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5041Kathy Griffin to be honored with record in, well, "Record Breaker" specialPhoto courtesy Bravo MediaShe's made us laugh, she's made us cringe, and above all, she's always made us pay attention.Now Kathy Griffin can also make us look at her Guinness World Records certificate while doing all three.The iconic stand-up star will see her 20th career special airing on U.S. network Bravo on Wednesday, which breaks the record for most stand-up comedy specials by a comedian. She was presented with the honor by GWR's Stuart Claxton (above) while filming the special, titled "Record Breaker," in San Antonio last month.“Look folks, I hope you laugh a lot at this special," Griffin said. "I had a blast making it and I’m truly honored to have been inducted.”Griffin's first stand-up special aired on Oct. 18, 1996, with HBO's "HBO Comedy Half Hour." Since then, she's gone on to perform shows like "Balls of Steel," "50 and Not Pregnant," and "Calm Down Gurrl."To watch her record-breaking set, be sure to tune in to Bravo on Wednesday at 8/7c. In the meantime, here's a quick preview to get you ready!videoLooking for that perfect last-minute stocking stuffer? The Guinness World Records 2014 edition is on sale now. See a full list of where to find it here.
5042Third time lucky as Three UK set longest over and under line recordTelecommunications company Three UK recently gathered its employees together to achieve the Guinness World Records record title for the Longest over and under line.The attempt was part of a company conference and was a surprise to employees when they entered London's iconic Wembley Stadium.Under the rules for the record, participants must stand one behind another in a straight line at one arm’s length apart and are required to pass a ball continuously along the line in the correct 'over and under' pattern, without dropping the ball.Only three attempts were allowed to achieve this record and Three UK definitely needed them.The first disqualification was right at the beginning where the line started by passing the ball through the legs rather than over the head.Only a few hundred people in and the second attempt was disqualified because an individual left the line and returned moments later.With only one more chance up their sleeve, the team managed to pass the ball over and under all the way to its 721st participant.The previous record had been 304 participants and was achieved by children’s TV show Blue Peter during its 'Go Pyjamas Appeal' in November 2012.
5043One Direction: Getting in Guinness World Records book is a dreamOne Direction have claimed a record-breaking first after becoming the first UK group to debut at No.1 in USA with a debut album after Up All Night entered at No.1 on 31 March 2012.In the process, the boys bettered the 1997 achievement of The Spice Girls, who previously held the record for the Highest entry into US album chart by a British group when Spice entered at No.6.The British five-piece, made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, were formed in 2010 by the X Factor judges after they failed to impress as solo artists on the TV talent show.Commenting on the record, the band said: "Being the first British band to debut at Number 1 in America with a debut album is something that we would have never even have dreamt of. We are incredibly proud to have this achievement included in the Guinness World Records book.One Direction's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - available worldwide from 13th September 2012.
5044Nintendo celebrates Kirby's 20th anniversary with Guinness World RecordsOver 500 participants joined Nintendo of America last month in Seattle, WA, USA to set the new record of the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously.The event was held during PAX Prime, a gaming convention held at the Washington State Convention Center.A total of 600 participants attempted the record, though 64 participants were discounted as their bubbles did not withstand the 30-second minimum. The record was broken with 536 participants."Kirby is no ordinary character, so it's not a surprise that his fans would go to extraordinary lengths to mark his 20th anniversary," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Nintendo is proud to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Between this new world record and the upcoming launch of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, it's turning out to be one heck of an anniversary party."Kirby has starred in over 20 video games, selling more than 33 million units worldwide.
5045International students break record largest mortar board toss250 international students have become world record holders in London this week, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mortar board toss. The attempt recognised the growth of international students studying in London, which this year reached over 108,000 - more than any other city in the world. More than 100 different nations and over 30 London universities were represented in the attempt, including: King's College London, UCL, Imperial College, London Business School, University of Greenwich and University of the Arts London. Students completed the record breaking attempt as part of World Record London, a calendar of record-breaking events taking place in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The mortar board toss was the 14th record in a series of 20 being broken by World Record London this year. London & Partners, the official promotional agency for the capital, is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners. Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners, commented: 'London continues to attract a huge diversity of students from all over the world to study at our first class universities. Today's record was about bringing these talented students together to celebrate their achievements in London.'
5046Wellington Barracks trumpets a new world recordThe title for the longest line of fanfare trumpeters was broken this week by a group of 91 trumpeters at Wellington Barracks, adjacent to Buckingham Palace.The successful record attempt was staged by Victoria Business Improvement District (VBID) to mark the run-up to the Queen's upcoming Diamond Jubilee and also formed part of World Record London.Decked in full ceremonial uniform, the line was made up of seven different military units.The trumpeters played the popular piece Wedding Fanfare."In a year of unique events to mark the Diamond Jubilee, this world record bid promises to be of lasting significance," said Westminster City Council's deputy cabinet member for business Cllr Cameron Thompson, "It's a fantastic and highly original way for this part of central London, with its very close Royal connections, to celebrate Her Majesty's six decades on the throne."The record attempt was organised as part of World Record London, a calendar of record-breaking events taking place in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.So far the project has overseen successful record attempts for the longest curtsey relay and the longest marathon hug, with future events set to include the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday 3 June which hopes to break the record for the Largest parade of boats. To find out what's coming up as part of World Record London, visit www.visitlondon.com/worldrecordlondon.
5047Antonio Esfandiari sets poker tournament prize money record with $18.3 million winAmerican card king Antonio Esfandiari made history earlier this week in Las Vegas after bagging the world record for the greatest prize money won in a poker tournament.Antonio beat off 47 of poker's best pros and wealthiest amateurs at the 'Big One For One Drop' tournament to claim the top prize payout of a cool $18.3 million.Speaking after his win, Antonio insisted it wasn't thinking about the payday during the event.Revealing he decided to play just a few days before the tournament started, he said: "I swear to you, believe it or not, I never thought about the money. I just wanted to win,"The $1 million buy-in tournament also saw British runner-up Sam Trickett walk away with a not inconsiderable $10.1 million.Part of the eye-watering entry fee for the event is set to go to One Drop, a charity which aims to raise public awareness of water-related issues in developing countries.
5048Inside Guinness World Records: First part of new UK TV documentary airs tonightViewers in the UK will tonight be given a unique chance to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Guinness World Records, with the first programme of a two-part documentary series about the company.For Inside Guinness World Records, director Olivia Lichtenstein was given unparalleled access to document in detail the day-to-day life of a Guinness World Records adjudicator.From Smokey the Cat with the loudest purr, to Elaine Davidson the Most Pierced Woman, the programme also features scores of fascinating record holders.Historic moments captured in the documentary include Editor-In-Chief Craig Glenday's extraordinary trip to Nepal to verify the height of Chandra Bahadur Dangi, the world's smallest man, and the dramatic moment French daredevil Alain "Spiderman" Robert attempts to scale 300m up 'The Torch Hotel' in Doha to set a new free climbing record.Tune in to ITV 1 tonight at 8pm to watch part one, with part two following on the channel at the same next Tuesday ( Dec 18).
5049Video: Watch Thomas the Tank Engine arrive in time for Christmas on world’s longest plastic toy train trackWhile many children and parents around the world will no doubt be pulling their hair out trying to build model train tracks on Christmas morning, spare a thought for the makers of this amazing construction.Assembled by Thomas & Friends Team in Shanghai, China last month, the incredible structure in the video below set a new world record for longest plastic toy train track.Measuring an incredible 2.888 kilometers, the track was composed of 13,769 individual sections of plastic toy train track, forming a total of seven layers of track.The attempt, which was organised by toy makers Mattel, was capped off with a toy version of Thomas the Tank Engine making the lengthy journey from the beginning to the very end of the track, with Thomas reaching the end of the line in a time of four hours 59 minutes 58 seconds.The new record-setting track covers approximately 200 square metres, with the total length of the track measuring six times the height of Shanghai's Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and 20 per cent longer than the previous world record set in Odaiba, Japan.video
5050August Sports Blog - Recapping Gareth Bale, Usain Bolt, New York Yankees and moreAnother month passed, another calendar full of sports records to enjoy.This month we take a wide-ranging look at records broken in the world of professional sports, from the golf course to the soccer pitch to the athletics track.But don’t forget after you’re done reading to check out the August Sports Vlog at the bottom of the page. It’s full of video highlights recapping some of the best records broken by fans like yourself this month. Have you ever seen someone swing a 4.37 m (14 ft 5 in) golf club? Now’s your chance! But first, let's check in on the pros.ONE EXPENSIVE WELSHMANPerhaps the biggest August news in sports came at the absolute deadline, with Real Madrid securing the rights to Gareth Bale via a record 85.3 million ($132.9 million) transfer fee. For our unique breakdown of the historic deal, make sure to check out the 11 Other Ways Real Madrid Could’ve Spent the Transfer Fee.GET YOUR RUNNING SHOESThe not-always-perfect weather conditions in Moscow this month ensured that no world records for specific performances were broken at this year’s IAAF World Championships. But that didn’t mean record achievements weren’t set.Usain Bolt, for one, continued to amaze. The sprinter left Russia with three gold medals (100 m, 200 m, 4 x 100 m), taking his career tally to eight gold and two silves at the World Championships – making him the most successful athlete in the competition’s history.Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (below) made history of her own in Moscow. Like Bolt, she swept the three sprint categories and, in so doing, became the first woman to ever win all three events at a single Championships.AROUND THE HORNIn baseball, no team dominated the headlines of August like the New York Yankees. And that was without even talking about anything they did on the field. Once you moved past the A-Rod scandals and Derek Jeter rehabilitations, though, the Yankees also provided a pair of interesting nuggets in a record-setting context.First, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (pictured, top of post) knocked his 4,000 th career base hit this month, a combined total between his time in Major League Baseball and playing professionally in Japan. To put that in perspective, only two players have ever recorded 4,000 hits in MLB history: Ty Cobb (4,189) and the man with the most hits ever, Pete Rose (4,256) – two players you may have heard of. And no man has ever surpassed even 3,100 hits in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, putting Ichiro in a unique class all his own.The Pinstripes are also barreling in on a dubious record: the most position players used in a single season. The record is 33 and the Yankees have currently trotted 32 position players out this season. With a month of baseball left to play, the record could easily be theirs soon.FORE!As we head to the 18 th hole of this blog, a couple of golf records to keep in mind from the past month:While he continues to struggle with that elusive major since winning the 2008 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods does keep winning tournaments. His August 4 win of the Bridgestone Invitational took Woods to 79 career PGA Tour victories. That continues to be good for second all time and moved him one closer to Sam Snead’s record of 82 wins.One record was set – or, at least, matched – at a major this month. Jason Dufner shot a second-round 63 at the U.S. Open at Oak Hill, tying the mark for the lowest round at a golf major. It became the 12 th such instance of a golfer firing a 63 at a major.And that does it for August! For even more golf, watch this must-see video for the crazy club we mentioned at the top of the post. And also check out highlights of records set at this year’s Pogopalooza competition, plus someone running a half marathon…in full fireman’s uniform.videoWe’ll see you next month to talk about September!
5051Video: Meet Miracle Milly - the world's smallest dogPocket-sized pets remain one of the most fascinating areas of the Guinness World Records database, with petite dogs arguably the most popular of all our animal records.The smallest dog living, in terms of height, is female Chihuahua Miracle Milly, who measures 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall and is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico.Born in December 2011, she weighs roughly 1 pound (half a kilogram) and is known for often sticking out her tiny tongue when someone takes her picture. "She knows how to pose," says Vanesa."People are amazed when they see her because she is so small, and she has a big personality. People love her."When she was born, Miracle Milly weighed less than an ounce and fit in a teaspoon, Semler said. Her mouth was too tiny to nurse from her mother, so Semler gave her milk every two hours through an eyedropper.She slept in a doll's crib next to Semler's bed, growing stronger as the months passed.The Chihuahua now sleeps in a baby's crib and will eat nothing but food cooked by humans.video
5052$142.4m Francis Bacon triptych becomes most expensive painting sold at auctionA 1969 triptych of portraits by British artist Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud yesterday became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.The three-picture piece was purchased by art dealer William Acquavella on behalf of an unnamed client for $142.4m (£89.6m) at Christie’s auction house, New York, following a six-minute bidding battle between seven prospective buyers.Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which depicts Freud seated on a wooden chair against an orange background, overtakes the previous record held by Edvard Munch's The Scream (1895), which was sold to an anonymous buyer for $119,9 million (£74 million), on 2 May 2012, at Sotheby's in New York.Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie's Europe, said the Bacon triptych was "a true masterpiece and one of the greatest paintings to come up for auction in a current generation"."It marks Bacon and Freud's relationship, paying tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists," he added.
5053(VIDEO) Dada Life takes "Born to Rage" up a notch with largest pillow fightThe latest single from Swedigh DJ duo Dada Life is called "Born to Rage."At a recent concert in Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, thousands of the group's fans agreed.With the clock striking midnight, lasers lighting the room, and the DJs' beats providing a soundtrack to history, 3,813 partying concert-goers raged their way to the record for the largest pillow fight.Dada Life incorporate pillow fighting into many of its live shows, so the group decided to take the idea to its max and involve its passionate fan base in helping secure a spot in history. The record it broke had stood for nearly five years, as the concert eclipsed the 3,706 participants at Minehead Butlins in Somerset, UK, from November 2008.By the time the epic pillow fight concluded, the Aragon found itself covered in nothing but record-breaking feathers.The group followed up its Guinness World Records title with the release of its newest single, "Born to Rage." Released in 39 different versions tailored for different dance music fans around the world, the single marks the latest chapter for the pair that has been active since 2006.Want to know what it's like to be in the middle of a record-breaking blizzard of pillows? Then check out this teaser video of the night's festivities, courtesy of Dada Life.video
5054(VIDEO) Largest gathering of people dressed as penguins descends on London’s Canary Wharf for world recordA grand total of 325 people have waddled their way to a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins for Guinness World Records Day. The attempt which took place at London’s Canary Wharf, was organised by the children’s hospice, Richard House. Commenting on their world record, lead organiser, Hannah Bosley, said: “Absolutely incredible! We’ll be going into the record books which will help to raise awareness of the vital work we do in caring for and supporting families whose children and young adults have life-limiting health care needs.”Under the rules for the record, each participant needed to be dressed in a full, head to toe penguin outfit that needed to consist of a beakalong with a black and white bodysuit and webbed feet.To find out more on Richard House and their hospice’s work, head to http://richardhouse.org.uk/video
5055Guinness World Records May Sports BlogTime for the latest installment of the GWR Sports Blog, and the word on everybody’s mouth this month was “soccer.” Or, “football” if you don’t live here in the U.S. with me. So, two words on everybody's mouth.Regardless, teams on pitches around the world dominated the headlines in May, as Europe’s domestic leagues came to a close and Champions League play came to a thrilling conclusion too.This month, we’ll go through some headlines from the pitch and then not forget about some of the other great sports achievements by the professionals this month. Then, we’ll take a look at what you, our everyday record breakers, have achieved this month. To the blog! ON THE PITCHThe biggest news of May in the soccer world was, undoubtedly, the retirement of legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson. For a full rundown of his career achievements and his record-breaking legacy, make sure to check out my colleague Kevin's take here. And what better way to send Fergie off then what Manchester United did days after his announcement? Winning England's top division for a record-extending 20th time.In continental play, we witnessed the first-ever all-German Champions League final. Bayern Munich’s dramatic 2-1 victory unseated Chelsea as holders and also thus ended a quirky record first: Chelsea – by virtue of winning the Europa League a week earlier – became the first-ever team to simultaneously hold the Champions League and Europa League titles, doing so for 10 days.The Europa League win for Chelsea also put Fernando Torres (above) into the history books. Oft-maligned, the Spanish striker is also now the only player ever who can claim he’s both played in and won the finals of the World Cup, European Championships, Champions League, and Europa League. Not bad for someone who turns up nearly 1 million results when you Google “ Fernando Torres disappointment.” Interestingly, fellow Spaniard Juan Mata has also won all the same trophies as Torres, but hasn't actually appeared in each of the decisive matches as El Niño has.AROUND THE WORLD OF SPORTSvideoYe Wocheng (China, video above) became the youngest golfer to make the cut on the PGA European Tour, aged 12 years and 242 days when he did so at this month’s Volvo China Open. …In a great month for 12-year-olds, meanwhile, Alana Smith became the youngest X Games medalist, when she won silver in Women’s Skateboard Park at X Games Barcelona aged 12 years 210 days. …A little older, but no less impressive, Rosie Napravnik placed fifth at the Kentucky Derby aboard Mylute, the highest Derby finish for a female jockey. …Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. keeps cashing in – his $32 million purse earned against Robert Guerrero matches the mark for highest boxing purse ever, owned by…Floyd Mayweather Jr. …Ending the month on a fast note, the Indianapolis 500 delivered one of its most entertaining races ever. It set records for the most different leaders (14) and lead changes (68) for an Indy running, with Tony Kanaan winning his first-ever Indy 500.WHAT YOU DID THIS MONTHAnd now to highlight a few great athletic achievements by readers like you in May.Team LifeStriders (USA, above) joined 103 members together to run a half-marathon this month, the most linked runners to complete such a race. The final runner crossed in a time of 3 hr 00 min 53 sec.Windsurfer Dennis Klaaijsen of the Netherlands surfed 509.82 km (275.28 nautical miles 316.79 miles) in 24 hours, a new flat-water record.And the UK’s Glen Burmeister took to his bike recently and didn’t stop for a week, visiting 11 countries on his journey – the most nations visited in a 7-day span. He cycled to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania, completing his journey in 6 days 11 hours 53 minutes. And that wraps up the month in sports. But, wait! There's more!Make sure to check out a new addition to our sports coverage this month, as yours truly appears in the video below to touch on some other records we didn't have a chance to cover in this space. Where else will you find LeBron James and Wigan Athletic mentioned in the same place?!videoSee you in June!
5056Major League Baseball Opening Day 2013For sports fans around the world, there’s no time quite like spring.The overlap between certain competitions ending and others beginning means we see plenty of action on all sorts of pitches, diamonds, courts, and greens.Joining the fray this week is one of the more venerable sports around, as America’s pastime – baseball – kicks off its season with Major League Baseball’s Opening Day.The action technically started Sunday night, as the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-2. But the rest of the Majors gets started Monday, with the first hot dogs served and “play ball!” shouted.With five months and 162 games ahead, storylines abound this season, as the San Francisco Giants attempt to retain their World Series crown, ascendant superstar Mike Trout hopes to improve on a historic rookie season, and the always-dominant New York Yankees embark on what could be an uncharacteristically frustrating season.But let’s not forget about the potential records and milestones that could come our way this upcoming season.The Yankee WayWhen a team constructs its roster like the Yankees have – laden with talented but older, established, declining players – it comes with a few inevitabilities. One, the odds of injury are much greater, as evidenced in the story linked above. Two, many members of the team will always be approaching impressive career milestones.This year’s Bronx Bombers are no different, with icons Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez (L-R, above) all continuing their march up the historical stat sheet.Rivera already owns the record for the most career saves. He’s just back to add to his total 608 after missing most of last season due to injury. “Mo” has already announced he will retire after the season, giving fans one last glimpse this year at the most dominant relief pitcher of all time.Jeter, meanwhile, has a chance to creep closer to one of the sport’s most hallowed records: the most career hits, held by Pete Rose with 4,256. The Yankee captain, who begins the season on the disabled list with an injured ankle, owns 3,304 career knocks, good for 11 th all-time. Considering he averages around 207 hits per full season played, Jeter has an outside chance to reach 3,500 this year and could catch Rose if he keeps up recent production for another five seasons or so.Lastly, another injured superstar, Rodriguez continues adding chapters to his career. When he, too, returns from injury this year, A-Rod will find himself 50 RBIs shy of 2,000, a plateau only three other players have ever reached. Hank Aaron’s record of 2,297 may still be in sight if Rodriguez can recuperate fully and string together a few more seasons of high-end production.A Country for Old MenTwo of MLB’s longest-tenured players are both without jobs at the moment, but could each return and threaten a few records themselves.Longtime slugger Jim Thome currently sits second on the career strikeouts list, an ignominious record to say the least. But, having one’s name atop any historic category must count for something! Should the free agent find a home, Thome would need to strike out just 49 more times to overtake Reggie Jackson’s career mark of 2,597 for first place.And ageless pitcher Jamie Moyer – in actuality a very ageful 50 years old – pitched as recently as last season at age 49. Throwing for the Colorado Rockies, Moyer broke records for the oldest pitcher to ever win a game and oldest player to record an RBI. It’s a longshot that Moyer will find a home in the Majors this season, but then again, it was a longshot to ever expect a 49-year-old to record an MLB win too.videoExpect the Unexpected?The great thing about single-season records is that fans often never see them coming. Barry Bonds’ 73 home runs in 2001. Ichiro Suzuki’s 262 hits in 2004. Who knows what we might see in 2013?It’s doubtful, but maybe pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg lets his arm run completely wild and challenges Nolan Ryan’s modern-era 383-strikeout season. Maybe Trout or Matt Kemp – who has promised it before – become the first-ever players to join the 50/50 Club. Is there a sparkplug leadoff hitter on the Washington Nationals or Toronto Blue Jays who could topple the most at-bats in a season? A shutdown closer who could notch a 63-save year?There’s only one way to find out – time to play ball.
5057Super Bowl XLIX: How Brady, Belichick and Katy Perry's shark ensured the records tumbledSuper Bowl XLIX was expected to be historic.
5058Video: Watch YouTube star Ali-A take on double Minecraft challengeHe’s one of the most popular gaming video bloggers on YouTube, having set a pair of records for his Call of Duty channel, but could Ali-A get into the history books for his Minecraft playing skills?
5059Lego Store Budapest reach record breaking heights with tower recordThe sky was the limit for a group of Official Lego Builders who last week travelled from Denmark to Budapest, Hungary earlier this week. Their mission was to participate in a Guinness World Records title attempt for The Tallest Structure Built with Interlocking Plastic Bricks. With a bit of help from a group of local school children and the placement of the final piece from district mayor Antal Rogán success was achieved and a new record set.Construction of the “modern obelisk” took from four days. Stood in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the impressive structure reached an incredible 34.76 metres high, using over 450,000 blocks.GWR guidelines explicitly state, “No adhesives or supporting structures of any kind may be used in any way to strengthen the structure.”Sadly, Lego does not have the longevity of stone and the scheduled dismantling of the ‘modern obelisk’ took place the following day after the record was set.video
50601972: First Commercially Successful Arcade Computer GameNoisy coin-operated arcade machines have been a familiar sight and sound of every amusement attraction for more than 30 years. Some of the more flamboyant coin-ops feature giant replicas of supercar interiors for players to sit in, or they are housed inside expensive 4D theaters with throbbing peripherals for a more immersive gaming experience.
50611994: Fastest Ever Time Across the Bog-snorkelling TriathlonBog snorkelling. To most, it doesn’t sound like the most appealing of hobbies. It shouldn’t come as a surprise really when you’re guaranteed to be covered in mud, bugs and various other unknowns whilst finding your way through six foot deep murky waters.
5062Indian music students play their way to largest electronic keyboard ensemble recordA huge gathering of young music students last month helped to set a new record for the largest electronic keyboard ensemble during a concert in Chennai, India.The participants were from the Mellifluous Melodies ensemble who are all aged between six to 14-years-old and are pupils of the renowned musician, composer and music teacher M.S. Martin.The target to beat had been 107 performers, set in September 2004 at the Shoppes at Cross Keys mall in Missouri, USA.M.S. Martin had spent six months in preparation teaching his students a piece of classical Indian Carnatic music that he had written, called "Ragamrutham".Prior to the record attempt, the concert began with two pieces of music, played by the ensemble as they warmed up.It was then time for "Ragamrutham". While the guidelines for the record require the song played to last for at least five minutes, the piece actually clocks in at a lengthy 16 minutes.Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank was on hand to observe the attempt which saw 109 young musicians playing the composition faithfully, beating the previous benchmark by two.Awarding the certificate to Mr Martin, Jack said: "I am impressed by the stunning performance of the students and the dedication they have shown for creating this record. I am confident that this group will create many more records in future and wish them all the best ".
5063PokerStars takes largest online poker tournament world recordThe Hilton Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic was the venue for the announcement of the latest attempt by prolific Guinness World Records breakers PokerStars.Aiming to break their own record for 'largest online poker tournament', PokerStars chose to verify and announce the record at the Prague leg of the European Poker Tour together with world No.2 player Martin Staszko and the world's media in attendance.Although the tournament was capped at a maximum of 200,000 players each with a $1 buy-in and this limit was hit around three hours before the competition was due to start, it was essential that Guinness World Records had access to the correct logs and evidence as soon as the tournament began, creating a real challenge for the engineers at PokerStars to get the right details to us in time to announce the record to the awaiting press.After a tense few minutes downloading the records of 200,000 players, the record was announced and the official certificate was presented to professional poker player Fatima Moreira de Melo, to the cacophony of confetti cannons.The winner of the tournament was Russian player sokoluk1991 who took home a cool $40,258.83 (£25,747.90 / 1,254,210 Russian Roubles) for his efforts.
5064Largest Department StoreThe coastal city of Busan in South Korea has a prestigous world record to sit proudly alongside its beautiful beaches. The brand-new Shinsengae Centumcity Department Store is now officially recognized by Guinness World Records™ as the largest department store in the world.The architecturally impressive building has a huge 293,905 m² (3,163,567 ft²) of retail space. This beats the previous record holder, the famous Macy's store in New York City, by over 95,000 m² (1,022,571 ft²).The Shinsegae structure contains floor upon floor of designer names representing everything from fashion to books and from kitchenware to toys. It also contains a beautiful spa, a relaxing roof garden and an impressive 60-tee golf driving range.Guinness World Records Adjudicator Michael Whitty attended an official ceremony after studying the extensive surveyor's report and personally viewing the entire store. He was joined on stage by executives from the Shinsegai Corporation as well as the mayor of Busan. A large and eager group of journalists, photographers and cameramen were also in attendance as well as hundreds of happy shoppers. The story ran on national news all day and night.Many congratulations to the Shinsengai Corporation and to the city of Busan.29 June 2009
5065The Bahamas government blows away conch shell record for Independence DayAs American as fireworks on the Fourth of July, the blowing of conch shells is now intertwined with independence celebrations in The Bahamas.In commemorating its establishment as an independent commonwealth in 1973, government officials established the 41st National Independence Committee. And that committee gathered 295 Bahamians and tourists to break the record for the most people blowing conch shells, doing so on Independence Day.The attempt took place at Clifford Park in Nassau, drawing from local bands and visiting tourists, to the inclusion of the deputy commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas herself, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling.Beyond just independence day celebrations, a government statement said the conch shells were also blown as a call for peace to the nations of the world from the shores of The Bahamas, following this year's Independence theme, Celebrating Culture: A Commitment to Peace.The attempt drew some attention even in the buildup to the event, including a preview on the state-owned national TV station ZNS.video"We're breaking the world record," said band member and instructor Tomiko Culmer, "and trying to do our best and represent the country in the best form and way."Is there a cause you'd like to promote like The Bahamas government for its independence day? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
5066MSC Cruises sail to a new world record hosting fastest marching bandTo prove they go the extra mile, MSC Cruises sailed to a new world record by inviting 21 serving and former military musicians to board a boat and attempt the Fastest mile for a marching band.
5067Coca-Cola factory celebrates 40th anniversary by making giant human bottleCoca-Cola's bottling plant in Nogara, Italy (Coca-Cola HBC Italia) opened in 1975 – and this September the brand decided to celebrate their 40th anniversary in record-breaking style.
5068Christmas caroling reaches new heights as easyJet sets highest altitude concert world recordJingling all the way into history, EasyJet marked Christmas in record breaking style with its passengers last month.
5069Chupa Chups gathers young people in Madrid for bubble blowing world recordHundreds of teenagers joined forces last September to break the Guinness World Record for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously.
5070German safari experience Serengeti Park celebrates 40th anniversary with World’s Largest FruitcakeSerengeti Park, a zoo and leisure park in Germany, decided that when it came to celebrating their 40 th anniversary, only the world’s biggest fruitcake cake would do. On the 24 th May 2014 the park’s Managing Director Dr. Fabrizio Sepe and his team undertook their mammoth catering challenge the production of a 4,353kg fruitcake. The time-lapsed filming of the record attempt ensured incredible footage of the culinary feat disseminated via social media, where this campaign attracted high engagement rates. With an audience of 200 VIP guests, including former German President Christian Wulff, this glamorous anniversary occasion sparked a great deal of mainstream media attention across German and English language titles, including coverage on kreiszeitung.de, NDR.de, RTLnord.de and Bild.de.The previous world record had been set by Just Bake, India in 2011, with a cake weighing 3,825 kg that measured 6 x 9 metres.Serengeti Park managed to beat this by 528kg, with the final finished cake measuring a mouth-watering 12 x 8 metres.Now proud holders of the World’s Largest Fruitcake Guinness World Record the leisure Park in Hodenhagen, Germany achieved zoological garden status in 2004. Home to over 1,500 free-roaming animals, Serengeti Park provides an African-styled safari experience within European borders.video

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