Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

991Video: Watch incredible footage of farthest flight by a hoverboard record set by Canada's Catalin Alexandru DuruGuinness World Records, can today reveal an astonishing new world record in the field of future travel.
992Video: Watch Singaporean daredevil spin upside down in a wind tunnel for new Guinness World Records titleIFly Singapore achieved a new milestone in the history of indoor skydiving on 21 May 2015 by striking a set of impressive Guinness World Record titles, including most head spins in a wind tunnel in one minute.
993Watch Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey set golf keepy-uppy record on A League of Their OwnLast night’s episode of comedy panel show 'A League of Their Own' on Sky 1 saw Guinness World Records official judge Mark McKinley return to adjudicate more record chaos.
994Record Holder Q+A: Johanna Quaas, Oldest GymnastAt the recent launch of Guinness World Records 2013, we had the opportunity to speak to several record holders featured in the new book. We asked them the questions world record fans most wanted to know about, and now here are the answers!Today's Q+A is with Johanna Quaas, the world's oldest gymnast (female). She still regularly competes in (and wins!) gymnastics competitions, at the age of 86. Amazingly, she only started in the sport at the age of 56!videoQ - Where are you from?A - Halle, GermanyQ - What do you do for a living?A - I'm retired now, but I used to be a PE teacher.Q - How did you get into record-breaking?A - I was at a championship competition, and a person in the crowd recorded a video of one of my routines. This ended up on YouTube, and got over a million views. Then Guinness World Records sent an invitation to my manager for me to appear on the Italian TV show in Rome, where I received my record.Q - How often do you practise/train?A - I practise gymnastics only twice per week, but every day I do an hour of some sport or exercise - usually swimming or a walk.Q - What is your favourite apparatus to use?A - The parallel bars.Q - Do you ever think you are getting too old to do gymnastics?A - No, absolutely not. If you stick with it you can definitely carry on at a high age. I'd like to still be competing when I'm 90.Q - Do you have any health worries when competing?A - I have no health worries at all. My body is trained to the point I can do all these exercises and movements comfortably.Q - What words of wisdom would you give to people who are not the typical stereoitype starting out in sports?A - Just find the sport that is right for you, and get started, whatever that is.Q - Where do you keep your GWR certificate?A - With all my other awards and memorabilia - medals, and certificates, mainly. It is next to the certificate of my win of the first German National Championship after reunification - one of the achievements I am most proud of.
995Virgin Money London Marathon 2015: All the world records from this year's race confirmed
996In Pictures: Virgin Money London Marathon 2015
997Fan Choice Record of the Year: Quarterfinals - Vote Now!We're now through two rounds of our end-of-year Fan Choice competition, and some great stories are starting to emerge from the bracket.A few interesting takes from Round 2:-A second No. 1 seed was ousted, with the Largest display of handmade paper dolls being eliminated by No. 5 Most participants in a touch/mini/tag rugby match. Our two remaining top seeds ought to be on high alert!-The bracket's early Cinderella story came to a quick end, as the lone No. 8 seed to escape the first round was outvoted in the Sweet 16. The Largest photo book succumbed to the No. 4 Fastest motorcycle wheelie on ice after its surprise upset of a No. 1 seed in the opening round.-Keep an eye on No. 6 seed Most skips in one hour. It's one of only three individual achievements left, has picked up voting steam in each round, and Annie Maria Bissoondial's record has already toppled both a mass participation record and an epic journey, two typically strong category performers in our votes. She will face the formidal No. 1 overall seed Most tennis balls held in the hand in the next round.-Our two highest overall vote getters this round? No. 1 seed Largest human waterskiing pyramid (not a surprise) and No. 3 seed Largest swimwear parade on skis, which is putting on a massively impressive performance in the tournament so far.Time now to take a look at our updated bracket (Note: some records may have since been broken from the time they were originally entered into our Fan Choice competition):videoFind your favorite battles below, cast your vote now, and share at the end of the story to get all your friends on the bandwagon.Good luck and happy voting four semifinal tickets await!&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtQuarterfinals: Matchup 1&ampamplt/a&ampampgt&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtQuarterfinals: Matchup 2&ampamplt/a&ampampgt&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtQuarterfinals: Matchup 3&ampamplt/a&ampampgt&ampamplta href=""&ampampgtQuarterfinals: Matchup 4&ampamplt/a&ampampgtLooking 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.
998Video: Watch quickfire comedian Clive Greenaway set most jokes in one minute world recordCongratulations to Clive Greenaway from Poole in Dorset, UK who now holds the record for the most jokes told in one minute with a total of 26.
999Coca-Cola unites Venezuelan families with drinks pouring recordWanting to celebrate the strength of family in Venezuela, Coca-Cola desired a way to allow families a symbolic representation of staying united in the face of any changes or obstacles sent their way.As such, engaging with Guinness World Records, the iconic soft drink brand was handed a completely new record challenge that could be broken only by a unified group. In order to make history, Coca-Cola would need to get hundreds of people to perform the longest drinks pouring relay.In order to give the record a go, each person in the relay had to cleanly pour a beverage for the person next to them, on and on down the chain.Coca-Cola went so far as to create a 597-foot-long (182-meter) in the form of its famous contour-shaped bottle. The table allowed enough room for plenty of people to join the relay. When all the fizz settled, a new record of 550 participants had been set.After the attempt, all participants remained gathered around the table to enjoy a typical Venezuelan lunch."This activity, fresh and engaging, gave us the possibility to show that when we gather to even eat a meal together, we become something bigger than ourselves," said Jeremy Romero, Coca-Cola brand manager for Venezuela. "This was the intention of working with Guinness World Records if we were able to get people to reflect on that feeling, then we're happy."The attempt highlighted a banner time in Venezuela. On the same day that Ms. Venezuela was crowned Ms. Universe, it was the Coca-Cola record that was the No. 1 trending topic in the country on Twitter, under the hashtag #UnRecordJuntos (a.k.a. "One record together").The successful attempt marks the first time Coca-Cola has ventured into the Venezuelan market to break a record. Not knowing exactly what they wanted to attempt, Coca-Cola took advantage of the Guinness World Records creative consultancy service to create and narrow down a list of potential record ideas. Deciding in the end to go for an accomplishment centered on a group gathering around a table was no accident."The table invites dialogue and interaction," said Romero. "It gives us identity, a feeling of importance, and protection."
1000Seattle Seahawks fans 'cause minor earthquake' with world record crowd roarIt's fallen again!Fans of the Seattle Seahawks helped the American Football team reclaim the hotly contested world record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium on Monday night as noise at the CenturyLink Field reached an ear-splitting 137.6 decibels during their game against the New Orleans Saints.The record was achieved with 12 minutes and 29 seconds left to play in the second quarter during a 3rd down Seahawks defensive stand.137.6 is a new @gwrnews record.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 3, 2013Such was the noise generated by the crowd, aka "Volume 12 - The Seahawks 12th Man", it registered as a minor earthquake, according to a local research group.The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network detected vibrations in the region that measured between a magnitude 1 and 2 earthquake during the game.The Seahawks went on to win the match 34-7.The last two months have now seen the record title change hands three times, with the Seahawks initially taking the record in September from Turkish soccer team Galatasaray with a 136.6 dbA reading.This was bettered by Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium in October with a slightly higher crowd noise of 137.5 dbA, before the Seahawks took back the crown last night.
1001South Africa cleans up with new laundry world recordConsumer products giant Procter & Gamble have marked the launch of their new Ariel detergent range in South Africa with a suitably laundry-themed world record attempt.The event, which took place in Johannesburg earlier this month, saw a new record set for most people hand-washing clothes simultaneously (single location).Under the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS guidelines for the title, participants are required to continuously hand wash the selected items simultaneously for a minimum of five minutes, while the laundry has to have been worn or used prior to the attempt.In order to make their way into washing history, the participants had to beat a benchmark of 496 people washing simultaneously, set in Mumbai, India, in 2011.Following a final count, Guinness World Records adjudicator Kirsty Bennett confirmed amid huge cheers that a total of 1,009 participants had taken part in the Ariel attempt, beating the previous record by a sizeable margin.The clothes used during the attempt were later donated to the Red Cross, one of Procter & Gamble’s global humanitarian partners.Speaking after the successful record bid, Khululiwe Mabaso, Communication Associate Director for Procter & Gamble SSA said, “To say it feels great would be an understatement. We are blown away by this achievement.“I could not think of a better way to establish and launch a new brand to South African consumers in an adventurous way and for a great cause.”
1002How Pakistan put itself on the record-breaking map with flag and national anthem titlesGuinness World Records adjudicator Gaz Deaves looks back on last week's particularly memorable series of record attempts in Pakistan.As a Guinness World Records adjudicator, I am often asked to travel to far-flung parts of the world to witness the amazing feats that people are continually challenging themselves to do.One of the most rewarding parts of the job is the fact that we get the chance to meet record-breakers and see their incredible talents first-hand.My most recent trip took me to the bustling city of Lahore, Pakistan.I was to attend the Punjab Youth Festival, a month-long programme of sporting tournaments, craft competitions and exhibitions.The organisers of the festival had decided that they wanted to challenge a few Guinness World Records on top of an already packed schedule, and needed an adjudicator to officiate on-location.The first day saw an attempt at the record for Most people singing a national anthem.A huge crowd at the National Hockey Stadium in Central Lahore, raised their voices to the tune of Qaumī Tarāna (the Pakistani national anthem) while an army of stewards, team leaders, independent witnesses and auditors worked quickly to ensure that an exact number could be determined.Getting an accurate count with a crowd of this size is often just as difficult as assembling it in the first place, making this one of the most challenging types of record to adjudicate.Even so, a final total of 42,813 singers was verified to our exacting standards and the record was awarded to elated celebration from the assembled crowd.videoThe following day saw the best and brightest of Pakistan's record breaking community all assembled under one roof. Expo Center Lahore played host to 12 different record attempts from a diverse group including sportspeople, students, electricians and a chef.Nine records were broken on that day, with the clear highlight being Mohammed Sadi's successful attempt at Heaviest vehicle pulled with the beard.Demonstrating the strength of his mighty whiskers, Sadi pulled a Hyundai truck weighing 1,700 kg (3748 lb) over a 63-metre course while a stunned crowd of onlookers, journalists and television cameras looked on. After the attempt he told me about his training regime: at home he pulls heavy wooden logs rather than vehicles because he doesn't own a car or truck himself!videoThe final day saw me return to the National Hockey Stadium where two records attempted, both focussed on unifying the people of the province to collaborate in the creation of giant artwork. The Largest human picture mosaic featured 1,936 local school children, each with a printed placard, assembling in formation to create a large-scale picture of the Lahore Fort, one of the area's local landmarks.The effect was only visible from an elevated position, creating an impressive effect from above. In any other set of circumstances, this mosaic of nearly 2,000 individual images would have been a fitting end to the festival. However, it turned out to be little more than a warm-up for a much larger version of a similar challenge: Largest human flag.Operating on the same principle as the picture mosaic, the largest human flag attempt also requires participants to stand in formation with coloured placards to create an image visible from the air. However, this version requires that a national flag be depicted and carries a much higher record: in this case more than ten times the picture mosaic record would be required to break the existing record of 21,726 participants set in Hong Kong in 2007.Assembling and arranging a crowd of that size is both a huge logistical challenge and a time-consuming process: for a record of this kind it takes around two hours to get everyone into position. Once the participants were all ready, we carried out an inspection to ensure that every one of the participants was in place and could be accurately counted.Even with a clear grid structure to make the counting quicker, this still takes around an hour, meaning that the first people to arrive for the attempt had already been waiting for three hours before they could even start!videoOnce the formation had been counted and verified, it was time to see the results. On a signal from the organisers, 24,200 people stood up simultaneously and raised their placards into the air to create a huge representation of the national flag of Pakistan.The effect was remarkable, as the scene shifted from a crowd of people to a sea of green and white, setting a new record for the largest human flag and marking a spectacular end to this programme of record breaking.It's always a great pleasure to see a group of people take to record-breaking in such a big way, and the Punjab Youth Festival was a brilliant example of how attempting to be the best in the world at something can be a positive influence on everyone. Here's hoping we get the chance to go back to Pakistan soon.Other records set during the festival included:Most martial arts kicks in three minutes (using one leg) (male): 616 - Ahmed Amin BodlaHeaviest vehicle pulled by beard: 1,700kg (3747 lbs 13 oz) - Sadi AhmedFastest time to wire a plug: 35.93 seconds - Mian Nouman AnjumFastest time to make 3 chapatis: 3 minutes 14.98 sec - Mohammad Mansha (Mohammad is the head chef at the National Hockey Stadium).Fastest time to arrange a chess set: 45.48 seconds - Meher Gul. (Meher, pictured further up, is a 12-year-old female chess champion).Most consecutive football headers: 335 - Daniel Gill & Qamar RizwanFastest time to dress in cricket whites (batsman gear): - 1 minute 18.21 seconds - Mohammed Jaleel ul HassanMost leapfrog jumps in 30 seconds: 34 - Lt Nouman Rafeeq and Seraz Safaraz
1003Nestle Puerto Rico Creates Largest Human Image of a HandThere was high fives all around for Nestle Puerto Rico, after the company last month set a new Guinness World Record title for the largest human image of a hand. The attempt, which took place at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was for a new record category, and required a minimum of 250 participants to stand in the shape of a palm and five fingers for a minimum of ten minutes. In the end, 849 children between the ages of 6 and 12 along with teachers braved a day of rain showers to form the required shape. The participants were let in by two separate entrances via turnstiles, which served as the first count, and they were each given a wristband, which served as a second count. Nestle Puerto Rico and Huellas Footprints organized the event to promote their 'high-five for life' program, which focuses on five healthy eating habits for children.
1004Lottery firm wins big with world’s largest scratchcardThe odds on winning on a scratchcard are often long, but a special ticket unveiled in New Hampshire (USA) at the weekend was longer than your average.New Hampshire Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Lottery Commission set a Guinness World Record with a massive winning ticket measuring an incredible 36.2 ft tall and 18.8 ft wide that was shown off ahead of the ahead of the Sylvania 300 NASCAR race last Thursday.So big it required a scissor-lift to raise one lucky individual to scratch it and reveal the winning numbers, the giant card was measured by Doug Blais, an independent surveyor from Southern New Hampshire University under the watchful eye of Guinness World Record adjudicator Philip Robertson.Upon further inspection of the ticket and its measurements, Philip was able to declare a new record with the ticket surpassing the previous record held by the Golden Casket Lottery of Australia.The new record breaking scratch card was a replica of the $1 million Cash Spectacular tickets on sale at the race track by the New Hampshire Lottery Commision.Norman Blanchette of South Hampton, Massecusetts was chosen by NHMS and the New Hampshire Lottery to scratch off the ticket and in the process won a VIP experience to the 2012 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 July NASCAR weekend including a helicopter ride to the race, two suite seats and a visit to the track's victory lane after the race.
1006Classics: Fastest 100m with a can balanced on the head by a dogEach week here on, we’ll be dipping into our extensive video library to bring you a classic piece of record-breaking action.
1007CBeebies’ Igglepiggle unfurls world’s largest polar fleece blanket at Alton Towers for Guinness World Records titleKids TV character Igglepiggle held a record-busting party to celebrate the first anniversary of the In the Night Garden Magical Boat ride at CBeebies Land Alton Towers.
1008Telstra and Ericsson's breakthrough in data transmission recognised by Guinness World Records
1009South Africa cleans up with new laundry world recordConsumer products giant Procter & Gamble have marked the launch of their new Ariel detergent range in South Africa with a suitably laundry-themed world record attempt.The event, which took place in Johannesburg earlier this month, saw a new record set for most people hand-washing clothes simultaneously (single location).Under the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS guidelines for the title, participants are required to continuously hand wash the selected items simultaneously for a minimum of five minutes, while the laundry has to have been worn or used prior to the attempt.In order to make their way into washing history, the participants had to beat a benchmark of 496 people washing simultaneously, set in Mumbai, India, in 2011.Following a final count, Guinness World Records adjudicator Kirsty Bennett confirmed amid huge cheers that a total of 1,009 participants had taken part in the Ariel attempt, beating the previous record by a sizeable margin.The clothes used during the attempt were later donated to the Red Cross, one of Procter & Gamble's global humanitarian partners.Speaking after the successful record bid, Khululiwe Mabaso, Communication Associate Director for Procter & Gamble SSA said, "To say it feels great would be an understatement. We are blown away by this achievement."I could not think of a better way to establish and launch a new brand to South African consumers in an adventurous way and for a great cause."
1010Most consecutive gymnastics one-arm giants (high bar)
1011Fastest time to produce a novel (team)Editorial Art, Asociația Culturală Aedificatio , Universitatea București (University of Bucharest) , 53 professional authors and academics9/5/8 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)Romania, Bucharest,,“Spiru Haret” lecture theatre, University of Bucharest15 December 2012The fastest time to produce a novel by a team of writers is 9 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds for "Moş Crăciun & Co" (Santa Claus & Co.), a collaborative book by 53 professional authors and academics (all Romania). The project was developed by Asociația Culturală Aedificatio together with Editura Art publishing house and the support of the Universitatea București (all Romania). The collaborative effort took place at the “Spiru Haret” lecture theatre, University of Bucharest, Romania, on 15 December 2012.The 53 authors are: Leonard Ancuţa, Diana Bădică, Lavinia Bălulescu, Lavinia Branişte, Anca Bucur, Marius Chivu, Laurenţiu Constantin, Bogdan Coşa, Andrei Crăciun, Augustin Cupşa, Silviu Dancu, Gabriel H. Decuble, Adrian Diniş, Luca Dinulescu, Cosmin Dragomir, Gruia Dragomir, Florin Dumitrescu, M. Duţescu, Mihail Gălăţanu, Adrian Georgescu, Silviu Gherman, Adela Greceanu, Mugur Grosu, Ioan Groşan, Florin Iaru, Marieva Ionescu, Cristina Ispas, Cosmin Manolache, Maria Manolescu, Eusebiu Matei, Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari, Mitoş Micleuşanu, Iulia Militaru, Dmitri Miticov, Oana-Cătălina Ninu, Radu Niţescu, Veronica Plăcintescu, Dan Pleşa, Matei Pleşu, Mihai Radu, Ana Maria Sandu, Elena Stancu, Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, Alexandru Al. Şahighian, Livia Ştefan, Cecilia Ştefănescu, Silvia T., Simona Tache, Iulian Tănase, Alex Tocilescu, Răzvan Ţupa, Luiza Vasiliu, Anca Vieru. The extent of the book is 288 pages, with a total word count of 56,541. The plot, set during Christmas in Romania, was developed by narrators Gabriel H. Decuble, Florin Iaru, Răzvan Ţupa and Marius Chivu. The record attempt began at 10:20 a.m. with the conception of the original plot and characters. The developing and writing of the novel took 5 hours 35 minutes in total, after which the book was edited, proof-read and printed. The first finished copy was ready at 7:25 p.m. and the timer stopped. The book went on to have an initial print run of 1,000 copies, of which 380 copies were sold as of 31 May 2013, with the reminder of the stock shipped to the various retail outlets as of the date of the record verification. The book's ISBN is 978-973-124-858-5 and the cover price is 25 lei (£4.50 €5.50).
1012Longest time to spin a golf ball on a putterHenry Epstein2/22 minute(s), second(s)Australia, Sydney18 June 2005The longest time for an individual to spin a golf ball on the face of a putter is 2 min 22 sec by Henry Epstein (Australia) on the set of Guinness World Records at Seven Network Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 18 June 2005.This record was set in rehearsal. Chris Sheedy adjudicated.
1013Most broken bones in a lifetimeEvel KnievelUnited States01 January 1975Evel Knievel (USA, b. Robert Craig Knievel), the pioneer of motorcycle long jumping exhibitions, had suffered 433 bone fractures by end of 1975. In the winter of 1976 he was seriously injured during a televised attempt to jump a tank full of sharks at the Chicago Ampitheater. For the first time a bystander was also injured when a cameraman was struck and lost an eye. Knievel, who suffered brain concussion and two broken arms, decided to retire from major performances as a result. He, however continued to do smaller exhibitions around the country with his son Robbie, establishing him as his successor.His abortive attempt to cross the 485 m (1,600 ft) wide and 180 m (600 ft) deep Snake River Canyon, Idaho, USA on 8 September 1974 in a rocket reputedly increased his lifetime earnings by US$6 million (then £2.54 million).
1014Fastest speed for a surfboard towed by a carTop Gear Australia - featuring Layne Beachley78.26 kilometre(s) per hourAustralia, Sydney21 March 2011The fastest speed achieved on a surfboard while being towed by a car is 78.26 km/h (48.62 mph) by Layne Beachley (Australia), who was towed by Ewen Page and Shane Jacobson (Top Gear Australia) at Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, NSW, Australia, on 21 March 2011.Layne is a 7 times world champion surfer. Speed was measured with the Lowrance Endura Sierra Handheld GPS.
1015Fastest SnowmobileChris Hanson277.13 kilometre(s) per hourUnited States, Lake Nipissing,North Bay,Ontario13 March 2004The speed record for the fastest snowmobile is 277.13 km/h (172.2 mph) and was achieved by Chris Hanson (USA) on Lake Nipissing in North Bay, Ontario, Canada on 13 March 2004.
1016Fastest marathon dressed as a dairy product (male)Joseph D'Amico3/09/58 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)United States, Los Angeles17 March 2013The fastest marathon dressed as a dairy product is 3 hr 09 min 58 sec and was achieved by Joseph D'Amico (USA), dressed as a milkshake, at the LA Marathon in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 17 March 2013.Joseph ran dressed up as a green McCafe Shamrock Shake, as the race day coincided with St Patrick's Day 2013. He ran to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
1017Fastest half marathon pushing a double pram (male)Martin Steer1, 56, 44 hour(s), minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, Stevenage01 November 2015The fastest half marathon pushing a double pram by a male is 1 hr 56 min 44 sec, achieved by Martin Steer (UK) at the Stevenage Half Marathon in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK, on 1 November 2015. Martin was pushing his two twin sons along the course the event took place on their first birthday.
1018Greatest vertical ascent on bicycle in 12 hours (team)Steve Collins, Tony Collins9,401.6 metre(s)United Kingdom, Halstead02 August 2015The greatest vertical ascent by bicycle in 12 hours by a team is 9,401.6 metres (30,845 ft 1.7 in) and was achieved by Tony Collins and Steve Collins (both UK), in Halstead, Essex, UK, on 2 August 2015. Tony and Steve are brothers, and cycled together for the entire time.
1019Video: Watch Skydive Dubai daredevils set new BASE jump world record with leap from Burj KhalifaThe Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, was the scene of a successful, nerve-shattering bid for the Highest BASE jump from a building world record earlier this week.Organised by Skydive Dubai, a leader in extreme skydiving, veteran French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet leapt off a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the 828 meters tall building to earn their place in history on Monday.In preparation for the attempt, Fred and Vince underwent a week of rigorous training in Switzerland by base jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain – a peak that is almost the same height as the Burj Khalifa.The pair continued their conditioning with a series of base jumps from helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off of the world’s tallest building. The jump was only possible with the construction of the tiny platform at the very top of the pinnacle, the construction of which was an immense task in itself.The structure took a total of three days for installation with challenges faced due to weather constrictions reducing the time available for construction.Speaking after the record breaking leap, Fred said: “This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream.”“This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true.” added Vince.videoThe leap marks the second time in a month that Skydive Dubai have helped set a world record, following Ernesto Gainza’s successful attempt at the title for smallest parachute
1020State of Nuevo Leon fires up barbecue attendance recordIn Mexico’s city of Monterrey, enjoying a nice steak or some carne asada off the grill outside is a cultural tradition.And so when the State of Nuevo Leon – of which Monterrey is the capital – decided to find its own unique passage into history, it did so the best way it knew how: with a massive barbecue.Monterrey’s Parque Fundidora set the scene last week for the largest barbecue by attendance, with a record-setting 45,252 attendees basking in the sun-kissed, mesquite-tinged air.“To see the people of Monterrey come out in such numbers was really inspiring,” said Guinness World Records adjudicator Amanda Mochan, who verified the record on-site. “While I didn’t have the chance to taste any food, it looked fantastic, and to successfully host such a large-scale event is a very impressive feat."With food prepared by the Instituto Technico en Alimentos y Bebidas (Technical Institute of Food and Drink), not a stomach went home unfilled after a day of communal gathering and surely the use of plenty of napkins.The previous record for largest barbecue attendance had stood for nearly 20 years, originally set at Warwick Farm Racecourse in Sydney on Oct. 10, 1993.But for the individuals of Monterrey, even with having secured an official place in Guinness World Records history, the day served a purpose far beyond preparing food and sharing a memorable afternoon.“We have always been known as a really integrated community,” said Ana Maria Muñiz Azcarraga of the ITAB. “We think this event will help us come close and gain some pride for our city as a team achieving a goal together.”

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