broke the records for the fastest 400- and 1500-meter freestyles by a female, taking her world record tally for 2014 up to an amazing five. Again, she’s not even old enough to vote.SAILING INTO THE SUNSETAs official arbiters of records, we held a soft spot for the news of NBA referee Dick Bavetta announcing his retirement. The 74-year-old official may be most famous for his epic footrace against Charles Barkley a few years ago…video…but Bavetta made his name as the league’s refereeing stalwart, having officiated the most games overall in NBA history and the most consecutive, never missing a contest as he racked up 2,635 games with the whistle in a 39-year-career.And with that, we’ll say goodbye for now too. Baseball playoffs, Champions League, and more sports action awaits us in a packed October. We’ll see what records await us next month!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 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!
4832The largest jeans and biggest clogs help us celebrate Paul Bunyan DayAmerica is full of fun, unofficial holidays to give us a reason to basically celebrate anything.It's also a country full of tall tales and a lingering sense of our original frontier spirit.None of those tales is larger than that of Paul Bunyan. And, wouldn't you know it, we have a day to celebrate him too.Saturday is Paul Bunyan Day and, for those unaware of the American and Canadian folk hero, you can get educated here. But for a quick crash course, Paul Bunyan was basically a roaming giant who toured the American countryside way back when with his trusty Babe the Blue Ox. Their travels have been hailed as being responsible for the creation of everything from the Grand Canyon to the Great Lakes.videoAs a thank you, we figured Ol' Paul has a difficult time shopping for clothes, even at your standard Big-and-Tall department store. And so, what with our vast collection of the biggest and largest, we thought we'd outfit Mr. Bunyan with a record-breaking wardrobe, straight from head to toe. LARGEST KNITTED HATHaving spent most of his time in the cold, wooded areas of the northern part of the U.S., a warm hat is a must for Paul Bunyan. For that we have t he largest knitted hat, measuring 6.90 m (22 ft 7 in) in height and 15.05 m (49 ft 4 in) in circumference. Created by volunteers from all over Europe, the hat was assembled and presented in Puchheim, Germany, on Oct. 5, 2008, after 3,000 work hours.LARGEST BUTTON DOWN SHIRTThe one thing almost as ubiquitous to the Paul Bunyan image as Babe and his ax is a trusty flannel shirt. Well, to give him another option, we present the largest button down shirt, which was 65.39 m (214 ft 6 in) long, with a chest of 52.72 m (172 ft 11 in) and sleeves of 23.98 x 5.64 m (78 ft 8 in x 51 ft 3 in). It was made by Walbusch of blue poplin and polyester, and measured at the LTU-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, on June 25, 2009.LARGEST JEANSWhat kind of lumberjack wouldn't want a good, sturdy pair of jeans to roam the woods in? The largest pair ever measured 50.10 m (164 ft 4 in) tall, 36 m (118 ft 1 in) wide and weighed 1 tonne. They were created by Larbi Bouqamha and students from Institut Arabe de la Mode with an unveiling in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 23, 2009. And just in case Paul hits the dinner table a little too often in the cold winters, these have a waist measuring 36 m (118 ft 1 in).LARGEST SOCKSNeed to keep the feet warm. This pair of long nylon socks, measuring 13.72 metres (45 ft) from top to toe and 3.05 metres (10 ft) wide, were constructed by Michael Roy Layne in October 1986 and hung outside city hall in Boston. They were made to celebrate the Red Sox winning the American League pennant and making the World Series. Paul Bunyan and baseball - no more American combination.LARGEST CLOGSWe know these aren't the typical boots he's used to and maybe not the most practical footwear choice, but believe it or not, this is the only large-shoe record in which both shoes were constructed instead of just a single. So, enjoy a little European flavor, Paul! The largest clogs measured 3.04 m (9 ft 11 in) long, 1.08 m (3 ft 6 in) wide and 1.10 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and were created by Peter de Koning in Halsteren, Neterlands, in October 2012.LARGEST ONESIEEven giants need sleep. And for that, we provide this warm and comfortable number. The largest onesie measured 10.08 m (33.07 ft) in length and 3.59 m (11.78 ft) in width and was created by Cooneen By Design. They displayed and measured it in Leeds, UK, on Nov. 12, 2013. The final product weighed a hefty 24.52 kg (54 lb).So there you have it! A fully formed outfit for a day in the life of a giant, roaming and shaping the countryside as he goes.And 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!
4833Fan Choice: July 25 - Vote now!Proving that even Fan Choice is a marathon, not a sprint, Colin Pilcher and Marc Murray (both UK) can now add a people's vote victory to their two career Guinness World Records titles.The duo - after trailing in the vote for most of the week - made a late comeback with their record for longest marathon playing pool (singles) in last week's Fan Choice, pocketing a win by a margin of less than 2%. Congratulations to Colin and Marc, who have broken the pool marathon record twice in two years.Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Colin and Marc, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.Read about our 2013 Fan Choice Record of the Year winner here.This week's list of nominees vying for your vote includes another sporting marathon and the fastest way to get to the funeral home, but first, men at work!LARGEST GATHERING OF PEOPLE WEARING HELMETS (pictured above)Record: 1,263Holder: Madala Charitable Trust (India)Location: Varni, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaThat's not all: After a local community man and father was killed on his way home from a head injury compounded by not wearing a helmet, the Madala Charitable Trust decided to take action. They undertook this attempt as a way of creating awareness for the importance of helmets both while traveling on the road and logging time at work sites.LARGEST COLLECTION OF SHEEP-RELATED ITEMSRecord: 777 itemsHolder: Michelle Sullivan (UK)Location: Birmingham, UKThat's not all: A collection ewe are sure to love, Michelle's memorabilia includes everything from cookwear and holiday ornaments to bedding and curtains. She started her collection in 1996 and keeps every item displayed somewhere in her home. Her first-ever item was a Shaun the Sheep from the Wallace and Gromit franchise.FASTEST MOTORCYCLE HEARSERecord: 203.74 km/h (126.6 mph)Holder: Rev. Paul Sinclair (UK)Location: Elvington Airfield, York, UKThat's not all: Nobody's rushing to get to their grave, but if you need to show up to the funeral home, might as well do so on time. And that's the guarantee provided by this speedy hearse, which broke a 2-year-old record. Rev. Paul operates, which has been in business since 2002. Since the fact you're reading this means you've probably never traveled in the business end of a hearse before, here's video Paul took of the attempt.videoLONGEST MARATHON PLAYING FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL (SOCCER)Record: 53 hoursHolder: Sodexo Ireland (Ireland)Location: Nagle Rice Sports Complex in Portlaoise, County Laois, IrelandThat's not all: Sodexo, a company focused on quality of life services, undertook the attempt to raise awareness in its Stop Hunger Campaign, benefitting charities Barnardos, the Irish Cancer Society, and St. Vincent DePaul. The final score was 695-601!LARGEST BALL PYRAMIDRecord: 16,206 golf ballsHolders: Cal Shipman and The First Tee of Greater Tyler (both USA)Location: Mamie G Griffin Elementary School in Tyler, Texas, USAThat's not all: The stated purpose of the First Tee program is to build character in area children while learning to play golf or finding themselves in a golf setting. Cal's first-ever practice run at this attempt netted a pyramid of 2,870 balls, but he decided with a little help and inspiration he could go much bigger. Mission accomplished.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!<a href="">Fan Choice: July 18</a>Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!And 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!
4834Mass Participation Monday: Summertime is world records timeAlex Angert is a records manager for Guinness World Records, specializing in achievements having to do with mass participation -- that is, a lot of people doing something record-breaking together. He shares a monthly report with us, and here's July:With summer in full force, it is prime time for some record breaking. From hot dog eating to sand castle building, the record possibilities are endless. And with most kids out of school, summer is the perfect chance to attempt a mass participation record.Cool off even further with this list of five amazing ice cream cone records.If there are a lot of people at the swimming pool trying to escape the sun, why not see if you can top the record for the largest swimming lesson? Give the Mister Softee truck ice cream man a bit of extra business by giving the longest chain of people licking ice cream a go. And if it is a popular day at the beach, try breaking the record for most people buried in sand.Below, we highlight some of our other favorite summer-themed mass participation records for you and your friends to try while summer is in session.MOST PEOPLE PERFORMING A CANNONBALL DIVE232 peopleRecord holder: The Salty SyndicateLocation: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandIt’s hard to top that feeling as a kid when you nail the perfect cannonball at the swimming pool. The perfect dive combined with the perfect form can create one monster splash. Well, The Salty Syndicate in New Zealand managed to get more than 200 people to perform a cannonball dive at the same time at the Tauranga Bridge Marina. Whether or not the wave created by this mass cannonball dive was a record in itself is still to be seen.LARGST HUMAN WATERSKIING PYRAMID60 peopleRecord holder: Big Pull 2013Location: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USAThe summer months are a great time to try out a new hobby and one that goes hand in hand with this time of year is water skiing. It took a lot of practice for the Big Pull 2013 to achieve one of our more iconic records – the largest human waterskiing pyramid. Sixty people from five different show teams joined forces to create a free standing pyramid that traveled a distance of 200 metres to take down the record.LARGEST WATER BALLOON TOSS702 peopleRecord holder: McDonald’sLocation: Dubai, UAEWhether it is a good fight or toss, there are few summer activities short of jumping into the water that cool you off as well as being hit smack in the chest with a water balloon ready to burst. At Atlantis: The Palm in Dubai, 702 people formed two parallel lines along the beach and competed to see which pair had the softest touch. It was a great summer-related to attempt to beat the heat in Dubai.MOST PEOPLE KEEPING BEACH BALLS IN THE AIR14,993 peopleRecord holder: Coordinadora de Penas de ValladolidLocation: Valladolid, SpainLets hope Coordinadora de Penas de Valladolid had an air pump handy for this record because it would take a lot of lung capacity to blow up this many beach balls. A staple at any summer beach or pool party, no one can resist the urge to hit an inflatable beach ball into the air when one comes flying your way. Not only did Coordinadora de Penas de Valladolid need to blow up all 14,993 inflatable beach balls, they needed each participant to keep their own ball in the air for at least 10 seconds!And 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!
4835Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A look back at his inspiration to black record holdersMonday marks the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Back in August, to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, we asked a selection of black American Guinness World Records title holders what the speech meant to them.In celebration of the legacy of Dr. King which is marked on Monday with a national holiday in the US, please find these comments once again shared below, from record holders in their own words.Yolanda HolderMost marathons run in a calendar year (female) holder between 2010 to 2013 Corona, California, USA"Growing up with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the "I Have a Dream" speech meant never giving up. Keep believing in yourself and your dreams.The speech gave me faith and hopes to pursue my dreams. Dr. King's greatest legacy is non-violence and peace. My words of inspiration to the future generation of black Americans are to dream big and never give up!My dream was to break my own record with a goal of 115 marathons and I could not have done it without a deadline, December 31, 2012. [And] I went beyond my dream – 120 marathons! Dream big."Chris “The Duchess” WaltonLongest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)Las Vegas, Nevada, USA“I was too young to know of Dr. King as a child, but being taught about and watching him on television, I learned not to be scared to live how I believe and not be afraid to go against the grain, no matter the world’s opinion.His speeches mean more now because of the way the world is now. We are very advanced in technology but in simple human kindness we are very lacking. His words remind me that words, kind or harsh, go a long way in the hearts and minds of those who receive them.I've learned that you shouldn't limit your life or dreams to one destination. Life is truly a journey. An unprepared road with many stops. My world record is one of my blessings along the way.His greatest legacy in my opinion would be his outlook on human kindness and likeness. We are not as different as we go out of our way to be. We all want to be loved, respected, heard, and never forgotten.In a world where the color of skin still makes a difference, we as black Americans have to make that difference obsolete with education and knowledge. Knowledge itself has no color or boundaries. It's what you don't know that limits you. Color will always be there, positive or negative. How we are born is just that. The discerning factor is knowledge.”James “The Ropemaster” ThompsonGreatest weight supported while skipping a rope 10 timesLas Vegas, Nevada, USA“I think it was not only just Dr. King, but as I was coming up, I ran into a lot of African-American professors and teachers and they inspired me, just like Martin Luther King did with his works. They were all trying to say the same thing: don’t wait for the world to give you anything, go out and get it yourself.Dr. King and his “I Have a Dream” speech, all my professors and coaches, they inspired me to give back. They told me, if you’ve got your life together – once you have all your basics down, it’s time to give back, time to make a difference.That speech when it was said at the time, I think he was trying to inspire people to have hope and I think the spirit of that dream still lives today all over the world. I think the entire spirit of that speech was that one day, we would all maybe work together as one for humanity. Not for our separate selves, our separate communities, but think about humanity and how one person here getting treated badly affects people way across the globe.If he came back today, I don’t think Dr. King would be as happy as he’d like to be, but the dream still lives and there’s hope all around the world. People still believe that their dream is possible. That’s the importance of it because we still have hope that one day, all the cultures will come together and work together as one. When I look back at Dr. King, I see a man who inspired people to reach out and grab more.”Aevin DugasLargest afro (female)New Orleans, Louisiana, USA“My memories of Dr. King are of my parents speaking on where they were when he gave his famous speech, and also what that speech meant to them at that time. For me, it was of his work that he did for African Americans in fighting for civil rights. I learned that all he wanted was equality for ALL. That he was a humble but strong man who stood for something and settled for nothing. He influenced me to stick up for myself and never let my race be a deciding factor in anything. That speech meant to me that his faith was so strong he knew one day we'd all be able to live as one without judgment – that we as Americans could get past something so simple as skin color and treat one another with the respect we ALL deserve as human beings.His greatest legacy would be that all races can come together freely without judgment and live in harmony. It's a wonderful thing.”
48361967: First Cash DispenserIn much the same way that life without the World Wide Web, smartphones and high-definition TV seems alien to us today, so too is the idea that you once had to actually walk into your bank, during opening hours, with your banking documents, and ask someone to withdraw your hard-earned cash from your account on your behalf - and probably after a period of mind-numbing boredom standing in a silent queue.
48371964: Land Speed RecordIt’s hardly surprising that Donald Campbell ended up setting a new land-speed record. After all, his father, Malcolm, had made a habit of doing the same thing.
4838Tour de France: Take a ride through ten amazing cycling recordsThe 102nd edition of the Tour de France begins this Saturday in Utrecht, Netherlands and is set to be an exciting race.
48392015 in World Records - May: President Obama joins Twitter and we release footage of incredible hoverboard flightContinuing our month-by-month look back over the past year of fantastic record-breaking feats, we return to May 2015 where we saw the US president gain social media fame (above), Southampton soccer player Sadio Mane score the fastest hat-trick, Italy produce the largest Tiramisu and Cally the Wonderdog burst 100 balloons on TV show Britain's Got Talent...
4840David Bowie 1947-2016: A record-breaking look back at the music icon’s incredible lifeDavid Bowie, one of the most innovative and influential musicians of his era, has died at the age of 69 from cancer.
4841Williams to score new Star Wars, last Longbridge Mini sold and Murphy gets cop return - News in world recordsRecord breakers in the news todayVeteran composer John Williams is to return to score Star Wars: Episode VII, it has been announced.The 81-year-old, who has composed all six films in the sci-fi saga so far, said he was "happy to be continuing to be part of the whole fun" of the franchise.Williams, (pictured above left with Star Wars creator George Lucas), holds the record for highest average box-office film gross for a composer, having written scores for 74 theatrically released feature films across his career, each earning an average of $245.5 million (£151.9 million) at the box office, a figure helped by his work on such big earners as the Indiana Jones films and several entries in the Harry Potter series.The last Mini to leave the Longbridge factory in the UK has sold for £1,400 after being hidden in tunnels for more than 30 years.Workers had used the Mini Clubman 1275 GT to travel around the car plant in Birmingham, but it was dumped in the late 1970s after being damaged.The most people crammed in a Mini Cooper is 23 and was achieved by Danielle Maynard and the David Lloyd Divas (UK), on the set of ITV's 'This Morning' to celebrate Guinness World Records Day 2012, on 15 November 2012.Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has confirmed that more episodes of the cult comedy are on the way. During a Q&A session at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Hurwitz confirmed that following the show’s recent successful recent return via the Netflix streaming service, more exploits of the dysfunctional Bluth family were now on the cards, revealing: "Whatever we do, I want to get the cast all together and not do another anthology thing, and that’s why I keep thinking about kicking off with a special or a three-part show and then going into a series.Netflix helped organise a successful record attempt for the longest marathon watching films in December 2003, when an audience of 11 people endured watching 34 films for 66 hours and 30 minutes at Times Square Studios in New York.The attempt ended 26 minutes into the 35th film, Die Hard: With a Vengeance.Sticking with the world of entertainment, and Eddie Murphy has been confirmed to to return in a new 'Beverly Hills Cop' movie.Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec have been hired to write the script after interest in the comedy franchise was revived by the pilot episode for a spin-off TV series. While the series has been canned, Murphy's "scene-stealing turn" as Foley is said to have convinced the studio that the character is still "potent".As of February 2013, the four films in the Shrek franchise which all feature Murphy as the voice of Donkey, have grossed a total of $2,955,807,005 (£1,888,190,025) at the worldwide box office, setting a record for the highest box-office film gross for an animated series.
4842Guinness World Records Gone Wild adjudicators reveal all about new US TV showLiz Smith of Guinness World Records has seen a lot of things and travelled many places recently.Based in London, Smith has measured the world's largest afro, filmed a television series in Mumbai, and adjudicated for the Sultan of Oman. But, this week, there's only one place in the world she wants to be: in the United States for the debut of "Guinness World Records Gone Wild" on truTV."I'm incredibly excited for the premiere and contemplating jumping on a plane to the U.S. just to watch it!" Smith said. "It features some of the most talented record breakers that I could ever have had the pleasure to meet."Smith met these record breakers as one of two official GWR representatives viewers will see when the series premieres Feb. 7 (truTV, 8 p.m. ET/PT). The other is Stuart Claxton, who - along with Smith - joined television personality Dan Cortese and actor/musician Zach Selwyn as the faces guiding GWR fans through the exciting world of high-stakes record breaking.videoWhile Smith and Selwyn will offer commentary on all the action and Cortese will host the program, Claxton serves as the primary adjudicator, a role which he said was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."To not only hear about some of the record attempts but then to judge them in person was truly inspiring," Claxton said. "The lengths that people will go to break a Guinness World Record is amazing.""Guinness World Records Gone Wild" is the first fully dedicated show highlighting the amazing world of GWR to hit America's shores in more than a decade. The history and importance of the program weren't lost on either Smith or Claxton, who spent 12 months watching some of the most fearless, outrageous, and entertaining record attempts in the world.What impressed both about the show and its participants was the variety of the records attempted and personalities involved. Notable feats included jumping over moving cars, running through multiple panes of glass, and eating lit birthday candles."Every record attempter had an amazing story, a unique talent and an unforgettable personality to match," Smith said. "Their motivation and dedication to being the best in the world at something, whatever that may be, was truly inspiring."While Smith watched and commented on the action as it happened, Claxton found himself directly in the mix as the one person with the official authority to make a record breaker's dream come true.Having adjudicated for more than 10 years at GWR, Claxton thought he may have seen it all in terms of record breaking - until his days on the set of "Gone Wild.""People should get ready to be shocked, surprised, amazed and entertained - sometimes all at the same time!" Claxton said.As for what to expect when tuning in, neither one would give away too many details, but promised that viewers would love what came across their screen: namely the real human drama of people attempting a shot at fame, some getting to bask in their success while others fell painfully short.It's a phenomenon that occurs in the Guinness World Records universe every day, but one that fans will now have a unique way of experiencing each week."If you want to get a real insight in some of the more eyebrow-raising and jaw-dropping records that we deal with then watch this show," Claxton said. "When we say Gone Wild we mean it!"Guinness World Records Gone Wild airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on truTV, beginning February. 7.
4843Madonna tops star earners, GTA V leak, and Miley Cyrus controversy continues - News in World RecordsThe record breakers in the news todayVeteran pop star Madonna has been named the world's top-earning celebrity over the past year, beating the likes of Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. The 55-year-old made an estimated $125m (£80m) – largely thanks to her MDNA tour, as well as clothing and fragrance lines, according to Forbes. According to the report, the figure represents the most money Madonna had made in a single year since Forbes began tracking earnings in 1999.On 26 November 2005 Madonna became the oldest artist to simultaneously top the UK singles and album charts - with her single Hung Up from the album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, at the age of 47 years 101 days. This was the third time she had accomplished such a feat - itself a record for a female artist.Next, on to another singer not shy from courting controversy.Miley Cyrus's controversial performance during Sunday’s MTV VMAs has drawn complaints from a parenting pressure group in the US.The Parents Television Council (PTC) has issued a complaint against the channel over the former Disney star's routine, which saw her dance suggestively with singer Robin Thicke.Reaction to the performance has echoed the fallout to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s notorious routine during the SuperBowl half-time show in 2004.The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) (USA) fined the CBS Television network $550,000 (£306,814) for the transmission of the performance which saw Jackson expose her right breast, setting a record for highest fine imposed on a TV Broadcaster.Games developer Rockstar has hit out at Sony after audio from forthcoming title Grand Theft Auto 5 was leaked online.European PS3 owners who had pre-ordered the much-anticipated game were allowed to download a "locked" version ahead of the game's release, but some people were able to extract audio from the game - details of which were posted on forums, some of which revealed parts of the game’s ending.Rockstar said it was "deeply disappointed" by the leaks, adding "GTA5 represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this 17 September."In May 2007, a URL purporting to link to the first trailer for videogame Grand Theft Auto IV actually took web users to the music video of 1980s pop star Rick Astley (UK) singing “Never Gonna Give You Up”, in turn setting a world record for the first reported rickroll – and triggering a practice that would gradually became a world wide web phenomenon.
4844Metallica pinball, PC sales slump, Apple store redesign – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todaySales of PCs have seen the sharpest decline in nearly 20 years due to the increasing dominance of tablets and smartphones, according to a leading technology tracking firm.Sales of personal computers plummeted 14% to 76.3 million worldwide in the first three months of the year, according to International Data Corp (IDC), marking the biggest drop since records on sales began in 1994.The first PC with a hard drive as standard was the IBM PC/XT. Released in 1983, it came with a 10-MB hard drive as standard issue, along with 128 KB of RAM and a 360-KB floppy drive. It retailed at $5,000 (£3,300).Rock band Metallica have unveiled their own pinball machine.Designed by Stern Pinball Inc, the game will feature a number of the bands classic tracks including ‘Enter Sandman’ and’ Master of Puppets’.videoThe band join a long list of bands to have pinball machines made in their honour including KISS, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Who and Guns N Roses.Early pinball machines paid out cash prizes for high scores, which led to pinball being classified as gambling in the USA. In 1942, pinball machines were banned in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The mayor of New York City, Fiorello LaGuardia, even went so far as to smash pinball machines during a press conference.Most bans were lifted by the early 1970s, but New York stood firm until 1976, which, at 34 years, makes it the longest ban in gaming history. Norman Foster's architecture firm has been hired to refresh the design of Apple's retail stores.Apple traditionally works with architecture firm 8 Inc to create its shops, but have now turned to Foster + Partners who previously helped build the likes of tMcLaren Technology Centre, home of motorsport team McLaren, and the Reichstag building redevelopment in Berlin.The giant steel arch supporting the roof of the north stand of the new Wembley Stadium in London, UK, designed by Sir Norman Foster, has a span of 315 m (1,033 ft), making it the world's longest unsupported roof structure.It weighs 1,750 tonnes (3.85 million lb) and is seven metres (23 ft) in diameter. The Eiffel Tower (324 m or 1,063 ft) is just a shade taller than the arch's span.The oldest known collection of fossilized dinosaur embryos have been discovered in China.A team of palaeontologists have uncovered the sauropodomorph fossils in what appears to be a nesting site in Lufeng County that dates to the Early Jurassic period, 197 million to 190 million years ago.The oldest-dated dinosaur species is Nyasasaurus parringtoni, which was formally described in December 2012.Known from a partial skeleton discovered in a deposit of fossils present within the Manda Beds near southern Tanzania's Lake Nyasa that date back to the Anisian Stage of the Middle Triassic Period, it is approximately 240 million years old – 10–15 million years older than the previous record holders, from Argentina – and was roughly the size of a labrador dog.
4845Volunteer divers help set longest underwater clean-up record in MalaysiaA spring clean with a difference in Malaysia has helped a group of divers enter the history books for the longest underwater clean-up.Organised by a local media company, the Astro Kasih conservation project took place in Sabah's Tunku Abdul Rahman park and ran for 168 consecutive hours in total.The operation saw 134 Malaysian and international volunteer divers take part with a total of 3,099 kg of rubbish gathered from the seabed.Under the rules for the record, participants were required to dive consecutively taking turns from one team to the other, with at least one diver required to be actively collecting waste from the water throughout the duration of the attempt.A total of 1,560kg of plastics, 140kg of glass and ceramics, 318kg of metal and 357kg of rubber and cloth, were picked up during the attempt.Participants from France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Lithuania, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands all took part in the attempt, performing a total of 1,120 dives in the marine park.Talking after the operation, British diver Krystle Stevens said she was proud to have taken part in the record-breaking clean-up, and was amazed by the beautiful beaches and rich marine life of Sabah see had observed during the attempt, but was also left surprised by the amount of rubbish that the divers discovered."It has been a tiring but fulfilling week as we have finally completed this effort and helped make it into the World Guinness record but I was really saddened to see so much rubbish especially at dive sites near settlements within the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park,"she said.After being presented with an official Guinness World Records certificate confirming the team's achievement by adjudicator Kirsty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Astro Dato Rohana Rozhan said: "By coming together and embracing the Malaysia "Boleh" spirit, and our commitment towards a Beautiful Malaysia, we have not only achieved a new Guinness World Records title, but also raised awareness of the legacy we leave to our kids - a beautiful Malaysia that we are all privileged to grow up in.""Most importantly also, we have seen new friendships and camaraderie formed."Playing their part in the clean-up had clearly been a rewarding project for the divers involved. Speaking after the presentation, diver Captain Kumaran Balakrishnan told The Borneo Post that the Astro Kasih attempt had been by far his most fulfilling experience in his 30 years of diving:"As a diving instructor who spent most of the time in the ocean, I am glad that I am able to do my part for the environment. Thumbs up Astro for a job well done".video
4846World's most expensive hot dog unveiled by Seattle's Tokyo DogNo matter how many baseball games or summer barbecues you've attended, we're pretty sure you've never come across a hot dog quite like this one.The Tokyo Dog food truck in Seattle, Washington, USA, recently unveiled what is now officially confirmed as the most expensive hot dog commercially available - retail price: a cool $169 (£101.69).Dubbed the " Juuni Ban," this baby goes well beyond hot dog standards like mustard and relish, and far surpasses any chili or cheese.In fact, the ingredients list for the footlong frank would make a Michelin-starred chef blush: the Juuni Ban contains smoked cheese bratwurst, butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise, all served up in a brioche bun.As a requirement for the record, Tokyo Dog was required to sell at least one of the hot dogs in a legitimate business transaction. After announcing the dog, co-creaters Eugene Woo, Samson Kwong, and Rocky Yeh sold six Juuni Bans in one day, with California businessman Alan Chang as the first buyer, raising a total of $1,014. They, in turn, donated those profits to the American Red Cross.A high price tag is great, but how did the dog actually go down?Jean Nakayama, a chef at Seattle's Maneki served as one of the witnesses to the preparation and transactions."All ingredients were genuine and cooked to perfection," Nakayama said. "Presentation excellent. Total satisfaction!"videoThe Juuni Ban surpasses the "California Capitol City Dawg," which sold for $145.49 (GBP £93.39) at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California, USA, in May 2012. That 1 8-incher included French whole-grain mustard, garlic and herb mayo, sautéed shallots, mixed baby greens, applewood and cherry smoked uncured bacon, Swedish moose cheese, chopped tomato, sweetened dried cranberries, a basil olive oil/cranberry-pear-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and fresh ground pepper. It was served on a custom-made herb focaccia roll toasted in white truffle butter.The California Capitol City Dawg in 2012On-demand ordering for the Juuni Ban was provided as a one-off event earlier this year, but the frank remains on sale at Tokyo Dog for special events, requiring two weeks notice for any orders.In the meantime, the truck will continue to tour the Seattle area this summer, offering menu stalwarts like the "Shibuya" (butter teriyaki grilled onions, teriyaki sauce, miso mayo, nori) and "Ginza" (plum sauce, butter teriyaki grilled onions, bonito flakes) dogs."We did this because we believe people are willing to pay for a top quality hot dog, and it was also a fun event for Seattle," Woo said. "We wanted to bring the record home."And 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!
4847Gentlemen, Start Your Records: A Special Look at the Indy 500The iconography of the Indianapolis 500 is some of the most recognizable in sports. The milk jug for the winner in victory lane. The “Curse of the Smiths.”* The roaring of “Gentlemen, start your engines!”video*In one of the great quirks that you seem to find only in sports, no person with the last name of Smith has ever raced in the 97-year history of the Indy 500. This despite “Smith” being the most popular surname in the U.S.As with any sports institution, the Indy 500 has provided us plenty of record-worthy tradition. But, unlike many other long-standing competitions, it has delivered some pretty incredible records recently, too, meaning we don’t really know what to expect when the 97 th running of the race takes place Sunday.You might already know some of the biggies when it comes to Indy 500 lore. How the race started in 1911 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself has the largest overall stadium capacity in the world at 257,345 dedicated seats across 253 acres.Then there’s the fastest time to win the race, at 2 hr 41 min 18.404 sec by Arie Luyendyk in 1990. And the most Indy 500 wins (four, shared by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears) and starts (35 – also by A.J. Foyt). And how about the closest finish in race history, when Al Unser Jr. nosed Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds in 1992?videoBut, like a late car charging after the white flag goes up, history has made quite a run at Indy the last few years too.Sam Hornish Jr. gave even seasoned race fans a first when, in the 2006 race, he passed Marco Andretti on the final lap, marking the first time ever a racer made a last-lap pass to win the Indy 500.The next year, Tony Kanaan blistered out of the starting line in 2007, finishing the first lap in a record 41.335 seconds.And Danica Patrick finished third in the 2009 race, the highest finish for a female driver. She also participated in the history-making 2010 and 2011 fields, which each featured a record four female drivers in the starting field. It already looks like that record will be matched again this year.But as fans, we hope the record-breaking doesn’t stop there. Something like a new fastest lap or an even tighter finishing margin is unpredictable. But there is one big potential piece of history we can all root for.Both defending champion Dario Franchitti and fellow three-time winner Helio Castronuves have a chance to join Foyt, Unser, and Mears as kings of the Indy 500 hill if either can win for a fourth time.It marks the first time since the 1987 race that two drivers in the same field will be trying to join that hallowed trio.You can bet if either of them gets there, the milk will have never tasted sweeter.
4848Google bonuses, Hitler assassin dies and Iron Maiden beer – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayInternet search giant Google is paying a whopping $15m (£10.1m) in bonuses to four of its top executives for their performances last year. Executive chairman and former boss Eric Schmidt will get $6m - the largest reward, with the rest of the money going to its top lawyer, chief financial officer and chief business officer.Neither of Google's two co-founders, including chief executive Larry Page, will get a receive bonus though.Among the many records the firm holds is the title for most valuable trademark.The internet search giant topped Forbes' list of the Top Ten Most Valuable Trademarks with a value of $44.3 billion, placing it ahead of rivals such as Microsoft, Walmart, IBM and Vodafone.A study of Neanderthal skulls published today suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species.As a result, more of their brain was devoted to seeing in the long, dark nights in Europe, at the expense of high-level processing.The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) has the largest eye-to-body ratio of any animal in the world.Its body reaches a maximum length of 28 cm (11 in) while its eyes can have a diameter of 2.5 cm (0.9 in).First discovered in 1903 by Carl Chun, the vampire squid has been found to reside in tropical waters at depths of over 600 m (1,970 ft).Veteran heavy metal band Iron Maiden have announced plans to launch their own brand of beer.The band are to release the 4.8%-strength ale called Trooper in pubs from May, and it will be available at this year's Download festival, where Maiden headline on June 15.The strongest commercially available beer is Schorschbock 43 which is brewed by Schorschbräu, in Oberasbach, Germany, and has an alcohol volume of 43% as tested by Brau-Labor & Beratung laboratory services on 22 April 2010.A former German army lieutenant who took part in a plot to assassinate German leader Adolf Hitler in 1944 has died. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist died aged 90 at his home in Munich last Friday, his wife Gundula confirmed this morning.Mr von Kleist was just 22 when he volunteered to wear a suicide vest at a meeting with Hitler.The earliest known literary use of the word assassination in English according to the Oxford English Dictionary is in Macbeth by William Shakespeare in 1605.However the Assassins were known about and warned against long before that. The Assassins first appear, according to Bernard Lewis in his book "The Assassins", in the chronicles of the crusades, where it is the name for members of a sect in the Levant led by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man of the Mountains.One early mention of the sect, according to Lewis, is in a report from an envoy sent to Egypt and Syria by the emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1175.
4849NY soda ban block, One Direction waxworks and Pope vote – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayPop fans now have the next best thing to seeing One Direction in real life - with 1D being immortalised in 3D as waxwork figures by Madame Tussauds.Much like the band, the replicas will be heading out on a world tour kicking off in London, before heading to New York and Sydney.The waxworks go some way in reflecting the recent success of the 5-piece boyband, who hold the record for being the first UK group to debut at No.1 in USA with debut album, with Up All Night's first-week sales of 176,000 on 31 March 2012 sending them to the top of the Billboard 200.Sweet-tooth New Yorkers have been able to breathe a sigh of relief after a court blocked a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks from restaurants in the city.The verdict came a day before the law was to take effect.Mayor Michael Bloomberg had touted the ban as a way to reduce obesity, with research suggesting that 58% of adults in New York are obese or overweight.That's still some way short of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru (population 13,287) which holds the record for highest rate of obesity (country), with 80.2% of men and 78.6% of women totalling a body mass index greater than 30.Cardinals in Rome are set to begin voting to decide who will be the next leader of the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics, with no frontrunner in sight to take over as the head of the Church.The election was prompted by the shock abdication of Benedict XVI.The largest gathering of religious leaders was the Millennuim World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, and involved 1,000 people. It was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA from 28-31 August 2000.Amongst the attendees were: Pope John Paul II, Archibishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. Abdullah Salehal-Obaid, the Secretary of the World Muslim League. The aim of the meeting was to create a commitment to achieving world peace.Finally, Caerphilly Castle Ladies football team have today been making headlines for all the wrong reasons after being dubbed the world's worst soccer team following a miserable 43-0 defeat at the weekend.The result comes hot on the heels of similarly disastrous performances that have seen the ladies lose 36-0, 28-0 and 26-0 in the space of 10 catastrophic fixtures.The team, who play in the Women's Welsh Premier League, have a goal difference of -218, scoring just the once.They can however take some comfort knowing that other teams have conceded more. On 31 October 2002, in a league fixture in Madagascar, Stade Olympique l'Emyrne (SOE) lost 149-0 to AS Adema - with every goal an own goal.This unusual tactic, which earned the club the unenviable world record of most own goals in a domestic league football match, was in protest against a refereeing decision that went against SOE in a previous play-off match.
4850Samsung Galaxy S4, Pope Francis elected and Michael Caine at 80 – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayPope Francis today begins his first day as pontiff after yesterday being named as the new head of the Catholic Church.The Argentine becomes the first Latin American and Jesuit pope and succeeds Benedict XVI following his shock resignation last month.At 76 years of age, Francis is one of the oldest popes to be chosen, however, the record for the oldest pontiff at the time of his election remains with Clement X (Italy, b. Emilio Altieri 13 July 1590) who became pope on 29 April 1670 at the age of 79 years 290 days and crowned on 11 May that year. He died on 22 July 1676.Electronics giant Samsung is expected to lift the lid on the much hyped new Galaxy S4 smartphone at a launch event in New York this evening.The new handset is rumoured to have an octo-quad processor, 13 megapixel camera, and a huge 5-inch screen.The series is renowned for having powerful mobile processors, with one of the S4's predecessors helping to power a successful attempt in 2011 for the fastest robot to solve a Rubik's Cube.CubeStormer II - commissioned by ARM Holdings and built by Mike Dobson and David Gilday (all UK) from four LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits and a Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone - completed a scrambled 3x3 cube in 5.270 seconds at the offices of Wired magazine in London, UK. It marked the first time in history, a robot was able to solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a human.A Guns N' Roses fan is suing Axl Rose after the singer knocked his teeth out with a microphone at a gig in Perth, Australia. Darren Wright damaged his two front teeth and injured his mouth after Rose threw his microphone into the crowd at the end of the band's set at Perth Arena on Saturday night (March 9).The highest insured dentures are a set that once belonged to George Washington and are covered for $10 million (£7 million). They are currently on display at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate in Virginia, USA.The owners of the estate bought the dentures for $5,500 (£4,000) in 1949. The false teeth are made of elephant ivory, cows teeth and slave's teeth which all sit in a lead base kept in place by two coiled springs. They were made because George Washington only had one healthy tooth when he was inaugurated as America's first president in 1789.Finally British actor Michael Caine celebrates his 80 th birthday today.The star of The Italian Job and Dark Knight series is one of the oldest actor's to be nominated for Best actor, having been given the nod for his performance in The Quiet American in 2003 at the age of 69 years and 334 days.However, the record is held by the late Richard Farnsworth, who was aged 79 years 167 days when the Academy nominated him for Best Actor for his role as Alvin Straight inThe Straight Story in 2000.
4851WYMLW: Incredible BMX skills, the world’s heaviest sportswoman and an awesome beardWhat You Missed Last Week - our guide to some of the recent video highlights on our YouTube channels.Greetings Guinness World Records Fans! My name's Adam and I eat, live and breathe everything video here at GWR Towers.Each week I'll be here to tell you exactly what you missed last week across our YouTube channels. I'll even give you links as a way of showing there's no hard feelings for missing it in the first place. We all make mistakes sometimes…Matti Hemmings really is a bit handy when it comes to riding a BMX. I had the pleasure of pointing my camera at this flatland genius so you too can sit there and say "why aren't I that good at ANYTHING?" Just to make you feel even worse about your terrible BMX skills, Matti also holds the Guinness World Records Title for the most BMX cliffhanger spins (one foot on the handlebars) in one minute. No need to rub it in, Matti…videoIt's Slo-Mo Test Lab! The show that points out just how under-evolved our puny human eyeballs are by filming AWESOME things, REALLY slowly.In this installment, Bing meets the world's heaviest sportswoman, Sharron Alexander and even challenges her to a bit of a rumble. I like you, Bing. My money's on Sharron though…videoIt's time for a real blast from the past… Ultimate Guinness World Records takes a look back at some of the best action from our TV shows over the years.Last week's highlights include some aquatically minded Frenchmen rolling a canoe and a Swedish presenter with an AWESOME BEARD. videoThe dynamic duo is back with yet more against-the-clock action… Can a second chance at pyramid tin can stacking give Marcus and Alfie the edge they need to break the record? POSSIBLY! Watch it. videoGuinness World Records Classics is back and this time we travel to Italy to witness some incredible wheelchair skills… Seriously - the guy rides around on ONE WHEEL for a shave under 19 seconds. UNBELEIVEABLE.videoSticking to the one-wheeled theme (it's like we plan this stuff…) Oli is back On The Road to meet German unicycle WIZARD Lutz Eicholz. As well as World's Best Accent (not an actual record…) Lutz holds the Guinness World Records Title of Longest Distance Travelled Over Beer Bottles On A Unicycle. How did he get so good? Lutz of practice! No? Fine.videoWell, there we have it. If that wasn't six reasons to stop whatever you're doing right now, I don't know what is. Unless you're a heart surgeon or a firefighter or something. That stuff is IMPORTANT.Until next week!
4852Fastest touch-screen text message record officially broken with Fleksy keyboardThe one constant element of technology is that it's always changing.Whether in leaps and bounds from desktop computers to laptops to tablets, or incremental steps forward like annual releases of operating systems, trying to get a grasp on evolving technologies is like running an open hand through sand.This was proven yet again by software company Syntellia and its Fleksy keyboard, which powered the latest successful record attempt at the fastest time to type a text message on a touch-screen mobile phone.With Fleksy at his disposal, Brazilian teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho typed the standard Guinness World Records texting prompt in a blistering 18.19 seconds last week. The passage he needed to type follows:The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.Exhibiting how incrementally a technological record like this can advance, Marcel nipped the previous mark by just 0.25 seconds. That was set by Gaurav Sharma of Microsoft at 18.44 sec in January of this year.Showing how small technological movements can add up to sweeping change, though, this record now stands comparatively light years faster than when it was first set. Way back in March 2010, Franklin Page set the first-ever mark in the category at 35.54 seconds.The record's history is full of people looking for any competitive advantage and attempting to use the latest in both software and hardware. Across the six successful attempts in the four-year history of the category, record breakers have used iPhones, a Samsung Omnia II, Samsung Galaxy S, and Windows Phones. They've also used SWYPE, 9Keys Alpha, and even a Microsoft word flow prototype set to be included with an upcoming product.But now, Fleksy rules the corner. The app was installed on a Samsung Galaxy S4 and, after a few practice runs, Marcel successfully clocked his new record time. You can watch video of the attempt right here:videoTo qualify for the record, no autocorrect or predictive text features are allowed to remain on. What Flesky claims to enable users to do is create messages via touch typing tendencies while still remaining on a touch-screen device - essentially allowing a person to type a message without needing to look at the screen, as if typing on a traditional keypad or computer keyboard.Nobody knows where technology will go next. But for now, Marcel and Fleksy are riding shotgun when it comes to the fastest fingers in the tech world.And 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!
4853Dr Hot Licks sees in the New Year in Hong Kong with new fastest guitar-playing recordFrom Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor In Chief in Hong KongTo celebrate the dawning of 2012, the Olympian City shopping mall in Kowloon, Hong Kong, chose to host a 'rock'-themed record attempt as part of their New Year event.The Rock the World party, held in the Olympian City atrium, saw famous pop and rock acts from Hong Kong perform in front of a thronging crowd crammed into every floor of the store. However, the highlight of the night ­ just minutes after the clock struck midnight ­ was record-breaking musician and teacher John Taylor performing on his custom-made guitar.John, known to fans as Dr Hot Licks, travelled all the way from Westminster, Colorado, USA, with girlfriend and photographer Bailey for the record attempt.In the run-up to the big event, the speedy strummer devoted hours of practice to the required piece ­ 'Flight of the Bumblebee' by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.To strengthen his hands, John strapped rubber resistance bands to his fingers, giving his digits a gruelling workout just before whipping off the bands and attempting the piece.As the current record holder, John had already set the bar high with a seemingly impossible speed of 600 beats per minute (bpm). Because the famous piece of music is written in semi-quavers (16th notes) to simulate the sound of a buzzing bee, this equates to playing around 40 notes per second! Could he beat his own record?To build up to a new record-breaking speed, the aptly named Dr Hot Licks played through the piece a couple of times, first at 250 bpm then 400 bpm.On the third and official attempt, he flew off at a dizzying speed of 620 bpm. A metronome click-track ensured that John maintained an even tempo, but at such a rapid rate, it¹s almost impossible to assess accuracy. To adjudicate the record, audio and video ­of the attempt must be recorded ­ and then slowed down to hear each note and see each strum.That's where I came in as the official adjudicator. With the help of a local music expert, we listened again and again to the slowed-down recording (at 15 frames per second) and watched at just one frame per second at the fingering. Satisfied with the result, the only remaining task was to reveal the result to John and the awaiting crowd.As the news was announced, indoor fireworks were released and a huge cheer went up. The first Guinness World Records certificate of 2012 was handed over ­ a fantastic start to what we all hope will be a record-breaking year.
4854Absolute radio presenter aiming to smash London Tube recordA London radio presenter is aiming to become a record-breaker and tear-up the current Guinness World Record for travelling to every London Underground station in the shortest time possible. Richie Firth, co-presenter of the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio, will leave the comfort of his central London studios and travel the world-famous subterranean train network dressed as his on-air alter-ego superhero "Captain Chaos" - set to be an entertaining sight for commuters and tourists alike. His bid takes place on Thursday 17th November 2011 as part of Guinness World Records Day. The current record for the "London tube challenge" is held by Andi James and Steve Wilson and stands at 16 hours, 29 minutes & 13 seconds and Richie, with the encouragement of Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show listeners, is aiming to cover all 270 stations in a shorter time. Host Christian O'Connell said, "Commuters, I promise you this - he is going to be a sight for sore eyes. When Richie squeezes into his skin-tight superhero outfit, this whole challenge will quite literally go down the tube. If you spot an out-of-breath funny-looking man running up behind you -get the hell out of his way - because he won't stop for anyone." Tube challenger Richie said, "If dedication's what you need then I've got shed loads. I buy rail magazine every fortnight - I love trains - and it's time my investment paid off. As for the current record holders, well neither of them had the power of a national breakfast show behind them. I've got a support team of over a million people plus several packets of Imodium to ensure a smooth and continuous journey. Eat my dust London…this record is in the bag." Guinness World Records adjudicator Liz Smith said: "It's going to take an incredible effort, and the support of his fellow London commuters, if he's going to achieve this. I'll be there on the day to adjudicate and deliver the final verdict. Good luck Richie!" Richie is keeping a video diary of his training regime at in the run up to his challenge, he will be visiting a gym (to eat jaffa cakes), speaking to a psychologist to help get him psyched up for his big day, speaking to a pharmacist about "avoiding the need to go to the toilet" and having a fitting for his skin-tight curve-hugging costume. The event kicks off at 6am at Amersham Underground station and will finish at Heathrow Airport - Richie's progress will be tracked at all times on a special interactive map, and he will be posting audio highlights of his journey to the website. Social media users can also track his progress on Facebook and twitter using the hashtag #teamchaos.
4855New strongman record for Bob NatoliFrom Mike Janela in New York, USAAnother record attempt, another successful achievement for Bob Natoli (USA).The resident of Oswego, New York, took back to the gym last week to smash another Guinness World Records feat in the strength and stamina world, this time securing the mark for the "most weight lifted by dumbbell front raises in one hour."I traveled to upstate New York to adjudicate Natoli's latest record attempt, just five months after he broke the record for the most weight lifted by arm curls in one hour.His target this time: to push his shoulders and lats to a minimum of 20,503 lbs (9,300 kg) in the front raise technique. The end result? An extremely impressive, no-doubt-about-it total of 39,720 lbs (18,016.69 kg).For the uninitiated, one complete dumbbell front raise constitutes the following: Feet must be shoulder width apart and the participant must grip a dumbbell with one hand in a pronated (overhand) grip, with the dumbbell at the hip and the arm hanging straight at the side.The dumbbell must then be raised, keeping the arm straight, to a point of at least a 90-degree angle between the arm and torso (i.e. it must be raised in front of the body to at least shoulder level). Finally, the dumbbell must be returned to the starting position with the arm at full extension. Lather, rinse, repeat.Natoli employed a strategy in which he used a 20 lb (9.07 kg) dumbbell for the duration of the attempt. After completing a set of repetitions with his right arm, he would place the dumbbell on the floor and immediately switch to his left, alternating between the two sides.Generally, he would do anywhere between 18-20 repetitions with his stronger, right side followed by 18 repetitions with his left. Small rest breaks of no more than a few moments were built in throughout. In total, Natoli completed 1,986 repetitions across 54 sets.The record attempt was also used to donate $5,000 to the Upsate Golisano Children's Hospital of Syracuse, New York, USA and was filmed for an upcoming reality TV series featuring Natoli. The attempt also came on the heels of a book he authored, titled "True Vision 4 Success," which offers readers a glimpse at the mental techniques Natoli has used to reach many of his professional and personal goals, achieving Guinness World Records among them.The most revealing bit of Natoli's mindset came to the assorted group around 45 minutes into the attempt, when the sweat was pouring, the '80s rock blending into the background, and dumbbell raise after dumbbell raise bleeding into one another. Out of the crowd of approximately 30 family members, friends and media came a question: "Bob, what do you do when you hit a wall?"Natoli's record-inspired response, without even taking a second to put down his dumbbell: "I go around it, I go over it, I go through it, I go under it, I never just hit the wall."When it comes to breaking world records, no wall has stopped him yet.
48561992: Tallest House of CardsBryan Berg’s (USA) path to GWR fame stretches all the way back to when he was eight. That’s when his grandfather taught him the rudiments of card stacking. Bryan was hooked, and over the years he’s raised this pastime to a fine art, helped by a steady hand and boundless patience. And also by his academic studies: he has a Professional Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Masters Degree in Design Studies from Harvard University.
4857Minecraft and Rocket League records smashed at Legends of Gaming event in LondonIt was a thrilling day of videogames action, live record-breaking and social media fandom at the inaugural Legends of Gaming event last Saturday, as multiple new Guinness World Records were smashed for Minecraft and Rocket League.
4858Hunter Hayes breaks 24-hour concerts record for charityThe tour bus is parked, the media coverage is flowing, and Hunter Hayes can finally catch his breath – at least for a bit.The multiple-Grammy nominated country music star has officially been entered into the Guinness World Records database for playing the most live concerts in 24 hours in different cities.For a refresher on the rules Hunter had to follow, check out our record attempt preview here.Wearing out the highways of the American Northeast, Hunter played 10 shows in 10 cities to break the previous record of eight by The Flaming Lips in 2012.“I cannot believe how much fun this whole day has been and that it's only been a day!” Hunter said. “Ten shows in 24 hours with the best fans in the world.”The attempt kicked off Friday, May 9, at 8:17 a.m. with a concert in Times Square, broadcast live on ABC’s Good Morning America. From there, Hunter’s road trip took him to Boston and Worcester in Massachusetts Providence, R.I. New London, New Haven, and Stamford in Connecticut South Orange and Asbury Park in New Jersey, and the culminating show in Philadelphia.“Hunter has an incredible passion for his fans,” said adjudicator Morgan Wilber, one of two GWR judges who followed Hunter for all 24 hours. “He actually felt bad that the shows had to be cut so short to keep up with the record attempt. Every show he wanted to give the audience more.”The attempt also benefited a charitable cause and came in celebration of Hunter’s latest album release, Storyline.Main sponsor ConAgra Foods helped support the attempt to raise awareness for its “Child Hunger Ends Here” program.Hunter’s record attempt and cause attracted a variety of sponsors to the event, including TUDOR Watch U.S.A., Martin Guitar, Mercedes-Benz USA, Samsung Galaxy, Procter & Gamble, Glympse, and the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company.The attempt also caused a massive social media swell, with some outlets offering coverage of all 10 shows and the tour bus and thousands of “ Hayniacs” posting as much as they could about their crooning idol.“The fan support he received was just crazy,” Angert said. “Every stop it seemed like the crowds got louder and louder, whether it was noon or 4 a.m. And it seemed like every person at every show was on their phone taking pictures or tweeting or telling their friends about it.”video[&ampampamplta href="//" target="_blank"&ampampampgtView the story "Hunter Hayes 24 Hour Concerts Record" on Storify&ampampamplt/a&ampampampgt]What’s next for Hunter? Doing what he does best – touring. His “We’re Not Invisible” tour resumes May 25 with 20 shows planned over the next five months.After 10 concerts in 10 cities in 24 hours, a months-long tour should be a piece of cake.“Thank you to all the fans for not only making history with us but also making this whole thing absolutely awesome!” Hunter said.And 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!
4859Oomba software helps Gen Con attendees break largest Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament recordThe annual Gen Con tabletop gaming convention in Indianapolis already is the largest event of its kind, drawing more than 56,000 attendees across a four-day opening this year.But 2014 was different for a select few of those who made it to Indy, thanks to specialized social media company Oomba.In the first public tournament run using Oomba’s Tournament Management System™, 2,950 Gen Con attendees beat the world record for largest Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, with Guinness World Records on-site to officially verify the result live.To break the previous record - which had stood at 2,826 - Oomba dispatched 25 of its co-founders to Gen Con with iPads and Androids running the Oomba app. Each representative had a personal mission to sign up more than 100 players, using the record attempt as a means of helping new players create an Oomba account and join the tournament, which was being managed on the cloud using Oomba’s software.Highlights of the tournament, plus reaction from official Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric are available in this video.videoPlayers were matched in best two of three contests, with winners being sent to a specialized two-story booth in Tournament Hall, where rounds 3 through 12 of the competition were streamed live online via OombaTV. Each player received increasingly valuable prizes for how far they advanced. Tournament champion Walter Wills won the grand prize of an Apple MacBook Pro etched with the Oomba, Gen Con, and GWR logos."Being a part of all this, and helping Oomba and all the participants here break the world record was a blast," Wills said. "The event was a lot of fun, and it is obvious that Oomba understands the huge demand for new ways to run large tournaments like this one. It was cool to be part of their launch, but even better that I won."The allure of the record attempt attracted several hobby game celebrities to participate, including Bob and Angus, the “spokes-sheep” of Mayfair Games' Settlers of Catan and Cory Jones, creator of Hex.It also, thanks to the venue of the attempt, attracted a number of costumed players matching up and representing their favorite games. Going hand-in-hand with the unique culture, participants actually played the permissable RPS variation Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock."I could not be happier about this amazing result, and am thankful to everyone who was a part of this huge undertaking," said Michael Williams, CEO and founder of Oomba, Inc. "Having Oomba’s first-ever tournament be a world record-setting one is something we will never forget. It was a lot of work, but how cool is that?"Has Oomba's attempt inspired you to use a product or service for a record challenge of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
4860Northbank handshakes its way to a Guinness World Records titleThe Northbank, a stretch of central London that includes several iconic landmarks, helped promote its new local improvement plan with a friendly world record attempt last month for the fastest time to shake 100 hands by an individual.The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) initiative aims to help position and promote the area which includes Trafalgar Square, The Strand and the Aldwych, as a destination of choice.One aspect of the initiative is the deployment of Ambassadors who will provide a street concierge service, which will see them welcome and give directions to domestic and international visitors within the area.In order to attract publicity and awareness of the launch of BID, along with the work of the Ambassadors, Northbank decided to attempt the suitably themed handshake world record with a lunchtime event which took place outside the National Art Gallery in Trafalgar Square with the help of 100 tourists.After three attempts by separate ambassadors it was Eduardo Fuentes, Ambassador Supervisor, who triumphed, setting the record in 1 minute 45 seconds, much to the gathered crowd’s excitement.As well as achieving Northbank’s public engagement aim, with over 400 onlookers witnessing the event, the record bid also proved a success in terms of online publicity, with coverage in the London Evening Standard alongside social media coverage generating an overall online reach of over 3million views for the campaign.Speaking after his successful attempt, Eduardo said “We were ecstatic to see so many people come down to help us make history, we had a lot of fun and the atmosphere was amazing! There are a lot of quick hands in The Northbank!”Northbank Ambassadors are set, ready, GO!— The Northbank (@TheNorthbankBID) April 29, 2014Congrats to @TheNorthbankBID who broke a new world record yesterday for shaking 100 hands in the quickest time!— Aldwych Quarter (@aldwychquarter) April 30, 2014Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of the Northbank BID, was similarly pleased with the success of the event.She said: “We are delighted with the result - it’s great to be able to have a bit of fun with the people that make up this special part of London. The Ambassadors are integral to the area helping visitors and locals find their way around, their knowledge of their area is second to none, and they are all so friendly. This event was a great way to kick off the BID launch celebrations!”Mark McKinley, Guinness World Records adjudicator, who officiated on the day, added, "It's always exciting to witness a successful attempt of a Guinness World Records title, especially when it unites and includes so many people."videoPics: Mickey Lee, courtesy of The Northbank BID

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