Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

7531Heaviest weightlifting 53 kg total (female)Hsu Shu-Ching233 kilogram(s)Korea (South), Incheon21 September 2014The heaviest total weight lifted in the 53 kg category by a female athlete is 233 kg by Hsu Shu-Ching (China) in Incheon, South Korea, on 21 September 2014. The world record came during the Asian Games, with Hsu Shu-Ching winning gold in the event. She lifted 101 kg in the snatch and 132 kg in the clean and jerk.
7532Heaviest weightlifting 63 kg clean & jerk (female)Wei Deng143 kilogram(s)United States, Houston25 November 2015The heaviest weight lifted in the 63 kg clean & jerk category by a female athlete is 143 kg by Wei Deng (China) at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston, Texas, USA, on 25 November 2015. This was one of nine world records broken during the IWF World Championships in Houston.
7533Most dangerous antBulldog ant (Myrmecia pyriformis)AustraliaThe most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant (Myrmecia pyriformis) found in coastal regions in Australia. In attack it uses its sting and jaws simultaneously. There have been at least three human fatalities since 1936, the latest a Victorian farmer in 1988.The bull dog ant earned its name because of its ferocity and determination during an attack. It is extremely aggressive and shows little fear of human beings, stinging a number of times in quick succession and therefore injecting more venom with each bite. In an attack, the ant will hold on to its victim with long, toothed mandibles, curl its body underheath and thrust its long barbless sting into the skin. On a few occasions this sting has been enough to kill adults within 15 minutes. Body length = 20 mm (0.07 in) weight = 0.015 g (0.0005 oz)Lifespan = 21 daysDiscovered = 1793Pic: Alamy
7534Largest hourglassNima Sand Museum hourglassJapan, NimaLocated in the tallest of the six pyramids that house the Nima Sand Museum, Japan, is a 5.2-m-tall (17-ft 0.72-in) 560-kg (1,234.6-lb) hourglass with a diameter of 1 m (3 ft 3.37 in). It is filled with 629,100,000,000 grains of the “singing” Osodani sand, which weigh 1,000,368 g (2,205 lb 6.88 oz). The sand, sifted to ensure that each grain measures an average of 0.11 mm, flows continuously through a nozzle measuring 0.84 mm in diameter. Built in 1991, the huge sand timer is flipped over at midnight every 31 December, with the upper globe taking exactly one year to empty into the lower globe.
7535Fastest road run 20 kilometres (female)Florence Kiplagat01:01:54 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)Spain, Barcelona15 February 2015The fastest road run 20 kilometres (female) is a time of 1:01:54 set by Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) at the Mitja Marató de Barcelona, in Barcelona, Spain, on 15 February 2015.The 27-year-old Florence Jebet Kiplagat (b. 27 February 1987) broke the 15 km and 20 km world records en route to finishing the 2015 Barcelona half marathon, which she also won in a record-breaking time of 1:05:09.
7536Fastest half marathon (female)Florence Kiplagat01:05:09 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)Spain, Barcelona15 February 2015Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) finished the Mitja Marató de Barcelona (Barcelona Half Marathon) in Spain in a time of 1 hr 5 min 9 sec on 15 February 2015. Along the route, 27-year-old Kiplagat also achieved record times over the 15 km and 20 km distances.
7537Fastest swim short course 200 metres butterfly (female)Mireia Belmonte01:59 minute(s), second(s)Qatar, Doha03 December 2014The fastest short course 200 metres butterfly swim by a female swimmer is 1 min 59.61 secs and was achieved by Mireia Belmonte (Spain) at the 12th FINA Swimming World Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2014.Belmonte was the first person to ever go under 2 minutes - she broke another world record the same day in the 400 individual medley.
7538Farthest 12 hours ultra distance track (men)Zach BitterUnited States, Phoenix14 December 2013The farthest distance run in 12 hours on a track, as sanctioned by the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners), is 163.785 km (101.771 miles) and was achieved by Zach Bitter (USA) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on 14 December 2013.Bitter's run is the furthest over 12 hours on any surface – even longer than Yiannis Kouros' 162.543-km road run in 1984 in New York.
7539Fastest time to complete the London Wheelchair Marathon (female)Tatyana McFadden01:45:12 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, London13 April 2014The fastest time to complete the London Marathon by a female wheelchair athlete is 1 hour 45 minutes 12 seconds by Tatyana McFadden (USA) in London, UK, on 13 April 2014.McFadden won her third London Marathon and set a course record for the second consecutive year.
7540Largest beach towelCompania Cervecera de Canarias, Tropical BrandSpain, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias,,Playa de las Canteras in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria05 June 2010The largest beach towel measured 87.14 m (285 ft 10 in) in length and 25.20 m (82 ft 8 in) in width and was manufactured by Fateka S.L. on behalf of Compañía Cervecera de Canarias (Tropical brand). The towel was displayed at Playa de las Canteras in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, on 5 June 2010.The towel was plain green in colour. The planning of the towel took one month and the production 8 days.
7541Greatest weight lifted in one hour by kettlebell snatch (female)Anna Lewandowska14,430.3 kg kilogram(s)Belarus, Grodno17 October 2015The greatest weight lifted in one hour by kettlebell snatch (female) is 14,430.3 kg (31,813 lb 3.65 oz) and was achieved by Anna Lewandowska (Poland) in Grodno, Belarus, on 17 October 2015. Anna's aim is to promote kettlebell lifting and a healthy lifestyle.
7542Game of Thrones actor Thor Björnsson challenges strongman Zydrunas Savickas to power stairs record attempt – Guinness World Records Italian ShowWelcome to the Guinness World Records Italian Show – a weekly video series which features the most astonishing, shocking and awe-inspiring record attempts from the seventh series of Italy’s Lo Show Dei Record.
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7544Messi in tax trouble, Mandela recovering, Dubai keeps growing - News in World RecordsFour-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi has come under tax evasion charges in Spain. The authorities there allege "La Pulga" and his father of filing fraudulent tax returns to the sum of $5.3 million (£3.37 million) in unpaid bills. Messi, of course, has dazzled soccer fans with his sublime play, having earned records for the most professional goals in a calendar year (86 in 2012) and also the most career wins of the Ballon d'Or with the aforementioned quad of victories.South African icon Nelson Mandela continues to recover from a hospital stay due an ongoing lung condition. The former president was said to have been "responding better" to recent treatments on this, the 49th anniversary of his original life sentence in prison. Mandela obviously did not serve his life sentence under the country's apartheid regime, but his 27 years 6 months and 6 days of internment is still the longest period of incarceration for a future head of state.This week, Dubai has inaugurated its latest addition to an epic city infrastructure: the tallest twisted tower. Cayan Tower - whose construction began in 2006 - twists a full 90 degrees from top to bottom and soars 307 meters (1,007 feet) into the Middle Eastern sky. It joins an impressive city skyline that most notably features the Burj Khalifa, which holds seven derivative records earned by being the tallest building, at 828 meters (2,716 ft 6 in) high.If you're reading this, chances are you've passed a Subway sandwich shop at some point today. That's because with its more than 32,000 locations in 102 countries, Subway is the world's largest single-brand chain restaurant. The chain's recent explosion in growth can be traced in part to one man: Jared Fogle, who this week celebrates a very lucrative 15 years as the face of the brand.Lastly, we here at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS are saddened by the news of the passing of Jiroemon Kimura - the oldest person ever verified at age 116 years 54 days. When Kimura was born, Queen Victoria was still on the throne and aspirin had yet to even be invented. Make sure not to miss this look back at an amazing, literally one-of-a-kind life by our book's editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday.
7545Mourinho Returns to Chelsea, Who Will Play Dr. Who, and Minecraft Creators Have a New GameIt's been speculated for months, rumored for weeks, and now official for hours: The Special One is returning to Stamford Bridge.Chelsea announced Monday the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho inked a four-year contract to return to London, piloting the club he left in 2007 after a highly successful run. Despite seeming to cause at least some frustration everyone he goes, Mourinho's return must be cause for celebration at the Bridge: not only is he tied with two others for the most European Cup/Champions League titles with different teams (2, with Porto and Inter Milan), but he was the youngest manager to reach 100 Champions League matches, and also piloted Chelsea en route to his l ongest unbeaten home run by a football/soccer manager, spanning nine years, four clubs, and four countries without defeat on home turf.Matt Smith announced he's stepping down as Dr. Who at the end of the year, and already oddsmakers are out, claiming action on everyone from Rupert Grint to Idris Elba to Dame Helen Mirren. Depending who takes over as Time Lord, Smith could find himself unseated in the record books. He was the youngest person to ever play the role - at age 26 - and Grint, currently 24, would surpass him if he took over.The minds behind Minecraft are at it again. The wildly successful game - which holds no fewer than a dozen world records, including best-selling indie video game - has seen its creators Mojang release its latest creation, "Scrolls," into beta testing. The game puts two players battling against each other, using effects from a virtual deck of playing cards.Lastly, history was made in the Czech Republic over the weekend, as government representatives announced that Alexandra Kinova gave birth to quintuplets it's the first time ever someone in the nation has done so. Her babies were born without complication, although delivering five children is never a walk in the park. This was especially so for the two cases of heaviest quintuplet births on record, each at 11.35 kg (25 lbs) combined for mothers Liu Saulian (China, 1953) and Mrs Kamalammal (India, 1956).
7546Rural Radio revs up largest parade of pickup trucksWhen RURAL RADIO decided to celebrate its launch, it did so in a big way – a record-breaking way.The network – part of the Rural Media Group that includes RFD-TV and Rural TV – took to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 3 and started their engines for the largest parade of pickup trucks. More than 2 miles later, the group of 386 Fords, Chevys, Dodges and more crossed the finish line into history.“It was fun. The people who participated, they’re the ones who take pride in it,” said Patrick Gottsch, founder of RMG. “The looks on their faces when we showed them the Guinness World Records certificate today, to know that they’re part of a world record now, means as much to our audience as it does to us.”RMG television networks reach 63 million homes both across the United States and internationally, focusing all programming on rural lifestyle and culture. RURAL RADIO is its newest venture, launched this year in the U.S. and Canada on SiriusXM radio.Last year, RMG broke the record for the largest parade of classic tractors, with 964 of them parading at the Nebraska State Fair.Gottsch stated the main reason his networks attempt these records is to bring together fans from everywhere to bond over a unique experience.“It was a great setting, with the IndyCar track and Guinness World Records,” Gottsch said. “What was really humbling was people from 31 states participated in this world record. We had every state east of the Rockies represented today, everybody came just to be part of this attempt. “Drivers drove their own pickup trucks, with production models dating back to as far as 1927. It was required that no truck be more than 10 feet behind the one ahead of it, to ensure a continuous parade.The participants completed two laps of the famed track, putting them – for a day at least – on equal footing with legends like Mario Andretti and Jimmie Johnson.And they’re not finished yet.“We’re going to try to do something every year,” Gottsch said. “Any excuse to get our audience together with our staff and do something crazy like this, it’s fun. So we want to keep this going. I have to go into the record books and see what else is in our reach.”
7547Confirmed: Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space sets five new world recordsPic:Predrag Vuckovic / Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records can today confirm that Austrian Felix Baumgartner's supersonic sky dive has set five world records.The aerospace pioneer, aided by the Red Bull Stratos team, tested the physical limits of mankind yesterday, when he became the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall.The 43-year-old also set new records for the highest freefall parachute jump (both FAI-sanctioned and unsanctioned), the highest vertical speed in freefall and the greatest freefall distance.More than eight million people tuned in online to watch the feat, also setting a new record for the most concurrent views of a live stream on YouTube.The attempt saw Felix jump from a capsule taken to the centre of the stratosphere above New Mexico by a giant helium balloon.The adventurer plummeted to earth with an attributed speed of 833.9mph (1,343km/h), hitting Mach 1.24.It took nine minutes for him to reach the ground.Guinness World Records officials were on the ground at the attempt site in Roswell, with Felix presented with a GWR certificate to mark his achievement following his safe return to earth.In a nice piece of serendipity, Felix's incredible sky dive came on the same day as the 65th anniversary of another pioneering aerospace event - Chuck Yeager's flight in the experimental Bell X1 in 1947 which set the world record for the first ever supersonic flight.However, Colonel Joe Kittinger's record of 4 minutes and 36 seconds for the longest ever freefall which was set in 1960 eluded Felix, with the Austrian recording a shorter freefall time of 4 minutes and 20 seconds."On the step, I felt that the whole world is watching," Felix said following the jump. "I said I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing."Click below to watch headcam footage of Felix's incredible leap into the history
7548LA construction workers break record for largest concrete pour for new Wilshire Grand - videoA crew of constructors currently working on a huge new hotel and office complex in Los Angeles have set a new world record for the largest continuous concrete pour.A total of 21,200 cubic yards of cement (16,208.6 m³) was used during the pour over the weekend as part of the process of foundation laying for the new Wilshire Grand Center.The incredible engineering feat took 18 hours, beginning at 4pm on Saturday, with 208 individual trucks delivering concrete from eight production centers. Nineteen separate pumps feeding 13 hoses were used to fill the site with 82 million pounds of concrete.The final building, situated in the Financial District of downtown L.A. will reach approximately 1,000 feet when complete. The 73-story hotel is being billed as the tallest building west of the Mississippi and is set to open to guests in 2017."Everything went about as picture perfectly as they expected,'' said Michael Empric, the Guinness World Records' official adjudicator on the scene."It was kind of like a ballet of trucks, moving in and out all night, to get this record done,'' he added.The $1 billion project is being built by the Korean Hanjin Group, which owns Korean Air Lines. Korean Air chairman Y.H. Cho added that the record-breaking attempt is only the beginning of what he envisions this development achieving.“This development is more than bricks and mortar,” Cho said. “Today we are setting the foundation for the future and a dramatic new downtown skyline. I look forward to sharing many more milestones with Los Angeles in the coming years.”The pour beats the previous record of 14,000 m3 (494,400 ft3) of concrete, set (no pun intended), during the laying of foundations for the Federation Tower in Moscow in February 2006.videoChris Martin is the CEO and Chairman of AC Martin Partners and the master architect on the Wilshire Grand. Said Martin: “This project will reshape how people think about luxury and class in Los Angeles.”
7549Big League Chew breaks bubble gum record at Cal Ripken World SeriesBaseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr. (l) and Ford Gum president George Stege receive their Guinness World Records certificate.Anyone who's played organized baseball as a kid has probably seen a pack of Big League Chew Bubble Gum passed around the dugout.Rememberd my millions as an iconic and indelible part of youth baseball culture, Big League Chew joined with the Cal Ripken World Series this weekend to add another chapter to its lore: Guinness World Records title-holder.videoWith an international crowd of Big League Chew fans in attendance on the opening day of the 2014 CRWS on Friday , a record-breaking 721 people broke the record for most people blowing a bubble gum bubble simultaneously, combining players from the 18 teams in the tournament with family, friends, and fans."It was an exciting day to bring this title to the United States where Big League Chew is made,” said George Stege, president of Ford Gum, makers of Big League Chew. “As the official bubblegum of Ripken Baseball, I can think of no better time or place to make history than at the opening day of the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series.”The previous title achieved with 544 people was set June 6, 2013 by the Lester B. Pearson School in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.Along with Stege and other Ford Gum executives, legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. was in attendance to watch the event and accept an official certificate from the Guinness World Records adjudicator. The Cal Ripken World Series is an annual tournament held in Aberdeen, Maryland, USA. It pits the top international teams of 12-year-old baseball players from the Cal Ripken Major/70 division of the Babe Ruth League to crown a world champion.This year's field features 18 total teams representing all parts of the U.S. and eight countries, including well-traveled squads from as far away as New Zealand and South Korea. "This was fun and the fact that the Guinness World Records officials were on hand to verify the record made it that much more special," Ripken, Jr. said."We knew we had a good shot at it, and it just goes with baseball," the icon continued. "We all coordinated to blow bubbles at the same time and it is cool to have a record right here in Aberdeen."And 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!
7550Olympic star Jade Jones cheers on largest taekwondo display world record attempt in CoventryMartial arts fans of all ages punched and kicked their way into the history books in Coventry yesterday, with some added inspiration from Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones.Despite torrential rain, 428 people aged from four to 70 took part in a successful attempt at the largest taekwondo display title – smashing the previous world record of 338 set in Hong Kong in February last year.Enthusiasts of the Korean martial art from all over the UK descended on Coventry’s Broadgate centre for the attempt which raised funds for the charity Cancer Research.The participants were put through their paces in a warm-up led by the 20-year-old Team GB athlete from Wales, who rose to fame following her victory at last year’s London Olympics.Under the rules for the record, all participants are required to perform the same taekwondo routine simultaneously for ten minutes for a record to count.Following an impressive display of synchronised moves during the required period, Guinness World Records adjudicator Kirsty Bennett announced that while five people had been disqualified, 428 participants had successfully helped set a new world record.Speaking after the attempt to the Coventry Telegraph, Jade said: “This is amazing for the sport.“A few years ago, not many people were participating in taekwondo.“Now all these people are out in the rain. Beating the world record is fantastic for the sport in the UK.”Equally delighted was Taekwondo UK Coventry instructor Stuart Pearson, who helped organise the national event in his home city.“It’s a proud day for me” Stuart explained, “It’s been nine months of hard work and the weather hasn’t deterred anyone.“I felt this sport in this region wasn’t being promoted enough. I also wanted to do something for charity as my dad Bruce had cancer.”Also on hand to give encouragement prior to the attempt were Coventry Lord Mayor Gary Crookes, and local endurance athlete Paddy Doyle, a serial record-breaker from Balsall Common who currently holds 33 world
7551Watch time lapse video of the making of the world's longest paper doll chainMacmillan Children’s Books marked the recent release of children’s author Julia Donaldson’s latest book in fitting style this week with a world record for Longest Chain of Paper Dolls.Measuring 4,549.7 m (14,926.8 ft) in length when laid out at London’s Southbank Centre on Monday, the chain was made up of 45,282 hand-designed dolls submitted by fans from all over the world over the summer.The attempt was launched in June to coincide with the publication of the paperback edition of Donaldson’s book The Paper Dolls - the story of a little girl who makes a string of paper dolls which go on a fantastical adventure.The length of the record-breaking chain was equivalent to 40 football pitches, almost 61 jumbo jets, or 80,000 jelly babies laid end-to-end.The chain broke the previous record of 2.68km set by Tiffanie Tallman and Fostering Hope in the US last year.The attempt also had a charitable aspect, with Macmillan Children’s Books pledging to give 10p for each doll submitted to Save the Children.The publisher recently sent books and paper doll templates into the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which is currently home to many of the Syrian refugees which Save the Children has been campaigning to support.Commenting on the successful attempt, Donaldson said: ‘I am amazed and delighted that so many people from all over the world have taken the time to send in their paper dolls to us.“From Australia to Oswestry, from Swansea to Syria, the support for our bid to break the Guinness World Records title has been astonishing.“The Paper Dolls is a book which is very close to my heart and I am delighted that we have celebrated it in such a creative way.”video
7552Press release from Lion Television - OFFICIALLY AMAZINGOFFICIALLY AMAZINGCBBC, weekdays at 0745 from Monday 11 th - 27 th March 2013Officially Amazing scours the globe to bring the biggest, fastest and often weirdest Official World Record attempts and record holders out there to CBBC.Hosted by comedian Ben Shires it hurtles from record to record, from continent to continent to witness some of the biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest and most Officially Amazing record attempts in the world. Ben meets record breakers from the sublime to the ridiculous, the wacky to the downright incredible: from the woman with the world's longest fingernails nails to the largest snail. He takes part in record attempts including the Fastest Time to Wrap 5 Portions of Chips, the Farthest Basketball Dunk from a Trampoline, the Most People Crammed into a Mini, and the Most Dogs Riding on Surfboards. Each programme also features one of two regular serial record breakers: Sizzlin' Steve and the Space Cowboy. The Space Cowboy specialises in using his considerable skills to attempt dangerous records, such as juggling chainsaws or using a whip to break roses held in Ben's mouth. Sizzlin' Steve, in contrast, only attempts records he can try with no fear of injury, such as coin stacking or building pyramids with plastic cups - the perfect records to try at home!Joining Ben is US comedian Al Jackson who travels the States meeting people such as the 12 year old who holds the record for the first skateboard 1080 (that's 3 complete rotations in mid-air!), the woman with the world's longest tongue, and Happie the skateboarding goat!Haruka Kuroda guides us on a tour of some of the most astonishing people, sights and records in her native Japan. Where else would you find the Official World Record for the most noodle strings made in one minute, a particularly Japanese art, or a guy called Cherry who attempts the record for Most Walnuts Crushed by Sitting Down in 30 Seconds - yes it's true, buns of steel.Adding to the fun are our two animated characters, Officially and Amazing. They introduce each item with Amazing usually ending up in some sort of trouble while Officially tries her best to keep calm and carry on despite Amazing's madcap mishaps. Each programme brings more record-breaking stories to life in the form of a comedy song written by Rob Castell.It's all packed with action, fun and surprises and is… Officially Amazing!Lion Television (makers of Horrible Histories) produce the series for CBBC in association with Zodiak Rights and all the records are recorded and verified by Guinness World Records.
7553Guinness World Records celebrates diamond anniversary with the 60 Years/60 Words ChallengeFor the past 60 years, Guinness World Records has inspired millions of people to achieve record-breaking feats. To help celebrate these amazing accomplishments, the company is proud to announce the launching of the 60 Years/60 Words Challenge on Sept. 8.Kids in the United States aged 7–12 can enter this national competition - administered via By Kids For Kids - by selecting their favorite Guinness World Records title and telling about it however they see fit. The catch? They must do so in EXACTLY 60 words! The entries can be poems, raps, videos, posters and/or short essays, but they each must include precisely 60 words - not a single one more or less.Those interested can visit to find out more information and enter the contest. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and representation of the record. The competition winner will earn a $500 scholarship, a copy of the 2016 Guinness World Records book, their photo in that very book, and a $500 grant for his/her school. Ten semifinalists, meanwhile, will win a copy of the 2016 Guinness World Records book. The competition ends Dec. 1, 2014.Educators, youth groups, and parents can also access fun English Language Arts activities on the site under the "Parents" and "Educators & Youth Groups" tabs. These activities can get kids’ creative juices flowing en route to a potential record-breaking entry!Participants and administrators are also encouraged to share their thoughts on the contest via social media using the #gwr60words hashtag."The competition is a fun way to celebrate 60 years of record-breaking achievements," says Stuart Claxton, marketing director of Guinness World Records. "I am looking forward to seeing some of these kids break their own records in the future."Guinness World Records 2015 is the 60 th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book and is available worldwide in September. It’s packed full of incredible feats, facts and achievements and also features new Augmented Reality technology that enables the reader to bring record-breakers to life in stunning 3D. You can find out more about the book, and sign up to be notified when it becomes available in your region, by heading to 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!
7554National Hot Dog Day: Five incredible wiener world recordsToday marks National Hot Dog Day in the USA, a 24-hour celebration of arguably the country’s most iconic indulgence.
7555Duo visits five continents in one calendar day to set new recordGarfors (L) and Butterworth in Caracas/photos courtesy Garfors.comA common complaint when life gets a little hectic is that there are only 24 hours in a day.A good solution? Make it so there are 28.That's exactly what traveling duo Gunnar Garfors of Norway and documentary filmmaker Adrian Butterworth of the UK did recently. They actually used 28 hours, 25 minutes, but with that and some shrewd travel planning, they established a new world record for the most continents visited in one calendar day. Departing Istanbul.Starting in Istanbul on Friday morning, the pair ended up in Caracas the same Friday night. Thanks to changing time zones along their journey, the globetrotters were able to enter and clear customs at each port of entry on the same date, even though more than 24 hours had passed in absolute time.Their itinerary began on the eastern side of Istanbul, thus establishing their starting point in Asia. They then travelled to Casablanca to tick Africa off the list, before heading to Paris to earn Europe. A stop in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana took care of North America. And when the men cleared customs in Caracas, their entry into Venezuela brought them to South America and continent No. 5.All transport was conducted via scheduled public transit, as the duo was not permitted - for example - to use private jets or drive their own vehicles. As such, the two racked up ticket stubs on Arabia Air, Air France, and GOL.Garfors recapped each stop on his record-breaking itinerary at his website. They departed Istanbul at 1:10 am, left Casablanca at 7:35 am, departed Paris at 1:30 pm, took off from Punta Cana at 9 pm, and finally landed in Caracas at 10:05 pm.Using only vacation time from work and weekends, Garfors has visited all of the United Nations-recognized sovereign countries in the world. The documentary for this trip was produced for Adelia Television to follow the self-described hobbyist"I am doing this as I love travelling," Garfors said in his initial record application. "I am adventurous and I do not think that this has ever been done by anyone. The documentary is not designed to be a bragging story. ...But equally about the small world we live in, the people, the cultures and all the contrasts."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!
7556Harry Potter memorabilia collection broken with more than 3,000 itemsWhen J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website released the latest dispatch from Rita Skeeter at the Daily Prophet this week, fans of the Harry Potter universe did a collective butterbeer spit-take.In it, Skeeter the gossip columnist gave fans an update on Harry, Hermione, Ron and more as they attend the Quidditch World Cup (there happens to be an actual World Cup going on to perfectly coincide with this new short story? You don't say!).This, of course, made millions of Potter acolytes happy, but maybe none more so than Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico.Menahem - the 37-year-old superfan of the series - has just been ratified this week as having broken the record for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, giving him the ultimate bona fides in a world full of muggle and wizard admirers.His 3,092 individual items far surpass the previous record of 807 items, and this doesn't even count the 373 magazine clippings, full magazines, advertising posters, autographs and newspaper clippings he owns that are not considered collector's items for record purposes."I love the story of Harry Potter," Menahem said. "It is my inspiration, my lifestyle. I really love the magic and I want to be known in all world as the biggest fan of 'the boy who lived'."Menahem began his collection 2001, between the releases of the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix books, and the same year the first of the film series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was released.The collection includes everything from trading cards and board games to action figures and even a set of replica wands.Menahem says his favorite item is a circular wall ornament that contains a photo of Harry in the Chamber of Secrets, given to him by his mother as a gift for Children's Day.Nicknamed "Asher Potter" by his friends, Menahem hopes to one day see his dedication to collecting everything Potter pay off in a way to share with the world."I imagine creating an interactive site where I can one day share my treasures," he said, "and invite J.K. Rowling, all the actors who gave life to this magical history, and fans from around the world. That's my dream!"And 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!
7557Official: Dubai smashes largest fireworks display world record with New Year’s spectacular - watch in full hereDubai has seen in 2014 in unforgettable style, with a successful attempt at the world record for the largest ever fireworks display.The history-making performance saw 479,651 shells fired in just six minutes on New Year's Eve, at a rate of almost 80K shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second.Within the first minute, Dubai fired enough shells to break the previous Guinness World Records title record held by Kuwait with an hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks, achieved in November 2011, during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the country’s constitution.Guinness World Records Adjudicators completed a rigorous verification process, which included a physical count of all the fireworks before and after the performance, and have now confirmed the total quantity fired and , officially verified the extraordinary record-breaking achievement.Thousands of people, who watched the spectacle from various locations, were left mesmerized by the dizzying array of colours.Commenting on the new record, Talal Omar, Guinness World Records Adjudicator said:" “This is an iconic record title that which has been challenged and broken on a phenomenal scale by Dubai. I am pleased to confirm that Dubai has achieved a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest fireworks display.”The display, which was been designed by Phil Grucci and produced by his New York company Fireworks by Grucci, was launched from stations mounted across all Seven Continents of The World Islands and its surrounding breakwater, and also across the entire Palm Jumeirah, occupying 95km of seafront. The performance took ten months to plan and more than 5,000 man hours to install.Speaking after the event, Grucci said “It is a great honour to have set this Guinness World Records world record title and it’s well deserved for the people of Dubai. Safety is always of paramount concern and we’re proud and very satisfied to have achieved this accomplishment.”The event, organised by Dubai, marked the end of an memorable year for the city, which was awarded World Expo 2020 and also celebrated the UAE’s 42nd National Day.Watch the display in full below: video
7558Jamie Oliver and Gennaro Contaldo cook up Guinness World Records double for new YouTube channel launchFamed for his super-fast 15-minute meals, TV chef Jamie Oliver yesterday showed just how quick he is in the kitchen by setting a new world record for most chillies chopped in thirty seconds.In a showdown with his mentor, Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie managed to slice and dice 10 chillies in the allotted time, beating his one-time tutor's display by four.Not be outdone by his former apprentice, Gennaro later made a successful attempt at the Guinness World Records title for most ravioli made in two minutes.The pasta master managed to fold an impressive 24 parcels, beating the existing record of 22 originally set by his friend and fellow Italian Gino D'Acampo.The attempts took place at Jamie's east London offices during the launch of Jamie's new YouTube channel Food Tube.The channel, which launched with a live show yesterday, features recipes from around the world along with Q&A sessions with top chefs and viewers, with more food-based world record bids planned for future shows.On hand to oversee yesterday's record attempts was official adjudicator Anna Orford, who was joined by Marcus Butler and Alfie Deyes from Guinness World Records: OMG!Speaking after his supreme display of knife handling, Jamie said: "I've loved Guinness World Records since I was a little kid - loved it, loved it, loved it. You know, I used to watch Record Breakers on TV back in the day so it means a lot to set this record."Jamie's chilli chopping feat will be available to watch later today on Food Tube, while you'll be able to watch Gennaro's record-breaking ravioli-making master class on The Record Slam show with Marcus and Alfie on Guinness World Records: OMG! next week.Food Tube: World Records: OMG!
7559Longest singing marathon record attempt hits the right note in KievFrom Vin Sharma in Kiev, UkraineGuinness World Records has recognised scores of amazing achievements that have a link with individuals and groups based in Ukraine as well as verifying many attempts that have taken place in the region. But for me personally, this was my first visit to the beautiful capital city of Ukraine.As a huge fan of music that hails from all parts of the world I was particularly keen to discover what I had initially assumed would be the signature Balkan beat, or folk sounds showcased during the record attempt for 'Longest singing marathon by multiple singers'. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a lot more.The attempt itself was the idea of Yegor Benkendorf, Director General of the National Television Company of Ukraine and Mykhailo Poplavskyi, Rector of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts.From the initial idea to the full team effort and what was eventually achieved after 2 months of meticulous planning & preparations was quite impressive to have been a part of adjudicating.To my delight the music showcased by all the singers involved was a broad and eclectic mix of genres appealing to the wide ranging audience who were tuned in during the live broadcasts, perfectly highlighted the fantastic musical talents emerging from the region. From Rock, to heavy metal, to Pop, to folk, to alternative and the Balkan Beat style I was so looking forward to hearing.Altogether over 350 bands took part in the marathon concert and well over 1,800 solo singers and musicians performed during the five-day long singathon, with strict guidelines adhered to throughout as verified by the many witnesses and myself.The purpose of this very well organised and supported record attempt was to unite the nation, celebrate the rich, vibrant Ukrainian culture and to also showcase the wide array of world class musical talents. 'Songs to Unite' was the title given to the event and a new record of 110 hrs 0 mins and 15 seconds was set, with a great finale to close the achievement.
75602012: The year in world records - Watch our awesome video compilation of the year's most amazing achievementsFrom Felix Baumgartner's incredible leap from the edge of space to Chandra Bahdur Dangi being declared the shortest man of all time, 2012 has been a truly amazing year for record breaking.To wrap the year up, here's a compilation of some of the highlights from the past 12 months.Thanks for reading in 2012 and stay tuned for more officially amazing feats and achievements in 2013.videoFull list of featured records in appearance order:Fastest vehicle drift - Lars Verbraeken, 179.59 km/hFarthest distance to pull a vehicle with meat hooks in the back - Burnaby Q. Orbax, 111.7 mFurthest trampoline slam dunk - Thilo Schwarck, 7.75 mFastest speed skiing backwards - Anders Backe, 128.7 km/hLongest 720 ramp jump on skis - Joey Spencer, 26.95 mFastest motorcycle wheelie on ice - Ryan Sucjanek, 152.89 km/hHighest bungee jump into water whilst on fire - Yoni Roch, 65.09 mHighest blob jump - Christian 'Elvis' Guth, 22.0 mTightest parallel parking in reverse - Ronny Wechselberger, 35 cmMost watched video online - PSY's "Gangnam Style"Chayne Hultgren, multiple circus tricks record holderHeaviest bike - Wouter van den Bosch, 750 kgHighest freefall parachute jump - Felix BaumgartnerMost continuous paraglider loops - Horacio Llorens, 568 loopsFastest 100m on all fours - Kenichi Ito, 17.47 sFastest $1 billion box office film gross - The Avengers, 10 daysLargest loop the loop in a car - Greg Tracy and Tanner Foust, Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, 18.29 mLongest wave surfed by a dog - Abbie, 107.2 mLargest drum set - Dr. Mark Temperato, 340 piecesLowest roadworthy car - Okayama Sanyo High School, 45.2 cmFastest time to climb The Torch Doha unassisted - Alain Robert, 1 hr 33 min 47 sShortest living man - Chandra Bahdur Dangi - 54.6 cmFirst 1080 on a skateboard - Tom Schaar, aged 12Most stunts performed by a living actor - Jackie Chan

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