Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

5761Largest attendance at an Olympic GamesAtlanta Olympic Games, 1996United States01 January 1996A total of 8.3 million tickets were sold for the 1996 Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA – often referred to as the “Centennial Olympics”. This equates to more than half a million spectators watching on each day of the two-week event, which was dominated by Michael Johnson’s (USA, pictured) gold medal-winning runs in the 200 m and 400 m. By comparison, “only” 6.8 million tickets were sold for the 2008 Games in Beijing.
5762Most powerful rocket engineRD-1707890000 newton(s)USSR, Scientific Industrial Corporation of Power Engineering01 January 1987Most powerful rocket engineBuilt in the former USSR by the Scientific Industrial Corporation of Power Engineering in 1980, the RD-170 has a thrust of 7,890 kN 1,777,000 lb in space and 7,246 kN 1,632,000 lb at the Earth's surface. It also has a turbopump rated at 190MW, and burns liquid oxygen and kerosene. The RD-170 powered the four strap-on boosters of the Energiya booster, launched in 1987 but now grounded by budget cuts.
5763Fastest lugeing speedTony Benshoof139.39 kilometre(s) per hourUnited States, Park City16 October 2001Tony Benshoof (USA) reached a speed of 139.39 km/h (86.6 mph) on the 2002 Olympic track at Park City, Utah, USA, on 16 October 2001. The speed was reached during training for the 2001 Luge World Cup Series.Benshoof was a member of the USA 2001/02 Luge Team and participated at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.Timing was done using a 'speed trap' consisting of timing lights spaced 5 m apart.
5764Fastest North Sea crossing by double sea kayak (Canoeing)Ian Castro, Simon Worsley17/53 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, Southwold-Zeebrugge04 July 2009The fastest crossing of the North Sea in a double kayak is 17 hr 53 min and was achieved by Simon Worsley and Ian Castro (United Kingdom) who completed the Southwold to Zeebrugge route, on 4 July 2009.Simon Worsley was the previous record holder in this event in 1997. Ian Castro and Simon Worsley also both share the record for the single sea kayak crossing of the North Sea.
5765Thickest iceWilkes Land, US Antarctic researchAntarctica, Wilkes Land04 January 1975The greatest recorded thickness of ice is 4,780 m (15,682 ft 2.97 miles), as measured by radio echo soundings from a US Antarctic research aircraft at 69ø56'17. In addition, on 4 January 1975, a team of seismologists measured the depth of ice in Wilkes Land, in eastern Antarctica, to be 4,776 m (15,669 ft 2.96 miles) deep.
5766Fastest 50 miles jogglingPerry Romanowski8/23/52 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)United States, Chicago27 October 2007Perry Romanowski (USA) ran whilst juggling three balls (joggling) 80.5 km. (50 miles) in 8 hr 23 min 52 sec at Street Beach House, Chicago, USA, on 27 October 2007.
5767Most flaming torches juggledAnthony GattoUSA01 January 1989Anthony Gatto (USA) juggled seven flaming torches in 1989.
5768Fastest mile forward rollsAshrita Furman19/11 minute(s), second(s)United States, Queens25 November 2000Ashrita Furman performed one mile of gymnastically correct forward rolls in 19 min. 11 sec. around Victory Field Track in Forest Park, Queens, New York, USA on November 25, 2000.
5769Fastest atomic clockNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyUnited States, Gaithersburg12 January 2001A team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, USA have developed an atomic clock that 'ticks' about a quadrillion (10 to the 15th) times per second. Eventually it is hoped that this clock will be accurate to 1 second in 30 billion years. This means that the clock would not even lose one second over the entire age of the universe.The clock works by using the frequency of oscillation of one ion of mercury at optical wavelengths. The atomic clocks first developed in the 1950s used the transitions between energy levels in caesium atoms at microwave frequencies, to monitor time. Because optical wavelengths are so much shorter than microwaves, the potential accuracy of the new clock is unprecedented.Possible applications of the clock include improving satellite navigation and electricity distribution - both of which need precise timing. The clock is due to undergo rigorous testing before being accepted by the international timekeeping community.
5770Longest-standing maths problem (current)Goldbach's Conjecture01 January 1742Since the 1995 proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, a problem which stood for 365 years, the current longest-standing maths problem is the conjecture posed by Christian Goldbach (1690-1764), a Russian mathematician, in 1742. Goldbach's Conjecture states that every even positive integer greater than 3 is the sum of two (not necessarily distinct) primes. No one has succeeded in proving or disproving the validity of this conjecture in 257 years. Mathematicians worldwide hold the Riemann Hypothesis of 1859 (posed by German mathematician Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866)) as the most important outstanding maths problem. The hypothesis states that all nontrivial roots of the Zeta function are of the form (1/2 + b I).
5771Longest ribbon cuttingThe State of New JerseyUnited States, Seaside HeightsThe longest ribbon used in a ribbon-cutting ceremony measured 5.51 miles (8.86 km) and was used by the state of New Jersey (USA) to re-open the Jersey Shore in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA, on 24 May 2013.The re-opening of the Jersey Shore occurred nearly seven months after the area was devastated by 2012's Hurricane Sandy. The ribbon began on the beach's coastline and concluded on the famous Seaside Heights boardwalk. New Jersey governor Chris Christie held the honors of cutting the ribbon.
5772Largest matchstick model/structure/sculptureDavid ReynoldsUnited Kingdom (England only), Southampton01 July 2009The largest matchstick model 'Catherdrals of the Sea' consists of 4.075 million matchsticks and depicts a North Sea oil production platform. It was made by David Reynolds (UK) and was completed in July 2009.It has taken over 15 years for its construction, the model is currently on public display at The Bursledon Brickwork and Industrial Museum, Swanwick, Southampton.
5773Largest field tripGuido de Brès School and the Attraction Park Walibi Holland (both Netherlands)Netherlands, Biddinghuizen,,Attraction Park Walibi Holland27 September 2013The largest educational field trip is 1872 which involved students of Guido de Brès School and the Attraction Park Walibi Holland (both Netherlands), in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, on 27 September 2013.The field trip included a presentation by the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on his experiences and the physics of orbiting earth.
5774Oldest person ever (female)Jeanne Louise CalmentFrance, Arles21 February 1875The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France). Born on 21 February 1875 to Nicolas (1837 - 1931) and Marguerite (neé Gilles 1838 - 1924), Jeanne died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on 4 August 1997.Jeanne Calment lived through many major events which shaped the world we live in today. These events occured in all areas of life social, political, scientific and technological and a number within her home nation of France.She lived through two World Wars, the development of television, the modern motor car, aeroplanes and numerous other items which are taken for granted today.Asked on her 120th birthday what she expected of the future, she replied, "a very short one".Louis Blérot Successfully crossed the English Channel on 25 July 1909, the first ever over-the-ocean crossing by a heavier-than-air craft. The cover of Le Petit Journal (8 August 1909) shows him completing his crossing over the white cliffs of Dover.Eiffel Towel Opened on 31 March 1889 when she was 14, as part of the Centennial Exposition to commemorate the French Revolution. It was originally viewed as a temporary structure and was to be dismantled in 1910. However, due to its usefulness in many scientific fields such as astronomy and meterology, it was saved from destruction and remianed the world's tallest building until 1930.Louis Pasteur Made a wide and varied contribution to science most notably in the fields of chemistry and microbiology. Best known for the development of the pasteurization process, he also did important work with vaccines especially rabies and anthrax.Tour de France The world's premier cycling event was first held in July 1903. The winner was Maurice Garin, known as "le ramoneur" (the chimney sweep, his original occupation), who won with ease. he also won the following year, but was disqualified four months later for having taken a lift in a car. Now millions watch the race every summer.World War I Victorious French troops marced through Strasbourg on 22 November 1918. The town was annexed by the Germans during the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71)but returned to France after the treaty of Versailles. Germany occupied the city again in the Second World War.Vincent Van Gogh Jeanne Calment recalls meeting the great Dutch artist in her father's shop in Arles and selling him coloured penicls although the memory is clouded by the fact that he was scruffy and smelt of alcohol. His painting Sunflowers (Les Tournesols), one of a series of seven on the subject which were painted during his stay in Arles in 1888, sold at auction on 30 March 1987 for a then world record price of £22,500,000 (exlcluding buyer's premium).President Jacques Chirac once said she was a grandmother to everyone in France. She led an extremely active life, taking up fencing at 85-years-old and still riding a bicycle at 100. Jean played herself at the age of 114 in the film Vincent and Me (Can 1990) - becoming the oldest actress to appear in a film. Her keys to long life were olive oil, port, chocolate and although she enjoyed smoking, she gave up in 1995. Her doctor put this down to her pride rather than concern for her health, as she was too blind to light up and did not want to be dependent on others. Her humour was sharp right up until her death. Her customary reply to visitors who said: “Goodbye and until next year perhaps?” would be “I don’t see why not! You don’t look so bad to me.”Sunflowers were her favourite blooms.Her grandfather was Antoine Calment (b. 1803)
5775Oldest Twins MaleDale and Glen MoyerUnited States28 March 2000The oldest male twins ever authenticated were Glen and Dale Moyer (USA), both of whom reached 105. Born on 20 June 1895 they became the oldest living twins on the 23 January 2000. The youngest of four children born to Mahlon and Anna Moyer, Dale is a retired farmer and is 20 minutes older than Glen, a retired teacher. Glen Moyer passed away on 16 April 2001 at the age of 105 years, 9 months 26 days.
5776Loudest applauseRealizar Impact Marketing and ModeloPortugal, Lisbon,,Bela Vista Park20 June 2009The loudest applause was 111 dBs and was organized by Realizar Impact Marketing and Modelo (Portugal), and achieved by Tony Carreira Fans (Portugal) at the Bela Vista Park, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 20 June 2009.Nearly 22,000 fans of the famous Portuguese singer Tony Carreira gathered in Bela Vista Park to attend his concert and were asked before the concert to attempt the record. The record was attempted together with another two records, largest litter bin and largest picnic.
5777Highest blood sugar levelMichael BuonocoreUnited States, Raritan, NJ23 March 2008Michael Patrick Buonocore (USA) (b. 19 May 2001), survived a blood sugar level of 147.6 mmol/L (2,656 mg/dl) when admitted to the Pocono Emergency Room in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, on 23 March 2008. The normal blood sugar range is between 4.4 to 6.6 mmol/L (80-120 mg/dl).
5778Highest hairstyleKLIPP unser Frisor2.66 metre(s)Austria, Wels21 June 2009The highest hairstyle is 2.66 m (8.73 ft) and was achieved by several hairdressers in an event organised by KLIPP unser Frisör in Wels, Austria, on 21 June 2009.The attempt was made with real and fake hair.
5779Heaviest aircraft pulled (male)Kevin FastCanada, Cobourg17 September 2009Kevin Fast (Canada) pulled a CC-177 Globemaster III, weighing188.83 tonnes (416,299 lb), a distance of 8.8 m (28 ft 10.46 in) atCanadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, on 17 September2009.
5780Greatest prize money for horse racingDubai World Cup26250000 US dollar(s)United Arab Emirates, Dubai,,Meydan Racecourse27 March 2010The richest single day's racing is for a total of $26.25 million (£17.62 million) for the Dubai World Cup meeting at the Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 27 March 2010.
5781Longest moustacheRam Singh ChauhanItaly, Rome04 March 2010The longest moustache measures 4.29 m (14 ft) and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan (India). It was measured on the set of the Italian TV show "Lo Show dei Record" in Rome, Italy, on 4 March 2010.
5782Most portions of fish and chips sold in eight hoursHarry RamsdenAustraliaHarry Ramsdens fish-and-chip shop in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia sold and served a record 12,105 portions of fish and chips on 5 April 1996.
5783Largest serving of noodlesPT Indofood Sukses Makmur TbkIndonesia, Semarapura10 February 2005The largest serving of noodles weighed 4,171.7 kg (9,197 lb) and was made by PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indonesia) at Semarapura, Bali, Indonesia, on 10 February 2005. 27,700 SuperMi instant noodle blocks were prepared on 84 stoves by 325 people in 23 minutes before being served in a giant stainless steel bowl, and consumed by local residents.
5784Longest peanut throwColin Jackson37.92 metre(s)United Kingdom, Cardiff20 February 2008The farthest distance to throw a peanut is 37.92 metres (124 ft 4 in), achieved by Colin Jackson (UK) at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, UK on 20 February 2008.Colin Jackson is a former world champion hurdler, athlete and now presents various television programs, primarily for the BBC.
5785Largest bowl of soupDENK Communicatie26658 litre(s)Netherlands, PoeldijkDENK Communicatie (Netherlands) prepared a 26,658 litres (5,863.94 UK gal 7,042.3 US gal) vegetable soup in Poeldijk, Netherlands, on 16 May 2009.The ingredients include 17,500 litres (3,849.46 UK gal 4,623.01 US gal) water, 7,440 kg (16, 402 lb)tomatoes, 1,250 kg (2,755 lb) cucumbers, 450 kg (992 lb) bell peppers, 3.5 kg (7 lb) parsley, 2,503 pieces of garlic, 125 kg (275 lb) tomato paste, 325 kg (716 lb) salt, 3.5 kg (7 lb) pepper, 48 litres (10.56 UK gal 12.68 US gal)of olive oil and 640 g (22.58 oz) of basil cress.
5786Oldest designer labelCharles Frederic WorthfirstFrance, Paris01 January 1845Charles Frederick Worth, who died in 1895, was the first designer to sign his work with a label and to show garments on live models. Born in Lincolnshire, UK, Worth moved to Paris, France, in 1845, where his talent for design was soon discovered by the ladies of the court of Napoleon III. He then started his own business and by 1871 had 1,200 people in his employment, making £14,981 (then US$80,000) a year. 685680.37 in the year 2000 has the same "purchase power" as � in the year 1871.$1120707.48 in the year 2000 has the same "purchase power" as $80000 in the year 1871.
5787Most expensive braHeavenly Star Bra, by Victoria's Secret12500000 US dollar(s)United States, 01 January 2001The world's most expensive bra is the $12.5-million (£8.6-million) Heavenly Star Bra, by Victoria's Secret, created in 2001. It features 1,200 Sri Lankan pink sapphires and as its centerpiece a 90-carat emerald cut diamond that was worth $10.6 million (£7.3 million) alone at the time. The 2005 Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra also had a $12.5-million selling price, though in comparative terms its value is less than that of the 2001 bra.Both bras were part of the Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra line.
5788Most straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)Simon ElmoreGermany, Söllhuben06 August 2009The most straws stuffed in a mouth is 400, achieved by SimonElmore (UK), who held them there for 10 seconds at the Mark 'n'Simon Show, Sollhuben, Bavaria, Germany, on 6 August2009.
5789Smallest regularly operated theatre - seat capacityVADA kärnölAustria, Villach12 January 2010The smallest professional theatre has a maximum capacity of 8 seats and is the is the Kremlhoftheater in Villach, Austria. It is run by VADA and kärnöl (both Austria) and has regular performances since 12 January 2010.The theatre offers plays, opera and ballet.
5790Largest Macarena danceEggbuckland Community College2219 peopleUnited Kingdom, Plymouth07 July 2011The largest Macarena dance involved 2,219 participants and was achieved by Eggbuckland Community College (UK) in Plymouth, UK, on 7 July 2011.The entire routine lasted for 5 min 36.3 sec and took place on the college's athletics field, prior to their annual sports day. The event was organised by a Year 11 pupil, Daniel Phillips, who presented the idea to the school governors on behalf of the Student Leadership Team. Staff and students from Eggbuckland Community College took part in the record attempt and were joined by 6 local primary schools.

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