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7591A GIF cornucopia on what to be most thankful for this ThanksgivingFirst, let's establish that we are thankful for our happiness and our health and all that good stuff.But second, let's get down to the goods!Thanksgiving is upon us, of course, and so, in addition to all that, here are some other things that you can be most thankful for this year.Thankful for: FAMILYEven if it sometimes feels like wrestling with Aunt June over the Thanksgiving sweet potatoes is the darkest timeline, just be thankful it isn't quite as bad as it seems. Because family is family and it could be worse - you could literally be one of the most people crammed into a Smart car with Aunt June's new boyfriend Earl and a little post-dinner indigestion.Thankful for: COWORKERSYes, coworkers! For those of us at GWR who work in our offices in New York City, London, Tokyo, or Beijing, we can relate to those of you pretty tight on office space. Getting stuck in tiny train cars on the morning commute, or having to fight through throngs of tourists on lunch breaks, it sometimes feels like we're Austin Colson driving the smallest street legal car. But you're spending hours a day with your office mates, so be thankful for the nice coworkers who put up with you even when you come in cranky every Monday morning.Thankful for: PETSThey bring us joy, they bring us companionship, and every once in a while, they bring us something amazing - like the ability to ride bicycles faster than any other animal. I think that GIF says all that needs to be said.Thankful for: THE GOOD TIMESEver wake up feeling like somebody must've spent hours repeatedly dropping a bowling ball on a stack of concrete blocks atop your head? Sadly, it's the price you paid for some great moments the night before. As you gather around the table Thursday and raise a toast to your favorite memories of the year, try to dwell more on the Saturday nights, and forget the Sunday mornings.Thankful for: GETTING BACK UPRemember the old Dwyane Wade shoe commercial? Fall seven times, stand up eight? Well forget the part about it not making any mathematical sense ( wouldn't you have to fall an eighth time before you could stand up an eighth time?). The reason we bring it up is because of the GIF above. That's the inscrutable head adjudicator of Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti. Live on national television, he fell down, got up, laughed it off, and got right back to business judging world records. Every year will bring its share of obstacles. Be thankful for the chance to take them all with a smile. Fall one time, stand up one.Have a great and happy Thanksgiving everybody!
7592Everest: 60th anniversary of first ascent marked by Valery Rozov with base jump record attemptSixty years ago today, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay completed the first successful summit of Everest, the world’s highest mountain. To mark this auspicious ‘Diamond Jubilee’, Nepal has today held a special ceremony to honour Hillary and Tenzing and all of the climbers who have since followed in their footsteps.Among the many celebratory events taking place this week to mark the anniversary was an attempt at the world record for highest BASE jump exit point. Two years in the planning, extreme sports superstar, Valery Rozov (Russia) leapt off the north face of the mountain from a claimed height of 7,220 m (23,680 ft) above sea level.videoGuinness World Records is currently awaiting evidence of the jump, but if verified it would beat Glenn Singleman’s record-breaking leap of 6,604 m (21,666 ft) from a ledge on Mt Meru, Garwhal Himalaya, India in 2006.Tenzing Norgay and Edmund HillaryIt’s certainly been a busy half dozen decades for the mega mountain, with thousands of summits achieved and oodles of records being claimed by all kinds of ambitious climbers. For example, 1975 saw the first woman, Junko Tabei (Japan), to scale Everest’s dizzying heights on 16 th May, followed shortly after by Reinhold Messner (Italy) and Peter Habeler (Austria) who achieved the first ascent without oxygen in 1978.Unfortunately it hasn’t all been plain sailing. In 1996 Everest experienced one of its saddest years when the most deaths in one day occurred on 10 May. A severe blizzard struck the area resulting in eight climbers tragically losing their lives and 20 others being left with serious injuries.Happier hiking records have taken in the first blind summit (2001), first married couple to reach the peak (2002) and the most ascents by a female (2005). Not forgetting Apa Sherpa (Nepal), who has reached the lofty heights a staggering 21 times as of 2011, making him the record holder for the most conquests.In fact, climbing Everest has become such a popular past-time, these days climbers have to quite literally wait in line for their turn to clamber up the crag – on a good day, around 150 people will reach the top.This season alone has seen at least 512 successful ascents and, so far, three new records, including the first climb from both sides and the oldest man to make the summit. Yuichiro Miura (Japan) has actually scaled the mountain a total of three times first at the age of 70, then again at 75 and, most recently, at the ripe old age of 80 he conquered the peak once again, on 23 May 2013.One thing’s for sure – this awe-inspiring mountain is bound to keep challenging creative-climbing record-breakers for another 60 years.
7593Fan Choice Record of the Week: May 3We asked and you voted, saying "Lean on me!" to last week's Fan Choice nominees, with the largest piggyback race collecting nearly 43% of the vote to capture the top spot.Congratulations to Scouts Australia and the 1,274 people who took part in making history either supporting the load or draped over someone else's back!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.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. We begin with a few hundred men who must've misplaced their sneakers.Largest barefoot race (pictured above)Record: 529 racersHolder: MSSL Mideast (UAE)Location: SAIF-Zone, Sharjah, United Arab EmiratesThat's not all: In one of the most ambitious days in recent memory, MSSL Mideast broke three other records in addition to the largest barefoot race on the same day: most people wearing paper hats, largest hopping race, and longest high five chain.Largest gathering of people dressed as video game charactersRecord: 470 heroes, villains, and creaturesHolder: Academy of Interactive Entertainment (Australia)Location: Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaThat's not all: The Academy of Interactive Entertainment was founded in 1996 and has since grown to include five campuses across Australia and the U.S., offering degrees in video game programming and 3D animation.Greatest distance on a windsurfer in 24 hours (flat water)Record: 509.82 km (275.28 nautical miles 316.79 miles)Holder: Dennis Klaaijsen (Netherlands)Location: Veerse Lake, Kamperland, NetherlandsThat's not all: Klaaijsen maintained an average speed of 11.47 knots per hour. The Dutchman began windsurfing at age 7 and has amassed more than 30 years in the sport.Longest marathon bartendingRecord: 111 hoursHolder: Ruth Brands (Belgium)Location: Café Het Gildenhuis, Opglabbeek, BelgiumThat's not all: Brands' effort helped raise €12,111 (£10,277.50, $15,544.46) for "To Walk Again," a local disabled children's charity. She served an average of more than 200 customers per day during the marathon.Largest frikadelleRecord: 690 kg (1,521 lb 3 oz)Holder: TSV Ringstedt e.V. and Fleischerei Riggers GmbH (both Germany)Location: Ringstedt, GermanyThat's not all: Frikadelle are a thick meat patty or flattened meatball made from minced meat, bread, and spices. This record-setting one boasted a diameter of 2 meters (6 feet, 6 inches) and was made to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of a local Ringstedt sport club.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a number of ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:<a href="">What is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?</a>You can also leave your choice in the comment section below, or tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who's been crowned the latest fan favorite.
7594Star Trek's universe of world recordsToday marks the opening of Star Trek Into Darkness in cinemas, the 12th outing for the sci-fi franchise, and second with JJ Abrams at the helm as director. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the franchise was almost the Highest gross movie reboot - narrowly beaten to the title by The Amazing Spiderman, which grossed $262.0 million domestically, to Star Trek's $257.7 million.However, the film did secure a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most downloaded trailer in 24 hours - with 1.8 million downloads from in the first day, and over 5 million downloads in the first week.The series, originally created for television by Gene Roddenbery in 1966, has not just set records for the film adaptations, however.1979's Star Trek: Phaser Strike for the Microvision handheld console marked the First Star Trek videogame, and in 2000 seven separate Star Trek licensed games were released - the Highest number of game releases for an IP in a single year.Many of the scientific concepts first suggested by the series are now beginning to be given some serious consideration.In October 2011 NASA awarded a $100,000 research grant for the study of three potential methods for manipulating and transporting particles using laser light - the Largest tractor beam study.In addition, on 10 January 2012 the X-Prize Foundation and the Qualcomm Foundation announced a $10 million incentive for the first working version of a medical tricorder - a handheld device used by doctors in Star Trek for on-the-spot diagnosis of medical conditions.The stars of the series have also set a handful of records - including the bizarre Most expensive kidney stone! It was sold in 2006 by the original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner, to online casino for $25,000. Shatner donated the profits to a housing charity.Meanwhile James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott alongside Shatner on the original series, will forever be in space after the Largest space burial. Doohan was one of 308 people to have their cremated remains sent into space on 22 May 2012, along with US astronaut Gordon Cooper.Of course, no discussion of Star Trek records would be complete without recognising the huge enthusiasm of it's fanbase, or Trekkies, as they are sometimes known.In October 2012, 1,063 of them came together in London's ExCel, for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters!Finally, a mention of tlhIngan (Klingon) for you - by far the Most widely spoken fictional language. Participants at Star Trek conventions frequently converse in the language and in addition to a Klingon Dictionary there are Klingon translations of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing,Gilgamesh, and the Tao Te Ching. Qapla'!
7595Fan Choice Record August 2First they were kings of the road. Now they're kings of your vote.Vishnu Mehta and Santanu Chakraborty of India crushed the competition to cruise (sorry, bad pun) to victory inlast week's Fan Choice, with their record for the longest motorcycle journey in a single country. In what was the second-largest margin of victory in Fan Choice history, the Indian motorists rode away (gah, can't help myself) with 83.41% of the vote to take home the win.They will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. This week sees a woman who jumped more rope in an hour than I have in my life and hundreds of college kids channeling their best Peter Crouch. But first, not too long ago, in a bedroom not that far, far away...LONGEST COLLECTION OF STAR WARS INTERLOCKING PLASTIC BRICK SETS (pictured above)Record: 272 setsHolder: John Jessessen (Norway)Location: Vika, NorwayThat's not all: Known colloquially by the brand name "Lego," these sets are in addition to Jessessen's 450 mini-figures of Lego Star Wars characters. His 272 set contain 119,368 individual pieces.LARGEST ROBOT DANCERecord: 2,524 dancersHolder: National Association of College and University Residence Halls (USA)Location: Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAThat's not all: Pitt had broken records of its own for three consecutive years and decided to show those visiting from NACURH how they got things done on campus. They song they danced to? Why, "Mr. Roboto" of course.MOST SKIPS IN ONE HOURRecord: 12,632Holder: Annie Maria Bissoondial (USA)Location: Greenacres, Florida, USAThat's not all: By skips in this case, we mean jumping rope. Bissoondial jumped to raise awareness for her non-profit organization, Jumping For Kids, which helps fight childhood obesity, and broke her own record of 11,527 jumps set last year. In this attempt, she averaged 3.5 skips per second!LARGEST GAME OF RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHTRecord: 755 participantsHolder: City of Manassas (USA)Location: Manassas, Virginia, USAThat's not all: Recess anyone? Manassas made this attempt to also raise awareness in fighting childhood obesity and to encourage outdoor fitness. The attempt took place as one part of the city's larger community-wide event, the "Big Day of Serving."MOST PLAYERS IN A KIN-BALL EXHIBITION MATCHRecord: 264 playersHolder: Collège Immaculée Lycée Jean Paul II (France)Location: Saint Grégoire, FranceThat's not all: If you’re not familiar with kin-ball, it’s an increasingly popular sport played with a gigantic ball originally invented in 1986. For some full background, check out this link. In this attempt, the three teams involved played to a final score of Grey team with 258 points, Red team at 251, and Black team at 249.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:&lta href=""&gtWhat is your pick for this week's Fan Choice Record?&lt/a&gtYou can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!
7596World’s oldest cat Poppy passes away at the age of 24Sad news reached the Guinness World Records offices today, with confirmation that Poppy, the record holder for world's oldest living cat, had passed away at the age of 24.Poppy was born in February 1990, the same month Nelson Mandela was released from prison and lived through five British Prime Ministers.She is reported to have passed away on Friday following a problem with her hind legs and a water infection. Guinness World Records would like to extend our condolences to Poppy’s owner Jacqui West and her family.Officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest living cat last month, Poppy was originally called Popsy and had two owners in her early days. Then, aged five, she was adopted by Marguerite Corner and her daughter Jacqui.At the age of ten, Poppy went with Jacqui who had moved in with future husband Andy West in Bournemouth.Poppy with Jacqui West and her two sons Joe (left), and Toby (right) earlier this year Jacqui and Andy went on to have two sons (Joe, and Toby, who are now 11 and eight respectively) with Poppy also going to live with four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster. Speaking to Guinness World Records last month, Jacqui explained that despite her age and frailty, Poppy was still the boss of the house, swiftly dealing with any other cat if they tried their luck. Jacqui said: “People always ask what we put Poppy’s longevity down to and I guess she has a good diet and lots of exercise. “She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats a lot. She has biscuits in the morning and tinned food later on. She’s never been a big cat though. “She is partial to the odd takeaway. We sometimes give her a bit of KFC chicken, Fish and chips and even the odd bit of kebab meat.” Talking to the Daily Express, Jacqui, said that while the family were expecting Poppy’s death following recent ill health, they were nevertheless devastated at their loss. She said: "We knew she was old but it's still very upsetting."She had a bad week last week. She was on antibiotics on the Wednesday because of a water infection and her back legs just seemed to let her down. She wasn't herself at all."She passed away on Friday at 3.30pm. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly.Poppy, left, with previous Marguerite"We knew it was going to happen but we're all still completely devastated. It's only just starting to sink in."It's great she managed to get the World Record before hand, it's almost like she was purposely hanging in there”.The oldest cat in history was a feline called Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 - an amazing 38 years and 3 days. Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, USA.Pics:David Hedges /
7597Calgary turns into Gotham as group breaks record for largest Batman gatheringLeapin' lizards Batman, it's a new world record!Gotham, er, Calgary earned the record it both needed and deserved last week, as the largest gathering of people dressed as Batman took over the Canadian downtown.At a record attempt organized by oil and gas company Nexen Energy employees, 542 Caped Crusaders donned their best cowls and capes to establish the first-ever mark in the category and far surpass the required 250 participants needed for a first-time record.videoNexen, headquarterd in Calgary, made the attempt for a reason altruistic enough to put a smile on even Bruce Wayne's face: it helped kick off their 2014 United Way campaign, "From Suits to Superheroes," helping raise funds and awareness."Our employees are true super heroes and we're very proud of the teamwork and community spirit they've demonstrated in supporting this initiative," says Fang Zhi, CEO, Nexen Energy ULC. "Our goal was to show a unified spirit in kicking off Nexen's annual United Way campaign."Nexen contributions to the United Way are made up of employee donations, which are matched dollar-for-dollar by Nexen. For 2014, Nexen hoped that Batman gathering would would increase employee participation while inspiring other companies and organizations in Calgary to support the United Way for the year to come.In its various charitable campaigns since 1996, Nexen has raised more than $15.4 million ($17 million Canadian) for the United Way, but never has the start of a campaign garnered attention quite like this.Showing a more light-hearted side to Batman, the Nexen employees who dressed up for the attempt resorted to plenty of music and dancing to pass the time, including a rousing YMCA.It isn't the first time Nexen considered its employees as super heroes. Literally. While the number has since been broken, the company had its members break the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman in 2011 with 437 participants, to kick off that year's "Be a Hero" United Way campaign."Nexen's Calgary United Way campaign theme ties into our values of supporting the communities where we live and work," said Brian Humphreys, Vice President, Corporate and Government Relations. "By working together, Nexen and our employees are helping United Way address its goals of fighting poverty, helping kids thrive and building strong communities." 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!
7598Longest separated twins finally meet after 78 years apartTwin sisters Ann and Elizabeth meet for the first time. ©BBC/YouTubeIt was fitting that Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel met for the first time in Los Angeles.Their story reads like it came straight from a studio lot in Hollywood.Born Elizabeth Ann Lamb and Patricia Ann Lamb, the twin sisters arrived to mother Alice on Feb. 28, 1936 in Aldershot, UK. Separated at just five months old, the sisters reunited last week at age 78. After 77 years and 289 days apart, they are the longest separated twins to have reunited.Ann at age 1"I was over the moon, I couldn't speak," Ann said of talking to Elizabeth for the first time. "I had to pinch myself because I realized, I've got a sibling, a sister. It's so wonderful, I'm not on my own any more. I've got no words to say. I'm so happy — I have Elizabeth."After the daughters' biological father - enlisted in the military - was not present for the birth or raising of the girls, single mother Alice reluctantly attempted to find better families for both daughters via adoption. She found Ann a home at five months with a local family, who raised her in Aldershot. She went on to marry and have three daughters of her own.Elizabeth, meanwhile, stayed with Alice after the mother couldn't find parents to adopt the scoliosis-stricken child. Raised in Hemel Hempstead, she eventually joined the Women's Royal Navy Service, met her future U.S. Navy husband while they were both stationed in Malta, and moved with him to Oregon, where she raised two sons. Elizabeth aged 10Elizabeth always knew she had a twin sister. Ann never had any idea.On April 22, 2013, Elizabeth received a letter from one of Ann's daughters postmarked from Aldershot. She had been looking into her family lineage and came across Elizabeth's information. Almost instantly, all parties realized that these two twin sisters - separated by an ocean, a continent, and a lifetime - had finally found each other."I've been praying for you for many years," Elizabeth told Ann when they first spoke. "I thought, being adopted, she could be anywhere in the world," she added. "It was amazing to me that she was still in Aldershot." The previous record had stood at one day shy of 70 years, held by Philip and Barbara McAuley, also of the UK, who met on June 29, 1987.Elizabeth and Ann's amazing journey to each other was documented by the BBC. Cameras rolled as the twins met for the first time, and you can watch the conclusion to their incredible journey here.videoTheir first words to each other as they prepared for a 78-year-old hug were identical."How lovely!" the sisters said, together at last.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!
7599Fan Choice: July 11 - Vote now!Once upon a time...the Tanglin Trust School of Singapore was the belle of the ball.The students and staff at Tanglin and their record for largest gathering of people dressed as storybook characters waltzed to a win in last week's Fan Choice, using its collection of costumed princesses, wizards, and animals to earn the victory.Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favourite. The winners from each week, like the Tanglin Trust School, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.Read about our 2013 Fan Choice Record of the Year winner here.This week's list of nominees vying for your vote includes a massive water-rocket launch and a touch of Asian dancing coming to the U.S., but first, has Hogwarts come to life?MOST PEOPLE WAVING WANDS SIMULTANEOUSLY (pictured above)Record: 2,183 aspiring witches and wizardsHolder: Paulino Gil Rodrigo (Spain)Location: Zamora, SpainThat's not all: Paulino has organized the Zamora International Festival of Magic for two decades and, to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary, decided that attempting a world record was the way to go. Participants were required to wave their wands, surely while casting spells, for a minimum of 1 minute.MOST PEOPLE WEARING "CAT IN THE HAT" HATSRecord: 1,000Holder: RJ Julia Booksellers (USA)Location: Madison, Connecticut, USAThat's not all: RJ Julia, helped by The Country School of Madison and Zane's Cycles as sponsors, held the attempt both to celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday anniversary and to raise awareness to the importance of early childhood literacy.LARGEST TINIKLING DANCERecord: 344 dancersHolder: Team Ross 500 Hands (USA) and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Physical Therapy Alumni Association (Philippines)Location: AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, USAThat's not all: The famous Philippine dance was performed in traditional dress and bamboo poles. Team Ross 500 Hands is an organisation supporting Ross Sajo, a young mother who has pancreatic cancer. The organization attempted the record together with the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Physical Therapy Alumni Association to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims, as well as for the De Salle outreach programme for children with disabilities.MOST PEOPLE WEARING SUNGLASSES IN THE DARKRecord: 1,675 wearersHolder: Gilda's LaughFest (USA)Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAThat's not all: The shades-in-the-dark attempt kicked off the fourth annual LaughFest, which says it was founded to celebrate the gift of laughter that late Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner gave to those fighting with cancer. This year's LaughFest featured more than 800 artists performing at 250 events at 50 venues across the 10-day spectacular.MOST WATER ROCKETS LAUNCHED SIMULTANEOUSLYRecord: 1,056 rocketsHolder: Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee Kung Yik She Secondary School (China)Location: Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong, ChinaThat's not all: The school states that it places high importance on scientific and technological education, and what better way to learn than by doing? After conducting various classroom studies on the science behind water-rocket launching, the kids put their theory to action and resulted in what you see above.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!<a href="">Fan Choice: July 11</a>Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!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!
7600New York family regains Most Lights on a Residential Property world record
7601Six Nations Championship 2013: Ten of the best Rugby Union recordsSaturday sees the kick-off of the Six Nations, the annual international rugby union centrepiece tournament which sees England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales battle to become champions of Europe.Here below, we detail some of the key rugger records related to the tournament.Most conversions in the Five/Six Nations ChampionshipsWhile England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson called time on his international rugby union in 2011, his legendary career still looms large over the Six Nations.Wilkinson holds the most career conversions in the Five/Six Nations Championships with 89 from 43 matches between 4 April 1998 and 13 March 2011. Wilkinson's 89th conversion came in England's 22-16 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London.Most Five/Six Nations Grand SlamsPulling off the grand slam (beating all five other teams during one year's competition) remains the ultimate achievement for Six Nations rugby.England currently top the charts here, having pulled off the feat 12 times - their most recent in 2003. However, Wales are very much on their tails, having pulled off the grand slam last year to bring up to a total of 11.Most wins of the Five/Six Nations ChampionshipsOverall England have the most Home Nations, Five Nations, and Six Nations tournament victories with 26 (excluding 10 shared victories).Most drop goals scored in the Five/Six Nations Championships As well as being the master of dead ball kicking, Wilkinson also holds a record breaking tally for drop goals in the Six Nations, notching up 11 for England between 4 April 1998 and 20 March 2010.Most international Rugby Union caps won as captainWhile Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll has expressed his disappointment at being overlooked for the captaincy in favour of Jamie Heaslip for this year's campaign, the 34-year-old can nevertheless lay claim to a record-breaking tally of 84 caps won as skipper while playing for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions from 2002 to 2012.O'Driscoll surpassed the figure of 83 achieved by John Smit (South Africa) who played for the Springboks between 2003 and 2009, when Ireland were beaten 60-0 by New Zealand.Largest margin of victory in a Five/Six Nations Rugby Union matchEngland's 80-23 demolition of Italy at Twickenham Stadium , on 17 February 2001 remains the largest drubbing in Six Nations history. The home team scored 10 tries and racked up 9 conversions along with four penalties during the rout.Most appearances as a player in the Five/Six Nations ChampionshipsIreland's Ronan O'Gara thirteen-year international career has seen him notch up a record-setting 61 appearances in Six Nations matches, including 41 starts.Highest attendance for a Five/Six Nations Rugby Union MatchThe biggest crowd for a championship match is the 104,000 fans who witnessed the tense 12-10 Scotland victory over Wales at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on 1 March 1975.Most consecutive the Five/Six Nations Championship winsThe record for longest run streak has stood since 1886, with England registering ten successive victories. The feat was matched once again by England in 1925.Largest lead at half-time in a Five/Six Nations Rugby Union matchWales' imperious first 40 minutes display against Scotland at Murryfield in 2005, which saw the away side go in at the break 38-3 up is yet to have been bettered. While the home side managed to restore some pride by reducing the deficit, the game nevertheless ended in a convincing 22-46 win for the Welsh.
7602GWR Day 2012: Get set for 24 hours of worldwide record breaking this ThursdayThe eighth annual Guinness World Records Day is set to once again unite every corner of the globe, as over 420,000 people this Thursday come together for one very special celebration of the weird, wacky and downright astonishing. The annual event, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's bestselling copyright book, sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure a prestigious world records title during a 24 hour period.Any records set on Guinness World Records day are short-listed for inclusion in next year's edition of the book and you too can be part of the global celebration.Leading the way in the UK, at the iconic Potters Field overlooking Tower Bridge, Dani Maynard (East Sussex) and her intrepid team will be attempting to break their existing record by squeezing 28 limber ladies into a Mini Cooper, all in aid of charity Children in Need. ( Read more about the team's preparations here)A delight for chocolate lovers everywhere and in time for Christmas, Bologna, Italy is hoping to become the proud home to the Largest Chocolate Coin. Organiser Alberto Deleonardis is raising funds to restore a primary school near Modena which tumbled down during the earthquake which struck earlier this year.In the United States, they are taking the Pogo Stick to the extreme attempting to reach new heights, literally, for the Most Pogo Stick Jumps in One Minute to Highest Forward Flip Pogo Stick Jump. And an incredible 400,000 children from schools across the USA will be taking part in a record favourite Most People Sport Stacking.India will put forward a display of national culture with Largest Kaikottikali Dance (over 2,000 participants) in Mumbai, India and Australia's national pride is on the line as 15-year-old Lachlan Phelps attempts to hold the Longest Note On A Didgeridoo in Hunter Valley. On the other side of the world, Japan will dazzle with the Largest Display of Solar-Powered LED Lights (over 18,000) and the wacky Fastest 100m Running On All Fours (18.58 seconds). Back in Europe, Germany may enjoy two separate wacky wins with Most Spears Caught From A Spear Gun Above Water in 1 Minute (minimum of 8) and Most Basketball Three-Pointers Made By A Pair in 1 Minute (current record, 15) and the UK is making another bid for record success as Leicester's Manjit Singh attempts the incredible Heaviest Weight Lifted By Both Eye Sockets (current record 23.5kg - combined).Stay tuned to and our follow us on Facebook and Twitter (look out for the #gwrday hashtag), for all the latest news in the run up to this year's event.
7603Largest Poster - Michael JacksonGuinness World Records confirms Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ album artwork as the world’s largest posterThe 29,070 ft² poster smashes the previous record by more than 110 ft²London, UK (9 December 2010) – Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirms that a poster erected to mark the release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ album (released 13th December) has set a new record as the world’s largest poster. Guinness World Records confirmed that the poster of Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ measures 171ft by 170ft with a total surface area of 29,070 ft², smashing the previous record - held by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - by more than 110 ft². To put it into perspective, the ‘Michael’ poster would take over three quarters of the pitch at Wembley stadium, is longer than the equivalent of six Routemaster buses end-to-end and if upright would be higher than Nelson’s column. The poster, made of PVC and weighing one ton, took engineers three hours to install - and is less than 3,000 meters from one of Heathrow’s main runways, literally viewable by all planes arriving/ departing. Guinness World Records requires the world's largest poster to be publically displayed and formed of one single piece of material it must also advertise a commercially available product. Guinness World Records sent an official adjudicator to the site situated at Rectory Farm in Middlesex to officially verify and measure the ‘Michael’ poster. Tarika Vara, Guinness World Records adjudicator, said:“This is a massive achievement and it brings me great pleasure to confirm that with this new world record, Michael Jackson's 'Michael' has earned its place in history. This poster has not only achieved incredible scale but it has combined this with intricate detail and having seen it up close I can confirm that the quality of the image is fantastic. Michael Jackson already holds a number of Guinness World Records and we are thrilled to award another title to the King Of Pop.” The image of the album cover of ‘Michael’ was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the original oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life. ‘Michael’ is the much-anticipated album of newly completed recordings by the King Of Pop. The poster will stay at what will be known as ‘Michael’s Field’ until 23rd December, after which, the poster will travel via sea container into continental Europe where it will be toured and displayed.Michael Jackson’s Guinness World Records include: World’s best-selling album for ‘Thriller’  Highest annual earnings for a pop star from 1989 and this record remains unbroken 21 years later  Most hit singles on UK singles chart in one year in 2006 when Michael had 19 singles in the UK Top 40 About Guinness World Records:Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements. Press Contact:Guinness World RecordsClaire Burgess E: Claire.burgess@guinnessworldrecords.comT: +44 (0)207 891 4584 Michael Jackson UK PressDan Deacon The Outside Organisation E: +44 (0)207 436 3633
7604Team GB swimming stars help set new 100 x 100m relay world recordTeam GB swimming stars help set new 100 x 100m relay world record for cancer charityTeam GB Olympic medal-winners Michael Jamieson and Rebecca Adlington were among a group of 100 swimmers who helped smash the world record title for fastest 100 x 100m relay title on Sunday.The pair were joined by fellow Olympians Fran Halsall and Karen Pickering to set a new benchmark time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 3 seconds at Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.They beat the previous record of 1 hour 37 minutes and 53 seconds and raised more than £20,000 for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.Team GB stars Rebecca Adlington and James Goddard (centre) were among those who took part in the attempt Picture: SpeedoThe Swim4Leukaemia event was organised by Great Britain and Sheffield swimmer Lewis Coleman, pictured above, after his mother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2012.She has since been through chemotherapy, a clinical drugs trial and a bone marrow transplant.Lewis with his younger brother Oliver, who also took part in the record attempt. Picture: SpeedoSpeaking after the successful attempt, Lewis said: “I'm so happy with how the Guinness World Records attempt went, I put a lot of hours into organising the event and I'm so glad everything worked out as planned and we put on a great show for everyone!Lewis receives his Guinness World Records certificate from adjudicator Kirsty Bennett. Picture: Andy Chubb“It was really important for me to raise awareness for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as without their great work my mum wouldn't have had a second chance at life! ““To be part of & break a Guinness World Record is a special thing in itself but to do it with my brother, girlfriend, friends and the swimming community made it that bit more special and to do it all for my mum was the greatest thing, the moment when I touched the wall and looked up at the clock will stay with me for the rest of my life!'Swimwear makers Speedo supported Lewis in his quest to break the World Record, by providing all participants with caps, Fastskin LZR RACER 2’s swimsuits and shirts.Speedo UK Marketing Manager Sally Polak said: “We are thrilled for Lewis and his team on their new Guinness World Record! Speedo is proud to have been able to support Lewis on achieving such a fantastic accomplishment to help raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”The attempt drew national press attention, with coverage on, and the Daily Record.To find out more about the Swim4Leukaemia charity, click here.
7605Big 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. News coverage of the attempt ranged everywhere from The Baltimore Sun, to as as far out as NBC affiliate News West 9 in Texas. Coverage on social media was spurred by the international flavor, as each team's Twitter delegates were happy to take part in the[&amplta href="//" target="_blank"&ampgtView the story "Big League Chew sets Guinness World Records title" on Storify&amplt/a&ampgt]"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."Has Big League Chew's attempt inspired you to bring your group together for a record challenge day of its own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
7606Santander 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 Record-breaking Brand 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.Revealing 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." videoRicardo 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.
7607Cabot Creamery blends up a massive record smoothieCabot Creamery Cooperative is turning an old adage on its head: if at first you do succeed, try, try again.For a third time in its history, Cabot broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® mark, creating the largest smoothie at Bike Expo New York on May 3. And they did it in colossal fashion, with the record-setting beverage clocking in at a massive 400 US gallons, or 1,514.15 liters. “I’m so proud of everyone on our team who helped us set a new Guinness World Records record,” said Cabot’s New York Market Manager and team leader, Karen Houchens. “It was a great team effort led by our farmers and staff, and when it was all over we were exhausted but happy that we were able to raise more than $6,000 in cash and product donations for Food Bank For New York City.”The gigantic smoothie required more than 3,200 fresh bananas, one ton of ice, and nearly 1,000 pounds of yogurt, with the choice being Cabot Lowfat Vanilla Bean Greek-Style Yogurt.Throughout the course of the record-setting event, the public was invited to pitch in by riding a human-powered bicycle blender to make smoothies over the course of the seven-hour process.Serving as its third-ever record, the smoothie followed up its Cabot predecessors and world record holders for the largest grilled sandwich (320 lb/145 kg) set on November 4, 2000, in Everglades City, FL, and largest macaroni and cheese (2,469 lb/1,120 kg), set in 2010 in New Orleans.Once the record was established and the official certificate presented by Guinness World Records adjudicator Morgan Wilber, the smoothie was distributed to event attendees in commemorative "World’s Largest sMOOthie" cups for a suggested one-dollar donation to Food Bank For New York City."We could not think of a better or more fun way to support the critical mission of Food Bank For New York City than to tie our fundraising activities to a Guinness World Records attempt," said Bob Schiers, National Public Relations Manager for Cabot Creamery Cooperative. "By creating the world's largest smoothie at the Bike Expo in New York City and having an adjudicator on-hand to verify the record setting attempt, we were able to generate tens of thousands of dollars in media coverage and generate more than 75 million gross impressions worldwide for the Cabot brand, Food Bank For New York City, and Bike Expo New York."Guinness World Records is the gold standard for record setting endeavors and we are always thrilled to work with their team when we set out to do good things for charity."
7608Largest bunch of bananasManual KabanaSpain, El Hierro11 July 2001The largest bunch of bananas, containing 473 individual bananas, was grown by Kabana SA and Tecorone SL (Spain) on the island of El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain and weighed 130 kg (287 lb) on 11 July 2001. It was harvested at the jointly owned Finca Experimental de las Calmas, a projected 160-ha (395.3-acre) farm with 5 ha (12.3 acre) already devoted to bananas and is the result of a 30-year project by several farmers to develop a desert area of the island into a tropical fruit farm.
7609Out now: New Guinness World Records 2016 Blockbusters book features the records behind the year's biggest smash hitsToday marks the release of Blockbusters, a new book from Guinness World Records featuring the latest and coolest records from the world of Music, Film, Technology, Social Media, Apps, YouTube and beyond!
7610Los Angeles Angels Wig Out for New RecordThere are two things Los Angeles Angels fans have gotten used to the last decade: their team winning division titles and their organization breaking GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS feats.During their game Saturday against the American League West rival Houston Astros, the Angels employed their crowd in setting a fourth world record in the last three years, to go along nicely with the franchise's five division titles in the last nine seasons.The latest record to fall in Anaheim? The largest gathering of people wearing wigs, resulting in a stadium-wide swath of red-and-white hair supporting the hometown Halos."Our fans really enjoy it, it gives [them] something to look forward to," said Angels marketing manager and record organizer John Rozak. "The record attempts have been a success the past three years and we want to keep that success going."The previous record stood at 12,083 by the New South Wales (Australia) rugby club fan section Blatchy's Blues at the State of Origin series in June 2012. While the exact final tally set by Angels fans won't still be known for a few more days, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Morgan Wilber was on-site to verify that the current record's number was far surpassed, ensuring the Los Angeles club its fourth world record.Previous records set by the Angels include the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets (42,690 - April, 2010), most people wearing costume masks (27,080 - May, 2011), and largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats (39,013 - June, 2012)."It's a good family-friendly event for our fans to participate in," said Rozak, "and we focus on family engagement here at Angels baseball."
7611Metallica become first band to play on seven continents with Antarctica gigUS rock band Metallica have achieved a new Guinness World Records title after becoming the first musical act to play a concert on all seven of Earth's continents.The band set the record after they entertained 120 scientists and competition winners in a transparent dome at Carlini Station in Antarctica on Sunday.Metallica actually performed on all seven continents in a calendar year, following tour dates in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia in 2013.Sunday’s hour-long show, appropriately dubbed "Freeze 'Em All", saw the rock band perform ten tracks including hits such as "One", "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters".videoUnlike regular Metallica gigs the Antarctica concert was held without traditional amplification due to the icy continent's fragile environment.Amplifiers were instead enclosed in isolation cabinets, with the sound transmitted to the audience via headphones, similar to "silent discos" sometimes found at music festivals.Click below to watch the band play their song 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' during the gig.videoThe competition to win tickets for the concert was organized in conjunction with Coca-Cola Zero for Metallica fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. The winners were invited on a week-long Antarctic cruise that stopped off at Carlini for the concert on 8 December.Argentina's Carlini Station is located on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, and is named after the Argentine scientist Alejandro Ricardo Carlini. The station was erected in 1982 and is only accessible by air and water via Base Marambio.
7612Red Clay Consolidated School District Soars to Tallest Plastic Brick StructureLike the Tower of Babel reaching ever higher, the world record for the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks has spent years growing incrementally.Since the first record tower was built in 1998, taller versions have been assembled by individuals, by groups, and even by the LEGO company. Successful attempts have happened in nine different countries, from Estonia to Norway.And now, the record has found its way to the Red Clay Consolidated School District in the U.S. state of Delaware.Tapping into the manpower of a 16,000-student school district, Red Clay topped out its structure at a skyscraping 34.43 m (112 ft 11.75 in). The organization used more than 420,000 individual LEGO bricks to assemble its tower.Smaller portions of the tower were constructed across the 32 schools in the district. Bricks were donated by local families and corporate sponsors, with the total weight of the bricks clocking in at over a ton. Then, with all the sections coming together in the city of Wilmington, construction crews assembled them into one, sending the tower upward.Red Clay superintendent Dr. Merv Daughtery placed the final brick at the top of the tower, which bested the previous record-holding structure by nearly 2 m (nearly 6.5 ft).After the tower’s construction, plans call for it to be dismantled with the bricks being redistributed to various district schools for their own uses.“This has been a great community event," Dr. Daugherty said. "It shows what people can accomplish when they pull together. One kid could have never done this by themselves, but when we all work together as a team we can do something that people thought impossible."
7613Jordy Geller and the world’s largest collection of sneakers - videoThe largest collection of sneakers is owned by Jordy Geller from Nevada, USA, who as of May 2012 owned an incredible 2,388 separate pairs of sports shoes.Jordy began piecing together his shrine to sports shoes, which is made up almost exclusively of Nike sneakers, back in 1999 when he started buying and selling discount footwear on eBay.All of the shoes are brand new and in their original boxes, with the collection, which includes one of every model of Air Jordans ever made, estimated to be worth over a million dollars in value.Last week saw the opening of the Shoezeum, a museum in Las Vegas showcasing Jordy's collection.The exhibition lets visitors see rare Nike sneakers such as a pair inspired by rock band Van Halen and the futuristic footwear worn by Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future 2, along with vintage examples such as an early versions of the company's ground breaking waffle-tread-soled shoes.So what is Jordy's favourite pair amongst the collection? A game worn, signed pair by none other than his hero, basketball legend Michael Jordan.Jordy's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - out now worldwide from all good retailers.Find out more about the book and its incredible augmented reality feature, and where you can buy a copy of Guinness World Records 2013 here:
7614Felix Baumgartner forced to postpone historic supersonic freefall world record attemptSkydiver Felix Baumgartner has been forced to postpone his historic freefall parachute jump this afternoon due to adverse weather.Unfavourable winds at Roswell, New Mexico, have prevented the launch of the helium balloon that was set to take the Austrian daredevil to more than 120,000ft (36.5km) from which he would leap.Weather experts say Thursday now looks to be the next best day for a record bid.The 43-year-old is aiming to break the highest freefall parachute jump (both FAI-sanctioned and unsanctioned), the greatest freefall distance, the highest vertical speed in freefall, and the highest absolute altitude reached by manned balloon records.Arguably the most prestigious record of the four would be the 'Highest Freefall Parachute Jump' a record which has gone untouched for 52 years and was set back in 1960 by Colonel Joe Kittinger, when he plunged an astounding 102,800 feet (31,333 meters) from the Excelsior III, in Tularoosa, New Mexico, USA.Baumgartner, a former military parachutist, along with the Red Bull Stratos team, have been preparing for the jump for the past five years.Besides the prestige of breaking records, Baumgartner is hoping the mission will advance medical science and contribute to the general survival of those venturing into space.Speaking earlier this week about the attempt, Baumgartner said: "Red Bull Stratos is an opportunity to gather information that could contribute to the development of life-saving measures for astronauts and pilots - and maybe for the space tourists of tomorrow."Proving that a human can break the speed of sound in the stratosphere and return to Earth would be a step toward creating near-space bailout procedures that currently don't exist."Stay tuned to for updates on the rescheduling of the attempt.
7615It's a slimefest! Over 3000 people go green for a record in AustraliaThere was no challenge for Nickelodeon to attract willing victims to their slime-time extravaganza known as Slimefest. The roll call of big-name performers was one reason that so many kids wanted to be part of the celebration, but the guarantee of being slimed was what really caused a quick sell-out of tickets to the event at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.The serious challenge for the event organisers was how to slime that many people at once. They decided they'd bring all of the kids into a fenced-off floor area in front of stage and count them on their way in. Large trucks would bring enormous vats of slime to be placed inside the arena and the slime cannons - enormous, spinning, high tech, robotic hoses-from-hell that looked as if they had been designed by NASA - would be placed throughout the crowd to ensure nobody was left unslimed.The slime hoses actually utilised technology from the car wash industry. And as if they weren't enough, slime troopers would wander throughout the crowd with slime shooters attached to backpacks filled with green gunge and slime anybody that didn't appear the correct shade of green.It was into this slimetastic pit of goo that Guinness World Records adjudicator Chris Sheedy bravely stepped in order to make sure the sliming was conducted correctly. But soon he too was covered from head to toe in slippery goop. By the time he made it back to the stage to announce the record he was dripping with slime.The announcement was met with a cheer that lifted the roof. The old record of 762 people slimed had been well and truly obliterated. Nickelodeon Australia had just slimed 3026 people at once in what Chris says is the messiest event he has ever attended.
7616Edvard Munch's The Scream fetches world record price at auctionA new Guinness World Record has been set for the most expensive painting sold at auction after a version of Edvard Munch's The Scream was yesterday sold for an incredible $119,922,500 US dollars (£74 million).The 1895 artwork was bought by an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York, with bidding lasting 12 minutes. The price includes the buyer's premium.The sale price beats the previous record for an artwork sold at auction of $106.5 million US dollars for Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, sold by Christie's in 2010.One of the art world's most recognisable images - The Scream depicts a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky.The auctioned piece is one of four versions by the Norwegian expressionist painter and is the only one left in private hands.Sotheby's said its pastel-on-board version of The Scream is the only version whose frame was hand-painted by the artist to include his poem, detailing the work's inspiration.In the poem, Munch described himself "shivering with anxiety" and said he felt "the great scream in nature".Proceeds from the sale will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art centre and hotel in Norway.The director of the National Museum in Oslo, Audun Eckhoff, said Norwegian authorities approved the Munch sale since the other versions of the composition are in Norwegian museums. One version is owned by the National Museum and two others by the Munch Museum, also in Oslo.
7617Israel President Shimon Peres sets online lesson world recordThere was double world record joy for Israel President Shimon Peres today as he delivered the world’s largest online civics class.The lesson took place at Cisco Israel's headquarters in Netanya with Jewish, Arab and Christian students from schools across the country taking part in the attempt remotely.Beginning at 10.15 this morning, the President’s lesson lasted 35 minutes and covered the role of citizenship, public service, democracy and the importance of contributing to society in a meaningful way. At the end of the lesson students were able to ask Mr Peres questions.The record attempt took place using Telepresence - a video conferencing and online collaboration tool which was provided by Cisco Israel, allowing President Peres and the students to feel as if they were both in the same room.The record attempt was organised by Cisco to demonstrate how their technology will help digitalize education worldwide, allowing for lessons to be delivered by leading experts to thousands of pupils at the same time.Following the lesson, data was sent to a special results room where Guinness World Records adjudicator Marco Frigatti was present.With data from the classrooms across the country processed, Mr Frigatti confirmed that 10,579 participants had been verified, surpassing the target figure of 5,000 which was required for a new record to be set.Before presenting an official certificate, Mr Frigatti announced he had a surprise for President Peres, revealing that the 90-year-old politician was now the new record holder for the oldest current head of state.Mr Peres succeeds the previous holder, 92-year-old Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, who retired as Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis last year.Pictures: Mark Neyman GPO
7618Love is in the air with longest marathon hugIt was the perfect lead-up to Valentine’s Day for seven couples who each broke the longest marathon hug record on a stage in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.The cuddly event, known as The Durex Great Embrace, originally began with 12 couples hugging it out to win a $20,000 diamond ring. Within the first hour four couples were disqualified for moving their hand positions, leaving the remaining eight to settle in for the long haul.Unable to lie down, sit or even lean against a wall, the couples soon began to suffer sore feet and aching lower backs. They had begun their embraces at 7am and at around 4pm the favourites for the trophy, a couple that had been in intense cuddle training over the previous few weeks, also had to drop out as illness struck.Then there were seven couples left to survive a long night of cuddles, and survive they did. When the sun rose over Darling Harbour, the seven pairs that had been standing the previous evening were all still in the game. Their spirits lifted as an end was finally in sight, although groans of pain and sudden leg cramps were constant companions.After exactly 26 hours and 5 seconds of hugging, the couples released their arms simultaneously. The previous record of 25 hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds had been smashed by over half an hour.The new, record-holding huggers are:- Katherine dos Remedios (26, Australia) & Christopher Jackson (29, UK)- Lisa-Jayne Clarke (24, South Africa) & Adam Tyndall (24, Australia)- Leah Horn (24, New Zealand) & Jack Hyles (26, Australia)- Jamie-Lee Boardley (22, Australia) & Jamie Steven (22, Australia)- Krystle Lucas (30, Australia) & Halit Kara (31, Australia)- Alex-Andrea MacDonald (32, Australia) & Hayden Bell (32, Australia)- Morgan Poinelli (27, USA) & William Robinson (28, UK)
7619Thousands of children celebrate 100 years of Panama Canal with painting recordIt feels like it's been there forever, but the Panama Canal has actually only operated for 100 years. At the turn of the 20th century, of course, ships still needed to sail all the way around the tip of South America to get from Atlantic to Pacific.But the Canal's official opening on August 15, 1914, forever changed the face of global commerce. And since 1999's complete handover of the Canal's ownership to the nation of Panama, it has grown into a symbol of pride for the country's people.And so it comes as no surprise that when the Fundación Olga Sinclair joined with the Panama Canal Authority to attempt a world record in celebration of the site's centennial, they had no problem smashing a Guinness World Records title.Their achievement? The most artists contributing to the same painting simultaneously. A total of 5,084 individuals contributed to the final artwork, which took hours not only to paint, but to then arrange for display on the hill outside of the Panama Canal Administration Building (immediately above).As seen below, the painting was performed on individual strips, before combining them all into one larger artwork. The final piece covered nearly 2,000 square meters.Hosted by CNN Español's Ismael Cala, the event saw children aged 1-18 contribute, with some of the younger ones assisted in the painting by their parents. Dozens of different countries with embassies in Panama sent child delegates to take part, reflecting within the record attempt the same global spirit of cooperation represented by the Canal itself.The painting's message read, in Spanish, "2014 A Century Uniting the World."
7620Burn baby burn: Ted Batchelor and combine for most people performing body burnsLong known for his solo exploits in the world of full body burns, Ted Batchelor has - for the second time - brought some friends along with him on the path to history.Batchelor partnered with to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people performing full body burns this week, totaling 21 participants willing to literally light themselves on fire.Taking place at what was dubbed the Hotcards Burn in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the group burn included a local politician, radio personalities and local business owners. The attempt helped raise sponsorship money for the Cleveland Foodbank and Brick by Brick, an Ohio-based charity that aids women and children in South Africa.Those taking part were in the hands of a pro, as Batchelor's career has now seen him break Guinness World Records for full body burns on five separate occasions. Twice he's helmed a successful attempt at this group effort. Three times, he's broken the record for longest duration full body burn as an individual.The previous record for most people burning at once was 17, and had stood for more than four created a video documenting the event, and you can see how it all went down (or flames!) right here:videoThe Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Don't forget to also download three exclusive digital books, available now exclusively at iBooks: " Awesome Animals," (free download), " Colossal Constructions," and " Incredible People."

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