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4861Ashes 2015: Classic England and Australia Guinness World Records cricket achievementsCricket’s longest-running rivalry begins this week as Australia visit England to play a five test series in which they will hope to retain The Ashes last contested in 2013/14. Here we look at some of the records England and Australia hold on the cricket pitch, and a few they hold off it to determine who is the overall Guinness World Records Ashes winner!
4862WYMLW: Jumping Into Marshmallows, #AskGWR, and the World's Smartest Horse?!Hello friends!Adam is on holiday this week, so it's Dan Barrett (Community Manager) covering the world of video in WYMLW today - you may have seen me on our Facebook page or Twitter feed...Now, onto the best of last week's videos:Do you like marshmallows? Perhaps melted with chocolate onto a biscuit over a roaring campfire? Or maybe you prefer jumping into a big pile of them from a great height?That's just what Brett Steffensen did, with this vertigo-inducing 8.8m (28ft 10.75in) leap of faith:videoBack with two feet on solid ground, we recently launched our new #AskGWR feature - giving you the chance to ask us, well, anything, and receive an answer in video form!He might not be here in person, but here's Adam in video form, answering the first batch of questions about life here at Guinness World Records.Plus, look out for Nero, the office dog!videoFinally, if you thought you could never be outsmarted by a horse, now might be the time to start worrying...Over on our GWROMG! channel, "On The Road" host Oli White meets Lukas, a very intelligent horse indeed - capable of recognising 19 numbers in a minute, amongst other feats:videoThat's all for now, but be sure to subscribe to both our main and GWROMG! YouTube channels for all the latest record-breaking video goodness, and check back here next Monday (17th June) for another dose of highlights!
4863Robert Downey Jr presented with record-breaking birthday card at Iron Man 3 red carpet gala in ChinaThere was plenty for Robert Downey Jr. to celebrate over the weekend, after the Hollywood film star was presented with a record-breaking birthday card during a visit to China.Robert, who turned 48 on April 4, was handed a card featuring 5,339 fans signatures at the Forbidden City in Beijing, where he was attending the red carpet gala for super hero sequel Iron Man 3.The film star was also presented with a Guinness World Records certificate confirming that the gift had set a new record for the most contributions to a greetings card, beating the previous record of 4,347 achieved by Churchill Insurance (UK) in October 2012.Chinese fans, including celebrities Huang Xiaoming and Downey’s Iron Man 3 co-star Wang Xueqi, were keen to demonstrate their affection for the actor who was making his first visit to the country. Upon receiving the certificate, Robert said “I collect modern art and I consider this the most recent addition to my collection”.“Thank you China for this amazing display of the culture and thank you for making me feel so welcome. This is unforgettable”.Set for release around the world next month, Iron Man 3 is the latest movie in the series of films featuring the Marvel comic book hero.It was partly shot in Beijing and features Chinese A-lister Xueqi in the role of Tony Stark's friend and mentor Dr. Wu.
4864Monsterbike – the world's heaviest rideable bicycle – videoBuilt by artist Wouter van den Bosch from Arnhem in The Netherlands, the "Monsterbike" has been recognised in the Guinness World Records 2013 Edition book as the world's heaviest rideable bicycle.Made from steel tubes, bicycle parts, four small tyres at the back and one mammoth Michelin tractor tyre, it weighs an incredible 750 kg (1,650 lb)and measures 1.95 m (6 ft 4.7 in) high, at the front.When taking his bike for a spin, Wouter finds that most people stop, stare and smile - however, a few fellow cyclists get annoyed as the bike tends to block cycle lanes.Wouter constructed the bike for his fine art degree - but he is not sure whether or not it is art.When asked about the bike's creation, Wouter says the incredible two-wheeler became a reality mainly to prove a doubting teacher wrong."While building the bike a teacher of mine told me it was never going to be rideable."I thought much the same after I broke a driveshaft when I took it out for the first time on the road, but it really motivated me to try harder and make it work".videoWouter's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - is out now worldwide from all good retailers. Find out more about the book and its incredible augmented reality feature, and where you can buy a copy of Guinness World Records 2013 here:
4865Largest make up class: sharing the art of beautyWhen Priceline Pharmacies organises a record attempt women know they're going to leave the event with a smile on their face. The organisation, always in the name of their amazing charity arm The Priceline Sisterhood, is becoming quite well known for breaking world records in the classiest of circumstances.In September 2011 Priceline smashed the record for the most nails filed and varnished in eight hours (2572 people), and in March 2012 the company returned to Sydney's Martin Place to set a new record for biggest breakfast in bed (289 people). This time they were back in the same location, under a marquee and surrounded by their trademark pink branding, to raise more money for their chosen charities including Look Good Feel Better.The record, sticking to the Priceline theme of giving something back to the people that support them, was the largest make up application class.The event was MC'd by celebrity travel reporter and TV star Catriona Rowntree and the class was led by Helen Dowsley, one of Australia's leading hair and make up artists. Helen demonstrated her techniques on spokesmodel Annabella Barber as the crowd of seated participants, all of whom had been given their own make up set and mirror, watched then applied make up, using the new techniques, to their own faces.At the end of the class Priceline CEO Stephen Roche accepted the certificate from Guinness World Records' man Down Under, Chris Sheedy. A total of 261 women had taken part in the lesson and, once again, they all left the event with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.
4866Video: Cam Zink sets extraordinary mountain bike backflip record at World of X GamesMountain bike maestro Cam Zink has jumped his way into the history books after setting a new Guinness World Records mark for longest dirt to dirt mountain bike backflip.Set with a target backflip length of 100 ft (30.48 m) to register a new world record, Cam’s attempt took place at the base of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California yesterday as part of the Mammoth Flip Presented by Monster Energy event for World of X Games.The successful record bid saw Cam hit a speed of 46 miles per hour, before launching off a 15-foot high ramp, and soaring 100 feetin the air."Cam, welcome to the Guinness World Records family. You are officially amazing" -— X Games (@XGames) August 22, 2014Touching down on a 25-foot high run-out landing, Cam’s backflip length was verified as measuring 100 feet, 3 inches, ensuring a new world record had been set."Cam, welcome to the Guinness World Records family: You are officially amazing," said adjudicator Alex Angert, after confirming that the jump had adhered to Guinness World Records guidelines.You can watch Cam’s extraordinary jump in the video player below.videoAnd 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!
4867Guinness World Records and Kiip are looking for the world's best mobile gamersGuinness World Records and Kiip have started a joint search for the best mobile gamers on Earth. With a series of events leading to a final Championship competition at the end of the year, the greatest gamer alive will stand alone.To find the world’s best mobile gamer won’t be easy. The path includes four worldwide qualifying competitions, each with huge rewards, before inviting the best players to a Championship round. Players will compete in these four games: Mega Jump, Lane Splitter, 7x7 and Into the Dead.There are two ways players can earn spots in the Championship:Play in all four qualifying competitions. Players will be assigned points for their performance in each competition. The top ten scores across all four events will receive an invitation.Play in one competition. The top two players of each individual competition will earn an invite.Players will also have opportunities to compete for a spot in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition in certain games along the way, meaning both a Kiip crown and official Guinness World Records titles are at stake.“There are console and PC gaming tournaments, but no one has created a highly competitive experience for mobile – until now," said Kiip CEO Brian Wong. "We expect millions around the globe to participate and can’t wait to reward the best mobile gamer in the world.”The schedule to the Championship looks like this:Qualifying CompetitionsOctober 11-13 – Into the Dead. Rewards include Jawbone JAMBOX, Samsung Galaxy S4 PhoneOctober 25-27 – Lane Splitter. Rewards include Samsung Note 3, Leap MotionNovember 8-11 – 7x7. Rewards include Wii U, Samsung GearNovember 22-24 – Mega Jump. Rewards include Moto X, SpheroChampionshipDecember – Game TBD. World’s Best Mobile Gamer CrownedBest of luck to all those participating!
4868One year on: Watch new documentary on Felix Baumgartner's record breaking Space DiveToday marks the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner's supersonic sky dive which set five world records.The Austrian aerospace pioneer, aided by the Red Bull Stratos team, tested the physical limits of mankind by becoming the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall.The 43-year-old also set new records for the highest freefall parachute jump (both FAI-sanctioned and unsanctioned), the highest vertical speed in freefall and the greatest freefall distance.More than eight million people tuned in online to watch the feat, also setting a new record for the most concurrent views of a live stream on YouTube.The attempt saw Felix jump from a capsule taken to the centre of the stratosphere above New Mexico by a giant helium balloon.The adventurer plummeted to earth with an attributed speed of 833.9mph (1,343km/h), hitting Mach 1.24.It took nine minutes for him to reach the ground.Guinness World Records officials were on the ground at the attempt site in Roswell, with Felix presented with a GWR certificate to mark his achievement following his safe return to earth."On the step, I felt that the whole world is watching," Felix said following the jump. "I said I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing."To celebrate the anniversary, music streaming service Rdio is hosting a documentary by Red Bull Media House entitled ‘ Mission to the Edge of Space: The Full Story Behind Red Bull Stratos‘.The film includes new, behind-the-scenes footage of the 128,000-foot sky dive.Click the image below to watch the documentary. Please note – in order to view the film you’ll need to sign up for a free of charge Rdio account.
4869Record holder profile: Juliana Buhring – fastest circumnavigation by bicycleIn December 2012, Juliana Buhring set a new world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world on a bicycle by a female.Starting and finishing at Piazza Plebescito in Naples, Italy, Juliana’s amazing feat took 152 days and one hour and saw her cycle a gruelling distance of 29,070 km (18,063.22 miles).What makes Juliana’s achievement perhaps even more incredible is the fact that prior to deciding to attempt the record, the 32-year-old had never ridden a bike before.Under the rules of the record a rider must travel the same distance as the circumference of the Earth – 24,900 miles – in one direction, starting and finishing in the same place. Travel by sea and air is allowed, but at least 18,000 miles of the route must be cycled.After eight months worth of training and preparation under the supervision of an Italian sports scientist, Juliana set out on her epic ride which covered Italy, France, Spain Portugal, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia.As well as fighting off sickness in India, wild dogs in Turkey and even some angry birds in Australia, Juliana’s bike, which she named Pegasus, suffered 29 flat tires, six broken spokes, and also required four full tire changes and three chain replacements during the trek.Juliana set out to cycle the world to raise awareness of her charity Safe Passage Foundation. The charity aims to help children and young people raised in restrictive, isolated or high-demand communities - an issue close to Juliana’s heart having experienced such conditions as a child.In the video below, Juliana tells the story behind her history-making journey around the
4870Schoolchildren break ocarina world record at London’s Royal Albert HallA choir of primary schoolchildren have played their way into the record books with a successful attempt at the title for largest ocarina ensemble at London’s Royal Albert Hall.Children as young as five years of age led a total of 3,081 players to form the Largest ocarina ensemble in the world, beating the previous record of 831 set in China three years ago.Their seven-minute performance of Ode to a Joyful New Star at the Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert was achieved after weeks of ocarina practice in schools across the UK, Gibraltar and Jersey, culminating in a short rehearsal together on the day.The piece was conducted by composer Douglas Coombes MBE with accompaniment from the Royal Albert Hall organ.An audience of parents, friends and ocarina fans supported the children by learning to play together during the concert.As well as raising money for children’s charity Barnardo’s, the children were allowed to keep their ocarinas at the end of the concert and offered a programme of music teaching.The English four-hole ocarina was invented in London 50 years ago by John Taylor. The name ocarina – meaning “little goose” – was first given to a round-shaped flute in 1853 by the Italian, Guiseppe Donati. Variations of similar wind instruments, known as vessel flutes, have been around for thousands of years.David Liggins, director of Ocarina Workshop, taught everyone to play in just eight minutes and commented: “That was the fastest music lesson I’ve ever seen the sound of over 3,000 people aged five to eighty all playing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was both amazing and surreal”.
4871Record-breaking Shabbat dinner at the European Maccabi Games is shared by 30 nationsLast Friday, the Largest Shabbat dinner ever took place in Berlin, Germany, when an incredible 2,322 people gathered together to share a delicious Kosher meal and join a successful Guinness World Records title attempt.
4872Nik Wallenda walks atop Orlando observation wheel for latest record attemptSerial record breaker and all-round daredevil Nik Wallenda reached more great heights today with a breathtaking walk across the rim of the new Orlando Eye observation wheel in Florida.
4873NVIDIA unleashes massive 4K screen at Churchill DownsPersonal gaming sure has come a long way since the days of Pong on CRT televisions or making sure your TV was on channel 3 to operate your console.Powered by graphics processing unit (GPU) company NVIDIA, the group debuted the largest 4k screen in a videogame competition at world-famous horse racing track Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.Final measurement: 1,414.36 m² (15,224 ft²).Gamers Justin Munoz and Tom Lounsbury were flown in to battle it out in a competition playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.videoUp for grabs between the dueling players was a new 4K gaming system for the winner, featuring the GeForce GTX 980, NVIDIA's most advanced GPU.The screen clocked in at a crisp 4096 x 2160 resolution on the display that measured 171 feet wide by 90 feet tall, meaning that the game's GPU was taxed into overdrive to ensure a smooth gameplay experience.Courtsey nvidia.comFor all the nuts and bolts of how they made this happen, check out the story from NVIDIA itself for further details.It sure looked like a lot of work. But it all seemed worth it to allow NVIDIA to hang its hat on the raw display on processing power put on successfully by its GPU capability.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!
4874(Video) Rio 2 world premiere dances its way to largest samba recordLess than a month out from its box office opening, Twentieth Century Fox’s new animated feature Rio 2 recently took over the city of Miami for the film’s world premiere.Not only did fans enjoy a movie screening, a groundbreaking ceremony for the city's official walk of fame, and a concert from the likes of Janelle Monáe and Sergio Mendes, they also witnessed the studio break the record for the largest samba dance: an historic 256 dancers came together to establish the record at Miami's iconic Fontainebleau Hotel.For the attempt, Fox provided the dancers - who all sported traditional Brazilian garb – a choreographed samba dance. Just as the samba is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and its legendary Carnival festivals, Rio and now Rio 2 - which both take place in the South American country - celebrate Brazil's music and grandeur.Record guidelines required that all dancers be clothed in traditional clothing and that the dance last for at least 5 minutes. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on-site to verify all counting and ensure all procedures were followed correctly.In the new film and sequel to 2011's Rio, returning protagonists Blu, Jewel, and their three kids are taken from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. Returning characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and EGOT member winner Rita Moreno.Check out highlights from the samba dance and official record announcement right here.videoRio 2 will debut in theatres everywhere April 11.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!
4875In pictures: Belfast primary school students take part in record breaking science lessonPrimary schools in Belfast have taken part in a massive enquiry-based lesson and try their hand at solving a "crime" using science, as part of a successful Guinness World Records attempt for Largest Practical Science Lesson.
4876Record Holder Profile Video: Jason Camberis and the world's Largest Arcade MachineJason Camberis, a 44-year-old Network Engineer from Chicago, USA took nearly two years to build this epic retro gaming system which has set a new world record for Largest Arcade Machine.
4877Video: Record-breaking gathering of people dressed as Spider-Man assembles in SydneyA grand total of 438 superheroes recently swung into action to set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Spider-Man in Sydney.
4878Double tightrope records for Nik Wallenda as daredevil walks between Chicago skyscrapers blindfolded - watchUS daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda notched up two new world records yesterday after successfully completing back-to-back high-wire walks above the city of Chicago.The heart-stopping attempts, which were viewed by thousands of onlookers below, along with a watching live TV audience on the Discovery Channel, saw Wallenda set new records for Highest Incline Tightrope Walk and Highest Blindfolded Tightrope Walk.The 35-year-old completed both crossings without a safety net or a harness.What a way to walk in Chicago! Congrats #NikWallenda!— Hampton Lincolnshire (@LincolnshireHI) November 3, 2014For the Highest Incline Tightrope Walk record Wallenda walked uphill rising to a 15-degree angle from the iconic Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at more than 50 stories high above the Chicago River.It took Nik six minutes and 52 seconds to complete the first stage 500ft (152m) above the ground - in winds that were gusting at up to 25mph (40km/h.@NikWallenda breaks not one, but two @GWR. @NMoralesNBC and @WillieGeist talk with him & his family.— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) November 3, 2014Then, blindfolded, he crossed the 94ft between the Marina City's and east towers in one minute 17 seconds.Part of the "Flying Wallendas," Nik comes from a long line of tightrope walkers.He had previously walked on a tightrope over the Niagara Falls and became the first person to successfully traverse the Grand Canyon in June last year. videoAll pics: ©Discovery
4879Shakira sets new Facebook world record after reaching 100 million likesGuinness World Records can today confirm that pop star Shakira has set a new social media record after gaining the title for first person to reach 100 million likes on Facebook.The Colombian singer-songwriter reached the benchmark figure after posting a photo of herself in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio, Brazil last Sunday, prior to her performance during the closing ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.At Maracanã hours away from the final! !En el Maracanã a horas de la final! Shak— Shakira (@shakira) July 13, 2014The image collected over 3.5 million likes in just four days, becoming the star’s most liked Facebook post to date.The new milestone adds to Shakira’s existing record for most “liked” person on Facebook, a title she holds ahead of fellow pop stars Rihanna and Eminem.videoSpeaking of her new achievement, Shakira said: "I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it's one that's purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe,” She added: “Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience. We've been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue."videoCommenting on Shakira’s incredible social media following, Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s VP of Global Operations and Media Partnerships, said: “The combination of Shakira’s global appeal, her authentic engagement with fans and her use of Facebook as a multi-media platform has positioned her to achieve the incredible milestone of 100M fans.”
48802014 Sochi Winter Olympics: A record tour around the figure skating worldSouth Korea's Yu-Na Kim looks to defend her Olympic gold medal in Sochi/(c) AlamyWith the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only days away, we would like to take a moment to turn our attention to records from one of the most popular events of the Winter Games – figure skating. With the debut this year of the first-ever figure skating team competition, we thought it would be fun to share that inclusive spirit by taking a tour around some of the global hotspots for the sport, Guinness World Records-style.With that, lace up your skates, it's time for a record-breaking trip around the world of figure skating. SCANDINAVIALet’s start in Northern Europe, the home of figure skating. Scandinavia holds some of the earliest figure skating records, with a pair of legendary skaters setting records that haven’t been beaten in almost 100 years: Most Olympic figure skating gold medals for a man: The most Olympic figure skating gold medals won by a man is three by Gillis Grafstrom (Sweden), won consecutively from 1920-1928. Most Olympic gold figure skating medals for a woman: Meanwhile, the most Olympic figure skating gold medals won by a woman is also three, by Sonja Henie from Swedish neighbor Norway. She picked up where Grafstrom left off, winning consecutively from 1928-1936.NORTHERN AND CENTRAL EUROPEvideoMoving a bit farther south, we reach a surprising hot spot for skating records – the United Kingdom. On first glance, this may seem surprising, as the UK is not known as a figure skating powerhouse (with the exception of ice dancers Torvill and Dean).Historically, however, the UK was extremely important to the development of the sport. The Edinburgh Skating Club was the first ice skating association (formed in 1742), and the British were renowned in the 19 th century for the intricate and difficult figures their skaters were able to trace in the ice.In more modern times, the UK has seen many figure skating records broken, including Robin Cousins' record double on Nov. 16, 1983. That day, he (who you can see in action above at Lake Placid 1980) hit both the longest axel jump and longest back flip on figure skates, reaching 5.81 m (19 ft 1 in) and 5.48 m (18 ft), respectively. But the UK doesn't stand alone.Our skating tour of Europe would not be complete without mentioning one of our most popular skating record-holders – Lucinda Ruh of Switzerland, who is known as one of the best spinners of all time. She proved this by setting the record for the most continuous upright spins on ice skates, rotating 115 times on one foot at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York City on April 3, 2003.videoRUSSIA Next we move a bit farther east, to one of the most dominant countries in figure skating – Russia. For the 2014 Games, Russia has a great shot at gold in the pairs team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who hold the current record of the highest total score for a pairs team, set at the 2013 Skate America competition with a total of 237.71. Volosozhar and Trankov uphold a long and impressive tradition of successful pairs skating in Russia. In fact, the country holds the record for longest winning streak at any single event in the Winter Olympics, as the USSR/Russia won the pairs figure skating competition for 46 straight years between 1964-2006.To list all of the figure skating Olympic medals records won by the Soviet Union or Russia would be an entirely different piece. But two more non-Olympic records prove just how skating-crazy the country is:videoThe fastest spin on ice skates was achieved by Natalia Kanounnikova (Russia) with a maximum rotational velocity of 308 rotations per minute at Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City on 27 March 2006.While the largest ice rink measures a surface area of 12,600 m² (135,625 ft²) in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The rink, which is situated in a 15,000 seat arena, is 185.95 m (610 ft) long and 74 m (2442.7 ft) wide at its extremes and was completed in March 2003.ASIA Continuing to move east, we reach Asia, which has grown into a major influence in figure skating over the past decade. South Korea boasts the current ladies Olympic champion, Yu-Na Kim, who is trying to win back-to-back Olympic gold (something that has not been done since Katarina Witt in 1984 and 1988). Kim holds the record for the highest total score in the discipline, at 228.56 set at Vancouver 2010.Japan also has an impressively deep roster in both the men’s and women’s disciplines. Reigning Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada set a record in Vancouver when she landed the most triple axels performed in one competition by a female with three.And while he's since been overtaken by Canadian Patrick Chan, men’s favorite Daisuke Takahashi previously held the record for the highest total score (male) back in 2008. NORTH AMERICAThe final stop on our world skating tour is North America , where both Canadian and American skaters have a good shot at gold in Sochi.Canada is well-known as a skating powerhouse - Patrick Chan currently holds the record for the highest total score by a man, of 295.27, set at Paris' Trophée Bompard in November. videoSkating is so ingrained in Canadian culture that the Great White North was even home to the longest ice skating trail. That measured 8.5 km (5.26 miles) and was the naturally frozen Winnipeg's Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, as measured on Jan. 26, 2008.Though the United States has been home to some of the most celebrated ( and infamous) names in figure skating history, the U.S. is surprisingly light on world records. Team USA does have an excellent shot for gold in ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who hold the highest total score in ice dancing, at 191.35, set at the ISU Grand Prix Final in December. Davis and White are attempting to become the first American ice dance team to claim Olympic gold.Besides Davis and White’s, one other impressive record boasted by the U.S. comes from popular show skater Richard Dwyer. Dwyer owns the longest career as a professional ice skater at 63 years and counting. "Mr Debonair," who began his professional career in 1950 aged 14, continues to perform.videoAs we see, figure skating is so much more than just Russian domination. It's grown into a truly global sport that should set the stage for an amazing - and hopefully record-breaking! - couple of weeks in Sochi.Related stories: Sochi 2014: Five to watch out for at the Winter Olympics The best records for all the favorites in Winter Olympics men's ice hockeyMake sure to follow @GWR on Twitter for all the latest up-to-the-minute updates from performances at Sochi 2014.
4881Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition: New book celebrates the best and most bonkers in videogamingOut in shops on 3 rd January in the US and Australia and the UK from January 19 th, Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition brings together the latest, greatest and most extreme achievements in the world of videogamesPraised by critics as a "definite almanac of all things games" (LA Times), the fifth instalment in the best-selling series is a must-have for any fan of gaming. Packed with official gaming records, trivia and never-before seen pictures, the new edition covers every genre with an outstanding selection of in-depth spreads on some of your favourite games including Battlefield, Pokémon, Starcraft, Gears of War, Angry Birds, and Ultima Online.New records to feature in this year's book include the Longest Videogame Marathon, the Longest Gaming Session in Freefall, the Highest Fee Paid for a Videogame Advert Appearance and the world's Largest Videogame Controller. Gamer's Edition 2012 is also packed full of interesting features such as the Top 50 Videogame Endings Of All Time as voted by over 13,000 readers Gaming Fail, a fun look at the greatest 'Epic Failures' in gaming history Star Wars, a guide to the spin-off games that have come from the iconic movie and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, Gaz Deaves, says: "The brand new Gamer's Edition is packed full of the best and brightest of the last 12 months in videogaming, with amazing achievements, bizarre behaviour and incredible industry insight. We've adjudicated records with the best gamers in the world to give our readers a complete picture of all the most astonishing facts from the wonderful world of gaming."Stay tuned to for an exclusive sneak peak of the book.
4882Dina Manfredini declared world's oldest living person at age 115115-year-old Dina Manfredini from Des Moines, Iowa, USA was officially announced today as the new world's oldest living person. Dina was born on April 4th, 1897, before both Amelia Earhart and William Faulker. A native of Pievepelago, Italy, Dina moved to a tiny mining camp in Des Moines in 1920 with her late husband, Riccardo Manfredini. Dina was primarily a mother and homemaker, but had taken a job later in life cleaning houses up until the age of 90. Dina lived independently until she was 110 years old, when she then relocated to a nursing home based in Johnston, Iowa where she currently resides. Her family prides her on being an avid gardener and credits her longevity to "hard work and everything in moderation." While Dina's hearing is poor, she is general in good health and can walk with a walker. Dina's succession to the title comes after the news of Besse Cooper, the previous oldest living person, passed away Tuesday, December 4th at age 116. Dina currently has the title of the world's oldest living person, just 15 days ahead of Japanese record holder Jiroemon Kimura. Robert Young, Senior Consultant of Gerontology for Guinness World Records, confirmed that Dina is the only verified Italian person to have reached the age of 115 in documented history. She is now also a week away from tying for the designation of the "oldest immigrant," set by Danish-born American, Christian Mortensen in 1998.
4883Performance Power Racing drives through fastest standing mile record at Kennedy Space CenterPerformance Power Racing reset the record for the fastest standing mile (car) this week at 283.232 mph. Johnny Bohmer, owner of Performance Power Racing (USA), broke the record at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, using a 2006 Ford GT to set the record. The standing mile is an event in which a vehicle, from a dead stop, accelerates completely through the one mile mark. The West Palm Beach based Research and Development Company worked directly with Pratt and Whitney on a new high specific strength, high temperature tolerant, Aluminum Alloy named Pandalloy™. Parts were specifically designed and manufactured out of Pandalloy for the Ford GT used in the attempt. "Our entire team has worked very hard to get here and we are proud to be able to put an American car in the record books as the fastest street car in the world." Mr. Bohmer said about the achievement. "By NASA allowing us access to a one of a kind facility, we are given the opportunity to push the limits of these technologies and explore their benefits. An immense amount of research and development went in to this 3 year project and we are just scratching the surface of where these systems can be utilized outside of the racing arena." The run was measured by Tag Heuer timing equipment and verified by officials from the International Mile Racing Association, who recognized the run as a new IMRA world record. Johnny's crew included Matt Lundy (lead design tech), Jeff McEachran, Frank Richert, George Brown and Matt Lilly. Sponsors of the car included Big Stuff, Eye Candy Performance Car Care, Magna Fuel, Moran Racing Engines, Snow Performance, NLR Power and Control, MPR Racing Engines, Pandalloy Extreme Performance Aluminum, Performance Power Materials, Precision Turbo & Engine, and Serious
4884Longest crane arm record set by Chinese firm SANYChinese construction equipment manufacturer SANY have reached new heights after setting a new record for the longest truck-mounted jib/boom/crane arm. Measuring 86.177 m (282 ft 8.7 in), the truck-mounted concrete pump's incredible height was officially recognized during a Guinness World Records certificate presentation at the firm's Annual Summit in Hainan last month.The achievement marks the third time that SANY have set a new benchmark for the record category. They initially set the record in October 2007 with a boom measuring 66 m (216 ft. 6 in.), and then broke their own record two years later in August 2009 with a pump that measured 71.535 m (234 ft. 1.2 in.). Fellow Chinese manufacturing company Zoomlion briefly held the title in September 2011, with a boom measuring 80.101 m (262 ft. 9.58 in.) before SANY reclaimed the record withtheir latest effort.SANY's booms are generally used as concrete pumps for bridges, tall buildings, and other large structures, but the uses are not solely for construction purposes. In keeping with the company's philosophy of humanitarianism, SANY donated a 62-m truck-mounted concrete pump to the Tokyo Electric Power Company to use for water injection cooling at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, which was severely affected following the devastating earthquake in early 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Company had originally intended to purchase the pump, but SANY instead donated the US $1 million machine in order to aid Japan and help to defuse the nuclear crisis.
4885Video: Has he done it again? Watch Garrett McNamara surf ‘100 foot wave’ in PortugalAmerican extreme surfer Garrett McNamara has reportedly beaten his 2011 record for the largest wave surfed (unlimited) after riding a claimed peak of 100ft yesterday.The potentially historic moment, which was captured on video in the clip below, took place in Nazaré off the coast of Portugal on a wave formed above an underwater canyon famous for being the world's biggest wave generator.The canyon had previously been the scene for McNamara's triumphant record-breaking ride in November 2011, which saw him negotiate a wave which measured 23.77 m (78 feet) from trough to crest.Guinness World Records is currently awaiting further evidence in order to verify if Garrett has indeed beaten his previous benchmark.videoGarrett, a professional big wave surfer for the Body Glove International team, is part of an elite group that travels the world chasing storms and tracking swells in an effort to surf the largest waves.In the past he has ridden breaks such as Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in California and Todos Santos in Mexico.Describing his latest daredevil feat, Garrett, 45, told ABC News: "You are just going so fast, it's really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains"."And you're just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain. Your brain is getting rattled. Your whole body is getting rattled."The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.To learn more about Garrett and his other missions visit
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4888Runners smash 100km team treadmill world record in AustraliaOutside it was dark and wet but inside a small gym above Bondi Beach the atmosphere was warm and energetic as 12 of Australia's greatest athletes gathered at 4am earlier this month to warm up for an attempt at the record for the fastest time to run 100km on a treadmill (team).Shift 60 gym was the location and the stars included legendary marathon runner Steve Moneghetti, multiple world champion triathlete and ironman Craig Alexander and, just to keep the boys on their toes, female middle distance champion Lisa Corrigan.The other athletes were Andrew Reid, Ariel Young, Michael Prince, John Mergler, Alister Ross, Stephen Madden, Clint Kimmins, Dave Matthews and Trent Wood, a mix of professional runners, surfers, surf lifesavers from popular TV series Bondi Rescue and other athletes.The plan was simple - to run 100km on a single treadmill more quickly than anyone had ever done before. The benchmark to beat was 5 hours 42 minutes 32 seconds - a time set in the USA in 2008, meaning that they'd need to keep the treadmill running at over 18.5km/hour.As the runners urged each other onwards, speeds of up to 22km/hour were regularly held and the athletes forged an early lead over the current record pace.By the time they reached the 100km mark (which was actually 101.16km - to allow for distance lost during each changeover) the clock had hit 5 hours 24 minutes and 10 seconds, meaning a new record had been set.Perhaps just as importantly the team had raised tens of thousands of dollars for Kids Foundation, (a local charity dedicated to childhood injury prevention and recovery), and had slotted in some handy early morning indoor training at Shift 60 on an otherwise miserably wet morning.
4889Happy birthday Besse Cooper! World’s oldest living person turns 116Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, marked another milestone today, when she celebrated her 116th birthday.Besse, from Monroe, Georgia, USA, was first certified as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in January 2011.Senior Consultant of Gerontology for Guinness World Records, Robert Young, presented Besse with an updated Guinness World Records plaque as part of her birthday festivities which took place at her nursing home facility in Monroe, Georgia.She had to relinquish the title for a few months when it was discovered that Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentim was 48 days older. However, when Maria died on June 21, 2011, Besse was reinstated as the world's oldest person and has held that title ever since.Her birthday was marked with the a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating a recently completed bridge on New Hope Church Road in her honour.Born in Tennessee in 1896, Besse moved to Monroe, during World War One in search of work as a teacher.She married her husband Luther in 1924, and they had four children. Today, she has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.Speaking at the bridge ceremony, Besse's son, Sidney, said "The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten,"Relaying a message from the honoree he later added, "I'm glad I gave them a reason to name it."Besse Cooper is among an elite group of eight super centenarians who have lived to the age of 116.Her secret to longevity? "I mind my own business," Cooper says. "And I don't eat junk food."
4890Largest food Court record set in EgyptOn 04 August 2010, Guinness World Records™was present in Cairo, Egypt to adjudicate the record attempt for the largest food court. The brand-new Oasis restaurants and entertainment is now officially recognized by Guinness World Records™ as the largest food court in the world.The architecturally impressive building has a total floor area of 41,000 m² (441,318 ft², 80 in²), it comprises 25 restaurants and cafes with a total seating capacity of 4,223. This beats the previous record holder, Tivoli Dome which comprises 16 restaurants and cafes with a seating capacity of 2,500.Oasis restaurants and entertainment also contains a beautiful kid's zone, two cinema theatres and a parking space that can hold up to 1,000 cars.The restaurants and cafes housed in Oasis restaurants and entertainment are: Carpaccio Mama Mia Chez-edy Bahee café Bella café Chez-louli Chooco bar Dar Elkamar Del doge Elchuro Elchuro-kiosk Feg Hola café Ice Kahawagy lapoire Las olas Makani On The Wood Roof garden Set Hosnia Shors and Zalabia Spectra and Tag Elsultan.Alaa Alsayed, Chairman of Oasis Restaurants, commented, "This is indeed a proud day for all of us involved with Oasis restaurants and entertainment. We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to showcase our food court.Guinness World Records Adjudicator Talal Omar attended an official ceremony after reviewing the surveyor's statements and personally viewing the entire food court. At the end Mr Omar awarded the certificates to Mr Alaa Alsayed who declared that the event had been a great success.Popular pop singer Abdel Fattah El-Jeriny was present during the ceremony and entertained the hundreds of families who came to enjoy the great atmosphere at Oasis restaurants.Congratulations to the new records holders.

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