Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

13711Most worms charmedSophie SmithUnited Kingdom, Willaston, Cheshire27 June 2009The most worms charmed at the World Worm Charming Championships is 567 and was achieved by Sophie Smith (United Kingdom) at the 2009 Championships, in Willaston, United Kingdom, on 27 June 2009. The competitors have 30 minutes to charm as many worms as possible out of a 3 m² (9.84 ft²) plot. Various techniques are used including tap dancing, hitting cricket stumps, using knitting needles. Sophie however stuck to the traditional technique of sticking a fork into the ground and wiggling it and hitting it with a stick to cause vibrations to charm the worms out of the ground. She was said to be helped by the warm and humid weather conditions. Sophie was aged just 10 when she broke the record, set 19 years before she was even born!
13712Worst disaster caused by mass panic, Chongqing4000 peopleChina, Chongqing06 June 1941At an air-raid shelter in Chongqing, China c. 4,000 people were killed on 6 Jun 1941. The crowd were leaving the shelter after an air-raid when the warning siren sounded again. The 4000 deaths were due to suffocation and trampling as the crowd tried to return to the shelter.
13713Most consecutive zip codes identifiedDavid RosdeitcherUnited States, Los Angeles12 March 2001David Rosdeitcher, who has memorized over 40,000 zip codes in the USA, was able to correctly identify the addresses of 36 consecutive zip codes randomly selected by computer on Guinness World Records: Primetime, Los Angeles, USA on 12 March 2001.
13714Most expensive novel debutPaul Eddy2800000 US dollar(s)United Kingdom, 01 January 1999Sunday Times journalist Paul Eddy (UK) was reported to have been paid $2.8 million (£1.7 million) for his first novel Flint and its unwritten (at that time) sequel by British and American publishers in 1999. The crime thriller is about an undercover policewoman called Grace Flint.Although Eddy has published several non-fiction books, Flint was the investigative reporter's first venture into fiction.
13715First geological mapUnknownfirstUnited Kingdom, Bath01 January 1799
13716Oldest touring circusCirco Atayde1888/08/26 year(s), month(s), day(s)Mexico, Plaza de Toros,Mazatlán22 July 2010The oldest touring circus in the world is the Circo Atayde, which opened on August 26 1888 in the Plaza de Toros, Mazatlán, Mexico, and has been run continuously by the Atayde family ever since.Circo Atayde tours regularly under the big top, mostly in Mexico and with forays in other Central American and South American countries. In the winter, it has a Holiday Season in a large sport arena in Mexico City. After some 120 years, it has become an institution in Mexico.
13717Largest Christmas candle ornamentSergio Rodriguez VillarrealMexicoAn ornamental candle measuring 3.9m 12ft 9in tall and 3.1m 10ft 2in wide was constructed by Sergio Rodriguez Villarreal from 1,789 pieces of flat glass mirrors and 1,164 bottles. It was displayed at 400, Avenida Ricardo Margain Zozaya, Nuevo Le¢n, Mexico in 1997.
13718First custard pie thrown on filmA Noise from the Deep (USA 1913)firstUnited States, 01 January 1913The first ballistic custard pie was discharged by Mabel Normand (USA, 1892-1930) in the direction of Fatty Arbuckle (USA, 1887-1933) in A Noise from the Deep (USA 1913). In subsequent pictures Mabel was generally the recipient of Arbuckles pies. He had an unerring aim and an extraordinary physical dexterity that enabled him to hurl two pies at once in opposite directions!Traditionally, the pie of choice for throwing in actors faces. At first the pies used in slapstick comedies were the real thing, but it was soon found that they had a distressing tendency to disintegrates in the air. A patisserie called Greenbergs in Glendale, California, came up with a solution to the problem - a special ballistic custard pie with a double thickness of pastry and a filling of flour, water and whipped cream. The filling came in two flavours blackberry if the recipient was a blonde, lemon meringue for a brunette, to show up better on black and white film. The custard pie weathered the end of the silent era, finding use in 1930s films by Laurel Hardy and the Three Stooges, and later, in such films as Beach Party (US63) and The Great Race (US65).
13719Most northerly hotelSvalbard Raddisson SAS Polar HotelNorwayThe world's most northerly full-service hotel is the Radisson SAS Polar Hotel in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Svalbard consists of several islands from Bjornoya in the south to Rossoya in the north, Europes northernmost point. About 60 per cent of the archipelago is covered by ice.
13720Fastest swim long course 400 metres medley (female)Ye Shiwen4/28.43 minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, London28 July 2012Ye Shiwen (China), 16, swam the 400 m medley in a record time of 4 min 28.43 sec at the Aquatics Centre, London, UK, on 28 July 2012. The teenager beat the previous record of 4 min 29.45 sec, set by Stephanie Rice (Australia) at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
13721Most extras conceded in a One-Day International innings (male)West IndiesAustralia, BrisbaneThe most extras conceded in a One-day international is 59 by: West Indies (8 byes, 10 leg byes, 4 no balls and 37 wides) v. Pakistan at Brisbane, Australia on 7 Jan 1989 and Scotland (5 byes, 6 leg byes, 15 no balls and 33 wides) v. Pakistan at Chester-le-Street, Durham on 20 May 1999.
13722Longest career as a recording artistJudy RobinsonUnited States01 December 2005The longest working career as a recording artist was achieved by Kasper Delmar “Stranger” Malone (USA), having released material over eight consecutive decades. The musician's first released recording “Let me call you sweetheart" with Clayton McMichen’s Melody Men was recorded in 1926, and his last recording was made in 2003 with Elise Witt for EMWorld Records.Kasper was born in 1909 and passed away in 2005See PDF attachment untitled “Further Info”.
13723First test tube babyLouise BrownUnited Kingdom, Oldham25 July 1978Louise Brown (UK) was delivered by Caesarean section from Lesley Brown (UK), in Oldham General Hospital, Lancashire, UK at 11.47pm on 25 July 1978 weighing 2.6 kg  (5 lb 12 oz). She was externally conceived on 10 November 1977.
13724Longest-standing maths problem (ever)Andrew WilesfirstUSA, New Jersey01 January 1995Andrew Wiles (UK), currently at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA, proved Fermat's Last Theorem in 1995. He showed that xn+yn=zn has no solutions in integers for n being equal to or greater than 3. The theorum was posed by Fermat in 1630, and stood for 365 years.
13725First use of modern camouflageLe section de camouflage1915/2/12 year(s), month(s), day(s)France, Paris12 January 1915The earliest use of modern camouflage by an army division was on 12 February 1915 when the first military army camouflage unit, Le section de camouflage, was established in France, under the control of Lucien Victor Guirand de Scevola (France). Workshops in Paris, Amiens and Nancy, among others, were established for the 3,000 workers and camouflers (formally civilian artists) to operate. De Scevola (a painter serving in the French infantry) had been experimenting since early 1914 with irregular patterned camouflage as a way of disguising ground operations, and eventually convinced the French government officials to use it. De Scevola even introduced the technique of using zebra-like stipes to make cannons less visible to the aerial observers.Concealment in attack and defence has existed in nature and human society forever, thus the first use cannot be documented. Modern camouflage, by which army historians refer to the irregular patterns of different colours, emmerged in WWI.Hundreds of artists were soon employed by all countries in WWI as 'camoufleurs' to facilitate the use of camouflage for equipment, camps, vehicles as well as army personnel. What can be noted is that army historians usually attribute the origins of khaki-coloured uniforms to the British Colonel, Harry Lumsden, who led the Indian Guides serving in the Pumjab in 1846.
13726First rocket launchUnknown1926/03/16 year(s), month(s), day(s)USA, Auburn,MassachusettsThe earliest launch of a liquid-fuelled rocket (patented 14 Jul 1914) was by Dr Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) of the USA, at Auburn, Massachusetts, USA on 16 Mar 1926, when his rocket reached an altitude of 12.5m 41ft and travelled a distance of 56m 184ft.
13727Largest oil fieldUnknownSaudi Arabia01 January 2010The Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia was discovered in 1948 and measures around 280 x 25 miles, with an area of around 1.3 million acres (5,260 km2). It is owned and operated by Saudi Aramco and contains approximately 71 billion barrels of oil, with an estimated production rate of around 5 million barrels per day.
13728First film from UK to win an Oscar award for best filmLaurence Olivier, Hamlet (1948)United States, Hollywood,,24 March 1949At the 1948 Academy Awards, held at The Academy Awards Theatre, Hollywood on 24 Mar 1949, the Oscar for Best Film went to Hamlet (GB 1948), directed by Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989), who also received Best Actor award for his title role performance.
13729Most expensive football shirt sold at auctionPele's 1970 World Cup final shirt157750 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, London27 January 2002The most valuable football shirt in the world is the No. 10 shirt worn by Pele in the 1970 World Cup final which was sold at Christie's, London, UK on 27 March 2002 for £157,750 ($225,109), over three times the expected price.It was sold by Italian international Roberto Rosato who exchanged shirts with the star after Brazil's 4-1 victory in Mexico City. Pele scored the first goal of the game.
13730Largest simultaneous sing-along (multiple venues)Young Voices293978/1616 peopleUnited Kingdom, 09 December 2005The largest simultaneous singalong was staged by Young Voices and involved 293,978 participants at 1,616 locations throughout the UK who sang 'Lean on Me' at 2.45 pm on 9 December 2005.
13731Most radiation-resistant lifeformDeinococcus radiodurans3000 timesNot Applicable, 01 January 1998The red-coloured bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans can resist 1.5 million rads of gamma radiation, about 3,000 times the amount that would kill a human. The bacterium survives and reproduces in environments that would be lethal for any other organism and it also resists high doses of ultraviolet radiation.The most important component of this radiation resistance is the ability of the bacteria to repair damage to its chromosomal DNA. Researchers hope that they can manipulate it in such a way that it will be able to detoxify the thousands of toxic waste sites which contain radioactive material. Only in the US, 10 million cubic yards of radioactive wastes have contaminated about 70 million cubic yards of soil and some 1 trillion gallons of ground water.The bacteria was first isolated from cans of meat that were subjected to supposedly sterilising doses of radiation in the megarad range.
13732Tightest frying pan rollScott Murphy17.46 centimetre(s)United States, Myrtle Beach30 July 2007The tightest circumference of a 30-cm (12-in) aluminium frying pan, rolled with bare hands in 30 seconds is 17.46 cm (6.87 in), set by Scott Murphy (USA) at the NXB Team Training Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, on 30 July 2007.
13733Deadliest lakeLake Nyos2000 peopleCameroon, Lake Nyos01 August 1986The lake responsible for the most deaths without drowning is Lake Nyos in Cameroon, west Africa, where toxic gases have claimed nearly 2,000 lives in recent decades. On one night in August 1986, between 1,600 and 1,800 people and countless animals were killed by a large natural release of carbon dioxide gas.Scientists disagree on the source of the Lake Nyos' deadly gas. Some believe that the decomposition of organic material near the bottom of the lake causes the gas to build up, and seasonal changes in surface temperature triggers mixing of deep and shallow water, allowing the gas to be released. Because Nyos lies in the crater of an old volcano, others believe that the gas is volcanic in origin.Pic: Alamy
13734Longest Mexican wave lineRealizar Impact Marketing8453 participantsPortugal, Lisbon12 August 2007The longest mexican wave line consisted of 8,453 participants and was organised by Realizar Impact Marketing at the Parque das Nações in Lisbon, Portugal, on 12 August 2007.
13735First motorised truckDaimler Motoren-GesellenschaftfirstGermany, Cannstatt30 October 1895The Daimler Motoren-Gesellschaft (Daimler Motor Company) in Cannstatt, Germany, produced the first recorded motorised truck in 1896. The 1.5 tonne (3,300 lb) capacity vehicle was powered by a rear-mounted two-cylinder 3 kW (4 hp) engine, and was delivered to the British Motor Syndicate Ltd. in London, UK, on 1 October of that year.
13736Largest propeller on an aircraftGaruda propellerGermany, Breslau01 January 1919The largest aeroplane propeller ever to fly was the 6.9 m (22 ft 6 in) diameter Garuda propeller, fitted to the Linke-Hofmann R II which flew in 1919 and was built in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). It was driven by four 195 kW (260-hp) Mercedes engines and turned at only 545 rpm.Today, typical single-engine aircraft have propellers of roughly 2 m (6.56 ft) diameter, and turn at approximately 2,500 rpm.
13737First solo summit of EverestReinhold MessnerfirstNepal, Mount Everest20 August 1980Reinhold Messner (Italy) was the first to successfully climb Mt Everest solo, reaching the summit on 20 August 1980. It took him three days to make the ascent from his base camp at 6,500 m (21,325 ft), and the climb was made all the more difficult by the fact that he did not use bottled oxygen.Messner, with Peter Habeler (Austria) (b. 22 Jul 1942) also made the first entirely oxygen-less ascent on 8 May 1978.
13738First broadcastUnknownfirstUSA, Brant Rock,MassachusettsThe world's first advertised broadcast was made on 24 Dec 1906 by the Canadian-born Prof. Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1868-1932) from the mast of the National Electric Signalling Company at Brant Rock, Massachusetts, USA. The transmission included Handel's Largo. Fessenden had achieved the broadcast of speech as early as November 1900 but this was highly distorted.
13739Slowest selling bookDavid Wilkins translation of New TestamentUKThe accolade for the world's slowest-selling book (known in US publishing as slooow sellers) probably belongs to David Wilkins' translation of the New Testament from Coptic into Latin, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1716 in 500 copies. Selling an average of one each 20 weeks, it remained in print for 191 years.
13740Largest container of body creamBeiersdorf Hellas AEGreece, Athens15 November 2000The world's largest container of body cream, measuring 2 m (6 ft 6.7 in) in diameter, 53 cm (1 ft 8.8 in) high and holding 1,124,490 ml (247.4 gal / 323.476 US gallons) of NIVEA Creme, was created by Beiersdorf Hellas and unveiled in Athens, Greece on 15 December 2001.The giant cosmetic was created to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of NIVEA and is 16,327 times larger than the original.

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