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7561GWR Day: From Kim Kardashian to Kristen Stewart – how Lucky the dog bagged the most celebrity pictures world recordWith over 300,000 people participating in this year's seventh annual Guinness World Records Day, the record breaking authority is also paying homage to its animal achievers, announcing a new 'top dog' to coincide with this year's global celebration! Lucky, a Maltese rescued by Wendy Diamond has officially achieved the record as the 'Animal Most Photographed with Celebrities' with 363 photos!Lucky's list of celebrity pictures reads like a who's who in entertainment and politics including Bill Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Kardashian, Maria Sharapova, Kanye West, Betty White, Richard Branson, Barbara Walters, Hoda Kotb, Amanda Bynes, Cloris Leachman, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Hugh Hefner, Jessica Biel, Adrian Brody, Hugh Grant, Kristen Stewart, Chace Crawford, and many, many more.Founder and Editor of Animal Fair Media, Inc, Wendy Diamond adopted the energetic and charismatic Maltese Lucky in 1999. As an animal rescue and welfare advocate, best-selling author and TV personality, Wendy supports countless charitable events with celebrities, and always accompanied by her loyal "wing dog" - Lucky! Within Wendy's tireless promotion of animal rescue, she started photographing Lucky during interviews, as well as at charity, animal and political events to document her dog's life. She launched a column featuring photographs of Lucky with celebrities showcasing worthy causes and her rescued pooch cheekily titled Who Got Lucky?.Lucky is the global poster face of disenfranchised and homeless animals worldwide. Upon accruing images and managing a Facebook page with thousands of fans, Friends encouraged Wendy that her rescued Maltese, Lucky, must indeed be the most photographed dog in the world alongside media personalities and industry insiders and applied to Guinness World Records for consideration. Guinness World Records Officials set a benchmark of 100 celebrities for the new category.Talking about her record-breaking dog, Wendy says: "I always thought Lucky was sort of the Johnny Carson of canines but I never imagined a Guinness World Record! This record isn't really about Lucky or even the celebrities, but the inspiring message that people can adopt their own Lucky and one day there won't be any more homeless pets!"
7562Bridgeland Nature Fest breaks record for most people bird-callingHaving been named the top master planned community in the United States by the National Association of Home Builders, the Bridgeland community in Cypress, Texas, knows a thing or two about being the best.And that came in handy recently, when Bridgeland's residents broke the record for the most people bird-calling simultaneously at the community's 7th annual "Nature Fest." An official count of 994 people gathered to break the record, making the call of the northern cardinal.This beat the previous record of 801, set during the Midwest Birding Symposium in Sept. 2011.Houston Chronicle nature columnist and noted bird watcher Gary Clark (above) led the attempt in Bridgeland, beginning by giving a lesson to the crowd on how to call the cardinal. Known for its bright red feathers, the northern cardinal was chosen as it's common to the Houston area where Bridgeland sits.The calls all needed to be held for at least 10 seconds to count toward the“We are thrilled we could set a new Guinness World Records title,” said Lona Shipp, marketing manager for Bridgeland. “This required careful planning and many volunteers to ensure the number of participants were making legitimate bird calls.”This was Bridgeland’s seventh year hosting Nature Fest, a day of nature-themed entertainment and activities, including stage shows, roaming performers, and animal rides. The group actually attempted this same record last year, only to fall short on participants. This year, they would not be denied.Thanks to the headlining world record attempt and other activities, Nature Fest also raised $7,800 to be donated to Habitat for Humanity NWHC and Staples Safari Zoo. Funds donated to the zoo will assist in the care and rehabilition of its 120 rescued animals. Funds for Habitat for Humanity take the total that Bridgeland has helped raise for the organization to more than $20,000 in the last five years."We’re very fortunate," said Chad Greer, Habitat NWHC’s corporate relations manager, "to work with an organization that understands the importance of providing the resources needed to make our community a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.”Has Bridgeland's community-wide event inspired you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
7563Miriam Laundry promotes child mental health awareness with 24-hour book discussion recordBest selling Canadian children’s author Miriam Laundry has set a first-time Guinness World Records title for the largest online book discussion in 24 hours.Her goal? To encourage discussion between children, families and classrooms to make decisions that promote confidence, happiness and responsibility.Her result? An online book discussion involving 33,695 participants leaving comments in 24 hours for the book I Can Believe in Myself, drawing contributors from 29 countries.The event took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, but participants in the online discussion came from as far away as Singapore, New Zealand, and Brazil.“I wanted to create an event that puts children’s mental health in the spotlight, as it is something that is crucial in today’s society,” Miriam said. “Being able to involve children in a way that will motivate them to stay positive is very important to me.”With an initial blog post first set up to discuss the book, the tens of thousands of comments regarding I Can Believe in Myself kept trickling in. An additional 70,000+ registrants had pledged they’d read the book, although did not count toward the official tally counted by the Guinness World Records adjudicator.The record attempt dovetailed with Miriam being granted the 2014 Winspiration Award by the Winspiration Day Association. Each year on May 7 – “Winspiration Day” – the organization recognizes exceptional and inspiring individuals for their personal and impressing civic engagement.Miriam’s inspiration for the project came after losing a family member to a mental illness. She says she now believes more needs to done to help organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, which provides support for children and youth suffering from mental illness.The event was such a success that Laundry Books decided to leave the record-breaking blog open even after the attempt, still allowing fans the opportunity to leave a comment and discuss child empowerment.“These past few weeks have been incredible as people from Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Bolivia and Russia pre-registered to participate,” Miriam said. “It is so exciting!”Has Miriam's global record success inspired you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
7564Rochester Lilac Festival blooms with record for largest human flowerFor 116 years, the Rochester Lilac Festival has charmed millions of residents and visitors ready to welcome spring each year in Upstate New York.But never in its storied history has the event broken a world record -- until now.With 2,797 participants donning their colored garb and displaying some mass organizational skills, the Festival broke the mark for the largest human flower. Naturally, the flower depicted was the festival's purple namesake.An average of 500,000 people visit the Rochester Lilac Festival over its 10-day run each year. This year, the record was deemed as the main event on opening day, as part of the festival's "A Passion for Purple" campaign.The festival also included concerts, parades, a fun run, and dozens of shopping and dining opportunities. With a world record attempt at the helm, the sprawl of the event attracted four presenting partners, 20 additional corporate sponsors, and five media sponsors.Great attention was paid to the attempt on social media, as well, with both traditional media and attempt participants being quick to share.We did it! Thank you #ROC More pics here— Lilac Festival (@ROCLilacFest) May 9, 2014A post on the event shared by the official Guinness World Records homepage received more than 25,000 likes, 2,000 shares, and reached more than 580,000 total impressions.Adding to the excitement was the fact that the record number to beat had been broken just 7 days earlier, after having stood untested for nearly 2"Officially amazing! Thank you Rochester!" the Festival's event web site said. "We had a blast with you! Thank you!"Has the Rochester Lilac Festival's galvanizing attempt inspired you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
7565Butlin’s and Hasbro team up for world's most multitudinary Connect 4 Game
7566Hundreds of skydivers soar to victory in Stephen Sutton’s memory403 people have taken part in a group skydive to commemorate Steven Sutton, the inspiring cancer patient and charity activist who passed away on 14 May 2014.
7567Unilever brands OMO and Comfort join forces for clothing donation campaign in UAEOMO and Comfort, the leading fabric cleaning and fabric conditioning brands of multinational consumer goods company Unilever, recently joined forces to spread the love in the United Arab Emirates.Together, and with the help of Emirates Red Crescent, OMO and Comfort broke the record for the largest collection of clothes for donation, totaling 146,411 items collected.videoThe record helped comprise their "Share A Touch Of Love This Ramadan" campaign throughout the UAE. After the clothes were collected, they were then washed with OMO and Comfort, before being donated to the less fortunate via Emirates Red Crescent. The collection drive started at the beginning of Ramadan on July 2 and continued until August 31. Donations were collected through in-mall stands where people could drop off their clothes, as well as through a direct hotline where consumers could call to have a representative pick up the apparel from their homes.Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Samer Khallouf was on hand to verify the evidence and final count after the collection window had closed.“We have been running the 'Share a Touch of Love' campaign for five years now and every year we witness a remarkable increase in the number of people giving back," said Madhusudhan Rao, Vice President of Marketing at Unilever North Africa Middle East. "The Guinness World Records title is a testament of the UAE’s generosity and enthusiasm to help the less fortunate."“We are extremely happy with the response received from the people of the UAE this year," said Mr. Mohammad Abdullah Alhaj Al Zarouni, General Manager of the Dubai branch of the UAE Red Crescent. "This campaign truly embodies the spirit of giving in Ramadan and is another proof of the great values rooted in the people living in this country."Has OMO and Comfort's combined effort inspired a record idea for your group to attempt? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
7568Italian shopping centre celebrates 20 years with world's biggest tiramisuThe name for the renowned Italian dessert Tiramisu comes from the Italian expression meaning "pick me up." However, it would have proven an extremely challenging task to pick up the giant tiramisu unveiled at the Piazzagrande (Italy) shopping centre in June.Located near Venice in the town of Piove di Sacco, Piazzagrande decided to celebrate its 20 th anniversary by doing something very big – and very Italian – by working with pastry chefs from the supermarket Ipersimply and attempting a record title for the largest tiramisu.The tiramisu had to exceed the 1,075.92 kg (2,372 lb) monster made by France’s Chokogou and L'Essor du Grand Chocolat in 2009 in order to bring the title home to Italy.A special scale had to be built in order to measure the tiramisu and the 16,000 people present waited in suspense for the final weigh-in. Guests were thrilled when the official Guinness World Records adjudicator announced that the tiramisu weighed an enormous 1,285 kg (2,832 lb), consequently breaking the previous record with ease.videoThe statistics behind the record-breaking treat are mind-boggling. In addition to the record weight, Piazzagrande's dessert measured 13.98 m (45 ft 10 in) long and 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in) wide. It took 24 continuous hours, 39,000 ladyfingers, 175 kg of mascarpone, 350 grams of sugar, 30 kg of cocoa and 300 kg of powdered eggs to break this record.Nevertheless, organisers of the event wanted to make sure that high quality wasn’t sacrificed for size. The supermarket invited professional pastry chefs from Officina Giotto to guarantee the quality of the tiramisu.This record attempt also acted as a fundraiser for Officina Giotto – a pastry and catering enterprise which holds a workshop aimed at supporting the recovery of marginalized prison inmates and drug users. Its mission statement is to do so by showing them that they can change their lives through hard work.Once the record was confirmed, the tiramisu was then handed out to the giant gathering in exchange for donations to the cause."With this great event, Piazzagrande combined its commercial element with a project that's profoundly social," said Filippo Lazzarin, Centre Manager. Is your business celebrating an anniversary or supporting a good cause? Talk to our team today for bespoke record-breaking ideas for your business.
7569Nissan demonstrate power of new Patrol SUV with world record featCar manufacturer Nissan highlighted the capabilities of its new Patrol SUV last month in emphatic style, with a successful attempt at the world record for “heaviest aircraft pulled by a production vehicle”.The nearly 3-ton 4WD vehicle pulled a 170.9-ton cargo plane for more than 164 feet (50 meters) during the attempt at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.The cargo plane towed by the Patrol was an Ilyushin Il-76, an airlifter first planned as a commercial freighter in 1967. It was designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote locations in the former USSR. It was fully fueled and loaded for the pull.The attempt beat the previous record by over 15 tons, which was set in 2006 when a Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI towed a Boeing 747 weighing 155 tons (140.6 tonnes).The attempt formed part of the Nissan Patrol Challenge. Launched last year, the promotion invited residents living in countries within Nissan’s Middle Eastern markets to submit ideas for how to put the vehicle to the test.It marks the second Guinness World Record set by Nissan in Dubai this year, with the company’s indoor illuminated advertising sign at Dubai International Airport setting a benchmark as the world’s largest in February."Today Nissan celebrates another landmark day in the Middle East with its second Guinness World Record in eight months,” says Mr. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle-East. “When we began this project we encouraged the people of the Middle East to dream up the next and ultimate challenge for the Hero of All Terrain, Nissan Patrol. The overwhelming response has been the inspiration for today's historic events and we thank all who participated and His Excellency and the Sharjah International Airport for their priceless cooperation.”The record attempt attracted the attention of the international motoring press, with coverage for Nissan including,,, along with and Emirates247.comvideo
7570Vauxhall puts Halloween on the map with spooky GPS recordThe new Vauxhall Corsa has created a 6,080-mile-long image across the length and breadth of Britain’s mainland setting a new Guinness World Records title for Largest GPS drawing by a team. The country-wide art was officially validated earlier this week and beat the previous record of 4,500 miles. Creating an array of spooky shapes, the journey was completed just in time for Halloween. "There are Corsas in every village, town and city in Britain," said Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s PR Manager. "So we thought it fitting that the new model should visit as many of them as possible to celebrate its arrival. Halloween-day coincided with the end of our press launch, and our GPS artist drove like a bat out of hell to produce an apt image of epic proportions." The artist at the wheel of the Corsa was US-born Jeremy Wood, one of the pioneers of GPS art, which combines drawing, travelling and technology to create art-work on a large scale. Over 264,000 positions were recorded with the Corsa’s GPS receiver and linked together like a virtual dot-to-dot drawing, using Great Britain as a giant canvas. "We wanted an image that embraced Britain’s mainland, but also chimed with the public at this time of year," said Hucknall. "GPS art was the answer, and new Corsa the paintbrush. The final image and YouTube film celebrate the fact that Vauxhall’s Corsa is part of our motoring landscape, and is loved by drivers throughout our country." After starting out from Vauxhall’s HQ at Grifffin House in Luton, Jeremy drew the first mile of the image in Caereinion, Wales. Nearly 10,000 miles and 44 days later, he completed the drawing in Wallingford, England. The most northerly element is in Fraserburg, Scotland, and in the south, Plymouth, England. Covering the breadth of the country, the most westerly location was Ballantrae, Scotland, and to the east, Lowestoft on the Suffolk coast of England.
7571Largest t-shirt record broken in Brazil to raise breast cancer awarenessGroups and organizations around the world are doing all they can to raise funds and awareness in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But few will be able to top the impression made by Equilíbrios Camisetas Promocionais, a Brazilian group that used awareness of the disease as the inspiration for breaking the record for the largest t-shirt.The record-breaking pink shirt came in at a measurement of 93.2 m (305 ft 9.28 in) long by 62.73 m (205 ft 9.68 in) wide, weighing an astonishing 4,500 kg (9,920 lb). It was unveiled in Navegantes, Santa Catarina, Brazil, in the southeastern portion of the country.Equilíbrios built the shirt in partnership with the RFCC (Female Network Against Cancer) of Brazil. Adding an ecologically friendly layer to the record, the shirt was comprised of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent material from recycled PET bottles.Approximately 11,000 hours of labor went into the shirt's creation, as a team of 64 assembled it while a team of 73 transported it to the unveiling site. It was the first ever Guinness World Records title achieved in Navegantes.To put the shirt further in perspective, you could fit three of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer monuments on top of each other, and the shirt would still surpass it in length. The shirt would also entirely cover three regulation-sized soccer fields.After its record verification, the super shirt will now be recyled and transformed into 10,000 conventional t-shirts in a numbered, limited series for sale, with proceeds from sales going to the RFCC."It's very gratifying seeing a dream come true," said Rogério Tomaz, event organizer from Equilíbrios, "let alone contributing to a cause as important as fighting cancer."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!
7572World’s oldest man Yasutaro Koide passes away aged 112
75731966: Fastest Jet-powered TrainFifty years ago, Don Wetzel was working for the New York Central Railroad as assistant director in the research department. Needless to say, he was dealing with the same key issues that concern his peers today: making trains run more efficiently. And more cheaply. And faster.
75741968: Longest Long-jumpThe year 1968 is widely regarded as one of the most monumental, influential, and historic years in American - and, in many ways, world - history.It saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The Tet Offensive began in the Vietnam War. Boeing introduced the revolutionary 747 and humans on the Apollo 8 mission orbited the moon for the first time.Fittingly for a year in which humanity took flight in ways it never had before, Bob Beamon joined the fun, going unprecedentedly airborne at the 1968 Summer Olympics.On October 18 of that year in Mexico City's Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Beamon broke - no, eviscerated - the record for the farthest long jump, leaping 8.90 m (29 ft 2.5 in) into history.videoThrough the retrospective prism that is often afforded to achievement after any iconic performance, so many aspects of Beamon's jump amaze even to this day.Take, for instance, the fact that Beamon actually misjumped on two of his qualifying attempts, meaning the world was nearly robbed of his eventual legendary exploit. Only after readjusting his approach for a third qualifier did he make it to his ensuing finals showcase.videoOr the famous story of how Beamon - an American unfamiliar with the metric system - had no clue what he'd even done after the stadium displayed his astonishing results. After teammates informed him as his feat, Beamon suffered a cataplectic attack that caused his legs to buckle and the newly minted legend to fall to his knees.But, perhaps most impressively about this record, Beamon demolished the previously incremental progress that served as a hallmark for athletics world records. To wit: between the first official long jump world record was verified in 1901 and Beamon's fateful night in 1968, the most the long jump record had been broken by in any single jump was 15 cm (approx. 6 in). Beamon broke the mark by 55 cm (1 ft 9 in).Courtesy Wikipedia CommonsThe Olympics marked a high point in what had been a peak year for Beamon athletically. He won 22 of the 23 competitions he entered in 1968, having already set a career best of 8.33 m (27 ft 4 in) and a theoretical world record of 8.39 m (27 ft 6.5 in) before the Olympics, even if the latter was ineligible for record-keeping due to favorable wind conditions.videoHe left no doubts that night in Mexico City, though. And perhaps what his performance left as its most memorable impression was its legacy. The long jump record had been broken or tied 15 times between 1901 and 1968, an average occurrence of every 4 years 5 months. Beamon wouldn't see his record touched for just under 23 years.videoThe current long jump record holder, Mike Powell, would break the record and establish what still remains the high-water mark in the discipline at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. His record of 8.95 m (29 ft 4.36 in) is now the longest tenured top spot in the event, but still represents a naturally progressive improvement on the mark before it.What Bob Beamon did, though - that wasn't evolution. It was mutation, a skipped link in the expected chain of progression. Nobody had ever taken flight like Bob Beamon before 1968. And it's perhaps safe to say no one ever will.
75751980: First Solo Summit of Mount EverestAt 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level, Mount Everest, situated on the border between China and Nepal, has been a source of fascination and inspiration for mountaineers since it was first identified by a British survey team led by Sir George Everest, Surveyor-General of India, in 1841.
7576Mother’s Day: Five incredible record-breaking mumsSunday marks Mother's Day in the UK. To celebrate, check out list of world beating mums below, along with some record breaking Mother’s Day gift ideas – for everyone out there struggling for inspiration!
7577Stephen Sutton 1994-2014: Inspirational Cancer fundraiser dies aged 19Guinness World Records is sad to hear of the passing of teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who died peacefully in his sleep this morning. The 19-year-old, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, raised more than £3.2m ($5.36m) for charity after news of his plight spread on social media.Stephen was diagnosed with terminal cancer aged 15. However, rather than dwell on his misfortune, the teenager drew up a "bucket list" of 46 “weird and wonderful” things he wanted to achieve before he died.This led to him completing a skydive and playing drums in front of 90,000 people before the Uefa Champions League final at Wembley last May, among various achievements.He had initially set out to raise just £10,000 ($16,800) for charity, but his fundraising campaign attracted huge attention in April after he posted a selfie online.At the beginning of this month, Guinness World Records was invited to Stephen's hometown of Burntwood in Staffordshire to witness him and more than 500 of his friends set a new world record for the ‘most people making heart-shaped gestures.It was an honour for us to present Stephen with his certificate, which will be recognised in the next Guinness World Record book, fulfilling one of his lifetime ambitions.Guinness World Record adjudicator Mark McKinley, who officiated the record attempt on the day, says he will remember Stephen’s bravery and spirit.Recalling the attempt, Mark said: “While it started strong with a huge queue of people there was a point when it seemed that nobody else was coming. “When it looked like they didn't have enough people to do it someone ran to the pub next door and told them they were doing a record for Stephen.“What followed was the kitchen staff, numerous pub goers and a party celebrating a christening came to join. Such was his inspiration.”“He was a genuinely lovely guy and, in that five minutes I spent talking to him, impressed me no end with his generosity, determination and sense of humour.”videoCraig Glenday - Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, said: “Everyone at Guinness World Records is very sad to hear that Stephen Sutton has passed away. Stephen inspired millions with the bravery he showed during his battle with cancer, and in doing so raised more than £3m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, an achievement that will improve the quality of life for many young cancer patients in the future.“Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family and his many friends at this difficult time.”To donate to Teenage Cancer Trust, Stephen's chosen charity, head to his fundraising page, which remains open at
7578Five Fun Festivals!We're in the middle of summer, which means it is festival season! While many of you may be spending a weekend watching your favourite bands and sleeping in a tent at a music festival, there are a wide variety of other reasons for such an event - as you'll find out in this rundown of record-breaking festivals:#5 - Reading FestivalThis weekend in the UK sees the 2013 Reading Festival take place, featuring such headline acts as Green Day, Eminem, and Nine Inch Nails. But did you know it is the oldest annual popular music festival? The three-day event has been staged since 1961, originally as the nomadic National Jazz (& Blues) Festival before moving to its permanent home in Reading in 1971. Over the years the festival has featured acts such as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Nirvana.#4 - Walla Walla Sweet Onion FestivalWalla Walla in Washington, USA plays host to this celebration of onions. At the 2010 festival, Canada's Bob Blumer fought back the tears and set a new record for the fastest time to peel 50 pounds of onions, conquering them in just 2 minutes and 39 seconds.#3 - Festival of the CuyThis annual festival in Huacho, Peru, is the largest guinea pig festival. Here, guinea pig is pitted against guinea pig in a series of contests to find the fattest, fastest and even best dressed!#2 - OktoberfestWhile not taking place at the height of summer, no good festival list would be complete without mentioning Munich's annual Oktoberfest. The beer festival, which sprawls across an area of over 100 acres, was the largest beer festival by beer consumption in 2011. That year it was visited by 6.9 million people, who consumed a record 7.5 million litres of beer, in 35 beer tents offering a total of 105,000 seats!#1 - La TomatinaFinally, and messiest of them all, is La Tomatina, the world's largest food fight. Held in t he town of Buñol, near Valencia, Spain on the last Wednesday of August each year since 1944, thousands of people take to the streets for up to an hour, throwing some 125 tonnes of tomatoes at each other. Thankfully, the local fire department are on hand to wash down the streets and everyone on them afterward.Can't wait until next Wednesday's La Tomatina? Then why not watch the latest "Slo-Mo Test Lab" video from our OMG! YouTube channel - it's packed with so much tomato-smashing goodness, it counts as one of your five-a-day*!video(* = Watching videos on our YouTube channels does not constitute valuable nutritional intake, or replace any part of a well-balanced diet).
7579April Fools Day Wins Again, Samoa Air Tips the Scales, and Jay Leno Sings with Jimmy Fallon - The News in World RecordsRecord-breakers in the news todayApril Fool’s Day has come and gone. Were you one of the many who fell for jokes played by Google, YouTube, and their Internet friends? One can only imagine a world in which Twitter’s free service didn’t allow the use of vowels, but some people did indeed find themselves holding the bag on some of the pranks.The jokes were all in the name of fun, though, and we would love to see a worldwide vote on which was the best, like the record-breaking Largest Internet joke vote conducted by LaughLab from September 2001 to October 2002. Psychologist Richard Wiseman and the British Association for the Advancement of Science put more than 40,000 jokes out to the public in that time and received over 2 million votes on which was funniest.Meanwhile, Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton had to take to the media to reiterate he wasn’t joking when his airline recently decided to charge passengers based on their weight.With passengers paying between approximately $1-$4 (£0.65-£2.60) per kilo, the late heaviest twins ever, Billy Leon and Benny Loyd McCrary, may have never taken to the friendly skies. At a combined weight of 1,466 lbs (665 kg), it could have cost the brothers nearly $6,000 (£3,970) to travel on Samoa Air today.In a state known for giving us the fake-tanned sensations of “ Jersey Shore,” governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has signed a new law that forbids under-17s from using commercial tanning beds, and those under the age of 14 from any spray-tanning procedures in tanning facilities.The law was inspired by the now-infamous “ Tan Mom,” who is a good reminder to always try to tan naturally. We’re reminded of the good people in Brisbane, who hold the record for most people applying sunscreen at Corinda State High School on June 22, 2012, at 1,143 healthy sunbathers.Moving up the Pacific, the size of the Chinese film-going population has caused a number of Hollywood blockbusters to alter plot points, dialogue, or characters exclusively for their releases in China. Brad Pitt’s upcoming zombie thriller “World War Z” is the latest to join the club.Having accounted for $2.7 billion (£1.78 billion) in box office revenues last year, China is certainly the right place to please if “World War Z” has any hope of making a run at the highest box office gross by a horror film, held by “The Exorcist” at more than $441 million (£291+ million).And, lastly, why can’t we all just get along? That’s the message late-night talk show hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon tried sharing Monday night, as they joined forces in a duet aimed to poke fun at the recent “Tonight Show” succession plan rumors in the news.videoWhy all the fuss over this program? Well, “The Tonight Show” is the longest-running TV chat show, after all, having been on the air at NBC since Sept. 27, 1954.
7580Daft Punk track streaming smash, Luis Suarez biting shock, and giant-mantis robot gets unveiled – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayDaft Punk's new single 'Get Lucky' has become the most streamed song in a 24-hour period in the UK and US on music streaming service Spotify.The one-day streaming record in the UK previously belonged to Bastille's hit single 'Pompeii'. In the US the record was held by Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop'.The song is the first track to be taken from the French duo's new album 'Random Access Memories' and features Pharrell Williams on vocals along with disco pioneer Nile Rogers.The largest mirrored disco ball measures 9.98 m (32 ft 9 in) in diameter, and was made by BSG Luxury Group for Bacardi Russia. The ball was displayed at the 'Casa Bacardi, Larger Than Life' party in Moscow, Russia, on 26 April 2012.Liverpool soccer star Luis Suarez has apologised for his "inexcusable behaviour" after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.The shocking incident occurred in the second half of Liverpool's 2-2 Premier League draw against Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday."I've spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him," the striker tweeted. "Thanks for accepting."The world’s strongest human bite record belongs to Richard Hofmann from Florida, USA.In August 1986 Richard achieved a bite strength of 442 kg (975 lb) for around two seconds in a research test using a gnathodynamometer at the College of Dentistry, University of Florida. This is more than six times the normal human biting strength and is due to his unusually powerful masseter muscles.A British designer has unveiled a giant-mantis robot after 18-months in development.Its creator Matt Denton, who estimates his robotic spider creation has cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds, says the project has attracted interest from a mining company and a marine research organisation.videoThe longest walk by a passive walking robot is 16.3 km (10.13 miles) and was achieved by a robot designed and built by Walking robot research team at Future University Hakodate (Japan) in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, from 13 to 17 September 2011. The robot made over 900,000 steps during its 100 hour treadmill stroll. Hay fever suffers in the UK look set to face months of misery with experts suggesting the pollen count will be the highest in 50 years.Professor Roy Kennedy, one of Britain's leading hay fever experts, said the period till June would cross the highest levels of pollen in last five decades, adding that Scotland will have the highest levels of pollen counts, even more than the highest levels expected in England.The longest sneezing fit ever recorded is that of Donna Griffiths (UK) (b. 1969) who started sneezing on 13 January 1981. She sneezed an estimated million times in the first 365 days and achieved her first sneeze-free day on 16 September 16 1983—the 978th day.
7581Images of the Week: From the largest timepiece to the largest falafelEvery Friday we'll be publishing on some of our favourite images that have been recently added to the GWR archive. Here's a look at some of this week's best images of the largest: Largest timepieceThe largest timepiece (above) had a clock face area of 8.42 km² (3.25 mi²) and was created by Jim Bowers (USA). It was measured at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA, on 5 September 2011. The clock was created with the help of lasers and "hour towers" that were set up in a circle around the laser at the centre. The average length of a laser clock arm was 1,636.8 m (1.02 miles) long. It took 13 months to create the clock. It was used to count down the hours until the burning of "The Man". The largest loop the loop in a carThe largest loop the loop in a car measured 18.29 m (60 ft) in diameter and was achieved by Mattel (USA), driven by Greg Tracy and Tanner Foust, in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 June 2012. The track was a replica of the Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare loop and was attempted during X Games 18 in downtown Los Angeles. Greg Tracy drove a life-size green Hot Wheels car and Tanner Foust drove a yellow Hot Wheels car with the green car going through the loop first, both at a speed of 52mph. The loop was made with 125 tons of plywood and steel and covered 240 yards in length on the ground from end to end. The largest gathering of piratesThe largest gathering of pirates was achieved by 14,231 participants at an event organised by Roger Crouch and The Town of Hastings (United Kingdom) on Pelham Beach, Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom, on 22 July 2012. The largest falafelThe largest falafel was 74.75kg (164.80 lb) and was prepared by the Landmark Amman hotel (Jordan), in Amman, Jordan, on 28 July 2012. This was prepared by 10 chefs all working at the Landmark hotel in Amman, Jordan. They followed the traditional recipe of chickpeas, parsley and coriander with mixed spices. The diameter of the falafel was 130 cm. Largest donation of personal hygiene productsThe largest donation of personal hygiene products consisted of 1,415,702 items and was achieved by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (USA) in St Louis, Missouri, USA, on 21 April 2012. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout organization 17,914 girl scouts took part in the attempt to collect items such as toothpaste, soap and deodorant.
7582Kate Winslet, Jack Taylor and missions to Mars - The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayKate Winslet was this afternoon honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, with the British actress collecting a CBE for services to drama.The 37-year-old is best known for her role in Titanic, a film which holds the record for the most Oscars won by a film - a title shared with Ben Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.Winslet's name is also attached on two occasions to the record for most Oscar nominations for the same character in one film.Two movie characters both hold the record - the portrayal of Rose DeWitt Bukateer in Titanic led to nods for both Winslet and Gloria Stuart while novelist Iris Murdoch, was played by nominees Dame Judi Dench and Winslet in the 2001 biopic Iris.In sport, Roberto Di Matteo has paid a heavy price for Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League last night.The 42-year-old Italian was sacked as manager this morning by the English Premier League football club, despite winning both the FA Cup and the Champions League during his brief eight-month stewardship.Among the names being tipped to succeed Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge is former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who will tonight set a new record for the youngest football manager to reach 100 UEFA Champions League matches when he leads out his Real Madrid team for tonight's group match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Mourinho, 49, will beat the previous record-holder Carlo Ancelotti who was 51 when he reached the managerial milestone.Meanwhile, in basketball, Grinnell College sophomore guard Jack Taylor has been grabbing headlines after smashing the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record, scoring an incredible 138 points in a Division III game against Faith Baptist Bible College.Taylor sunk 52 two-pointers, and scored 27 points from three-point range, along with seven out of 10 free throws on his way to beating the previous collegiate record of 113 points set by Clarence 'Bevo' Francis for Rio Grande College of Ohio in 1954.Should Taylor progress to professional level, he'll be looking to break Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points scored by an individual in an NBA game.Chamberlain netted 100 points when he played for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks on 2 March 1962.Elsewhere, the European Space Agency has announced an agreement with Russia for an unmanned mission to explore signs of life on Mars.The mission should see an orbital probe sent to the Red Planet in 2016 that would look for traces of methane gas and other biological clues in Mars's atmosphere. A six-wheeled rover is set to follow in 2018.The news comes almost a year after NASA launched its Mars Science Laboratory mission featuring the record-breaking Curiosity, which holds the title for Largest planetary rover.The 3m long vehicle, which has a mass of 900 kg, landed in Gale crater, near the Martian equator in August this year.It is designed to travel at up to 90 m per hour autonomously during its two-year exploration of the rich and diverse geology of the crater.
758310 facts about Bruschi, the dog with the largest eyesBruschi holds the Guinness World Record for dog with the largest eyes -- each one measuring a whopping 28mm in diameter. Here are the top 10 facts about this record-breaking dog. (With more pictures below!)1 - Bruschi is a 4 year old black and white Boston Terrier, who lives with his owner, Victoria Reed, and her other Boston Terrier, Toby, in Texas USA. He holds the Guinness World Record for "dog with the largest eyes" - measured by a vet to be 28mm in diameter! 2 - Victoria didn't really notice Bruschi's superlatively large eyes at first - but after friends, family, and even his vet commented on how large they are, she made an application for a Guinness World Records title on his behalf - which quickly led to the title he now holds. 3 - Bruschi gets on wonderfully with his buddy Toby - "They love each other: they play together, sleep together... do everything together." 4 - Unlike Toby though, Bruschi is a very energetic and attention-seeking dog - "He's up and down, jumpy, hyper, always by my side twitching and wiggling. He always snorts... it's so loud you can hear him in another room, or when you're on the phone with someone - I usually can't hear the tv either!" 5 - Other dogs certainly notice Bruschi's extraordinary eyes, and even seem intimidated by him on occasion. "He will growl a random dogs, maybe he's 'saying don't laugh at me.'" 6 - Bruschi loves to play, and his favourite toys are balls, especially tennis balls - "He could play fetch for hours, it gets to the point where I have to put the ball up out of reach because he wont stop playing and is out of breath!" 7 - Bruschi loves dressing up, and particularly enjoys wearing t-shirts, and bandanas. He has an overflowing bucket full of different outfits in his home. 8 - Bruschi had a very worrying medical scare one night in 2011, when one of his eyes popped out of it's socket! Fortunately a local vet was able to patch him up, and he is now perfectly healthy - though he cannot see directly in front of himself, he has only peripheral vision. 9 - Bruschi was adopted from a rescue centre in August 2009. Abuse by his They love each other, they play together, sleep together every thing togetherprevious owner has led him to suffer from inflamed intestines, meaning he can now only eat bland food and treats. But he is safe and happy in his new home with Victoria. 10 - While picked on by some for his unusual appearance, owner Victoria feels he'd be delighted if he fully understand the Guinness World Records title he holds: "I honestly feel like he would be really happy about it... some people do make fun of him for his looks, but I feel like he would go up to them and say: 'Haha, look where I am now, I've got a record for my looks!'"
7584200,000 children have their faces projected on to front of Buckingham PalaceThousands of self-portraits by children from across the UK have been projected on to the frontage of Buckingham Palace to form a montage image of HM The Queen in a bid to break a Guinness World Records record for Most artists working on the same art installation.The Face Britain projections will run from 8.30 pm - 11.30 pm for three nights until Saturday 21st April. Face Britain is a unique project created by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts and brought to life by PhotoBox to provide a platform to celebrate the nation's children and young people in the lead up to HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts is an educational charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales to enable disadvantaged young people to access and engage with professional arts.Face Britain invited children aged 4-16 years of age to produce their own self portraits enabling them to explore their creativity and to consider their own identity and place in history as the 2012 generation. Portraits at all levels of skill, and in any medium were acceptable, including drawing, textiles, 3D, painting, graphics, and photography. The response has been amazing with over 200,000 portraits being uploaded on to the Face Britain online gallery, and 1,000 portraits per hour being uploaded over the final week (24th-31st March)."Face Britain is about empowering children to explore their identity creatively using the arts to communicate how they see themselves and giving us all a unique snapshot of our country's future generation,"said Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts.As well as the projection on to Buckingham Palace the montage portrait of HM The Queen will be simultaneously screened for 24 hours on BBC Big Screens in 18 public locations across the UK. It will also be screened across JCDecaux's network of digital advertising screens in train stations and shopping centres across the UK. The children's individual portraits will also be shown across 200 JCDecaux screens by the end of 2012.The projection has been created by artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio and is made possible by the generous support of Creative Technology. Ross' previous projection work has been seen during HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the London 2008 New Year's Eve celebrations.The montage image will be attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for Most artists working on the same art installation - the current record is 28,267 artists who contributed to an installation in Israel in 2009. Guinness World Records officials are currently reviewing the evidence and will announce in the coming weeks whether a new world record has been set.This incredible one-off, record-breaking event can be witnessed outside Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA from 19th-21st April, 8.30 pm-11.30 pm. In addition, parents and guardians are able to purchase a unique piece of personalised Face Britain merchandise containing their child's self portrait, through PhotoBox, with 20% of all sales being donated to support the work of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts.The children's self portraits will be stored in perpetuity for the nation by the British Library.
7585Egg-cellent achievements! Ten of the best Easter world recordsIts Easter weekend, the most important festival in the Christian calendar, and one also marked with chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, and folks dressing up in often quite scary bunny outfits.To get you in the mood for the holiday, here are ten of the best Easter-temed world records.1.The largest chocolate Easter egg weighed 7,200 kg (15,873 lbs 4.48 oz) and had a circumference of 19.6 m (64 ft 3.65 in) at its widest point and was made by Tosca (Italy). It was measured at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy, in 2011.2, The most expensive non-jewelled chocolate egg sold at auction for £7,000 ($11,107) and was created by William Curley, Amy Rose Curley, Alistair Birt, Sarah Frankland, Melissa Paul, Rhiann Mead (all UK) and Suzue Curley (Japan). It was sold at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK, on 20 March 2012.3. Good Friday in Bermuda is marked with colorful, multi-sided kites made of sticks and tissue paper dotting skies all over the island.The highest altitude by a single kite was achieved by Richard P Synergy (Canada) after achieving an altitude of approximately 4,422 m (14,509 ft) above the point of take-off on 12 August 2000 near Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.The kite, a high-tech delta, had an area of 25 m2 (270 ft2) and was designed and built by Synergy himself.At its maximum altitude the kite had 7.31 km (4.5 miles) of woven kevlar line connecting it to a winch on the ground. The record-breaking flight lasted 8 hr 35 min.4. The largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children accompanied by their parents at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, in 2007.5. Similarly, the most entrants in an egg hunt competition is 12,773 and was achieved by The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, as part of World Record London, in London, last year.6. The record for the largest easter egg tree was set by Zoo Rostock GGmbH, Rostock, Germany who decorated a tree with 76,596 painted hens eggs on 8 April 2007.7. The largest chocolate rabbit. weighed 3,850 kg (8,488 lb) and was made by Brazilian company Senac-RS, for the city of Gramado's annual "Chocofest" earlier this week.To find out more about the super-sized bunny, click here.8. On a similar big-eared tip, in 2007, community leaders in Delta, Ohio organized the largest bunny hop in honor of Delta High School, whose mascot is the rabbit.A record 3,841 participants formed one continuous line and hopped like rabbits for a full five minutes to ensure they earned they’re place in the history books.9. The largest hot cross bun weighed 168 kg (370 lb 6 oz) and was made by the RSPB in conjunction with Greenhalghs Bakery (both UK), in Bolton, UK, on 5 April 2012.10. Finally, here’s a big bunny to end our list. Darius, a Flemish giant rabbit owned by Annette Edwards (UK), was found to be 129 cm (4 ft 3 in) long when measured in April 2010.
7586Simon Cowell's 'Got Talent' confirmed as world's most successful reality TV formatBritain's Got Talent Season 8 judgesSimon Cowell’s Got Talent TV show has today been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's most successful reality TV format after being commissioned in an incredible 58 territories worldwide.Co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment, the entertainment show has versions across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.Our judges accepted a Guinness World Record for #GotTalent being named the world’s most successful reality TV format!— America's Got Talent (@nbcagt) April 7, 2014Most recently, the format has launched in Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan 1), Brazil (Rede Record), Moldova (Channel Prime TV) and Iceland (Channel 2). In total, 59 versions of Got Talent are broadcast in 58 countries (with two versions in Belgium) .Commenting on today’s news, Simon Cowell said, "I am very proud that Got Talent is a home grown British show. We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And of course amazing talent."videoThe show has been the springboard for countless new acts around the world, including Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent, who has gone on to sell over 20 million records worldwide nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen for Holland's Got Talent, who’s winning performance of Puccini's ‘Nessun Dorma’ received more than 50% of the television viewers' vote, and 10-year-old classical singer Jackie Evancho from America’s Got Talent.videoElsewhere, SIMA, a Syrian dancing troupe for Arabs Got Talent circus artist, Simon Heulle for Got Talent France Tetiana Galitsyna, an artist who used painting with sand to tell a story for Poland’s Got Talent and Nikita Izmailov, a contact juggler, crystal ball dancer and illusionist for Russia’s Got Talent, all got their big breaks on various versions ofthe show.videoThe initial audition for singing sensation Paul Potts, Britain’s Got Talent’s first winner, has had over 121 million views on YouTube and his story was made into a major motion picture, One Chance.videoBritain’s Got Talent, the UK’s number one entertainment show of the last decade, has notched up eight hit seasons, while America’s Got Talent, the longest running local version of the format, is in its ninth season, with the last series attracting peak audiences of more than 11 million viewers, the series has maintained the position of the #1 summer reality show in the US for eight years.Rob Molloy (left) of Guinness World Records presents Diana Buddingh, Director of Global Entertainment Production, FremantleMedia and George Levendis, Head of International Production, Syco Entertainment with an official Guinness World Records certificateCecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia said: “We are immensely proud of the ever successful Got Talent and are delighted to add a prestigious GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title to its list of achievements. Got Talent has become a global phenomenon that has transcended cultures and excited audiences from all corners of the globe. We look forward to working with Syco Entertainment in continuing to make this brand an absolute triumph.”Alistair Richards, President of Guinness World Records, said, “We are delighted to confirm that Got Talent has broken the previous world record and is now the official Guinness World Records title holder for the Most successful reality television format, a landmark moment in television record breaking history, congratulations!”
7587Santander Group wins Guinness World Records and Festival of Media Global Record-Breaking Brand AwardEnrique Javier, (left), Arribas Alcolado, Sponsorship And Advertising Strategic Director, Banco Santander and Ricardo Gomeza Barandiarán, (right) Intl. Corporate & Sponsorship Media Investment Responsible, Banco Santander are presented with the award by Peter Harper, SVP Americas, Guinness World RecordsSantander Group has been announced as winner of the ‘Record-breaking Brand’ award at the Festival of Media Global. The bank, which was praised for creating a campaign that engaged with millions of football fans across Latin America, saw off competition from fourteen other record-breaking brands at the awards ceremony in Rome, Italy, last night.Over 12,000 votes were cast, with a shortlist that included major brands such as Gillette, Sharp ME and Expedia. All the brands were celebrated for incorporating record-breaking into innovative campaigns that included live events, experiential activation and digital content creation. It was Santander, though, that won the award, executing an integrated campaign that achieved a new record for the ‘Largest Sports Trivia Competition’.In a bid to maximise Santander's corporate sponsorship with Latin American football and reinforce their image as “the bank of football in Latin America”, Santander embarked on a mission to find the most knowledgeable football fan in the region. The six month campaign entitled the ‘Santander Football Passion Contest’ attracted over 1.1 million players setting a new record for the ‘Largest Sports Trivia Competition’. The campaign engaged fans across more than 20 countries simultaneously and achieved 5.5 million website visits. Santander is now ranked 3rd in Latin America for brands most associated with football.videoRevealing the winner at the awards ceremony yesterday evening, Guinness World Records SVP of Americas, Peter Harper, said “Santander is being celebrated for creating a campaign that engaged with millions of football fans across Latin America. The bank utilised record-breaking in a fun and innovative way to engage with a key audience and reinforce the bank's positioning in the market."Ricardo Gomeza Barandiarán, responsible for International Corporate & Sponsorship Media Investment at Banco Santander, said: “This record-breaking campaign put our clients at the centre of our communication. It achieved fantastic results and has consolidated our position as the bank of football in Latin America.”Charlie Crowe, Chairman & Editor in Chief of C Squared Networks Ltd, said: “Santander produced a record-breaking and now award-winning media campaign. We’d like to congratulate them as well as the other brands that were shortlisted for the Record-breaking Brand Award, which highlights unique and innovative ways for brands to achieve real customer engagement.”The ‘Record-breaking Brand’ award is designed to recognize record holding brands that use Guinness World Records achievements at the heart of innovative media campaigns across the globe. The award category has been introduced into the 3 flagship events of the Festival of Media Conference and Awards series – ‘Festival of Media Asia Pacific’ ‘Festival of Media Global’ and ‘Festival of Media Latin America’. Last month Sohu IT was announced as the winner of the Asia Pacific award, for creating the Largest Smartphone Ensemble to launch their new smartphone Vivo XPlay.
7588Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor sets world record for biggest TV drama simulcastGuinness World Records can today confirm that the special 50 th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who which was broadcast globally on Saturday has set a new world for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama after the episode was shown in 94 countries across six continents.In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. An official certificate presentation was made by Craig Glenday, Editor-in Chief of Guinness World Records to the show’s Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCel. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.Upon receipt of the award, Steven Moffat comments: For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!"Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide says: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50 th year.” videoCraig Glenday from Guinness World Records added: Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”In Sweden and Norway where the programme has no client broadcaster, fans successfully petitioned to get their local cinemas to screen the special, while sci-fi enthusiasts in Argentina pushed a major cinema chain into showing the episode simultaneously where previously there had been no plans to do so. The world record adds to the numerous titles held by Doctor Who, which include the most successful sci-fi TV show of all time. To find out more about the show’s incredible record breaking legacy click here.The 50 th Anniversary special of Doctor Who was simultaneously broadcast in the following countries:EuropeFrance (France 4) Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS), Turkey (NTV), Israel (YES), Via NKS - Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia,North AmericaUSA (BBC America), Canada (Space)Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD)Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, VenezuelaAfrica (on BBC Entertainment)Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, , Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.Australia(ABC)Asia (on BBC Entertainment)Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, ThailandRelated links: Doctor Who 50th anniversary: The Time Lord’s world recordsMeet The Record Breakers: Rob Hull - owner of the largest collection of Daleks
7589Fan Choice record: November 15Earning the most votes for an individual record in Fan Choice history with nearly 4,000, Mahadeo Bhujbal of India cruised to 73.07% of the total vote and an easy win in last week's GWR Fan Choice.Our congratulations go out to Bhujbal and his record for the most tennis balls held in the hand, with an amazing 23.This achievement 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.This week, we have a lot of people looking for fast love and a bowl of salsa you'll want at your Super Bowl party.But first, sound the horns!LARGEST HORN ENSEMBLE (pictured above)Record: 444 musiciansHolder: Art of Living Foundation (India)Location: Kollam, Kerala, IndiaThat's not all: The musicians all played the C-shaped long Indian horn called the Kombu, or Sringa. The performance lasted for 25 minutes and took place on the above stage, whose design was inspired by 3,000-year-old, Vijayanagar-style South Indian architecture.LARGEST TOAST MOSAICRecord: 162.8 m² (1752.36 ft²) in surface areaHolder: Ayako Maura (Japan)Location: Tokachi Plaza in Obihiro, Hokkaido, JapanThat's not all: The mosaic measured 14.8 m (48 ft 6.72 in) long and 11 m (36 ft 1.08 in) wide, using 16,500 pieces of toast. Organized by Maura, the mosaic required the work of 29 members of the World Toast Art in Tokachi executive committee, as well as help from 22 members of an agriculture club of the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.LONGEST TAIL ON A DOGRecord: 72.29 cm (28.46 in) long Holder: Finnegan, owned by Reilly Smith (Canada)Location: Calgary, Alberta, CanadaThat's not all: An Irish wolfhound, Finnegan had his tail medically measured after Smith was prompted to attempt the record by numerous comments from strangers on the impresive length of the dog's tail. Before earning his world record, Finnegan was actually born the runt of his litter.LARGEST SPEED DATING EVENTRecord: 464 datersHolders: University of Canterbury Students' Association & The Gentlemen's Club (both New Zealand)Location: Christchurch, New ZealandThat's not all: As the second largest social club at the university, The Gentlemen's Club prided itself on its annual speed dating nights, prompting it to attempt the world record. A co-ed student social club with actually more female members than male, the organization teamed with Find Someone, New Zealand's largest online dating site, to make the attempt. LARGEST SERVING OF SALSARecord: 1,644.72 kg (3,625.99 lb)Holder: S tudents and associates of California State University, Fresno (USA)Location: Fresno, California, USAThat's not all: Of the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the record, the attempt was spearheaded by marketing students Karen Garcia, Jasmine Ayala, Gabriela Plascienda, Diego Gonzalez, Ali Yang, and Gurbir-Gugu Samran as a class project at Fresno State. The salsa required 10 hours of preparation and used 1,154.66 kg (2,545.59 lb) of tomatoes!And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice time now to cast your vote!<a href="">What is your pick for this week's Fan Choice record?</a>Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!The Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Did you miss Guinness World Records Day 2013? Be sure to get a full recap of all the incredible action from the international day of record breaking here.
7590Guinness World Records Unleashed returns for Season 2 on truTVDetermined record chasers are gearing up to wow viewers and secure a place in the record books when truTV's hit series “Guinness World Records Unleashed” returns this fall with all new episodes, beginning in the U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).Hosted by Dan Cortese, the series features daring and fearless record hopefuls as they attempt to secure their place in history by breaking some truly outrageous world records.In addition to Cortese, “Guinness World Records Unleashed” features GWR’s Stuart Claxton, the show's primary adjudicator. Liz Smith, also of GWR, and comedian Zach Selwyn ( Greek, Battleship) provide commentary on all the action."The first season of Guinness World Records Unleashed brought us so many fantastic record competitors and amazing attempts," Claxton said. "But this second season will take things to a new level as even more outrageous records are tackled and passionate contestants look to make a name for themselves."With “Guinness World Records Unleashed,” the curtain is drawn back to reveal what really goes on when people attempt the most unbelievable, jaw-dropping records. Each attempt is evaluated by official Guinness World Records adjudicators, who of course have the final say over whether a record is broken.Since the premiere of “Guinness World Records Unleashed” in February, a total of 42 record attempts were made, with 20 broken, 21 failed and one tie. Among the successes were new records for the Highest shallow dive Most drink can lids torn off with the teeth in one minute Most consecutive backflips on a pogo stick Highest jump into marshmallows Most eggs crushed with the head in one minute and Most sausages swallowed in one minute."What's most incredible about being on the program is the range and variety of all the records attempted," Smith said. "From activities you can try at home to those done by professionals who have trained for years, it truly covers the entire universe of record-breaking."Records slated to be attempted in the first two episodes alone this season include the Fastest talker Most kicks to the head in one minute (self), and Longest duration resisting a jet engine stream, among others.More upcoming episodes will tackle records like the Fastest time running through 10 locked and burning doors Longest moving quad bike jump Most backflips on a water flyboard and Greatest height being launched from a cannon."If you're a fan of record-breaking or even just watching everyday people do incredible things, you will not want to miss this season," Claxton said. "Without giving away any spoilers, you'll see something every week that will have you still talking about it the next day."For more information on the show, including clips, cast bios, games, and more, be sure to check out truTV's dedicated Guinness World Records Unleashed page.

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