Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

49212012: Highest Freefall Parachute JumpAn incredible eight million people signed into YouTube on 14 October 2012 to witness live the moment skydiver Felix Baumgartner did a freefall parachute jump from a height of 38,969.4m, smashing through eight world records and the sound barrier all in one go.
4922Chris Sheedy: Farewell to one of GWR’s most prolific adjudicators down underWatching ordinary people achieve extraordinary things has been the single most powerful source of inspiration for Chris Sheedy, a 16-year veteran of Guinness World Records. He now moves on from GWR, but here below he recounts his favourite moments…
4923The Voice, PewDiePie and Dr. Dre 
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4924United Biscuits enjoy record-breaking sales conference with huge book domino topple
4925Jonny Wilkinson: A record-breaking look back over retiring rugby legend’s careerA week after delivering back-to-back Heineken Cup titles for Toulon in his last game on British soil, rugby union legend Jonny Wilkinson will officially retire from the sport after his sides Top 14 Final clash against Castres on Saturday.Wilkinson leaves the game as one of its all-time greats, winning one Premiership title and two Powergen Cups with Newcastle Falcons, two Heineken Cups with Toulon and four Six Nations titles and a World Cup with England.But alongside those titles came countless world records. As Jonny is set to kick his playing career into touch, we take a look at the amazing Guinness World Records titles he has set in his 18-year career.Jonny made his England debut aged just 18 when he replaced Mike Catt in a Five Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham on 4 April 1998. Over his career playing in the annual Five/Six Nations tournament, Wilkinson would become one of the competitions all-time greats, scoring the most conversions (89) and drop goals (11) in the tournaments history. He trails only Ronan O’Gara (Ireland) for the most points and the most penalties in the tournament. O’Gara has scored 557 point to Wilkinson’s 546, and the Irishman’s 109 penalties in the competition are four more than Jonny’s 105.The England legend also holds several records for the best performances in a single Five/Six Nations tournament. He scored an incredible 89 points during the 2001 tournament, the most in any single season of the competition. Those 89 points came from scoring one try, 12 penalties and 24 conversions, the latter of which gave Jonny the record for ‘Most conversions in a Five/Six Nations tournament’. In 2003, he warmed-up for his World Cup winning drop goal with five drop goals in the 2003 Six Nations, equalling the record first achieved by Guy Camberabero (France) for France in 1967, and matched since by three other players. And until last year, Jonny’s 18 penalties in the 2000 tournament were the most in one season, until Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) kicked 19 during the 2013 competition.videoNot only has Jonny achieved greatness in individual Five/Six Nations tournaments, he has also displayed record-breaking skill in individual matches. Wilkinson has scored the ‘Most points by an individual in a Five/Six Nations match’ with 35 points for England against Italy at Twickenham on 17 February 2001. Those 35 points comprised of one try, nine conversions and four penalties. The nine conversions also broke the record for ‘Most conversions in a Five/Six Nations match’ and the combination of conversions and penalties, 13 in total, set the record for ‘Most goals kicked in a Five/Six Nations match’. Jonny’s final Five/Six Nations record is for the seven penalties he kicked against France at Twickenham on 20 March 1999, a record he shares with six other players.On the grandest stage of them all, the IRB Rugby World Cup, Jonny also shines brighter than his peers. He is the career leader in points (277), penalties (58) and drop goals (14) in World Cup tournaments. During England’s triumphant 2003 World Cup campaign, Jonny scored 113 points, good for second all-time behind record holder Grant Fox (New Zealand), who helped the Kiwi’s to the title in the first ever Rugby Union World Cup in 1987 by scoring 126 points.Jonny’s incredible ability to fire drop goals between the posts was clearly in evidence during the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup. He sent eight drop goals between the posts, giving him the title for ‘Most drop goals scored in a Rugby Union World Cup tournament’. He even managed to score three drop goals in one match, a feat only bettered by Jannie de Beer’s (South Africa) record breaking five drop goals whilst playing for South Africa against England in the 1999 World Cup Quarter-Final.videoDespite an injury plagued career that saw him spend many hours in the treatment room, Jonny was always able to rebound and have a long international career. This was highlighted by the fact that he is the only player to score points in two Rugby Union World Cup Finals. In England's World Cup win in 2003, Wilkinson scored four penalties and that famous drop goal in his side’s victory over Australia. Four years later, England reached the final again, losing 15-6 to South Africa. Wilkinson's two penalties were the only points England managed in that final.videoHis dominance for England led to his inclusion on two tours with the British and Irish Lions. He went to Australia with the Lions in 2001 and was part of their tour of New Zealand in 2005. Over his Lions career, Wilkinson is the leading point scorer with 67, is tied with Stephen Jones (Wales) for the most conversions with seven and is second only to Gavin Hastings (Scotland) for the most penalties in a Lions career, having scored 16 across his two tours compared to Hastings’ 20. Jonny also holds the record for ‘Most penalty goals kicked in a Rugby Union British Lions & Irish Lions match’ with 6 (tied with Hastings) and held the record for most points in one game with 20, until Leigh Halfpenny surpassed his total with 21 points in the third test against Australia in the Lions most recent tour in 2013.videoHowever, the most impressive of Wilkinson’s records come when you don’t just consider one tournament, but international rugby as a whole. He has scored more drop goals in international rugby than anyone else with 36 and ties with fellow rugby union legend Dan Carter (New Zealand) for the most penalties in an international career with 255. And he trails only Carter’s 1,442 points for the ‘Most points in a Rugby Union international career’. From his debut in 1998 to his international retirement in 2011, Wilkinson amassed a total of 1,246 in international rugby, with Carter only pulling ahead once Jonny had retired. Who knows, if Jonny had carried on, perhaps he’d still have that record too.Defining MomentDespite all he achieved in the game, the crowning glory of Jonny’s career was definitely when he helped England to beat rivals Australia in the final of the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup. With the scores level in extra time, Wilkinson received a pass from Matt Dawson with a sight of goal and Jonny did the rest.videoAs he hopes to sign off with another trophy for Toulon on Saturday, Jonny Wilkinson leaves a hole in rugby union which will be impossible to replace. Guinness World Records salutes the amazing career of Jonny Wilkinson and wish him all the best in his retirement.Wilkinson’s 19 Guinness World Records titles:Most penalties in a Rugby Union international careerMost drop goals in an international Rugby Union careerMost conversions in the Five/Six Nations ChampionshipsMost drop goals scored in the Five/Six Nations ChampionshipsMost points in a Five/Six Nations tournament (individual)Most conversions in a Five/Six Nations tournament (individual)Most drop goals scored in a Five/Six Nations tournament (individual)Most points by an individual in a Five/Six Nations matchMost conversions in a Five/Six Nations matchMost goals kicked in a Five/Six Nations matchMost penalty goals kicked in a Five/Six Nations matchMost points in a Rugby Union World Cup careerMost penalty goals kicked in a Rugby Union World Cup careerMost drop goals scored in a Rugby Union World Cup careerMost drop goals scored in a Rugby Union World Cup tournament (individual)Most Rugby Union World Cup finals an individual has scored points inMost points in a Rugby Union British Lions & Irish Lions careerMost conversions in a Rugby Union British Lions & Irish Lions careerMost penalty goals kicked in a Rugby Union British Lions & Irish Lions match
4926Star Wars Day: The Force is strong in these World RecordsFor many a science fiction fan within this galaxy, May 4 th marks Star Wars Day – an event which sees aficionados of the hugely successful movie series celebrate Star Wars culture.In case you hadn’t guessed, the date relates to a pun on one of the space saga’s most quoted lines – “May the force be with you”.This year's celebrations recieved a boost earlier this week following the official announcement of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII, the next installment of the saga, which will see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammil reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy.The Star Wars: Episode VII cast at a script readTo mark the occasion, we’ve delved deep into the Sarlacc pit-like depths of the Guinness World Records archive to bring you our pick of Star Wars world records.Largest fortune made from a film franchiseRather than taking a director’s fee for Star Wars (USA, 1977), George Lucas (USA) acquire d the rights to all sequels and future merchandise. In 2011, Forbes assigned him a net worth of $3.2 billion (£2 billion).Highest box-office gross for a screenwriterThe 15 movies written by George Lucas (USA) have grossed a lifetime combined total of $ 3.33 billion (£ 2.06 billion) in box office receipts.Until last year, Lucas also held the record for Highest box office film gross average for a director (male), with the six movies that had him the directors chair from THX 1138 (USA, 1971) to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (USA, 2005), having grossed a total of $1.74 billion (£1.08 billion) at the box office, at an average of $290.6 million (£145.4 million) per movie. That title now belongs to Toy Story 3 diector Lee Unkrich (USA) who has an average US-gross of $332,904,144 (£207 million).Highest-grossing space-opera movieStar Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace (USA, 1999) had grossed $924 million (£577 million) worldwide by 3 February 2000.Largest collection of Star Wars memorabiliaSteve Sansweet (USA) has amassed an estimated 300,000 unique items at Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California, USA.videoAs of 15 May 2013, only 90,546 items have been accurately audited and catalogued – a number sufficient enough, however, to beat the previous Guinness World Records figure by a factor of four. Sansweet estimates that the cataloguing process will take years to complete, as his collection continues to grow.Largest simultaneous premiere – territoriesStar Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (USA, 2005) was released simultaneously in 115 territories by 20th Century Fox on 19 May 2005. It went on to secure an international gross of $303 million (£165.9 million).Biggest opening weekend ever for a re-released filmShown in cinemas in 1997 as the first of Lucasfilm’s 20th anniversary Special Editions of the original Star Wars trilogy, Episode IV: A New Hope (USA) grossed $35,906,661 (£21,903,063) in US cinemas on the weekend of 31 January–2 February 1997. A New Hope took $579,646,015 (£353,584,069) worldwide to June 1997 – the highest theatrical gross for a film re-release.Most Oscars won for visual effectsDennis Muren (USA) won the Academy Award for Visual Effects a total of six times between 1983 and 1994. He has also received two Special Achievement Awards, in 1981 for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (USA, 1980) and in 1984 for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (USA, 1983).He also received the Technical Achievement Award in 1982 “For the development of a Motion Picture Figure Mover for animation photography”. In addition, Muren holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for visual effects. He has been nominated on 13 occasions, the first being in 1982 for Dragonslayer (USA, 1981) and the most recent being in 2006 for War of the Worlds (USA, 2005).Best-selling single of instrumental musicA 1977 disco arrangement of John Williams’s (USA) music to Star Wars – entitled “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” – by record producer Meco, aka Domenico Monardo (USA), remains the only instrumental single to have reached platinum status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 2 million units. The track featured on the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk (1977), which outsold the original movie soundtrack and was also certified platinum.Largest entertainment voice-over projectMore than 200,000 lines of dialogue were recorded by several hundred voice actors for the LucasArts videogame Star Wars: The Old Republic (Electronic Arts, BioWare and LucasArts, 2011). The MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) was first released on 20 December 2011. You can read more about the record here.First Star Wars videogameThe inaugural Star Wars videogame, The Empire Strikes Back (Parker Brothers, 1982) was based on the second film in the series and made for the Atari 2600 and Intellivision.videoMost spoofed film seriesThere have been direct references to the Star Wars series in more than 170 feature films, and in countless TV shows, comics, adverts and online videos. One episode of the cartoon comedy Family Guy, “Blue Harvest” (Fox, 2007, left), was an hour-long parody of the film. A number of full-length Star Wars spoofs have been made, of which the best known is Spaceballs (USA, 1987, below left). Individual Star Wars spoof scenes have been a staple of comedy movies for more than 30 years, from Airplane II: The Sequel (USA, 1982) and Get Crazy (USA, 1983) to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (USA, 1999) and The Simpsons Movie (USA, 2007).Most successful book series based on a film seriesLucas Licensing has recorded more than 100 million sales of Star Wars related books, with over 850 novelizations, original novels, reference books, children’s books and role-playing supplements, including 80 New York Times best-sellers. The first original novel based on Star Wars characters was Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (1978), written by Alan Dean Foster (USA).Largest film merchandising campaignIn May 1996, PepsiCo (owners of Pepsi, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and Frito Lay) signed a deal with Lucasfilm for the right to link their products with Star Wars during the Special Edition re-releases of the original trilogy, leading up to the 1999 release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.At a reported $2 billion (£1.34 billion), it is the most extensive single cross-promotion deal in history.Most prolific videogame series based on a licensed propertyAs of April 2012, a total of 279 Star Wars videogames had been released across 41 different platforms.Most successful action-figure rangeAs of 2007, the Star Wars toy lines from Kenner/Hasbro had generated more than $9 billion (£4.5 billion) in sales. In 1978 alone, Kenner’s first range of Star Wars figures sold more than 40 million units, earning in excess of $100 million (£52 million).
4927Back to the Future day: Ten amazing records that prove some of the film's predictionsToday is the day that Marty McFly and Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown travelled forward to in the famous sci-fi film Back to the Future Part II, released in 1989. In the year 1985, Marty and Doc jumped into the DeLorean time machine and journeyed to the once far off world of 21 October 2015.
4928My Story: How a mum-of-four's battle to get into shape led to an incredible multiple marathon world recordTuedon “Tee” Omatsola Morgan (Nigeria) recently earned a Guinness World Records title for the Fastest time to run a half marathon on each continent (female), completing seven races in a mind-blowing time of 10 days, 23 hr, 37 min and 8 sec.
4929Charlie Sheen Changes Name, Usain Bolt Loses, Happy National Donut Day! It's the News in World RecordsSometimes, it's better to just wipe the slate clean and start over. Is that what Charlie Sheen is going for by changing his name in his latest film appearance, in the upcoming action movie, "Machete Kills?"Sheen, his longtime stage name, decided to be billed this time around as Carlos Estevez, his born name. And can you blame him? Don't forget, but just two years ago, Sheen's classic series of rants and meltdowns propelled him to the record for fastest time to reach a million Twitter followers, needing just 25 hours 17 minutes.A record holder multiple times over, fastest man alive Usain Bolt actually lost a competitive race. The holder of the fastest 100- and 200-meter dashes in history fell by 0.01 of a second to the USA's Justin Gatlin at the Golden Gala leg of the IAAF Diamond League series, with Gatlin takin gold in a time of 9.94 seconds. Something tells me this is just a blip on the Bolt radar and that the Jamaican isn't nearly ready to give up his World's Fastest Man crown anytime soon. Check out video of the race.videoThe United States celebrates National Donut Day today, with plenty of national and local donut chains offering freebies to commemorate the occasion. In the mood for a few donut-related records to satiate the craving? Glad you asked! The most powdered doughnuts eaten in three minutesis six and was achieved by Shamus Petherick (Australia) at Donuts Coffee N More in Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia, on 12 December 2010. The fastest time to eat a jam doughnut with no hands (and without licking the lips) is 30.53 seconds and was achieved by Oli White (UK) at the Across the Pond new office launch, in London, UK, on 6 March 2013. And the largest filled doughnut weighed 1.7 tonnes (3,739 lb) and was made by representatives from Hemstroughts Bakeries, Donatos Bakery and the radio station WKLL-FM, in Utica, New York, USA, on 21 January 1993. Yum.Lastly, a new airline start-up is describing itself as the "Netflix of business travel." Surf Air, based in California, will offer travelers an all-you-can-fly monthly pass, determined to provide a corporate jet experience at a much more welcoming cost. Seems like a guaranteed way to try and break the record for most scheduled flight journeys within 30 days, but not so fast! That record is 135 and was achieved by Mark Malkoff (USA) during a campaign organized by AirTran Airways from 1 to 30 June 2009, but official rules state that private and chartered flights aren't allowed.
4930Federer Falls, Penelope Cruz as new Bond girl, and the Queen celebrates her coronation - News in World RecordsEarlier today, tennis icon Roger Federer fell in straight sets at the French Open to sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Despite Tsonga's ascendancy and Federer's recent inconsistent-by-only-his-standards play, the result comes as a bit of a shock with the all-time great exiting before the semifinals. Federer, of course, owns a litany of records, including the most career Grand Slams won (17) and the most consecutive semifinals of a Grand Slam reached (23), a level he will not be reaching at Roland Garros.Early reports link Spanish actress Penelope Cruz to the role of the next "Bond" girl in the latest 007 installment, which would be the 24th entry in the canon. Should Cruz confirm her participation, it would give her the record as oldest Bond girl, which she would achieve at an age of nearly 40 by the time production begins in summer 2014.While festivities for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee dominated the headlines last year, the Queen joined 2,000 guests today at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her actual coronation. As one would expect, Her Majesty is attached to a number of records herself, including the active records of longest reigning queen (living) at 61-plus years and counting, as well as being the individual featured on the most currencies, her image appearing on the coinage of at least 35 different countries.New fuel has been added to the fire that Neil Armstrong's famous first words on the moon were actually misquoted. The pioneering astronaut is, of course, known for his legendary "That's one small step for men, one giant leap for mankind." Yet a new research study shows that maybe Armstrong's claim for having said something slightly different is true. One person who probably doesn't care what Armstrong said, and only what he did? Subhashis Basu. He ran the 2013 London Marathon in the below costume for the fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut, with a time of 3 hr 19 min 37 sec.Lastly, how about a cute break to brighten your day? Posted only four days ago, the video below of a 2-year-old dueting with his father on a cover of The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" has already accumulated more than 400,000 hits (and, incidentally, more than 10,000 just in the time it's taken to write this blog post!).videoThe child could pick a worse band to cover: a search for The Beatles in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS database turns up more than 20 records held by the band, including the undisputed rank of best-selling music group of all-time.
4931A royal arrival - welcome His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge!Today saw the birth of an as-yet-unnamed son to Prince William, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. The newest addition to the British royal family is now third in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince William, and his father, Charles, Prince of Wales.Officially, the child is to be known as His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge.The British Royal family, and the newborn's parents in particular, are no strangers to the world of record-breaking - Queen Elizaebth II is the longest-reigning living monarch, and it was the marriage of Prince WIlliam to Catherine in 2011 that set a new mark for the most live streams of a single event - with 72 million views from 188 countries on The Royal Channel on YouTube alone.But, today is all about the newest, littlest royal, whose name we may not officially know for as long as up to 10 days. So, what records might he set?With his father standing at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) in height, it may not be a surprise if he grows up to become the tallest crown prince - the current record being held by 1.97 m (6 ft 5.52 in) heir to the Spanish throne, Príncipe de Asturias, Don Felipe de Borbón y Grecia.In the more immediate future though, there is a chance the royal son will be christened in the Royal Christening Robe, which holds the record for the most babies christened in the same robe. First used in 1841, it has been worn by over 70 royal babies, including Prince William himself a generation ago. Although the Queen commissioned a replica be created in 2004 to preserve the original, could it be brought out of retirement for this exceptionally special child?It's likely the little prince will be inundated with gifts from across the globe, from baby clothes to toys and teddy bears - so perhaps the latter can be gathered together for a record? The largest gathering of plush toys in 2008 consisted of 5,884 teddies and other fluffy toys, achieved by the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida (USA).Of course, the royal baby will go through plenty of diapers (nappies) in his early years, though it is highly unlikely they will be used to create a new largest diaper sculpture - the current record holder measured 5.14 m (16 ft 10 in) tall and 13.2 m (43 ft 4 in) in diameter, created by Huggies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.It's also unlikely he will need one of this size - the largest disposable nappy measures 3.10 m (10 ft 2.05 in) long and 2.50 m (8 ft 2.4 in) wide!Finally, every baby needs to drink lots of milk to grow up strong and healthy - though it may be quite some time before the prince comes close to challenging either Peter Dowdeswell's fastest time to drink two pints of milk record (3.2 sec), or Noor Abdulrahmon Alzaben's fastest time to drink 250ml using a baby bottle ( 54.38 sec)!Congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and of course the newborn royal, from all of us here at Guinness World Records. It will surely only be a few short years until he is reading a Guinness World Records book of his own, and maybe even with a record he holds in it!
4932JFK death “friendly fire,” ٟ.2m violin returned and release for Mercury and Jackson tracks - News in world recordsThe record breakers in the news todayUK sunbathers have been warned to take extra care following a rapid rise in jellyfish blooms around Britain's coasts. The Marine Conservation Society says the recent warm weather coupled with a cold spring has caused an explosion in numbers over recent weeks of several species including the Lion's Mane. Most jellyfish have a bell or body diameter ranging from 2 - 40 cm (0.8 - 15.8 in), but some species grow considerably larger, with the largest species being the Arctic Giant (Cyanea capillata arctica). The largest jellyfish ever recorded was an Arctic Giant that was washed up in Massachusetts Bay, USA in 1870 which had a bell diameter of 2.28m (7 ft 6 in) and tentacles stretching 36.5 m (120 ft). A trio of songs recorded by Michael Jackson and Queen singer Freddie Mercury in 1983 are due to be officially released for the first time. Mercury's bandmate Brian May is working on mixing the tracks alongside Queen drummer Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit after being given permission by Michael Jackson's estate to release the recordings.A concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 April 1992 in memory of Freddie Mercury who died the year previously, raised $35 million [£19.96 million] for AIDS-related charities. Attended by over 75,000 people and watched by a TV audience of almost 1 billion in over 70 countries, the gig is recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest rock star benefit concert of all time. A violinist has been reunited with a rare violin worth £1.2m that she had stolen from her over two years ago. The 300-year-old Stradivarius was swiped from internationally-renowned musician Min-Jin Kym in 2011 when she was in a sandwich shop near Euston Station in north London. The most expensive musical instrument sold at auction is a violin known as the “Hammer”, made in 1707 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy, which sold for $3.5 million (£1.8 million) to an anonymous buyer, at Christie’s, New York City, USA, on 15 May 2006. It is one of 620 instruments made by Stradivari thought to exist. Finally, a new documentary has claimed US President John F Kennedy was killed by “friendly fire” from a clumsy secret service agent who was supposed to be looking after him. JFK: The Smoking Gun names George Hickey as the man riding in the car behind Kennedy when he accidentally fired his weapon on November 22, 1963. The shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald (USA),­ the man accused of killing Kennedy,­ by Jack Ruby (USA) on 24 November 1963 was broadcast live on national television and is the first known human killing seen live on TV.
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4934Flipping amazing: Seven of the best Pancake Day recordsKitchens across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are set to get messy today for the age-old tradition of Pancake Day.Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before lent - a 40 day period of abstinence. In times past this meant it was necessary to rid the cupboards of all sugar, fats and eggs to avoid waste and temptation. Therefore Pancake Day was born.To celebrate, here below we take a look at some of our favourite pancake-related world records.Largest pancakeThe largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!Most tosses of a pancake in one minuteThe fastest flipper may well be Australian celebrity chef Brad Jolly, who holds the record for most tosses of a pancake in one minute, notching up a so far unbeatable 140 flips in 60 seconds during an event in Sydney in 2012.Highest pancake tossDominic Cuzzacrea made a monumental flip measuring 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in) at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, USA, in November 2010.Most people tossing pancakesThe most people tossing pancakes is 890 and was achieved at an event organised by the University of Sheffield (UK), in Sheffield, UK, back in 2012.videoWhile a total of 930 participants attended, 40 flippers had to be discounted due to either dropping their pancake or not managing to toss their pancake within the allotted time.Largest Indian pancake spunDosa's are large crispy pancake made from daal which are a staple food of Southern India which are spun around when made.The largest ever spun measured 76 cm (2 ft 5 in) in diameter and was achieved by Cao Huaijiang (China) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 20 June 2009. Most pancakes thrown and caught in 1 minute - team of twoIt will come as no surprise to find serial record breaker Ashrita Furman has also got in on the pancake record breaking action.Ashrita teamed up with his regular record-breaking collaborator Bipin Larkin to throw and catch 46 pancakes in 60 seconds in New York in September 2009.Fastest marathon flipping a pancakeWhile flipping a pancake continuously in a frying pan, Mike Cuzzacrea (USA) completed the Casino Niagara International Marathon (Buffalo, New York, USA - Niagara Falls, Canadian side) in a time of 3 hr 2 min 27 sec on 24 October 1999.
4935Anchorman memoir, Steinway sold and Cranston set for Superman? - News in world recordsRon Burgundy, the legendary newsreader from the Anchorman movies, is to release tell-all autobiography. 'Let Me Off At The Top!: My Classy Life And Other Musings' will be published on November 19"I don't know if it's the greatest autobiography ever written. I'm too close to the work," Burgundy said in a press release. "I will tell you this much: The first time I sat down and read this thing, I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank."The longest career as a television news broadcaster record belongs to Hal Fishman (USA) who anchored television news in the Los Angeles area without interruption from 20 June 1960 until his last broadcast on 30 July 2007, a total of 47 years 40 days.American grand piano makers Steinway has been sold to hedge fund firm Paulson & Co in a $500m (£322m) deal.The 160-year-old American instrument manufacturer's owners have agreed to the deal after struggling to maintain profit margins in recent years.The highest price ever paid for a piano was established at an auction held at London's Hard Rock Cafe on 17 October 2000, when a Steinway Model Z upright, once owned by John Lennon (UK), sold for £1.45 million (then $2.1 million) to George Michael (UK).The piano, seen in video footage recorded during the sessions for Lennon¹s Imagine LP, and on which he wrote the album's famous title song, has been labelled "one of the most prestigious items of pop memorabilia to ever go on the market". It was bought by Lennon in 1970. Prior to the sale it had been on loan to the Beatles Story Experience in Liverpool by a private collector.Finally, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has responded to press reports linking him to the sequel to Man Of Steel. The actor, who is best known for his role as bald drug dealer Walter White, is rumoured to be the leading contender to play another follically-challenged character, Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor.In an interview with Metro, when asked about the role, Cranston replied, apparently with a grin: "Give me a call." He then added: "I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a loveable, sweet man."With his small part as Jor-El in the Superman (1978), Marlon Brando became the first actor to paid more than $3 million for a movie he also negotiated a share of the profits, thereby earning $14 million ($46 million or £32 million today) for just 10 minutes of screen time.Brando had previously set the record for the f irst actor to break the $1 million threshold after being paid $1.25 million (£400,500) – equivalent today to $8.8 million £6.1 million – for his starring role as Fletcher Christian in 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty.
4936July Sports Blog Focuses on You!July is never the greatest month for following sports.It’s an amazing month for playing sports, whether you’re a bocce wizard at the backyard barbecue or a pickup basketball legend on the local blacktop.But with a lot of major sports in their off-seasons or dead periods, there’s not much record-worthy to talk about from the professional sports ranks this month.Which means we have more time to dedicate – to you!This month we present some of the most amazing athletic achievements by our everyday record holders like yourselves, that were approved by our official Records Management Team in July.And make sure to check out our July Sports Vlog at the bottom of this post for even more amazing records broken this month, presented by yours truly.MOST PLAYERS IN A KIN-BALL EXHIBITION MATCH (photo above)If you’re not familiar with kin-ball, it’s an increasingly popular sport played with a gigantic ball originally invented in 1986. For some full background, check out this link.But all you need to know here is that 264 players took part in a match at Collège Immaculée Lycée Jean Paul II (France) in Saint Grégoire, France, for a new record high. The three teams involved played to a final score of Grey team with 258 points, Red team at 251, and Black team at 249.MOST MARATHONS RUN IN A CALENDAR YEARYolanda Holder loves to run.Like, she loves it more than you or I love pizza.After running in 106 sanctioned marathons in 2010, she beat her own record for the most marathons run in a calendar year in 2012, verified this month at a knee-wobbling 120 races.Even crazier? Of those 120 marathons, 16 were ultramarathons (longer than 50 miles), of which three were 100-mile races. An incredible achievement by an even more incredible woman, who goes by the self-proclaimed nickname, "The Walking Diva."FASTEST MARATHON RUN BY PARENT AND CHILDSpeaking of marathons, father and son Henry (left, above) and Graham Peck recently had their record times from the 2012 Chicago Marathon verified. With 23-year-old Graham finishing in 2 hr 25 min 40 sec, and 55-year-old Henry crossing in 3 hr 4 min 41 sec, the duo's aggregate mark of 5 hr 30 min 21 sec surpassed the previous record mark by 12 min 20 sec.MOST REFEREE QUALIFICATIONS (MULTIPLE SPORTS)Need someone to officiate your next match? In any sport?Andreas Kolettis is your man.The Greek sports enthusiast continues to add distinctions to a pursuit he’s chased for more than three years: to become officially certified as a referee in as many different sports as possible. His latest additions are archery and rugby union.The full list: archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach handball, beach soccer, beach tennis, beach volleyball, blind football, boxing, bridge, chess, duathlon, fencing, football, freediving, futsal, mountaineering, paratriathlon, rally car, rugby union, sailing, sport fishing, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, underwater shooting, volleyball and wushu kung fu.All that's missing is quidditch!And that wraps up our sports spotlight on you the record holders for July.Watch our video here for even more records, including some of the craziest push-ups you’ll ever see.videoAnd we’ll see you next month to find out what August brings us!
4937Fan Choice Record of the Week: April 12After voting for a supreme individual achievement last week, this week you fans have decided that teamwork was the way to go. Choosing from a group that featured a collection of both incredible individual feats and great team efforts, you crowned the most candles lit simultaneously as your Fan Choice Record of the Week! Congratulations go to the Art of Living Foundation in Ahmedabad, India , for their record, garnering just more than half of all votes. This achievement will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.This week, we noticed that long was strong in our latest batch of candidates. Four of the five records involved some form of an astonishing feat of length. Plus, a few odd hundred Gokus. Get familiar with the candidates and learn how to share your vote below!Longest eyelash on a dog (see image above)Record: 15 centimeters (5.9 inches)Holder: Ranmaru the dogLocation: Chuo, Tokyo, JapanThat's not all: Before Ranmaru, an Australian Labradoodle, came around, this record had stood unbroken for more than 8 years. Ranmaru's lenghty lash beat the previous record by more than half an inch.Longest chocolate sculptureRecord: 34.05 meters (111 feet, 8 inches)Holder: Andrew Farrugia (of Malta)Location: Brussels, BelgiumThat's not all: The sculpture depicted a train with a steam locomotive front and modern locomotive end. It took 1,285 kg (2,755 lbs) of dark Belgian chocolate to complete the sculpture, which was unveiled at Brussels South Station.Largest gathering of people dressed as Dragon Ball charactersRecord: 307Holder: Saló de Manga festival Location: Barcelona, SpainThat's not all: Kamehameha! Saló de Manga is the largest Manga festival in Spain and the attempt was undertaken to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dragon Ball's first publication in the country.Longest sawdust carpetRecord: 1,278 meters (4,192 feet, 10 inches)Holder: Municipality of GuatemalaLocation: Guatemala City, GuatemalaThat's not all: Approximately 1,300 volunteers helped assemble the carpet, a traditional feature of Guatemalan Easter celebrations. This particular carpet was designed as an invitation for newly chosen Pope Francis I to visit the city.Longest line of toy carsRecord: 9,007 toy carsHolder: Gemeinde AngerLocation: Anger, GermanyThat's not all: End to end, the cars measured 959.3 meters (3,147 feet, 4 inches) long. The record was attempted on the heels of news that Hans-Peter Porsche of the famous Porsche family announced plans to invest in a new toy museum in Anger for 2014.There you have it - now it's time for you to cast your vote! There are a number of ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtWhat is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?&ampamplt/a&ampampgtYou can also leave your choice in the comment section below, or tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who's been crowned the latest fan favorite.
4938Robin van Persie helps Man United to 20th title, Apple losses, and St George’s Day Google Doodle – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Robin van Persie after the Dutch striker scored a hat-trick in Monday's 3-0 win over Aston Villa which secured United's 20 th Premier League title.Speaking after the final whistle, United boss Ferguson praised the 29-year-old who he signed from Arsenal last summer for £22.5million, saying: "He has made a fantastic contribution."In terms of impact he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine."Eric Cantona was an incredible impact player and I have been very, very lucky in that I have had some fantastic strikers right through, probably 10 great strikers at the club.Van Persie was part of the Arsenal side that set a record in 2005 as the first all-foreign Premier League squad.The squad selected for the match against Crystal Palace on 14 February 2005, consisted of Jens Lehmann (Germany), Lauren (Cameroon), Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast), Pascal Cygan (France), Gael Clichy (France), Robert Pires (France), Patrick Vieira (France), Edu (Brazil), Jose-Antonio Reyes (Spain), Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands), Thierry Henry (France). Subs: Manuel Almunia (Spain), Philippe Senderos (Switzerland), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Mathieu Flamini (France), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands). The Gunners won the match 5-1.England is today celebrating St George’s Day in of the country’s patron saint.A story dating back to the 6th century tells that St George rescued a maiden by slaying a fearsome fire-breathing dragon. The Saint's name was shouted as a battle cry by English knights who fought beneath the red-cross banner of St George during the Hundred Years War (1338-1453).Google are celebrating the feastday with a medieval-themed Doodle on their homepage, complete with lettering reminiscent of the Bayeux Tapestry, while comic company Mohawk Media has choosen St George's Day to unveil a new superhero – Englishman.The largest ever St George's Day parade took place in Manchester in 1999, which saw involving 6,000 people, 39 floats, 12 bands as well as, clowns, jugglers and vintage cars take to the streets of the city centre. Today also marks the birthday of another English icon –William Shakespeare.What would have been Shakespeare’s 449 th birthday is being marked by the release of a new book which hopes to silence suspicions drawn over the authorship of his plays.Written by a group of 22 of the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars, William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt details what they consider to be definitive proof that the Bard really did write his own plays.Shakespeare is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling playwright, with sales of his plays and poetry believed to have achieved in excess of four billion copies in the almost 400 years since his death. He is also the third most translated author in history.Finally analysts are expecting Apple to today reveal its first profit losses since iTunes was launched. The result would mark the first time the technology giant has suffered a fall in earnings since it launched the iTunes store in 2003.The recent collapse of the world’s economy saw a decline in many fortunes, but none more dramatic than that of Anil Ambani (India) who holds the unenviable record for the largest loss of personal fortune.By March 2009, he had lost an estimated $32 billion (£22.5 billion) – 76% of his fortune – owing to the crumbling value of shares in his companies Reliance Power, Reliance Communications and Reliance Capital.
49398 roller coaster records for National Roller Coaster DayThe Smiler at Alton Towers in the UK has the most inversions of any coaster.Saturday sees National Roller Coaster day hit here in the U.S., giving thrill-seekers and amusement park enthusiasts a chance to celebrate their favorite coasters around the country.We love a good coaster as much as the next person here at GWR, and have been documenting roller coaster records for decades. Here then -- whether you hate inversions, prefer wooden coasters to steel, or demand the fastest and steepest -- are eight of our favorite roller coasters records for the big day.FASTEST ROLLER COASTERvideoThe Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, UAE, can accelerate up to 240 km/h (149.1 mph) in just 4.9 seconds. It opened to the public on Nov. 4, 2010. Formula Rossa accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2 seconds, and races over a track length of 2.07 km (1.28 mi), impressing even an F1 star like Fernando Alonso above.LARGEST ROLLER COASTER LOOPWhen riding Full Throttle, the steel roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, riders experience the world's tallest loop at 38.75 m (127.13 ft). The total ride lasts 1 min 30 sec.MOST TRACK INVERSIONS IN A ROLLER COASTERThe most track inversions in a roller coaster is 14 on The Smiler at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, UK. Riders whirl through the 14 inversions at speeds of up to 85 km/h (52.82 mph), with the highest drop reaching 30 m (98.43 ft). In total, the ride lasts 165 seconds as riders travel along a 1.17 Km (3,839 ft) track.TALLEST ROLLER COASTER MADE OF WOODvideoRepresenting the old school, Colossos at Heide-Park Soltau in Lower Saxony, Germany, is the tallest operating wooden coaster at 60 m (196 ft 10 in) high.OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING ROLLER COASTERvideoSpeaking of oldies but goodies, The Scenic Railway at Luna Park in Melbourne opened to the public on Dec. 13, 1912, and has remained in operation ever since. This traditional wooden coaster was designed by the American La Marcus Adna Thompson, who is now regarded as the "father of the modern roller coaster." LONGEST MARATHON ON A ROLLER COASTERRichard Rodriguez (USA) rode the Pepsi Max Big One and Big Dipper roller coasters at Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, UK for 405 hr 40 min from July 27 to Aug. 13, 2007. A noted coaster fanatic, Rodriguez has held this very record on three separate occasions.LONGEST ROLLER COASTERvideoThis is for those who like getting some bang for their buck. The longest roller coaster of all is currently Steel Dragon 2000, which opened in Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Nagashima, Kuwana, Mie, Japan, on Aug. 1, 2000. It spans a lengthy 2.48 km (1.54 mi).MOST NAKED RIDERS ON A THEME PARK RIDEWhere else but Guinness World Records would you find a feat like this? The most naked people on a theme park ride is 102, set on the Green Scream rollercoaster at Adventure Island in Southend on Sea, Essex, UK, on Aug. 8, 2010. The particpants raised more than £22,000 ($36,700) for the "Bosom Pals" appeal, which is for the breast cancer unit at Southend University Hospital.We advise checking with your local theme park before attempting that one on your own. Otherwise, have a great Roller Coaster Day!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!
4940Tennis star Sabine Lisicki receives Guinness World Records certificate ahead of US OpenThe final major on the tennis calendar, the US Open always has an air of the unexpected, with potential greatness around every corner under the (literal) bright lights of Flushing.But this year, hardcourt history was actually validated before the tournament, as German tennis star Sabine Lisicki received her official Guinness World Records certificate for the fastest tennis serve by a female.Check out our look last year at the history of the US Open in record-breakingLisicki's record blast clocked in at 131 mph (210.8 km/h), the fastest recorded serve in the history of women’s tennis. "It’s an honor to achieve a Guinness World Records title for the fastest serve," Lisicki said. "I’ve worked very hard on my serve from a young age, and I consider my serve a weapon. It’s great to be recognized for my hard work, and I will continue to focus on improving my serve."videoLisicki's blistering serve came July 29 during a first round match at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. The serve came against opponent Ana Ivanovic, who was able to get a racket to the ball but returned it wide. The exact speed confirmed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and SMT/IDS (SportsMEDIA Technology Information Display Systems).Lisicki’s achievement broke the previous record set by American tennis star Venus Williams, who clocked a 129 mph (207.6 km/h) serve at - yep - the US Open on Aug. 27, 2007. Lisicki was presented with a certificate acknowledging her achievement by Guinness World Records representative Kimberley Partrick ahead of this year's Open.A 2013 Wimbledon finalist and winner of three WTA events, Lisicki has been playing with the Yonex VCORE Tour racquet and Polytour Spin strings since 2012. The 24-year-old has trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., since the age of 14.How do fastest tennis serves stack up against the highest speeds in other ball sports?She entered the US Open as the No. 20 seed in the women's singles draw, and opened her tournament with a 6-3, 7-5, first-round win over Françoise Abanda. Lisicki next takes on American Madison Brengle in second round action. And who knows when her next thunderous serve might be in store."Sabine’s ability to serve a tennis ball at an astonishing speed of 131 mph is a truly magnificent achievement," Partrick said. "Rightly so, this has earned her the accolade of the fastest tennis serve in a female tennis match and we’re delighted to present her with her Guinness World Records certificate. In the modern game of tennis, players are hitting and serving the ball quicker than ever and, you never know, Sabine may better her own record.”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!
4941Q-and-A: Betty White on her world record, her favorite works, and getting started on TVGuinness World Records is happy to announce Betty White's inclusion in the 2014 edition of its world famous record book, in stores Sept. 12.The TV star earned the record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female),” spanning 74 years of work in the industry. Making her debut in 1939, the queen of the small screen has appeared in some of television’s most popular shows, including "The Golden Girls," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "The Carol Burnett Show."Currently starring in "Hot in Cleveland," the legendary 91-year-old entertainer shows no signs of stopping and recently took a few moments to answer some questions from GWR.GWR: How does it feel to be the Guinness World Records title holder for having the Longest Television Career as an Entertainer?BW: "I was astounded when they called to tell me. 'Who? Me!?!' It's such an honor."GWR: Any fond memories of the Guinness World Records book?BW: "The book has always been fascinating to me. I can't believe I'm now associated with it. I am amazed at some of the records they keep. The longest fingernails?!?"GWR: Throughout all of your appearances, which project was your absolute favorite. BW: "I had many favorites. The 'Pet Set' and 'Golden Girls' just to name a few. Especially the former, as I wrote and produced it and could have on any animals I wanted."GWR: What advice would you give to any fledgling young actors?BW: "I would advise actors to do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession. It is a privilege to do what we do."GWR: On the other hand, what do you miss most about the good ol' days?BW: "I don't think about it. I take it a day at a time and love it."White (left) receiving her Guinness World Records certificate from adjudicator Jamie Panas.GWR: Give us some good, PG-rated gossip - any stories of legendary Hollywood parties or behind the scenes shenanigans with other celebrities you can share?BW: "You're probably asking the wrong person. I'm not a party girl, but if I were it would be lovely to be at the same party as Robert Redford. I have a chronic crush on him."GWR: What's one thing about you that people would be surprised to find out - any secret talent, unique fears, favorite foods, etc.?BW: "Having been around for as long as I have, there are no secrets left. I am an avid crossword puzzle addict, and although I am known for my animal health and welfare work, people might be surprised to hear I am a nature nut as well!"GWR: Tell us about your very first appearance on television in 1939.BW: "I danced on an experimental TV show, the first on the west coast, in downtown Los Angeles. I wore my high school graduation dress and our Beverly Hills High student body president, Harry Bennett, and I danced the Merry Widow Waltz. Later, Al Jarvis (a disc jockey) asked me to sit in as his girl Friday (5 1/2 hours a day, six days a week.). Four years later, I inherited the show."GWR: If you weren't an actor, are there any other professions you might have considered?BW: "Hands down, a zookeeper."GWR: In your 75 year tenure, do you have any career regrets?BW: "I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet."For more updates as they happen on the upcoming Guinness World Records 2014 edition, visit Be sure to get your copy in stores or online Sept. 12.
4942Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka receives three Guinness World Records titlesStarting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Japan's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles is already a rising star and hot commodity in the baseball world.After all, the 25-year-old right-hander has enjoyed celebrity status since leading his team to the Japanese national high school championship as a junior in 2005. And after a 7-year career in the Nippon Professional Baseball league that saw him rack up 1,238 strikeouts in 1,315 innings with a 2.35 ERA, Tanaka now sits atop the holiday wish list for a number of Major League Baseball teams.But before embracing his future, Tanaka had a chance to celebrate his past this weekend. Thanks to an incredible performance streak that ran from Aug. 26, 2012 to Oct. 27, 2013, Tanaka received official certification on three Guinness World Records achievements:1.) Most consecutive games won by a pitcher (30)2.) Most consecutive regular-season games won by a pitcher (28)3.) Most consecutive games won by a pitcher in a single regular season (24)"I appreciate my teammates, the staff, and everyone who supported me," Tanaka said in exclusive comments to GWR. "I didn’t imagine that I could get the Guinness World Records [title] so I’m surprised and I feel very honored at the same time."To qualify for the records, only professional players in a national top-flight league are eligible, meaning achievements in the minor leagues, collegiate ranks, or high school competition are not included.Tanaka's amazing run began in the 2012 season, in which he ended the campaign with four wins. He then won 24 straight decisions in the 2013 regular season, earning him both records No. 2 and 3 referenced above. Record No. 1 takes postseason victories into account, and Tanaka reached 30 wins without a loss after notching two more victories en route to the Golden Eagles' eventual 2013 Japan Series title."I tried to do the same as always in every game," Tanaka said. "It was no pressure. I just thought about how to win the games and contribute to the victory for my team."videoHis achievements outpace those of Americans Tim Keefe and Rube Marquard, who each amassed 19 straight winning decisions (regular and postseason) in 1888 and 1912, respectively. Carl Hubbell - who did suffer postseason defeats between seasons - won 24 consecutive regular-season MLB decisions in 1936-37. And Tanaka's countryman Kazuhisa Inao held the previous mark for the single-season achievement with 20, in the NPB's 1957 season.Tanaka finally lost a decision in Game 6 of the Japan Series, bringing an end to his overall mark. But his record for most consecutive regular-season games won is still technically active. As he most likely finds his way to Major League Baseball competition next season, Japan and the rest of the baseball world wait to see just how long Tanaka can ride his winning ways."I can’t think of [the] future," Tanaka said, "but I would like to keep concentrating on playing brick by brick, one match by one match."
4943Fan Choice Record May 17A huge gathering of gamers proved the popular choice in last week’s Fan Choice Record of the Week, with Team Karnataka from India’s record for Largest mobile phone gaming party taking an impressive 55 per cent of votes.Their achievement will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. It's a very eclectic group this week, and we start with a symbol of friendship.Longest chain of bracelets (pictured above)Record: 7,507 friendship braceletsHolder: Ross Elementary School (USA) Grades K-6 studentsLocation: Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, USAThat's not all: The photo above shows all of the friendship bracelets wrapped together before they were unspooled into their chain. In the end, the chain spanned 2,678 ft (816.26 m), with students and staff spending six months creating the bracelets to promote anti-bullying.Largest light and sound show on a single buildingvideoRecord: 46,641.52 m² (502,405.1 sq. ft)Holders: Sun Hang Kai Properties Ltd. (Hong Kong)Location: International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaThat's not all: The show, a variation of which is featured in the video above, took place on two sides of the building, with sound pumped throughout speakers across Victoria Harbour and also available through a mobile app. The ICC Tower is currently the fifth-tallest building in the world at 484 m (1,587.9 ft) high.Most runners linked to complete a half marathonRecord: 103 runnersHolder: Team LifeStriders (USA)Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USAThat's not all: The group raised $30,000 (£19,627.70) for LifeStriders, a charity that helps children with special needs enjoy equine therapy. All linked by ropes and karabiners, the team's final runner crossed the finish line in 3 hr 00 min 53 sec.Most cars performing donuts simultaneouslyRecord: 107 rubber-burnersHolder: Latvian Drift Association (Latvia)Location: Bikernieki Sports Complex, Riga, LatviaThat's not all: Each car was required to perform donuts for at least 10 seconds together. The 107 drivers represented seven different countries, with participants from Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.Largest rice ball mosaicRecord: 113.96 m² (1,226.65 ft²)Holder: World's Largest Rice Ball Mosaic Art Project (Japan)Location: Shibuya Public Hall, JapanThat's not all: The image consisted of 31,100 onigiri rice balls in six different colors. Organizers stated they attempted the record to raise awareness of the suitability of rice from the Fukushima region of Japan, in which a nuclear power plant infamously exploded after an earthquake struck the nation in March 2011.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:<a href="">What is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?</a>You can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!
4944Iron Man 3 Sniffs The Avengers, Justin Bieber Tackled in Dubai, and the Kentucky Derby – The News In World RecordsTo the surprise of approximately no one on Earth, “Iron Man 3” enjoyed a massive opening weekend in the United States, following up its gargantuan international debut to ring up some truly superheroic box office numbers: a reported $175.3 million in its U.S. bow, adding to the more than $500 million (£321.7 million) already earned in overseas markets.The Tony Stark-centered sequel came within striking range of its immediate Marvel predecessor, The Avengers, which just last year set no less than 10 box office-related world records, including the highest opening weekend ($207.4 million) en route to earning the fastest $1 billion gross in cinema history (10 days).While he’s never displayed any superhuman powers that we know of, it seems Justin Bieber could sneeze and it would make headlines. Today is no different, as Beliebers around the world are in shock someone made it onstage to tackle the performer during a show today in Dubai. If the stage rusher is looking for a way to exert such pent-up energy, perhaps he or she should have a go at the most rugby tackles in one minute, set at 21 by Andrea Astarita in Rome on 27 March 2010. Here’s the scene of the chaos at Sevens Stadium:videoAlso over the weekend, the “Run for Roses” brought us its annual collection of fast horses and decadent hats, as odds-on favorite Orb won the 139 th Kentucky Derby in a time of 2 min 2.89 sec. Dubbed “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” only two winners at Churchill Downs have ever actually broken the 2-minute mark: Monarchos in 2001 (1 min 59.97 sec) and record-holder Secretariat for the fastest Kentucky Derby time at 1 min 59.4 sec in 1973.In the world of two-legged animals, a recent survey in Britain found that 25% of adults walk for an hour or less each week, despite government suggestions that people perform some moderate physical activity for at least 2.5 hours per week. Perhaps some of those surveyed have been taking it easy knowing that the international average is balanced out by people like Yiannis Kouros of Greece, who holds the record for the greatest distance run in one week with an astounding 645.51 miles (1,038.85 km).Lastly, sometimes a dollar does go a long way. At least it did for California mother Thuan Le, who accidentally spent $6 instead of her usual $5 on lottery tickets, then winning $14 million (£9 million) on the lucky extra ticket. But while she may be luckier than most, Le still can’t quite hold a candle to arguably the luckiest family in the world: the Oksnes family of Norway.They hold the record for the most members of a single family to win a national lottery, as Tord Oksnes, his sister Hege, and their father Leif won a combined 28.8 million kroner (£3.08 million/$4.78 million) on three different occasions of the Norwegian National Lottery between 2006-2012.
4945Google Glass privacy warning, 'invisibility cloak’ breakthrough and soul legend goes bankrupt – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayA London-based campaign group has warned Google Glass and other technology risks creating a world in which privacy is impossible."Stop the Cyborgs" has called for limits on when the augmented reality headsets, which are set to go on sale next year, can be used, along with guidelines to inform the public when they are being filmed.The campaign comes as politicians, lawyers and bloggers debate how the gadgets could change society.The most people wearing Groucho Marx glasses was achieved by 4,436 participants in an event organised by the City of Chicago's Outdoor Film Festival in partnership with the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 21 July 2009.A US tourist is set to be reunited with her camera - five years after losing it while diving off the coast of Hawaii.Lindsay Crumbley Scallan from Georgia was tracked down after a China Airlines employee found the Canon camera on a beach in Taiwan, 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from the cove in Maui where she lost it. The oldest message in a bottle spent 97 years and 309 days at sea. A drift bottle with number card 646B, was recorded by Captain Brown (UK) as being released at 60 00.00'N 000 39.00'E on 10 June 1914. It was recovered by fisherman Andrew Leaper (UK), skipper of Lerwick fishing boat Copious, at 60 6.37'N 000 25.17'E on 12 April 2012.A major breakthrough in the development of an 'invisibility cloak' has been made by scientists in the US.Physicists at the University of Texas in Austin have managed to render an object – an 18-centimetre cylindrical rod – effectively invisible by preventing the microwaves from bouncing off the rod as they normally would, using what they call a "mantle cloaking" technique.While its not quite up there with Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak just yet, with the material only working within a limited range of light waves, scientists say the technique could one day potentially be adapted to make items invisible to the human eye.The first modern-day stealth aircraft used in combat was the American F-117 Nighthawk, made by Lockheed Martin. It first flew in 1981 and remained classified until November 1988 in all, 64 aircraft were built. The aircraft was first used operationally in the US invasion of Panama in December 1989, when it bombed the Rio Hato airfield.Soul music legend Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy after it was revealed she owes over £6m in taxes.A lawyer for Warwick, known for her hits including 'Walk On By' and 'Say A Little Prayer', claims that financial mismanagement is behind the debt and that she has already paid the taxes but now owes money in additional fines.The largest corporate bankruptcy amounted to $613 billion (£380 billion) filed by the US investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., on 15 September 2008.The bank succumbed to the subprime mortgage crisis, which started the worldwide recession in 2008.The company was forced to file for bankruptcy after losing 94% of market value in 2008 and a failed sale to Barclays PLC and Bank of America Corp.
4946David Bowie's new album, Fergie's snub and tsunami debris - The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayIt has been praised by critics as one of the greatest comebacks in the history of pop, with today marking the release of The Next Day, David Bowie's first album in 10 years.While the 66-year-old may now be something of a veteran of the rock world, the London-born singer is still widely regarded as a futurist, forever looking to break new ground.Among the world records associated with Bowie, the star holds the title for first musician-created internet service provider.Launched in September 1998, BowieNet began as a high-speed Internet service across North America and then the world, offering each user a fully customisable home page, a email address, news groups, chat rooms, online shareware, and multi-player gaming.In addition for music fans there were previously unreleased audio tracks, videos and photos available.The service also gave each user 5 MB of space with encouragement to create their own web pages.One aging rock star who isn't having such a great time of it is Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, who was forced to leave the stage during a gig in Australia at the weekend after suffering "severe pain" from kidney stones.The most kidney stones removed from a patient is 172,155, which were removed from Dhanraj Wadile by Dr Ashish Rawandale (India) at the Institute of Urology, Dhule, Maharastra, India on 8 December 2009.There was no love lost between Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.The two bosses have a well-documented frosty relationship, and things show no signs of improving, with Ferguson accusing Benitez of snubbing him for the customary post-match handshake following the entertaining 2-2 draw.The longest handshake lasted 42 hours and 35 minutes and was achieved by Dinesh Timilsina and Pawan Timilsina (both Nepal) at the Everest College of Multiple Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal on 4-6 March 2011.The brothers started their attempt at 1pm on the 4th and finished at 7.35am on the 6th March. They attempted the record with the motive of spreading the name of their college and Nepal to the world.Today marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake which hit Japan, causing a catastrophic tsunami.Despite the passing of time, the effects of the natural disaster are still being felt around the world are still being felt, with large amounts of debris is still being washed ashore in Hawaii and along the Pacific coast of North America.More than 15,000 people were killed after the undersea megathrust earthquake struck off the coast of Japan with a magnitude of 9.03. The earthquake led to the worst tsunami-induced nuclear disaster, with a series of meltdowns, failures and releases of radioactive material at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant.The International Atomic Energy Agency classified the event as a "Level 7", only the second nuclear disaster to ever receive this status, following the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
4947Rolling Stones set for Glastonbury, cyber-attack slows internet, and Louvre tops museum list – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayFollowing months of speculation, it’s been confirmed that the Rolling Stones will headline the UK's Glastonbury music festival in June. The veteran rock band will play the world famous event alongside co-headliners Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys.Acts that play the festival traditionally do so for a reduced fee, which shouldn’t be a problem for the Stones, who hold the record for wealthiest band.In 2010 lead singer Mick Jagger had an estimated fortune of $313 million (then approx. £202 million), followed by guitarist Keith Richards with $289 million (then approx £187 million).The Louvre in Paris has topped a list of the most visited art museums of 2012.According to Art Newspaper's annual survey, 9.7 million people visited the French institute - one million more than 2011.The Louvre beat New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art into second place in the list.The highest known insurance valuation for a painting is $100million (£53.55 million) assessed for the move of The Mona Lisa ( La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519, Italy) from the Louvre, to Washington and then New York City in the USA for a special exhibition between 14 December 1962 to 12 Mar 1963.However, insurance was not concluded because the cost of the highest security precautions was less than that of the premiums.Internet users around the world have seen their internet service slowed down following one of the largest cyber-attacks in history.The massive denial-of-service assault has targeted The Spamhaus Project, a spam-fighting group based in London and Geneva that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."The first computer worm to target industrial systems was the stuxnet worm was discovered in July 2010.Spreading from PC to PC via a USB stick, it searches for and targets small computers called programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are used to control industrial processes. By using default password settings, stuxnet was able to access poorly configured industrial systems and disrupt their settings and operations.Sixty per cent of the computers infected were in Iran.Iran accused the West of creating stuxnet and using it to attack its nuclear facilities and claimed centrifuges used in nuclear enrichment had been disrupted as part of a cyber attack.Search giant Google has added images of a Japanese ghost town abandoned after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to its Street View and Google Maps services.The city of Namie-machi was completely evacuated in March 2011 following the Fukushima nuclear plant's infrastructure was damaged during an earthquake, leaking radioactive material into the surrounding area.The Fukushima catastrophe holds the record for worst tsunami-induced nuclear disaster.The undersea megathrust earthquake which struck off the coast of Japan causing the huge waves measured a magnitude of 9.0, leading to a series of meltdowns, failures and releases of radioactive material at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant .International Atomic Energy Agency classified the event as a "Level 7", only the second nuclear disaster to ever receive this status, following the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
4948Fan Choice: May 9 - Vote now!Because of their convincing margin of victory, the students of Boise State University make the "they slipped past the competition" pun a moot point, but we're not ones to waste good word play here.The group claimed 52.29% of votes for its longest distance on a slip-and-slide in 1 hour, sliding away past the others in last week's Fan Choice. Go Broncos!Every Friday here, we'll 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 the Boise State slip-and-sliders, 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 features hundreds of people trapped in a soap bubble of emotion and some seriously epic journeys. But first, Andrew Hellinga is the new backwards man.videoLONGEST DISTANCE CYCLED BACKWARDS IN 24 HOURS (pictured above)Record: 337.60 km (209.77 miles)Holder: Andrew Hellinga (Australia)Location: Holden Performance Driving Centre, Norwell, Queensland, AustraliaThat's not all: Hellinga rode to raise funds for charity "Challenge for Change," of which he is a member. The funds raised were directed to Eagle Wings, a school in Zambia, with the aim of helping disadvantaged children in Africa.MOST POWERED PARAGLIDERS AIRBORNE SIMULTANEOUSLYRecord: 224Holder: Asociación Parapente Junin (Argentina)Location: Laguna de Gomez Natural Park in Junin, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThat's not all: With paragliding gaining in popularity in Argentina, the group wanted to show off its competitive spirit by breaking the record. Originally started by 257 paragliders, only 224 were able to complete the two laps of the 9 km (5.6 mi) circuit.FARTHEST DISTANCE BY STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD IN 12 HOURSRecord: 130.1 km (80.84 miles)Holder: Chris Bertish (South Africa)Location: between Kommetjie and Langebaan, South AfricaThat's not all: No stranger to long SUP journeys, Chris has completed several other expeditions with his board, navigating 325 km up South Africa's West Coast, crossing the English Channel, and paddling the navigable length of the Thames River.LONGEST BAREFOOT JOURNEYRecord: 1,488.09 km (924.65 mi)Holder: Michael Essing (Germany)Location: Flensburg, Germany to Efringen-Kirchen, GermanyThat's not all: Essing hit the road for a total of 3 months and a week, crossing the entire nation of Germany north-south. Journeys of this caliber usually have some deep motivation or inspiration behind them, but Essing says that wasn't the case: "It was just about doing something really crazy in my life." MOST PEOPLE INSIDE A SOAP BUBBLERecord: 214Holder: Milka Bubbly and Matěj Kodeš (both Czech Republic)Location: Trade Fair Palace, Prague, Czech RepublicThat's not all: The event was organised by the company Mondelēz for the launch of a new Milka chocolate product called "Milka Bubbly." Using 130 liters of liquid soap, the artist raised the bubble around a 28 meter (91 ft 10 in) perimeter of steel beams.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtFan Choice: May 9&ampamplt/a&ampampgtThen 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!
4949Hunter Hayes breaks 24-hour concerts record: a recapThe 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. 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!
4950Flipping amazing: Seven of the best Pancake Day recordsKitchens across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are set to get messy today for the age-old tradition of Pancake Day.Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before lent - a 40 day period of abstinence. In times past this meant it was necessary to rid the cupboards of all sugar, fats and eggs to avoid waste and temptation. Therefore Pancake Day was born.To celebrate, here below we take a look at some of our favourite pancake-related world records.Largest pancakeThe largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!Most tosses of a pancake in one minuteThe fastest flipper may well be Australian celebrity chef Brad Jolly, who holds the record for most tosses of a pancake in one minute, notching up a so far unbeatable 140 flips in 60 seconds during an event in Sydney in 2012.Highest pancake tossDominic Cuzzacrea made a monumental flip measuring 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in) at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, USA, in November 2010.Most people tossing pancakesThe most people tossing pancakes is 890 and was achieved at an event organised by the University of Sheffield (UK), in Sheffield, UK, back in 2012.While a total of 930 participants attended, 40 flippers had to be discounted due to either dropping their pancake or not managing to toss their pancake within the allotted time. videoLargest Indian pancake spunDosa's are large crispy pancake made from daal which are a staple food of Southern India which are spun around when made.The largest ever spun measured 76 cm (2 ft 5 in) in diameter and was achieved by Cao Huaijiang (China) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 20 June 2009. Most pancakes thrown and caught in 1 minute - team of twoIt will come as no surprise to find serial record breaker Ashrita Furman has also got in on the pancake record breaking action.Ashrita teamed up with his regular record-breaking collaborator Bipin Larkin to throw and catch 46 pancakes in 60 seconds in New York in September 2009.Fastest marathon flipping a pancakeWhile flipping a pancake continuously in a frying pan, Mike Cuzzacrea (USA) completed the Casino Niagara International Marathon (Buffalo, New York, USA - Niagara Falls, Canadian side) in a time of 3 hr 2 min 27 sec on 24 October 1999.

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