Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

7681Chinese New Year 2014: World Record round-up from ChinaToday marks the start of the Chinese New Year, with millions around the world set to take part in celebrations.To ring in the Year of The Horse, our colleagues in Greater China have chosen some of their favourite records that have been set in the region over the past twelve months.Largest light and sound show on a single buildingAn iconic record featuring one of China’s most iconic buildings.videoAchieved by Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, and first displayed back in April last year, this incredible spectacle measures 46,641.52 m² (502,405.1 ft²) and is staged on two sides of Hong Kong tallest skyscraper, the International Commerce Centre (ICC).The sound is available through speakers spaced across the opposite side of Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour, as well as through a mobile app.Largest animated mobile phone mosaicCreated at the inaugural China Smart Device Games back in July, this impressive mosaic was made with 400 HTC One Android smartphones displaying one giant animated image in perfect harmony.The attempt was coordinated by Sohu IT, device manufacturer HTC, and China Unicom, whose WCDMA HSPA+ network was used to download and play the minute-long looping video at the event.The creation of this hi-tech piece of artistry can be seen in the video below, along with the finished piece in action.videoLongest line of teddy bearsThe Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong was the scene of one the cutest world records broken last year, achieved by the suitably named children’s fashion brand Nicholas & Bears.Taking up the entire circumference of the hotel’s 102nd floor, a total of 4,041 bears were arranged in the record-setting line.The attempt was used to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong charity.Longest wooden carvingAmong the many world records confirmed on Guinness World Records Day back in October, was this astonishing wooden sculpture by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui.Unveiled on the day at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Carved from a single tree trunk, and , measuring 12.286 meters long, 3.075 meters high and 2.401 meters wide (40.308 x 10.088 x 7.877 ft), the carving took four years to complete.Largest display of origami cranesIn an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of music and movie star Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing, an incredible display of 1,956,912 paper cranes were created for this successful record attempt in Hong Kong, organised by Fun Entertainment Limited.Largest sushi mosaicCreated by restaurant Itacho Sushi at the Festival Walk in Hong Kong earlier this month, more than 100 chefs joined forces to set a new world record 's largest sushi mosaic, with the finished piece covering an area of 37.57 sq m. Featuring more than 20,000 pieces of sushi, to keep the fish fresh, the whole process was completed in a skating rink.videoThe largest yangge danceVery popular in northern China, Yangge is a form of Chinese folk dance.Back in June, 372 local citizens of Changchun City performed the largest ever example of the tradition in an event organised by Changchun Vanke Xinlicheng Real Estate Development Co.Largest prenatal yoga classA total of 423 mum’s-to-be took part in this impressive display of wellbeing in November at OCT Bay in Shenzhen City in an event organised by Shenzhen HOME Women's and Children's Hospital.videoLargest can pyramidMade up of 27,434 cans, this huge structure was created by Sedrin Beer in Fuzhou, earlier this month.
7682Will this year's Oscar nominations break any records?Image (C) GettyDespite the continued rise of mobile entertainment, on-demand viewing, and shrinking attention spans, people still love going to the movies.But if there's one thing people like doing even more than going to the movies, it's talking about the movies.And that's why "awards season" has turned into a bit of a cottage industry for gossipers and prognosticators alike. Well, we're smack in the middle of it now, what with the very liquid Golden Globes earlier in the week followed now by Thursday's Oscar nominations.Most attention gets focused on the Academy Awards themselves, and that'll certainly be the case come March.But for now, let's give some love to the actual nomination process, and peek at some of the records that could fall or be extended Thursday.DefinitesTwo records are almost sure to come down.Well, "come down" isn't the proper terminology, because they'll just be broken by the current record holders themselves. And "sure" isn't proper either, I guess, because you just never know with the Academy.videoBut Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is set to earn the actor/director his 16th nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His existing 15 are already the most ever, having resulted in three wins and a second record for the oldest winner of the award, at 76 for 2011's "Midnight in Paris."And when it comes to guessing who holds any acting awards record, you could do worse than just picking Meryl Streep and hoping you're right. In the case of the most nominations for acting, you would indeed be correct. She already owns the record for most total nominations for acting categories with 17 (14 leading, 3 supporting). She's expected to add to her total with a Best Actress nom for "August: Osage County." And her lead is commanding, with Jack Nicholson's 12 total nominations the second-most.Close But Not QuiteWe're seemingly in the middle of an age extremism era for the Oscars, after we saw both the oldest- and youngest-ever female nominees for lead acting categories get nominated last year (as seen below, 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis for "Beasts of the Southern Wild ," and Emannuelle Riva, 85, for "Amour," eventually lost to The Girl on Fire). videoThat won't continue this year, but two likely nominees are to come close.Bruce Dern is a shoo-in to earn a nomination for Best Actor after starring in "Nebraska." The 77-year-old would fall just behind 79-year-old Richard Farnsworth's nomination for "The Straight Story" in 1999. Meanwhile, on the ladies side, should June Squibb earn a Supporting Actress nomination for starring alongside Dern, the 84-year-old would place third-oldest for the category, behind 87-year-old Gloria Stuart ("Titanic") and 85-year-old Ruby Dee ("American Gangster").Tuck this away, though: if either Dern or Squibb were to go on to win the statue, they would be the oldest-ever winners in their respective categories.Long Shot"Titanic" and "All About Eve" jointly hold the record for most nominated film, with 14 apiece in 1997 and 1950, respectively. Most pundits are expecting "12 Years a Slave" to lead the nominations this year, but to fall just a bit shy, at around 12, followed by "Gravity" cleaning up technical awards to finish right behind. From the expected to the surprises, we'll find it all out Thursday morning!
7683Olympic torch arrival in UK set to be marked with largest dance routine record attemptThousands of schoolchildren in the UK and across the world will join together to try and beat the record for the largest Simultaneous Dance Routine (Multi Venue) tomorrow, helping to mark the day the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.The Guinness World Record attempt is set to take place at 1pm and will serve as a worldwide warm-up for Big Dance 2012, which is to run from 7-15 July 2012 and is part of the London 2012 Festival.Those taking part will perform a dance created especially for the event by top choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE with an original score, Céleste, by Scanner and Joel Cadbury.The dance will take place simultaneously in over 1,000 schools throughout the UK and across Europe, USA, South America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.Each school will learn the same piece of choreography created by Wayne McGregor which is available to download from the Big Dance website now from the Schools and Teachers section at: current world record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine (Multi Venue)is held by the Netherlands, with 1,472 locations and 264,188 people dancing.Big Dance is one of the world's biggest and most influential dance festivals, and this year it is one of the highlights of London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. In 2012, there will be events across the whole country, building up to Big Dance Week from 7 - 15 July.The programme will feature dance in the streets, in theatres and schools across the UK.Speaking ahead of the attempt, McGregor said: "The Schools Pledge is a fantastic and fun opportunity for young people of all ages to learn a new dance inspired by the Olympics and to perform it as part of our world record attempt."On the day the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK, young dancers throughout Britain and in our partner countries worldwide will share a unique moment in time, dancing together and in unison, sharing our passion for the art form we love."The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "Not everyone can compete at the Games, but we want as many people in London and across the world as possible to feel a part of this incredible year. I'm delighted to support Big Dance, which is already hugely popular in the capital and a fantastic way to join in the 2012 celebrations.""Even if the youngsters taking part in this exciting event won't be competing for medals, it is a unique chance to aim for a new world record, which I hope will inspire them to participate long after the Games are over."For more information about Big Dance 2012, head to
7684Video: James Cameron set for deepest manned dive Guinness World Record title after Mariana Trench expeditionHollywood film director James Cameron looks set to become a Guinness World Record holder for the second time, after reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the oceans.According to reports, the movie maker travelled at 26,700 feet an hour (about 5 mph) in his one-man submarine Deepsea Challenger in order to dive seven miles below the ocean's surface.The Trench, situated just off the coast of the Pacific island of Guam, measures a massive 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and is more than a mile higher than Everest is tall.Guinness World Records is currently awaiting evidence before ratifying a record, although Cameron's feat certainly puts him in line for the title of deepest manned dive, equalling the record set by US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard in 1960.The Walsh/Picard mission saw the pair spend 20 minutes on the ocean floor in a deep-sea submersible calledTrieste.Cameron could also lay claim to the deepest solo dive as well as the deepest tweet ever sent after sending a message declaring that he had reached the ocean's deepest point to his followers on Twitter.With the sea bed illuminated by the lights on his submarine, Cameron was able to see out on to the desolate underwater landscape from a small window, describing the sea floor as "devoid of sunlight, devoid of any heat, any warmth". videoThe pressure was so great that it squeezed the height of his submersible vehicle by three inches.Little in the way of life was immediately visible with the only creatures perceptible near the bottom being tiny shrimp-like arthropods. Cameron said further exploration would be required to discern what other organisms might live at the ocean's surface."When I got to the bottom ... it was completely featureless and uniform," he said. "My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity. ... More than anything, [it's] realizing how tiny you are down in this big, vast, black, unknown and unexplored place."The 57-year-old already holds the record for the director of most movies to gross over $1 billion, while his 3D science fiction epic Avatar holds seven world records including highest box-office film gross."Ocean trenches really are our planet's final frontiers," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, "and Cameron's fantastic voyage - the first in more than 50 years - will help us all learn more about the mysteries of this uncharted world."His passion for the ocean, and his dedication and drive to succeed, makes him a record-breaker who will rightly take his place among the world's greatest explorers."Cameron's dive was part of a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and watch makers Rolex.He says he plans to return to the Trench in the near-future for further exploration as well as taking samples from the ocean's surface floor in order to aid scientific research.
7685New world’s shortest woman: It’s official – Jyoti Amge from India is new record holderGuinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking achievements, today confirms the world's new Shortest living woman as Jyoti Amge - measuring just 62.8 cm tall (2 ft 06 in). Amge from Nagpur, India is 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan who stands at 69cm (2 ft 3 in) and had held the Shortest woman title since September 2011.Jyoti Amge, who celebrates her 18 th birthday today, could only be assessed for the Shortest woman title once she had reached her adult birthday on 16 th December 2011. On Jyoti's 18 th birthday, Guinness World Records travelled from London to her hometown of Nagpur to complete the official measurements required to verify the Shortest living woman title. In accordance with Guinness World Records guidelines Jyoti was measured three times in 24 hours by a medical professional and her height confirmed to be 62.8 cm tall (2 ft 06 in). Jyoti has been a Guinness World Records title holder since September 2009 when she was named the world's Shortest teenager measuring just 61.95 cm (2 ft). Since then Jyoti has grown just 0.85 cm and due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia she will not grow any further. Although she is no taller than the average two-year-old child, Jyoti is a budding fashionista and with the help of her sister customises her clothes and jewellery to match her tiny size. The Amge family is committed to ensuring Jyoti lives a normal life and follows her dreams to become a Bollywood film star. Jyoti has attended regular school since she was 4 and, other than a small desk and chair, she is like any other pupil.Despite her tiny stature, Jyoti Amge is not the Shortest woman in history. This title continues to be held by Pauline Musters (Netherlands, 1876-1895) who measured just 61cm (24in).On her new Guinness World Records title, Jyoti Amge said: "It is wonderful to celebrate my 18 th birthday with a new world record, it's like an added birthday present. I feel grateful to be this size, after all if I weren't small and had not achieved these world records I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries."Talking about Jyoti's 18 th birthday, her father, Kishanji Amge, said: "This year is a special celebration and we expect more visitors than ever to Jyoti's birthday party. But it has always been this way, she's always been very popular. I am sure this year her birthday party will be very colourful and loud, just like Jyoti!"Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Rob Molloy, said: "I'm honored to be here in Jyoti's home town to celebrate this very important birthday with her and her family. I'm pleased to be updating Jyoti's record status from Shortest teenager and crowning her the world's Shortest woman. Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere size and to just celebrate our differences." Video: Meet Jyoti Amge - the world's smallest woman New world's smallest woman: Ten things you need to know about Jyoti Amge
7686Guinness World Records announces global partnership with Festival of MediaGuinness World Records today announces a worldwide partnership with the Festival of Media Conference and Awards series.Guinness World Records will partner with Festival of Media across its three flagship events – Festival of Media Asia Pacific (16-18 March, Singapore) Festival of Media Global (6-8 April, Rome, Italy) and Festival of Media LatAm (1-3 October, Miami). The partnership sees the creation of a unique award category within the Festival of Media Awards, the premier media industry awards, across all three global events. The Record-breaking Brand award, sponsored by Guinness World Records, will celebrate and recognize the greatest record-breaking media campaigns of the last 12 months.videoThe shortlist for the award will be selected by Festival of Media judges and the winner selected by the industry through public vote.CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR VOTEThe inaugural Record-breaking Brand award will be awarded at Festival of Media Asia Pacific. Guinness World Records is pleased to announce that Festival of Media judges have selected fourteen record-breaking brands from across the APAC region for the first-ever Record-breaking brand award.Voting for the award is now open with the poll closing on the 6th of March. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18th March in Singapore. Shortlisted media campaigns include live events, experiential activation and digital content creation with record-breaking brands selected from Greater China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. The full shortlist for the Record-breaking Brand award is as follows:1. Ariel P&G, Vietnam, Most people hand-washing fabric simultaneously (single location)2. Berjaya Times Square, Malaysia, Largest Capsule Vending Machine3. P.T. Dokter Toy, Indonesia, Most people playing a board game simultaneously4. Fiji Airways, Fiji, Highest altitude wedding on an aircraft5. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FTLRP), China, Most people to write a story6. Asia Pacific Breweries, Singapore, Farthest beer bottle slide 7. International Commerce Centre (ICC), Hong Kong, Largest light and sound show on a single building8. Konica Minolta Business Solutions (HK) Limited, Hong Kong, Most participants in a static cycling relay in 12 hours9. Philips AVENT, China, Largest online photo album of handwritten notes10. Sohu, China, Largest smartphone ensemble11. Superga, Hong Kong, Largest shoe 12. The Floor by O!, Sri Lanka, Most cocktails commercially available13. Encyclopedia Britannica and Taichung City, Taiwan, The Most Pop Ups In A Pop Up Book14. Breeze Activbleach, Philippines, The Most People Handwashing Fabric Simultaneoulsy (in a single location)Commenting on the partnership with Festival of Media, Alistair Richards, Global President of Guinness World Records, said: "We are proud to have worked with the world’s leading brands to capture the power of record-breaking for their businesses. With Festival of Media, and its global award series, we are pleased to recognize our record holders who use Guinness World Records achievements in ever-more creative, innovative media campaigns.All those on the shortlist are deserving of the accolade, but it is up to the industry to determine which campaign will walk away with the award.”Charlie Crowe, Chairman & Editor in Chief of C Squared Group, commented ‘’ We are very excited to partner with Guinness World Records through our 2014 Festival events in Singapore, Rome and Miami. We are particularly proud to be able to introduce to the market a new category recognizing impactful brands and their creative record breaking media campaigns across the globe. ‘’ Festival of Media is created by C Squared Networks Ltd, the UK-based business publishing, events and technology brand.CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR VOTE
7687Largest game of He Loves Me He Loves me NotEuroproduzione331 peopleItaly, Milan18 April 2009The largest game of "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not" consisted of 331 people who picked petals off daisies simultaneously on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 18 April 2009.He/She Loves Me, He/She Loves Me Not or effeuiller la marguerite (in French) is a game of French origin, in which one person seeks to determine whether the object of their affection returns that affection or not.A person playing the game alternately speaks the phrases "He [or she] loves me," and "He loves me not," while picking one petal off a flower (especially an ox-eye daisy) for each phrase. The phrase they speak on picking off the last petal supposedly represents the truth between the object of their affection loving them or not. The outcome depends on whether the flower has an even or odd number of petals.
7688Fan Choice: August 15 - Vote now!Don't judge a book by its cover -- there's nothing small about the support for Scotty's Little Soldiers.The UK-based charity group received a big fan boost in last week's Fan Choice, taking the week with its successful record for the longest marathon playing rugby union, at 24 hr 51 min. Congratulations to event organizer Nikki Scott and the entire Scott's Little Soldiers charity, which supports children who have lost parents who were serving in the armed forces.Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Scotty's Little Soldiers, 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 #TacoTuesday dream come true and one lonnnng Japanese delicacy, but first, time for some jazz hands.LARGEST HUMAN IMAGE OF AN INSTRUMENTRecord: 1,660 peopleHolder: 2014 Nice Jazz Festival (France)Location: Promenade du Paillon in Nice, FranceThat's not all: The saxophone is arguably the most iconic instrument in jazz, made famous by everyone from John Coltrane to Clarence Clemons to Duke Silver. So what better way to kick off this year's Nice Jazz Festival by having everyone line up in the shape of a human sax. The total saxophone measured 56 m (183 ft 8 in) long.MOST BALLOONS BURST BY LASER IN ONE MINUTERecord: 32Holder: Daniel Black (UK)Location: Elstree, UKThat's not all: Using what basically looks like a type of real-life lightsaber, Daniel built this ultra-bright himself to make this attempt. It took him 18 months to perfect his creation, as many handheld lasers would overheat or fail before ever approaching the power of his invention. It took Daniel just 24 seconds out of his alotted minute to zap each of the balloons he had set up into oblivion.LARGEST TETRIXRecord: 17.25 m (56 ft 7 in) tall and 21.12 m (69 ft 3 in) wide at its baseHolder: International Science Festival Gothenburg (Sweden) Location: Gothenburg, SwedenThat's not all: The technical term for this 3D tetrix is a Sierpinski pyramid, which Wikipedia describes as " a fractal and attractive fixed set with the overall shape of an equilateral triangle, subdivided recursively into smaller equilateral triangles." So...yeah. We just know it looks really cool and it took 1,200 science students working together to build!LONGEST LINE OF TACOSRecord: 1,702 tacosHolder: Webster University Campus Activities (USA)Location: Webster Groves, Missouri, USAThat's not all: The overall length of the line measured 259.38 m (851 ft), consisting of flour tortillas, each 15.24 cm (6 in) in diameter. The tacos were consumed by the faculty, students and the participants of the attempt, as well as some being donated to the St. Patrick's Center and Feed My Peeps program.LONGEST BAUMKUCHENRecord: 11.51 m (37 ft 9.14 in)Holders: Gifu Okashi Festival Executive Committee (Japan)Location: Gifu, Gifu, JapanThat's not all: Originated as a dessert in central Europe (the name is German for "tree cake"), t he baumkuchen was brought to Japan during World War I and remains a popular delicacy. It's cooked on a rotating spit that typically holds between 10-20 layers of batter. This particular baumkuchen weighed 24.72 kg (54 lb 7.9 oz) and required a team of 90 to prepare it.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!<a href="">Fan Choice: August 15</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!
7689Fan Choice: August 1 - Vote now!First, they outlasted fatigue. Then, they outlasted last week's competition.The boys of Sodexo Ireland dominated the voting in last week's Fan Choice, more than doubling the amount of votes of the second-place finisher, with their record for the longest marathon playing 5-a-side football/soccer. Congratulations to the two squads from Sodexo, who raised money for charity and now earned a Fan Choice 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 favorite. The winners from each week, like Sodexo, 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 an ageless hockey goalie and a physics-defying limbo skater, but first, baby we were born to run!FASTEST 100 KM ON A TREADMILL BY A TEAMRecord: 5 hr 1 min 20 secHolder: High Performance Running Team (Belgium)Location: Lokeren, BelgiumThat's not all: For this record, a team is allowed up to 12 participants, who can all take turns running for however long they like in time or distance at a time. High Performance Running Team consister of team members Wouter Steyfkens, Joris Keppens, Ruben Van Praet, Levi Hoste, Toon De Bruyne, Kevin Bonnaerens, Davy De Schryver, Dieter Vanstreels, Steven De Loose, Pieterjan De Bosscher, Stijn D'heer and Berten De Vleeschauwer.OLDEST ICE HOCKEY PLAYERRecord: 78 years 86 daysHolder: Fred de Wit (Netherlands)Location: Nijmegen, NetherlandsThat's not all: Earlier this year, Fred took the ice as goalkeeper for the Nijmegen Gladiators against the Eindhoven Kemphanen in a Nederlandse IJshockey Bond Third Division match. Fred led the Gladiators to an 18-4 victory. As part of his illustrious career, Fred played for the Dutch national team from 1960-1965 and more than 10 professional teams throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.LONGEST LINE OF BOWLS OF NOODLESRecord: 3,000 bowlsHolder: Yunnan Folk Dance Promotion Association (Chinese Taipei)Location: Longang, Taoyuan County, Chinese TaipeiThat's not all: The line measured 296.2 m (971 ft 9 in) long in total. The noodles used in the attempt were traditional Yunnanese rice noodles, which were made and supplied by local Yunan restaurants, and then given away to attendees at the gathering.LOWEST LIMBO SKATINGRecord: 9 inches (22.86 cm)Holder: Medvin Deva (India)Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaThat's not all: Medvin is quite the flexible 9-year-old! To qualify for this record, the participant must skate a distance of at least 10 m (32 ft 9 in), which Medvin accomplished by staying below a succession of individual frames that were spaced one meter apart. Check out Medvin in action.videoMOST PARTICIPANTS IN A HAND SANITIZING RELAYRecord: 277 peopleHolders: Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (Hong Kong)Location: Kowloon, Hong KongThat's not all: The record was set by Hong Kong Baptist Hospital to mark World Hand Hygiene Day, an annual event organized by the World Health Organization. The folks of HKBH followed the proposed 7-step hand sanitizing routine recommended by the WHO, going one by one down the line until everyone was germ-free!And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&ampampampampampampampamplta href=""&ampampampampampampampampgtFan Choice: August 1&ampampampampampampampamplt/a&ampampampampampampampampgtThen 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!
7690Calvin Harris trumps Michael Jackson feat to join Taylor Swift, Rihanna and One Direction in Guinness World Records™ 2014 bookCalvin Harris has today cemented his reputation as one of music’s biggest megastars by grabbing top billing in the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™2014 annual – leapfrogging ‘The King of Pop,’ the late Michael Jackson, to be officially recognised as having Most Top 10 hits on UK singles chart from one album.The Scottish DJ/producer was given a private certificate presentation to celebrate his achievement in scoring an unprecedented nine Top 10 hits from his 2012 album “18 Months.”This means he has overtaken Michael Jackson, who had previously held the title with seven Top 10 hits from both "Bad" (1987) and "Dangerous" (1991).Remarkably, Calvin’s entry in the books was updated as recently as when he achieved his ninth top ten hit in August 2013 when “Thinking About You” climbed to Number 9 in the Official UK Singles Chart.Other big music battles playing out in the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™2014 annual include country-pop princess Taylor Swift edging ahead of One Direction in the musical stakes with two albums officially recognised in the new book compared to 1D’s solitary entry.The official records state that that Taylor Swift (USA) had the Fastest selling digital single with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes’ singles sales chart just 50 minutes after it was released on 14 August 2012.Swift is also the First solo female with two million-selling weeks on US album charts. She is the only female singer to notch up two million-selling weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. The “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” star, 23, achieved the rare feat with her third and fourth studio albums on their chart debuts. “Speak Now” shifted 1.047 million copies to bow at No. 1 on 13 November 2010 and “Red” crowned the countdown with sales of 1.208 million copies on 10 November 2012.Meanwhile lagging behind her, One Direction (UK/Ireland) are highlighted as Highest debut by a UK group on the US singles chart. The band debuted at No. 3 on the US singles chart on 20 October 2012 with “Live While We’re Young” – the highest bow by an all- or predominantly British group in the 55-year history of the Billboard Hot 100.Elsewhere, South Korean sensation PSY aka Park Jae-sang (South Korea, b. 31 December 1977) whose hit single “Gangnam Style” brought him worldwide fame in 2012, bags a spot in the new book with a world record for the Most viewed video online in 24 hours with "Gentleman." On 14 April 2013, the video had racked up 38,409,306 views on YouTube. PSY’s hit "Gangnam Style" will also be seen in the book as Most "liked" video online (having been "liked" 7,544,643 times on YouTube as of 16 May 2013).Emeli Sandé (UK) earns her place in the new 2014 Edition for Most consecutive UK Top 10 weeks for a debut album. Her album “Our Version of Events” spent its 63rd successive week inside the UK Top 10 – including 10 weeks at No. 1 – on 4 May 2013. She broke a record which had stood for 50 years, beating the achievement of The Beatles’ "Please Please Me," with 62 consecutive weeks following its release in March 1963.R&B sensation Rihanna took fans on a ‘detour’ from 8 Mile Road, dethroning the previous social media king, Detroit rapper Eminem, and taking the title of “ Most “Liked” Person on Facebook” with 70,738,549 “Likes” on May 16, 2013 (her current count stands at 74,769,237).Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from teen heartthrob to pop culture icon has yielded a number of milestone record achievements along the way. With the successes of My World 2.0, Never Say Never: The Remixes, Under the Mistletoe, Believe, and Believe Acoustic, he became the “Youngest Solo Artist to Have Five U.S. #1 Albums” before his 19 th birthday. He became the “First Musician with a Music Channel Viewed Three Billion Times” on October 22, 2012, and quickly approaches the four billion marker with 3,943,512,926 views to date. Also attaining great influence in the social media world, One Direction racked up 12,952,247 followers on Twitter to earn the title “Most Twitter Followers for a Pop Group” as of May 16, 2013 (current count is 14,617,245).Recently returning to television screens for its tenth series, ITV’s TheX Factor nabs a place in the records books as Most appearances by a judge. Two judges/mentors have appeared in nine series to date: Cowell himself was a judge on the first seven series in the UK (2004–10) and has starred in the first two series in the USA (2011–12). Louis Walsh (Ireland), who mentored UK series 2 (2005) winner Shayne Ward, has starred in all nine UK series to date (2004–12). That’s one-nil to Louis Walsh for coming out on top of Simon Cowell with that record-breaking feat.Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records, said: "The glittering array of celebrity record holders in the 2014 edition truly reflects Guinness World Records' eclectic and diverse scope. Musically, we stretch from our homegrown talent Emeli Sandé and Calvin Harris to South Korea's PSY and the USA's Taylor Swift. There's a good reason these people are all globally recognized – they are quite simply the best in their fields, as their GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificates attest."All these records and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2014 edition - available from 12 th September 2013 worldwide. For more information on this year’s book, including its incredible augmented reality features and your local stockist, head to
7691Fan Choice: More from GWR 2014It's kind of a shame that Lucas Wilson had such an impressive margin of victory, because now we can't really use the perfect pun, saying that he "escaped" with the win. Instead, Wilson took last week's Fan Choice vote handily, securing nearly 60% of the vote with no other competitor notching even 17%.Congratulations to Lucas, who rose above a number of fellow competitors from the Guinness World Records 2014 edition, in stores now.We're mixing it up again this week, choosing five more record breakers featured in this year's book. As you'll see, an important theme this week is to go big or go home! But will one of our more nimble record breakers glide to victory?Be sure to cast your vote below and let us know what you think in the comments!FASTEST 20 METER MOONWALK (pictured above)Record: 7.81 secHolder: Ashiq Baluch (UK)Location: "Lo Show Dei Record," Rome, ItalyThat's not all: Go ahead, you can jump out of your seat and try to beat this record right, we'll be here when you get back...ok, how'd you do compared to the record? Did you "Beat It?" Or were you just "Bad?" Ok, we'll stop now and just let you watch this video of Baluch in action.videoFARTHEST TIGHTROPE WALK IN HIGH HEELSRecord: 7.525 m (24 ft 8 in)Holder: Chelsea McGuffin (Australia)Location: Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaThat's not all: Another walking record, although this one is jusssst a bit different. In her official record attempt, McGuffin crossed the tightrope wearing a pair of heels 12 cm (4.7 in) high. The rope she walked across rose 2.42 m (7 ft 11 in) off the ground - certainly not a desirable fall, hence her trademark parasol for balance.LARGEST CHAIRRecord: 30 m (98 ft 5 in tall)Holders: XXXLutz and Holzleimbauwerk Wiehag GmbH (both Austria)Location: St. Florian, AustriaThat's not all: Before you ask, this is not a Photoshop job - all size records have been thoroughly verified by our Records Management Team, including this massive chair, which has stood since early 2009. As you'll find in the GWR 2014 edition, this chair is equal to the height of about five adult giraffes.LARGEST DRUM KIT (DIMENSIONS)Record: 5.2:1 scaleHolder: Drumartic (Austria)Location: Lienz, AustriaThat's not all: Guess size does matter in Austria, home to both the chair above and this massive, fully functional drum set. The individual pieces measure the following diameters: base drum 2.9 m (114 in), floor Tom 2.11 m (83 in), rack Tom 1.57 m (62 in), snare 1.85 m (73 in), hi-hat cymbals (x2) 1.73 m (68 in), crash cymbal 1.98 (78 in), ride 2.24 m (88 in). Fittingly, the group that constructed this set refers to it "Big Boom." LARGEST LIVING CATRecord: Length of 3.33 m (10 ft 11 in), height of 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in) at the shoulder, and weight of 418.2 kg (922 lb).Holder: HerculesLocation: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USAThat's not all: Hercules is a liger, meaning it's both Napoleon Dynamite's favorite animal and a mix between a lion and a tigress. He's currently housed at the Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve. Interestingly, ligers are often bigger than both the lions and tigers that spawn them, whereas tigons (the result when you have a male tiger and female lion mate) are usually smaller.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice from the Guinness World Records 2014 edition- time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:You can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!The 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." ***
7692GWR editorial team takes you behind the scenes of new 2014 book(l-r, Peacock, Glenday, Boatfield, Fall)You may have heard by now that the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 book edition is out.And you may have also heard some cool facts about the history of GWR’s famous annual, like how it’s the third best-selling book of all time (behind only the Bible and Qur'an) or the most popular book to be stolen from school libraries.But what you maybe don’t know is anything about the GWR Editorial team, dedicated year-round to putting together one of the most iconic books on the planet.Here, then, are some thoughts from members of that very team on this year’s amazing new edition.WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SPREAD IN THIS YEAR'S BOOK?Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief: I love the Superheroes spread (pages 208-209) – it's the first time we've ever dedicated an entire spread to superheroes, and it looks fantastic! Who was the first ever superhero? Who was the first superhero to die? What's the most expensive comic book? All the questions you've ever wanted to ask about these masked marvels.Stephen Fall, senior managing editor: Ups & Downs (p. 148-149) – I love the new Urban Life chapter, which offers a totally different way of looking at the spaces around us that we so often take for granted. It has everything from a 1,654-foot-high lift shaft to an escalator that rises just 2 feet 8 inches.Jane Boatfield, publishing manager: The entire Circus (p. 80-91) section is visually stunning. It's the first time we've dedicated an entire section to this subject, and I think it works brilliantly. I also love Live Concerts (p. 212), mostly because Wayne Coyne is my hero! Charlie Peacock, publishing executive: I'd say it would have to be the Pioneers Factfile: Leap of Faith (p. 68-69). The records that Felix Baumgartner broke are, pardon the pun, heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of magnitude, difficulty, and impressiveness. It's one of those records that is truly defining.DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE RECORD HOLDERS FEATURED?videoPeacock: Well, my next favourite record breaker after Felix would have to be Happie the skateboarding goat (above) - I think the record is really in the spirit of Guinness World Records to be inclusive, entertaining and displaying all sorts of weird and wonderful record breakers.Glenday: There are countless superlative humans this year, but my favourite record holder is probably Fanny the robot dragon! Fanny's a 24,000-lb walking, fire-breathing mechanical dragon – and the world's largest walking robot! I've never seen anything like this before.Boatfield:Ozzy, the tightrope walking dog! Why? Check out the video in the Awesome Animals ebook. AMAZING! Fall: Has to be Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur. I love cats anyway and who can resist this mighty specimen?ONE OF THE COOLEST FEATURES OF THE BOOK IS THE USE OF AUGMENTED REALITY. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT IT? Glenday: AR continues to amaze me. We're doing different things with it this year, including virtual reality – in which you can see the 360-degree view from the top of Mount Everest – and the fantastic "Photo Booth" feature, which allows you to take a photograph of someone and give them record-breaking features such as the largest afro, the most protruding eyes, the longest tongue and the widest mouth.Peacock: The Everest feature is very cool – it's the closest most of us will ever get to actually being at the top of the world!Fall: It's great that we can bring record holders to life in such a visually striking way. We wanted to keep the book itself central to the reader's experience, and the AR does that while providing something extra.Boatfield: The kids LOVE it! It's great to see their awestruck faces when they see it for the first time. WHICH PARTS OF THE BOOK WERE MOST DIFFICULT TO PULL OFF?Boatfield:Mind & Memory was quite tricky. Although the records are fascinating, they're not that visually appealing.Peacock: I think from my perspective the most difficult spreads were the Circus ones, because they are an absolute pig to convert for translation and we had to do a lot on them to make them work in the international editions [Ed. note: the Guinness World Records book is available in more than two dozen languages].Glenday: Creating the Prehistoric Life spread was a bit of a challenge! For the dinosaurs spread, of course, we have no photos, so I decided to use toy dinosaurs – the idea was to photograph them and work them into a snapshot of a familiar location that readers would recognise. I chose Trafalgar Square in London, as it's usually packed with tourists. [Our designers have] done a wonderful job, and the spread really shows you the immensity of these prehistoric creatures.Fall: On the other end, City of the Future was a challenging one. How do you illustrate and write about something that doesn't exist yet? The spread has fun asking "What if?"If you had to describe this year’s edition in five words or fewer, how would you?Glenday: You only need two words to describe this year's book: Officially Amazing! [Ed. note: that’s a lot more than five words, but we guess preambles don’t count]Boatfield: Yet another Officially Amazing publication!Peacock: The best thing on paper!Fall: Life, the universe and everything.The Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Three iBooks are also available now at the iTunes store: "Awesome Animals," (free download), "Colossal Constructions," and "Incredible People."
7693Fan Choice: October 17 - Vote now!Talk about a photo op. The longest line of photo cut-out boards claimed victory in last week's Fan Choice, claiming 50.26 percent of the vote and outdueling the largest gathering of people dressed as cows, which had earned 48.85.The record was broken by the Tokachi - Sekaiichi Project and took place in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan, with the aim of bringing the local community closer together.Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like the Tokachi - Sekaiichi Project, 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 someone sure to never have their sleep interrupted and a feat to make even a Tour de France winner jealous, but first, who says you need two hands to clap?MOST ONE-HANDED CLAPS IN ONE MINUTE (see above)Record: 403 clapsHolder: Karsten Mohn (USA)Location: Everett, Washington, USAThat's not all: How to measure such a record? With two pressure-sensitive microphones measuring each individual clap. Karsten, only 14 years old, says he's been clapping single-handedly for as long as he can remember. His first ever try, he fell just 40 short of the record, and was determined to practice for the record until he broke it. Check out the video below from 1 minute 55 seconds from the King 5 TV channel in Washington.videoLARGEST COLLECTION OF "DO NOT DISTURB" SIGNSRecord: 11,570 signsHolder: Rainer Weichert (Germany)Location: Moers, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyThat's not all: Rainer has collected signs from hotels, cruise ships, and airplanes from a total of 188 countries across the world since 1990. His rarest and most valuable item is from the Olympic Village in Berlin from the 1936 Games, while his oldest item is from the General Brock Hotel in Canada, dating back to September 1910.GREATEST VERTICAL ASCENT ON A BICYCLE IN 12 HOURS Record: 9,271.8 m (30,419 ft 2.77 in) Holder: Adrian Ellul (Australia) Location: Gardiners Road in Habana, Queensland, AustraliaThat's not all: Adrian, a triathlete for 16 years, was looking for a new physical challenge and the cycling phenomenon known as "Everesting" caught his attention. As you could imagine, Everesting involves finding a vertical cycling route and repeating it as often as possible to reach the equivalent height of Everest. Not only did Adrian conquer "the mountain," but did so by more than 400 m in the 12-hour window.MOST DOG TOYS STUFFED IN ONE HOURRecord: 2,100 toysHolder: Pet Supplies Plus and Detroit Dog Rescue (both USA)Location: Livonia, Michigan, USAThat's not all: The attempt was made by 70 participants from Pet Supplies Plus and Detroit Dog Rescue, who stuffed the 2,100 toys with doggie treats in only 21 min 4 sec. Afterward, the toys were donated to rescued, homeless dogs sheltered by Detroit Dog Rescue.MOST GOLF BALLS HIT OVER 300 YARDS IN ONE HOURRecord: 448Holder: Andrew Frakes (USA)Location: McKinney, Texas, USAThat's not all: Andrew hit the course at the TPC Craig Ranch golf club, needing not only to hit every ball at least 300 yards, but to do so into a target area, ensuring any major hooks or slices didn't count. Doing the math, he averaged nearly 7.5 of these monster drivers per minute, an incredible physical feat for a swing demanding such force and torque.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!<a href="">Fan Choice: October 17</a>Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!The 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition of the Guinness World Records book is out now! Find out all about it and see record holders like the longest tongue at for the latest on all things world record, visit Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our brand-new Instagram. Plus check out Guinness World Records on YouTube to subscribe for the latest record-breaking videos!
7694New FIFA, Minecraft and Tomb Raider world records revealed in Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's EditionMinecraft, Tomb Raider, FIFA, Call of Duty are just some of the latest gaming phenomenon’s to have been recognised in the eighth edition of ‘gaming bible’ Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2015, out on Thursday 6 th November.Spaniard Rodrigo Martin Santos, who owns a staggering 2,383 related Tomb Raider items, has earned him the record for the Largest Collection of Tomb Raider Memorabilia.The 27-year-old’s collection was counted and approved by Guinness World Records this year.Rodrigo was inspired by the creator of Lara Croft, Briton Toby Gard. The original computer games helped build his collection and his most prized assets include the original costume worn by model Rhona Mitra in Tomb Raider 2 and a life sized Lara Croft and Rose statue of which only 50 were ever made.Austrian Minecraft endurance player Martin Fornleitner played the crafting game for a staggering 24 hours and 10 minutes on his Sony Xperia Play handset earning him the record for the Longest Videogame Marathon on Minecraft.Remarkably, the 19 year-old achieved the record in a glass container in Vienna back in 2011 under the watchful eye of the public and claimed tiredness was his biggest battle throughout the record attempt. Martin suggests a lot of practice is needed if anyone was ever interested in taking on his record and, also, a good music playlist to keep you interested (and awake).In the world of football simulation, FIFA is king - and in the world of real football, Germany is king. Combine the two, and you get Patrick Hadler, aged 19, from Hannover, who replicated his countries success at this year’s World Cup, by achieving the record for the Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA World Cup 2014 with a 321-0 scoreline!Patrick believes commitment, focus and a keen eye for goal was at the heart of his success and wanting to feel as good as the real life Germany football team.Hecaterina Kinumi Iglesias (aka Kinumi Cati), is a specialist in the science and fantasy field of gaming and holds two endurance based records for the Longest Videogame Marathon on Final Fantasy ( 38 hours 6 minutes on July 28 th 2013) and Longest Videogame Marathon on World of Warcraft ( 29 hours 31 minutes on March 30 th 2014).Hecaterina’s inspiration behind her records came from wanting to be recognised as a ‘good gamer’ and to grant her more exposure on her Youtube channel, where she also shares videos of her singing.Other gaming records include:Best-selling Eighth Generations Console – PS4Most “Game of the Year” Awards – The Last of UsFirst Mobile Game Series to Reach 1 Billion Downloads – Angry BirdsFastest Car in a Videogame – Gran Turismo 6 - The Red Bull X2011 can travel at 622 km/h (386 mph)Longest-running Sports Videogame Series - There have been 30 Madden NFL games across 26 yearsFirst Fish to “play” a Videogame - US College students managed to make Pokémon respond to a fishMost Costly Pac-Man Game - “Google Doodle” was played for 500,000,000 hours in total, distracting office workers everywhere and costing businesses an estimated £85 million in lost productivity!This year’s Guinness World Record’s Gamer’s Edition is packed full of new features covering topics as diverse as the toys-to-life phenomena, gaming firsts, zombie games, Alien games videogame fashion and the big titles you’ll likely be playing over the coming months. It also looks at handheld gaming from Mattel’s Auto Race in 1976 to the innovative mobile gaming scene of today and how to become a record holder yourself with expert gaming tips.Craig Glenday, Editor in-Chief, Guinness World Records, said: “Gaming is so dynamic and fast-moving that there’s never any shortage of exciting new superlatives for Guinness World Records to explore. Speed runs, high scores, technical achievements, collections, cosplaying… you’ll find it all the new Gamer’s Edition. And this year, we’re focusing on the most popular games as chosen for by our readers, peppered with interviews, features, hardware profiles and annual awards. Video gaming is sure to become the most significant art form of the 21 century, and the Gamer’s Edition – now in its eighth year – is committed to recording and documenting the increasingly impressive progress being made.videoGuinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition is out now. To find out where to buy it in your country, head to
76952014 FIFA World Cup previewIt's finally here.The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins today, with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia at 4 pm ET. It marks the first time since 1950 that the home of futebol hosts the crowning tournament in global soccer. With Spain attempting an unprecedented four straight major tournament titles, England and the U.S. looking to navigate difficult groups, and the home nation trying to carry the burden of national expectations, it's sure to be a tournament to remember.To get you ready, then, here's a look at all you need to know to put you in a record-breaking state of mind ahead of kick-off in São Paulo.WORLD CUP REWINDOver the past week, we've been taking a look back at some of the most memorable records broken in the history of the World Cup in our "Rewind" feature.videoWe started and ended in Brazil, with our first piece taking a look at Ronaldo's career goals record in the competition, and our last revisiting the attendance record set in the 1950 final that still stands today.In between, we marveled at the 1958 tournament of Just Fontaine, fondly reminisced on the 1994 World Cup in the U.S., recounted the fastest goal in the competition's history, recalled the fastest ejection from a game (above), and jumped in the time machine to the latest title-winning goal way back in 2010.We might be biased, but I'd say if you're looking for a great World Cup history lesson before Brazil, to check out as many of the links above as you can.WHAT TO EXPECTHistory's great and all, but, what to expect from this year's tournament?Our records team will of course be keeping an eye on any potential records being broken, and be sure to follow us not only here on the site, but also on Twitter @GWR for the latest. Here are five achievements prime for the breaking:1.) Most consecutive World Cup victories by a teamSpain enter the tournament having won six matches in 2010. They stand five victories away from Germany's record 11 from 2006. Spain would have to go victorious through to at least the semifinal to take it.2.) Most career World Cup goals scored by an individualvideoAs highlighted in the Ronaldo piece above, the Brazilian is retired on 15 goals. Nipping at his cleats, though, is Germany's Miroslav Klose. The ageless wonder stands at 14 goals heading into Group G play.3.) Most World Cup goals scored all-time by a teamGermany's pretty good, aren't they? Die Mannschaft have scored the second most all-time goals in the competition with 206. Who do they look up at? Well, Brazil. Also pretty good. OCanarinho have scored 210 all-time goals and will look to hold off the Germans, who could overtake the record with an impressive showing.4.) Oldest player in a World CupvideoRoger Milla played at age 42 years 39 days for Cameroon at the 1994 World Cup, the oldest man to ever see the pitch (he also scored). Faryd Mondragon has found a place on this year's Colombia squad just nine days shy of his 43rd birthday. If the backup keeper finds the pitch, the record is his.5.) Most red cards all-time by a teamWhile we hate to see ugly play, tempers could certainly flare in Brazil, what with the searing temperatures and suffocating humidity of some venues combined with the endless travel. Coincidentally, Brazil own this record with 11 all-time reds drawn. But, South American neighbors Argentina and Uruguay sit right behind them with 10 and 9, respectively.GWR SPOTLIGHTLastly, if you're not in the spirit yet, then maybe Jan Schrøder La Caille of Denmark can get you there. Inspired by his 8-year-old son, who wants to grow up to be the fastest dribbler in the world, La Caille recently broke the record for the fastest marathon dribbling a football/soccer ball. You can check out the story in the first-ever episode of our new YouTube series, "Spotlight." videoBut enough talking, enough previewing -- it's time to samba, time to cheer, and time to enjoy the beautiful game. Be sure to check back for our recaps after every round, and may whatever team you root for have the good fortune of enjoying a long summer.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!
7696Video: Schoolchildren smash samba band world record at Royal Albert HallA record-breaking 1,675 children got into the carnival spirit on Monday as they set a new world record for the largest ever Samba band at London’s Royal Albert Hall.The youngsters, aged between seven and 16 and from 27 schools across the UK capital, were joined by dancers from the London School of Samba to perform a specially-commissioned piece of music for the attempt.The event was organised by world music education initiative Inspire-works in support of the launch of the second Street Child World Cup - a global campaign that brings street children from around the world together to play football and raise awareness about their lives. Running parallel to the world famous Rio Carnival, the performance created an enormous wall of noise that enveloped the iconic venue. It marked the culmination of weeks of hard work by the pupils who had taken part in a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works facilitators to prepare for the record attempt.Speaking after the successful attempt, Street Child World Cup Chief Executive John Wroe said: “Today over 1,600 school children have made a stand and banged their drums for the rights of street children across the world. Their message was loud and clear: no child should have to live on the streets.”The moment we found out the children broke the world record! #bangthedrum They did an AMAZING job!— StreetChildWorldCup (@SCWC2014) March 3, 2014Caroline McNamara, Senior Education Consultant at the Royal Albert Hall, said “We were so proud to support this great cause as part of our education and outreach work and what an achievement to break a World Record in the process. We were delighted to welcome all the schools involved for what was an unforgettable event”Monday’s attempt smashed the previous world record, which was set by 1,038 people in São Paolo, Brazil in 2001.SCWC kicks off in three weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with up to 250 street-connected boys and girls from 19 countries on five continents coming together to play football and challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere.To find out more about the Street Child World Cup, head to record-breaking 1,675 children got into the carnival spirit on Monday as they set a new world record for the largest ever Samba band at London’s Royal Albert Hall.The youngsters, aged between seven and 16 and from 27 schools across the UK capital, were joined by dancers from the London School of Samba to perform a specially-commissioned piece of music for the attempt.The event was organised by world music education initiative Inspire-works in support of the launch of the second Street Child World Cup - a global campaign that brings street children from around the world together to play football and raise awareness about their lives. Running parallel to the world famous Rio Carnival, the performance created an enormous wall of noise that enveloped the iconic venue. It marked the culmination of weeks of hard work by the pupils who had taken part in a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works facilitators to prepare for the record attempt.Speaking after the successful attempt, Street Child World Cup Chief Executive John Wroe said: “Today over 1,600 school children have made a stand and banged their drums for the rights of street children across the world. Their message was loud and clear: no child should have to live on the streets.”Caroline McNamara, Senior Education Consultant at the Royal Albert Hall, said “We were so proud to support this great cause as part of our education and outreach work and what an achievement to break a World Record in the process. We were delighted to welcome all the schools involved for what was an unforgettable event”Monday’s attempt smashed the previous world record, which was set by 1,038 people in São Paolo, Brazil in 2011.SCWC kicks off in three weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with up to 250 street-connected boys and girls from 19 countries on five continents coming together to play football and challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere.videoTo find out more about the Street Child World Cup, head to
7697World Cup Rewind: Largest attendance at a match in the 1950 Brazil finalThe 2014 World Cup in Brazil is almost upon us. To get you in the mood for this summer’s tournament, in the week leading up to kick-off, we’ll be taking a look back at the stories behind some of the most significant world records set on the beautiful game’s biggest stage.Today: The 1950 final in Brazil remains the highest attendance ever at a football matchThe way Russia feels about the Miracle on Ice.The way Britain feels about the Revolutionary War.The way Alexander Karelin feels about Rulon Gardner.Wow, sorry, this writer’s American bias got way out of control there!Anyway, all those emotions – that’s how Brazil still feels about the 1950 FIFA World Cup.videoThe last time the South American giant hosted the world’s most popular tournament, its people’s passion for the game showed no bounds. In fact, the final match of the 1950 World Cup remains the record holder for not only the largest attendance at a World Cup match, but also the highest at any football/soccer match, period.Officially, 173,850 paid spectators crammed into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium on July 16 to watch host Brazil take on Uruguay for arguably the most prized trophy in world sports.And Brazil lost.2-1.Nearly 200,000 sets of tearful eyes and shattered hearts wondering when their mothers would come wake them up from this national nightmare.videoSome estimates have even pegged the attendance as high as 199,000 or 210,000 unofficially. Those claims state that thousands had entered the stadium illegally and without tickets, just to witness what was certain to be Brazil’s first World Cup triumph happen on home soil.And why wouldn't those fans believe it?The tournament final was decided by a four-team final group, as opposed to the knockout format we know today. Amazingly, Brazil had crushed its first two finals opponents, Sweden and Spain, by a combined 13-2 score.All it required was to draw against its much tinier neighbor to the south and the Jules Rimet Trophy would sit with the Seleção.Brazilian newspaper O Mundo even printed an early edition claiming the Brazil squad the world champions. There isn’t a perfect translation for “bulletin board material” in Portuguese, but this was basically it.Some of the shockwaves from the surprise result in front of the record crowd reverberate to this day.videoThe term “Maracanazo” remains used in Latin American soccer to this day in describing a mammoth upset.The 22 gold medals commissioned by the Brazilian Football Confederation for its squad have proven that you don’t etch names on trophies until after the final whistle.And the famous yellow shirt that Brazil has turned into a universal cloak of destruction over the last 60 years? That came about as part of a uniform redesign after the “cursed” home white shirts worn in the 1950 final were discarded forever.This year’s World Cup will see no threat to the single-game attendance record.The modernized Maracanã remains the largest-capacity venue in the competition, but holds a “mere” 73,531 spectators. And stadium ticket policies have grown just a little stricter since 1950.What Brazil hopes, though, is that even if fewer people will see the final in person, they’ll do so smiling at a different result.Earlier Articles World Cup Rewind: Ronaldo sets all-time goals world record World Cup Rewind: Just Fontaine still owns the most goals in a single tournament World Cup Rewind: America goes crazy for soccer in 1994 World Cup Rewind: Hakan Şükür scores the tournament’s fastest ever goalWorld Cup Rewind: Jose Batista clocks up the fastest ever sending offWorld Cup Rewind: Andres Iniesta plays the hero with last-ditch goal at South Africa 2010And 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!
7698Valentine's Day: Ten of the most romantic world recordsLargest Underwater Wedding
76998 Burj Khalifa records for Skyscraper DayIn case you didn't know, Wednesday is National Skyscraper Day in the U.S. It's a day meant to admire and honor some of the great work of engineers, architects, and constructors that have helped create the glimmering towers we crane our necks up to see around the world.Cross the globe and you'll find no shortage of iconic skyscrapers: New York City's Empire State Building. Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur.But one stands, literally, above the rest: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. And so, to commemorate this day meant to honor some of man's greatest engineering achievements, here are eight records held by the tallest structure ever created by humans on land.TALLEST BUILDINGThe Burj measures 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) tall, having taken the crown of tallest building from Taipei 101 when it officially opened on Jan. 4, 2010. It was developed by Emaar Properties and concluded a construction period that lasted more than 7 years.TALLEST MAN-MADE STRUCTURE ON LAND EVERvideoNot just the king of buildings, the Burj's height surpassed anything ever built by man from the ground up. The all-time height record for any structure used to belong to the guyed Warszawa Radio mast at Konstantynow, Poland. Prior to its fall during renovation work in August 1991, it stood 646.38 m (2,120 ft 8 in) tall. The mast was completed on July 18, 1974 and put into operation four days later. It was designed by Jan Polak and weighed 550 tonnes.MOST FLOORS IN A BUILDINGTo reach the highest height, you'll need a lot of floors to get there, and so it's no surprise the Burj holds this record with 160 floors abiding by GWR rules. Of course with that many floors, one would be a fool to take the stairs...TALLEST ELEVATOR IN A BUILDINGvideo...but luckily, there's an elevator! Unsurprisingly, the building's main lifts climb 504 m (1,654 ft) in a single ascent. Further elevators then take visitors to higher levels. The double-deck cabins travel at speeds of 64 km/h (40 mph), or 1,076 m (3,500 ft) per minute – also a world record.HIGHEST RESTAURANT FROM GROUND LEVELAnd you can take those elevators to enjoya meal with a view unlike any other on Earth. " At.mosphere," sits on Level 122 of the building, at a height of 441.3 metres (1,447ft 10 in), and with the capacity to sit 210 people.HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL APARTMENTSOr you could just call the Burj your home. Floors 77-108 of the building are entirely residential, with apartments reaching as high as 385 m (1,263 ft). We're assuming the Seamless delivery guy isn't a big fan.FASTEST TIME TO CLIMB BURJ KHALIFA UNASSISTEDvideoSome people's first instinct when they see something tall? "I want to climb it." That's the case with Alain Robert, dubbed the " French Spider-Man," who's made a career of scaling skyscrapers. On March 29, 2011, he Aggro Cragged the Burj Khalifa in 6 hours 13 minutes 55 seconds, solo and unassisted.HIGHEST BASE JUMP FROM A BUILDINGAnd then there are people who see tall things and just want to jump off them. French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took off from 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) high off the Burj on April 21, making the insane video you see here.videoOf course, with projects like Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower in the works, who knows how many Skyscraper Days are left before we're crowning a new tallest building. But for now, Burj is boss.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!
7700Will Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare match the success of its record-breaker predecessors?The latest iteration of the first-person shooter games franchise Call of Duty hit shelves earlier this week.Set 50 years in the future, COD: Advanced Warfare allows gamers to wield a variety of hi-tech new weaponary, including exoskeleton outfits that give soldiers superhuman powers.The game also features Hollywood star power, with House of Cards star Kevin Spacey playing the role of Jonathan Irons, a private military contractor intent on ruling the world.videoWhile early reviews have so far been mostly positive, the game has much to live up to if it is to repeat the success of previous games in the series.An online poll of more than 5,000 readers of the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition book from 140 countries across the world voted the Call of Duty series their favourite game earlier this year, beating Super Mario Bros. into second place.The franchise is recognized by Guinness World Records as being the best-selling first-person shooter (FPS) videogame series, having racked up an incredible 188,900,000 units sold across all formats as of July this year.The series also holds the record for most BAFTA-nominated videogame series, with 36 nominations across seven titles including the Modern Warfare and Black Ops editions.In 2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 made nearly £500m in sales globally during the first five days of its release alone and went on to be the best selling game so far in the series having sold 29.72 million units across all gaming platforms, earning it the world record for Best-selling shooter videogame. Within 16 days of release it beat James Cameron’s 3D movie epic Avatar to become the fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion (£641.6 million), a record since beaten by the Avengers movie in 2012 and then Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V last year which hit the figure in just three days of release.The Call of Duty games haven't just made a fortune for makers Activision, however.Damon “Karma” Barlow is the highest-earning Call of Duty player, making a total of $229,628 (£136,842) in his career, according to e-Sports Earnings.Barlow won the Call of Duty Championship in 2013 as a member of team “Impact” and again in 2014 as a member of team “compLexity”. “Impact” – consisting of “Karma”, Adam “Killa” Sloss, Marcus “MiRx” Carter and team captain Christopher “Parasite” Duarte – became the first winner of the CoD Championship with victory on 7 April 2013 and prize money of $1,000,000 (£651,687). In 2012, Australia's Okan Kaya broke four Guinness World Records titles simultaneously for Longest videogame marathon, Longest videogame marathon on a Call of Duty game, Longest videogame marathon on a First Person Shooter (FPS) and Longest videogame marathon on a shooter game. Okan's incredible gaming session lasted a mind-boggling 135 hours 15 minutes 10 seconds on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.Will the next record be on #AdvancedWarfare? Longest @CallofDuty videogame marathon: 135 hrs by Okan Kaya— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) November 4, 2014The series has also spawned some incredible high scores and record-breaking performances submitted by fans to Guinness World Records via our Challengers website.Canadian sharp-shooter Daniel McNeilly registered a yet-to-beaten time of 18.40 to set a record for fastest time to complete the Stay Sharp level of Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops last yearvideoArguably even more impressive is this expert piece of play by brothers and regular record-breakers Tristen Geren and Taylor Geren (both USA), who clubbed together to capture the flag in CoD: Black Ops II, while blindfolded, in just 38.40 seconds in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA, on 16 September 2013.videoThe Geren brother’s record is one of many Call of Duty records that appear in in Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition which is out now. To find out where to buy it in your country, head to you think you can do better than any of the COD gameplay records featured above, why not post your score on our Challengers website? Check out the full list of the 50 games voted the most popular in our GWR Gamer's Edition online readers poll. 1. Call of Duty 2. Super Mario Bros. 3. Minecraft 4. Grand Theft Auto 5. Halo 6. The Legend of Zelda 7. FIFA 8. Assassin's Creed 9. Battlefield 10. The Elder Scrolls 11. Pokémon 12. Angry Birds 13. Final Fantasy 14. Need for Speed 15. Mario Kart 16. League of Legends 17. Borderlands 18. Metal Gear 19. Sonic the Hedgehog 20. Counter-Strike 21. Kingdom Hearts 22. The Last of Us 23. World of Warcraft 24. The Witcher 25. Pro Evolution Soccer 26. God of War 27. Far Cry 28. Bioshock 29. Resident Evil 30. Uncharted 31. Fallout 32. Batman: Arkham 33. DotA 34. Gears of War 35. Mass Effect 36. Half-Life 37. Pac-Man 38. Portal 39. Super Smash Bros. 40. Saints Row 41. WWE 42. LittleBigPlanet 43. Crash Bandicoot 44. LEGO 45. Mortal Kombat 46. Red Dead Redemption 47. World of Tanks 48. Gran Turismo 49. NBA 2K 50. Just Dance
7701A not-so-Sinister Six of Spidey replacements ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man 2In the mood for more record-breaking comics? Check out the record broken by Marvel with its Deadpool wedding cover and then check out our Q-and-A with legendary Captain America illustrator Ken Bald, the oldest comic book artist.On the surface, it seems like Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker has things under control as Spider-Man.Just look at the fact that he's ready to battle Electro, Rhino, and other potential members of the Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 -- less than just two years after defeating The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man!videoThe Spidey sequel hits American theaters Friday, but we're already worried that Peter might soon need a mental health day with such a heavy workload. With that in mind, here are six record holders who can bring some of the goods to the superhero table. Because with a great record comes great responsibility.ALAIN ROBERTThe 51-year-old Robert already owns the nickname: he calls himself " The French Spiderman."And you have to hand it to him, some of his real-life stunts are things you'd only expect to see in CGI at the nearest IMAX. Among the achievements in his decades-long career are climbing the Eiffel Tower, Petronas Towers, and Empire State Building -- all with no equipment outside a bag of climbing chalk and his climbing shoes. Two world records sum up Robert's career and abilities. On March 28, 2011, he took on the world's tallest building with the fastest unassisted solo climb of the Burj Khalifa in 6 hr 13 min 55 sec. And, thanks to his proclivity and more than 100 structures ascended, Robert also owns the record for most buildings climbed unassisted.PHILIPPE PETITvideoTo fill Spidey's spandex, you also need to be daring and skilled not just going up buildings, but between them. Enter Philippe Petit (what is it with these heights-loving Frenchmen?!). In perhaps the most famous tightrope walk of all-time, Petit broke the record for highest tightrope walk (ground supported) with his 411 m (1,350 ft) high crossing between the former towers of New York City's World Trade Center in 1974.NIK WALLENDAvideoBattling Petit among famous funambulists is Nik Wallenda. The American has proven to possess the very Spider-Man skill of adapting to a variety of heights-conquering environments. He owns the records for the highest tightrope crossing by bicycle at 72.5 m ( 238 ft) the longest tightrope crossing by bicycle at 71.63 m (235 ft) and the first tightrope walk across the base of Niagara Falls. SAM PARHAMSpider-Man rockets between and around buildings, busses, and bad guys with extreme agility and quickness, but he has the advantage of those spiderwebs. Someone like Sam Parham (and his sometime-conspirators, see below) does it all on his own. A member of the parkour team 3Run, pictured above, Parham holds two records: the longest distance vaulted between two objects at 2.35 m (7 ft 8 in) and the longest running vault to vault (standing) at a distance of 2.57 m (8 ft 5 in).THE ARMITAGE BROS.Cane, Cole, and Chase...they sound like a superhero team already. Those are the three Armitage brothers and, along with Parham and others, they've put their names all over the Guinness World Records books for their agile parkour feats as part of the 3Run team. They each have an indivual record to their name:Cane: longest standing jump between two objects, 2.85 m (9 ft 4 in)Cole: longest standing jump from vault-to-handstand, 2.37 m (7 ft 9 in)Chase: farthest backflip off a wall, 3.48 metres (11 ft 5 in)And have also all participated in two team records: the greatest platform distance cat-leaped in one minute by a team at 48.32 m (158 ft 6 in) and the most backflips off a wall in one minute by a team with 55. WILLIAM ORRELvideoLastly, between all the web slinging and wall-climbing, hand speed is of paramount importance. And very few can match young William Orrel. The teenager (hey! just like Peter Parker!) is the current record holder for the fastest 3-3-3 individual stack (1.436 sec), fastest 3-6-3 individual stack (1.902 sec), and fastest individual cycle stack, which you can watch in 5.303 mind-binding seconds above.While waiting in line for tickets to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, check out 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!
7702Fan Choice: June 6 - Vote now!It was a tight, back-and-forth battle between two runaway contestants in last week's Fan Choice competition. But in the end, the most people making sandwiches did away with the longest distance run three-legged in 24 hours by a final tally of 52.43% to 43.8%.For TangoTab and Friends, the group who broke that sandwiches record, it's a third victory of sorts. The first, of course, came when they set their record. The second came when they were able to feed more than 136,000 people in need with the meals crafted at their attempt. And now they can call themselves a Fan Choice champion.Every Friday here, we'll pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like TangoTab and Friends, 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 features a nearly footlong chest hair and a very interesting use of 3,000 ping pong balls. But first, hold the mayo again?MOST SANDWICHES MADE IN ONE HOURRecord: 17,341 sandwichesHolder: Students of the University of Southern California (USA)Location: Los Angeles, California, USAThat's not all: Another week of sandwiches? That's right! Last week's winner was for the most people making sandwiches at once, while this week features USC students trying to make as many as possible in 60 minutes. The ham and cheese sandwiches were all donated to charities Union Rescue Mission, Midnight Mission, Downtown Women's Center and LA Mission right after the event.LONGEST CHEST HAIRRecord: 23.3 cm (9.17 in)Holder: Zhao Jingtao (China)Location: Harbin, Heilongjiang, ChinaThat's not all: Zhao owned a previous chest hair that had grown almost long enough to beat the prior record, but was accidentally pulled out in June 2011. Hate when that happens. He spent more than two years regrowing it before he broke the record for good this time around. He says the hair grows an everage of 1 cm per month and hopes to continue extending the record.LONGEST JOURNEY BY CAR IN A SINGLE COUNTRYRecord: 18,458 km (11,469 miles)Holder: Durga Charan Mishra and Jotshna Mishra (both India)Location: Throughout IndiaThat's not all: Durga, 62 at the time of the attempt, and Jotshna, 53, are husband and wife. For those couples who couldn't imagine being stuck with their significant other in a car for even 8 hours, these two are an inspiration, as their single-car tour around India lasted 37 days before returning home. Their longest single day on the road lasted 11 hr 46 min.LARGEST PING PONG BALL MOSAICRecord: 3,000 ballsHolder: Employees of MatrixGroup (Chile)Location: Santa Cruz, ChileThat's not all: The attempt took place during the company´s annual employee conference. Even though this wasn't necessary, they added to the challenge by forcing the 90 participants to use only spoons to transport the balls from a ball pit to the mosaic. They completed the task in approximately 60 minutes.LARGEST LADDURecord: 7,132.87 kg (15,725 lb 4.64 oz)Holder: S. Venkateswara Rao, owner of Sri Bhaktanjaneya Sweets (India)Location: Tapeswaram, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaThat's not all: For those unfamiliar, laddu are ball-shaped sweets popular in India, made from flour and sugar and a variety of other ingredients depending on the recipe. Rao's record-breaking laddu also featured ghee, candy rock chips, cashews, and almonds.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&amplta href=""&ampgtFan Choice: June 6&amplt/a&ampgtThen 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!
7703Fourth of July: Seven records broken by Americans on Independence DayMargaret Hagerty needed nearly 10 years to break her record see below.July 4, 1776.Heard of it?Marked as Independence Day here in the U.S., it was on that date our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence, breaking away from Great Britain. Since then, Americans have spent generations emulating the daring triumphs of Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, et al. in their own ways. Some of them have taken this spirit to the extreme, staking their claim to history by breaking a variety of world records on the Fourth of July.Infographic 2013: a Fourth of July look at how America is broken down by record holdersHere, then, are seven records broken by Americans throughout the history of our nation's most important date.LARGEST PIZZA DELIVERY: July 4, 2012The largest pizza delivery was organized by Pizzas 4 Patriots, who sent 30,000 pizzas with DHL Express to the United States Armed Forces at Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase, and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Independence Day two years ago.The 12-inch pizzas were made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois and the delivery started on June 21. Pizzas 4 Patriots said it made the attempt to give the servicemen and servicewomen a "slice of home" on Independence Day.FASTEST HALF MARATHON SKIPPING WITHOUT A ROPE: July 4, 2012videoOn the same day thousands of military abroad enjoyed a taste of home, an American record hero was achieving his latest feat on American shores. Ashrita Furman - the person with the most Guinness World Records achievements ever - broke the mark for t he fastest half marathon skipping without a rope. He finished in 2 hr 27 min 1 sec at the Foot Traffic Flat on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. Skip to 28:30 in the video above to see Ashrita's attempt.MOST PEOPLE TOSSING EGGS: July 4, 2008videoMaybe an activity you might try with the family at your barbecue, the folks of Skagway, Alaska, took egg tossing to the limit. Up in the 49th state, the town's Convention & Visitors Bureau set the mark at 1,162. You can watch the video above ( note: the video claims 1,422 people, but the record is 1,162) and remember that the number is for the people who start as pairs, before only a final duo remained as the egg toss champions.LARGEST BRICK: July 4, 2007Nope, not a bad basketball joke. This record is for literally the largest physical brick ever constructed. Made by - what an American-sounding name - ACME Brick in Denton, Texas, t he brick measured 2.94 m (9 ft 8 in) long and 0.99 m (3 ft 3 in) tall and wide. Made of clay, it stood 3,000 times larger than the average brick and weighed a whopping 6,600 lb (2,994 kg).OLDEST FEMALE TO COMPLETE A MARATHON ON EACH CONTINENT: July 4, 2004Most people will never run a marathon in their lives. Margaret Hagerty didn't run her first until age 66. But boy did she make up for lost time.Margaret (also pictured top of page) is the oldest person to have completed a marathon on each of the seven continents. Her attempt started on Nov. 5, 1995, aged 72 years 225 days. Nearly a decade later, she finished on this Fourth of July aged 81 years 101 days. Her fastest time among the continent runs was 5 hr 51 min 15 sec at the World Association Veteran Athletes marathon in Africa in 1997.FIRST BLACK AND WHITE FEATURE FILM CONVERTED TO COLOR: July 4, 1985videoQuite conveniently for this piece, the first-ever feature film to get the color treatment after its black-and-white release was Yankee Doodle Dandy. The story of Broadway icon George Cohan, the James Cagney vehicle first released in 1942. But on Independence Day more than 40 years later, MGM Studios re-released the movie with computer-applied color.HIGHEST BASE JUMP FROM EARTH: July 4, 1984videoThe highest BASE jump from earth is 1,100 m (3,608 ft 11 in) and was achieved by American husband and wife Carl and Jean Boenish, who jumped from Stabben, Romsdalen, Norway, on Independence Day abroad.Carl was famous as the "father of BASE jumping," having popularized the activity with his groundbreaking freefall cinematography, some of which you can see in the video on skydiving above.*****And there you have some of the great American achievements on the history of Independence Day. You don't need to build a 3-ton brick or deliver 30,000 pizzas, but if record inspiration strikes you as the fireworks go off overhead, now you know the red, white, and blue bar has been set.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!
7704Fan Choice: July 18 - Vote now!As if they didn't have enough reason to dance already, Team Ross 500 Hands (USA) and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Physical Therapy Alumni Association (Philippines) can now celebrate another accomplishment.The combined groups and their record for largest tinikling dance cruised to a comfortable win in last week's Fan Choice, garnering a majority of all votes with 50.93% of the pie. Congratulations to the 344 dancers and all the organizers!Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Team Ross 500 Hands and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Physical Therapy Alumni Association, 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 pair of dynamic duo endurance records and one long, environmentally friendly journey, but first, look out above!HIGHEST THROW OF A PLAYING CARD (pictured above)Record: 14.35 m (47 ft 1 in)Holder: Rokas Bernatonis (Lithuania)Location: Siemens Arena in Vilnius, LithuaniaThat's not all: With the flair you'd expect from such an attempt, Rokas chose to throw not just any card, but to launch the Ace of Spades. Rokas is a professional magician, who said he was inspired after seeing 2-time world record holder for card throwing Rick Smith perform on TV.LONGEST JOURNEY BY ELECTRIC VEHICLE (NON-SOLAR)Record: 12,163.42 km (7,557.98 mi)Holder: Danny A. Halmo (Canada)Location: Seattle, Washington, USA to Windsor, Ontario, CanadaThat's not all: Halmo hit the road for 38 days in his Tesla Roadster. Halmo was joined along the way at various points by 17 other drivers, who were all members of an event dubbed The E-Mazing Race. It was undertaken by the Sun Country Highway marketing team to help promote the large electric vehicle infrastructure built across Canada by Sun Country.MOST BOOKS TOPPLED IN DOMINO FASHIONRecord: 4,988Holder: Zespol Szkol Ekonomicznych (Poland)Location: Czestochowa, PolandThat's not all: The mayor of Czestochowa started the topple at the first book, kicking off the finale of an attempt organised by 20 students and 5 teachers from the school. It took 7 minutes for the whole line of books to fall. The students decided to attempt the record as both a way to celebrate the end of the school year and promote reading among young people. Check out the video below. videoLONGEST MARATHON PLAYING POOL (SINGLES)Record: 88 hoursHolder: Colin Pilcher and Marc Murray (both UK)Location: Supa Snooker in Consett, Durham, UK That's not all: What can you get done in 88 hours? Colin and Marc squeezed in 770 frames of pool against each other, surpassing the previous record by more than 13 hours. The duo were no stranger to this record, though, so they knew what to expect: with this attempt, the pair reclaimed their previous record in this category, which they had set at 72 hr 2 min in 2011 before it was broken later that year.HIGHEST TENPIN BOWLING PINFALL IN 24 HOURS BY A PAIRRecord: 30,537Holders: Robert Hendricks and Hector Navedo (USA)Location: Fiesta Lanes in El Paso, Texas, USA That's not all: In quite a poetic moment, Robert said he and Hector attempted the record "to achieve greatness in our lives, if only for a fleeting moment in time." They surpassed the previous record with about 2 hours to spare. Calling themselves avid hobbyist bowlers, Robert averages a 183 while Hector says his average ranges between 140-160. And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&lta href=""&gtFan Choice: July 18&lt/a&gtThen 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!
7705Incredible new FIFA and Call of Duty gaming feats among those to appear in Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s EditionGuinness World Records, can today reveal some of the latest and greatest gaming achievements ito feature n the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, which is out today. Incredible new feats recognised in the best-selling videogame series include the Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA, Highest Earning Call of Duty Player and the Smallest Arcade Machine.31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised for having the world's Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia,with 8,030 items of merchandise. Brett, a web designer, was given his first item (a Mario figurine) by his parents when he was just 8 years-old, however he only started collecting 12 years ago when he "discovered eBay". In that period he has amassed a collection worth in excess of $100k. Brett, who is married with children, says: "Many of my friends know I'm a gamer, but I guess after this they'll realise just how passionate and obsessed I am!"On the other end of the scale is the world's Smallest Arcade Machine, which stands at just 124 x 52 x 60 mm (4.88 x 2.05 x 2.36 in). The ultimate geek's toy has been created by 30-year-old Mark Slevinsky. The Computer Engineer from Alberta, Canada took six months to design and build the fully playable device. The next challenge for Mark is fatherhood - "My wife and I are expecting our first child (a son) any day now - he'll be the right size to play the arcade machine!" Twenty-one-year-old Will Johnson from Arkansas, USA, has gone one step further and turned his passion into a hugely lucrative career. Will, known on the gaming circuit as "BigTymer", has become the H ighest-Earning Call of Duty Player.Between 2009 and 2012 the First Person Shooter Pro made $135,000 (£83,000) from winning four different Call of Duty titles on the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit. Will says that "it's perfect to have solid proof that I am the best in the world at a craft I've spent years working on". However, despite his fame and fortune the American admits that he may have to cut down the amount he plays games "or I risk losing my girlfriend!"British talent is also recognised in the videogames almanac. Fifteen-year-old Jacob Gaby from Bushey, this year achieved theHighest Margin of Victory on FIFA. Soccer-mad Jacob was challenged by his brother to see how many goals he could score against the computer. By half-time he had scored over 100 goals, and by the full-time whistle he had set a new record winning 189-0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC. Jacob, who spends around seven hours a week playing FIFA, says: "It's incredible to have the record, but I can't let it go to my head - I've got my school exams coming up!"Welshman Jann Mardenborough is another to be recognised. Aged 19 he became the Youngest GT Academy Winner. He won the initiative set up by Nissan and PlayStation to bring together the best gamers and give them a chance to drive a professional racing car.Jann has since got his international racing licence and drives for Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series.Other incredible feats recognised in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition this year include Canada's Chris Gloyd and Timothy Bell who achieved the Longest Gaming Marathon. The pair lasted an eye-watering 120 hours and 7 minutes on the Resistance series. 85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin, USA, proves that age is no factor in gaming as he is recorded as having achieved over 14,000 perfect games on Wii Sports Bowling, making him the Oldest Gaming Record Holder. Interesting trivia also comes thick and fast in the new book too. South Korea makes it into the book for being the First Country to Ban In-Game Sales. In the summer of 2012 South Korea made virtual item sales illegal.The fine for breaking this new law was set at 50 million South Korean won (£28,000).Gamer's Edition Writer, Kevin Lynch, says: "It's been a fantastic year for gaming, with incredible records broken by players from all walks of life. Gaming is a hugely important part of popular culture and this year's Gamer's Edition reflects that".As well as records, Gamer's Edition 2013 is full of interesting features including Comic Books and Gaming, looking at the relationship between the two mediums The Top 50 Videogame Villains Of All Time, as voted by over 6,000 gamersCelebrity Gamers, find out what the stars play at home and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2013 is out now - for more information and where to buy the book click
7706GWR Day 2012: The wacky and wonderful all set to come together for 24 hours of worldwide record breakingMark your diaries - it's almost that time of year again! GWR Day, a global celebration of all things superlative this year takes place on November 15.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.To find out how to apply to set a record click here. 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.In the meantime, from the largest Hula Hoop Workout in the USA to the largest gathering of leprechauns in Ireland, here are some of the amazing record attempts that took place on GWR Day last year.Largest Hula Hoop Workout The Largest Hula Hoop workout consisted of 221 students from Longleaf Elementary School (USA) in New Port Richey, Florida.Largest 3D paintingThe largest 3D painting measured 1160.45m² and was created by Joe Hill of 3D Joe and Max, in partnership with Reebok Crossfit, at West India Quay in London, UK. The measurement of the painting was taken by Ardent Management.Largest human starThe largest human star consisted of 326 participants, and was achieved by Rachel Kingstone and Make-A-Wish® Canada, in Toronto, Canada.Largest Soul Train danceThe largest Soul Train dance consisted of 211 participants and was achieved by Berkeley High School students, staff and alumni (all USA), in Berkeley, California, USA.Largest Rag DollThe largest rag doll measuring 9 meters was achieved by the students of the Textile Institute (ISTA)(France) in Mulhouse, France.Largest gathering of people dressed as leprechaunsThe largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns was 262 leprechauns who gathering at Canal Theatre, Dublin as part of The Mooney Show on RTE1.Most chin ups in one hourThe most chin ups in one hour is 993 by Stephen Hyland (UK) in Stoneleigh, Surrey, UK.Oldest Yoga InstructorThe oldest yoga teacher is Bernice Mary Bates (USA, b. 30 June 1920) who remains an active yoga teacher at the age of 91 years old, and was presented at the Mainlands Retirement Community Center in Pinellas Park, Florida.The tallest basketball playerThe tallest basketball player (current) is Paul "Tiny" Sturgess (b. 25 Nov 1987, UK), who measured 231.8 cm (7 ft 7.26 in) in London, UK.Largest tea bagThe largest tea bag weighs 120 kg and measures 2.4m x 2.4m created by All About Tea and displayed on HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, UK.Largest cream tea partyThe largest cream tea party consisted of 334 people and was achieved by The English Cream Tea Company at Parklands Wedding Venue, Quendon in Essex. The record attempt raised money for the Alzheimers Society and The Fragile X SocietyTallest TowerThe tallest tower is the Tokyo Sky Tree, formerly known as New Tokyo Tower, which rises 634 m (2,080 ft) to the top of the mast and is located in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The construction is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower and is due for completion in late 2011.Largest StampThe largest stamp is in excess of 600 mm (1 ft 11 in) x 493 mm (1 ft 7 in) and was achieved by Ecole de Dessin (Nigeria) in Isolo, Nigeria, subject to verification.Fastest time to wrap a person in newspaperThe fastest time wrap a person in newspaper is 3 minutes and 7 seconds and was achieved by Francesca Librae (UK) for the Daily Star Sunday in London, UK.Most full body explosive push ups in one minuteThe most full body explosive push ups in one minute is 82 and was achieved by Stephen Buttler at Hope House, Morda, Oswestry.Largest Collection of Model CarsThe largest collection of model cars is 27,777 and was achieved by Nabil Karam (Lebanon) in Rabieh, Lebanon.Farthest Champagne Cork SpittingThe farthest Champagne cork spitting is 7 m 10 cm and was achieved by Alastair Galpin (New Zealand) in Auckland, New Zealand, subject to verification.Largest Photo MosaicThe largest photo mosaic measuring 1,562.39 m² ( 16,817.30 ft²) and containing 137,200 individual photographs was achieved by Smile-one Taichi Matsumoto in Nagoya, Japan.Fastest motorized shopping trolleyThe fastest motorized shopping trolley achieved a speed of 42.8746 mph (69 km/h) and was created by Tesco. The record was achieved at Tesco Hatfield, Herts, UK.Largest Zumba ClassThe largest Zumba class is 1439 and was achieved by Teylingen-college (Netherlands) Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.Fastest time to wrap a person in newspaper by a team of 8The fastest time to wrap a person in newspaper by a team of 8 was achieved by First News in a time of 1 minute 31 seconds. The team was made up of Kelly Tong, Rachel Henderson, Kelane Henderson, Sam Eads, Kirsty MacDonald, Hayley Taylor, Leanne Pollard and Emma Robson (all UK) and the attempt took place at the First News offices in London, UKMost people in one pair of pantsThe most people in one pair of pants is 57 and was achieved by Pants to Poverty at West India Quay, London, UK.
7707Bridge made out of 10,000 Meccano pieces earns record for Queen’s University studentsStudents from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at the Queen’s University in Belfast (UK) unveiled their record-breaking third year project on Saturday – a 28.76 m x 1.87 m x 6.22 m (94 ft 4.28 in x 6 ft 1.62 in x 20 ft 4.88 in) footbridge made entirely of Meccano pieces.
7708Homare Sawa: World Cup superstar is two-time Guinness World Records title holderWith the semi-final of the Women’s World Cup kicking off at midnight tonight, it seems fitting to take a look at the impressive records held by Japan’s talented football player, Homare Sawa.
7709TFBoys star Wang Junkai sets social media record as millions repost Weibo updateWang Junkai – lead singer of popular Chinese boyband TFboys – has made social-media history after his birthday message was reposted an astonishing 42,776,438 time, earning him a Guinness World Records title for the Most reposts of a Weibo post ever.
7710Four-day football marathon match played in memory of Scottish youngster scores world recordAt Ainslie Park in Edinburgh, earlier this month, a group of enthusiastic amateur footballers played soccer for an incredible 105 hours (4.4 days) and scored a Guinness World Record title for the Longest marathon playing football.

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