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6571NASA Curiosity Rover lands - our top ten Mars-related recordsThe US space agency NASA successfully landed a huge new robot rover on Mars earlier this week, which has today beamed back its first colour picture. Known as Curiosity, the one-tonne vehicle, which holds the record for the largest planetary rover, landed in Gale crater, near the Martian equator on Monday. It is now set to embark on a mission of at least two years to look for evidence that Mars may once have supported life.Curiosity measures 3m long and has a mass of 900 kg, including 80 kg of scientific instruments. It is designed to travel at up to 90 m per hour autonomously during its explorations of Gale crater.To mark this space exploration breakthrough, here are ten mars-related records.1. First spacecraft to reach the surface of MarsThe USSR Mars 2 and Mars 3 missions were the first spacecraft to reach the surface of Mars, in 1971. We have yet to see a successful sample return mission, but the first visit by humans should happen within the next few decades.2. First successful Mars polar landerNASA´s Phoenix spacecraft landed in the Vastitas Borealis, the great world-wrapping lowland plain in the northern polar region, on 25 May 2008. It entered the atmosphere after a nearly nine month journey at 21,000 kph, using a heat shield, then parachute and retro rockets to slow to just 8 kph for touchdown. Amongst its equipment was a robot arm that dug trenches in the surface and dropped the soil into analysers on the lander. Contact was lost with Phoenix on 2 November 2008.3. Land speed record on MarsTwin NASA Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity touched down on Mars on 4 and 25 January 2004. Both were capable of a maximum velocity of 5 cm/second (1.9 in/second).4. Farthest distance travelled on Mars in one dayIn February 2004 (corresponding to sol 362-363) Nasa's Mars exploration rover Opportunity travelled 156.55 m (513 ft 7 in) across Meridiani Planum. A sol is one Martian day, and is 24 hr 39 min 35 sec long.5. Largest area of surface iceAlmost all of the ice on Mars´ surface is in the poles. Both poles consist of water ice which gains a seasonal coating of carbon dioxide 'dry´ ice during their respective winters. The southern cap is the largest, around 420 km across, and containing enough water to cover the entire planet in a layer 11 m deep.6. Most similar environment to EarthWith surface temperatures ranging from -140ºC to 20ºC (-220ºF to 68°F), and a day lasting 24.6 hours, Mars is the planet that would be easiest to colonize. Spacesuits would still be required, however, as the carbon-dioxide atmosphere is thin and poisonous. Some scientists have suggested "terraforming" Mars - gradually changing the planet's atmosphere so that humans could walk on its surface with minimal protection.7. First extraterrestrial dust devilsFirst seen from orbit by the Viking spacecraft in the 1970s, the dust devils on Mars can tower many kilometres above the landscape. They are caused as the Sun warms the ground, heating the air above it which rises and starts to spin, as well as pick up loose dust. In 2005 a dust devil passed over NASA´s Spirit rover, blowing off dust that had accumulated on its solar panels, and improving its power levels.8. Youngest evidence of liquid water on MarsAn image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of a dry gulley in the Promethei Highlands suggests liquid water flowed on Mars as recently as 1.25 million years ago. The gully looks like it formed as ice melted, flowed downhill and deposited sediment before evaporating in the thin Martian atmosphere.9. Highest mountain in the Solar SystemOlympus Mons is the highest mountain in the solar system. Its peak is 25 km (15 miles) above its base - nearly three times the height of Mt. Everest. Olympus Mons is desginated a shield volcano because of its shape. Despite its great height, it has a very gentle slope. Olympus Mons is over twenty times wider than it is high. It is the same kind of volcano as the active volcanoes currently 'creating' the Hawaiian Islands. The line around Olympus Mons is a 'basal cliff' which is as high as 6 km (3.72 miles) in some places. 10. Highest clouds in the solar systemIn August 2006, European scientists reported their discovery of faint clouds some 90-100 km (55-62 miles) above the surface of Mars. The clouds, detected by an instrument on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express orbiter, are made up of carbon-dioxide ice crystals.
6572Mariano Rivera and Rafael Nadal lead our look back in the September sports blogIn my nearly four years here at Guinness World Records – and about half of that time writing this sports blog – I’m hard-pressed to think of a month that saw this much action.April/May and September tend to always be full of record breaking, as seasons and sports overlap. But this September – wow.Read on to get caught up on some of the records broken by the professionals this month. Then make sure to check out the video at the end of the post for some of our favorite sports records broken by you the fans this month.A PINSTRIPED PAIRLet’s start with baseball, where the end of the regular season has brought upon us many player retirements. Two, though, stick out above the rest in terms of world records, and both come from the same team.New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is calling it a career ( for the second time) after 17 seasons in the bigs. While the lefty starter was never in the same stratosphere as contemporaries like Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson, he will hang up his cleats with a slew of records to his name.Not only does Pettitte have the most career pickoffs in MLB history, he also owns the postseason records for most wins (12), starts (42), and innings pitched (263), often near the front of the dynastic Yankees’ rotation of the 1990s.But the most notable sports retirement comes from elsewhere in that Bronx clubhouse. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has retired after 19 seasons, a time in which he cemented himself as the greatest relief pitcher ever.A 13-time All-Star, Rivera has his fingerprints all over our database. He, of course, owns the most saves in MLB history. But he also has the most pitching appearances with one team, most World Series games played of any pitcher, most games finished by a pitcher and, fittingly, the combination of Rivera and Pettitte own the record together for most combined wins and saves by an MLB duo.One of both the most elegant and fearsome pitchers the game has ever seen, Rivera spent all year enjoying a deserved retirement tour. The game was lucky to have him and, fittingly, these two longtime teammates gave us one last iconic moment before they both said goodbye.videoTENNIS TIMEThe US Open came and went this month, and saw Rafael Nadal look like the on-court panther he was before recent knee injuries slowed him down. The Spaniard claimed his 13 th Grand Slam by vanquishing a familiar foe: Novak Djokovic. The two hold the record for most head-to-head matches played in the open era (37).The win – coupled with his French Open victory – also gives Nadal the record for most consecutive seasons with a Grand Slam singles title, this being his ninth year taking home that hardware he still can’t believe isn’t chocolate.His triumph puts him now – at age 27 – four Grand Slams shy of tying Roger Federer’s career mark for most won.AROUND THE WORLDSneaking in just at the end of the month was Wilson Kipsang’s fastest marathon, which you can read about here. … Floyd Mayweather earned $41.5 million in his 12-round victory over Canelo Alvarez this month. It’s the largest guarantee to a fighter in boxing history and the fight also broke the record for highest pay-per-view revenue at $150 million. … Lionel Messi still not ceasing to amaze: his three goals against Ajax in a 4-0 win give him the most Champions League hat tricks ever, with four. … Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows passed the legendary Sadaharu Oh for the most home runs in a Nippon Professional Baseball season with 58 this year. …Tulsa Shock guard Riquna Williams sits atop the WNBA record books her 51 points in a game against San Antonio this month is the most in league history. … Peyton Manning started his season in style. His 7 touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens tied the NFL record for most TDs thrown in a game. …And Jim Furyk became the latest professional golfer to join the 59 club, tying five others for the lowest round in PGA Tour history at the BMW Championships.Annnnd I’m out of breath.That was a ton of great stuff, but there’s more! Check out our video here to learn about a woman who ran 129 marathons in one year and more amazing records broken by fans like you.videoSee you next month!
6573Fan Choice Record July 5In one of our most hotly contested duels in the history of Fan Choice, an incredible attempt that looked 3D trumped an amazing structure that actually was multi-dimensional.The largest anamorphic pavement art combined with the largest can pyramid to hoard an aggregate total of 95% of all votes in last week's Fan Choice, leaving the other competitors in a distant rearview mirror. By the close of voting, the anamorphic pavement art snuck away with nearly 53% of your votes and the win.Wilhelmshaven Touristik and Freizeit gmbH (Germany) will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. We have a new take on the electric slide and enough guacamole to serve a thousand Super Bowl parties, but first, a lot of cold snow bunnies.LARGEST SWIMWEAR PARADE ON SKIS (pictured above)Record: 500 shivering skiersHolder: Sugarelle (Russia)Location: Sheregesh, RussiaThat's not all: The record sponsor, Sugarelle, is an underwear brand in Russia and made the attempt at Sheregesh, a small ski resort in the south-central area of the country. Average temperatures at the time of the attempt range from a high of 9 degrees Celsius (48 F) to a brisk low of -4 (25 F).LARGEST JIGSAW PUZZLE (HAND CUT)Record: 40,763 puzzle piecesHolder: Dave Evans (UK)Location: Weymouth, UKThat's not all: It took Evans more than a month to create the puzzle, pictured in full above. When fully assembled, it measures 6.45 m (19 ft 10 in) long by 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in) high. The puzzles depicts various photos of Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee and will be displayed at Her Majesty's country retreat in Sandringham until October of this year.LARGEST SERVING OF GUACAMOLERecord:2,669.5 kg (5,885.24 lb)Holder: Municipality of Tancítaro Michoacan (Mexico)Location: Tancítaro, MexicoThat's not all: The guacamole preparation required the work of 450 students from the Michoacán College of Technology and Scientific Studies. The ingredients list included 2,186 kg (4,819 lbs) of avocado pulp, 273 kg (602) of tomatoes, 107 kg (236 lbs) of onions, and 103.5 kg (228 lbs) of lemon for the final dish.LONGEST HUMAN ELECTRICAL CHAINRecord: 669 linked peopleHolder: Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts (USA)Location: Nacogdoches, Texas, USAThat's not all: It's electric! A low-power electrical current was sent from the initial power source through all participants, connected at the hands, to then power a light at the other end of the human chain. FARTHEST DISTANCE TRAVELLED ON A SKATEBOARD IN 24 HOURSRecord: 431.32 km (261.8 miles) for male and 269.08 km (167.2 miles) for femaleHolder: Andrew Andras and Colleen Pelech (both USA)Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, USAThat's not all: It was a 2-for-1 special on skateboarding records in South Florida recently. On the same day, Andas and Pelech each broke the skateboard endurance/distance record for their respective sex. They did so at a competition organized by the International Distance Skateboard Association. More than 40 skaters started the attempt, with Andras and Pelech the only ones to ride away victorious.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:<a href="">What is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?</a>You can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!
6574San Diego Comic-Con – a geeky hotbed of record breakingWhy am I not at Comic-Con, asks Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday? It's only the biggest convention of it's kind in the world, and host to some of the most exciting record holders in pop cultureSan Diego Comic-Con International – the annual festival in celebration of comics, sci-fi, cult TV, collectible card gaming and videogaming – opens this week in Southern California's beautiful coastal city.SDCC, as it's known, is the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world, attracting around 130,000 registered visitors over the four-day event and giving a boost the local community each year.I've had the pleasure of visiting Comic-Con a couple of times, and in 2010 was honoured to present Publicity Director David Glanzer the Guinness World Records certificate confirming the event's record-breaking status.Held at the San Diego Convention Centre, Comic-Con at times accommodates 140,000 people when attendees, exhibitors and staff are counting, with only the venue's legal capacity stopping thousands more descending on the site.It's difficult to appreciate the scale of the event – the Convention Centre offers more than 1 million sq ft (102,900 sq m) of floor space, and Comic-Con seems to use every available inch (Trust me, you get an exhaustive workout running from event to event, covering what feels like many miles a day!).It's a colourful, long weekend, with thousands of fans dressing up as their favourite TV or comic stars, and the many halls and room buzz with excitement as new releases are announced, celebs make unannounced appearances and limited edition comics, toys and games go up for grabs. You'll find more than 600 different scheduled events over a typical long CC weekend, including movie screenings, TV show previews, panel interviews with the world's biggest stars, workshops and autograph signings, as well as a vast exhibit of comics, graphic novels, anime and art. It's truly epic.Comic-Con is a great place to hang out with the best in the business. At my last visit, I caught up with Matt Groening of The Simpsons ( longest running sitcom, most Emmys Awards won by an animated series, most guest stars in a TV show) and Futurama ( highest rated animated sci-fi TV show), whose producer David X Cohen was also present to receive his Guinness World Records certificate.Talking of animated sci-fi, I also had the pleasure of attending a Star Wars event and presenting Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, his certificate for the most viewed sci-fi animation TV show.As a big steampunk fan, I was excited to help The League of S.T.E.A.M (Supernatural and Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparition Management) - a collective of "Steampunk Ghostbusters" based in southern California – organize the largest gathering of steampunks (185 incredibly dressed individuals).I also ran into a few other random record holders, such as Randy Couture ( most UFC heavyweight championships), "Stone Cold" Steve Austin ( most wins of the World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble).Then there was Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill – the First Hollywood star to top both film and video game charts thanks to his role of Colonel Christopher Blair in the No.1-selling Wing Commander PC games.I also had the fun of surprising Sylvester Stallone during his panel chat to award him his certificate for Rocky IV ( highest grossing boxing movie and highest grossing sports movie), which he accepted on stage with his movie opponent Dolph Lundgren. And I overcame my fear of the Jigsaw killer to present Saw actor Tobin Bell with the certificate for the most successful horror movie franchise.Comic fans will be envious that I got hang out with Todd Klein, winner of the most Eisner Comic Award wins in one category (the comic equivalent of the Oscars, the Eisner Awards are held during SDCC each year) and, in a real coup, my childhood hero Stan Lee, creator of – among many others – Spider-Man and holder of the record for the Most movies adapted from the work of a comic book creator. My dinner with Stan remains one of the highlights of my job so far.Sadly, I've not had the time to make it San Diego this year. But I'll be scanning the daily updates for record-breaking achievements. I've no doubt it's going to be a record-breaking con, and can't wait to see some of this year's superlatives in the next book.
6575World Cup records fall in Brazil as tournament reaches the quarterfinalsAmerican keeper Tim Howard made history in a losing effort.A lot of people are calling it the “Copa das Copas” – the Cup of Cups, a fitting nickname for this 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is proving to be one of the best of all time.Through the group stage and opening knockout round, we’ve seen sublime skill, untapped elation, and almost too much drama to handle.We’ve also seen, unsurprisingly, some great record achievements on this path to the final eight. Here’s a record rundown of some of the accomplishments witnessed so far.SO KLOSEMiroslav Klose, that is. In our World Cup Rewind leading up to the tournament, we highlighted the phenomenal record of Il Fenomeno for most career goals at the World Cup. We also noted how Germany's Miroslav Klose was knocking at the door. Well, he's now entered the house.videoWith his critical tying goal against Ghana, Klose now sits even with Ronaldo at 15 career goals on FIFA's grandest stage. Klose hasn't scored since, but with Germany slated to meet France in a juicy quarterfinal match, he may still have a chance to not only affect a game, but also stand alone historically. It also marks the fourth different World Cup in which Klose has scored, equalling the record held by Pele and Uwe Seeler.HOWARD THE HEROAmerica fell out of the competition Tuesday, 2-1 at the hands of Belgium in extra time. However, it could have easily gone 4-1 or 5-1 to the Red Devils if not for the in-goal heroics of U.S. keeper Tim Howard.videoThe century-capped Howard, playing in perhaps his last major tournamenet for America at age 35, saved an incredible 16 shots. It's the most saves by a keeper in a World Cup match, eclipsing the 13 by Peru's Ramon Quiroga in 1978, since the save statistic began being kept in 1966.SAMBA SUPERIORITYThe host nation Brazil has obviously taken center stage at this cup, what with Neymar's incredible touches, the enthusiastic fans, and sweeping shots of the wonderful scenery.videoAnd, as the most successful World Cup outfit of all time, the Seleção continues to add to its impressive cadre of records. Just by appearing in the competition, Brazil has extended its record of most World Cup appearances by a team. It's the only nation to have appeared in all 20 of the tournaments.Also, in an ongoing battle with Germany, Brazil is attempting to extend its mark for the most World Cup goals ever scored by a team. The Brazilians have scored 218 times across all World Cups, with Germany right behind at 215 - a noteworthy battle to keep an eye on, particularly as these two could meet in the semis.AROUND THE PITCHvideoMexico's Rafael Marquez made history by wearing the armband for Mexico in his fourth World Cup. It is the most World Cups at which a player has captained his squad. ...After a 3-0 defeat to France in its opener, Honduras matched the dubious mark previously set by Bolivia and Algeria for most consecutive World Cup matches without scoring at five - a streak that dated to the country's final game in 1982, included all group matches of 2010, and finally ended in a 2-1 loss to Ecuador in its follow-up to France. ...It's also been a particularly popular World Cup for own goals. Noel Valladares (37 years, 43 days) of Honduras is the oldest player to score an own goal at the Cup, doing so against France, while Bosnia & Herzegovina's Sead Kolasinac scored the World Cup's fastest own goal at 2 min 10 sec. And keep on eye on the total of own goals - there have been five so far in the tournament, only one off the total record from France 1998.FUTEBOL TAKES FACEBOOKThe action hasn't been limited to just the field, as this has been one of the most-watched and most-discussed World Cups ever. Due in large part to increased American interest, the natural setting of Brazil, and amenable match times, the popularity of this Cup has soared.In fact, it is the first sporting event to ever reach 1 billion interactions on Facebook. Between just the opening match and the games of June 29, 220 million users contributed enough posts, likes, and comments to eclipse the billion mark.And the conversation, of course, will continue for the next three rounds. Each of the group stage winners has advanced to the quarters and the matchups all look tremendous. We'll be back later in the tournament with another look at any more trivia. But for now, do nothing more than sit back and enjoy the jogo bonito.For the latest on all things world record, visit Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our brand-new Instagram. Plus check out Guinness World Records on YouTube to subscribe for the latest record-breaking videos!
6576Sir Chris Chataway 1931-2014Guinness World Records is sad to hear of the passing of the athlete, journalist and politician Sir Chris Chataway, who died on Sunday at the age of 82. On top of setting the 5,000m world record in 1954, and famously acting as pacemaker for Sir Roger Bannister as he broke the four-minute mile barrier the same year, Sir Chris also played a key role in establishing The Guinness Book of Records.Born in Chelsea, London in 1931, Chataway spent his childhood in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, as his father was a member of the Sudan Political Service.Educated at Sherborne School in Dorset - where he excelled at rugby, boxing and gymnastics, following national service he went on to study at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he gained a philosophy, politics and economics degree. However, his studies were largely overshadowed by his success on the athletics track as a long-distance runner.Upon leaving university he took an executive job with Guinness as an under-brewer.When owner Sir Hugh Beaver came up with the idea of compiling a book of superlatives to help settle pub arguments (and promote Guinness beer in other brewers' pubs), Sir Chris introduced him to his his old university friends Norris and Ross McWhirter, recommending them as editors for the new publication.The twins met with Sir Hugh and were given the job on the spot, therefore meaning we have Chris to thank for getting Guinness World Records off the ground.The highlight of his brief, five-year career in international athletics came in 1954 when he set a new 5,000m world record of 13 minutes 51.6 seconds at london’s White City, beating Russia's Vladimir Kuts by 0.1 secs - the man who he had finished second behind in the 5,000m European Championships final two weeks earlier.videoThe victory came five months after he made the pace for Sir Roger Bannister to become the first to run a sub-four minute mile.videoIt was these two feats that earned Sir Chris another place in the history books when he was named as the first-ever BBC Sports Personality of the Year.Following his achievements on the track, Chataway gravitated towards broadcasting, splitting his time between his new interest and athletics.In September 1955, he became the first newsreader on Independent Television, before finishing 11th in the 5,000m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.Chataway later switched to the BBC, where for three and a half years he was one of current affairs show Panorama’s team of reporters.From TV, he moved into the world of politics, working as a Conservative MP between 1959 and 1966 and rising to serve in positions as a Parliamentary Private Secretary and junior Education Minister. When Edward Heath formed a Tory government in 1970 he appointed Chataway as Minister for Posts and Telecommunications before being made Industry Minister in a reshuffle two years later.Upon his retirement from politics in 1974, Sir Chris became managing director of the Orion Bank, before leaving in 1988 to work as chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, a role which earned him a knighthood in 1995.Sir Chris died at around 7am on Sunday at St John's Hospice in north west London, having suffered from cancer for two and a half years.He is survived by his sons Mark, Matthew, Adam, Charles, Ben, his daughter Joanna, his wife Carola and his former wife Anna.Paying tribute to his great friend, Sir Roger Bannister told BBC Sport: "He was gallant to the end,""Our friendship dated back over more than half a century."We laughed, ran and commiserated together. People will always remember him for the great runner he was, but it shouldn't be forgotten that he had an extremely distinguished career off the track."My family and I will miss him sorely and our thoughts go out to his family and many friends who were so fond of him."Back in 2005, Sir Chris helped Guinness World Records celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is with a great deal of sadness that he won’t be able to join us when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the company he in no small part helped to found.
6577A day in the life at X GamesOver four days last weekend, a team from Guinness World Records were in attendance at X Games 2012 in Los Angeles.While there, they awarded certificates to some of our action sports record holders, adjudicated the Hot Wheels "Double Loop Dare" record attempt, for the largest loop the loop in a car, and ran a series of daily challenges, hoping to find some new record breakers.Here's a taste of what a typical day at X Games is like for the Guinness World Records team:9.30am - We arrive at the X Games venue (in and around the Staples Center, home of the famous LA Lakers basketball team), ready for the 10am opening to the public.With us we have brought many boxes of 2012 Guinness World Records books to give away, and everything we need to run the day's record challenges at the skatepark.For the next two hours we talk to world record fans at the largest skateboard which we have on display (over 36 feet long), helping them to take pictures of themselves with it, and inviting them to enter our X Games photo competition.12pm - It's time for first of three record challenge sessions, this one is at the X Fest skatepark, for the most skateboard ollies in one minute.The current record is 51, which will be a tough mark to beat. 8 skaters step up and attempt this challenge, while a crowd of spectators watches and cheers them on.After extremely good efforts all round and a couple of really close attempts, it is 16-year-old Jacob who comes out on top, beating the existing record by just one ollie!All our participants are given free copies of our 2012 book for taking part, and are glad to have been a part of an official Guinness World Records attempt.1.30pm - For our next challenge session, we are at the scooter park. Team Razor's pro team attempt and successfully set two records: Dakota Schuetz performs 12 backflips in a minute, and Dan Barrett performs 57 tailwhips in a minute - receiving his certificate from our own Dan Barrett ! (The meeting of the two Dan's is captured in our main image at the top of the page).3pm - For the third and final challenge session of the day, we are now over at the mini ramp. Eight-year-old Annika Vrklan successfully defends her own record from X Games 16 two years ago, tying her previous score of 31 backside grinds in one minute!4pm - We spend some more time speaking to record fans and answering their questions at the largest skateboard, and call in at the X Games press center to check on the results of the day's competitions so far.6pm - It's time for the skateboard big air heats and final. We're rooting for young record holders Tom Schaar (first skateboard 1080, youngest X Games gold medallist) and Jagger Eaton (youngest X Games competitor).Jagger doesn't make the cut from the heats to the final, and while Tom does, he doesn't finish in the medals on this occasion. Bob Burnquist takes the gold with this technically challenging run:video7.30pm - We head straight into the Staples centre for back to back Moto X events. In the step up, Ronnie Renner shatters the previous high of 37 feet, clearing a 47 foot tall bar to take the gold and a new world record. videoIn the best trick event, neither Clinton Moore nor Kyle Loza successfully land their never-before-landed, potential world record tricks - a 720 spin and a bike flip respectively - though hopefully one or both will make these finally at next year's event.Australia's Jackson Strong takes the gold, with a beautifully executed body varial, in the final event of the evening.10.30pm - We head back to our hotel after an exhausting but enjoyable day's work, for some well-deserved dinner and sleep!Dan Barrett
65782015 in World Records - December: Hundreds of Santas go surfing in Australia and Canadian bodybuilder smashes heaviest sumo deadliftContinuing our month-by-month look back over the past year of fantastic record-breaking feats, in December we saw a huge variety of Guinness World Records titles set all over the globe. Over 300 people dressed as Santa participated in the largest surfing lesson, a Canadian bodybuilder smashed the heaviest sumo deadlift, and Paralympic champion Matt Stutzman achieved the furthest accurate distance in archery title...
6579My Story: Record-breaking charity marathon runner Steve ChalkeMy Story is a regular feature on where record holders reveal their experiences.Today's guest blogger is The Reverend Steve Chalke MBE from London, England.In 2011, Steve regained his Guinness World Records title for most money raised by a marathon runner after receiving an incredible £2,330,159.38 in donations following his completion of the Virgin London Marathon.Ahead of this year's London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, the 57-year-old tells us the inspiring story behind his incredible fund-raising feat, and in light of this week's shocking events in Boston, how long-distance running events play an important role in bringing people together.The crowds, the music, the noise, the media. Anyone who has run a marathon will know just how much of a buzz you get from the support you receive from the hundreds of thousands of supporters who line every inch of the course. It was this almost indescribable, life-affirming feeling that led me to sign up almost straight away for the following year’s event after completing my first London Marathon in 2000. My first year as one of the tens of thousands taking part in the event was purely as a fun-runner, but it soon became apparent what a great way it would be to raise big sums of money for charity. I’ve spent most of my adult life fundraising, and am the leader of the Oasis Charitable Trust, which I founded in 1985 with the original aim of opening a hostel for homeless young people. The trust has since grown into a family of charities employing more than 4,000 people and working on five continents and 11 countries around the world, to deliver housing, education, training, youth work and healthcare. A marathon provides great reason to ask for funding as well as a handy deadline by which the money has to be raised. It nudges donors into action. It’s also easier to raise money if you can create some publicity for yourself. Going for the Guinness World Record title for the most money raised by a marathon runner gave me that opportunity. I always run in the early morning, and in the winter it is easier to get out of bed in the cold and the dark for training if you have a target – knowing that you’ll be helping others by completing your run really does help you focus on your preparations. My job is busy, my days are long and my diary is unpredictable, so team sport is impossible – but I love running. I would have to say I’m pretty competitive when in training. Even when I go for a jog in the mornings, I hate being overtaken by anyone. My route often takes me along the South Bank of the Thames (a popular spot for those in training). I love it if I can get home having sped past lots of other runners. I think it may be that competitive spirit which has helped me set the world record on three separate occasions. I first achieved the feat in 2005 after raising £1.25million. However the record was broken the following year by no less than Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave who managed to up the benchmark by receiving donations totalling an even more impressive £1.785million. I had meet Steve, who had originally planned to attempt to break the record in 2005, the same year as me. We were introduced to each other by Dave Bedford, the then director of the London Marathon. However Steve was forced to pull out that year and postponed his bid till the next year. As far as I was concerned, his decision was great news because it gave me more of a chance to claim the record in 2005 and then provide the chance to raise more money by attempting to reclaim my record from him if he was successful in beating me. I didn’t run in 2006, but I watched on TV. When it was announced that Steve had beaten my record, I was excited because it created the opportunity I needed to raise more, desperately required, cash for Oasis the following year. So it was that in April 2007, I recaptured ‘my’ title, raising over £1.855 million in 3 hours 58 minutes 40 seconds. It was a figure that I managed to top in 2011, when I set the world record for a third time by raising £2.32 million – a record that still currently stands.Along with the London Marathon, I’ve also run its counterparts in New York and Chicago – and loved both. I’d still love to run the Boston and Berlin Marathons. London, New York, Chicago, Boston and Berlin are recognised as the big five – they are brilliantly organised and wonderful community and sporting occasions, which is why even the tragic events that took place a few days ago at the Boston Marathon will not dent the spirit of long-distance charity runners. We are determined and tenacious – it’s what we do. While I won’t be taking part in this year’s London Marathon, a number of runners representing Oasis will be going through the pain barrier to run the 26.2 miles hoping to once again raise funds for the charity. You can find out more about the Trust and how you can donate at My advice to them, and indeed to any others taking part this Sunday, is to enjoy every moment. Allow yourself to soak in the fun, the crowd and the support. And, when you feel like giving up at the point when the start line is just a distant memory and he finish line still seems a world away – keep going! When they hang that medal around your neck – it is the biggest buzz and will make every step of the journey worth it! * Follow us on Twitter (@GWRnews) for record-breaking updates throughout Sunday from this year's London Marathon.
6580Meeting Apa Sherpa: The greatest ever conqueror of Mount EverestGuinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday travels to the remote Nepalese village of Gyalthumto meet a personal hero.Mount Everest is a monument to achievement, a symbol of the challenges facing us in life. For Guinness World Records, its exalted position as the world's highest peak - at 8,848 m (29,029 ft) - places it at the forefront of everything we stand for. (Indeed, the first ever colour plate in the first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was a photograph of the mountain, and its first ever successful summit in 1953 undoubtedly inspired the founding editors, Norris and Ross McWhirter, to produce the ultimate book of superlatives the following year.)So it was with tremendous excitement that I found myself traveling recently to the foothills of the Himalayas on the Nepalese border with Tibet.According to my hosts - Dawa Sherpa and Ang Tshering Sherpa from Asian Trekking ( - we could see Sagarmatha, as Everest is known locally (it's Nepali for "Head of the World" its other name, Chomolungma, is Tibetan for "Goddess Mother of the Snows"), as we crested a valley about four hours' drive from Kathmandu.The skyline was breath-taking, almost literally, and one could see why this spectacular mountain range is treated with an almost religious reverence.I wasn't there to climb the "Abode of Snow", but I was hoping to meet a true hero of the mountains - Apa Sherpa.I've met many great record holders during my ten-year tenure at Guinness World Records, including movie stars, pop stars (have I bored you with my Michael Jackson and Beyoncé stories enough?), athletes and politicians, but few can hold a candle to this humble mountain porter .Why? Well this is the man who has climbed Everest not just once or twice, but an incredible 21 times - more than any other person on Earth.Apa is considered a living legend, and not just by the Nepalese - who rightly consider him a superstar, if not a god - but to climbers and adventurers around the world.Born about 50 years ago (age does not appear to be an issue for the Sherpa people) as Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa in the mountainous village of Thame, he abandoned school following the death of father in order to look after his family, and took to kitchen duties on various trekking expeditions to earn money.Soon, he was making his first attempts at climbing Everest, although didn't succeed in reaching the summit until his fourth attempt in May 1990.Since then, he has summited every year - except for 1996 and 2001 - and made his record-breaking 21 st ascent on 11 May 2011 as part of the Eco Everest Expedition: his fourth such trip to clean up the mountain and raise awareness of climate change.With Apa's official GWR certificate in hand, I made the perilous - and bone-shaking - trip to the village of Gyalthum in the Sindhupalchowk district, where I hoped to meet the man they call "Super Sherpa".I was in Nepal to measure Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who would prove to be the shortest living man in the world (and the shortest ever measured in history) but couldn't miss out on the chance of meeting Apa, who I'd heard was traversing the 1,700-km (1,056-mile) stretch of the Great Himalayan Trail that runs along the backbone of Nepal.Timing was tight - I had to fly home in the morning, and Apa had to divert off his expedition to meet me.My four-hour Jeep ride soon paled into significance when I realized that Apa's diversion to Gyalthum took two days out of his schedule - and that he'd had to walk all that time to meet me.But the mountains were clearly looking after us both, and late into the afternoon we finally made contact at the Shree Saraswati Higher Secondary School.Everyone from the village seemed to have come to greet us, and the pupils, teachers and village elders welcomed us with countless golden katas (scarves) and flowers.I picked out Apa's generous, glowing smile from the crowd immediately and we exchanged the traditional Namaste greeting before heading into the school to sign the guestbook.After the formalities of an introduction from the school's headmaster - and a press conference for the handful of journalists who had also made the long and winding trip to Gyalthum - Apa and I found a few precious minutes to chat about his current project, the Climate Smart Celebrity Trek.He and fellow team members Dawa Stephen Sherpa, Saurabh Dhakal and Sameer Jung Thapa, were walking the Great Himalaya Trail to highlight the impact of climate change, he explained, as well as to promote responsible tourism in the area."I lost my own home because of a change in the climate, my family's potato farm in Thame was washed away by a tsunami of glacial meltwater - I was lucky to survive", Apa revealed.Today, melting glaciers continue to fill mountain lakes, which can burst their banks at any time and cause devastation or even wipe out entire communities.Meltwater floods like the one that isolated his village in 1985 have killed dozens of Nepalis, Apa explained, adding soberly, "it will happen more and more unless we can do something about it."Educating and empowering villagers is the key to survival, according to Apa, and tourism helps to bring much-needed funds into the more remote areas.So for the conqueror of Everest, there will be no more trips up the world's most famous mountains - instead, he will be focusing his efforts on highlighting his country's need - and indeed the world's need - to tackle climate change. And there can be no greater a poster boy for the campaign than this heavenly country's most famous son.As the sun started to set, and I readied myself to leave this beautiful part of the world, Apa slipped a white silk kata round my neck, gave me a big bear hug and said what an honour it had been to make contact today.At this point, I started to well up - for the first time in my GWR life, I was moved to tears by a record holder - and scalded him for his humility.This gentle, humble man embodies the spirit of Guinness World Records more than any other person I've met, and I reassured him that the honour had been all mine.Find out more:The Great Himalaya Trail(GHT) is one of the longest and highest alpine trekking trails in the world. This 4,500-km route stretches across the five Asian countries of Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan, winding beneath the world's highest peaks and connecting some of the most remote communities on Earth. Inside Nepal, the Great Himalaya Trail stretches for some 1,700 km.Unlike most trekking routes in Nepal that are of North-South orientation, the Great Himalaya Trail traverses literally the entire length of Nepal, East to West. It is divided into 10 sections with a network of upper and lower routes, each presenting a unique experience to the visitors. It encourages avid trekkers to make repeated visits to Nepal to complete the entire trail. GHT is a potential game-changer for Nepal's tourism. For details, visit GHT Climate Smart Celebrity Trek is intended as an outreach and publicity event to raise awareness for the effects of Climate Change on the Himalayan ecosystem and people, to promote pro-poor sustainable tourism as a potential Climate adaptation tool and position the Great Himalaya Trail as Nepal's new sustainable tourism product, contributing both to poverty alleviation and economic and climate resilience of local communities. Find out more about the Climate Smart Celebrity Trek at
65812001: Fastest Circumnavigation of the Globe by SailEllen MacArthur is defined by the sea and that’s exactly how she wanted it to be. It was her element, where she felt most comfortable and at home – something she had been interested in since a child. Like a soldier who finds it hard to adapt to the normal life of chores and tasks once returning from the frontline, the same could be said about MacArthur when stepping foot on land. She would much prefer to be on the water. Testing herself against the elements.
6582Taking a trip down Winter Olympics memory lane before Sochi GamesMuch like Guinness World Records, one of the great things about the Olympics is that it's constantly evolving and pushing the limits of man, all the while echoing a long and storied past full of unique experiences and indelible memories.And so, with the Sochi Winter Olympics (technically the XXII Olympic Winter Games) just a week away, we tapped into the GWR braintrust to get ready for the future by reflecting on the past.One of the positions at Guinness World Records is that of sports records manager. This is the person tasked with judging and verifying all sports-related achievements, covering everything from ice skating and luge to football and hurling. They know their Olympics.And so we gathered the past four GWR sports managers to ask them one question ahead of Sochi: what's your favorite Winter Olympics memory?Tom Ibison, current sports records managerHome nation: Great BritainCurrent location: LondonvideoMine has to be the GB curling team from the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Britain don’t always have a lot to cheer about during the Winter Olympics, but the whole country got behind the plucky team of Scots led by skipper RhonaMartin. The team of Martin, Debbie Knox, FionaMacDonald and JaniceRankin won Great Britain's first gold medal at a Winter Olympics in any sport in almost 20 years.The entire nation got “swept” up in the curling excitement as the team secured an upset victory over Switzerland with the very last stone of the final. I’ve never seen so much love for what to most people was an unknown sport, and I’m hoping a similar story will emerge for Team GB at the Sochi games.Fun record fact: The longest marathon playing curling is 73 hr 6 min 52 sec by a group of 10 players from the Dumfries Ice Bowl in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, UK from 27 February to 2 March 2013.Ralph Hannah, emeritusHome nation: Great BritainCurrent location: Asunción, ParaguayvideoWell, my first Winter Olympic memory is from Lillehammer1994, but even at that young age (9 years old) I was fascinated by records (seriously!). So I used to love the bobsleigh and luge events. As each person did a run, you could see their lap time and see how close they were to breaking a record or just becoming number one. Obviously, the fact they travel at break-neck speed also added to the spectacle!Unfortunately, Britain were no world-beaters at luge back then. In the men’s event, we finished 26 th, just ahead of Liechtenstein and a few places behind the Virgin Islands (which I just confirmed on Wikipedia). Still to this day, both luge and bosleigh remain some of my favourite winter sports and I’ll be hoping that Britain can pull off a miracle in the bobsleigh in Sochi!P.S. I am too young for Torvill and Dean unfortunately!Fun record fact: At the time of their triumph at Sarajevo 1984, Torvill and Dean's gold medal-winning performance was the highest score ever received for a pairs performance in ice dancing.Carlos Martinez, emeritusHome nation: SpainCurrent location: TokyovideoIt was 1990-91. Spain was crazy about Olympics, and sports in general. At that time, we were a losing nation in everything (except for the football European Cup titles with Real Madrid), but the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games were right around the corner and the hopes that we would become a winning powerhouse put the entire country behind anything sports-related.The 1992 Olympic year started in February, with the Winter Olympics in Albertville. Until then, the staggering total amount of medals in the history of Spain at the Winter Olympics was...1! But it didn’t matter! We were sending the little sister of the only other Olympic medalist, from 20 years before, to participate in slalom skiing.Everybody watched the competition. I mean, that was the only sport that really mattered, right? Winter Olympics = Skiing! Female skiing!! On Spanish TV!!! We were seeing - similarly to what Ralph described - how the records, or even the best times that day, were broken by just hundredths of seconds. That was the difference between glory and not even appearing in the top 10. And while the Spanish Empire (ahem) was holding its very Catholic breath, Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, our heroine, managed to descend a French mountain to...a bronze medal!That was the second and, so far, the last medal in Spanish Winter Olympics history. And that is as much as any Spaniard knows about the Winter Olympics, ski, or snow in general!Fun record fact: The most combined Winter Olympics medals won by siblings is six, by speed skaters Eric and Beth Heiden. Eric won five golds and Beth one bronze.Mike JanelaHome nation: United StatesCurrent location: New York CityvideoI'm admittedly more of a Summer Olympics guy, but the U.S. fielding a dominant team at both Summer and Winter Games means I'm always paying attention to the competition (did you know America is the only country to win at least one gold medal at every Winter Olympics? U-S-A!).But my favorite Winter Games memory doesn't come from Tara Lipinski or Apolo Ohno - even if I grew a soul patch goatee to match him in 2002 - and I wasn't born yet for the Miracle on Ice. Mine comes from...Canada?Yes, our neighbors to the north and from the very last Winter Olympics, Vancouver 2010. The gold medal men's ice hockey game pitted Canada against the U.S. and, when the game started, I was of course cheering for the red, white, and blue to steal gold from the, well, just red and white on their home ice. And as Canada led, 2-1, with 25 seconds left, I'd begrudgingly come to accept my nation's fate. Then Zach Parise did this and my patriotism exploded right back up.But after SidneyCrosby scored in overtime and after the entire arena lost their collective mind and once I saw all the reactions from around Canada at their first hockey gold medal on home turf (see above), there was no way I could be anything but ecstatic at how it turned out for the Canadians. Watch just the first minute alone of the video above. If you don't get goosebumps, you're probably dead. That's what sports - and the Olympics - does to you.Fun record fact: Canada's gold medal win in 2010 snapped a tie with the Soviet Union for most golds in men's ice hockey. Team Canada has now won 8 of the 22 is your home for all record-related news from Sochi. Make sure to visit for specific sport previews and the latest updates on all record-breaking achievements. Also follow us on Twitter @GWR,, and Google+
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65851955: Most No.1 Hit Singles by a Solo ArtistName a favorite Elvis Presley song.Now find a dozen friends and ask them to name a favorite Elvis Presley song.Chances are, you’re going to come back with a lot of answers.That’s because “The King of Rock and Roll” remains an icon, a legend, and, 61 years after his first professional recording session in Memphis’ Sun Studios – a record holder for the most No. 1 hit singles by a solo artist.In the U.S., Presley notched 18 career No. 1s in the UK, he hit 20. Talk about living up to a nickname.In this first installment of our 60 at 60 series, we start at the very beginning: 1955. On Aug. 27 that summer, the first copy of the 198-page The Guinness Book of Records was bound by printers, ready to soon be released for the first time en route to becoming a UK bestseller by Christmas.videoExactly one week earlier, Sun 223 records released “I Forgot to Remember to Forget.” It would go on to be Presley’s first No. 1 hit single on any chart, as it hit the top of the Billboard country charts for two weeks the following February.The single took the 20-year-old boy from Tupelo and placed him squarely in the national consciousness. But “The King” was just getting started.By May 5, 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” had climbed to the summit of Billboard’s Top 100 chart and stayed there for seven weeks. It marked Presley’s first outright No. 1 hit single and sparked arguably the most successful calendar year of his career.videoThe rest of Presley’s 1956 discography reads like a full career for most musicians: “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” arrived as his second No. 1, topping the Billboard chart for top store sellers.* “Don’t Be Cruel” was recorded next, followed by “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender.” All hit No. 1 and at least one of them is probably being hummed in your head as you read this.*Before the formation of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there were a number of chart varieties gauging No. 1 songs, including sales in stores, plays on the radio, and even plays on jukeboxes, the YouTube of the 1950s.How could anyone follow up such a year? With another just like it.“Too Much” kicked off the No. 1 singles parade of 1957, followed by “All Shook Up,” “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”videoPresley followed that up with “only” two No. 1 American singles in 1958, before accumulating six more over the next four years. He would return to the top of the Billboard charts for the last time with “Suspicious Minds” in 1969.Presley, of course, met a tragic end with his diminishing health and eventual death in 1977 at age 42. But his legacy endures like few in pop culture’s ever have.To wit, he’s had his No. 1 singles record in the U.S. since matched by Mariah Carey. But Mariah doesn’t have an entire week devoted to her, like Presley does at Graceland in Memphis each year, attracting tens of thousands of fans.Elvis also got to meet Forrest Gump.videoAnd, of course, very few artists – or celebrities of any kind – can say they have world records fashioned strictly after them, as Presley does.Records honoring The King range across everything from the longest marathon singing Elvis Presley songs to the longest career as an Elvis impersonator to the largest gathering of people dressed as Elvis.Just like with the first The Guinness Book of Records, the arrival of Presley marked a cultural turning point, providing every generation thereafter a touchstone to mark an institutional legacy that continues to this day.As we celebrate 60 years, we salute the icon who first hit the scene the very same year, and has continued influencing the world decades after death.Long live The King.
6586Spotlight: Longest drumming marathonEvery 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.
6587Spotlight: Most manual wheelchair spins in one minuteEvery 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.
6588TV’s most famous courtroom arbiter Judge Judy sets career recordPopular daytime courtroom show Judge Judy is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary since its debut on 16 September 1996, with season 20 having recently premiered.
6589Law student breaks New York City subway all-stations speed recordTaking on New York City's sprawling public transport system, law student Matthew Ahn has broken the record for Fastest time to travel to all New York City Subway stations. Transferring between subway lines throughout the city’s five boroughs and running between platforms to make the next train, Matthew successfully travelled to all of the Big Apple's subway stations in an incredible 21 hr 49 min 35 sec on January 16, 2015.
6590Guinness World Records Classics: Highest bunny hop on a bicycleEach week here on, we’ll be dipping into our extensive video library to bring you a classic piece of record-breaking action. This week's clip it’s another incredible feat on two wheels, this time from an attempt on Italian TV programme Lo Show Dei Record, back in April 2009. Prepare to be amazed as Spanish rider Benito Ros sets the world record for highest bunny hop on a bicycle with a mark of 1.34 m (4 ft 4 in). Benito’s record has since been broken, with the current benchmark now standing at 1.43 m (4 ft 8.30 in), set by Rick Koekoek of the Netherlands during the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, in London, UK, on 9 August 2014. video
6591President Obama joins Twitter with @POTUS account, breaks fastest million follower count recordBarack Obama last night shattered the record for fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, after his new verified account @POTUS reached the figure in less than five hours.
6592Arnold Schwarzenegger honoured during fitness lesson record attempt in AustraliaHollywood powerhouse and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger was thrilled to receive a commemorative Guinness World Records 60th anniversary certificate during a visit to Australia recently.
6593Guinness World Records Classics: Meet the Barbie collector with over 15,000 dollsEvery Monday here on, we’ll be dipping into our extensive video library to bring you a classic piece of record-breaking.
6594Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp aim for world record glory on tonight’s episode of A League Of Their OwnTeam captain’s Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff are no strangers to sporting glory, but tonight’s episode of comedy panel show A League Of Their Own on Sky 1 sees the pair targeting prestigious world records.
6595Largest poster ever - watch incredible drone footage of super-sized promo for Indian film BaahubaliGlobal United Media Company Pvt Ltd (India) has made the Largest poster ever as part of the promotion for Baahubali, a massive Indian film that was released earlier this month.
6596Evolving achievements: The 7 world records that have changed significantly since 1955Since it's inception 60 years ago, Guinness World Records has become a mirror to the changing world around us.
6597Fan Choice: September 26 - Vote now!It was a monster of a mosaic in last week's Fan Choice, as the record for the largest bean mosaic utterly dominated the rest of the competition.Built by the World Largest Seed Art Production Committee in Japan, the mosaic used 1,864,320 black beans and 2,096,640 white to arrange the 300.85 m² (3238 ft² 44 in²) composition.The World Largest Seed Art Production Committee's achievement will now be entered into our competition for Fan Choice record of the year as we move closer to the end of 2014.Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like the seed art committee, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.Read about our 2013 Fan Choice Record of the Year winner here.This week's list of nominees vying for your vote includes one tiny bull and a marathoning man across all continents, but first, if I could teach the world to sing...MOST PEOPLE IN A SINGING RELAY - SINGLE SONGRecord: 296Holder: Santosh Rungta Group of Institutions (India)Location: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, IndiaThat's not all: The students of the Santosh Rungta group sang the Indian national anthem for this record, breaking the previous mark by 80 participants.SMALLEST BULLRecord: 71.6 cm (28.2 in)Holder: Chegs HHAR Golden BoyLocation: Ramona, California, USAThat's not all: Owned by Hearts & Hands Animal Rescue, Chegs was measured from the hoof to the withers. He's a mini zebu bull who was 3 years old when measured, originally taken in by Hearts & Hands as one of five mini zebus who all grew and stayed relatiavely small - but none as short as Chegs!LARGEST READING LESSON (MULTIPLE VENUES)Record: 3,509 participants Holder: Eastbourne Area Secondary Schools (UK)Location: Various, UKThat's not all: A total of eight venues participated in this event, with the stated goal to provide an opportunity for the young people of Eastbourne to study an amazing piece of poetry by an acclaimed local poet and to learn how to use a variety of reading techniques to understand and empathize with a text. There are plans for the most inspirational and carefully thought-out responses from the students to be published in a book.MOST STAIRS CLIMBED BY BICYCLE (FEMALE)Record: 1,025 stairsHolder: Monica Guzman Naranjo (Colombia)Location: Guadalajara, Mexico,That's not all: Atop her trusty bike, Monica climbed the Hotel Riu Plaza in Guadalajara, the first woman to ever hold this record - a fact that Monica admitted inspired her to try it. It took Monica 56 min 4 sec to complete the ascension, having never touched any part of her body to a wall, railing, or floor.FASTEST TIME TO COMPLETE A MARATHON AND ULTRA MARATHON ON EACH CONTINENT Record: 1 yr, 9 dy, 22 hr, 20 min and 40 secHolder: Ziyad Tariq Rahim (Pakistan)Location: All seven continentsThat's not all: Because each run had to be as part of a sanctioned raced, Rahim had to make multiple return trips along his journey to accomodate race schedules. For instance, he returned to Antarctica 11 months after completing the White Continent Marathon to compete in the White Continent 50 K. His fastest marathon time was 4 hr 32 min 53 sec at the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan and fastest ultra was 6 hr 23 min 40 sec at the Louis Massyn Aldam Ultra Marathon 50K in South Africa.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtFan Choice: September 26&ampamplt/a&ampampgtThen check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!The 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition of the Guinness World Records book is out now! Find out all about it and see record holders like the longest tongue at for the latest on all things world record, visit Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our brand-new Instagram. Plus check out Guinness World Records on YouTube to subscribe for the latest record-breaking videos!
6598WYMLW: Unicycles, tennis racquets and nunchucks...Hello again, faithful viewers! The sun is out and it’s time once again to look at some of the videos you might have missed last week…First off, have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of our official adjudicators?In the most recent #askGWR, I caught up with some members of the Records Management Team to find out just what makes them tick...videoNext, we’re back in the Slo-Mo Test Lab with Bing and he’s been pointing his camera at Mike Taylor, unicyclist extraordinaire...videoThe third episode of 'New Zealand Smashes' hit your computer screens last week. The madcap record attempts included piano smashing and a grown woman squeezing through a tennis racquet...videoFinally, Oli is at it again with his martial arts skills, or lack thereof. This time he catches up with Samuel Sprague who is more than a little bit clever with a set of nunchucks...videoWell, there you go.See you same time next week for more of our YouTube highlights!
6599Guinness World Records Gone Wild! How you can take part in a future episodeGuinness World Records Gone Wild is a new weekly show currently showing on Tru TV in the US spotlighting the daring and fearless world of record-breaking.The show features brave and courageous record hopefuls as they attempt to secure their place in history by breaking some truly outrageous world records.Interested in taking part in a future episode? Click on this link where you can let us know. Alternatively, you may copy and paste the following in your web browser: shooting for the current series is over for now, if future episodes of the show are produced, your submission will be reviewed and if it sounds of interest, the show's producers will be in touch. Given the anticipated volume of requests, there is no guarantee that your application will be responded to. Please do not send videos.DISCLAIMER:Submitting an application on the aforementioned website does NOT constitute making an application to Guinness World Records ® to attempt an official Guinness World Records® title.If you wish to apply to attempt to set a Guinness World Records title, please do so by clicking here and following the online application process.
6600Justin Bieber edges past Lady Gaga to take Twitter world record2013 has got off to a flying start for global pop phenomenon and teen heart-throb Justin Bieber. Earlier this week he released his new Believe Acoustic album, and he's now also earned himself another Guinness World Records title. The 18-year-old star has overtaken fellow chart-topper Lady Gaga to be the most followed user on social-networking site Twitter.When the record was updated, he had 33,682,239 followers of his @justinbieber feed, having pushed ahead of @ladygaga, who on the same day had 33,581,095 followers. This latest record will surely be a boost for the young singer, whose music video for "Baby" was surpassed as the most-viewed video online in November last year by PSY's "Gangnam Style" which also became the first video online to be viewed 1 billion times. Bieber also holds a Guinness World Records title for being the first solo artist to have three No.1 albums before the age of 18 (US). As for Justin's fans, the self-styled "Beliebers" - you can give yourselves a pat on the back, he couldn't have achieved this record without your support and follows!

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