Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

8251Best selling book of non-fictionThe Bible5000000000 unit(s) soldAlthough it is impossible to obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the worlds best-selling and most widely distributed book. A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.By the end of 1995, combined global sales of Today's English Version (Good News) New Testament and Bible (copyright for which is held by the Bible Societies) exceeded 17.75 million copies, and the whole Bible had been translated into 349 languages 2123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language. It has been reported that 800 million copies of the red-covered booklet Quotations from the Works of Mao Zedong (Tse-tung) were sold or distributed between June 1966, when possession became virtually mandatory in China, and September 1971, when its promoter Marshal Lin Biao died in an air crash.
8252Most decks of playing cards memorized - single sightingDavid FarrowCanada, CTV Studios,Toronto02 April 2007Dave Farrow (Canada) memorized on single sighting a random sequence of 59 separate packs of cards (3,068 cards) at CTV Studios, The Daily Planet, Toronto, Canada on 2 April 2007.The attempt took 4 hrs 58 min 20 secs not including breaks. Dave made just one mistake during the entire attempt which he corrected unprompted.
8253First perfume launched by a couturierGabrielle Chanelfirst, 01 January 1921French fashion designer Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel (1883-1971), whose name became synonymous with elegance and chic, launched her Chanel No. 5 perfume in 1921. Coco Chanel was ahead of her time. She was sharp, elegant and always avant-garde. The clothes she designed transformed the way women looked and how they looked at themselves.
8254First person to refuse an Oscar awardDudley Nichols1936/3/5 year(s), month(s), day(s)United States, Hollywood,,05 March 1936The earliest refusal of an Oscar was made by Dudley Nichols (USA), screenwriter of The Informer (USA 1935) at the 1935 Academy Awards held at Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, USA, on 5 March 1936. The reason was because of a union boycott of the awards that year.
8255Longest time to live with a bullet in the headWilliam Lawlis PaceUnited States, Wheeler20 July 2006William Lawlis Pace (USA, b 27 February 1909) was accidentally shot in October 1917, aged eight in Wheeler, Texas, USA. As of the 20 July 2006, the bullet remains lodged in the back of his head as x- rays taken recently confirm, 89 years later.The gunshot accident caused Mr. Pace a facial disfigurement and total hearing loss in his right ear and near blindness in his right eye. He currently lives in Turlock, California, USA.
8256Largest picnicRealizar Impact Marketing and Modelo22232 peoplePortugal, Lisbon,,Parque da Bela Vista20 June 2009The largest picnic was set by 22,232 people and was organized by Realizar Impact Marketing and Modelo (Portugal), at the Parque da Bela Vista, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 20 June 2009.Participants from all around Portugal came to attend and set this record. 400 buses were organised to bring all the participants to the park were the record attempt took place. Participants were first counted at the gate, and later on arm bands with numbers were given to every one who was participating to confirm the number of people participating. The record was attempted together with another two records, largest litter bin and loudest applause.
8257Youngest tabla performerTruptraj Pandya3/5 year(s), day(s)India, Mumbai28 October 2009The youngest tabla performer is Truptraj Atul Pandya (b. 23 Oct 2006, India), who performed live on All India Radio on 28 October 2009, at the age of 3 years 5 days.Truptraj has given over 50 public performances to date. His father recalls Truptraj's "natural attraction" to percussion instruments from the age of 15 months. His repertoire is mainly folk and devotional music, and his father Atul often provides vocal accompaniment to his son's performances.
8258Most cloned pigs born in one litterPPL Therapeutics PlcUnited States, Blacksburg05 March 2000The most cloned piglets born in one litter is five. PPL Therapeutics Plc created the first piglets born as a result of nuclear transfer, named Millie, Christa, Alexis, Carrel and Dotcom who were born on 5 Mar 2000 in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
8259Lowest toll - Panama CanalRichard Halliburton0.36 US dollar(s)United States, Panama Canal01 January 1928In 1928, American travel writer Richard Halliburton paid 36 cents (7p) to swim through the Panama Canal. Halliburton followed the trails of such heroes as Ulysses and Alexander the Great, and his books include The Royal Road to Romance (1925), The Flying Carpet (1932), and Seven League Boots (1935) In 1939 he was lost at sea attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean in a junk.
8260Most attacks in a hacking competitionUnknown31 January 20015.23 million attacks were recorded during eWeek's 17 day-long Openhack III competition, in which the latest security software, Pitbull, from Argus Systems Group Inc. was probed for weaknesses by the hacking community. Despite the offered prize of $50,000, not one hacker was able to penetrate Pitbull.The previous two Openhack competitions tested earlier software from Argus, which was successfully penetrated both times. The purpose of Openhack is to prove that it is possible to set up a security system which is extremely difficult or impossible to penetrate.
8261Karaoke - most participantsBristol Motor SpeedwayUnited States, Bristol, TN22 August 2009The largest karaoke took place at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennesse, USA on 22 August 2009 when 160,000 people simultaneously sang "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks before the start of the NASCAR Sharpie 500 race.
8262Largest biryaniKohinoor Foods Ltd.14.060 tonne(s) (metric ton)India, Delhi01 March 2008The largest biryani dish weighed 14.060 tonnes (30,996 lb) and was prepared by Kohinoor Foods Ltd. (India) in Delhi, India, on 1 March 2008.
8263First emailRay TomlinsonfirstUnited States, Cambridge01 January 1971In 1971, Ray Tomlinson, an engineer at the computer company Bolt, Beranek and Newman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, sent the first ever email. It was initally an experiment to see if he could get two computers to exchange a message. It was Ray who decided to use the @ symbol to seperate the recipient's name from their location. The first ever email message was: 'QWERTYUIOP'.
8264Largest swimming race (open water)Midmar MileSouth Africa, Howick08 February 2009The most particiants in an open water race is 13,755 and was achieved at the 2009 Midmar Mile at Midmar Dam, Howick, near Pietermartizburg, South Africa, from 7-8 February 2009.The race was divided into eight events over two days with the following taking part in each event.Event 1 (Ironman, Ironlady and Disabled swimmers): 340 finishersEvent 2 (Company relay): 1901Event 3 (Non-Company relay): 3200Event 4 (Family relay): 1726Event 5 (Girls under 13 and Women over 31): 1308Event 6 (Boys under 13 and Men over 31): 1693Event 7 (Ladies 14-30): 1812Event 8 (Men 14-30): 1775 The relay events consisted of a team of five people all swimming the mile with the best 3 results from each team combined to give the final total. The event was attended by several Olympians including Chad Ho (competed in men's 10 km open water swimming in 2008 Olympics) who finished 3rd in Event 8 and Terence Parkin (Silver medallist in 200 metres breaststroke at 2000 Olympics) who took part in Event 1. The fastest time overall was by Riaan Schoeman (South Africa) who won Event 8 in 17 min 34 sec. The oldest swimmer was 85 years old. The event was supported by Midmar Dam Kwazulu Natal Wildlife, SA Navy, South African Police Services, Road Traffic Authorities, Lifeguards Africa/Tower 13 Lifeguards, ER 24 Medical Rescue Service, Garmin and Mr Price.
8265Most varieties of sausageUnknownUnited KingdomThe record for the most varieties of sausage commercially available is held by Chris Fenwick of Fenwicks Sausage and Meat Emporium, Lincolnshire, UK who currently sells 83 different varieties.
8266Largest balloon - tandem nose blowRyan Barker118.11 centimetre(s)United States, Los Angeles10 November 2000By blowing through his wife Marilee's nose, Ryan Barker of Austin, Texas, USA, inflated a balloon measuring 118.11 cm (46.5 in) which was held in her mouth on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime on 10 November 2000.
8267Largest collection of mapsUS Library of Congress Geography and Map DivisionUnited States, Washington D.C.01 January 1999The US Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C., USA has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 4.5 million maps including 60,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, numerous globes and plastic relief models, and a large number of cartographic material in other formats, including electronic. These cartographic materials date from fourteenth century portolan charts through recent geographic information systems data sets.
8268Busiest shipping laneDover StraitUnited Kingdom01 January 1999The Dover Strait is the world's busiest shipping lane. 500-600 ships a day pass through the narrow strait between the UK and France. Cargoes include oil from the Middle-East to European ports, and various commodities from North and South America to European customers. In 1999, 1.4 billion tonnes gross, carried by 62,500 vessels passed through the Dover Strait. The Malacca Straits, off the Malaysian peninsula, is believed to handle more traffic (vessels), but less tonnage. Figures from other areas of the globe (i.e. Malacca, Gibraltar, Bosphorus etc.) are a little hard to come by as the UK Coastguard maintains a strict record of traffic, which is not always the case in other countries.
8269Most parallel bar dips - One minuteSimon Kent173 repetitionsUnited Kingdom, Lincoln15 November 2006The most parallel bar dips in one minute is 173 and was set by Simon Kent (UK) at Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK, on 15 November 2006.the witnesses counted 175, but the total was subsequently confirmed by scientific means by the college.
8270Tallest papaya treeUnknown13.4 metre(s)India, Arambagh02 September 2003The world's tallest papaya tree (Carica papaya) measured 13.4 m (44 ft) on 2 September 2003 and belongs to Prasanta Mal of Arambagh, Hooghly, India.
8271Largest digital satellite radio broadcasterWorldSpace80000000 square kilometre(s)Not Applicable, 01 January 1999From its two geosynchronous satellites, WorldSpace broadcasts digital radio channels to Africa, Asia and Europe with a total surface area (footprint) of 80 million km² (30.8 million miles²). Its first satellite, Afristar, began broadcasting in October 1999 and then Asiastar began after its launch in March 2000. Its third satellite, Ameristar, is due for launch in the near future.
8272Most elements discoveredAlbert GhiorsoUnited States, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory,California01 January 1944A total of 12 chemical elements have been discovered or co-discovered by Albert Ghiorso (USA) since he began his scientific career in 1942. The first was element 95, americum, in 1944. Albert is still at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, California (USA), where he has worked since 1946.
8273Longest marathon blackjack dealingStephen De RaffaeleMalta, Qwara24 April 2000The longest time spent dealing blackjack is 51 hours 33 minutes by Stephen De Raffaele (Malta) between 24-27 August 2001 at the Oracle Casino, Qawra, Malta.
8274Gundog trials - youngest canine winnerSurprise of Triple CrownIreland, Birr Castle25 October 1970The world record for the youngest dog ever to win a gundog trial was aged 246 days. The black labrador puppy, Surprise of Tiple Crown, owned by Robert O'Farrell (Ireland), came first in the South of Ireland Gundog Club's Open Field Trial Stake at Birr Castle, Offaly, Ireland on 6 December 1971. Surprise then qualified for the Irish Retriever Championship two days later, and also received a Diploma of Merit. Surprise's date of birth was 5 April 1971.
8275Longest pine coneSteve Schwarz58.2 centimetre(s)United States, Cuyahoga Falls15 October 2000The longest pine cone measured 58.2 cm (22.9 in) on 15 October 2002, and was collected by Steve Schwarz (USA) of Cuyhoga Falls, Ohio, USA.The specimen was from a Sugar pine tree.
8276Most cartwheels in a minute - without handsZiyi Zhang45 timesChina, Beijing15 August 2011The most cartwheels without hands in one minute is 45 and was achieved by Zhang Ziyi (China) on the set of CCTV Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 15 August 2011. Zhang Ziyi is also the current record holder for "Most standing back somersaults in one minute"
8277Most successful coin-operated arcade gamePAC-MANJapan, Not applicable01 January 1981From its launch in 1981 until 1987, a total of 293,822 PAC-MAN arcade machines were built and installed in arcade venues around the world. Designed by Tohru Iwatani (Japan) of Namco, the original game took eight people 15 months to complete. Namco estimate that PAC-MAN has been played more than ten billion times since its launch.GWR Video Gamer's Edition 2008.
8278Youngest Tour de France winnerHenri CornetFrance01 January 1904The youngest ever winner of the Tour de France was Henri Cornet in 1904 aged 19 years 350 days. Cornet actually finished the race in fifth position, but was awarded the victory after the first four riders, Maurice Garin, Lucien Pothier, César Garin, and Hippolyte Aucouturier were all disqualified after a torrid Tour.
8279Longest train journey without changing trainsTrans-Siberian RailwayRussia, Moscow01 January 1900The world's longest run without changing trains is one of 10,214 km (6,346 miles) from Moscow, Russia to Pyongyang in North Korea. One train a week makes the journey by this route, which includes sections of the famous Trans-Siberian line. It is scheduled to take 7 days 20 hours 25 minutes.
8280Largest space telescopeUnknown11 tonne(s) (metric ton)USA, 24 April 1990Largest space telescopeThe $2.1-billion (£1.4-billion) NASA Edwin P. Hubble Space Telescope weighs 11 tonnes (24,250 lb) and is 13.1 m (43 ft) in overall length, with a 240-cm (94.8-in) reflector. It was was launched into space, at an altitude of 613 km (381 miles), by the US space shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990.

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