Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

519160 Record-Breaking Moments: When Bestival and Chic grooved their way to the largest disco ball title
5192Harry Potter and nursery rhyme character gatherings set records on World Book Day
5193Bhutan sets its first-ever Guinness World Records title with Most trees planted in one hourBhutanese people made a statement of their love of nature earlier this week by setting the Guinness World Records title for Most trees planted in one hour in the country's capital Thimphu.
5194Arizona school children get the green light as they set a new world record in Phoenix
5195Sandvik Coromat has change for a dollar after building largest coin mosaicAccording to Swedish company Sandvik Coromat, the manufacturing industry contributes an average of $65,000 to the U.S. economy every second. And, to make sure the world knows it, they set about using that much money's worth in change alone to assemble the largest coin mosaic ever.Laying out more than 214,000 dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, the mosaic covered a record area of 79.03 m² (850.59 ft²).The attempt took place in Chicago during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Sandvik Coromat is an industry leader in manufacturing, providing tools and strategy to those in the industry. The stated inspiration for the attempt was an effort to raise awareness of the vital role the manufacturing industry plays in the U.S. economy and the opportunities it presents for the next generation of workers.The money used in the creation of the mosaic wad then donated to non-profit organization The Manufacturing Institute, a group dedicated to attracting, qualifying, and developing manufacturing industry talent. Between the coins in the mosaic and sponsor donations, the total raised hit $83,456.That donation was earmarked to help students take advantage of STEM education and help fund summer camps, as well as other initiatives such as "Dream It. Do It." and "STEP Ahead," an initiative for women in manufacturing."It has been such a rewarding experience to be involved in an event that places as much value on the future of the manufacturing industry as we do," said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. "This donation will make a big impact for individuals enrolled in our STEM-education initiatives and give them the tools to have successful futures in the field."To symbolize the importance of career development within the industry, the mosaic's design illustrated a manufacturing worker holding a gear surrounding a globe, highlighting North America. A set of rising bar graphs further depicted the growth manufacturing has brought to the U.S. economy, while the words "Manufacturing Our Future" headlined the entire image. The event's high profile drew the attention of various sponsors, including Haas Automation, Gene Haas Foundation, Amazon, Blackhawk Industrial, Doosan Infracore Machine Tools, Okuma and Quality Mill Supply, and media sponsors Gardner Business Media and GIE Media.Construction on the mosaic began two days prior to the official record measurement, in the parking lot of Chicago's Soldier Field. During the second day of the build, the mosaic was open for viewing to the public, before the measurement and certificate presentation the following day."While achieving this record is an enormous accomplishment for the industry itself," said Sandvik Coromant president Klas Forsström, "it is truly gratifying to know that the sum of the coins used, as well as additional donations from event sponsors, will benefit the growth of our industry and the future generations that strive to keep it alive."Has Sandvik Coromat's impressive display inspired you to get a team together for a cause with a world record attempt? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
5196LeapFrog breaks three active play records to launch new activity tracker for kidsMia Hamm accepts one of three record certificates she helped LeapFrog earnIt's one thing to organize a single mass participation world record attempt, what with the logistics and planning necessary to get hundreds of people doing the same thing at once.It's an entirely different animal to try and make it happen three times in one day.But that's exactly what LeapFrog Enterprises, which dubs itself "the leader in educational entertainment," pulled off on Sept. 6, hosting the first-ever Fit Made Fun Day event at Santa Monica Beach in California.With soccer legend Mia Hamm and more than 300 children and families in attendance, LeapFrog led the charge in breaking records for the most people making sand angels (292), the most people hopping on one leg (321), and the most people doing the swim dance (318)."I was thrilled to be a part of this exciting and motivating event with kids and families, and it was truly inspiring to see them working together to make history," Hamm, official LeapBand spokesperson, said. “Taking part in the very first Fit Made Fun Day was a proud moment for me as a mom, as I believe in the importance of active play in my kids’ daily lives, as well as focusing on health and wellness."In celebration of the launch of the new LeapBand activity tracker for kids, Fit Made Fun Day encouraged families to get up and active in creative ways while having fun together. The LeapBand comes on an adjustable wrist strap designed for children, and includes 50 physical challenges with gamification of physical activity, making the trio of physical records a perfect launching pad for the device.LeapFrog also invited families nationwide to host their own Fit Made Fun Day, and share images and videos across media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.But the hub event centered around the three records, which were verified live on site by a Guinness World Records adjudicator, with Hamm leading the way to three official GWR certificates.The event garnered coverage from MarketWatch and the Los Angeles Register after the attempts, and even landed Hamm a sit-down interview with Access Hollywood ahead of the event to promote"Fit Made Fun Day was a great success, and it underlined the importance of regularly getting kids active in fun and creative ways," said Greg Ahearn, chief marketing officer at LeapFrog. "As parents, it is our responsibility to help our children get active on a daily basis and learn healthy habits that create a foundation of health and future success."Has LeapFrog's attempt inspired you to launch a product or service of your own with a record attempt? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
5197Australian priest is world's oldest teacherBy Chris Sheedy, Guinness World Records Representative for Australia / New ZealandWe Guinness World Records staffers are well trained to avoid becoming personally involved in a record.After all, if we have to deny the breaking of a record - as occurs quite regularly - we must do so without concern or emotion.We must only be interested in the facts. But every now and then a record hoists itself upon us and we can't help but feel personally involved.Such was the case with the world's oldest teacher.You see, of all of the teachers in all of the schools in all of the countries in all of the world, the oldest active teacher is one that taught me.But his current record wasn't immediately obvious.In fact, I only discovered that Father Schneider was still teaching at St Aloysius' College in Sydney's Kirribilli after receiving a regular email sent out to old boys of the school.In the email it stated that Father Schneider was about to turn 100, and the fact was accompanied by an offhand comment that he may be the oldest teacher in Australia. I took the bait.After officials at the college supplied me with various pieces of evidence, including employment records and a birth certificate, I passed them on to several heroic (and less personally involved) members of the Records Management Team in GWR's head office.They painstakingly searched the world, communicating with gerontologists and education departments, and almost three months later came back with the news that Father Schneider was, in fact, the oldest active teacher in the world.It was wonderful news for me and for the school community.The record was announced at a cocktail party to celebrate Father Schneider's upcoming 100th birthday.To hand Father the certificate was a great honour - he is a man who has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students, always in a positive and supportive way.He has been a part of the life of many of our country's leading sports stars, musical talents, politicians (he taught the current Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey), actors, authors, artists, medical professionals and business people ... and one very thankful GWR rep.And they all listened to the gentle words Father Schneider had to share. When your teacher is almost 80 years old, as Father was when I attended St Aloysius' College, you can't help but absorb all they say.After all, they have more knowledge and life experience than many other teachers combined.I can only imagine how the boys at the school today feel when they're being taught by a 99-year-old. A little bit blessed, perhaps.
5198Video: Watch German man shatter extreme push-ups world recordNgoc Duc Tran from Germany recently smashed the record for the Most push-ups (using back of hands, carrying 40 lb pack) in one minute at the Turn und Festhalle in Gerstetten, Baden-Württemberg, in front of a tense audience.
5199Highest text messageRod BaberNepal, Mt EverestThe highest altitude at which a land based mobile phone text message was successfully sent is 8,848 m (29,029 ft), achieved by Rod Baber (UK) using a Motorola MOTO Z8 on the summit of Mt Everest, Nepal, at 12.52 am GMT on 21 May 2007. The message read: 'One small step for man one giant step for mobilekind - thanks Motorola'.
5200Best selling albumMichael Jackson65,000,000 unit(s) soldNot Applicable, N/A01 January 2012First released in November 1982, Thriller by Michael Jackson (USA, 1958–2009) is the world’s best-selling album. Sales figures vary, but Thriller has exceeded the 65 million mark as interest in the entertainer’s back catalogue remains strong following his death. Thriller has been certified 29 times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), a figure matched by the Eagles’ (USA) Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). The two titles, therefore, share the record for the best-selling album in the USA. Additionally, Thriller won Jackson eight Grammy awards at the 1984 ceremony, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Beat It”. It was the most Grammy awards won by an artist in a single night.
5201Tallest elevatorMponeng Gold MineSouth Africa, Gauteng province01 January 1986The world's tallest elevator is at AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng Gold Mine in South Africa, which in three minutes drops an astonishing 2,283 m (7,490 ft) in a single descent – more than 4.5 times further than those in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. A second elevator then takes miners even lower, to 3,597 m (11,800 ft). Each day the lift ferries 4,000 workers down to the mine – 120 workers at a time in three-level steel cages, at speeds of up to 40 mph. It first operated in 1986.
5202Largest collection of wine and champagne labelsSophia VaharisGreece, Athens30 November 2013The largest collection of wine and champagne labels belongs to Sophia Vaharis (Greece) and consists of 16,700 different labels as of 30 November 2013 in Athens, Greece.The 16,700 wine and champagne labels come from 60 different countries.
5203Largest Rangoli pattern / floating imageMr Manickam Selvendran, DM and Collector Distt Singrauli in association with Tejinder Singh Presiden22862.97 square metre(s)India, Singrauli14 April 2013The largest rangoli pattern is 22,862.97 m² (246,093.98 ft²) and was created by Mr Manickam Selvendran, DM and Collector Distt Singrauli in association with Tejinder Singh President Sheela Foundation Singrauli (India), in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, India, on 14 April 2013.
5204Longest conga on iceIce Rink Canary Wharf353 participantsUnited Kingdom, Canary Wharf,,Ice Rink at Canary Wharf12 November 2013The longest conga on ice involved 353 participants and was achieved by Ice Rink Canary Wharf (UK) in association with Tresor Paris, in Canary Wharf, London, UK, on 12 November 2013.This event was in aid of the Children in Need charity.
5205First official fan-made music videoGrégoire PinardfirstSouth Africa, 01 January 2004Alternative rock trio Placebo (Belgium/Sweden/UK) were so impressed by fan Grégoire Pinard's (South Africa) self-made claymation video for "English Summer Rain" that they decided to use it as the official promotional video when the reworked track was released as a single in 2004. Inspired by Placebo's Reading Festival performance in 2003, the part-time director took six months to create the video, which features modelling clay puppets of Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Hewitt performing the song. Pinard also made many other clay objects that appear in the video, including guitars, a microphone stand, drum kit and books on a bookshelf.
5206Greatest jackpot in a national lotteryMega Millions656000000 US dollar(s)United States, 30 March 2012The largest national lottery jackpot in history was US$656 million (annuity value) US$474 million (cash). It was paid out by the American Mega Millions lottery game on 30 March 2012. The prize was split between three lucky winners – from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, USA. Each opted to take the cash lump sum rather than the annuity, receiving a share equal to US$158 million. Winning the Mega Millions Jackpot required matching five numbers from 56 and one number (the Mega Ball) from 46 – making the odds of winning a somewhat remote 175,711,536 to 1. The format of the draw has now changed to five balls from 75 and one from 15, pushing the odds out to an even longer 258,890,850 to 1.
5207Largest oysterVadehavscentret35.5/10.7 centimetre(s)Denmark, Ribe17 December 2013The largest oyster is a Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and measures 35.5 cm (13.97 in) in length and 10.7 cm (4.21 in) in width, as measured in the Vadehavscentret, Vester Vedsted. Denmark, on 17 December 2013. It was found by the Vadehavscentret (Denmark).The Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) is from the Danish shores of the Wadden Sea and resides in the Vadehavscentret.This large oyster has another five oysters attached to it! In total, this cluster of oysters weighs 1.62 kg (3.56 lb).
5208Largest Christmas dinnerThe Duck InnUnited Kingdom, Redditch24 December 2013The largest Christmas dinner is a 9.6-kg (21.16-lb) festive feast for one that comprised a turkey, carrots, parsnips, broccoli pieces, cauliflower pieces, roast potatoes, “pigs in blankets” and 25 sprouts. It was served by Ashley & Louise Gargan at the Duck Inn, in Oakenshaw, Worcestershire, UK, on 24 December 2013.This titanic turkey tea is free for anyone who can eat it – solo – within 45 min!
5209Most expensive dress sold at auctionAn ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by Marilyn Monroe4600000 US dollar(s)United States, 18 June 2011The ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (USA 1955) raised $4.6 million (£2.8 million) at an auction held at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 18 June 2011. The dress - which, in the movie, famously billows up as Monroe steps over a gusty subway grate - was the highlight in a catalogue of 3,500 pieces of memorabilia auctioned off by the Singin' in the Rain (USA 1952) actress Debbie Reynolds.The dress was designed by William Travilla and acquired by Reynolds in 1971 as part of a job-lot of wardrobe items sold by 20th Century Fox studios. It was expected to make $1–$2 million. Other items auctioned by the actress included a pair of ruby slippers and a dress worn by Judy Garland in screen tests for The Wizard of Oz (USA 1939) and Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat. When she died in August 1962, Marilyn Monroe left all her personal belongings – from a cheese grater to her mother's white baby grand piano – to her acting coach Lee Strasberg, whose widow later put the items up for auction. This latest sale marks the third time in succession that a Monroe dress has broken the auction record - her flesh-coloured, beaded Jean Louis gown worn when she sang "Happy Birthday" to US President Kennedy on 19 May 1962 was sold at auction on 27 October 1999 for $1,267,000 (£767,042), and prior to this, a gown she wore in the film There's No Business Like Show Business (US 1954) was sold for $46,500 (£29,300) on 27 June 1995.
5210Most expensive photograph sold at auctionRhine II by Andreas Gursky4338500 US dollar(s)United States, New York,,Christie's Auction House08 November 2011A photograph of the Rhine under grey skies taken by the German artist Andreas Gursky (b. 1955) fetched US$4,338,500 (£2.7 million), including buyer's premium, at a Christie's auction held in New York, USA, on 8 November 2011.The glass-mounted 185.4 x 363.5 cm (73 x 143 in) panoramic colour print, created in 1999, is one of an edition of six works. The buyer is unknown.It beat the previous record of $3.9 m (£2.5 m) achieved by an untitled 1981 colour print by Cindy Sherman, who is the subject of all her own works.
5211First power driven flightOrville & William WrightfirstUSA, Kill Devil Hill,Kitty Hawk,North Carolina17 December 1903The first controlled and sustained power-driven flight occurred near the Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA at 10:35 a.m. on 17 December 1903, when Orville Wright flew the 9 kW (12-hp) chain-driven Flyer I for a distance of 36.5 m (120 ft). He maintained 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) for about 12 seconds. The Flyer I, which was constructed by Orville Wright and his brother Wilbur, is now exhibited in the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.The flight was witnessed by his brother Wilbur, four men and a boy.
5212Largest tricycleKanyaboyina Sudhakar5.18/11.37/12.67 metre(s)India, Hyderabad01 July 2005The largest tricycle has a wheel diameter of 5.18 m (17 ft) and is 11.37 m (37 ft 4 in) long. The overall height is 12.67 m (41 ft 7 in). The trike was made by Kanyaboyina Sudhakar (India) and was ridden in Hyderabad, India on 1 July 2005.
5213Fastest 5 km joggling with five objects - menMatthew Feldman27/6.74 minute(s), second(s)United States, WellingtonThe fastest 5 km (3.1 mi) joggling with five objects was 27 min 6.74 sec by Matthew Feldman (USA) at the Emerald Cove Middle School athletics track in Wellington, Florida, USA, on 24 May 2011. Feldman, 18 at the time, began joggling as a freshman in high school.Feldman committed 27 drops during the course of the attempt. As per the guidelines, runners must restart from the point at which they first lost control of a ball during the attempt.
5214Fastest window cleanerTerry Burrows9.14 minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, 09 October 2009Terry Burrows (UK) cleaned three standard 114.3 x 114.3 cm (45 x45 in) office windows set in a frame with a 300 mm (11.75 in) longsqueegee and 9 litres (2 gal US 2.37 gal) of water in 9.14 sec atthe National Window Cleaning Competition in Blackpool, UK, on 9October 2009.
5215Worst hailstorm disaster - death tollRoopkund (Skeleton Lake)India01 January 0850In 1942 a British forest guard in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India, discovered hundreds of skeletons in the Roopkund glacial lake, around 5,000 m above sea level. In 2004 a team of scientists funded by National Geographic led an expedition to Roopkund and discovered as many as 600 individuals in the lake. A large number of human skulls were examined and discovered to have fractures in the tops of their skulls. The most plausible theory is that this group of people encountered an intense hailstorm which killed some instantly, while the rest were stunned or injured and succumbed to hypothermia. Radiocarbon dating of human remains date the disaster at around 850 CE.
5216Three contortionists in a box - durationSkye Broberg, Nele Siezen, Jola Siezen6/13.52 minute(s), second(s)New Zealand, Auckland20 September 2009Contortionists Skye Broberg, Nele Siezen and Jola Siezen (allNew Zealand) climbed into a box with an interior measuring 66.04 x68.58 x 55.88 cm (26 x 27 x 22 in) and were able to stay inside for6 min 13.52 seconds on the set of NZ Smashes Guinness World Recordsat the Sylvia Park shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, on 20september 2009.
5217Largest abacusAjit SinghIndia, bhopal24 September 2011The largest abacus measured 6.79 m x 3.2 m (22.3 ft x 10.5 ft) and contained 83 beads. It was made by Ajit Singh (India) and unveiled in Bhopal, India, on 24 September 2011The abacus weighs 119 kg (262.35 lbs)
5218Longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)The Dutchess362.5/368.9 centimetre(s)United States, 16 September 2013The longest fingernails in the world today belong to Christine Walton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Originally measured as the new record holder in February 2011, Walton’s nails at that time measured a combined 6.019 m (19 ft 1 in). After getting measured again in 2013, Walton’s nails had grown to a combined 7.314 m (23 ft 11 in).The 45 year-old, who is also a talented singer going by the stage name "The Dutchess," hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990."I never made a conscious decision to grow the nails, but with all my children and the music commitments I guess it was easier to let the nails grow. Then one day I look down and they're like 9 inches long!" Walton insists the nails don't prevent her from living a normal life she can still braid hair, cook and drive. However, she does confess to struggling when shopping for clothes."I'll see the cutest shirts, and they'll have these skinny arms and I know that my nails would just rip straight through them." At the time of her last measurement, the nails on The Dutchess’ right hand measured a combined 3.689 m (12 ft 1 in) and those on her left a total of 3.625 cm (11 ft 10 in). Her longest individual nail is the right thumbnail, at an astonishing 107 cm (3 ft 8 in).The grandmother took the title from much-loved record holder Lee Redmond (below), who sadly lost her nails in a car crash in early 2009. Redmond still holds the record for the longest fingernails ever, as she had grown them to a combined 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) long before losing them.To add some perspective, the length of The Dutchess’ fingernails are the equivalent of:-One killer whale-Two mini coopers-Five average adult arm spans-A president’s nose on Mount Rushmore,-The entire length of the average 12-year-old boy's intestinesThe Dutchess realizes just how unique both she and her record are."To be recognized for my record-breaking fingernails is really special. It's important that we celebrate difference. To be different is a blessing."
5219Largest bowl of cerealUnknownSouth Africa, Johannesburg02 July 2007The world's largest bowl of cereal weighed 1,000 kg (2204 lb 10 oz)and was made in a bowl measuring 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) in diameter and 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) in height. The record was made by Kellogg's South Africa, Sync Communications and Automatic in Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 July 2007.The cereal was Kellog's cornflakes and the bowl weighed 259.5 kg (572 lb 1 oz).
5220Most public votes received by a television programmeAmerican IdolUnited States, Los AngelesThe most public votes received by a television programme belongs to the Season 11 finale of American Idol (produced by FremantleMedia North America, Inc. on the FOX network, USA) when 132,311,283 votes were cast by telephone, text messaging and online from viewers selecting the winner of the singing contest. The results, collected and validated by Telescope (USA), were received from 22-23 May 2012, with Phillip Phillips (USA) declared the winner.

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