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4981Prizes don’t come any bigger: World's tallest man Sultan Kosen visits British school after competition winOver 400 pupils from St. Michael's R.C. School in Twickenham couldn't believe their eyes when 8ft 3 Sultan Kosen, the tallest man in the world walked through their school door today.St Michael's school was the lucky winner of the 2012 prize offered by Guinness World Records educational programme, which includes class room resources via their website www.guinnessworldrecords.com/schools and from September, a new Record Breaking Comprehension series of books featuring the iconic record holder.Sultan Kosen is a 29-year-old from Ankara, Turkey who measures a staggering 8ft 3 in (2.51 cm cm) who was officially awarded the title of tallest man in the world by Guinness World Records in 2009.This was his first visit to a UK school. He answered a lengthy Q & A session prepared by the children and teachers and posed with all the children for pictures and even autographs.He towered over the pupils as he is nearly 3 times the highest of the youngest children. Miss Ruth Foley, teacher for year six who entered the competition on behalf of her school, said: "This memorable experience will stay with us all for the rest of our lives - first having achieved a Guinness World Records title and then meeting the tallest man in the world"."The children were all in absolute awe of Sultan, he is lovely, like a gentle giant. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Guinness World Records."On such a warm welcome by all the children, Sultan said: "Some people don't know what to do when they meet me but everyone at St Michael's has been so friendly and warm"."I wanted to share with kids it's OK to be different'.Sultan's appearance was part of the 2012 prize offered by Guinness World Records educational programme, more information available at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/schools.Teachers and parents are welcomed to register for the programme and more information via the site.To find out more about Soltan, click here.
4982Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Guinness World Records titleGuinness has launched a global campaign to celebrate true Irish friendliness and make St Patrick's Day 2012 officially the Friendliest Day of the Year - with the assistance of Guinness World Records. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the home of Guinness, was the natural place to kick start the Guinness campaign - which aims to unite more than a million people worldwide in the name of friendliness through two Guinness World Records titles.Fergal Murray, the Guinness Master Brewer, officially launched the friendliness campaign by making the first pledge to be friendly to everyone and anyone he meets on St Patrick's Day, Saturday 17 th March 2012.The online pledge, which can also be accessed through Facebook, is asking fans of Guinness the world over to make a pledge to commit to friendliness on St Patrick's Day this year , and in the process achieve a Guinness World Records title for Most pledges for a campaign. To be part of this Guinness World Records title, go to www.guinness.com or www.facebook.com/guinness click on the 'COUNT ME IN' button to pledge.In addition to pledging to be friendly, Guinness is asking people to join official St Patrick's Day celebrations at one of 4,000 venues worldwide that will be monitored as part of the Guinness World Records attempt for Largest global St Patricks' Day celebration."Every year, St Patrick's Day is celebrated by millions of people all around the world as a special occasion imbued with the spirit of true Irish friendliness - it has become the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, raise a pint of Guinness and enjoy one of the greatest days of the year," says Fergal Murray, Master Brewer of Guinness.In order to successfully set the world record, on 17th March 2012, Guinness World Records adjudicators will be stationed at Guinness St Patrick's Day events around the globe to painstakingly count the number of people celebrating this famous day, whilst verifying online pledges to assess whether St Patrick's Day has achieved the records: Most pledges received for a campaign and the Largest St Patrick's Day Celebration. If successful, Guinness World Records will officially confirm that St Patrick's Day is 'The Friendliest Day of the Year'.
4983Largest omelette world record set by Portuguese chefsPortuguese chefs set a new record on Saturday when they cooked up the world's largest ever omelette.The record attempt was part of an annual three day festival that takes place in the town of Ferreira do Zêzere, in the central city of Santarém.Organised by the local council, the festival aims to bring together local people that may normally live or work outside of Portugal who are returning for the summer to visit friends and relatives.Guinness World Record adjudicator Louise Toms was on hand to observe as 145,000 free range eggs were poured into a huge pan along with 880lbs of oil and 220lbs of butter.The pan used for the attempt was impressive in itself, measuring over 10metres in diameter and weighing 9458lbs.Once the chefs had been briefed, a total of 150 people took to the pan in shifts, using gigantic flat scrapers that were designed to keep the mixture moving.For six hours, the volunteer chefs continually scrapped and pulled the mixture under the watchful eye of head chef Pedro Mendes.Tension began to mount as high winds began to build during the attempt, raising concerns that it could affect the cooking of the omelette. The chefs nevertheless had to persevere under the tough conditions as increasing the cooking heat would likely cause the eggs to burn.After about five hours, things began to take shape and a section of omelette was pulled from the pan to show that slow but very steady progress was being made.After the six hour mark, the tired but happy chefs were finally able to remove their scrapers and transfer the super-sized omelette to a set of weighing scales.The record to beat was a 4.401 tonnes (9,702 lb 8 oz) omelette cooked up in Ankara in Turkey in October 2010.After the scales had finally settled, GWR adjudicator Louise was able to confirm the egg-cellent news to the chefs that they had indeed set a new world record, with the omelette weighing in at a whopping 6.466 tonnes (14, 225 lbs. 6 oz.), breaking the previous benchmark by quite some margin.Following the weigh-in, festival goers were given a chance to sample the chefs hard work, with the omelette shared out to members of the public.
4984Madonna beats Elvis’s No.1 albums record as MDNA tops UK chartMadonna has added another Guinness World Records title to her collection after her latest album MDNA went straight in at No.1 in the UK charts at the weekend.It marks the 12th time the singer has reached the top spot with a long-player, making her the most successful solo artist ever on the UK album charts, edging past Elvis Presley's record of 11 No.1 albums.Madonna's No.1 albums (Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, The Immaculate Collection, Evita (film soundtrack), Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy, Celebration and MDNA) have spent 30 cumulative weeks at No.1 - more than any other solo female on the UK albums chart.Elvis Presley has had 11 UK No.1 albums (Rock 'n Roll, Loving You (film soundtrack), King Creole (film soundtrack), Elvis is Back!, G.I. Blues (film soundtrack), Blue Hawaii (film soundtrack), Pot Luck, From Elvis in Memphis, 40 Greatest, Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits, The King).Madonna still trails The Beatles for the most No.1 albums on UK chart by a single act, with the Fab Four having notched up an incredible 15 No.1 albumsNevertheless, the 53-year-old can rightly claim the title of the queen of pop, with the star currently holding 20 world records including the highest grossing music tour per concert by a female artist for her 60-date 2006 'Confessions' tour and the top-selling female recording artist of all time, with record sales in excess of 75 million in the USA and 200 million abroad.The star's most recent entry into the record books came in February when she set a new record for the largest TV audience for a Super Bowl half-time performance. Her set, which included guest appearances from hip-hop star's Nicki Minaj and MIA, attracted 114 million viewers - a larger figure than the actual match itself which saw the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots.
4985Video: The world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabiliaThe Star Wars films have inspired collectors of memorabilia in a way that few other movie franchises have achieved.It therefore takes something special for one individual to be named as having the world’s largest collection of memorabilia related to the series.The super fan who is currently able to lay claim to that title is Steve Sansweet, a journalist and author, and president of Rancho Obi-Wan, a non-profit museum in Petaluma, northern California that houses his collection of an estimated 300,000 unique Star Wars items.The collection contains outfits and props from the films, a full complement of the original action figures, plus an arcade full of Star Wars video games and pinball machines.Only 90,546 items from his collection have been accurately audited and catalogued at the former chicken ranch – a number sufficient enough, however, to beat the previous Guinness World Records figure by a factor of three. Steve estimates that the cataloguing process will take years to complete, as his collection continues to grow.Steve’s collection really began to take shape in 1996, when, after a 28-year stint at the Wall Street Journal, he turned his love of the Star Wars saga into a new career and became Director of Specialty Marketing at Lucasfilm Ltd.His title later changed to Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations, with Steve acting as Lucasfilm's liaison to fans worldwide.Steve held the role for 15 years before retiring in 2010, however he still maintains an active role in the Star Wars fan community and continues to advise the company on its interaction with fans.The 68-year-old has eighteen books to his credit, sixteen of them on Star Wars, including the 1.2 million word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia in 2008 and 2012's Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.videoThe Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Three iBooks are also available now at the iTunes store: "Awesome Animals," (free download), "Colossal Constructions," and "Incredible People."
4986Three records look to fall at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonFaster than a speeding lacrosse player?Paul Statchuk certainly hopes so.The Toronto resident aims to be part of record-breaking history on Sunday, when he runs the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon attempting the fastest marathon in a full lacrosse kit.Joining him in attempts at history are two other runners: David Hiddleston and Brian Pressnail. The two of them will attempt records for the fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit and fastest marathon in full baseball kit, respectively.The number to beat for both Stutchak and Pressnail's attempts will be 4 hours, while Hiddleston will need to surpass 1 hr 31 min 44 sec. Guinness World Records will have an official adjudicator on-site to determine whether Statchuk & Co. make it into the books - again.“There are so many different ways to participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Paul take part in the race to break a (record),” said John Doig, Senior Vice President, Toronto Region, Scotiabank. “We welcome back Paul Statchuk and cheer him on in this undertaking.”World records have been broken at each of the last three Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonsStatchuk is no stranger to breaking records. Last year he broke the mark for fastest marathon dressed in an ice hockey kit – hockey stick included – at this very race, crossing the finish line at 4 hr 8 min 43 sec and earning a place on page 8 of the Guinness World Records 2014 book. At a different race, also last year, Statchuck ran the fastest marathon in an American football kit, at 3 hr 45 min 30 sec.“Lacrosse requires slightly less equipment and will certainly be less restrictive than hockey equipment, so I feel as though I have a good idea of what it will feel like come race day,” said Statchuk. “Ideally I’d like to come in under 3:40.”Hiddleston, meanwhile, is no stranger to history at the Waterfront Marathon either. In the 2011 race, he ran the fastest half marathon as a mascot, dressed as Jefferson the Dog, mascot for MyNextRace.com. He finished in a still-record time of 1 hr 46 min 27 sec.All races kick off Sunday and record verification of all three quests will be confirmed next week. For more information, be sure to visit the Toronto Waterfront Marathon web site.
4987Video: Christmas lights world record reclaimed in AustraliaGuinness World Records kicked off its Christmas celebrations last night with the switching on of the most lights on a residential property.A total of 502,165 lights adorn the Canberra house which belongs to David Richards and his wife Janean.It marks the second time the couple have held the record, after originally taking the title in 2011 when they decorated their home and property with 331,038 lights.The purpose of the Richards' attempt was to raise money for charity SIDS and Kids.Over $78,000 was made from the tens of thousands of visitors to the Richards house, some even flying in from overseas. Those funds meant two new counsellors could be employed to help families that had lost a child through SIDS.“SIDS and Kids ACT is delighted for David and his family,” said SIDS and Kids ACT CEO Elizabeth Tobler.“It is a remarkable effort and record. The display has been given a new look and design and I encourage people to once again come out and enjoy the lights.All monies raised will be returned to the ACT community through bereavement counselling and safe sleeping education services.”Having sworn to never again undertake such a labour-intensive record attempt, in 2012 David discovered his record had been broken by the Gay family from Lagrangeville, New York, with 346,283 lights.“Suddenly I had twice the drive,” David says. “I’d be raising more money for SIDS and Kids and winning back our record at the same time.With over half a million lights on our house, breaking the current record by over 150,000, I hope we’ll hold the record for longer than we did last time and raise even more money for SIDS and Kids. On the downside, my neighbours will think I’m just a tiny bit crazier…”The display at 3 Tennyson Crescent, Forrest, includes more than 50km of LED string lights, 520 Lightorama channels controlling a 50-metre, walk through, multi-coloured canopy and an 18-metre light-controlled tree (all animated and synchronised to music).It will be open to the public from Saturday, 30 November from 7.30pm to 10.30pm each night then from 7.30pm to around midnight on December 21, 22, 23 & 24. The display will be open on Christmas Day and Boxing day until 10.30pm. The lights are powered by ActewAGL’s Greenchoice renewable energy.video
4988Roberto Pettinato helps set hair dyeing record in ArgentinaSunday in Buenos Aires transformed what to many was just March 17 into "Colouring Day" by cosmetic company Laboratorio Hedaly, who offered passersby the chance to have their hair dyed a new colour by a professional hairdresser.In the process, they planned to set a new Guinness World Records feat for the "most hair dyed in an 8 hour relay." A total of 50 hairdressers took part during the day but only 10 were allowed to be dyeing hair at any one time, with team changes made on the hour.Assisting the hairdressers were a team of helpers that washed and dried the hair post-dyeing, with everything passing under the watchful eye of the Guinness World Records adjudicator for Latin America, Ralph Hannah.The presence of popular comedian, musician, and presenter Roberto Pettinato brought special flair to the proceedings, but did not guarantee success.The record to beat was 125 people, as established by the Records Management Team of Guinness World Records. In the morning, it was slow going as the participants came to grips with their new mobile salon, but there was no shortage of people queuing up to get a free dye and be part of history.The rhythm steadily increased throughout the day and, by mid-afternoon, Laboratorio Hedaly were closing in on the record. It was at that point that Pettinato made his appearance, volunteering to be record-breaking head of hair No. 126, changing from his grey locks to a vivid violet.The crowd watched anxiously as Pettinato received the dye but even at that point, Hannah could not announce a new record. Firstly, Pettinato was required to have his hair washed and then dried to see if the dye had worked. It was only at that moment, following a final inspection, the record was confirmed.As the celebrations took place, there was still work to be done. The hairdressers resumed dyeing until the time limit was reached and the final number of heads of hair dyed was 160. Congratulations to Laboratorio Hedaly, and another record set for Argentina!
4989WYMLW: Flying Cookers, Hands of Steel and Some Really Tight Parking…What You Missed Last Week - Adam Moore's guide to some of the recent video highlights on our YouTube channels. Me again! Plenty of golden video-nuggets that you might have missed last week, so let’s get cracking…So, I had this crazy dream the other night. I was in a big room, full of people. Suddenly, a huge dude dressed in orange starts throwing cookers everywhere. In the middle of the room were some Germans sitting on a sofa. Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ was playing…I called my shrink because I clearly have some issues to address but in the meantime, HERE’S AN ACTUAL VIDEO OF MY ACTUAL DREAM.videoNext up, fancy getting involved in some Record Breaking action yourself? Alfie is here to give you the lowdown on building the tallest toilet paper tower… Oh, Alfie. You nutter.videoNow, if I told you that Oli was visiting a man that goes by the name of ‘Hammer Hands’ in the latest On the Road, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was on the set of a new superhero movie. NOT SO. Muhamed Kahrimanovic is a very real human man, capable of smashing things like coconuts and baseball bats to smithereens with his fleshy fist-mallets. Oh, and Oli breaks a tiny piece of wood, too…videoHere at Guinness World Records, we LOVE IT when people get big heavy cars into tiny little parking spaces. You guys seem pretty nuts for it too, so here’s the latest update to this seriously cool Record category. The cherry on the cake is that the record is joint-held by two brothers. I guess they’re just going to have to find a better way of settling their arguments… videoFinally we have Marcus and Alfie facing off to see who can move the most marbles with chopsticks. It’s no surprise to anyone that these two are TERRIBLE when it comes to chopstick challenges. However, that all may change as Marcus actually pulls something out of the bag… Only to have his victory smashed by – that’s right – the CAMERAMAN. Gutted.videoWell, that’s your lot. If you’re not stacking toilet rolls as you read this then SHAME ON YOU.
4990From the Archives - 900 and 1080 Skateboards!From the Archives is a new feature here on guinnessworldrecords.com, in which we'll be showing off some of the many weird and wonderful record-breaking items we have here at Guinness World Records HQ - take a look!The latest pair of items to be revelaed from our cavernous archive collection here at Guinness World Records HQ, is this pair of skateboards, signed by record-breaking pro skaters Tony Hawk and Tom Schaar:You may well know the name Tony Hawk from his eponymous series of skateboarding video games released over the last 14 years, the second installment being the best-selling action sports videogame.Or perhaps you rememember when the man himself nailed the first 900 on a skateboard, completing two and a half aerial rotations in the X Games Five best trick contest on 27 June 1999. If you've not seen it before, or just want to relive the moment, here's a clip:videoWe received this signed skateboard from Tony when adjudicator Stuart Claxton visited the X Games some years later - and he just couldn't resist covering it in Guinness World Records stickers before getting that signature!It might sound unbelievable, but up-and-coming pro skater Tom Schaar was not even born when Tony Hawk landed the first 900, and yet he has now surpassed this achievement, aged only 12! As well as being the youngest X Games gold medallist, he is also landed the first 1080 on a skateboard, three complete rotations in the air. You can see the trick, and learn more about Tom, in our record-holder profile video below:videoAs you can see, this is a fresh and unused skateboard deck Tom signed and gave to us - surely a valuable collectors item in years to come!Of course though, like all items in the Guinness World Records archive, this special piece of record-breaking history is not for sale, and will remain safely under lock and key here at GWR HQ in London.Until next time, happy skating - will you be the first person to land a 1260?!
4991Video: Jeopardy! star Alex Trebek sets record for most game show episodes hostedCommonly referred to as ‘America’s Favorite Quiz Show’, game show Jeopardy! Is currently in its 30 th season. Tonight’s episode sees an important milestone for host Alex Trebek as it marks the 6,829th time he’ll be the man with all the questions – setting a world record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter (same programme).Alex has been a mainstay of the show for all 30 seasons and has never missed an episode due to illness.There has only been one episode of the show that has been hosted by a different presenter - an April Fool's Day special in 1997 which saw Alex switched places with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.“It’s an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting Jeopardy!, which I’ve often said is the best of reality T.V.,” Trebek said. “We have had incredible support from our viewers for the past 30 years, and without them, I wouldn’t have set this record.”Alex’s record adds to a number of existing records related to the quiz show. Jeopardy holds the record for most Emmy awards won by a TV game show with 29 between 1988-2011. The show has won 11 times for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, five for Trebek as Outstanding Game Show Host, and12 times for directing and writing, with Trebek also being honored as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.Back in 2011, In 2011, IBM fielded a computer named “Watson” on the show against two highly successful past contestants it comprehensively defeated them both, winning $77,147 (£48,734), in turn setting a record for Highest score by a computer on quiz show ‘Jeopardy!.Watch our interview below, and if you’re in the US, remember to check out today’s episode of Jeopardy! to see Alex’s official Guinness World Records certificate presentation (TV times vary – check local listings).video
4992Olympics double gold medalist Mo Farah bags sack race recordLondon 2012 icon Mo Farah hit the track again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London yesterday to set a new record.The running star claimed the title for the fastest 100 metre sack race as part of a special children's sports day event that took place at the iconic venue. As an international track and field athlete in the long distance and middle-distance, Mo took on the sack race challenge as special guest of honour at the Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day. A new record category, Mo would have to finish the race in a minimum time of of 40 seconds for a new benchmark to be set, and was given two attempts to register a record-setting time. Tension was high in the Copper Box Arena with children from competition-winning schools cheering on the British champion and posing in Mo's trademark 'Mobot' stance.The venue had previously seen handball and pentathlon events taking place during the London 2012 Olympics.Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah attempts the record for 100m sack race! #WeetabixSportsDay#Vinehttps://t.co/TVbTWU5VnS— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 14, 2014Coming in at just over 42 seconds on his first two attempts, Mo summoned up Olympian willpower to complete the 100 metres in a time of 39.91 seconds.When the record was announced by Guinness World Records' adjudicators, the excited children broke ranks and ran to congratulate Mo on his achievement.It's a happy moment for all @Mo_Farah's fans too... #WeetabixSportsDay #GuinnessWorldRecords@GWRpic.twitter.com/X9mYEJaT6I— Weetabix (@weetabix) July 14, 2014The double Olympic gold medal holder of 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events, also currently holds the Guinness World Records title for most European Athletics Championships 5,000 metres gold medals. Congratulations to @Mo_Farah - a new record for fastest 100m sack race with 39.91 seconds! #WeetabixSportsDaypic.twitter.com/gRhcne93Pg— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 14, 2014
4993“Creeky” recognised as Oldest Performing Clown by Guinness World Records at the age of 95A 95-year-old Montana man has earned a new Guinness World Records title as the 'Oldest Performing Clown'.Born in 1916, Floyd Creekmore, or "Creeky", takes the title from Andrew Beyer 'Bumbo the Clown', who set the record at 86 years old in 2004.Given the nickname "Creeky" as a child, Floyd has been entertaining people at rodeos and fairs since the age of 10 and likes to say he has performed for people aged 1 to 100.As a child he would attend the circus and ask clowns for advice on costumes and face paint. Born in Montana on July 14, 1916 Floyd continues to reside in Billings, Montana today.He pursued clowning in his spare time and worked as a Rector and then a construction worker before retiring. He has been married to wife, Betty, for 70 years and they have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.After retiring Floyd joined the Al Bedoo Shrine Clown unit in 1981 where he could entertain full time.Shrine clowns aim to raise money for Shrine Hospitals for Children, which provides free care to disabled kids and youngsters who have sustained burns injuries.Floyd performs as an "Auguste" clown with a classic red nose, white mouth and oversized clothing.He has around a dozen costumes, some sewn by his wife and niece, and considers his favorite to be a yellow and orange outfit with matching orange hair and yellow bowler hat. Most of the clowns Floyd joined with retired years ago and as the oldest clown in the unit he likes to call himself the "clown boss".Since joining the shrine Floyd has served as President of the unit and was selected Clown of the Year by the International Shrine Clown Association in 1993.Floyd was presented with his Guinness World Records certificate during the annual International Shrine Clown Association.When asked if he would retire anytime soon, Floyd said: "Right now I feel good enough to clown so I'll just keep it up until I can't!"
4994Science Lesson record set at gaming festival in NottinghamGameCity, an annual video games festival in Nottingham, UK celebrated seven action-packed days of gaming culture by attempting a Guinness World Records title for the largest practical science lesson on Saturday.This was no mean feat, with a benchmark to beat of 276 students which was set in Birmingham earlier this year.Under the guidelines for the record, for the attempt to count the lesson had to last for half an hour and be composed of at least two hands-on experiments focusing on a specific scientific subject,(e.g. electricity, magnetism).Under the rules, students can work in teams of up to five during the lesson, with each team needing to submit a written report of their results to the instructors.The excitement was palpable as people of all ages piled in to the huge marquee in Nottingham's Old Market Square for the attempt.Lead by local scientist Natasha Neale, participants created slime with a mixture of PVA glue, borax and food colouring. They also got the chance to build and set off pop rockets. Two independent witnesses were on hand to count and re-count those entering the venue. For a few tense moments it looked as if GameCity was inches away from missing out on the record.Dozens of stewards then rushed out into the main square and encouraged shoppers and passers-by to join the lesson and help make a new Guinness World Records title.After enough people were gathered the doors were shut and the next stage of the challenge began.In order to beat the current record, GameCity's stewards had to ensure that everyone was fully participating in the lesson. This meant that everyone had to be present for the full thirty minute lesson and were paying attention at all times. With official Guinness World Records adjudicator Fortuna Burke monitoring the stewards, the results were quickly calculated and were followed by confirmation that a new record had been set by Game City, with the news that 292 participants had taken part in the successful attempt greeted with a roar of cheers.
4995A photo roundup for Guinness World Records DayYesterday marked the eighth annual Guinness World Records Day, where we saw 420,000 people come together for one very special celebration of the weird, wacky and downright astonishing.The annual event, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's bestselling copyright book, sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure a prestigious world records title during a 24 hour period.Our first Guinness World Records day record was the longest duration spinning a basketball on a toothbrush, which is 26.078 seconds and was set by Michael Kopp (Germany) at Fliegende Bauten in Hamburg, Germany.Italy joins the party with an attempt at the Largest Chocolate Coin, which measured in at 658kg (1450 lbs), 196cm (6ft 5in) in diameter and 17cm (6.7in) thick.In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, 50 students at Meza's Karate America kicked 85,791 times for the Most Full Contact Kicks in One Hour by a Team.An incredible 2,639 women in Mumbai, India achieved the Largest Kaikottikali Dance.From the professional Xpogo team, 19-year-old Michael Mena added to his list of championship titles by jumping 2.44 meters (8 ft) to beat the Highest Forward Flip Pogo Stick Jump.A fan favorite record, the most people crammed in a Mini, new model is 28, achieved by Dani Maynard and the David Lloyd Diva's (UK), at Potter's Field, London.15-year-old Australian, Lachlan Phelps, championed his country's origins by holding the Longest Note on a Didgeridoo for 65.66 seconds.Tone Staubs, known by the Xpogo team as the "Italian Stallion," focused on speed as he jumped 265 times to break his own record of 257 for the Most Pogo Stick Jumps in One Minute.The most people flapping simultaneously is 407, achieved by Saint Joseph's University (USA), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.The fastest time to run 100 m on all fours is 17.47 seconds and was set by Kenichi Ito (Japan) at Komazawa Olympic Park Athletic Field, in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.Over 420,000 participants from elementary schools across the world competed in for the record of most people sport stacking (multiple venue). We're still reviewing the evidence, but so far, it's looking good!There's still many more photos of the wonderful GWR Day attempts to come, so stay tuned for more later this week.
4996Video: Freddie Flintoff sets 14 world records in one day for Sport ReliefCricket star Freddie Flintoff managed to notch up an incredible 14 Guinness World Records during his epic 12-hour challenge for the charity Sports Relief yesterday.The former England captain had been aiming to set 12 records within 12 hours, but managed to go two better.videoThe marathon kicked off at 7.45am on Monday morning at Wembley Stadium in London with a failed attempt at breaking TV star David Hasselhoff's highest reverse bungee jump record, and ended in celebratory style 12 hours later at BBC's Television Centre, with a successful stab at the record for the most people popping party poppers.videoOver the course of the day Freddie bagged the following impressive haul of Guinness World Records titles::: Most party poppers popped in one minute (52):: Fastest time to drink a hot chocolate (5.45 seconds):: Most Facebook likes in one hour (52,719):: Fastest 100 metres on a pedalo (1 minute 58.62 seconds), with fellow cricketer Steve Harmison:: Most kisses in 30 seconds (40), a record he broke live on air in the sudio for ITV show Loose Women:: Most peas eaten with a cocktail stick in 30 seconds (38):: Most people popping party poppers together (420):: Fastest time to high-five 20 people blindfolded (6.53 seconds):: Most cricket deliveries faced in one minute (19), helped by fellow sport star Gary Lineker and Harry Judd from pop band McFly:: Fastest three-point turn in a car (14.01 seconds), after failing his first attempt by two seconds earlier in the day:: Fastest 100 metres zorbing (26.59 seconds):: Most hot dogs made in one minute (9):: Longest distance to throw a bullseye in darts (5.05 metres):: Most lemons caught while blindfolded in one minute (20), again with HarmisonvideoThe BT Sport Relief Challenge: Flintoff's Record Breakers was the third in a series of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Sport Relief 2012.To find out how to donate money to Sport Relief, head to sportrelief.com/flintoff.More highlights from Freddie's challenge will be shown on the Sport Relief night on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK on Friday 23rd March.
4997Video: Breakfast in bed world record set in AustraliaFrom Chris Sheedy in Sydney, AustraliaOne of the most unfortunate outcomes of working at Guinness World Records is the fact that we are not allowed to take part in a record attempt that we are adjudicating.Having watched people attempting such records as worm eating, arrow catching and fire walking, sometimes that's a good thing.But every so often a record comes along that leaves us wishing we could lose the clipboard, put down the stopwatch and simply join in.For me, the most people being massaged was one of them. So was the longest motorcycle jump. And how could I not wish to be involved in the attempt on the biggest water balloon fight?Last Friday's record attempt that I adjudicated would be another that I wished I could have been part of.As Sydney city welcomed autumn with an uncharacteristic rain storm, a collection of 85 beds under cover of a marquee appeared very inviting indeed.The beds filled throughout the morning with wannabe record breakers, lured by the offer of a free breakfast, the excitement of a record attempt and the simple promise that this event would make them feel beautiful.Popular pharmacy and beauty chain Priceline had partnered up with leading magazine Women's Health to bring the Priceline motto "I feel beautiful" to life. And what's more beautiful than a breakfast in bed?The beds quickly filled with one or two people in each, but the record of 250 required three in almost every bed, so latecomers were crammed next to couples on the pink sheets.When the breakfasts were served by an army of waiting staff and the starter hooter sounded, 292 people filled the 85 beds.Three were disqualified (one was a baby that did not eat the served breakfast and two had their legs over the edges of the beds), so the final record was 289 people.Judging by the smiles on the faces of the record breakers, Priceline and Women's Health had indeed made this crowd feel beautiful.video
4998Pauline Potter confirmed as world's heaviest living womanPauline Potter, the new world record holder for the heaviest living woman says gaining the title will help spur her to a healthier life.The 47-year-old from Sacramento, California has been confirmed as weighing 291.6 kg (643 lbs) by Guinness World Records™.Pauline says her reason for getting in touch with Guinness World Records was to gain public attention for her situation, in the hope that an expert would see her story and want to help her lose weight.Explaining her decision, Pauline says: "I got in touch with Guinness World Records to start with because I was tired of being this size"."I knew I was getting close to 700 (pounds), but I wanted to get my story out there so that a doctor or nutritionist could help me," she added."Also I thought it would be a great opportunity to open the door for once I start losing, then maybe I could get another record for the woman losing the most weight."Pauline, who has a 19-year-old son Dillon, cites her own upbringing as one of the main reasons for her situation.While she believes that being overweight is in her genes, she describes her childhood as an "overabundance" of food, with snacks used to both reward and console. "My mom was over 400 pounds and my dad over 600,' she said. 'I have eight siblings all which are over 300, except one", she explains."We were just raised, that if it was happy we'd celebrate with food, if it was sad, oh you fell down and skinned your knee, here's ice-cream."Pauline says that when she was younger she did not feel motivated to lose weight and postponed weight loss to the point that her daily life is very difficult now. She states that she has difficulty getting dressed and bathing, and that "everything in life is difficult at this size." She currently requires a mobility scooter to get around and can no longer get into her car and in order to keep mobile she visits a warm water rehabilitation pool three to five times a week,Despite her health issues, Pauline emphasises her positive attitude in life and calls herself a "people person". She has a variety of good friends and enjoys bingo, shopping and scrapbooking.
4999Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minnesota reads its way into the record booksFrom Johanna Hessling in MinnesotaReading is power! On 10 September 2011, I travelled to Shakopee, Minnesota to witness the attempt for most adults reading to children (single location).The event was hosted by Valleyfair Amusement Park who chose to attempt this record in honor of National Literacy Month. The book chosen and read by all participants was "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown," written by Charles M. Schultz, the creator of Peanuts™, who is a Minnesota native.Readers and listeners were given purple and yellow tickets, respectively, to distinguish between the two types of participants, and lined up to be let into the Planet Snoopy area of the park. Each reader was given a book as they came into the area and I was on hand with my trusty clicker to ensure all of readers were properly counted.The rules for the attempt were straightforward. Each adult (person age 18 and older) had to read to a group consisting of 1 to 10 children (ages 17 and under) for a total of 3 minutes. Each participant did not have to read at the same pace, but all had to read the same book, to qualify for a new world record. The previous record, held by Matzke Elementary School in Houston, TX was 347 adults reading to 991 children.Once everyone was accounted for and were in place and ready to read, the 3-2-1-go! countdown began! When the three minutes required by the guidelines were up and the stewards who were put in place to observe all participants I could not observe turned in their total counts, it was determined that there was a total of 360 adults who read to a total of 367 children, setting a new Guinness World Records record!The official certificate was presented to Snoopy and Robin Stinnett, Director of Marketing and Sales for Valleyfair Amusement Park, on behalf of all who participated.Congratulations to Valleyfair Amusement Park, Todd, Kim, Justin, and all who participated and contributed to the successful event. Welcome to the Guinness World Records family!
5000Video: Meet Harbor - The new dog with the longest ears in the worldA Black and Tan Coonhound named 'Harbor', aged 8, from Boulder, Colorado, USA, has earned a spot in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2012 Edition for having the Longest Ears on a Living Dog.Owned by Jennifer Wert, Harbor's left and right ears measure 12.25 inches and 13.5 inches respectively.As a puppy Harbor would struggle with his colossal ears frequently causing him to trip over them and roll down stairs. Now at the age of 8 the purebred has grown into his ears (only occasionally tripping over!), the only trouble being caused by the attention he receives from members of the public. videoJennifer explains: "Cars will literally stop in the street to take a closer look and get a picture. Often strangers will tug his ears which he really doesn't enjoy!"Contrary to popular belief, this particular breed's long ears are for smelling and not enhanced hearing. When moving around Harbor's ears will fall into a rhythm that helps sweep scents into his nose.Jennifer goes on to say: "Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are. He's a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go."Harbor takes the new title from Tigger (13.5 inch ears), a bloodhound from Illinois, who sadly passed away of old age two year ago. Harbor's ear-span is greater than the height of the world's shortest man - Junrey Balawing (PHL) is 23.5 in!Harbor's ear-span is wider than the smallest road-legal car - Perry Watkin's 'Wind Up' (UK) is 26 inches wide!You could fit the world's shortest dog (Brandy (US), 6in long) comfortably on each of Harbor's ear twice!For more amazing record breaking animals plus the latest records in science, nature, sport, entertainment and everything else, check out the upcoming Guinness World Records 2012 Edition on the 15th of September.
5001Veteran darts champion Phil Taylor wins 16th title – but will he beat Candy Miller's incredible record?Two senior citizens recently recognised by Guinness World Records are showing that age need not be a barrier to competing in the sport you love.While many commentators referred to 52-year-old Phil Taylor as a veteran after he won his 16 th PDC World Darts Championship title yesterday in London, he has some way to go to match the lengthy career of Candy Miller.Ninety-two-year-old Candy (b. 21 October 1920, UK) scored a bullseye late last year after being confirmed as the world's oldest competitive darts player.The widow from Dorset, UK, has been throwing darts for 52 years and began playing competitively in 1966 after joining a women's team set up by a friend.The retired dressmaker has gone on to win dozens of trophies that fill her home.Talking about her record, Candy says: "I am quite proud of the achievement and I will carry on playing for as long as my knees let me."Going up and down the oche is about as far as I can walk with them at the moment."But I still play once a week, still play a good game and win every now and again".Candy, who has played with several professional players during her career, currently plays twice a week for Alderney Manor Social Club in the Bournemouth and District Ladies Darts League, with her team currently standing seventh out of eight in the table.The team's captain is 84-year-old Rose Kettley, who is herself one of the oldest darts players in Britain.Meanwhile, 94-year-old Jean Cowles (b. 31 August 1917) from Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK, (pictured above), has also made the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records book, having notched up the record for oldest indoor bowls player.Jean started playing in her 50s after her husband passed away and has been playing competitively ever since as a member of her local Spalding and District Indoor Bowls Club.To watch Jean in action, click here.
5002Japanese brand Dolly Wink sets new eyelash application record to support Breast Cancer FoundationHelping put Singapore on the records map, Japanese eyelash brand Dolly Wink has successfully set a new world record title for the most people applying false eyelashes simultaneously.This record-setting success, organized in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation, saw 324 participants putting on Dolly Wink false eyelashes at The Ground Theatre @ SCAPE in Singapore, Singapore."We are ecstatic that the record-setting is a huge success, and would like to thank everyone who has made it possible," said Leah Lim, Marketing Manager of Mandom Corp Ptd Ltd, which distributes Dolly Wink in Singapore.Among the participants were celebrities such as George Young, Oon Shu An, and Hayley Woo, as well as blogger extraordinaire Wendy Cheng, more popularly known as "Xiaxue." Beauty bloggers Evonne Ng ("evonnz"), Rachell Tan ("pxdkitty"), and Miyake ("ngmiyake") also joined, as did various gyaru personalities and a small group of breast cancer survivors."This is a great platform to reach out to these young ladies," said Noor Quek, president of Breast Cancer Foundation. "We thank Dolly Wink for helping us raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage a healthy lifestyle."Hosted by well-known radio DJ Rosalyn Lee, this groundbreaking event sought to raise funds and awareness for the early detection of breast cancer, one of the most common cancers afflicting women worldwide.All participants received a lash kit set worth over $100, which included a set of false eyelashes and glue, an eyelash case, black liquid eyeliner, mascara, eyelash curler, and a pair of scissors."Dolly Wink is thrilled to be part of this landmark success. This is the brand’s fifth anniversary in Singapore, and we wanted to celebrate it by giving back to society in a positive, creative, and meaningful way," Lim added."This has given us an avenue to support the Breast Cancer Foundation and drive home the brand’s message that all women, regardless of age and circumstance, can look and feel beautiful."
5003PlayhouseSquare highlights historic transformation with largest outdoor chandelierNearly 100 years old, Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare has entertained generations of citizens, maintaining a storied spot in the Ohio city's rich fabric.But with its centennial approaching, the second-largest theater district in the United States decided it was time for an evolution. And Guinness World Records has now verified the cherry on top.As part of what it calls a "dramatic neighborhood transformation," PlayhouseSquare unveiled its brand new outdoor chandelier May 2. The picturesque fixture was sponsored by GE Lighting and measures 6.10 m (20 ft) from top to bottom with a diameter of 5.18 m (17 ft). Constructed by DCL and Lumid, it is now officially the largest outdoor chandelier.The chandelier clocks in at a weight of 2,721.55 kg (6,000 lb) and is held up by a stainless steel, three-armed support structure 44 ft above the intersection of Cleveland's E. 14th Street and Euclid Ave. The 4,200 crystals used to construct the chandelier were made of impact modified acrylic and a total of 68 LED lighting fixtures illuminate it.The not-for-profit PlayhouseSquare has coined its transformation with the phrase "Dazzle the District." Its aim is to take the traditional aesthetic of the complex's indoor theaters and expand it into the surrounding neighborhood. Other elements of the transformation include an expanding of nearby Star Plaza, addition of stages and gathering areas, gateway construction, and renovated lighting and signage systems.But the chandelier is the centerpiece of it all, and PlayhouseSquare knew that to leave a lasting impression, it needed the ultimate stamp of approval.Having promoted the official Guinness World Records measurement ceremony for weeks, the measurement's unveiling drew an estimated crowd of 20,000 to the theater district."Now we begin," said PlayhouseSquare's senior vice president of theater operations, Gina Vernaci. "This defines Playhouse Square as a destination, which makes us unlike any performing arts center in the United States."Has PlayhouseSquare's transformation inspired you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
5004New Longest Speech Marathon record raises 㿅k for Sue Ryder hospice appealFollowing the recent death of his grandmother, best-selling author, entrepreneur and property guru Rob Moore embarked upon a marathon speech to raise money for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice Capital Appeal.To become the current holder of the Longest Speech Marathon Guinness World Record, Rob had to beat Pothula Srinivasa Brahmanand’s 2012 record of an impressive 33 hours 46 minutes. Under Guinness World Records guidelines, a speech is defined as, “the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience,” meaning using footage, clips or audio is strictly prohibited.Notes are allowed, written copy, autocues and prompters are not making Rob’s 46 hour 21 minute-long achievement all the more impressive.A veteran public speaker, tickets to Rob’s property education talks normally retail at upwards of £2,000. For his record attempt speech last month, tickets were sold at a donation-based price, representing great value for attendees while also a great boon for Sue Ryder for whom Rob generated £25,063.76 in proceeds. The event attracted a great deal of attention throughout enterprise, property and business press with coverage in 30+ key titles including Yahoo Finance, Business Investment UK and The Finance Pages.Speaking after the event Rob explained the motivation behind his record attempt, "In line with the current property boom, I wanted to share as many property investing strategies as I could to help entrepreneurs cash in. The problem for many is the cost of the equivalent training which would stand at almost £5,400.”“I saw this world record attempt as the perfect opportunity for me to give back to people who want to cash in on the boom, and for them to help me break a world record I'm so pleased to hold. My Nan passed away in a home recently so I do feel an empathy with Thorpe Hall and I'm so glad I could help."video
5005Walker Books and RNIB celebrate 25 years of "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" with record for charityRecently, independent British book publisher Walker Books paired with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic picture book "We’re Going on a Bear Hunt," whilst using the event to also raise money for a good cause.With that in mind, the pair gathering 1,438 children at Charter Hall in Colchester (UK) to take part in a successful Guinness World Records attempt at the largest reading lesson. Walker Books and the RNIB succeeded in pushing the RasGas Company Ltd and Maktata (Qatar) off the top spot, previously held at 1,390 participants.The record-breaking lesson was hosted by Michael Rosen – the author of the much-loved children’s book - who received the official record certificate after the attempt.“It was a reading lesson, we worked some moves into it and put on an enormous show. We won a certificate – I feel like Usain Bolt.”The curriculum-approved reading lesson was put together by the education specialists Yellow Door, with the aim of making it fully accessible to children who are blind or partially sighted. All of the organizers wanted to make sure that everyone could be involved in, and experience, the bear hunt regardless of sight.In addition to this, the reading lesson was also streamed live to approximately 30,000 children all over the UK. The RNIB claims that only 7 percent of all books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted readers. The full lesson is available for viewing here.videoThe charity partnership between Walker Books and RNIB has been strong since 2013, when Walker Books and RNIB gave away 70,000 copies of "We’re Going on a Bear Hunt" through the Daily Express and 491 Morrison stores.The excitement of this record attracted a lot of online attention, from publications such as Express and ITV.com, as well as regional print publications, including the Belfast Telegraph.Every child involved in the attempt donated £1 to "Read for RNIB Day" – a day dedicated to opening up the world of reading to children with sight problems – making sure thousands of pounds were raised.
5006Citroën and Foxes scoop new Guinness World Records title with a 12-hour gig tourAll revenue from the performances went to support Trekstock’s charitable fundraising activities for young people with cancer.
5007Chinese soccer school with over 2,000 students earns world record title for largest residential football academyEvergrande Football School in Qingyuan, China has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the Largest residential football academy after it was confirmed that an incredible 2,577 students are now enrolled at the sports institute.
5008MLB and Cincinnati Reds play catch with thousands of fans and score world record titleMajor League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds wanted to put on an unforgettable event to launch the MLB All-Star Week in Cincinnati, which begins next week.
5009Two more successful records take California's Viejas Casino's all-time total up to sixA key to any successful casino trip for a gambler is to quit while you're ahead.But there's no quit in the Viejas Casino & Resort, as the establishment recently added two more world records to its ever-increasing tally. The latest marks to fall at the Alpine, California, setting were for the longest chain of fireworks with 10,005 and the longest line of sparklers lit in relay with 299 participants.The events were held in celebration of Viejas' 23rd anniversary, as the resort continues to serve the surrounding San Diego gaming area. This particular combination of records allowed those staying at the resort and playing at the casino a chance to take part in history themselves with the sparkler relay, followed by Viejas putting on a show for all those in attendance with the uniquely structured fireworks display.Nearly 2,000 VIP guests were invited to the record-breaking extravaganza, with thousands more in attendance to watch the proceedings. The showstopping fireworks display required that only firework be set off at a time in succession.But, with nearly 30 fireworks being sent up per second, it made for quite the sight against the celebratory sky.This makes it now six records in three years for Viejas, each attempt centered around the casino's anniversary.Last year saw a record hat trick, with records falling for the longest high-five chain at 684 people (since broken), largest pack of playing cards at 1.29 m x 0.93 m (4 ft 3 in x 3 ft 1 in), and most people uncorking wine simultaneously with 639.In 2012, Viejas entered the records game in building the largest functioning blackjack table, measuring 206.85 m² (2,226.51 ft²).World records continue to provide Viejas a way to stand apart from its competition, and garner plenty of attention for doing so. This latest record double saw coverage from the San Diego Union Tribune and Imperial Valley Press, but was also featured on KUSI-TV, Yahoo! Finance, and Market Watch. "Each year for our anniversary, we feel it’s important to create a phenomenal experience for our guests that reminds them, our team members, and our competitors that Viejas can do things that our competition simply cannot match," said Scott Bauer, Viejas director of database marketing, "things that no other team in the world has matched."Has Viejas' sustained record excellence inspired your group to involve its participants in a record attempt? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
5010Festival Leisure Park and Empire Cinemas mark release of Disney’s Maleficent with largest gathering of people dressed as princessesCongratulations came from Disney as Basildon’s own Festival Leisure Park made it into Guinness World Record history last Saturday by amassing the world’s largest group of princesses.In association with Empire cinemas and Disney’s soon to be released Maleficent, a total of 351 princesses congregated outside the leisure park’s cinema, who were joined by Chloe Sims, (pictured below) star of ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex. “I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing Guinness World Record event.” She commented, “It was wonderful to see so many gorgeous girls turn up it showed a really lovely community spirit.”Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, enthused: "We are delighted to have been part of the team involved in securing the new Guinness World Record for the most princesses in one area. Who doesn’t love a bit of fairy tale magic?”The Party Princess children’s party entertainment company took on the role of fairy godmothers to the crowd of princesses, providing glitter makeovers to ensure that no Cinderellas were left out of this ball. Not only a record-breaking celebration, Festival Leisure Park also seized the opportunity to raise funds for The Little Princess Trust' a children’s charity which provides real-hair wigs to young cancer patients. Festival retail park vendors supplied vouchers for a raffle, and in addition to the funds raised through glitter makeovers, the party princesses also posed for photographs with the children to raise money for the trust.Monica Glass, Charity Manager said, “On behalf of everyone connected with the Little Princess Trust we are very grateful to Festival Leisure Park for including the charity in this exciting event. What an achievement! So many princesses all in one place! Hopefully a number of them will now be familiar with the work of the Little Princess Trust and will consider supporting the charity in the future, either through money or hair donations, so that we can continue to provide free, real-hair wigs to poorly children in the UK and Ireland.”Amongst the crowd was 17 year old Zoe Nichols, former local carnival princess. Her participation was in memory of her dear friend and fellow princess Rachel Kiely-Cohen who died suddenly earlier this year.Festival Leisure Park Facilities Manager, Peter Scopes said, “We are thrilled to have become Guinness world record holders. We couldn’t have achieved this without the support and turnout from the Essex Princesses, so a huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped break the world record!”

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