Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

5011Old El Paso celebrate soft shell launch with world’s longest taco lineGeneral Mill’s employees gathered last week at their London office in record-breaking style to celebrate the culmination of 8 years work, delivering Old El Paso’s new Stand ‘n’ Stuff™ soft taco shells to market.As their latest product hit the shelves of a leading UK supermarket chain, 21 staff from the global food giant took to the assembly line in a successful bid to break the Guinness World Records™ title for the longest line of tacos. General Mills Incorporation, the company behind household brands including Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Yoplait and Green Giant place strong emphasis on employee engagement and interaction across their various brand teams, which is the key motivation for their internal Race for Growth programme.Their record attempt for the Old El Paso Race For Growth team provided an ideal opportunity for staff to celebrate their latest accomplishment with the added benefit of achieving a world record. The exciting feat commenced at 12pm and just in time for lunch, a total of 1,567 tacos had been assembled, leading to the impressive achievement of a Guinness World Records record title for Longest line of tacos.And if that wasn’t challenge enough, staff were then invited to take part in a Man vs. taco Stand ‘n’ Stuff Challenge where entrants were given four minutes to devour as many tacos as possible!Speaking after the challenge Account Manager, Abigail Murrells explained, “Winning as a team' is one of our core company values and so this challenge provided a perfect opportunity for the Old El Paso Race for Growth team to do just that! Everyone enjoyed getting involved, rocking the Old El Paso aprons and of course the celebratory eating afterwards too!”Katy Jones, Senior Brand Manager Old El Paso UK also said of the challenge, “Setting a Guinness World Record for the longest line of tacos record was the perfect way for us to celebrate the launch of our new product, Old El Paso Stand ‘n’ Stuff Soft Tacos. Not only did it showcase the product benefits, but it brought together the whole business to inspire and engage them behind this exciting launch!”
5012Hall’s of Scotland raises awareness along with proceeds for charity with record-breaking haggisThirty years after Hall’s of Scotland first earned their Guinness World Record for the largest haggis, the meat producer decided that last month’s Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh was the perfect opportunity to recover their title.Weighing in at almost a ton (1,010kg), the new record-setting haggis measured an impressive 2.5m in length and a metre in width and height – doubling the size set by the previous title holder.The challenge was tackled by a 12-strong team of Hall’s staff at their North Berwick premises, with the finished haggis so large that it had to be transported to the show on the back of a truck.Following the attempt, the giant haggis was cut down and sold off in individual portions during the show for £5 apiece, with the proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Care and a variety of Scottish children’s charities.Wayne Godfrey, CEO of Browns Food Group (the parent company which owns Hall’s) explained he had taken on the record challenge at he wanted to make Scotland proud and create a sense of national pride “by making history and setting a Guinness World Records title a nation can be part of”.He added that the super-sized haggis had been "the perfect way to celebrate one of our nation's proudest culinary traditions whilst raising money for a good cause."David Hall, son of the founder of the original Hall’s company, was guest of honour at the unveiling, and spoke of his pride following the successful attempt: “Hall’s is one of the world’s biggest distributers of haggis and it seems only fitting they also hold the title of the makers of the world’s biggest haggis.”This year’s Royal Highland Show attracted up to 180,000 diverse groups of people over the course of four days, with Hall’s giant haggis arguably the event’s major talking point.In addition to the thousands who witnessed the haggis first-hand, the extraordinary feat also caught the attention of mainstream media, with coverage for the attempt appearing on Sky News and ITV, as well as regional media such as Daily Record and Herald
5013Castle Lager cook up barbecue world record to mark South Africa’s Heritage DayDrinks firm Castle Lager recently marked South Africa’s Heritage Day with a successful attempt at the world record for most people cooking simultaneously (multiple venues).The national public holiday, which is celebrated annually on September 24 th, is commonly referred to as 'Braai day', with South African’s traditionally joining together with family and friends to cook barbecued ‘braai’ meat.Looking to tap into the national past time as part of its brand awareness strategy, Castle organised the record breaking event at several simultaneous braai get-togethers across the country, with events taking place in parks in Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.Set with a target to beat of 2,311 participants - a record set in 2011 in Chiba, Japan - Castle looked to local media to generate interest in the record attempt, calling on the public to join them in making a new piece of history for the nation.Gates to each record attempt venue opened at 12 noon, with a final, record-breaking figure of 2,353 individuals taking part across the country confirmed by Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy at the Johannesburg leg of the attempt at 5.30pm later that afternoon.Awarding an official certificate to the event organisers to mark the achievement, Molloy said: “I am delighted to announce that Castle Lager have successfully entered the Guinness World Records with this wonderfully executed event. This great country is steeped in culture and tradition and it is fitting that a record should be broken for a national pastime that is synonymous with every South African,” said Rob Molloy.Speaking after the certificate presentation, Alastair Hewitt, General Manager of Castle Lager and Sponsorships at SAB said: “We’re delighted that we have broken a Guinness World Record, it is indicative of our country’s ability to come together and unite in true South African style. We have definitely created history over a “braai” and our great South African beer in the process”.
5014Three 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 partner with the race to have an official adjudicator on-site and 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 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.
5015truTV welcomes back Guinness World Records Unleashed with Times Square challenge fairTo kick off season 2 of the hit TV show "Guinness World Records Unleashed," American cable network truTV took over Times Square for 8 hours earlier this month, welcoming hundreds of celebrities, fans, and passersby to attempt a shot at history.The challenge fair setup saw four record stations open through the afternoon and nigh, giving contestants the chance to try and break an official Guinness World Records title in one of the following four categories (clockwise from top left, below):-Fastest time to assemble a 20-shot glass pyramid-Fastest 20 meter butt scoot-Fastest time to make a twin bed by a team of two-Most seated basketball free throws made in one minuteNew Yorker Samuel "ESJAE" Jackson came away with the butt scoot record, providing one of the highlights of the day with a record time of 20.41 sec.In addition to these ongoing challenges open to the public, perennial record breaker Ashrita Furman kicked off the festivities by breaking the record for most hard-boiled eggs caught with the mouth in one minute. And artist Andrew Gertler constructed the largest marshmallow mosaic, using 14,400 decorated marshmallows to create a 9.29 m² (100 ft²) portrait of "Good Morning America" co-host Sam Champion.A contingent of truTV personalities were on hand to mingle with the crowd and attempt records of their own throughout the day, ranging from GWRU host Dan Cortese building a shot glass pyramid to Mark McGrath signing autographs and the stars of "Lizard Lick Towing" and "Hardcore Pawn" shooting free throws.All of the action can be checked out in this very video:videoGuinness World Records Unleashed stars host Dan Cortese, as well as GWR adjudicators Stuart Claxton and Liz Smith, along with comedian Zach Selwyn providing commentary. You can read a preview of the new season here, and catch new episodes every Thursday night at 8 (ET/PT) on truTV.
5016Most hopscotch games in 24 hrsAshrita FurmanMexico, Cancun01 January 1998The greatest number of games of hop-scotch successfully completed in 24hours is 434, by Ashrita Furman of Jamaica, New York, USA at the Westin Regina Hotel, Cancun, Mexico, between January 12-13, 1998.
5017Most games of hopscotch played in one hourAshrita FurmanUnited States, New York City25 December 2009The most hopscotch games played in one hour is 33 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Panorama Café in New York City, New York, USA, on 25 December 2009.Also the record holder for the fastest game of hopscotch, Mr. Furman completed all but 5 of the 33 games in under 2 minutes.
5018Mini China
5019Dutch Heart Foundation
5020And relax! Largest Massage Lesson world record set in MoscowMasters of Thai massage from Bali, Indonesia and Russia all put their hands to the test to break a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record title for the Largest Massage Lesson earlier this month.Participants soothed their models as part of the record breaking event held in Moscow's Park of Art “Muzeon” organised by massage company 7KRASOK.A total of 257 masters took part in the one hour lesson which was instructed by Thai Massage Master Ms Thanwimol Lamoolmorn.Under the rules for the record, the instructors and the pupils taught had to remain the same throughout the lesson -if one dropped out, they could not be counted, while the instructors needed to be certified, experienced massage therapists teaching recognised techniques.The record attempt was to celebrate the ten year anniversary of 7KRASOK and steward Anishenko Tatyana was thrilled to be overseeing the attempt.“It was great experience to be part of something so huge and marvelous.”7KRASOK's general director Mohova Irina Nikolaevna felt that a Guinness World Records title was a suitable fit for the company's celebrations.“This is a worthy goal- to perform what we can do better than anyone in the world."This is our team victory. And more importantly, that it is made in Russia and for Russia.”
5021Bastille Day - La Fête NationaleThis Sunday France celebrates Bastille Day, their national holiday (known there as La Fête Nationale, or Le quatorze juillet). The holiday celebrates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held one year after the storming of the Bastille - seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation.Here at Guinness World Records, we have seen a great number of world record achievements set in France and by French men and women over the years. Who better to tell of these achievements than some of our native French staff! I sat down with two of them to ask about their favourite experiences adjudicating world record attempts in France:First, Anne-Lise Rouse told of her time with legendary French chef, Joel Robuchon, setting a record for the largest serving of mashed potatoes:" This was my first adjudication in France and I was quite worried about adjudicating in front of the Futuroscope Amusement Park crowd! The organisers decided to set this new Guinness World Records title to celebrate the park’s 25 th anniversary and also pay tribute to Chef Joel Robuchon’s world renown mash.Students from all the cookery schools in the region were on hand to help as well the chefs from the park. On the day, we had be on site at 5 am, so the chefs could start the preparation. All morning the atmosphere in the kitchen was electric and you could hear chefs shouting across the different production lines at all times.At 10 am, they had broken the record by over 500kg but still wanted to keep going even though they started to run out of supplies! They called all the local suppliers for some emergency provisions and managed to get enough potatoes to cook for another two hours!Joel Robuchon was ecstatic to see how enthusiastic the whole team were and how record-breaking brings people together. By noon the attempt was over and the final record approved. To celebrate this achievement, they kindly invited to have lunch prepared by Robuchon’s l’Atelier Team with his family and friends in the park - which was of course delicious."Next, Justine Tommey recounts a handful of the many French records she's witnessed over the last few years: " I was the Official Adjudicator on the original series of ‘ Le Monde des Records’ which aired on W9 in 2008. There, I met quite a variety of record holders: a man who would eat the most cockroaches in a minute and who owned a restaurant that served insect based food (from crickets pizza to worm pastas, the menu had it all!) – I must admit I didn’t have the courage to taste one. I met a man who smashed water melons with his head, a stripper who would take off his trousers in the fastest time ever and some competitive sausage & garlic eaters! But not one those could top dedicated record holder Michael Levillain who set a record title for the most nuts crushed by sitting down – a very painful record to watch.I also got to witness multiple record holder, Taig Khris, jump from a platform on the Eiffel Tower on inline skates. That was SCARY! Taig jumped from a platform on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower into a HUGE half-pipe 12 m 50 cm below in front of a crowd of fans. He had to land on his two feet and stay upright for the record to be valid, which I'm glad to say he did.One of the tastiest record I adjudicated was for the largest tiramisu, in Lyon. Famous pastry chefs had joined forces to make a giant tiramisu for the ‘Salon du Chocolat’. The tiramisu was so big it had to be stored in an ice rink! They made the tiramisu in the shape of France as the previous record was held by Italy. I had to ensure it was edible to approve the record, and it was indeed very tasty:Finally, and one of my career highlights, was to adjudicate a series of records at the Moulin Rouge for Guinness World Records Day 2010. The girls at the famous cabaret attempted the record for the most high kicks & splits in one minute, it was very impressive.The official juggler and acrobats also achieved new records including one for the most steps climbed with a person on the head, on the steps of the vary famous Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre! All in all it was a very memorable experience."
50222000: Largest Collection of Garden Gnomes
5023Banco Santander
50241978: Heaviest TwinsBilly Leon McCrary (1946-79) and Benny Loyd McCrary (1946-2001) were larger-than-life characters who refused to allow their record-breaking bulk to weigh down their remarkably active lifestyles.
5025Asian singer LuHan increases record for most comments on a Weibo post by 87 millionChinese popstar and actor LuHan has made social media history for the second time by breaking his own record for the Most comments on a Weibo™ post.
5026Spotlight: Meet record-breaking strongwoman Mama LouEvery week we shine a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series.
502760 Record-Breaking Moments: when love took to the skies with the highest altitude wedding
5028Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg go the whole hog with world’s largest piggy bank
5029Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson sets selfie record with fans at San Andreas premiere in LondonHollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson has set a new Guinness World Records title for the Most self-portrait photographs (selfies) taken in three minutes, at the world premiere of his new film San Andreas at London's Odeon Leicester Square. Dwayne captured 105 selfies on the red carpet with excited movie fans.
5030Reach for the sky! Tallest sunflower record falls again for Germany's Hans-Peter SchifferVeteren green fingered record breaker Hans-Peter Schiffer has once again surpassed his legendary sunflower growing skills with a massive 9.17 metre (30 feet 1 inch) plant
5031Spotlight: Most mouse traps released on the tongueEvery Wednesday we’ll be shining a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series. Casey Severn is a side show performer who was determined to break the record for the most mouse traps released on the tongue in one minute. See the snappy, and indeed painful results in the video below. video Casey's record attempt took place at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in the USA, an event set in a recreated fictional 16th-century English village where his painful acts of brave self-affliction were applauded by costumed reenactment enthusiasts.  Casey managed to withstand a grand total of 53 mouse trap snaps, beating the previous record set by Canada's Sweet Pepper Klopek of the Monsters of Schlock, who managed a total of 40 traps when he appeared on Lo Show Dei Record in Italy.  Not content to rest on his laurels, Casey's next challenge on the agenda is an attempt at most rat traps released on the tongue record. Ouch.  Remember to subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel for regular updates of new and classic record-breaking videos.
5032Video: Watch the most high-fives in one minute in this week's SpotlightEvery Wednesday we’ll be shining a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series.
5033Breathtaking cliff face elevator in China recognised as world’s tallest outdoor liftThe incredible Bailong Elevator in Hunan, China was today honoured at a special Guinness World Records certificate presentation event.
5034World’s tallest hotel: Take a look inside the J W Marriott Marquis DubaiThe J W Marriott Marquis Dubai in UAE, is the world’s tallest hotel, standing at 355.35 m (1,165.84 ft) from ground level to the top of its mast.
5035Guinness World Records Classics: Longest human domino lineEach week here on, we’ll be dipping into our extensive video library to bring you a classic piece of record-breaking action.
5036Video: Deb Hoffman and the largest Winnie the Pooh memorabilia collection
5037Minecraft: Ten of the best block-busting world recordsIn just five years, Minecraft has gone from being a cult indie title to become one of the world’s most successful entertainment franchises.Often described as virtual Lego, Minecraft is an online game that lets people build fantasy worlds and drop in on past creations.With over 50m users worldwide and sales of the PC/Mac version averaging an astonishing 16,000 a day, the blocky juggernaut shows no signed of abating, with the game’s incredible popularity recently prompting tech giant Microsoft to buyout the game’s Swedish developer Mojang for a massive $2.5bn.Minecraft came in an impressive third place third behind behemoths Super Mario Bros. and Call of Duty in an online poll of 5,000 readers of the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition book to find out their favourite game.To mark the achievement, here we list ten incredible records linked to the gaming phenomenon.Longest Videogame Marathon on MinecraftAustrian endurance player Martin Fornleitner spent a staggering 24 hours and 10 minutes on his Sony Xperia Play handset playing Minecraft to earn him a place in the record books in 2011 .Remarkably, the 19 year-old achieved the record in a glass container in Vienna under the watchful eye of the public and claimed tiredness was his biggest battle throughout the record attempt.Martin suggests a lot of practice is needed if anyone was ever interested in taking on his record and, also, a good music playlist to keep you interested (and awake).First country modelled at full scale in a videogameIn April 2014 the Danish Geodata Agency launched a 1:1 scale recreation of Denmark in Minecraft, featuring every building and feature of the 43,000-sq-km country for players to explore.The project was designed to promote the agency as well as to help teach urban planning and geography in schools.Pic: Thorbjørn NielsenThe vast map comprised of 3.4 billion blocks just for the terrain including trees and structures with its creators estimating that the total number of blocks used was around 4 billion. Uncompressed, the maps come to around a terabyte of data in total.Best-selling indie videogameAlthough its console versions are published by the big studios, the original Minecraft, published by Mojang, was a true indie hit. As of 7 August 2014, the official site for the game listed total PC and Mac sales at 16,176,201, a number slightly greater than the entire population of Ecuador. Prior to Microsoft’s buyout Mojang operated with a staff headcount of just 40 employees.Longest Minecraft tunnelThe longest tunnel in Minecraft ever created consisted of 10,502 blocks (equating to 10,502 m 34,455 ft) and was built by Lachlan Etherton (Australia) at the EB Games store in Greenwith, Australia, on 3 August 2013. The digging and mining took around 50 minutes to complete, the lighting of the tunnel took 20 minutes and the full walkthrough of the tunnel to complete the record attempt lasted 10 minutes.videoLongest journey in MinecraftIn March 2011, Kurt J. Mac began an epic journey to the edge of Minecraft's vast world in "Survival" mode, recording his travels on his YouTube channel "Far Lands or Bust!". He uses his annual checks of how far he's walked to collect money for charity. On 6 March 2014, three years into the trek, he discovered he'd walked 1,479.9 km, or 1,479,940 blocks, from his original spawn.videoMinecraft's "Far Lands" are found at the edge of the playable area of worlds created in Minecraft's beta versions, about 12,550 km from the original spawn point. Here, tiny errors in the original programming of the game produce strange anomalies.Most popular videogame beta (total registered users)Minecraft was already a massive hit even before its official release, clocking up over 10 million registered users while the game was in beta testing between 2009 and 2011.Most played Xbox LIVE Arcade videogameAs of May 2014, players of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Mojang/4J Studios, 2012) had spent a total of 1.75 billion hours – or 199,772 years – playing the game, making it the most-played title in Xbox Live Arcade's history. It's also the fastest- and highest-selling game on Microsoft's downloadable game marketplace.Biggest indie videogame conventionSome 7,500 people attended MineCon 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 2–3 November 2013. MineCon has been an annual fixture for diehard Minecraft aficionados since its inception in 2010. The first event, more of an informal get-together, attracted around 50 fans. In 2011, the number jumped to 4,500.Most concurrent players in one Minecraft worldMinecraft isn't really designed for supporting hundreds of players in a world at once, so when the popular YouTube Minecraft-specializing channel Yogscast squeezed 2,622 players together on 1 August 2011, it was hardly playable. But they were all together nonetheless.videoMost viewed fan film based on a videogameThe overall most popular fan film based on a videogame of any genre is called “‘Revenge’ – A Minecraft Parody of Usher’s DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love – Crafted Using Noteblocks”. Based on Minecraft, the video was uploaded to YouTube by user “CaptainSparklez” in August 2011 and had been viewed 139,888,399 times as of 7 August 2014.videoAll of these Minecraft records and many more appear in in Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition which is out now.To find out where to buy it in your country, head to
5038RIP Stewie: World's longest cat passes awaySad news reached the Guinness World Records offices today, with confirmation that Stewie, the record holder for world's longest domestic cat, had passed away.Stewie - full name Mymains Stewart Gilligan - lost his battle with cancer last night.The eight-year-old from Nevada, US measured an incredible 48.5in when fully stretched out.His owner Robin Hendrickson, who bought Stewie from a breeder in Hermiston, Oregon, in 2005, decided to enter him for the record after hearing countless friends say they were amazed by his length.

Stewie, a Maine Coon - known as 'the gentle giants' of the cat world - was a certified therapy animal that frequently visited a local senior centre near his home.He also held the record for world's longest cat tail.Describing her beloved pet earlier today, Robin said: "Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people,""He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful."As a tribute, here, once again is Stewie's Record Holder Profile video which we filmed back in
50392013 in World Records – March: Misha Collins’ crazy media scavenger hunt and the tightest parallel parkingWe continue our look back on an incredible year of record-breaking with the month that saw the news dominated by the election of Pope Francis as new head of the Catholic Church.Elsewhere, veteran rock star David Bowie stunned the world of music by releasing his first new album in ten years, while gadget fans queued to get their hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 smartphone.March was punctuated with several significant motoring world records.London’s 02 Arena saw 16 riders from daredevil bike crew Team Nitro defy the odds to set a new world record for most motorcycles performing a backflip simultaneously.Riders from Europe, New Zealand, and the USA, took to the air in style, perfectly executing their backflips while just inches away from those either side of them.videoElsewhere, UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon took the notion of having a caffeine boost to a whole new level after setting a new world record for the fastest coffee-powered vehicle.Driving his 'Bean Machine' - a Ford P100 pick-up he has converted by installing a gassifier at the back of the truck - the 42-year-old managed to drive at an average speed of 105.451 km/h (65.536 mph) during a run at Woodford Airfield in Stockport, Greater Manchester.videoAbu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit played host to a new world record for longest vehicle drift as rally driver Adbho Feghali skidded his way into motoring history in a cloud of smoke and burning rubber.Driving a Chevrolet Camaro SS, , the wheelman, who represents Red Bull's racing division completed 43 laps in 14.28 minutes, managing a skidtastic 11,180 m (36,679 ft 8 in) of continuous drifting.The month also saw one of the most hotly contested motoring records, broken not once and twice. Even more incredibly, the tightest parallel parking world record would be broken by two brothers.Alastair and John Moffatt from Gloucester, UK successfully pulled off the stunt with just 13.1cm to spare between the cars - a gap shorter than the length of an average pencil.Driving vintage Mini Mayfairs, the brothers beat the previous world record, held by Ronny Wechselberger aka Ronny C' Rock, which measured in at 14cm.videoMarch also saw us feature an interview on with film and TV actor, Misha Collins, the brains behind the Largest media scavenger hunt world record.14,580 participants in 972 teams took part in the most recent GISHWHES event, tasked with acting out wacky activities such as having a romantic three Michelin star dinner with a puppet and cleaning a swimming pool dressed as a Star Wars stormtrooper.To read the interview, click here.March also saw Eighties pop stars Kim Wilde and Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley perform the highest ever gig at 43,000ft (13,000m) on a Boeing 767 aeroplane.Taking inspiration from one the hottest internet memes at the tart of the year, the veteran stars also showed they still had their fingers on the pulse by taking part in a second record, this time for the highest ever 'Harlem Shake', with Tony and Kim joining the plane's 128 passengers to perform Baauer's viral craze dance.videoThe month also saw us profile BMX Flatland rider Matti Hemmings, the current holder of the Guinness World Records Title for Most BMX Cliffhanger Spins (One Foot On The Handlebars) In One Minute with 56.The cliffhanger spin is a BMX flatland trick in which the rider rolls on the front wheel of the bike with the seat held between their legs and their feet on the front pegs. This variation involves placing one foot on the handlebars and one foot on the < Read 2013 in World Records – February Read 2013 in World Records – April >
5040Celebrate Wright Brothers Day with our top ten aviation world recordsPic: NasaToday marks the 110 th anniversary of Orville Wright's history-making 120ft trip aboard Flyer I near Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina which stands as the record for the first power driven flight.Despite having no formal engineering training, Orville and his brother Wilbur from Dayton, Ohio designed and built what the U.S. Smithsonian Institution describes as "...the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard”.Maintaining an airspeed of 48 km/h (30 mph), a ground speed of 10.9 km/h (6.8 mph) and an altitude of 2.5 -3.5 m (8 - 12 ft), the short, 12 second journey in 1903 ushered in the era of flight and ensured the Wright Brothers place in the history books.Observed nationally since 1963 across the US to honour Wilbur and Orville’s achievement, we’re also commemorating Wright Brothers Day here on today with our pick of aviation records below.In France, on 13 November 1907, Paul Cornu flew an experimental helicopter in untethered flight for the first time. While it was likely no more than a hop or series of airborne hops, the event is netherlestheless regarded as the first helicopter flight (free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft). Another two machines were built but the control system proved to be ineffective, and no further progress was made with it.Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge (USA) was an army observer on a plane piloted by Orville Wright (USA) on 17 September 1908 when four minutes into the performance test of the aircraft 'Wright Flyer' at Fort Myer, Virginia, USA, the propeller snapped a rudder control wire, which forced the propeller to break and lead to the plane nose diving into a field. Selfridge died from his internal injuries and fractured skull within three hours of the accident, making it the first fatal aeroplane crash. Wright was hospitalized with a fractured thigh and several broken ribs.The first airmail flight was made by Frenchman Henri Pequet on 18 February 1911, only seven years after the Wright brothers made the first ever powered flight. Pequet, flying a small biplane, took 6,500 letters and cards from an airfield in Allahabad, near Delhi, to Naini, 10 kilometres away, in a flight lasting about 15 minutes. On 12 February 2011, coinciding with the opening of the World Philatelic Exhibition in New Delhi, the Indian government marked the event’s centenary by re-enacting Pequet’s historic flight.The world’s first flight attendant was Heinrich Kubis (Germany), who began attending to passengers on board the DELAG Zeppelin LZ-10 Schwaben in March 1912. Kubis initially worked on the flights alone but was later supported by an assistant steward on board the 20-passenger LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. He also took the role of chief steward on the famous 72-passenger LZ-129 Hindenburg, where he led a team of male stewards, and was on board when it burst into flames at Lakehurst in New Jersey, USA, on 6 May 1937 he escaped with his life by jumping out of the window as the cabin neared the ground.The first in-flight movie was First National’s The Lost World (USA, 1925), shown during an Imperial Airways flight in a converted Handley-Page bomber, from London, UK, to Paris, France, in April 1925.Wiley Post (USA) made the first solo flight around the world from 15 to 22 July 1933 in a Lockheed Vega called Winnie Mae. He covered 25,110 km (15,596 miles) in just 7 days 18 hr 49 min. The plane was fitted with new technology of the day such as an automatic pilot.The 36-seat British De Havilland Comet was the first jet-powered commercial aircraft. It was powered by four De Havilland Ghost 50 engines mounted within its wings and took its first flight in 1949. Its first scheduled passenger-carrying flight was also the first jet passenger service, between London, UK, and Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2 May 1952, operated by BOAC. On 4 October 1958, it began the ´irst transatlantic jet service between the UK and the USA, also operated by BOAC.In 1956, Dr David Warren (Australia) designed a crash-survivable prototype called the ARL Flight Memory Unit to record a flight crew’s conversation and other data prior to a crash – now recognised as the first black box aircraft data recorder. Dr Warren was working at the Defence and Science Technological Organization’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. His interest in electronics was prompted by his father giving him a crystal radio set in 1934 when he was nine. Shortly afterwards, his father was killed in one of Australia’s first air disasters, the loss of the de Havilland 86 Miss Hobart in the Bass Strait south of Victoria, between Australia and Tasmania.The first ever supersonic flight was achieved on 14 October 1947 by Captain (later Brigadier General) Charles `Chuck' Elwood Yeager (USA), over Lake Muroc, California, USA, in a Bell XS-1 rocket aircraft. Yeager reached Mach 1.015 (1078 km/h 670 mph) at an altitude of 12,800 m (42,000 ft). The XS-1 now resides in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.Col. Clarence Cornish (1898-95) of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, piloted planes from on 6 May 1918 (first solo flight was 21 days later) until 4 December 1995, a total of 77 years 212 days, earning him the world record for longest career as a pilot. He died 18 days after his last flight.

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