Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

10471Oscars 2012: Meryl Streep extends record tally for most nominationsMeryl Streep's performance in the political drama The Iron Lady has earned the veteran Hollywood star another Oscars nod, it was revealed today.Streep's nomination for her portrayal of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher means she has extended her world record for most Academy Awards nominations for an actor to an incredible 17 - five more than both Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied in second-place.Nominations for this year's Oscars were announced this morning by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak in Los Angeles.The list was headed by Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" which received eleven nominations, among them best picture and best director.Should Scorsese's 3D movie scoop the award in each of the 11 categories it is competing in it would match the achievements of Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of The Rings which all jointly hold the record for most Oscars won by a film.Sixty-two-year-old Streep has won two Oscars but the last time she triumphed at the awards was for Sophie's Choice 29 years ago.Her last nomination came in 2009 for her role as cook Julia Child in Julia & Julie.The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 26 February hosted by comedy actor Billy Crystal.
10472Video: Largest human mattress dominoes world record tumbles in the USThe opportunity to set a new world record for the largest human mattress dominoes was an offer that 850 people in Louisiana took lying down on Tuesday.The attempt, which was organised by hotel firm La Quinta Inns & Suites took place at a convention centre in New Orleans.Each mattress represented one of La Quinta 850 hotels across the US, with each one manned by an employee or owner of the firm.The chain, which was arranged by domino toppling expert Robert Speca, took several minutes to complete, beating the previous record of 550 people set in Belgium last year by some margin. The mattresses, which were provided by Simmons Bedding Company, are now set be donated to local charities.Incidently, the record for the largest human domino line without mattresses stands at an incredible 10,267 participants and was set at the Ordos International Nadam Fair in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, in August
10473Yao Defen, world’s tallest woman, dies aged 40China's Yao Defen, the world's tallest woman as verified by Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 40.Yao, who measured 233.3 cm (7 ft 7 in) when last documented, is reported to have passed away in the house she shared with her mother in a small village in China's central Anhui Province.Yao's height was attributed to a tumour on her pituitary gland, the organ that regulates the production of growth hormones.The tumour, which was partially removed in 2006, is believed to have caused growth spurts that saw Yao reach the height of 6ft 6in at the age of just 15.The cause of Yao's death has so far not been disclosed."You couldn't help but be moved by Defen's story," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday."As most of the world's tallest people experience, it isn't easy living in an average-sized world, and life expectancy can be tragically short. We're comforted by the fact that we were able to give Defen the opportunity to have her story told around the world and bring her to the attention of the medical community. Now, though, our thoughts are with her family."
10474Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records: Watch an exclusive sneak peek of Episode 4Episode 4 of Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records, the programme that brings together the weird and wonderful world of record-breaking goes out at 8pm on ITV2 tonight. Featuring some of the most incredible and peculiar record-breaking attempts, it also features interviews with some of the biggest names from the pages of the Guinness World Records book.This week's fascinating collection of record holders includes Kim Goodman - a woman whose eyes have literally popped out of their sockets, some of the world's finest drivers battling their way to the tightest parallel parking record and super-fast sheep-shearer Dwayne Black. As ever, we'll be live tweeting during the show at, giving you links and extra information about some of the records and holders featured. You can join in with the conversation by using the hashtag #bonkersgwr. To watch a teaser of what's in store this week, check out the clip
10475Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records: Watch an exclusive preview of Episode 5Episode 5 of Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records, the programme that brings together the weird and wonderful world of record-breaking goes out at 8pm on ITV2 tonight.The show features some of the most entertaining Guinness World Records and the brilliant characters who set them.This week's incredible collection of record holders includes Francisco Domingo Joaquim who has the world's widest mouth, a group of German musical instruments makers who have constructed the world's largest violin, and Julia, whose talent is opening beer bottles with her feet!As ever, we'll be live tweeting during the show at, giving you links and extra information about some of the records and holders featured. You can join in with the conversation by using the hashtag #bonkersgwr. To watch a teaser of what's in store this week, check out the clip
10476Grandfather becomes oldest man to swim English Channel at 70Roger Allsopp has succeeded in becoming the world's oldest man to swim the English Channel. Aged 70 years and 4 months, the retired breast cancer surgeon, completed the 21-nautical mile swim in 17 hours and 51 minutes and 19 seconds.Roger beat the current Guinness World Record held by American George Brunstad who made the swim aged 70 years and 4 days on 29 August 2004.Roger said: "I feel an immense sense of achievement and relief that I have been successful."Anna Orford, Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator said: 'To swim the English Channel is a great challenge and to do it at the mature age of 70 years is astounding! We are very pleased to congratulate Roger on this achievement and in doing so setting a new Guinness World Record."Supported by nutritional and wellbeing supplement company, Healthspan whose founder/CEO Derek Coates himself suffered cancer 30 years ago, Roger is hoping to raise £750,000 that will purchase this state-of-the art technology outright needed for cancer research. You can find out more about Roger's Swim here:
10477Australian manicurists nail world recordIf aliens landed in Sydney's Martin Place last Tuesday they would have reported back to the mother ship that all humans have brightly painted nails and walk with their fingers splayed.Such was the scene during as Priceline and Sally Hansen attempted to beat an 18-month-old British record for the most nails filed and varnished in eight hours.In May 2010 the London College of Beauty Therapy had manicured the nails of 1,897 lucky ladies (and a few men, too) in the allotted period, and the Sydneysiders were out to better that score.It was a promising start as people in the city centre queued from early in the morning to earn their place at the table of one of around 100 nail technicians.The record fell early in the afternoon and finally, at 4.06pm, the eight-hour period ended and the tired technicians celebrated their well-earned new record of 2,572 people.Perhaps more impressive than the new record itself was the number of people who walked away from the event with glistening nails and enormous smiles and the $20,000 the Priceline team raised for cancer-treatment charity Look Good Feel Better.
10478Video: Mario and Angry Birds unite to break record for most people in video game character costumesMario and Luigi sprinted by Wario Inky and Pink chased Pac-Man Sub-Zero faced off against a Ken and Ryu duo. What may sound like a video gamer's dream 'mash-up,' was actually an offline Guinness World Records™ attempt!Guinness World Records™ Adjudicator Danny Girton Jr. travelled to BUYSEASONS, Inc.'s New Berlin, Wisconsin headquarters yesterday to personally witness the organization's successful record attempt for the Largest gathering of people dressed as video games characters.For ten minutes, 425 company employees wore pre-approved costumes depicting such classic characters as those from 'Pac-Man', to more newly recognized icons from recent videogames like 'Angry Birds.'Girton Jr. applauded the company's efforts and presented CEO Dan Haight and COO Terry Rowinski with an official Guinness World Records™ certificate to instantly recognize the organization's achievement.BUYSEASONS, Inc. - which maintains - was founded in 1999, and is self-titled as one of the largest costumes, accessories and party supplies internet
10479Mongolia grapples wrestling tournament recordA new record for the largest Mongolian wrestling tournament was set recently when 6,002 competitors descended on the nation's capital of Ulaanbaatar for the biggest contest of its kind.Organized by the Mongolian National Wrestling Federation (Mongolia), the nine-day festival of takedowns took place between September 17 and 25.Opened by the Prime Minister of Mongolia Sukhbaatar Batbold and the head of the Mongolian National Wrestling Association Regjiibuu Nyamdorj, the event saw wrestlers aged between 14 and 80 from 21 different provinces and 325 "soums" (sub-provinces) take part, with some travelling as far as 1,700 km (1,050 miles) to attend.Wrestling is the most important of Mongolia's "Three Manly Games" the historic national festival called "Naadam", which also includes horse racing and archery.The tournament, which took place at Ulaanbaatar's Central Stadium, brought the record title back to Mongolia, with the previous record which was set in 2004 with 2,048 wrestlers, having been set in Xiwuzhumuqinqi in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China.Mogonlian wrestling holds a pivotal position in the nation's culture, with the sport regarded as the most important of the countries historic "Three Manly Skills" that also include horsemanship and archery.The tournament ended with Chimedregzen Sanjaadamba victorious in the headline "Wonder of Mongolian National Wrestling" competition, picking up prize money of 15 million Mogolian Tugriks (around £7,500).
10480Largest chocolate coated biscuits brand - currentThis record is for the largest chocolate coated biscuits brand in terms of revenue generated by the sale of chocolate coated biscuits within the latest available annual data.This record is based on the revenue generated by the sale of chocolate coated biscuits within the latest available annual data.Plain sweet biscuits coated either partially or completely with chocolate (and only chocolate) other toppings (eg fruit pastes) are excluded. Note that biscuits which are filled, and are coated with chocolate (typically Jaffa Cakes) are also included. Similarly, Pim’s are included here. Filled wafers coated with chocolate like Kitkat, which are positioned against chocolate confectionery are excluded and classed under chocolate confectionery, countlines (F1). Those which are not positioned against countlines such as Gardena (Loacker SpA, A) should be tracked in wafers. Leading global brands include Pocky (Ezaki Glico), Keebler (Kellogg Co), Chocolate Homewheat (United Biscuits), Cadbury’s Fingers (Cadbury Schweppes), McVitie’s Hob-Nobs (United Biscuits), Leibniz (Bahlsen), Petit Ecolier (Kraft), Arnott’s (Campbell Soup Co), Jaffa Cakes (United Biscuits), Pim’s (Kraft).
10481Most weight squat lifted in 24 hours (female)This record is for the greatest amount of weight to be squatted in 24 hours. This record is to be attempted by an individual. This record is measured in kilograms to the nearest 0.001 kg, with the equivalent imperial measurement also given in pounds. A weight squat is defined as placing a barbell across the shoulders, gripping so with the hands, and squatting so that the upper legs have reached parallel to the ground (i.e. the hip joint must be equal to or lower than the top joint of the knee). The participant must then stand up erect to the starting position. This constitutes one squat. Please note that for more detailed instructions, Guinness World Records abides by the specific laws outlined for acceptable squats by the International Powerlifting Federation. The rules - including what actions are deemed worthy for disqualification of one or more squats - are available at
10482Huge mosaic for UAE National Day sets new world recordA new world record has been set in the Emirate of Ajman for the world’s largest greeting card mosaic. Measuring 117.71 m² (1,267.01 ft²), the mosaic, which formed the United Arab Emirate’s spirit of the union motif, was made to mark the 42nd UAE National. Organised by the Ajman Tourism Development Department, around 4,000 people took part in creating the mosaic during an event on Ajman’s Corniche last week, with 4,085 postcards eventually making up the huge image. It beat the previous largest greeting card mosaic created in Tomioka City in Japan) which measured 110 m². Shaikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department, told Gulf News: “First of all I congratulate the Rulers of the UAE on the occasion of the 42nd National Day.” He said that he was proud and happy this achievement had placed Ajman on the world map. “This landmark is a gift for the leadership of UAE on the occasion of National Day.” Faisal Ahmad Al Nuaimi, director-general of the department, said: “We are delighted at the new achievement and we thank all those who took part.”
10483Enormous food drive across California sets record and feeds thousandsThe Sacramento “Farm-to-Fork” Program works to feed the nation’s underprivileged residents and improve the food system, and so The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau (USA) launched this year’s celebration of the organisation with a record-setting food drive for the Most fruit and vegetables donated in 24 hours.
10484Super-sized human emoji sets record and leaves Philippine company grinning.Alliance in Motion Global spread smiles all round after a mass of 8,018 people gathered together to form the Largest human smiley ever created.
10485YouTube rap star Dan Bull releases tribute track for Guinness World Records 2016Fast approaching a cool one million subscribers to his channel, Dan Bull has become one of the most popular rappers among YouTube’s music community.
10486Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest Nobel Peace Prize winnerPakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.Aged just 17 years, 2 months and 23 days, Malala was recognised on Friday for her work promoting the right for girls to have an education.Malala won the award jointly with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.One of the world's most respected awards, the Nobel Peace Prize is given to people or organisations that have made outstanding achievements in different areas.Past winners have included some of history’s best-known activists for peace, including Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, and Jimmy Carter.Announcing their decision, the prize judges said about Malala: "Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."She was left seriously injured two years ago after being attacked in Pakistan for her campaign work by extremist group the Taliban.Malala, who was shot in the head during the attack which took place on a schoolbus, has recovered well after travelling to the UK for treatment.She now goes to school in Birmingham and continues her campaigning.Her new achievement adds to her existing world record for being the most searched-for female on the internet, after she ranked first among women in Google's "Zeitgeist" global report of the most searched-for people of 2013.
10487Most players in a Gaelic football exhibition matchWhitehall Colmcille GAA Club399 peopleIreland, DublinThe most players in a Gaelic football exhibition match was 399 organized by Whitehall Colmcille GAA Club (Ireland) in Dublin, Ireland, on 22 May 2011. Participants ranged in age from the club's under-8 members to its senior player.
10488Longest literary gestationUnknownGermanyLongest literary gestationThe standard German dictionary Deutsches W”rterbuch was begun by the brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm, 1785-1863 and 1786-1859 respectively) in 1854 and finished in 1971 and consists of 34,519 pages and 33 volumes.In 1629, the ecclesiastical historian Jean Bolland (1596-1665) began a chronicle of saints' lives called Acta Sanctorum, following an original idea by the priest H‚ribert Rosweyde. It was arranged according the saints' feast days during his lifetime Bolland completed the first two parts, January and February. The work was later taken up by a group of Belgian Jesuits known as Bollandists, and additions were made periodically over the next three centuries. An introduction for December was published in 1940, and there are now 67 folio volumes of the completed Acta Sanctorum.Oxford University Press received back their proofs of Constable's Presentments from the Dugdale Society in December 1984. They had been sent out for correction 35 years earlier in December 1949.
10489Most America's Cup Individual appearancesDennis Walter Conner6 times, 01 January 1995Dennis Walter Conner (USA) (b. 16 Sep 1942) has been in more cup races as a member of the afterguard than any other sailor, six times since 1974, when he was starting helmsman with Ted Hood as skipper. He was winning skipper/helmsman in 1980, 1987 and 1989. he was losing skipper in 1983 and 1995. Bradley William Butterworth (NZL), OBE (b. 9th April 1959) won the Cup four times in succession as tactician, on the way setting a record of sixteen for the most consecutive races won without loss, before losing with the Alinghi team in 2010 to BMW Oracle. Charlie Barr (USA) (1864-1911) who defended in 1899, 1901 and 1903, Harold S. Vanderbilt (USA) (1884-1970) in 1930, 1934 and 1937 and Russell Coutts (NZL) (b. 1st March 1962) challenger in 1995, defender in 2000 and challenger in 2003, each steered the successful winner three times in succession.
10490Longest wallGreat Wall of China3460 kilometre(s)China, Shanhaiguan,Gulf of BohaiThe Great Wall of China is the longest in the world and has a main-line length of 3,460 km (2,150 miles - nearly three times the length of Britain - plus 3,530 km (2,193 miles) of branches and spurs. Construction of the wall began during the reign of Qin Shi Huangdi (sometimes spelled Qin Shihuangdi or Qin Shi Huangdi, 221-210BC). Its height varies from 4.5 to 12 m (15 to 39 ft) and it is up to 9.8 m (32 ft) thick. It runs from Shanhaiguan, on the Gulf of Bohai, to Yumenguan and Yangguan and was kept in repair up to the 16th century. Some 51.5 km (32 miles)of the wall have been destroyed since 1966, and part of the wall was blown up to make way for a dam in July 1979.
10491Largest game of Chinese whispers (telephone)BI Worldwide Ltd1330 peopleUnited Kingdom, London11 July 2008The largest game of Chinese whispers involved 1,330 children and was organised by BI Worldwide Ltd at The Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom, on 11 July 2008.The event was organised by BI Worldwide Ltd in order to raise GBP100,000 for Save the Children and TreeHouse.The children who participated were between 7-11 years old from schools across the UK.The original sentence was "Together we can make a world of difference" which changed to "We're going to break a world record" to "Everybody is evil" and ended simply as "Haaaaa!"It took 2 hr 4 min for the whisper to go from the first participant to the last participant.
10492Only bowler to take four wickets with successive balls twice in first-class cricket (male)Unknown4 timesNot Applicable, Yorkshire at BristolNo bowler in first-class cricket has yet achieved five wickets with five consecutive balls. The nearest approach was that of Charles Warrington Leonard Parker (1882-1959) (Gloucestershire) in his own benefit match against Yorkshire at Bristol on 10 Aug 1922, when he struck the stumps with five successive balls but the second was called as a no-ball. The only man to have taken four wickets with consecutive balls more than once is Robert James Crisp (1911-94) for Western Province v. Griqualand West at Johannesburg, South Africa on 24 Dec 1931 and against Natal at Durban, South Africa on 3 Mar 1934. Patrick Ian Pocock (b. 24 Sep 1946) took five wickets in six balls, six in nine balls and seven in eleven balls for Surrey v. Sussex at Eastbourne, E Sussex on 15 Aug 1972. In his own benefit match at Lord's on 22 May 1907, Albert Edwin Trott (1873-1914) of Middlesex took four Somerset wickets with four consecutive balls and then later in the same innings achieved a `hat trick'.
10493First zooHierakonopolisEgypt01 January 3500Archaeological discoveries made south of Luxor in Egypt in 2009 suggest the existence of a vast menagerie of animals. 112 creatures in total, including elephants, wildcats, baboons, hartebeests (antelopes), and hippos dating back to 3500 bc. The zoo--likely to have been privately owned as the animals were buried in an elite cemetery--was unearthed during excavations of the ancient settlement of Hierakonpolis. Not only can Hierakonpolis be considered the first zoo, but very significantly, the animals were given special treatment in death some were covered with linen, and buried with pottery and other artifacts. Dr. Renee Friedman, head of the archaeological dig, says that this menagerie--this zoo--was actually meant to show human power over animals and that the critters were sacrificed. There was a spiritual aspect as it was believed that by controlling the animals, the ruler would then embody their physical prowess and strength.
10494Largest collection of instruments made from wooden matchsticksTony HallUnited Kingdom, Hove01 January 1936The largest collection of playable musical instruments made entirely from matchsticks is 10, held by Tony Hall of Hove, East Sussex. The instruments, constructed from used wooden matchsticks by Tony's deceased father Jack Hall include: violin, chin-rest and bow, Neopolitan mandolin, acoustic guitar, flat-back mandolin, tenor banjo, bones (percussion), castanets, descant recorder, drumsticks and ukulele. The construction of the first instrument was finished in 1936, and a total of 106,000 matches have been used in the collection. Jack passed away in 1993 at the age of 86. Jack's son Tony now cares for the collectionThe instruments are all fully playable and famous musicians including Glen Campbell and Nigel Kennedy have played them.
10495Most distant object in the Solar SystemSednaNot Applicable14 November 2003On 14 November 2003, scientists using the 48-inch Samuel Oschin telescope at Mount Palomar Observatory, California, found a small planet-like body orbiting the sun at over three times further distance than the orbit of Pluto. Named Sedna after the Inuit Goddess of the sea, many telescopes around the world were trained on the new discovery to ascertain that at that time the minor planet was 13 billion km (8.4 billion miles) from the Sun. In it's highly elliptical orbit, Sedna can reach 130 billion km (84 billion miles) from the Sun and takes approximately 10,500 years to complete one orbit. The object is estimated to be less than 1700 km (1000 miles) in diameter, which classifies it as a Dwarf Planet. Due to it's distance from the Sun, Sedna is one of the coldest places in the Solar System, with its surface temperature never rising above minus 240 degrees Centigrade (minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
10496Most weight lifted by barbell rows in one hour (individual)Eamonn KeaneIreland, Louisburgh,,Louisburgh Gym18 November 2012The most weight lifted by barbell rows in one hour (individual) is 126,720 kg (279,369 lb 12.81 oz) and was achieved by Eamonn Keane (Ireland) at Louisburgh Gym in Louisburgh, Ireland, on 18 November 2012.Eamonn completed 1,056 lifts of a 120 kg weight within the timeframe.
10497Most expensive aircraft scrapped before becoming operationalNimrod MRA4450000000 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, 24 January 2011On Monday 24 January 2011, private contractors working for the UK Ministry of Defence began the dismantling of new and nearly finished Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance aircraft acquired for the Royal Air Force. One aircraft was already flying, one nearly ready to fly, and the remaining seven were allegedly close to completion for deliveries to begin in 2011. However, as a result of cuts in the defence budget the aircraft have been scrapped. At a reported cost of around £450 million each, it is the most expensive aircraft to have been built, to fly successfully but not to have reached operational status. Originally 21 Nimrods were to be bought and this was later reduced to 12 and then to nine aircraft. The programme has cost £4.1 billion, and the move is intended to cut about £2 billion in operating costs from future defence budgets.
10498Largest serving of falafelChef Ramzi Choueiri + students of Al-Kafaat UniversityLebanon, Ain Saade-Beit MeryThe largest serving of falafel was 5,173 kg (11,404 lb 8 oz) and was achieved by Chef Ramzi Choueiri and the students of Al-Kafaat University (all Lebanon) in Beirut, Lebanon, on 9 May 2010.The falafel was made by around 300 student chefs under the direction of Chef Ramzi, and served on the new largest ceramic plate, which measured 7.17 m in diameter and was created by local architect, Joe Kabalan.
10499Largest sky drawing by an aircraft display teamPaddy Power PLC.7673845 square metre(s)United States, Medinah,,Medinah Country Club30 September 2012The largest sky drawing by an aircraft display team measured 7,673,845 m² (82,667,200 ft²) and was achieved by the Paddy Power Skytypers display team above the Medinah Country Club, in Medinah, Illinois, USA, on 30 September 2012.
10500First commercial passenger space aircraftVirgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, aka Virgin Spaceship EnterprisefirstUnited States, Mojave,Mojave Mojave Air and Space Port (Mojave Airport) flight research center23 March 2010On 23 March 2010, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, recently named the Virgin Spaceship Enterprise, began its test programme with an inaugural test flight over California, USA. The spaceship remained attached to the mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, for the two hour and fifty-four minute flight, achieving an altitude of 45,000ft before returning to the Mojave Airport north of Los Angeles. In normal operation the spaceship will have a crew of two and carry six passengers. The mothership will carry the Enterprise to an altitude of 50,000 feet and then, powered by a single rocket motor the spaceship will be released and accelerate to Mach 3 at the edge of the world’s atmosphere before gliding back to earth. The test programme is scheduled to run through 2011 with regular passenger flights starting in 2012.

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