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9151Pizza-makers all over the globe are setting Guinness World Records titlesThis summer, pizza makers all over the world have been looking for a slice of that irresistibly delicious record-breaking fame.
9152Turkey’s Rumeysa Gelgi is awarded the title of tallest teenager (female) in the worldGuinness World Records last night presented Rumeysa Gelgi with the record title of Tallest Teenager (female) in the world. The 17-year-old, who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), received the award in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük, in Turkey. Doctor Ömer Hakan Yavaşoğlu carried out the official measurements of Rumeysa, which in accordance with Guinness World Records guidelines was carried out at three different times in the same day. The measurements were taken in the presence of Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici, who represented Guinness World Records at the ceremony.Rumeysa said: “It’s one of my biggest dreams to be awarded with this record. Being a record-holder is a very amazing thing. I know that only the special people can make it and I know I’m one of them now.”Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici said: “Guinness World Records celebrates diversity and recognises extraordinary people all over the world. Rumeysa Gelgi has shown tremendous courage in the way that she has dealt with her condition, and it is an honour to meet and award her with the record title of Tallest Teenager.”Rumeysa is currently in the 11th grade at high school and lives at home with her parents and older siblings – who are all ‘normal’ height. Medical experts believe that Rumeysa’s condition is caused by Weaver’s syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth. In addition to her exceptional height, Rumeysa’s hands measure 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm. Rumeysa’s condition means that she suffers ongoing physical problems, such as instability and difficulty in walking. In the past she has also experienced unkind reactions from members of the public to her appearance.Rumeysa says that people’s negativity no longer upsets her, putting it down to ignorance. She is keen to highlight the advantages of being so tall: “I like being different from everyone else. It’s interesting and makes me feel special. It also provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either!”Rumeysa has been told that she is not expected to grow any further, so will not beat the record of Tallest Living Person and fellow countryman, Sultan Kösen, who measures 251 cm (8ft 3 in). The Tallest Ever Female Teenager is Canadian Anna Haining Swan (b. 6 August 1846 - d. 5 August 1888), who reached a height of 241.3 cm (7ft 11 in). The Tallest Man on record is American Robert Wadlow who measured 272cm (8ft 11.1 in) in 1940.Rumeysa’s record will feature in the 2015 Guinness World Records book, out in September.
9153Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur, passes awayGuinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, is saddened to hear about the passing of Colonel Meow, titleholder for the Longest Fur on a Cat.The Himalayan-Persian cross-breed, who featured in the latest Guinness World Records 2014 book, had fur that reached 22.87cm (9in).The two-year-old feline was named ‘Colonel Meow’ by his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario from Los Angeles, California, USA, because of his “epic frown and fur”. At the time of his recognition by Guinness World Records, Anne Marie said of her incredible pet: “We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognised in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level.”videoColonel Meow, who was adopted as a rescue cat from the Himalayan & Persian Society, required his fur brushed 2–3 times a week, which took both Anne and Eric to complete the job. “Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us! I feel like I’m always vacuuming!”, Anne explained.News of his inclusion in the latest Guinness World Records book back in September topped off a fantastic year for Colonel Meow, who had become an internet sensation with the launch of his own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel which had racked up over 2 million views. Through his many social media accounts, Colonel Meow referred to his millions of fans as 'minions'.Colonel Meow’s fur measurements were taken by three independent vets, recording an average length based on 10 hairs. The evidence was then sent through to Guinness World Records to verify the new record."Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening", Meow's owners wrote on the cat's official Facebook account. "I will post more about the details when I've had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both."Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “Colonel Meow was one of the most memorable, charismatic and paw-pular record holders of recent years"."For the thousands of "minions" who followed the Colonel online, he'll be remembered for his razor-clawed wit and sharp tongue, as well as for being the first feline to hold the longest-fur record"."We'll all miss his catty remarks and if there is such a thing as cat heaven, I'm sure he'll already be in charge and bossing about some newly recruited minions".Related links: Loudest purr by a domestic cat Smallest dog living Smallest dog living (height) Smallest cat ever Tallest dog ever Longest tongue current - dog
9154Champions League: as knockout phase begins, records have already fallenImage (c) AlamyThe Champions League resumes Tuesday with Europe's best clubs fighting out for the ultimate prize in continental football. Here we look back on our favourite records set so far during the 2013/14 edition of Europe's premier club tournament.CRISTIANO RONALDO (Real Madrid) – Most goals in a calendar year2013 was a good year for the Portuguese player, as he beat Lionel Messi´s record of 13 goals in a calendar year, Champions League only. The Merengue forward notched up 15 goals during the year - six at the end of the 2012/13 season and 9 in this season's group stages.REAL MADRID – Most consecutive games scoring at least one goalRonaldo overtook Messi and now his side have got one over on “La Pulga's” team with this record of scoring at least one goal in 31 consecutive games. That surpasses the 29 games with a goal that Barcelona managed from 2009 to 2012. In fact, this is not only a Champions League record, but a record across all UEFA competitions!XAVI (Barcelona) – Most games won by an individual playerThis year, the Blaugrana midfielder overcame his old adversary Raúl as the player with the most victories in the competition. Since his debut in 1998, Xavi has now won 81 games. The ex-Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raúl has 79 to his name. Here's a little taste of some of Xavi's career best.videoMARK SCHWARZER (Chelsea) – Oldest debutantIn their final group game, Chelsea manager José Mourinho made some changes and Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made his first start in the competition, aged 41 years and 66 days. He is the oldest debutant and the second oldest player in the history of the Champions League. Only Marco Ballota was older: the Italian goalkeeper represented Lazio against Real Madrid in 2007 at the grand old age of 43 years and 252 days.Nearly boys…In addition to the above, the Champions League season also gave us two more close-but-no-cigar records.Olof Mellberg was the second-oldest player to score his first Champions League goal when he hit the back of the net against Juventus in November, aged 36 years and 85 days. But it is the ex-Arsenal fullback, Lee Dixon, who keeps his record, having first scored against Sparta Prague in 2000, aged 36 years and 266 days.And Lionel Messi - yes, him again - is very close to the record of the most career goals in the Champions League. The Argentine has 65 strikes, just 6 short of Raúl´s record mark. Messi already owns the record for most Champions League goals for one club (all 65 coming for Barcelona), and it's probable he'll reach that overall target during 2014.
9155New world’s smallest man: Ten other incredible world records from NepalFollowing today's amazing news that Chandra Bahadur Dangi has been confirmed as being the shortest adult human to ever have their height verified by Guinness World Records ( full story here), here are ten other astonishing records that Nepal can lay claim to.Longest handshakeThe longest handshake lasted 42 hours and 35 minutes and was achieved by Dinesh Timilsina and Pawan Timilsina (both Nepal) at the Everest College of Multiple Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal on 4-6 March 2011.Youngest photographerThe youngest professional photographer is Rirendra Shrestha (Nepal b. 29 December 2004) who was 2 years and 2 days old at the time of exhibiting and selling his work at Nepal Art council situated at Babr Mahal, Nepal on 31 December 2006 to 03 January 2007.Longest time spinning a GWR book on fingerThe longest time spinning a Guinness World Records book on the finger is 30 minutes 1.08 seconds and was achieved by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) at Guinness International Education Foundation in Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 25 February 2011.Most conquests of Mt. EverestApa Sherpa (Nepal) reached the summit of Mt Everest for the 21st time on 11 May 2011, the most times anyone has ever successfully climbed the world's highest mountain.Most basketball bounces in one minuteThe most bounces of a basketball in one minute was 444 by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) at the Guinness International Education Foundation in Gaushala, Nepal, on 7 October 2010. Among the witnesses of the attempt was the president of the Nepal Basketball Association.Most tennis balls held in the handThe greatest number of tennis balls held in one hand is 21 and was achieved by Rohit Timilsina (Nepal) for 14.32 seconds in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 14 June 2008.Highest living snakeThe world's highest living snake is the Himalayan pit viper (Agkistrodon himalayanus). This venomous species has been found at altitudes up to 4,900 m (16,072 ft).Highest mobile phone callThe highest altitude at which a land based mobile phone call was successfully made is 8,848 m (29,029 ft), achieved by Rod Baber (UK) using a Motorola MOTO Z8 on the summit of Mt Everest, Nepal, at 12.52 am GMT on 21 May 2007.Highest altitude hotelThe Hotel Everest View above Namche, Nepal - the village closest to Everest base camp - is at a record height of 3,962 m (13,000 ft).Highest marathonThe highest start to a marathon is for the biennially-held Everest Marathon, first run on 27 November 1987. It begins at Gorak Shep, 5,212 m (17,100 ft) and ends at Namche Bazar, 3,444 m (11,300 ft). The fastest times to complete this race are, men 3 hrs 50 mins 23 secs by Hari Roka (Nepal) in 2000, and women 4 hrs 35 mins 4 secs by Anna Frost (New Zealand) in 2009.Related stories Shortest man world record: It's official! Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal is smallest adult of all time World's shortest man: All you need to know about Chandra Bahadur Dangi World's shortest man: From Junrey Balawing to Khagendra Thapa Magar - past holders of the title
91562015 in World Records - January: When Weibo made social media history and an Ebola fundraising appeal fed thousandsWith a year packed full of amazing world record achievements coming to an end, Guinness World Records is taking a month-by-month look back over the most impressive, exciting and game-changing accomplishments that have taken place during 2015...
91571987: First People to Cross the Atlantic in a Hot-air BalloonMan's compulsion to fly was realized on 21 November 1783, when two French aviators rose 3,000 ft (914 m) above Paris in a balloon invented by the Montgolfier brothers. The first manned hot-air balloon flight was made over 9 km (5.6 mi) and lasted 25 min, but the first chapter of aeronautical history had been written.
9158National Ice Cream Day: Ten super cool records that have yet to be lickedThis weekend marks a special date in the calendar for sweet-toothed Americans – National Ice Cream Day.
9159Fan Choice: Best of GWR 2014We confirmed three things from last week's Fan Choice:Size does matter.Never bet against something named Hercules.The Internet loves cats.Hercules the Liger snagged 51.98% of your votes in last week's competition, adding to his status as the largest living cat. He joins Lucas Wilson as the two Fan Choice winners from our weeks of GWR 2014 contestants.This is the last week we'll feature record holders from the awesome new book in stores now, before we get back to normal business next week. So cast your vote below, let us know what you think in the comments, and watch out for flying chunks of watermelon in the meantime...MOST WATERMELONS CRUSHED WITH THE HEAD IN ONE MINUTE (pictured above)Record: 43Holder: Tafzi Ahmed (Germany)Location: Rose Festival, Saxony-Anhalt, GermanyThat's not all: Ambitiously, Tafzi aimed for 50 crushed watermelons laid out for him on his official attempt, but could smash "only" 43. His attempt drew such attention in town that one of the witnesses who came to help verify the attempt was the city mayor himself.TALLEST USEABLE POGO STICKRecord: 2.91 m (9 ft 6.5 in)Holder: Fred Grzybowski (USA)Location: Toronto International Busker Festival, Toronto, CanadaThat's not all: The record measurement is taken as the height from the ground to the foot pedals, so there's still even a little higher to go before you reach the handles. In order to qualify for this record, a jumper needs to complete at least 20 consecutive bounces on the stick. Nothing new for Grzybowski, an XPogo athlete who's held world records in five different pogo stick jumping categories.FASTEST 100 METERS IN HIGH HEELS (FEMALE)Record: 14.531 secHolder: Julia Plecher (Germany)Location: The set of "Guinness World Records – Wir Holen Den Rekord Nach Deutschland," in Europa Park, Rust, GermanyThat's not all: Only stiletto heels are permitted for this record, as platform shoes are expressly forbidden. Also, guidelines require the heel stand at least 7 cm (2.75 in) high and no more than 1.5 cm (0.6 in) wide at the tip.MOST PIROUETTES ON POINTE ON THE HEADRecord: 4Holders: Wu Zhengdan and Wei Baohua (China)Location: The set of "Lo Show Dei Record," Rome, ItalyThat's not all: Zhengdan and Baohua are actually a wife and husband combination who perform for the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe. Zhengdan gets atop her husband's head while he wears a cap with a small groove in it for her to position her on-pointe shoes. The things we do for love!LONGEST DURATION BOX SPLITS BETWEEN TWO OBJECTSRecord: 3 min 48 secHolder: Jacopo Forza (Italy)Location: The set of "Lo Show Dei Record," Rome, ItalyThat's not all: Just 18 years old, Forza is a martial artist who balanced atop two cars for his record attempt. The photo above was not from his official attempt but you can still see that all Forza was allowed to have in contact with his supports were his feet and ankles.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:&amplta href=""&ampgtWhat is your pick for this week's Fan Choice record?&amplt/a&ampgtYou 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."
9160Doctor Who 50th anniversary: The Time Lord’s world recordsThere’s just one day to go until Doctor Who 50th anniversary special - the Day of the Doctor hits television screens across the globe.Set to be to be simulcast worldwide in over 75 countries, the sci-fi special will see three incarnations of the Time Lord make an appearance, with outgoing Doctor Matt Smith set to be joined by David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and John Hurt making his debut making his proper as the War Doctor. However, fans will have to wait to see Peter Capaldi's debut as the Twelfth Doctor until he replaces Matt Smith after the Christmas special later this year.videoGoogle have already gotten into the spirit of things by created their biggest and most complex Google doodle yet with an interactive computer game.videoWe’re also marking the occasion here on, with our pick of Doctor Who related records below.To kick off, here’s Rob Hull from, Doncaster in the UK, who is the undisputed world’s biggest fan of Doctor Who's arch nemeses, the Daleks.As of 14 May 2013, Rob’s Dalek collection runs to 1202 examples and includes several rare pieces as well as a full-size working model, which, at the press of a button, issues the famously menacing battle cry: “Exterminate!”videoSticking with the Doctor’s cyborg enemy, the largest Dalek sculpture is a 35-ft (10.6-m) construction made primarily from straw which was created earlier this year by Snugburys ice cream company to mark the anniversary.The Dalek took approximately 700 man hours to complete and used approximately 6 tons (6.09 tonnes) of straw and 5 tons (5.08 tonnes) of steel.Tomorrows special looks set to be the last time Matt Smith will step out of the Tardis as the Doctor. Born on 28 October 1982, Matt was just 26 when he filmed his first scenes as the Time Lord, making him the youngest person to play Doctor Who. At the other end of the scale, the oldest person to play Doctor Who was William Hartnell, who played the part from the age of 55 to 57. He last reprised the role in 1973, aged 65.The much-loved BBC show has the distinction of being the most successful sci-fi TV show of all time, based on longevity, DVD sales, views on BBC’s iPlayer and publishing spin-offs. This eclipses the original Star Trek series, which has had numerous spin-offs (such as The Next Generation and Voyager) that are not a genuine continuation of the same show. Its also the longest running science fiction TV series of all time. As of 18 May 2013, a total of 798 episodes of Doctor Who had been aired. This total encompasses 239 story arcs and a full-length TV movie but does not include spoofs, spin-offs or webisodes.The official Doctor Who books – including novels, novelizations of TV episodes and “quick reads” – also hold the record for largest fiction series based on one principal character. Some 472 titles have appeared since the mid-1960s.The show can also lay claim to the longest-running TV tie-in, with the accompanying Doctor Who Magazine. Originally launched as Doctor Who Weekly on 11 October 1979, the magazine eventually went monthly at issue 44. Its tenure is all the more remarkable due to the fact that for 16 years of its 31-year run there was no TV series in production.The show’s fanbase is notoriously loyal, the largest Doctor Who fanclub is The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, which began in May 1976.Over its 50 years, the most popular Doctor Who story is 1984’s “The Caves of Androzani” which has received an average user review of 9.3/10 on, and was voted by readers of Doctor Who Magazine as the Time Lord's best ever adventure.The epic tale recounts the last days of the fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), who, by the end of the serial, is poisoned and forced to regenerate – into the sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) – to save his life. The classic four-parter narrowly beat the 2007 episode “Blink”, starring tenth Doctor, David Tennant.In terms of TV shows, the most prolific Doctor Who is Tom Baker, who starred in 173 episodes (seasons 12–18), a figure more than any other actor. A former monk, Baker was working on a building site when he received the call from the BBC. Famous for his Doctor’s lengthy scarf and wild hair, he revitalized the series and lasted seven years. In terms of total output – including audiobooks, TV shows, DVDs, novels and comics – the busiest Doctor was the tenth (David Tennant, UK), with over 342 appearances.TV’s least prolific Doctor Who was the eighth (Paul McGann, UK), who appeared just once, in a 1996 TV movie. Across all media, the fewest appearances to date were made by the ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, UK), with only 25 outings.
9161Fan Choice Record July 19Firenze Rugby 1931 ASD took the ball and ran with it.The rugby club from Florence, Italy, and its record for most participants in a touch/mini/tag rugby exhibition match scored the try in last week's Fan Choice, swiping 49.26% of all votes.The 336 men, women, and children who took the pitch will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. This week sees amazing athletic achievements both explosive and long-lasting, plus an impressive use of a snare drum. But first, you might want to grab your reading glasses -- the strongest ones you have.SMALLEST PRINTED BOOK (pictured above)Record: 0.74 x 0.75 mm (0.0291 x 0.0295 in) Holders: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd Printing Museum (Japan)Location: Bunkyo, Tokyo, JapanThat's not all: The miniscule manuscript, titled "Flowers of the Four Seasons," consists of 22 pages, in which readers can - as the title implies - follow photos of various flowers throughout the four seasons of the year. To date, 149 of the 250 copies printed have been sold.MOST AZTEC PUSH-UPS IN ONE MINUTERecord: 31 push-upsHolder: Brandon Collofello (USA)Location: Joliet, Illinois, USAThat's not all: An Aztec push-up consists of starting in a standard push-up position and dropping your chest toward the floor like any other push-up. But then, you must launch your entire body off the floor, so as to touch your toes in mid-air (like Collofello in the photo above), before landing again in the starting position. Not your average gym move! Check back later in the month for our July sports blog, where we'll feature exclusive video of this attempt.LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING WIFFLEBALLRecord: It says it right there on the clock, but: 25 hr 4 min, 53 secHolders: The two teams of four consisted of Bobby, Corey, and Tony DeAngelis with Jackie Turro (Red Team) against Mike Behling, Shane Caveney, Chris Hill, and Chris Edwards (Blue Team). Location: Fontaine Field, Norwich, Connecticut, USAThat's not all: Across the more than 24 hours of activity, the teams totaled 150 innings. The officially titled Rutland Country Store Red team, led by attempt organizer Bobby DeAngelis, cruised past the Rutland Country Store Blue team by a final score of 334-251. The attempt also raised money for the Special Olympics of Connecticut.LONGEST LINE OF DECORATED EGGSRecord: 13,623 eggsHolder: City of Osterholz-Scharmbeck (Germany)Location: Mencke school sports hall, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, GermanyThat's not all: Not surprisingly, the city decided to attempt this record as a way to celebrate Easter. Egg decorations included acrylic paint, lacquer, and knitted wool. With the eggs all laid in a row and each touching, the chain stretched to an incredible 771.9 m (2,532 ft 5 in)!LONGEST GROUP DRUM ROLLRecord: 28 hr 19 min 03 secHolder: Students of Big Rapids High SchoolLocation: Big Rapids, Michigan, USAThat's not all: Guidelines required that the same individual snare drum be played at all times and two participants were allowed to drum at once whenever one drummer changed over to the next. The group consisted of 18 drummers and the attempt helped raise $7,600 (£4,980) for the school, which the students put toward purchasing new marching drums.And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:<a href="">What is your pick for this week's Fan Choice record?</a>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!
9162Bob Wolff shares his memories of Ted WilliamsPhoto taken from video courtesy News 12 Long IslandIconic sportscaster and Guinness World Records title-holder Bob Wolff recently sat down with me for a wide-ranging talk in our latest episode of “Mike Meets.” You can watch my conversation with the man who owns the longest sportscasting career at the bottom of the page.One story we didn’t have time for in the video, though, recounted how Bob got on the good side of the notoriously prickly baseball legend Ted Williams.Williams, one of – if not the – greatest hitters of all time (nicknamed "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" for a reason), was famous for his many feuds with the media throughout his playing career with the Boston Red Sox. Here, in his own words, Wolff shares his memories of “The Splendid Splinter.”Not all ballplayers spoke well. Some spoke very well. But some I figured they were as temperamental as artists in other fields.Ted Williams, for example: he didn’t like the media and they didn’t like him for a great part. And one of the reasons is that I don’t think most of them understood what he was like as a human being.He was such a perfectionist and he had the reputation that he was the world’s greatest hitter. He was such a perfectionist that if he took batting practice – and everybody in the ballpark held their breath to watch “the master,” and both teams stopped what they were doing and stood on the dugout steps to watch, “Here’s how Ted Williams does it” – if he didn’t do well, he’d storm out of the batting cage. And no matter whom he was speaking to before then, he’d shove them out of the way, “Get out of here!” and so forth.You could see the smoke coming out of his mouth there. In that case, I’d wait about 10-15 minutes while he cooled off and then he’d come around again.One day I remember, he saw me coming toward him and I could see his mouth moving, muttering, cursing under his breath.I said, “Ted, let me speak to you after the game.”Then I said [after the game], “Ted, what were you doing making all these faces when I was coming at you?”He said, “I just didn’t feel like being interviewed.”I said, “I wasn’t going to ask you to be interviewed today. Tell you what, you tell me when you like to be interviewed. All the rest of the times that I come by, I’m your friend – just treat me as one.”Great.So we made a deal [for a future date] and if he had hit so many homers or his batting average was high enough, [he] said “I’ll go on air with you.”Wolff receiving his Guinness World Records certificate in 2012But before he got back to Griffin Stadium in Washington [Ed.’s note: Wolff was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Washington (D.C.) Senators at this time], up in Boston he got into another feud with the press. He had made a misplay in the outfield and was booed as he crossed home plate. He had thumbed his nose at the press box, spit on home plate and said, “I will never again do another interview with anybody ever.”Now, he was due to go on with me so when he got to Washington, I said, “Ted, you’re due to come on with me according to our handshake. But if you don’t want to do it, tell me now. We’ll still be friends, just tell me you’re not available.”So he said, “What time is the interview?” and I told him.He said “I’ll be there” and I said, “Well, what about the questions?”“Ask anything you want.”Which I did!And that interview got such acclaim that it became the basis for a series of interviews I did that year which I sold coast to coast.All by pure chance, little things like that, because I’m being fair – trying to be – is what made the difference.VIDEOFor more great Guinness World Records videos, head to our YouTube channel and subscribe. Also, don't forget to follow us at and Twitter @GWRNews.
9163Vote now in the Fan Choice 2014 Final - Part 1Each week here we offer five of the latest records verified by our Records Management Team from around the globe, asking you to vote for your favourite, in what we call the Fan Choice record of the week. At the end of the year, we then take the winners and pit them in a knockout-style bracket to determine - once again entirely by fan vote - what the Guinness World Records universe's favourite record of the year is. Check them out below and scroll down to cast your vote!  Click here for Fan Choice 2014 Finalists Part Two Click here for Fan Choice 2014 Finalists Part ThreeLONGEST TANDEM ATV SIDE WHEELIE
9164Top 10 golf Guinness World Records for the Ryder CupThe biennial Ryder Cup begins this week at Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois, USA, and we have 10 of our favorite golf Guinness World Records to celebrate:10. Longest golf courseThe longest golf course in the world (above) is the par-72, 8,548 yd (7,816 m) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club in Lijiang, China. The longest hole of the 18 is the 711-yard, par-5 fifth.9. Most successful golf Ryder Cup captainThe most successful Ryder Cup captain is Walter Hagen (USA) with four wins. Hagen captained the US team to victory in 1927, 1931, 1935 and 1937. Hagen was one the most colourful sports personalities of his time, and is credited with doing more than any other golfer to influence the perception of his profession.8. Fastest golf driveThe fastest golf drive is 339.56 km/h (211 mi/h) and was achieved by Maurice Allen (USA) at the Americas Golf Outlet in Orlando, Florida, USA on 3 March 2012. The ball was measured using the Full Swing Golf Simulator in which the golf ball hit is detected by two concentric laser nets surrounding the striker to determine the velocity and spin of the ball.7. Best-selling golf gameThe Tiger Woods series might have ruled the roost in recent years, but it was never able to dethrone one of the first golfing games - the functionally titled Golf. This early NES release has sold 4,009,599 units, compared to 2,841,563 of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (EA, 2007), the highest-selling game from EA's franchise.6. The farthest distance travelled controlling a golf ballThe farthest distance travelled controlling a golf ball is 2,903 metres (1.8 miles), completed by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the St. John's University track in New York City, New York, USA, on 11 July 2010. He used a sand wedge to bounce a golf ball while completing more than seven laps around the track before losing control. The attempt lasted 41 min, 22 sec.5. Largest collection of golf clubsRobert Lantsoght of Malaga, Spain has a collection of 4,393 individual golf clubs that he has been collecting since 1992. Robert has a restaurant on the Costa del Sol, which is renowned for golf. Every golf club in his collection is on display in the restaurant. Robert began collecting when he received a golf bag with a complete set of golf clubs in 1992 and he continues to update the collection on a weekly basis.4. Highest golf courseThe highest altitude golf course is the Yak golf course at 13,025 feet (3,970m) above sea level in Kupup, East Sikkim, India, measured on 10 October 2006. This is part of an Indian Army base and measures 6,026 yards long.3. Oldest golf courseThe Old Course at St Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland, UK, is the oldest golf course in the world. Archbishop Hamilton's Charter in 1552 is the earliest documentary evidence that allowed the people of St Andrews to play golf on the Links. The charter is principally a license to allow Archbishop Hamilton to breed rabbits on the links but the document also allows them to continue the "playing at golf, futball, schuting at all gamis, with all uther maner of pastyme as ever thai plais."2. Most golf balls held in one handThe most golf balls held in one hand for 10 seconds is 24 by Guillaume Doyon (Canada) at Collège Saint-Alexandre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on 30 November 2009. This record was equalled by Rohit Timilsina (Nepal) in Dharmasthali, Kathmandu, Nepal on 15 May 2010 and again by Zachery George (USA) in Elkins, West Virginia, USA, on 20 Mar 2011.1. Most durable golf club employeeThe most durable golf club employee is Raymundo Coelho (Brazil), who began work at Gavea Golf and Country Club, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in January 1935, providing upkeep and maintenance of the course, and he continues at the club, now as an instructional professional, 70 years later.
9165Happy Independence Day: Our Top 10 records from IndiaAugust 15 marks an annual holiday in India to celebrating the country's independence.India became a sovereign nation at the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, after spending nearly two centuries under the rule of the British.To mark the anniversary, here are ten amazing world records currently held by the nation.Largest democracyIndia is known as the "world's largest democracy" and its current Prime Minister (the country's 13th) is Dr. Manmohan Singh, who has held the position since 22 May 2004 a member of the ruling Congress Party, he is also the first Sikh to reach the post, and at 79, one of the oldest people today to head a government. With an estimated population of 1.2 billion - the world's second largest after China - the electorate alone was estimated at 714 million for the 2009 national election - more than the combined electorates of the USA and EU.Most centuries scored in international cricketWhen he scored 114 against Bangladesh in an ODI on 16 March 2012, the "Little Master" Sachin Tendulkar (India) became the first player to score 100 international centuries.Largest rubyThe largest Ruby weighs 21,955 g (48 lbs 6.43 oz) and measures 310 x 165 x 140 mm (12.20 x 6.49 x 5.51 in) and is owned by Rajiv Golcha. The ruby has been named "The King Ruby" and is held in the Prestige Gems & Jewels showroom in India.Largest roti / chapatiThe largest chapati weighed 63.99 kg (141 lb 1 oz) and was made by the Shree Jalarm Mandir Jirnodhar Samitee organisation at the Jalaram Temple, Jamnagar, on 15 January 2005.Highest box office film gross for a Bollywood film3 Idiots (2009), starring R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Aamir Khan, is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time taking more than 202,57,00,000 INR ($44.9 million £29.9 million) to date, seeing off competition from the 2010 films Dabangg, Golmaal 3 and Raajneeti by a considerable margin.Largest annual film outputIndia is the world's most prolific film-making nation, with approximately 800 to 1,000 feature films being produced each year by the 'Bollywood' film industry based in Mumbai. This is roughly double the number of films produced by Hollywood each year. In 2009, a total of 1,288 films were produced in India, in 24 different languages. By contrast, Hollywood produced 606 feature films during 2008 - an all-time record for the American film industry.Most expensive weddingThe wedding of Vanisha Mittal, daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, to investment banker Amit Bhatia was the most expensive wedding in the world. The six-day event, held in Versailles in 2004, included a re-enactment of the happy couple's courtship and an engagement ceremony at the Palace of Versailles - the only private function ever to have been held in the palace. Guests at the wedding reception were entertained by a number of world famous performers, including Shah Rukh Khan and Kylie Minogue. And the bill picked up by the bride's father? A mere $55 million (then over £28 million).Longest moustacheThe longest moustache measures 4.29 m (14 ft) and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan (India). It was measured on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 4 March 2010.Highest rainfall annuallyBy average annual rainfall, the wettest place is Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India, with 11,873 mm (467 in) of rain per annum. By average annual rainfall, the wettest place is Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India, with 11,873 mm (467 in) of rain per annum.Largest gathering of people dressed as Mohandas GandhiThe largest gathering of people dressed as Mohandas Gandhi was 485 and was achieved by the children of T.R.A.C.K.S. Training Resource & Care For Kids (India) in Kolkata, India, on 29 January 2012.
9166Vote now in the Fan Choice 2014 Finals - Part 2Each week here we offer five of the latest records verified by our Records Management Team from around the globe, asking you to vote for your favourite, in what we call the Fan Choice record of the week. At the end of the year, we then take the winners and pit them in a knockout-style bracket to determine - once again entirely by fan vote - what the Guinness World Records universe's favourite record of the year is.
9167A great day for doughnuts as America celebrates National Donut DayFriday marks National Doughnut Day! Celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, National Doughnut Day originated in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s ‘doughnut girls,’ who served the treats to American soldiers during World War 1.
9168Images of the Week: From the most consecutive wave formation dives to the tallest hotelEvery Friday we'll be publishing on some of our favourite images that have been recently added to the GWR archive. Here's a look at some of this week's best images:The most consecutive dives in wave formation (above) is 4,725 and was achieved by Maik Neubert and AOK - Die Gesundheitskasse für Niedersachsen (Germany) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on 14 July 2012. 75 team members took part in the attempt, each diving 63 times for a total of 4,725.The most pet food donated to charity in 24 hours is 4,197.50 kg (9,253 lb 14 oz) and was achieved by Mars Petcare UK (UK), in Leicester, UK, on 28 September 2012. The cans of Kitekat Pedigree cat food were donated by Mars Petcare UK to Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid Association. Around 100 employees of the company participated in the attempt as part of a team building exercise. The entire process from the weighing of the pet food to the final delivery took under five hours.The largest collection of model motorcycles is 1,258 model motorcycles and belongs to David Correia (USA), in Norco, California, USA, as of 24 May 2012. David began collecting model motorcycles in 1992 when he was given a vintage 1963 panhead Harley Davidson model. The entire collection features only motorcycles with riders and is housed in a special room in his garage. David was inspired to apply for this record when he saw coverage of other Guinness World Records collection record holders.The most balloons inflated by the nose in one hour is 328, achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA), in New York, New York, USA, on 7 August 2012. Standard party balloons were used for this record.The most expensive vacuum cleaner is priced at $21,900 (£13,798.88, €17,173.32) and was created by Hartmut Gassmann (Germany) and HYLA U.S. Gassmann Inc. (USA). The vacuum cleaners have been available for purchase since 14 August 2012. The vacuum cleaner is covered with rhinestones and can be ordered online. So far, 2 units have been sold.The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, UAE, formerly known as Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa, is the tallest hotel, standing at 355.35 m (1,165.84 ft) from ground level to the top of its mast. The hotel consists of two 77-floor twin towers, with the first tower opened on 11 November 2012. Both towers are entirely occupied by the hotel. The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 1 has 806 rooms. The two top floors are occupied by Vault, one of the hotel's 15 lounge bars and restaurants and a swimming pool can be found on the mezzanine level between floors 6 and 7. The building's spire is 49.60 m tall. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 2 is scheduled for opening by 2015.
9169Sochi 2014: Five to watch out for at the Winter OlympicsAhead of the opening ceremony this evening for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, here are five athletes in line to make record breaking history at the Games.Claudia PechsteinSpeed SkatingWhile seen as a veteran at the age of 41, the German long-distance speed skater is nevertheless very much at the height of her powers. She’s therefore also a good bet to make history in Sochi by becoming the most decorated female Winter Olympian.Having already notched up nine medals over the course of five Winter Olympics, dating back to the 1992 Games, Pechstein needs just one more in 2014 to level the record of ten medals held jointly by Raisa Smetanina (USSR/Russia) and Stefiana Belmondo (Italy).Watch Claudia win gold at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer in the clip below.videoShaun WhiteSnowboardingHaving pulled out of the slopestyle events earlier this week, bypassing the opportunity of winning a pair gold medals, the 27-year-old American will be hoping to have given himself a better chance in the event he knows best – the Halfpipe.Arguably the world’s most famous snowboarder, White will be hoping to score his third straight title and better the below performance which saw him notch up the highest ever Olympic Halfpipe Score of 48.4 .videoSimon AmmannSki JumpingWith Sochi set to be his fifth appearance at a Winter Olympics, Switzerland's Simon Ammann needs two medals to become the most decorated Winter Olympics ski jumper of all time.The 32-year-old, already has four gold medals, having won two in Salt Lake and Vancouver.videoOle Einar BjoerndalenBiathlonHaving 11 Olympic medals already in the bank, Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen could leave Sochi as the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.Requiring just one medal to draw level with fellow Norweigan Bjoern Daehlie’s record of 12 medals, the 40-year-old will be appearing in his sixth Olympics and is widely tipped to medal in both the relay and mixed relay events.In the clip below, we see Bjoerndalen claim silver in an incredibly tough 20km individual biathlon contest at the Vancouver 2010 Games.videoMarit BjoergenCross-country skiingVery much the women to beat in this event, the Norwegian's five-medal haul at the Vancouver Games was the best by any athlete (three individual, plus two relay events). Now 33, like her fellow countryman Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Bjoergen is in line to equal or break Bjoern Daehlie’s all-time individual record for most Winter Olympic medals.In the video below, Bjoergen delights the crowds with an incredible gold medal-winning performance in the sprint classic event at Vancouver 2010.videoRelated stories: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: A record tour around the figure skating world The best records for all the favorites in Winter Olympics men's ice hockeyMake sure to follow @GWR on Twitter for all the latest up-to-the-minute updates from performances at Sochi 2014.
9170Sir David Frost (1939–2013): How broadcaster played key role in popularising Guinness World Records on TVGuinness World Records is sad to hear of the passing of the broadcaster Sir David Frost, who died of a heart attack on Saturday at the age of 74. Sir David played an important role in popularising Guinness World Records on television, as both a producer and host of the shows.In 1973, he acquired TV broadcasting rights and produced record-breaking spectaculars such as David Frost Presents the Guinness Book of World Records and David Frost Presents: The Guinness Book of World Records for ABC TV in the USA, and The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame special for the BBC.videoSir David interviews Sir Paul McCartney alongside Norris McWhirter in 1986 for BBC TV special The Guinness Book of Records Hall of FameAmong those interviewed by Sir David were Roy C Sullivan, who at that stage had been hit five times by lightning (and would go on to suffer two more strikes) Don Koehler, the world's tallest man Henri La Mothe, the highest shallow-diver and stunt cyclist Evel Knievel.Renowned as an international jet-setter, Sir David always claimed that he should have had a world record of his own for the most supersonic flights, having flown between London and New York on Concorde "about 1,000 times".Sir David with Don Koehler, the former holder of the world's tallest living man titleIt was never officially ratified – he had taken so many flights, he'd lost count – but in his own estimation he'd travelled more than 5 million miles on Concorde.Later in his career, he became a household name for his incisive interviews. As noted by The Times, he is the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the USA and the last seven Prime Ministers of the UK.And his face-off with disgraced US President Richard Nixon has become legendary, becoming the subject of the stage play and movie Frost/Nixon – in which Sir David (played on stage and screen by Michael Sheen) can be seen hosting a Guinness World Records TV Special."People of a certain age will always associate Sir David with record breaking," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. "Along with Founding Editors Norris and Ross McWhirter, David was one of the first faces of Guinness World Records for us young fans in the 1970s and 80s. And although he went on to become most famous for his trial-by-television interviews, he will always be remembered by me for introducing some of the world's most remarkable record breakers."
9171Who did Taylor Swift write all her record-breaking songs about?As announced yesterday, Taylor Swift finds herself featured in the upcoming GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 edition with a pair of records: the fastest selling digital single for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and for being the first solo female act with multiple million-selling weeks on the U.S. album charts (for “Speak Now” and “Red”).One of the fun games to play with any Taylor Swift song is to figure out who the inspiration was, normally falling to an ex-flame like John Mayer or Jake Gyllenhaal.So we thought we’d do the same on occasion of her record-breaking success. Here are five of our favorite singles from T-Swizzle's discography and what record holders we think could’ve served as her muse.Teardrops on My GuitarWritten for: David BrowneWhy: Browne strolled down to the Temple Bar Pub in Dublin on June 12, 2011, and started playing his guitar. And then just didn’t stop. Finally, after 114 hours 6 minutes 30 seconds plucking and shredding, the Irishman walked out as the record holder for the longest marathon playing guitar. We’re sure by the end that the frets on his Gibson were covered in blood, sweat, and certainly some tears.Love StoryWritten for: Malik Anthony and Merilee RhodenWhy: This American couple went from friendship to dating to creating a literally historic relationship. They broke the record for longest screen kiss on a TV show (3 min 28 sec) and you can catch their whole story – and epic liplock – right here on a Valentine’s Day 2013 episode of “The Jeff Probst Show.”videoYou Belong With MeWritten for: Herbert and Zelmyra FisherWhy: This North Carolina couple set the standard for mateship, clocking in with the longest marriage ever at 86 years 9 months 16 days (1924-2011). When you consider the average global human lifespan is around 67 years, the fact the Fishers were wedded almost two decades longer than even that blows the mind.Today Was a Fairy TaleWritten for: San Agustin SchoolWhy: Feb. 17, 2012 was a legitimate fairy tale for the students of this Spanish school in Valladolid. In order to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the school, students and staff gathered to break the record for most people dressed as storybook characters with 921. Their costumes covered characters from more than 50 different fairy tales. I Knew You Were TroubleWritten for: Ashrita FurmanWhy: Because Furman is nothing but trouble for the thousands of achievements in the Guinness World Records database. The man who has broken more records than anyone else in history (more than 300) shows no prejudice for the feats he’ll take out, having accomplished everything from the fastest mile hula hooping to the heaviest shoes walked in to building the largest pencil. And he’ll definitely take you to places you’ve never been, as Swift sings, having set his records all over the globe, including in front of the pyramids in Cairo, on the Indian Ocean floor in Bali, and at the Great Wall of China.For more updates as they happen on the upcoming Guinness World Records 2014 edition, visit Be sure to get your copy in stores or online Sept. 12.
9172Fan Choice Record of the Week: March 29Last week saw the debut of our new weekly feature, the Fan Choice Record of the Week.We would like to thank everyone who voted in our inaugural poll and are happy to announce that the fans have chosen the "most people spinning fire" by Ameno Signum, e.V. (Germany) as their favorite of the week! Congratulations to them, as they captured more than 41% of the public vote. And, of course, congratulations to all the other great record-breaking candidates.This week, a theme present throughout our choices is that of individual achievement. Many records were approved this week which featured one person pushing the limits of what the mind and body can do. Which one is your favorite? Take a look at our candidates and find out how to vote below.Most stairs climbed by bicycle (see image above)Record: 2,754 stepsHolder: Krystian Herba (Poland) Location: Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, ChinaThat's not all: Herba ascended from basement to top level of the 100-floor edifice without ever touching a wall or hitting the floor. The climb took him 1 hour 21 minutes and 53 seconds to achieve.Largest bachata danceRecord: 325 couples (650 participants)Holder: Buena Vista Social Dance ClubLocation: Lenin Stadium, Khabarovsk, RussiaThat's not all: The dance lasted more than 10 minutes to live music performed by Cuba's "Mr. Tito." Interestingly, despite the bachata originating in the Dominican Republic, this record has only ever been broken in European countries.Greatest distance traveled by train in 24 hoursRecord: 3,115.7 km (1,936 miles)Holder: Kazuaki YamadaLocation: Hokkaido, Japan, to Kagoshima, JapanThat's not all: Yamada's itinerary took him from the Kikonai station to Shin-Aomori station, from Shin-Aomori to Tokyo, from Tokyo to the Nagoya station, from Nagoya to the Nagano station, from Nagano to the Takasaki station, from Takasaki to the Nagaoka station, from Nagaoka to the Shin-Osaka station, and from Shin-Osaka station to his final point at Sendai station.Fastest golf driveRecord: 349.38 km/h (217.1 mph)Holder: Ryan WintherLocation: Orange County National Driving Range, Orlando, Florida, USAThat's not all: Winther is no stranger to using his power and torque for success on the golf course: he won the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, with an average drive distance of more than 367 feet (111.8 m). Highest popping toasterRecord: 4.57 m (15 feet)Holder: Matthew LucciLocation: Venus, Texas, USAThat's not all: Lucci, only 14, designed his toaster after seeing this record featured in the 2010 Guinness World Records book. He was able to design a functioning toaster with a 12,000 rpm motor attached to launch the bread once it was toasted.So cast your votes now! As a reminder, head to our Facebook page to choose in our weekly poll, leave your choice in the comment section below, or tweet your choice to us on Twitter (@GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.Check back next week to see who's been crowned the latest fan favorite.
9173Fan Choice Record of the Week: March 22It's no secret that we here at Guinness World Records receive a lot of record applications - about 1,000 per week, in fact.And it's also no secret that breaking a record is difficult - only around 3 percent of all record applications result in success.Still, each week our Records Management Team verifies and awards official record titles to many claims from around the globe and we would like to now share some of these with you, the fans.It is with that idea in mind that we introduce our newest weekly feature, the Fan Choice Record of the Week. Here's how it will work:Each Friday, come right back here to, where we'll present five of the most unique and varied records authenticated in the past week. Expect to see all types of achievements from all around the globe.After learning about the newest verified records, head to our Facebook page to vote in our weekly poll, leave your choice in the comment section below, or tweet your choice to us on Twitter ( @GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.We'll tally up all the votes over the course of the week and announce each Friday which record the fans have chosen as their favorite.Remember, this is entirely meant to showcase your choice for favorite superlative achievement, for whatever reason that may be. The power is completely yours!Now that you're all caught up, here are our nominees for the week ending March 22.Most people spinning fireRecord: 250 participants (see image above)Holder: Ameno Signum, e.V.Location: Neunburg vorm Wald, GermanyThat's not all: This attempt more than doubled the previous record and was done to celebrate the attempting group's 5-year anniversary.Largest ice lantern displayRecord: 2,651 lanternsHolder: VuollerimbygdenLocation: Vuollerim, SwedenThat's not all: Located in the far north of Sweden, the village of Vuollerim only has approximately 800 residents.Most sandcastles built in one hourRecord: 1,564Holder: Adventure WellingtonLocation: Wellington, New ZealandThat's not all: The attempt took place on Lyall Bay Beach, taking up all 2 km (1.24 mi) of coastline to accomodate the more-than-1,200 sandcastle builders.Longest marathon playing five-a-side football (soccer)Record: 43 hoursHolder: Yorkshire Heli Heroes & Wicko TeachersLocation: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UKThat's not all: The final score of this game was 827-454, with Team White defeating Team Black. This was the group's second attempt at the record, after weather spoiled their first try 6 months earlier.Most people to parachute from a balloonRecord: 40 participantsHolder: Skydive DubaiLocation: Dubai, UAEThat's not all: This attempt also broke a second record, for the most people to parachute from a balloon simultaneously, as 25 of the 40 skydivers left the balloon within 3 seconds.Now it's your turn! Head to to vote in our poll, comment via Facebook with your choice below, or tweet @GWRNews with your favorite and the hashtag #GWRFanChoice. We'll announce your pick next week!
9174Record-breaking Mother's Day 2014 giftsYou're not...No, not really, right?Wait, seriously, you still haven't picked up a Mother's Day gift for mom? She raised you! Shame on you!Sunday marks Mother's Day in dozens of countries and it's a big one -- the 100th anniversary of it becoming a national holiday here in America. As such, we decided to go big too, and offer you some gift-buying inspiration to get you on the right track for Mom.Now read this quickly and get to the store already!LARGEST GREETING CARD (above)We hope you have enough postage.Fittingly, the largest greeting card is a Mother's Day card and was unveiled just this year for Mother's Day in the UAE. Measuring 10.19 m (33 ft 5.16 in) in length and 7.09 m (23 ft 3.12 in) in width, the card was built and presented by Nestlé Middle East FZE - NIDO at Dubai Mall in Dubai on March 21.LARGEST BOX OF CHOCOLATESYou probably won't find this one in the shops. Thorntons Moments unveiled the largest box of chocolates in London on April 2, 2008. The box itself measured 5.04 m (16 ft 6 in) long, 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in) wide and 1 m (3 ft 3.5 in) deep, with a record-breaking weight of 3,275 lb (1,690 kg).LARGEST BOUQUETOr maybe the largest bouquet suits Mom better. Constructed by the NordWestZentrum shopping mall in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sept. 29, 2005, this arrangement of all-natural flowers consisted of 156,940 multi-colored roses.A little more daunting than the dozen long-stems you're more likely to find, the bouquet measured 26 m (85 ft 3 in) long by 6 m (19 ft 8 in) wide and 3 m (9 ft 10 in) tall. All those flowers weighed more than 10.3 tonnes!LONGEST HUGAlright, maybe you're against all the commercialism surrounding Mother's Day now. Or you feel like your love for mom can't be properly measured by something material. Or maybe you're just broke this year.If you're the kind of person for whom actions speak louder than gifts, then we recommend just grabbing mom, thanking her for all she's done, and never letting her go. Well, at least not for 24 hr 33 min. That's how long Ron O'Neil and Theresa Kerr (both Canada) clinched for the longest hug at Centennial Beach in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, from June 12-13, 2010.Now get to it, you don't want to keep Mom waiting!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!
9175Miroslav Klose sets all-time World Cup goals record as Germany stun BrazilMiroslav Klose has this evening beaten Ronaldo's record to become the Guinness World Records title holder for Most FIFA World Cup finals goals by a football (soccer) player.The 36-year-old German striker netted his side's second goal in the semi-final against Brazil to become the record holder outright with 16, in a match which saw the tournament hosts concede five goals in the opening half.The match eventually ended 7-1 to the Germans in an emphatic display which ensured the Europeans will appear in their eighth final - edging past Brazil on seven to see them take the record for most World Cup Final appearances.Klose’s record-setting 21st-minute strike was his second of the tournament after he came off the bench against Ghana to net in the group stage, which had put him level with the Brazil legend Ronaldo.To further compund the misery for Brazil, Germany also took their record for most World Cup goals scored by a team, with their seven goals this evening taking them to 223 goals, breaking Brazil's record of 220 (Oscar's consolation goal for the hosts tonight took them to 221).Lazio star Klose had been hotly tipped to set the record after being named as Germany’s only recognised out-and-out striker for this year's tournament.With 71 goals in 136 matches, Klose now stands as Germany's all-time top scorer, having beaten the record previously held by Gerd Mueller. The former Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich hit-man currently boasts an incredible ratio of 1.08 goals per World Cup game and is one of only three players to score in four different World Cups alongside his compatriot Uwe Seeler and Brazilian legend Pel é.Klose was born in Poland and spoke almost no German when he moved to Germany with his family as an eight-year-old in 1986.He marked his first appearance for Germany by heading the winner to earn his country a 2-1 victory over Albania in 2001.He began his World Cup career in 2002 in South Korea and Japan with five headed goals as Germany reached the final, where they eventually lost 2-0 to Brazil with Ronaldo scoring twice. Four years later with Germany as hosts, Klose won the Golden Boot when he scored another five goals in leading Germany to the semi-finals. In 2010 he scored four more in South Africa.With his contract with Italian club Lazio set to expire this summer, Klose is set for a move to the US after the World Cup, amid rumours he may on his way to a club playing in the MLS. videoMiroslav Klose World Cup goals fact file4 World Cups (02, 06, 10, 14)21 starts, 2 sub appearances, 4 unused sub1,645 minutes, 15 goalsKorea/Japan 02 - 5 goals in 7 gamesGermany 06 - 5 goals in 7 games South Africa 10 - 4 goals in 5 gamesBrazil 14 - 2 goal in 4 gamesRunner-up in 2002All-time World Cup goal-scorersMiroslav Klose 16 goalsRonaldo 15Gerd Muller 14Just Fontaine 13Pele 12Jurgen Klinsmann 11Gary Lineker 10
9176Video: World’s most prolific Pokémon family make it into Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s EditionThe family that plays together definitely stays together…and probably catches them all! The newest edition of the "Video Game Bible" -Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition- hits stores today with the most comprehensive collection of video game records ever known including the most prolific Pokémon playing family in the world - The Arnolds. The 'Frankfort Five', hailing from the Illinois suburb outside of Chicago, are Pokémon prodigies who rank as some of the world's greatest players each year during the official Pokémon Video Game Championships, earning them the title of "Largest Competitive Pokemon Videogame Family".videoThe Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition contains something for players of all kinds. Notching the latest high-water mark in the seemingly never-ending battle for Donkey Kong supremacy, New York City's Hank Chien earned the "Highest Score on Donkey Kong" with 1,090,000 points. Mobile mavens will love the spread on Angry Birds, the "Best-Selling Mobile Series" (more than 250 million downloads) and the app with the "Most Days Spent as the Best-Selling App in iTunes Store" (275 consecutive days).Gamers with a little extra cash can spend $1,242 of their hard-earned money on the "Most Valuable Kinect Sensor," a special peripheral encrusted with 6,000 Swarovski crystals. Brassy brawlers will be knocked out by an entire section devoted to Fighting Games including Mortal Kombat, Marvel Vs. Capcom and Dead or Alive, while the growing genre of "Lifestyle & Fitness" games boasts achievements like "Most People Exercising to a Videogame" (783 people). Once again, this year features many women making their mark in the interactive realm. Iowa's Elizabeth Bolinger preferred to dance her way into the record books, where she earned the title for "Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer" with top scores in 85 songs spanning across Dance Central, Just Dance and Just Dance 2 and she'll be attempting a new high score on popular gaming network G4 in mid- January. Jennifer Hale grabbed the record for "Most Prolific Voice Actor" for lending her voice to 129 video games over the course of almost two decades.As always, Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition is chock full of lists and quizzes that are sure to get gamers talking. One of the featured lists takes a look at the "Top 50 Video Game Endings" of all-time as voted by more than 13,000 Guinness World Records readers. Game historians can also test their knowledge with the "Video Game Tagline Quiz" questions found at the bottom of each page, and read features on professional video game players, the biggest "Gaming Fails", a PS3 vs XBOX 360 comparison and much more!"The 2012 book is the most comprehensive Gamer's Edition we've ever released," said Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor. "Chronicling the video game world's grandest successes, most embarrassing failures and everything in between, this year's edition will immerse casual fans with an encyclopaedia of interactive info and impress the hardcore crowd with its detailed analysis."* Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition is out now in the US and Australia, and available in the UK on January 19th. Click here to find out more.
9177Barcelona star Lionel Messi sets new goal-scoring recordBarcelona football star Lionel Messi last night wrote his way into the history books after notching up the Guinness World Records title for the most goals in a calendar year by netting his 86th goal of 2012.The 25-year-old Argentine edged past Gerd Mueller's long-standing record of 85 - set in 1972 - to set a new benchmark, which includes goals for club and country.Messi clinched the record after hitting the target twice in Barca's 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.The Three-time World Player of the Year drilled in an angled shot after 16 minutes to equal the German's record before adding a second with a shot driven low in the 25th minute to set the new mark.videoSpeaking after the match, Messi told Spanish TV station Canal Plus: "I always say the same, it's nice for what it means but the victory is more important as it maintains our lead over the other teams".Mueller, who netted 72 for Bayern Munich and 13 for West Germany when he set the previous benchmark in 1972 and was 27 at the time, was among the first to congratulate Messi, telling "My record stood for 40 years - 85 goals in 60 games - and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I'm delighted for him."He is an incredible player, gigantic."Messi's attempt to break the record looked uncertain after he was stretchered off during Barcelona's Champions League draw with Benfica on Wednesday with a knee injury.However, despite admitting he thought he had kicked his last ball "for a long time because of the pain", the injury to his left knee was eventually found not to be as bad as initially feared, allowing him to start against Betis.Messi's path to the record has included 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 66 games.He could still add to his final tally, with the striker set to feature in two league matches and one King's Cup tie before the end of the year.Nicknamed "The Flea" for his small frame, Messi passed Cesar Rodriguez's 57-year-old milestone of 232 goals to become Barcelona all-time leading scorer.Messi's month-by-month goal tallyJanuary 7February 10March 13April 9May 8June 4July 0August 7September 5October 10November 9December 4Messi's goal breakdownBarcelona
Copa del Rey: 3
 Primera Division: 56
 Champions League: 13
 Spanish Super Cup: 2
 Club total: 74
World Cup qualifiers: 5
 Friendlies: 7
 Country total: 12
Overall total: 86
9178Video: Records Tumble on Guinness World Records DayToday more than 300,000 people around the world are taking part in record-breaking events for the seventh annual Guinness World Records Day, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's best-selling copyright book. Records already confirmed include the Largest Cream Tea Party (334 participants) held in Essex, UK Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Leprechauns (262 participants) in Dublin, Ireland the Oldest Yoga Teacher (91 years-old) from Florida, USA and the Largest Hula Hoop Workout (221 Kids) in Florida, USA (pictured above). The UK got the party started with the Largest Cream Tea Party. The event took place in Quendon, Essex, where 334 guests were invited to scoff their way through over 400 scones! Jane Malyon from The English Cream Tea Company, who hosted the event, said: "I'm passionate about sharing quality time with people and the great British tradition of afternoon tea is a favourite way to do this: Strangers became friends over scones, cream, jam and tea - and the atmosphere was as special as this amazing Guinness World Record! I'm thrilled by it all."In keeping with the national theme, 262 members of the public in Dublin, Ireland, got into leprechaun costume to break the record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Leprechauns breaking the previous American record. Derek Mooney from RTE Radio One said: "We believe that a record for leprechauns belongs to its native soil and we're really pleased to bring it back to Ireland".To mark the special day, 91 year-old Bernice Mary Bates (USA, b. 30 June 1920) was officially recognised as the Oldest Yoga Teacher. Bernice, who was presented with her certificate at the Mainlands Retirement Community Centre in Pinellas Park, Florida, said: "It's fantastic to get the record on Guinness World Records Day. I'm truly overwhelmed. I'll continue with Yoga for as long as I can" Elsewhere in the US, 221 school children from Longleaf Elementary School in New Port Richey, Florida were involved in setting a new record for the Largest Hula Hoop Workout. On the other side of the globe Australia was also getting involved in the record-breaking action as 368 children in Melbourne transformed into 'dancing queens' to set a new record for Largest Gathering of ABBA Impersonators The UK created the Largest Tea Bag (120 kg), organised by All About Tea and displayed on HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, in the UK and 211 students from Berkeley High School, California, USA, performed the Largest Soul Train Dance. Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "Guinness World Records Day is a chance to celebrate not just incredible individual achievements but also civic and national pride - whether it's the Irish bringing together leprechauns, the Brits serving up cream teas or the Americans performing a mass Soul Train dance. This year, it seems to be about bringing records back home to the people who are most passionate about enjoying their culture and national identity." All records set on Guinness World Records Day 2011 will be short-listed for inclusion in next edition of the book - the Guinness World Records 2012 edition is currently at the top of the UK's bestseller list.To follow live updates from today's GWR Day events, head to
9179Video: Tallest cow ever - Guinness World Records pays tribute to BlosomGuinness World Records today pays an emotional farewell and tribute to the adorable Blosom, who sadly passed away recently but will live on in the record books as the world’s tallest cow ever. The Female Holstein, pictured above towering over her American owner Patty Meads-Hanson at a staggering height of 190 cm (74.8 in) – over 6ft tall - was first recognised as the tallest cow living after Guinness World Records visited Blosom and her owner at her home in Orangeville, Illinois, earlier this year.
9180Blockbusting Minecraft gamers event Minecon recognised with largest single videogame convention recordMinecon has been presented with the Guinness World Records title for Largest convention for a single videogame at Minecon 2015 - and eight new titles were achieved at the GWR Live! stand over the weekend at the London event.

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