Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

10531Most weight squat lifted in one minuteJoshua Spaeth5,035.42 kilogram(s)United States, Kennewick15 August 2015The most weight squat lifted in one minute is 5,035.42 kg (11,1012 lb) and was achieved by Joshua Spaeth (USA) at RAB Fitness in Kennewick, Washington, USA, on 15 August 2015. Joshua got the idea to attempt the record when he almost broke it in competition the previous year.
10532Most participants in a touch/mini/tag rugby exhibition matchLondon Borough of Richmond upon Thames442 participantsUnited Kingdom, Richmond, London14 October 2015The most participants in a touch/mini/tag rugby exhibition match is 442 players and was organised by the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and The Event Umbrella (all UK), in Richmond, London, UK, on 14 October 2015. The record attempt took place in Old Deer Park, Richmond. Participants were school children from 32 local schools between the ages of 7 and 11.
10533Largest bagged selflines/softlines brand - currentM&M's3,105,700,000 a unit not listed belowUnited States, TacomaThe current largest bagged selflines/softlines brand is M&M's (USA) with approximately $3,105,700,000 (£2,049,210,000 €2,768,670,000) in revenue in 2014. The second largest construction toy brand is Hershey's (USA) with approximately $692,300,000 (£456,795,000 €617,172,000) in revenue in 2014.This record is based on estimates provided by market research.
10534Greatest weight lifted in one hour by kettlebell military press (female)Larisa Strucheva26,441.8 kilogram(s)Russian Federation, Arkhangelsk07 February 2016The greatest weight lifted in one hour by kettlebell military press (female) is 26,441.8 kg (58,292 lb 4oz) and was achieved by Larisa Strucheva (Russia), in Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation, on 7 February 2016. Larisa completed 2,222 repetitions of an 11.9 kg kettlebell.
10535Tallest artificial climbing wall
10536Largest chocolate coated biscuits company - current2 Sisters Food Group Ltd68,600,000 US dollar(s)United Kingdom, BirminghamThe current largest chocolate coated biscuits company is 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd (UK) with approximately $68,600,000 (£44,879,700 €60,313,500) in revenue in 2014. The second largest chocolate coated biscuits company is AVI Ltd (South Africa) with approximately $15,000,000 (£9,813,350 €13,188,100) in revenue in 2014.This record is based on estimates provided by market research.
10537Tallest zigzag structure built with LEGO® bricks in 30 seconds (one hand)Leon IpUnited Kingdom, Birmingham01 November 2015The tallest zigzag structure built with LEGO® bricks in 30 seconds using one hand is 28 levels and was achieved by Leon Ip (UK), in Birmingham, UK, on 1 November 2015.Leon broke the record on the fourth day of Brick 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham.
10538Tallest LEGO® criss cross tower built in 30 seconds (one hand)Timothy HoUnited Kingdom, London13 December 2015The tallest LEGO® criss cross tower built in 30 seconds (one hand) was achieved by Timothy Ho (UK), in London, UK, on 13 December 2015. The record attempt took place on the main stage Brick 2015 with GWR Live!
10539Most push ups (using back of hands, carrying 60 lb pack) in one minutePaddy Doyle38 repetitionsUnited Kingdom, Birmingham18 July 2011The most push ups (using back of hands, carrying 60 lb pack) in one minute was 38 by Paddy Doyle (UK) at Stamina's Boxing Self Defence Gym in Birmingham, UK, on 18 July 2011.
10540Heaviest weighted pull upSteven Proto206.2 pound(s), ounce(s)United States, Edmond09 July 2011The heaviest weighted pull up weighed 206.2 lb (93.53 kg) and was achieved by Steven Proto (USA) at a personal gym in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, on 9 July 2011.Proto attached four gymnasium weight plates to a belt worn around his waist during the pull up. The plates were tied together with a chain. The entire apparatus was weighed before and immediately after the attempt.
10541Hewlett-Packard Live!
10542Will Apple's new iPhone 6s break the fastest-selling smartphone record?Today marks the launch of the much-anticipated new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cellular phones, an event which has once again seen the now familiar sight of eager tech fans camping outside Apple stores around the world in a bid to be among the first to own the device.
10543Tom Hardy and Harrison Ford give their support as Royal Marines begin drum marathon attempt in LondonMovie stars Tom Hardy and Harrison Ford were on hand yesterday as the Royal Marines Corps of Drums began an attempt for the longest group drum roll world record at the Tower of London.The record bid was organised by the UK’s Ministry of Defence as part of celebrations to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines as well as help raise funds for injured servicemen.The musical unit will need to show plenty of stamina to beat the current record, which stands at an impressive 28 hours, 19 minutes and three seconds of continuous drumming set by Big Rapids High School in, Michigan, USA in June last year.The Corps of Drums nevertheless appear confident, as they hope to extend the record to 64 hours, aiming to finally put their drumsticks down on Saturday morning.Forty Royal Marines Buglers are taking part in the attempt from Royal Marines School of Music, and all five bands - Portsmouth, Collingwood, Plymouth, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and Scotland.Each drummer will play for a minimum of 1.5 hours (15 minutes at a time) during the record bid.The record attempt will be based at the iconic Tower of London throughout and the drummers will be putting on regular demonstrations and offering the public the chance to try some drumming.Not one but two film stars at the Tower this evening to launch the @GWR attempt for the longest group drum roll.— HRP Press Office (@HRP_PressOffice) April 30, 2014Batman star Tom Hardy said: “As a huge supporter of the Royal Marines, I wanted to show my continued support to these professionals in their 350 th year and it is an honour to be invited to start this epic challenge.”Corporal Bugler Stuart Warmington, who came up with the idea said, “I am overwhelmed with how the idea has grown.“Originally it was going to take place in a carpark in Portsmouth and now here we are at the Tower of London.“We really hope to reach our £166,400 target for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who do such incredible work on a daily basis.”videoRichard Kenworthy, head of fundraising at the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund said, “Fundraising like this is so important to our work supporting past and present Royal Marines and their families.“We have an ambitious target of raising £6,000,000 by the end of the year which we sincerely hope we meet so we can continue to help those in need.”Guinness World Records spokesman Jamie Clarke, said “We are really happy to support the Royal Marines and their charity fundraising appeal during this record attempt we wish them every success!”The event also saw British actor Tom, who starred in The Dark Knight Rises as the villainous Bane, presented with an official Guinness World Records certificate, certifying that the super hero movie holds the current title for Highest box office film gross (2D) - opening weekend.Co-starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, the film grossed $160,887,295 (£103.9 million) during its opening weekend of 20–22 July 2012.The star said: "I am absolutely delighted to be presented with this certificate and am happy to accept it on behalf of everyone who worked on the Dark Knight Rises".
10544Beyoncé kicks off tour, Tom Cruise for anime film, and gold price plummets – The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news today Beyoncé last night played the opening date of her sell-out Mrs Carter Show World Tour in Serbia.The 31 year-old 'R'n'B star showcased tracks from her new album Mrs Carter, as well as multiple costum changes during the gig at the Kombank Arena in the nation's capital, Belgrade.The "breathing, cries and coos" of Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Beyoncé andhusband Jay-Z (both USA), appeared on the track "Glory", credited to Jay-Z featuring B.I.C., which debuted on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart just days after Blue Ivy's birth on 7 January 2012, making her the youngest chart entrant. Tom Cruise has signed up as the lead in a new sci-fi film called Yukikaze.The film is an adaptation of the Yukikaze novels by Japanese author Chohel Kamayashi, which were previously made into a series of five direct-to-video anime movies that came out between 2002 and 2005.Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi aka Spirited Away (Japan, 2001) was the first anime film to win an Oscar. Directed by it won the Academy Award, for Best Animated Feature, when it took the prize during the Academy Award ceremony at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA, on 23 March 2003.Next, to the world of precious metals, where gold prices have suffered their sharpest fall since the 1980s.The price of gold plunged $140.30 to $1,361.10 an ounce, a decline of 9%. The metal has dropped $200 an ounce, or nearly 13%, in the last two trading days. It's the lowest price since February 2011.The United States Treasury had approximately 262 million fine ounces of gold during 1996, equivalent to $100 billion (£65 billion) at the June 1996 price of $382 (£249) per fine oz, setting a world record for the largest gold reserves.Rugby star Jamie Roberts, who helped Wales to a Six Nations triumph earlier this year, has even more to celebrate after qualifying as doctor.Dr Roberts, as he will no doubt enjoy being referred to, received his final medical exam results on Monday, confirming he had passed with flying colours following eight years of study.The 26-year-old, who studied at Cardiff University, will graduate in the summer before heading off to join his new club Racing Metro in Paris.Dr Roberts isn't the only Cardiff University student to have made it into the sporting history books.The longest game of women's lacrosse lasted 9 hr 15 min between Cardiff University Lacrosse Club and Cardiff University Lacrosse Club Alumni (both UK) at Llanrumney Sports Field, Cardiff, United Kingdom, in April 2009.
10545Gareth Bale becomes world's most expensive footballer: 11 other ways Real Madrid could've spent the 䀁.3m transfer feeWith the check now written, Real Madrid has acquired Gareth Bale for a record £85.3 million ($132.9 million) transfer fee, making him the most expensive footballer ever on a single transfer.The fee for the Welsh international moves him past new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, for whom Real doled out £80 million ($131.86 million) to Manchester United in 2009.By now, we’re all a bit desensitized to the money involved in big-time sports, but this news did get us wondering just how much cash is actually being exchanged here.And so, with his No. 11 shirt in mind, did you know that, for the same price Real Madrid paid to purchase Gareth Bale…1.) You could have built two St. Mary’s Stadiums, the new park built in 2001 for Bale’s first professional club, Southampton? Price tag: £32 million/$48.37 million2.) You could have assembled a footballing clone army to conquer the world by purchasing 8.5 million Willie Groves, the player who set the transfer record at £100 ($151) back in 1893? Price tag: £100/$1513.) You could buy Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez 15.2 million Magic Wallets (buy one, get one free!) to store all his cash? The last five players to break the all-time single transfer fee record have all been paid by him for Los Blancos (Figo, Zidane, Kaka, Ronaldo, Bale). Price tag: £11.21/$16.954.) You could buy every ticket for the 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil’s Maracanã Stadium, plus have enough left over for a few million Brahmas? Price tag: £291-655/$440-9905.) You could lace up 16,676 youth sides with 550,322 pairs of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX SG-Pro, the cleats made famous as Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal line? Price tag: £155/$2356.) You could munch on 25.8 million boxes of Weetabix, Bale’s preferred pre-game snack? Price tag: £3.30/$4.997.) You could have closed on 214 of Tom Jones’ houses and thrown wild dragon costume house parties with the two Welsh superstars? Price tag: £397,500/$600,8828.) You could have purchased the islands of Nauru and Tuvalu based on their GDP? Price tag: £72.1 million/$109 million9.) You could employ every single player in Major League Soccer this season? Price tag: $79,039,971/£ 52,288,01010.) You could fly roundtrip from Cardiff to Madrid every week for the next 177,708 weeks? Price tag: $725/£480 per flight.11.) Or you could, of course, choose to spend it on one of the brightest young stars in the game, capable of doing things like this: videoThe on-pitch debates between Bale and Ronaldo over who should take each free kick will certainly be interesting. And there’s no price you can put on that.
10546Recapping Guinness World Records Day 2013Thursday marked the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day, with thousands of people set to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking. Established to commemorate the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s best-selling copyright book, every year Guinness World Records Day captures the imagination of people young and old, from every side of the world to attempt some truly amazing and awe-inspiring feats. From the bonkers to the brilliant, nothing encapsulates the snapshot of human endeavours quite like Guinness World Records.Here's a roundup of the best from #GWRday 2013:New world records already confirmed today:A grand total of 325 people have waddled their way to a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins - read more and watch video hereHula queen "Marawa the Amazing" has led a team of 10 in London to the world record for most hula hoops spun simultaneously - read more and watch video hereGerman daredevil Joe Alexander is celebrating a world record double after setting new benchmarks for most darts caught by hand in one minute and most upright bottles walked across - read more and watch videos hereKenichi Ito has broken his own record for the fastest 100m running on all fours in Tokyo, Japan - read more and watch video hereNorway's Helge Johansen has unfurled the world’s largest knitted scarf in Oslo - read more and watch video hereHarlem Globetrotters star Corey "Thunder" Law's incredible attempt for longest basketball shot in Phoenix, USA - read more and watch video here.Tim Wade’s attempt at the most consecutive handsprings (male) in Texas, USA – read more and watch video here.New Yorker Scott Wiener takes largest collection of pizza boxes title - read more here.An incredibly detailed sculpture, pictured above, by China's Zheng Chunhui measuring 12.286 m (40 ft 3.701in) long has been confirmed as the world's longest wooden carving.In Australia, serial record breaker Chayne "Space Cowboy" Hultgren has added another title to his tally, this time for the most swords swallowed simultaneously underwater, after guzzling three blades while submerged at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.Meanwhile in Limmared, Sweden, Claes Blixt was showing off the world's largest table knife measuring 2.48 m (8 ft 1.64 in) in length, 19.5 cm (7.68 in) in width and 8.2 cm (3.23 in) in thickness.Commenting on Thursday's displays of record breaking , Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “If you’ve ever dreamt of getting your name in the world’s most famous record book, this is your chance. Guinness World Records Day brings together likeminded people, whether they’re hula-hoopers, sword swallowers or penguin fancy-dressers, and it’s free and open to absolutely anyone. It’s one thing to be amazing, but are you Officially Amazing?”
10547Jurassic Park 4 director, Batman Bane baby and Black Death find– The news in world recordsRecord-breakers in the news todayLong-awaited dinosaur movie sequel Jurassic Park 4 is be directed by little-known director Colin Trevorrow, Universal Pictures has confirmed. The 36-year-old made his feature film directorial debut last year with the time travel comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two instalments of the franchise, will is set to be executive producer.In Jurassic Park, extinct dinosaurs are brought back to life using DNA manipulation.In January 2011, Japanese researchers announced plans to insert woolly mammoth DNA into African elephant cells to create an elephant-mammoth hybrid, making it the first prehistoric extinct cloning project.It's expected to take around two years before an embryo is ready to be implanted into an elephant.Excavations for the huge Crossrail underground project in London has revealed bodies in a burial ground believed to date from the early days of the Black Death.Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, in the City of London alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century.The Black Death killed around a quarter of the population of Europe, and some 75 million worldwide between 1347 and 1751. Rugby League star Jamie Jones-Buchanan has named his newborn son Bane - in honour of the masked Batman bad guy.Jamie, a second row for Leeds Rhinos, and his wife Emma followed their tradition of choosing far-out names - their three older sons Lore, six, Dacx, five, and Kurgan, three, were named after sci-fi characters.The Dark Knight Rises, the third Batman movie to be directed by Christopher Nolan, which features Bane, grossed $160,887,295 (£103.9 million) in its opening weekend of 20-22 July 2012, earning it the title for h ighest box office film gross (2D) - opening weekend.Finally, a diamond and sapphire engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte offered to his first wife Josephine is set to go on auction near Paris next month.The gold ring is topped by two pear-shaped stones and is estimated to fetch up to 12,000 euros ($16,000) at the March 24 auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris.The couple married when Napoleon was a young soldier before the military and political leader's meteoric rise during the French Revolution.An upper right canine tooth extracted from the mouth of Napoleon in 1817 sold for the hammer price of £11,000 (then $19,140) at the Dominic Winter auction in Wiltshire, UK, on 10 November 2005 making it the most expensive tooth sold at auction.The tooth is believed to have been extracted due to scurvy (recorded in 1816) by the physician Barry O'Meara, during Napoleon's exile on the South Atlantic British island of St Helena following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
10548Heaviest appleChisato IwasakiJapan, Hirosaki City, Aomori24 October 2005The heaviest apple weighed 1.849 kg (4 lb 1 oz) and was grown and picked by Chisato Iwasaki at his apple farm in Hirosaki City, Japan October 24 2005.
10549Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger: Who wins the Escape Plan tale of the tape?Images (C) Getty/Original GWR illustrationIf you told anyone in the late-80s that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone would one day start teaming up to make movies, they probably would've reacted the same way as when they found out The Mega Powers were forming.videoBut here we are, some 20 years later, and two of the biggest action stars of all-time are following up their work in "The Expendables" and its sequel with co-top billing in " Escape Plan," releasing this weekend.But enough about these massive humans working together - what would happen if we threw these long-in-the-tooth He-Men into a hypothetical world record brawl? On the eve of their new film, let's find out who would escape in one piece!(See what we did there?)THE CASE FOR SCHWARZENEGGERWorld-class bodybuilder. Top-flight action star. United States governor.The Schwarzenegger résumé is certainly varied and distinguished. And it's reflected in some of the world records he's been recognized for, which show off one of the truest examples of "The American Dream" we'll ever see.Winner of six straight Mr. Olympia titles from 1970-75 and another in 1980, Schwarzenegger held the records for both most consecutive and overall wins of the event until later being surpassed by Lee Haney (1984-91) and Ronnie Coleman (1998-05). Still, that five-year gap between his sixth and seventh titles still remains as the record for longest time between Mr. Olympia titles.Arnie's influence in the bodybuilding world was so great, he later went on to have the Arnold Sports Festival named after him. Having skyrocketed in popularity since its founding in 1989, it was recognized in 2007 as the bodybuilding event with the largest attendance.And that's not even getting into his movie records. And no, we don't mean the record for most awesome movie line ever:videoWe mean the fact he holds the record for most films made by a bodybuilder. To go from winning 13 world titles (seven Mr. Olympia, five Mr. Universe, one Mr. World) to starring in 36 feature films is incredible. In fact, he grew into such an in-demand star that his epic "True Lies" in 1994 became the first-ever movie with a $100 million budget.THE CASE FOR STALLONEImpressive on Arnold's behalf, for sure. But if you're already counting out Stallone, you've obviously never seen a "Rocky" movie.And there's no better place to start when debating the merits of the de facto Italian Stallion. The "Rocky" franchise, running from the original in 1976 to "Rocky Balboa" 30 years later, is the most successful sports movie franchise ever, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six installments. And the way Stallone keeps going, it wouldn't shock us to see a "Rocky 7" add to this total soon.Stallone is also responsible for one of the most audacious stunts pulled off in movie history. For his 1993 vehicle "Cliffhanger," Stallone had stuntman Simon Crane perform the most expensive film stunt in air: performed just once, Crane's trick of moving between two jets at an altitude of 15,000 ft (4,572 m) cost $1 million. Ever the nice guy, Stallone offered to to reduce his salary on the film by the same cost in order to make sure the stunt went off.Stallone even bled into the gaming world, as his Rambo character begat the first movie-licensed run-and-gun game, " Rambo: First Blood Part II" on the SEGA Master System in 1986. And while it's not a record, Stallone (for "Rocky") is also one of only two men (Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles) to be nominated for Oscars in best original screenplay and best actor for the same film - good company!THE VERDICTUnfortunately, Stallone also holds a dubious distinction on the other end of the movie awards spectrum. He's the most-nominated Razzie recipient of all-time, garnering 30 noms en route to 8 career "wins" in the Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst in film.And while it absolutely crushes me to go against the man who graced my life with's just no way I can overlook the impact Schwarzenegger had on both movies and sport (without even accounting for his completely incongruous two-term run as governor of California).So two jacked geriatrics enter only one wins. Hasta la vista, Sly.Winner: Arnold Schwarzenegger
10550World Book Day: Our top ten reading-related world recordsToday marks World Book Day, an annual event designed to encourage parents to read to their children.As well as hundreds of reading events taking place around the world, many schools have also been marking the event by encouraging pupils to dress up as their favourite characters from literature, with Harry Potter and the Gruffalo being among the most popular costumes.To celebrate, here below we list ten of the best book-related world records.Youngest person to write a published bookThe youngest commercially published female author is Dorothy Straight (b. 25 May 1958), of Washington, DC, USA, who wroteHow the World Began in 1962, aged 4. It was published in August 1964 by Pantheon Books.First free-standing bookcaseThe first free-standing bookcases were built for the noted diarist Samuel Pepys (UK) in 1666, and one is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. Pepys, who commissioned the bookcase, had asked his joiner to build him a set of free-standing bookcases with protective glass doors while instructing his bookbinder to gild the spines of his books " make them handsome".Largest book signingThe most books signed by one author in a single session is 4,649 by Sammy Lee (Hong Kong) who signed "Autopilot Leadership Model " by Sammy Lee in Shenyang, Liaoning, China on 19 January 2013.Highest earning adult fiction authorIn terms of book sales and earnings, James Patterson (USA) is the most successful author of adult fiction. He has sold more than 200 million books since 1992 and in the 12 months to 1 June 2010 alone earned $70 million (£46.5 million).Fastest selling book of fiction in 24 hoursThe fastest selling book in history is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh - and final - novel in JK Rowling's (UK) Harry Potter series, which sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours (or 345,833 books per hour), following its release in the USA at 00.01 on 21 July 2007.Rowling also holds the record for Highest annual earnings for a children's author having notched up an estimated US$300 million (£150 million) between in 2007-2008 according to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list released on 11 June 2008.Largest collection of books owned privatelyJohn Q. Benham of Avoca, Indiana, USA has a private collection of over 1.5 million books.As they have filled up his house, most of them must be kept in his six-car garage, two-storey building and piled under tarpaulin outdoors.Longest marathon reading aloudThe longest marathon reading aloud is 113 hours 15 minutes achieved by Deepak Sharma Bajagain (Nepal) at the Tudikhel Ground, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 19 to 24 September 2008.He recited 17 different books from 13 authors during his record attempt.Most abandoned bookThe most abandoned book is Simon Cowell: The Unauthorised Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden.A 2010 survey of thousands of books left behind by guests at 452 Travelodges in Britain revealed that the X Factor star's biography topped the list.Highest libraryThe world's highest library is located on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel at Tomorrow Square in Shanghai, China, at 230.9 m (757 ft 6 in) above street level.Membership is available to the public, and the 103 shelves in the library contain an ever-expanding collection of Chinese and English books.Best-selling copyright bookAnd finally, a record of our own that we're all very proud of at Guinness World Records HQ. Excluding non-copyright works such as the Bible (with an estimated 6 billion copies sold) and the Koran, the world's all-time best-selling book is Guinness World Records (formerly The Guinness Book of Records).Since it was first published in October 1955, global sales in some 37 languages have exceeded 124 million as of October 2010.
10551Bowser crowned ‘greatest videogame villain of all time’ in poll for Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s EditionGuinness World Records today announces the Top 50 Video Game Villains of All Timeas voted for by over 5,000 of their readers. The list, which is revealed in its entirety in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition book, sees the iconic Bowser from Nintendo's long-running Mario franchise crowned king, with Portal's GLaDOS beaten into runner up spot.Bowser, from one of the most iconic and best-selling video game franchises of all time, Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1985) landed top spot with over 20% of the vote. Mario's arch enemy is nothing if not persistent: few enemies would attempt to kidnap the same princess twice, let alone eight times during the past 28 years! It seems his malevolent persistence has paid off with the 'King of Koopas' becoming the king of the videogame villains.The runner-up comes courtesy of the recent Portal series (Valve, 2007). Only a small share of the vote kept GLaDOS, the ominous, AI computer system off top spot.The ever-present computer voice that follows players throughout the game, acts simultaneously as a guide, narrator, and final boss. The doyenne's sinister wit and monotone delivery keeps players constantly on edge.Rounding out the top three is a giant in video games, comics,andfilm. The Joker's performance in Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady, 2009) was deemed suitably unhinged as he stalks Batman through the disgusting, titular sanatorium.Kevin Lynch, writer for Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition said: "It was really interesting for us to put the vote out to our readers and see who their favourite villain was - Bowser's top place is no big shocker, but there certainly are surprises in there. I think what this list really reflects is that video game villains tend to be a lot cooler than the heroes they're pitted against."The remainder of the Top 50 shows just how diverse video game villains can be. The Great King of Evil Ganon (The Legend of Zelda - Nintendo EAD, 1996), corporate experiment Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII - Square, 1997), and lovable-yet-infuriating ghost Inky (PAC-MAN - Namco, 1980) all make the Top 10, and demonstrate that the creativity behind making an antagonist can be just as deep as concocting a hero. Other notables to make the list include Donkey Kong (#14), the Police in Grand Theft Auto (#24), and Mortal Kombat's Shao Kahn (#41).A total of 5,699 total votes were cast on the Guinness World Records website. The full list is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Editionbook out now for £9.99. For more information about the book, click here.The Full Top 50:50. HadesKid Icarus49. AtlasBioShock48. Jacqueline NatlaTomb Raider47. ShepherdCall of Duty46. HerobrineMinecraft45. Solidus SnakeMetal Gear Solid44. DiabloDiable43. Dr RobotnikSonic the Hedgehog42. Dr Neo CortexCrash Bandicoot41. Shao KahnMortal Kombat40. Zoran LazarevicUncharted39. TabuuSuper Mario Bros.38. KaosSkylanders37. WheatleyPortal36. Mother BrainMetroid35. GhirahimThe Legend of Zelda34. Dr NefariousRatchet & Clank33. XehanortKingdom Hearts32. KesslerInfamous31. The FloodHalo30. The Locust HordesGears of War29. VanitasKindgom Hearts28. Darth VaderStar Wars27. Dr WilyMega Man26. Team RocketPokemon25. Kefka PalazzoFinal Fantasy24. PoliceGrand Theft Auto23. ZombiesCall of Duty22. AliensSpace Invaders21. The ReadersMass Effect20. NPokemon19. ZeusGod of War18. AlduinSkyrim17. M BisonStreet Fighter16. The CovenantHalo15. Andrew RyanBioShock14. Donkey KongDonkey Kong13. Psycho MantisMetal Gear Solid12. Albert WeskerResident Evil11. Vladimir MakarovCall of Duty10. CreeperMinecraft9. Liquid OcelotMetal Gear Solid8. InkyPAC-Man7. The BorgiasAssassin's Creed II6. SephirothFinal Fantasy VII5. Gary OakPokemon Red/Blue4. GanonThe Legend of Zelda3. The JokerBatman: Arkham Asylum2. GLaDOSPortal1. BowserSuper Mario Bros.
10552Vote now to choose the winner of Fan Choice 2014!You've been voting in your thousands - now we've narrowed it down to the final six records for Fan Choice 2014. It's a diverse mix of athletic dedication, community-spirited fun and and imaginative artistic talent. Choose your favourite record from the finalists below to crown our overall Fan Choice 2014 champion!FASTEST TIME TO RUN AN ULTRA MARATHON ON EACH CONTINENT (FEMALE)
10553Guinness World Records announces Mr Israel Kristal as World's Oldest Living Man
10554Federer crashes out of Wimbledon, Gillard out as Australia PM, and the dawn of anti-social media - News in World RecordsWas it really the shoes?One day after being asked to change his tennis shoes for not comforming to the All England Club's all-white policy, Roger Federer bowed out in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The record holder for Grand Slams won (17) and Wimbledon titles (T-7, Sampras) will spend the rest of The Fortnight watching from home. With Rafael Nadal losing just one day earlier, some are wondering if this is the end for tennis' iconic duo.In a stunning political move, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard was ousted from her position this week by Kevin Rudd - the man for whom Gillard took over just three years ago. What this means for the nation's general election later in the year is to be seen. Gillard, however, must certainly feel shortchanged. Her stint length pales in comparison to other female prime ministers of the past, including the longest-serving total, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, who governed Sri Lanka for more than 16 years across three separate appointments.Social media has long since taken over our existence, but for some people it's become too much. One of those people is American graduate student Scott Garner. He's developed an anti-social media app, which lets you know where your friends won't be if you'd just like to live your life in peace and quiet. We're guessing he won't be trying to break Ndamukong Suh's record of 1,935 people for the most attendees at a Tweetup anytime soon.videoAstronomers have discovered a new batch of seven planets some 22 light years away -- three of which could potentially host life. While we wait for an apartment complex to go up there so we can escape overcrowded Manhattan, we're reminded how just less than two years ago, the first Earth-like extrasolar planet was discovered: Kepler 22-b, sitting 600 light years away.Lastly, back on terra firma, check out these crazy satellite timelapses of the growth of various spots on Earth the last 30 years. From Dubai to Las Vegas to Shanghai, three decades goes by in the link of an eye. Some suggestions to manually search for: Dhaka, Bangladesh, which this year was named the most densely populated city, with 44,500 citizens per square kilometer and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, home to the largest permanent light and sound show with more than 2,000 lighting fixtures across 33 buildings.
10555Jay-Z app hacked, Moyes makes Man United bow and Joey Chestnut takes hotdog eating title - News In World RecordsThe record breakers in the news todayCompetitive eater Joey Chestnut has beaten his previous personal best by devouring 69 frankfurters - and buns in ten minutes - to win the annual New York Fourth of July contest.The feat ensured Joey, also known as Jaws, took home $10,000 (£6,570) in prize money and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.videoJoey currently holds the Guinness World Records title for most chocolate bars eaten in one minute after wolfing down three in sixty seconds at the Tin Fish Restaurant in San Diego, California, USA, on 22 July 2010.To the world of sport, where David Moyes has this afternoon held his first press conference since becoming Manchester United manager.Confirming striker Wayne Rooney would stay at the club, the press call followed news that 39-year-old forward Ryan Giggs is to take the role of player-coach at United.Giggs scored an incredible four records in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records book last year, notching up titles for the first(and only) player to have appeared in every season of the football Premier League (1992 - 2011) the first(and only) player to have scored in every season of the football Premier League (1992 - 2011), most appearances in the football Premier League (598) and most Premier League winner's medals (12).To music and technology, where hackers have cloned the Android app of rapper Jay-Z and inserted messages criticising the US government.The official app is being used by the rapper as a way to promote his latest album - Magna Carta Holy Grail.Cloned versions of the app available via unofficial sites contain code that unlocked anti-Obama messages on 4 July.The New York hip-hop star has topped the US Billboard 200 with 12 albums since first debuting at the top with Vol.2...Hard Knock Life in 1998 - setting a record for Most No. 1 rap albums on the US album chart.
10556Wait, so *NSYNC isn't getting back together?! News in World RecordsAfter various outlets set the Internet on fire Tuesday with reports that *NSYNC would reunite for one performance only at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, former member Lance Bass has broken the glass in case of emergency today. The crooner dispelled the rumors, saying no such get-together was planned. Our money here says to still expect something, either with Bass simply trying to play coy or the group now scrambling to pull it off after such public demand was stirred. Amazingly, the group still holds the record for fastest-selling pop album in U.S. history, with 2000's "No Strings Attached" moving 2.42 million copies in its first week.TV Guide released its salary guide to television's biggest stars. Among the highest earners in various genres were Jon Stewart in late night ($25-30 million/£16-19 million), Ashton Kutcher in comedy ($750,000/£477,647) per episode), and Howard Stern in reality ($15 million/£9.55 million), with daytime's "Judge Judy" Sheindlin leading all personalities at $47 million (£29.9 million) per year. But if you count up all ownership stakes as well, Simon Cowell is the highest-earning television personality, as his overseeing of the X-Factor franchise earns him $95 million (£60.5 million) per year.Joining the television fray next year? Potentially Rambo. Reports have surfaced that a TV show based on the Sylvester Stallone franchise is in development. Not a bad horse to hitch your wagon to: Stallone, in addition to the four-film Rambo series, helmed the most successful sports movie franchise, grossing more than $1.25 billion (£795 million) across his six "Rocky" films. Lastly, if you love fruit and ice cream, then Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is the place to be this weekend. That's because the town where a local pharmacy invented the banana split dessert in 1904 will host the three-day Great American Banana Split Celebration starting Friday. We hope they pay homage to the longest banana split, which measured an epic 7,320 m (24,015 ft 8 in) made by the residents of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA, on 30 April 1988.And, just because we still have *NSYNC on the brain, enjoy our favorite video of their oeuvre with us.videoSay it ain't so, Lance!
10557Images of the week: From the largest pizza to the most people doing fist bumpsEvery Friday we'll be publishing on some of our favourite images that have been recently added to the GWR archive.Check out these impressive pictures and records below!The fastest speed skiing backwardsThe fastest speed skiing backwards (above) is 128.7 kmh (79.97 mph) achieved by Anders Backe (Norway) at the Vikersund Skiflying slope, Vikersund, Norway, on 21 February 2012. Backe used Head Caddy park skis, Tyrolia Mojo 18 bindings, Head Raptor Project RS boots, Leki Rodeo poles and his own "Anders Backe Signature Line" of clothing from Bergans of Norway.The largest pizzaThe largest pizza ever baked weighed 12.19 tonnes (26,883 lb) and was made at Norwood Hypermarket, Norwood, South Africa. The pizza measured 37.4m (122ft 8in)in diameter.Highest altitude reached by taxiThe highest altitude reached by taxi is 5,225.4 m (17,143 ft) by Leigh Purnell, Paul Archer, Johno Ellison and Matthew Prior (all UK) in Hannah, a 1992 LTI Fairway FX4 - a London black taxi cab - in Qinghai Province, China, on 29 August 2011. The visit to the Tibetan Plateau was part of a successful attempt to make the longest taxi journey, which covered 69,716.12 km (43,319.5 miles) from 17 February 2011 to 11 May 2012 and clocked up £79,006.80 (US$127,530 €98,490) on the meter. Matthew Prior was not part of the whole journey.Largest hand-woven carpetThe largest hand-woven carpet measures 5,630 m² (60,600.81 ft²) and was manufactured by the Iran Carpet Company (Iran). It was created for the Abu Dhabi mosque and was measured in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2007. The carpet was created in 9 parts and assembled in the mosque. The carpet would have been around 6,000 square metres originally, but parts of it had to be taken away in order to fit it onto the floor in the mosque.Most people doing fist bumps simultaneouslyThe most people doing fist bumps simultaneously is 1,820 and was achieved by Shiatook Public Schools and Brian Jackson (both USA) in Shiatook, Oklahoma, USA, on 5 November 2011.
10558Confirmed: Grand Theft Auto 5 breaks 6 sales world recordsGuinness World Records can today confirm that the launch of Grand Theft Auto V has broken six new world records including the Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours and the Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion.Released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, the fifteenth title in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA V, was the first main entry since Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. Developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, the critically acclaimed open world action-adventure video game sold 11.21 million units in its first 24 hours, and generated revenue of $815.7 million (£511.8 million), going on to reach $1 billion (£624.45 million) in sales after just three days on September 20 2013. The figure smashes records previously held by the Call of Duty videogame series and blockbuster movies including The Avengers and Avatar. Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we're thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I'm also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.” Full list of Grand Theft Auto V record-breaking achievements: 1. Best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours2. Best-selling videogame in 24 hours3. Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion4. Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion5. Highest grossing videogame in 24 hours6. Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours7. Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogameThe Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Three iBooks are also available now at the iTunes store: "Awesome Animals," (free download), "Colossal Constructions," and "Incredible People."
10559National Geographic Kids makes it "Great" No. 8Going far, wide, and digital, National Geographic Kids has claimed its eighth Guinness World Records title, this time for the largest online photo album of animals.Through what it dubbed the "Great Nature Project," National Geographic collected 104,022 pictures of animals from kids and adults in almost every country.Starting in May, photographers from around the world started submitting pictures of animals through Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and National Geographic Kids’ "My Shot" photo community, using the designated hashtags #GreatNature and #animal. The pictures were then compiled on, where visitors were able to sort pictures by destination and examine animals from backyards, parks, and wildlife areas around the world.Numerous celebrities also participated in the record-breaking endeavor by either submitting their own photos or curating galleries. They included first lady Michelle Obama, singer Selena Gomez, singe/actor Joe Jonas, race car driver Danica Patrick, actor LeVar Burton, singer Jewel and former “The Tonight Show” bandleader KevinEubanks.The First Lady went so far as to share one of her contributed photos on Twitter after the record was verified.Congrats @NGKids on setting another Guinness record for the largest #animal album with 104,022 photos! #GreatNature,— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) November 25, 2013“Kids as well as adults across the planet have helped us get a real global snapshot of nature today through the Great Nature Project,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor of National Geographic Kids magazine.All of the photo galleries, as well as an interactive map, are available for viewing at the Great Nature Project website. In addition to the celebrity contributors, participating National Geographic explorers and photographers include wildlife photographer and National Geographic Fellow JoelSartore conservationist, actor and Nat Geo WILD host CaseyAnderson and filmmaker, conservationist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, BeverlyJoubert. The Great Nature Project is a key initiative of the National Geographic Society, which is celebrating its 125 th anniversary this year.“Photography is such a powerful tool for conservation and environmental protection,” said Sartore. “I hope the Great Nature Project inspires the next generation of National Geographic photographers to protect the world through photography.”
10560Behind the scenes: The new Guinness World Records 2015 book - hot off the press!The new Guinness World Records 2015 book will soon be available in shops and stores around the world.Ahead of its release, in the video below Editor-In Chief Craig Glenday gives a unique insiders look,as the latest edition of the world’s best-selling annual publication rolls off the he presses at our printers in Gütersloh, GermanyPrinted on recyclable, forest-certified paper, this year's book run required a grand total of 66 tonnes of ink (the weight of more than six killer whales) , 17 tonnes of glue to bind (the weight of 265 fully-grown men or 350 14-year-olds) and 76 Km of ribbon for the head and tail bands (the length of 3,190 tennis courts). Finished books will weigh over 3,079 tonnes (about the same as the Space Shuttle at take off or 12 Statues of Liberty) and would make a single pile of books over 52.7 Kms high (95 times the height of the CN Tower, or six Mount Everests).If all of the books were laid on the ground head to tail, they would stretch 818 Km (twice the length of the entire London Underground network, or from London to the Orkney Isles) Guinness World Records 2015 is the 60th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book and is available worldwide in September. It’s packed full of incredible feats, facts and achievements and also features new Augmented Reality technology that enables the reader to bring record-breakers to life in stunning 3D. videoGuinness World Records 2015 is the 60 th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book and ison sale now at all major retailers.It’s packed full of incredible feats, facts and achievements and also features new Augmented Reality technology that enables the reader to bring record-breakers to life in stunning 3D. You can find out more about the book by heading to for the latest on all things world record, including the 2015 book, visit Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our brand-new Instagram. Plus check out Guinness World Records on YouTube to subscribe for the latest record-breaking videos!

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