Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

139511984: Best-selling Album of All TimeNever before has one album's sales been the subject of so much conjecture. Depending on what you read, and ultimately who you believe, Thriller has racked up worldwide sales of anything between 50 million and well in excess of 100 million. Here at Guinness World Records, we confirmed Thriller as the planet's best-selling album with more than 65 million units shifted. Put another way, that's enough copies for the combined populations of the UK (63,742,977) and Estonia (1,257,921) in July 2014 - and then some.
139521996: Fastest Flight Across the Atlantic in a Commercial AircraftA joint Anglo-French project, Concorde first took to the skies on 2 March 1969 and was immediately hailed as the harbinger of a new era in air travel:
13953Record Holder Profile Video: Purin, the dog who can catch the most ballsPurin is an extremely talented 9-year-old female Beagle and a double record holder who is described as cool, competitive, easy-going and positive by her proud owner Makoto Kumagai (Japan).
13954Classics: Largest human waterskiing pyramidEach week here on, we’ll be dipping into our extensive video library to bring you a classic piece of record-breaking action.
13955Spotlight: The world's largest stick bomb - Part 1Every Wednesday we’ll be shining a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series.
13956Hong Kong man scoops largest baccarat tournament winnings with $12m prize in Macao
13957Spotlight: The largest stick bomb - Part 2Every Wednesday we’ll be shining a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series.
13958'Honor Flight' premiere sets record for largest attendance at a film screeningThe record for the largest attendance at a film screening was set this week at the world premiere of the documentary feature film 'Honor Flight' (2012) at Miller Park Stadium, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.28,442 people attended the screening at Miller Park Stadium, which is home to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.Presented by Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, the film depicts the lives of four World War II veterans who were part of the first Honor Flight from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Hub in Milwaukee.Whilst the stadium has a capacity of 41,900, the seating had to be reduced to accommodate all attendees being able to watch the film on the 5,940 square feet video board.The previous record for the largest attendance at a film screening was 27,022 and was achieved by G7 Cinema (Brazil) for their world premiere of the documentary feature film 'Absoluto - Internacional, Bicampeão da América' (2010) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 7 December 2010.
13959Guinness World Records 2012 edition to feature Augmented RealityThe incredible world of record breaking is set to come to life like never before with the 2012 Edition of the Guinness World Records book.Out in shops and from online retailers on 13 th September in the US and Canada and the rest of the world from September 15 th, this year's book features Augmented Reality content for the first time.By visiting and with the use of a webcam, owners of the book will be able to see fascinating videos emerge from the pages. Users will be directed to turn to a selected page, and asked to hold their book up in front of their computer. Using image recognition technology, the user will see a video of the record on the page rising out of the book itself on screen. Along with the incredible AR content the book will feature 1,000s of new and classic records.Get on your marks for the London Olympics, celebrate with record-breaking Royals and marvel at the International Space Station, with over 900 new eye-popping photographs, hundreds of bite-sized facts and a stunning 3D jacket design.Stay tuned to, where we'll have an exclusive preview of the new technology hidden within this year's book.
13960History of Olympic GamesUnknownIn 2004 the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad returned to Athens, Greece, the birthplace of the modern Olympic in 1896 and home of the ancient Olympics.The ancient Olympic Games, so called because they were originally held on the plains of Olympia, can be accurately traced back to July 776 BC, when Coroibos, a cook from Elis, won the foot race, though their origin dates from perhaps as early as c. 1370 BC. They attracted famous competitors such as Socrates, Pythagoras, Aristotle and Hippocrates. Events included pentathlon, running, discus, javelin, shot put, jumping, wrestling, boxing, pankration (an early form of martial art of which Plato was a double winner) and various equestrian events. The ancient Games were terminated by an order issued in Milan in AD 393, by Theodosius I, `the Great' (c. 346-95), Emperor of Rome, which banned such 'pagan cults'. At the instigation of Pierre de Fredi, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937), the modern Olympics were inaugurated in Athens on 6 April 1896 with just 241 participants representing 14 different countries competing in 43 events.The first winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924 and were held the same year out of every four as the summer games until 1992. Since then the International Olympic Committee took the decision to alternate the winter and summer games every two years meaning the winter Olympics have been held every four years since 1994.
13961Largest mezuzahAvraham Borshevsky94/76/110 square metre(s)Israel, JerusalemThe world's largest mezuzah parchment measured 94 cm (37 in) long and 76 cm (30 in) wide and its container measured 110 cm (43.3 in) long on 19 May 2004. It was scribed by Avraham-Hersh Borshevsky of Jerusalem, Israel.The typical height of the Hebrew inscription measures (or rather the distance from the top of one line of inscription to the top of the line of inscription below it) is 4-6mm (0.15-0.2 in), here it is 40 mm (1.5 in), with the average size of the letters being 18 mm (0.7 in) tall.A standard mezuzah consists of two sections of the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21) hand-written in Hebrew on a single piece of parchment rolled up and placed in some sort of container on the door frames of Jewish homes. This has been practiced among Jews worldwide for thousands of years in literal fulfillment of Biblical verses intimating that these Old Testament sections be "written on your doorposts." The typical size of a mezuzah is 6-15 cm (2-6 in) high.
13962Most 'around the moon' ball control tricks in one minuteAdrian Fogel61 repetitionsGermany, Nordhorn14 February 2010The most "around the moon" football tricks in one minute was 61 by Adrian Fogel (Germany) at HSG Nordhorn athletics hall in Nordhorn, Germany, on 14 February 2010. Fogel is a professionall football freestyler and claims the around the moon is his favourite trick. One "around the moon" consists of the ball being placed on the back of the participant's neck, then being flicked in the air while the participant's head completes one full revolution around the ball.Claim was submitted with video evidence.
13963First catamaran made from plasticDavid de Rothschild, Plasti-Ki10500 nautical mile(s)USA, San Francisco01 January 2009In spring 2009, David de Rothschild (UK), founder of Adventure Ecology, will set sail in a 60-foot catamaran, made from plastic bottles, self-reinforcing plastic (Polyethylene terephthalate) and recycled waste products on a 10,500 nautical mile voyage across the Pacific from San Francisco, USA to Sydney, Australia. The aim of the voyage is to show how waste can be used as a resource by utilising a highly consumed item, such as the plastic bottle, and by sailing through an area of pollution that is popularly termed the “great Pacific garbage patch” to highlight the pollution threat. This is an area of plastic rubbish - five times the size of Great Britain – that sits just below the surface between California and Hawaii in the North Pacific gyre (vortex) and draws in waste because of the circular pattern of the world’s sea currents. The catamaran is named “Plastiki” in honour of “Kon-Tiki”, the balsa wood raft in which the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl demonstrated, in 1947, the possibility that South American Indians could have sailed the Pacific and settled in Polynesia.
13964Oldest cat living: Tiffany Two from California claims world recordGuinness World Records can today confirm Tiffany Two, a 26-year-old, short-haired black and orange tortoiseshell, is the new holder of oldest cat living record.
13965Record-breaking gathering of people dressed as princesses mark release of Disney's MaleficentCongratulations came from Disney as Basildon’s own Festival Leisure Park made it into Guinness World Record history last Saturday by amassing the world’s largest group of princesses.In association with Empire cinemas and Disney’s soon to be released Maleficent, a total of 351 princesses congregated outside the leisure park’s cinema, who were joined by Chloe Sims, (pictured below) star of ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex. “I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing Guinness World Record event.” She commented, “It was wonderful to see so many gorgeous girls turn up it showed a really lovely community spirit.”Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, enthused: "We are delighted to have been part of the team involved in securing the new Guinness World Record for the most princesses in one area. Who doesn’t love a bit of fairy tale magic?”The Party Princess children’s party entertainment company took on the role of fairy godmothers to the crowd of princesses, providing glitter makeovers to ensure that no Cinderellas were left out of this ball. Not only a record-breaking celebration, Festival Leisure Park also seized the opportunity to raise funds for The Little Princess Trust' a children’s charity which provides real-hair wigs to young cancer patients. Festival retail park vendors supplied vouchers for a raffle, and in addition to the funds raised through glitter makeovers, the party princesses also posed for photographs with the children to raise money for the trust.Monica Glass, Charity Manager said, “On behalf of everyone connected with the Little Princess Trust we are very grateful to Festival Leisure Park for including the charity in this exciting event. What an achievement! So many princesses all in one place! Hopefully a number of them will now be familiar with the work of the Little Princess Trust and will consider supporting the charity in the future, either through money or hair donations, so that we can continue to provide free, real-hair wigs to poorly children in the UK and Ireland.”Amongst the crowd was 17 year old Zoe Nichols, former local carnival princess. Her participation was in memory of her dear friend and fellow princess Rachel Kiely-Cohen who died suddenly earlier this year.Festival Leisure Park Facilities Manager, Peter Scopes said, “We are thrilled to have become Guinness world record holders. We couldn’t have achieved this without the support and turnout from the Essex Princesses, so a huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped break the world record!”
13966Manuel Uribe, the world’s heaviest man, passes away at 48Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Manuel Uribe, who held the world record for the heaviest man. Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr Uribe.Manuel, who was from Monterrey, Mexico was awarded the Guinness World Records title of heaviest man - living back in January 2006, after making a television appeal for help with his condition. At that time Manuel weighed 560 kg (1,235 lb 88 stone).After receiving medical assistance following his TV appearance, Manuel slowly started to lose weight and by 2007 was reported to have lessened to 381 kg (840 lb, 60 stone).Nevertheless, he remained morbidly obese and was unable to stand up on his own, having been bed-ridden since 2002.He proceeded to put weight back on in December 2009 he weighed 416 kg (917 lb 65.51 stone) and in March 2012 444.6 kg (980 lb 70 stone).Pic: ReutersIn 2008 Manuel married Claudia Solis, pictured above, with the wedding marking one of the few occasions he had left his home during the past decade.His death was confirmed this morning by an official of the health department of Nuevo Leon state, where the city of Monterrey is located. The spokesperson went on to confirm that Manuel had been taken to hospital earlier this month because of an abnormal heartbeat. Doctors have yet to confirm the cause of death.Manuel receives his certificate from Craig GlendayCraig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, said: “I had the pleasure of meeting with Manuel at his home in Monterrey when he first agreed to be weighed. Despite being bed-bound, he had a redoubtable spirit and vowed to do all he could to lose his world record status.“He was very open and honest about his condition, and hoped that by bringing his story to the wider public, Guinness World Records could help him secure the medical attention he needed.“Although his record remained unchallenged, it was inspiring to see him succeeding in his subsequent weight-loss efforts and face his challenges with a smile. He'll be a much-missed member of the Guinness World Records family.”
13967Spotlight: Russian pilots take to the skies for spectacular largest helicopter formation flightEach Wednesday we shine a light on the coolest, wackiest, or most unique records from around the globe recently approved by our Records Management Team with our Spotlight series.
13968First artificial fog buildingBlur BuildingFirst firstSwitzerland, Lake NeuchatelThe first building engineered predominantly from an artificial fog is the Blur Building designed by architects Diller + Scofidio for the Swiss National Exposition in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland, in 2002. A suspended 60 x 100 x 20 steel platform over Lake Neuchatel is permanently enclosed in a giant cloud. The highly precise water spraying is carried out by 31,400 high-pressure and high-grade steel jets with tiny apertures just 120 microns in diameter, through which lake water is forced at 80-bar pressure onto fine needlepoints and atomised into tiny droplets 4–10 microns across – small enough that most are suspended in the air as fog or "blur". The project cost $7.5 million. Up to 400 visitors can enter this fabricated fog, where they hear only the white noise of water nozzles, with computers precisely adjusting the spray strength according to the different climactic conditions. The fog mass constantly changes, producing long fog trails in high winds, rolling outwards at cooler temperatures, and moving up or down. In addition, visitors wear "brain coat" weather gear, which provides bodily protection and stores personality data for the building’s computer network. Using tracking and location technologies, each visitor's position is identified and their character profile compared to other visitors.
139691989: Most Successful Puzzle Videogame of All TimeFew games can lay claim to being the undisputed king of an entire videogame genre. But when it comes to videogame puzzling, no other title can come close to matching Tetris for sales, acclaim, influence, cultural impact, or enduring popularity.
13970GWR Day 2011: The wacky and wonderful all set to come together for 24 hours of worldwide record breakingIt's almost that time of year again! GWR Day, a global celebration of all things superlative this year takes place on November 17.The annual event sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure a prestigious Guinness World Records title during a 24 hour period.More than 300,000 people took part in last year's GWR Day, with hundreds of records being broken, as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds being raised for charities associated to record attempts.This year's GWR Day is shaping up to be even more spectacular, with the largest ever gathering of leprechauns set to place outside the Grand Canal in Dublin and an attempt at the largest human star in Canada being just two of the many bids for new world records confirmed to take place on the day. Flying the flag for Britain is London-based artist Joe Hill who is attempting to bring all the world records for 3D art back to the UK - where 3D art was first invented.Joe's colossal artwork will measure more than 1,000m² and Joe hopes it will be enough to secure titles for Largest 3D painting and Longest 3D painting. Joe's handy work will be on show at West India Quay in London's Docklands, which will also be the scene of an attempt to set a new record for the Most people in a single pair of pants by fair-trade organisation Pants to Poverty.They hope to encourage more than 50 commuters to strip to their smalls and cram themselves into the over-sized item of underwear to raise awareness of ethical working practices.Also at the same location on the day will be the masterminds behind the world's Fastest toilet, the Fastest mobility scooter and the world's Smallest roadworthy car.These Guinness World Records holders will come together for the first-time ever to showcase their speed and daring in a Race of the British Inventors.Across the globe countries will be joining the spirit of Guinness World Records Day with records such as the Largest gathering of ABBA Impersonators in Australia, the Longest chocolate bar in Italy and attempts at the Largest rice cracker and Largest photo mosaic in Japan.The USA is set to host the world's Largest Hula Hoop Workout attempted by Florida's Longleaf Elementary School.In California, hundreds of groovers and shakers will line up for the Largest Soul Train Dance, while in South Dakota Raul Meza will attempt to break the record for theMost Martial Arts Kicks in One Minute.Wim Hof, better known as 'The Iceman', will once again attempt to break his record for Full Body Ice Contact Endurance by sitting in a vat of ice for over 2 hours, as Isaac Louie aka 'Louie Foxx' goes for a slightly more effervescent bid with the Most Bounces of a Soap Bubble.Other record attempts in the U.S. include a handful of mass participation records beginning with the return of the Most People Sport Stacking (multiple venues) as thousands of schools vie to earn their spot in the record book. German's are feeling aquatic with attempts for the Greatest distance water slide riding in four hours and the Longest underwater walk by an individual in 24 hours, while France will have the Largest Rag doll.Meanwhile, the Netherlands will host the Largest Zumba class as well as the Largest Macarena dance. Any records set on Guinness World Records day are short-listed for inclusion in next year's edition of the book and you too can be part of the global celebration. To find out how to apply to set a record click here. Talking ahead of GWR Day, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday said: "You don't need to have a unique talent or possess super skills to take part in a world record attempt. That's the spirit of Guinness World Records Day - getting involved and having some fun. There are so many record attempts going on around the world on this one day that people won't have to look far for some first-hand record breaking excitement."Stay tuned to and our follow us on Facebook and Twitter (look out for the #gwrday hashtag), for all the latest news in the run up to this year's event.Notable records smashed last year included a mass-show of muscle as more than 1,000 people made a grab for the title of largest tug-of-war tournament in the Netherlands, 90-year-old Thomas Lackey's successful attempt to become the oldest wing walker with a flight across the English Channel, and 426 pooches taking part in an attempt at the record for the most dogs in costumed dress in Florida, USA.To watch highlights from GWR Day 2010, click the video player
13971Fourth of July: records that will have you rocking your red, white and blueWhile July 4th wasn’t declared an official federal holiday until 1941, Independence day has been celebrated across the United States since 1776 – marking the day that the nation's Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence. Conveniently celebrated just two weeks after the first day of summer, the holiday is not only a time for the USA to honor its nation’s founding, but gives Americans a reason to kick back, relax and enjoy time with friends and family.
13972PAC-Man is 35: Get lost in this maze of pellet munching world records!Today marks the 35th Anniversary of PAC-Man – one of the most recognizable and popular video games in history. First released by Namco in Japan on May 22, 1980, the iconic yellow pellet muncher celebrates 35 years of thwarting ghosts and thrilling players in arcades across the globe!
13973Facebook search, horsemeat beefburgers and astolen Ferrari supercar - The news in World RecordsRecord-breakers in the news todayFacebook has taken the wraps off a new search function dubbed "Graph Search" that indexes the social network by people, photos, places and interests as it looks to boost user engagement on the site.The new feature will allow users to make queries on the site such as "photos of my friends in 2001", "restaurants nearby" or "who are my friends who like Guinness World Records".Facebook currently holds the Guinness World Records title for largest online social network, boasting one billion monthly active users as of 4 October 2012, with more than 140 billion "friend" connections between them, and over 219 billion photos having been uploaded to the site.Meanwhile, investigations are under way to try to find out how beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat.Irish food safety officials, who carried out tests two months ago, said the products had been stocked by a number of major supermarket chains across the UK.The world's rarest horse breed is the Abaco Barb. By July 2010, only five individuals existed, all of which were apparently infertile. Once common in the Bahamas, the breed's demise is believed to be due to hunting for food and sport, as well as to poisoning by farming pesticides.To Italy, where the mayor of the Sicilian town of Corleone, famous for its connections to the Cosa Nostra mafia, has apologised to victims of the criminal network.Marking the 20th anniversary of the arrest of Cosa Nostra head Toto' 'the Beast' Riina, Mayor Lea Savona said the town no longer belonged to the mafia and urged those who still formed part of the structure to hand themselves in.Marlon Brando's personal 173-page film script from Mafia-themed movie classic The Godfather (USA 1972) sold for US$312,800 (then £175,418) to an anonymous bidder at Christie's, New York, USA, on 30 June 2005 - making it the world's most expensive script from a film.Finally, Police in the UK have launched an appeal for information after a limited edition Ferrari worth £230,000 was stolen in a daring robbery from a showroom in Surrey.The 458 Italia, the only car of its kind in the country, was taken by thieves equipped with angle grinders who cut their way into the dealership's secure compound where the supercar was parked.The world's most expensive car is a vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GT, sold to UK radio star Chris Evans for £12,000,000 ($17,275,000 million) on 14 May 2010. The car, which has a top speed of 174mph, five manual gears and does zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds, is one of only 36 ever produced.
139741997: Land Speed RecordThe history of land-speed record attempts is a long one, involving many different world governing bodies – often with very different ideas of what rules and regulations should apply – and a string of courageous drivers.
13975Al Ittihad Football Club recognised by Guinness World Records for back-to-back AFC Championship league winsThey were the team that couldn’t be beat and now Saudi Premier League Football Club Al-Ittihad have even been recognised by Guinness World Records for their incredible winning run in the AFC Championship league.
13976Hula hooping and street dance records broken on latest NBC’s Today ShowCelebrating some of the stars of the new Guinness World Records 2016 book and hosting a number of exciting record attempts, NBC's Today show continues their week of live action from the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
13977Jurassic World stomps Furious 7 record for fastest time for a movie to gross $1bnGuinness World Records can today confirm that Jurassic World has smashed the world record for Fastest time for a movie to gross $1bn at the global box office.  The Dinosaur action sequel has achieved the record in a remarkable 13 days between 10 – 22 June, replacing Fast & Furious 7 which previously held the record at 17 days.  Between the 12-14 June, the film took $208,806,270 (£134,105,000) in US cinemas across the three days according to movie financial intelligence service The Numbers, making it the highest-grossing domestic opening weekend of all time, trampling the previous record of $207,438,708 (£128,806,936) set by Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012. Co-produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is also the first movie ever to gross over $500 million in its opening weekend (worldwide), hitting $524,418,134 in its first two days on the big screen - a hugely impressive feat.  This fourth instalment of the smash-hit movie franchise also broke a number of other Guinness World Records titles over a historic weekend for the movie business.  These include:  • Highest Saturday gross for a movie (domestic - USA): $69,644,830 on 13 June 2015• Highest Sunday gross (domestic - USA): $57,207,490 on 14 June 2015• Highest average gross per cinema (domestic - USA): $48,855 in 4,247 cinemas• Fastest movie to gross $100 million: $151,598,780 in 2 days • Fastest movie to gross $200 million: $208,806,270 in 3 days
13978World's largest surfboard: 66 catch a wave and ride their way to a record - videoVisit Huntington Beach and the Epic Big Board Ride (USA) have broken the world record for the Most people riding a surfboard after cramming 66 people onto 1 giant board as part of their ‘100 years of surfing’ celebration.
13979Behind the scenes as Odell Beckham Jr and Drew Brees set record for one-handed catches
13980Video: Watch Harlem Globetrotters stars score two new basketball recordsTwo stars from the Harlem Globetrotters have made new pieces of basketball history after recently breaking a pair of world records at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, home of the Phoenix Suns.

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