Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

8971Fastest swim short course relay 4 x 100 metres freestyle (female)Maud van der Meer, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk, Inge Dekker03:26.53 minute(s), second(s)Qatar, Doha05 December 2014The fastest short course 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay swim by a female team is 3 minutes 26.53 seconds by the Netherlands (Femke Heemskerk, Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Maud van der Meer) at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar, on 5 December 2014. Three of the four members of this team also broke the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay at the same championships. Maud van der Meer was replaced by Sharon van Rouwendall for that race.
8972largest handball lessonRavindra Kisan Gaikwad678 participantsIndia, solapur28 February 2016 BCThe largest handball lesson is 678 and was organized by Ravindra Kisan Gaikwad (India), in Solapur, Maharashtra, India, on 28 February 2016. The record was set to encourage the playing of handball in India.
8973Fastest speed sailing (female)Karin Jaggi46.31 a unit not listed belowNamibia, Lüderitz02 November 2015The female record for the highest speed reached under sail on water by any craft was set by windsurfer Karin Jaggi (Switzerland), who achieved 46.31 knots over 501 m aboard her customized Patrik speed board with a 5-sq-m loft sail, in Lüderitz, Namibia, on 2 November 2015.The record was verified the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
8974Furthest javelin throw in Carl Lewis Athletics 2000Tom DuncanUSA24 December 2006The furthest javelin throw in Carl Lewis Athletics 2000 was achieved by Tom Duncan (USA) who successfully threw a javelin 87.03 m on the Game Boy/Game Boy Color. Duncan achieved the feat on 24 December 2006, thus rounding off an incredibly successful year of video game record-breaking with another superlative sports record.
8975Fastest Test match fifty (male)Misbah-ul-HaqUnited Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi02 November 2014Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq compiled a half-century in just 21 balls in the Second Test against Australia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 2 November 2014. Misbah went on to complete his seventh Test hundred in the same innings, equalling West Indian great Viv Richards for the fastest Test match century (56 balls).After being dropped on four, Misbah reached 50 in just 24 minutes, making it the fastest Test fifty by minutes as well as balls faced. Australia's part-time spinner Steve Smith took most of the punishment, conceding 38 runs from the 11 balls he bowled to Misbah, including three sixes and a four in one over.Misbah went to 49 off 18 balls but played out two dot balls (no runs scored) before clipping a Mitchell Starc delivery - the last ball before lunch on day four of the Second Test - off his pads for three runs. The previous record holder was Jacques Kallis (South Africa), who took 24 balls to reach 50 against Zimbabwe at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, on 4 March 2005.
8976Largest attendance at a five-day Test matchIndia vs. Pakistan465000 peopleIndia, Calcutta (Kolkata)20 February 1999An estimated crowd of 465,000 saw Pakistan beat India by 46 runs in the opening match of the Asian Test Championship at Eden Gardens, Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, on 16–20 February 1999. The match attracted an over-capacity crowd despite Pakistan requiring only four wickets to wrap up victory on the fifth and final day.Eden Gardens has a listed capacity of 66,000, which means that the match was over-attended by 135,000 people across the five days.Report by ESPNcricinfo: "This had been the best-attended Test in history. For the first four days, the ground was full. Though there are no official attendance figures at Calcutta, that is now believed to mean about 100,000 people. On the last day, the ground was about two-thirds full even though only four wickets were left to fall, suggesting a total attendance of around 465,000."The match was marred by crowd trouble, initially precipitated by the run-out of Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar on the fourth day, with the hosts well-placed on 145 for 2. Some 65,000 people were ejected from Eden Gardens. Match summary: Pakistan (185 all out and 316 all out) beat India (223 all out and 232 all out) by 46 runs. Highlights included 188 not out from opener Saeed Anwar in Pakistan's second innings and a first-ball duck for Sachin Tendulkar - the highest run-maker in Test history (15,921 runs) - in India's first innings. The four-match 1999 Asian Test Championship, which also featured Sri Lanka, was won by Pakistan - in a one-sided final against Sri Lanka - on 15 March 1999.
8977Longest marathon playing inline hockey (roller hockey)IH Samurai Iserlohn30/00/00 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)Germany, Iserlohn13 - 14 February 2016The longest marathon playing inline hockey (roller hockey) is 30 hours and was achieved by IH Samurai Iserlohn (Germany) in Iserlohn, Germany, from 13 - 14 February 2016. During the attempt they played against players from Team Sauerland: Mendener Mambas and Highlander Lüdenscheid.
8978Largest gathering of people with natural red hairStichting Roodharigen zijn Kunst1672 peopleNetherlands, Breda01 September 2013The largest gathering of people with natural red hair was 1,672 people and achieved by Stichting Roodharigen zijn kunst (Netherlands) in Breda, Netherlands, on 1 September 2013.
8979Oldest person ever (male)Jiroemon KimuraJapan28 December 2012The oldest person ever (male) was Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and died aged 116 years 54 days, on 12 June 2013.From 1914, Kimura worked at the Post Office until the age of 65 when he retired but continued to engage in agriculture until he was 90. He has lived over three centuries. His personal motto was "eat light to live long" and he believed the key to his longevity is to be a healthy, small eater.
8980Longest individual net session (male)Virag Mare48 HRS 49 SECOND hour(s), minute(s), second(s)India, PUNE08 August 2015The longest individual net session by a male is 50 hr 4 mins 51 sec, achieved by Virag Mare (India) in Pune, Maharashtra, India, from 22 to 24 December 2015. Virag played against both actual bowlers and a bowling machine during this attempt.
8981Longest Christmas cracker pulling chainThe Harrodian School1,077 participantsUnited Kingdom, 10 December 2015The longest Christmas cracker pulling chain consists of 1,081 people, achieved by The Harrodian School (UK) in Barnes, London, UK, on 10 December 2015. The Harrodian School previously attempted this record in 2014.
8982Most engines started simultaneouslyYamaha Motor Philippines1446 participantsPhilippines, Metro Manila07 June 2014The most engines started simultaneously is 1,446 and was achieved by Yamaha Motor Philippines in association with Ad Staunch Communication Network Inc. at SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines, on 7 June 2014.YAMAHA motorcycle owners and YAMAHA Club members gathered at the SM Mall of Asia Complex to celebrate YAMAHA Club Day where they set two new records and broke one current record. The YAMAHA Club is the largest motorcycle club in the country, having an estimated 85,000 members nationwide.
8983Most T-shirts folded in one minuteGraeme J. CrudenUnited Kingdom, Manchester03 March 2009The record for the most t-shirts folded in one minute is 23 and was achieved by Graeme J. Cruden (UK) at the TK Maxx store in Manchester, UK, on 3 March 2009.
8984Fastest speed in speed skydiving (male)Marco Wiederkehr531.42 kilometre(s) per hourGermany, GünzburgThe highest speed ever reached in a speed skydiving competition is 531.42 km/h (330.21 mph) by Marco Wiederkehr (Switzerland) during the first ISSA World Series Event at Dropzone Günzburg in Germany on 11 May 2013.Wiederkehr beat the record set by his compatrior Christian Labhart in 2010. The ISSA is the International Speed Skydiving Association that organizes speed skydiving competitions across the world.
8985Most people painting their fingernails simultaneouslyInglot, Major Brands1328 participantsIndia, Mumbai08 March 2016The most people painting their fingernails simultaneously is 1,328, achieved by Inglot (Poland) and Major Brands (India) at Palladium in Mumbai, India, on 8 March 2016. 1,328 women painted their fingernails simultaneously for five minutes as part of International Women's Day celebrations.
8986Largest allergy awareness lessonFood Allergy Research & Education (FARE)378 participantsUnited States, Washington14 November 2015The largest allergy awareness lesson consists of 378 participants and was achieved by Food Allergy Research & Education (USA), in Washington, DC, USA, on 14 November 2015. The attempt took place at the 10th annual Teen Summit in an effort to raise awareness about allergy education.
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8989WYMLW: Sumo, Bananas and Michael Jackson - sort of...Welcome back! It’s that time where we look back at some the great Guinness World Records videos from last week… Did you miss any?First up, we’re back in the Slo-Mo Test Lab. This time, Bing is joined by – wait, surely not? He LOOKS like Michael Jackson. He DANCES like Michael Jackson. But we all know it can’t be, right?That’s just the kind of mind-bending, reality-snubbing way we like to roll.videoNext up, Marcus and Alfie are slamming it again. Record style...Do you like bananas? I think they’re alright. They’re not my favourite yellow fruit, but I don’t mind them.I definitely couldn’t eat eight in one minute though. Let’s see how Malfie got on...videoWe travel over to Italy next, straight onto the set of ‘Lei Show Dei Record’ where Benito Ros Charral from Spain is about to climb a wall.On a bike.Wait, WHAT?!videoFinally, we rejoin Oli On The Road. This time, he’s back in the UK and has an appointment with Sharran Alexander...Word of advice, Oli. Next time you pick out a spotter at the gym, maybe don’t pick the world’s heaviest sportswoman. She will DESTROY you.videoWell, that’s all for this week. See you next time!
8990WYMLW: Slam Dunks, Flaming Doors & A Wheel of Fortune…Well, here we are again! The sun is STILL shining here in London, which feels like some sort of record in itself…Anyway, without further ado, here are some of the videos you might have missed last week.Like watching people duct tape their mates to walls? You DO?! Amazing – watch this video. It’s got people duct taping their mates to walls in it. Also, someone running through BURNING DOORS. Why are you still reading this drivel? Watch the video!videoNext up, Mike is back and this time he’s meeting Vanna White. Our friends in the US will recognize her from Wheel of Fortune. Check out this video to see how she reacted to receiving her new Guinness World Records Title…videoNext up, Oli has found himself in Houston, Texas at the home of Acrodunk. These guys will BLOW YOUR MIND. If you haven’t seen them in action, they do halftime performances for the NBA mixing trampoline skills with no-nonsense dunking…Oh, and Oli gives it a go. I have to give it to him, he didn’t suck this time. Well done, Oli.videoComing up this week, we have more from the OMG! guys, plus a brand new #askGWR episode.Stay tuned…
8991Oscars 2013: The Records That May FallOne thing we can say about winter - despite its frigid temperatures and long nights - is that the season sure knows how to throw a party.First, New Year's. Then the Super Bowl, followed by the Grammys, plus the BAFTAs. And now, this weekend hits us with perhaps the most glamorous soiree of them all: the Academy Awards.Known colloquially, of course, as the Oscars, this year's awards will be handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood on Sunday for the 85 th edition of cinema's premier event.We'll all naturally be pulling for our personal favorite film or actor, and even hoping for some iconic moments like this one: videoBut combining movies and history like the Oscars do also means a lot of trivia. And where there is trivia, there are always records. Here's what to keep an eye on as you follow the action Sunday.Age is Just a NumberThe great thing about acting is that you can witness an unforgettable performance from people of almost any age. Such proof is offered by this year's nominees, namely Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhane Wallis.Riva, the 85-year-old Frenchwoman, is already the oldest-ever nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, meaning she would become the oldest-such winner should she triumph for her performance in "Amour."Wallis, meanwhile, checks in at the opposite end of the spectrum, as the youngest-ever lead actress nominee at just 9 years old for her precocious work in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."These two will certainly find it tough sledding against the stiff competition of Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Naomi Watts, but they do give us a 40-percent chance of seeing a historically aged winner in this category.Newmans' Night?Like many industries, filmmaking is no different in that it offers plenty of family dynasties the chance to ply their craft across generations. And, if a family is good at the job, it can rack up its fair share of acclaim.The most nominated Oscar family is the composing Newman clan, aiming to add another victory alongside their record 87 nominations. Alfred Newman, his sons David and Thomas, brothers Lionel and Emil, and nephew Randy, have combined to earn the record nominations total entirely in music composition.This year's featured Newman is Thomas, for his Original Score in the James Bond thriller "Skyfall." Should Thomas win his first-ever Oscar, it would take the Newman family's statue total to 13, two shy of Douglas (14) and sister Norma (1) Shearer's 15 awards across acting, sound recording, and special effects.A Family AffairJust like the Newmans, the Coppolas know a thing or two about taking home gold. The most famous Coppola is patriarch Francis Ford (above, left, with son Roman and daughter Sofia), most notably the director of "The Godfather" trilogy.But what many may not know is that actor Nicholas Cage is also a Coppola, and Francis Ford's nephew, having changed his name for the screen.Together and with Francis Ford's father, Carmine, and daughter, Sophia, the Coppola family tree boasts the most family members to win an Oscar at four, and looks to add to it on Sunday. Francis Ford's son, Roman Coppola, is nominated in Original Screenplay for co-writing "Moonrise Kingdom." So, if you don't want to take sides against the family, make sure to root for another Coppola win.Lincoln's Chance at HistoryLastly, the film "Lincoln" basically came from an Oscar recipe book: one part legendary director (Steven Spielberg), one part critically acclaimed lead (Daniel Day-Lewis), mixed with an iconic historical period and garnished with one of the most famous world leaders of all time as the subject. So it surprised no one when "Lincoln" earned 12 nominations, just two off the all-time record. Now, prognosticators see it as a very long shot with the likes of "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" around, but should the film sweep its nominations, "Lincoln" would break the records for most awards won by a single film and the highest sweep of nominations. The current records both stand at 11 (victories: "Ben-Hur," "Titanic," "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" sweep: "LOTR" once again.)"Life of Pi" also received 11 nominations, but is viewed as an outsider for many of the categories in which it will contend.So make the predictions, get the popcorn ready, and pull for your favorites. By Monday morning, we may have just witnessed another record-setting Hollywood evening.
8992Valentine’s Day: 10 of the most romantic world recordsHere at Guinness World Records HQ we're getting swept up in the romantic spirit of Valentines Day.And we're not the only ones - in Thailand, 14 lip-locked couples have taken part in a contest for the longest kiss.Among the contestants was an elderly couple with the surname Yomjinda, aged 74 and 72 years old.videoThe long-time lovers attended as part of the celebrations for their 50 th wedding anniversary.The nine couples were trying to surpass the world record of 50 hours and 25 minutes, set by Nonthawat Charoenkaesornsin and Thanakorn Sitthiamthong last year- who returned to try and beat their own personal best.While we await confirmation to see if any of the couples beat that time, here are ten of the most lovey-dovey world records that are sure to make you swoon.Oldest love poemArchaeologists have dated a love poem written on a clay tablet to the time of the Sumerians, who invented writing ca. 3500 bc. It was given the rather unromantic name of "Istanbul #2461" and is thought to have been recited by a bride of the Sumerian king Shu-Sin, who ruled between 2037 and 2029 bc. It begins: Bridegroom, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet, Lion, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.Highest box office film gross for a romance filmTitanic (USA 1997), has taken a total gross of US$ $1,834,165,466 (£1.297 billion), since its release at the box office on 19 December 1997. The film, directed by James Cameron (Canada), featured an ill-fated romance between Leonardo DiCaprio (USA) and Kate Winslet (UK).Oldest couple to marry - aggregate ageOn 1 February 2002, François Fernandez (France, b. 17 April 1906) and Berthe Andrée "Madeleine" Francineau (France, b. 15 July 1907) exchanged marriage vows at the rest home Le Foyer du Romarin, Clapiers, France, at the age of 96 years 290 days and 94 years 201 days, respectively. Their aggregate age at the time of the ceremony totalled 191 years 126 days.Longest engagementThe longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillan and Adriana Mart¡nez. They finally took the plunge after 67 years in June 1969 in Mexico City. Both were then aged 82.Earliest box of Valentine's Day chocolatesRichard Cadbury (UK), the eldest son of John Cadbury, founder of the world famous company, created the first known heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine's Day 1868. He was a pioneer in chocolate box design and often used his own paintings to make the lids of the boxes more appealing.Longest screen kiss in a TV showThe longest screen kiss in a TV show is 3 minutes 22 seconds and was achieved by Sean Lowe and Lesley Murphy (both USA) at the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood, California, USA, as part of an episode of ABC's "The Bachelor," filmed on 30 September 2012.videoLongest hugThe longest hug lasted 24 hr 33 min and was achieved by Ron O'Neil and Theresa Kerr (both Canada) at Centennail Beach in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, from 12 to 13 June 2010.The attempt was a fundraising effort for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. videoLongest marriageHerbert Fisher (USA, b. 10 June 1905) and Zelmyra Fisher (USA, b. 10 December 1907) were married on May 13, 1924 in North Carolina, USA. They had been married 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days as of 27 February 2011.Most marriage vows renewals - same coupleWhile they may be some way off of Herbert and Zelmyra record, Lauren and David Blair have celebrated the most vow renewals -exchanging vows over 100 times after only having been married 27 years.Most expensive diamond per caratA 7.03-carat fancy vivid-blue modified rectangular brilliant-cut diamond sold at Sotheby's in Geneva, Switzerland, for a record per-carat price of $1,375,938 (£854,705) on 12 May 2009.
8993November Sports Blog: Jimmie Johnson, NFL, Premier League lead the wayWe've finally washed down all the Thanksgiving turkey, the Christmas store windows are all set up, and the sports records keep falling. It obviously is the most wonderful time of the year.Here's our look at some of the best record notes from the world of pro sports in November. JIMMIE JOHNSON - G.O.A.T.?NASCAR's most dominant driver added another reason to wonder if he'll go down as the greatest of all time this month. Johnson took his sixth NASCAR title this season, capturing his half dozen crowns in just the last 8 years.At 38 years old, Johnson is the youngest driver to ever amass that many titles in the sport, and he's now just one behind from tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most career championships. He already holds the records for most consecutive NASCAR championships with his five from 2006-10. And now that his "6Pack" is out of the way, anything seems within reach for the man some are already willing to crown as the greatest ever.Want more sports records? Be sure to check out our Sports Vlog, complete with a golf cart topping 100 mph (160 km/h!)videoNFL ROUNDUPThis time every season, teams in the NFL start eyeing their potential playoff positioning, wondering if they’ll make the postseason come end of the year. And that’s well and good, but we’ve got our eyes on a month full of quirky achievements around the league.First, of all people, Nick Foles (!) tied the record for most passing touchdowns in a game with his 7-TD performance against the Raiders on Nov. 3. The heretofore unheralded Eagles quarterback became, amazingly, the second person to tie the record this season alone, joining Peyton Manning (a much more expected name for a record like this), who accomplished it back in Week 1. Before 2013, this record had stood untouched for 44 years.With the continued proliferation of the passing game in the league, the obvious sufferers are the league’s rushing attacks. So much so, in fact, that the combined NFL is on pace this year to attempt the fewest rushes per game ever in a season. Somewhere, Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith are shaking their heads.Two last NFL records from November, on opposite ends of the spectrum of success: With their win-loss-win-loss pattern continuing for the first 10 games of the season, the New York Jets set the record for most consecutive alternating results in NFL history. And from the definition of mediocrity to a beacon of success, New England’s Tom Brady continues to win, solidifying himself this month as the quarterback whose career record sits at the most games over .500, at 145-42.AROUND THE WORLD Stoke's Asmir Begovic scored the fastest goal by a keeper in Premier League History, netting 12 seconds into a 1-1 draw with Southampton. Here's video of what's also the fourth-fastest goal ever scored in the league.videoMeanwhile, Manchester City recorded a 7-0 demolishing of Norwich City to start the month. The seven-goal differential was just two off the largest margin of victory in a Premier League game, Man United's 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995. ...Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division of the New York City Marathon, becoming the first-ever person - in any classification - to sweep the World Marathon Majors in the same year. ...LeBron James scored in double digits for the 500th straight game on Nov. 5. He has added 14 more as he climbs the record list for that acheivement, topped by Michael Jordan at 866 times.And that does it for the look back at November. Next month, we review some of the best sports records for all of 2013. Until then, may your favorite team win all the big ones!
8994Video: Guinness World Records – Top 10 of 2013From Grand Theft Auto V becoming the ­fastest entertainment property to gross $1 Billion to Harlem Globetrotters star Thunder Law shooting the longest successful basketball shot, 2013 has been a truly amazing year for record breaking.To wrap things up, Adam Moore, Video Content Manager at Guinness World Records runs through his Top 10 favourite record breaking achievements of the past 12 months in the video below.All are Officially Amazing – but which one is your favourite? Leave your choices in the comments at the foot of the page.videoAdam’s Top 10 in full:10. Austin Coulson: Smallest roadworthy car9. Charles and Alli Trippy: Most consecutive daily personal video blogs posted on YouTube8. Kenichi Ito: Fastest 100 m running on all fours7. Steve Sansweet: Largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia6. Marc Márquez : Youngest MotoGP world champion5. Colonel Meow: Longest fur on a cat 4. Thunder Law: Longest basketball shot3. Bob Dylan: Longest wait for a single's official music video2. Red Bull: Fastest Formula One Pit Stop1. Fastest Entertainment Property to gross $1 Billion: Grand Theft Auto
8995VIDEO: Thirsty? Most cocktails in one hour record brokenBrian Flanagan has nothing on Erik Mora.For those of you who know Tom Cruise's bartender character from "Cocktail," congratulations on dating yourself. For those of you who don't, there's Netflix.But bartender Mora, of the Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas, has broken the Guinness World Records title for most cocktails made in one hour.Needing to top the previous mark of 1,003 set by New York bartender Sheldon Whiley in March 2011, Mora had an assembly line of a team assist him as he concocted mixtures with the required minimum of three ingredients - one of which had to be alcoholic. He used rum- and vodka-based cocktails, all of which were then served to patrons of the club.Watch the organized chaos all boiled down to 90 frenetic seconds, and then figure out a way to get Mora to bartend your holiday office party.videoLooking for that perfect last-minute stocking stuffer? The Guinness World Records 2014 edition is on sale now. See a full list of where to find it here.
8996Business card world record set at Festival of Media GlobalA new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most business cards collected in 24 hours has been set at this year’s Festival of Media Global, which is currently taking place at the 2m2c Convention Centre in Montreux, Switzerland.The new record was set by James Fleetham’s account director for publishing and events company C Squared who managed to gather 414 business cards within a day.The record attempt was officially verified on site by an Adjudicator from Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti, who is the organisation’s head of records. Achieving the record was no mean feat, as Mr Frigatti had to accompany James for the duration of the 24 hours, verifying that all cards were collected through genuine networking interactions and no duplicate cards were collected.CEO of Festival organiser C Squared, Charlie Crowe, commented: “To know that the Festival of Media Global has gone down in history like this is truly a momentous occasion. This Guinness World Records title highlights the Festival of Media Global’s ethos of being at the forefront of industry trends and setting the bar for what can be achieved at events of this nature.”
8997Mirai - the world's lowest roadworthy car - videoThe lowest roadworthy car measures 45.2 cm (17.79 in) from the ground to highest part of the car and is called "Mirai".It was created by students and teachers of The Automobile Engineering Course of Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan, on 15 November 2010."Mirai" means 'future' in Japanese. The car runs on six main batteries.The driving unit (motors and controlling components, including batteries) are from "Q-car", produced by CQ motors (Japan). Switching console is from a motorbike.The chassis (steel), body (ERP), suspension, steering system, lights (LED), seat and all other parts were made at the High School. Previous projects on the course have included building an amphibious car and a huge glider plane.Okayama Sanyo High School's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - is out now worldwide from all good retailers.Find out more about the book and its incredible augmented reality feature, and where you can buy a copy of Guinness World Records 2013 here:
8998Karelia Hotel to be transformed into largest three dimensional paintingAs a part of the First International Mural Art Festival, Karelia Business Hotel will be attempting a new Guinness World Record of the largest three dimensional painting next month.Located in a green area of Krasnogvardeisky district of St. Petersburg near the Polyustrovsky park, Karelia Hotel was originally built for the Olympics in 1980.The 16-story hotel will be transformed into the image of two suitcases, spanning an area of 15,000 square meters. The structure of the building and its characteristics inspired the designers to create an image that reflects the functionality of the building.According to the results of an opening international painting competition, the hotel will change its look every three years. The jury of the festival will include experts in the field of contemporary art, citizens of the city, administration of St. Petersburg, and the public.The initiative will take place in support of contemporary art, the creative potential of young people and to draw media attention to St. Petersburg.Carried out by creative company «RASKRASIMVSE», the mural painting will be completed with professional paint by Euro Facade from partner Tikkurila.The festival opening is planned on the 4th of December 2012.
8999The best records for all the favorites in Winter Olympics men's ice hockeyImage (c) ReutersIt's one of the premier events at any Winter Olympics and, just like Vancouver 2010, the men's ice hockey tournament will take place this year in a host nation absolutely rabid for the sport.A total of 12 teams will lace up skates, but only four nations are considered favorites for medal placement. And of those four, only host team Russia faces the burden of going for gold at home with the eyes of more than 140 million citizens trained on the result.In addition to the hosts, Canada and Sweden enter as favorites for gold, while the USA should also fight for a podium spot.Each of these nations has a record-breaking history in the competition, and so we wanted to share our favorite record-breaking moment in the history of each of the four favored teams.TEAM CANADAvideoThey own the best Olympic ice hockey record of all: the most gold medals won by a single country. On a technicality, Canada's 8 all-time golds could tie it with the USSR, which won its 8th and final title as the Unified Team at Albertville 1992.However, there's no denying Canada's history of success, whose triumph on home ice at Vancouver 2010 added to golds in 2002 and every Olympics from 1920-1952 (excepting 1936, when oddly Great Britain won the gold in Germany - using a roster of predominantly Canadian-raised players).You can argue that Canada already holds this record alone, but a win in Sochi would put the argument beyond reasonable doubt. TEAM SWEDENvideoCanada may own the most golds in Olympic hockey history, but Sweden pulled off an unprecedented hockey double in 2006. After conquering Turin 2006, the Swedes won the IIHF world championship just months later, becoming the first ice hockey team to win both Olympic gold and a world championship in the same year since the two competitions split after 1968. As no team pulled it off in 2010, Sweden remains the only nation to have ever done this.TEAM RUSSIAvideoSince the breakup of the Soviet Union prior to the 1992 Olympics, Russia has struggled to find ice hockey success as an individual nation. In fact, in the five Olympics competing as Russia, the team has come back with only one silver, one bronze, and three finishes off the medal stand.But denying the Russian heritage of the USSR teams is like disregarding the history of the British Empire. And no jewel shined brighter for the USSR than legendary goalie Vladislav Tretiak. He remains the most-decorated men's ice hockey player in Olympic history, netminding for three gold medals (1972-76, 1984) and one silver (1980) in his Soviet career.TEAM USAvideoOften the bridesmaid and only occasionally the bride, America actually owns the record for falling just short at this competition. Team USA has won the most silver medals in Olympic hockey, finishing second eight times. That's double the next-closest second-place finisher, the former Czechoslovakia. Although you won't find many complaints when it comes to the two golds the U.S. has won, particularly the most famous of all time in the video above.However, America does technically hold the distinction of appearing in the most men's ice hockey competitions at the Olympics, having sent teams to 21 of the 22 tournaments, one more than Canada and Sweden. The only one they missed was St. Moritz 1928. And for a fun history lesson on why this is "technically" a record, enjoy this recap of the fun at St. Moritz again 20 years later.Most hockey prognosticators agree that it's the above four teams fighting for the three medals in Sochi, but that's not to shortchange the rest of the competition. Could the Czech Republic - which, when combined with its predecessor Czechoslovakia, boasts as strong an ice hockey heritage as Russia or Canada - crash the party? Will Finland, medalists in five of the last seven Olympics, return to the stand?Enjoy the competition to find out, then make sure to keep visiting and to follow @GWR on Twitter throughout the Games for all the latest from Sochi.Related stories: Sochi 2014: Five to watch out for at the Winter Olympics 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: A record tour around the figure skating world
9000Fan Choice: August 22 - Vote now!Dr. Evil would be proud. Daniel Black used his laaaser beams to help win last week's Fan Choice, outshining his competitors with 43.22% of the vote secured with his successful record for the most balloons burst by laser in one minute.It was a record 18 months in the making for Daniel, who burst 32 balloons with a hyper-powered beam that he designed and built himself from scratch, and now he can enjoy the benefits of success.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 Daniel, 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 influential lesson plan in Africa and a long time spent at an amusement park, but first, what if Rocky Balboa had just kept running?FASTEST HALF MARATHON DRESSED AS A BOXERRecord: 1 hr 53 min 6 secHolder: Gregg Curtis (UK)Location: Fleet Half Marathon in Fleet, Hampshire, UKThat's not all: Um, what happens when you need to grab a water bottle? That's exactly the challenge of this record, in which Gregg required the help of his friends to run alongside him and help with squirting water and keeping pace. It was required for Gregg to not remove his gloves or headgear at any time, which also makes us wonder -- what happens if he has an itch to scratch on the back of his head? LARGEST ORAL HYGIENE LESSONRecord: 497 participantsHolder: Dr. Nyarai Flora Chigwedere (UK and Zimbabwe)Location: Harare, Mashonaland Central, ZimbabweThat's not all: With the help of Aquafresh GSK, Dr. Nyarai took 1,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes to stress the importance of proper oral hygiene to the children of her native Zimbabwe. Having studied dentistry and now living in England, Dr. Nyarai saw the record as an opportunity to raise awareness of dental health among the children of lesser developed nations.LONGEST LINE OF SOCKSRecord: 6.06 km (3.76 mi)Holder: CAJ Halverde (Germany) Location: Halverde, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyThat's not all: Talk about airing out your laundry! The line consisted of 69,152 socks, which were donated by citizens of Halverde. But why? Well, the record attempt took place as part of the celebrations commemorating Halverde's 825th anniversary. And it's a popular tradition in the region to give men a long line of socks to display all around their house for their 25th birthday. Add 800 years, and Halverde had reason to celebrate with more socks then anyone ever!LONGEST MARATHON ON A FAIRGROUND ATTRACTIONRecord: 50 hoursHolder: Sam Clauw (Belgium)Location: Bellewaerde theme park outside Ypres, BelgiumThat's not all: An avid fan of the park, Sam decided he wanted to challenge himself to the next level beyond just visiting in his spare time. And so he rode the famous "Pirate Boat" for 50 hours exactly, both during the park's operating hours and afterward. You can see him sitting next to the lion mascot above. Sam also used the attempt to raise funds and awareness for ALTA, a charity supported by Bellewaerde for the endangerment of amur leopards and tigers.LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING DARTS (DOUBLES)Record: 48 hoursHolders: Kevin Bryan, Ben Roper, Matthew Cook and Adam Roberts (all UK)Location: Pied Bull Public House in Shepshed, Leicestershire, UKThat's not all: This epic encounter pitted the team of Kevin and Ben against Matthew and Adam. Of the 334 games played, Kevin and Ben came out on top by 270 games to 64. The attempt also saw four 180 scores, all achieved by Kevin Bryan. The attempt raised also raised more than £3,000 ($4,900+) for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.And those are your nominees time now to cast your vote!&amplta href=""&ampgtFan Choice: August 22&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!

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