Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

14581Largest battle sequences on filmLord of the Rings trilogyNew Zealand01 January 2001Peter Jackson's (New Zealand) Lord of the Rings (NZ/USA, 2001–03) trilogy featured battle scenes with over 200,000 fighting characters. To achieve this, Weta Digital (New Zealand) wrote bespoke crowd-simulation software called "Massive", which combined digital animation with an artificial intelligence that governed how the characters interacted.
14582Largest rolling ball clockPrisca StalderSwitzerland, Lucerne11 March 2008The largest rolling ball clock is AION which is 11.6 m (38 ft) high 6 m (19 ft 8 in) wide and 50 cm (1 ft 7 in) deep. It is located at the headquarters of Bucherer AG, Lucerne, Switzerland, and was measured on 11 March 2008.A rolling ball clock is a clock which displays time by means of balls and rails. The total length of the rails for all balls in AION is 297.8 m
14583Largest monolithic churchBet Medhane AlemEthiopia, Lalibela01 January 2004The largest monolithic (or rock-hewn) church is Bet Medhane Alem in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The structure measures 33.5 m (110 ft) long, 23.5 m (78 ft) wide and 11 m (36 ft) high. It was carved from volcanic rock in the 12th or 13th century AD by King Lalibela (1181-1221).Bet Medhane Alem ('Saviour of the World') is one of 11 monolithic or rock-hewn churches in the Lalibela complex, known as 'the Eighth Wonder of the World'. Perhaps the most famous of them is Bet Giyorgis, which is carved into the shape of a Greek cross and dedicated to St. George.Archaeologists estimate that 40,000 workers would have been required to build the complex, however legend suggests that the churches are the work of angels.There are also semi-monolithic churches, as well as churches built in caves.
14584Highest botanical gardensPamir Botanical GardensTajikistan, Khorog01 January 1940The highest botanical gardens are Pamir Botanical Gardens near Khorog, Tajikstan, which are at an elevation of between 2,100-3,500 m (6,889-11,483 ft) above sea level. The 12-ha (29.6-acre) site was established in 1940 and currently has over 2,000 species of flora.The Betty Ford Alpine Garden in Vail, Colorado, USA is at an altitude of 2,499 m (8,200 ft).
14585First winner of the 'Big Four' Grammy Awards in same yearChristopher CrossfirstUnited States, 01 January 1981Christopher Cross (USA) was the first artist to win in the 'big four' categories in the same year. In 1981, his debut album Christopher Cross (1980) won Album of the Year, 'Sailing' won Record of the Year and Song of the Year and he also picked up the Best New Artist award.
14586First plastic surgeryWalter YeofirstUnited Kingdom, 01 January 1917Walter Yeo (UK) was the first person to have plastic surgery. In 1917, skin grafts were transferred from his shoulder to his face in order to replace both upper and lower eyelids which he had lost whilst manning the guns aboard HMS Warspite in 1916 during the Battle of Jutland during the First World War.
14587First videogame world championBen GoldfirstUnited States, Ottunnwa09 January 1983Ben Gold (USA) became history’s first video-game world champion when he won the North American Video Game Olympics at the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard in Ottumwa, Iowa, USA on 8-9 January 1983. The event was broadcast on America's ABC’s That’s Incredible television show on 21 February 1983. Co-sponsored by Twin Galaxies and That's Incredible (USA, ABC), the event featured nineteen of North America's top players competing on five current titles: Frogger, Millipede, Joust, Super Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong, Jr. This contest continued onward as Twin Galaxies' 'Coronation Day Tournament.'
14588First athlete to win the 200 m and 400 m at one OlympicsMichael JohnsonfirstUnited States, Atlanta01 January 1996The first person to win both the 200 m and 400 m at the same Summer Olympic Games was Michael Johnson (USA) in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In completing this incredible feat, he broke the Olympic record for the 200 m and the world record for the 400 m.
14589Fastest spin - Ice skatingOlivia Oliver342 RPM a unit not listed belowPoland, Warsaw19 January 2015The fastest spin on ice skates is 342 RPM and was achieved by Olivia Oliver (Canada) in Warsaw, Poland, on 19 January 2015. Olivia Oliver attempted the record at the National Stadium in Warsaw, which is also her birth city. She used the attempt to raise awareness and funds for children in Poland suffering from life-threatening illnesses, while also raising money for the Canadian youth charity, Leave Out Violence.
14590Longest prison sentence for computer hackingAlbert GonzalezUnited States25 March 2010On 25 March 2010, Albert Gonzalez (USA) was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for computer hacking. He was found guilty of masterminding a gang of cybercriminals who stole in excess of 170 million ATM, credit and debit card numbers from a number of retailers, including TJX. Gonzalez was also fined $25,000 (£16,500).TJX owns Barnes & Noble and T J Maxx among other companies.
14591Most consecutive 30-win seasons to start an NHL goaltender careerHenrik Lundqvist7 firstNot Applicable, Since he joined the National Hockey League as the New York Rangers’ (USA) goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) has become the only player in his position to record seven straight regular seasons with 30-plus wins, achieving the record-breaking run of 30, 37, 37, 38, 35, 36 and 39 victories between the seasons 2005/06 and 2011/12.
14592Oldest serving judgeJudge Albert R. AlexanderUnited States, Plattsburg09 July 1965The oldest recorded active judge was Judge Albert R. Alexander (1859-1966) of Plattsburg, Missouri, USA. He was enrolled as a member of the Clinton County Bar in 1926 and was later the magistrate and probate judge of Clinton County until his retirement on 9 July 1965 aged 105 years 8 months . Judge Albert R. Alexander is also the longest serving judge.
14593Highest score on Donkey KongWes Copeland1,190,000 point(s)Not Applicable, 04 January 2016On 4 January 2016, Wes Copeland (USA) scored an amazing 1,190,000 points on the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. The previous time he had held the record, on 18 September 2015, it had taken Wes’s rival Robbie Lakeman (USA) just six hours to beat it. But this time Robbie couldn’t repeat the feat. n/a
14594Paddy Doyle - “The World’s Fittest Man” - record holder profile videoSince 1987, Paddy Doyle has been something of a permanent fixture in Guinness World Records books.A former member of the British Army's Parachute Regiment, the 46-year-old from Birmingham, UK is now recognised as one of the most formidable professional multi-disciplinary athletes around, holding a truly remarkable 23 separate current records.Often dubbed "the World's Fittest Man", Paddy's troubled early life was punctuated with regular run-ins with the law before he joined the army at the age of 20.Here Paddy represented his Battalion in army cross country competitions and was awarded champion recruit for outstanding fitness levels and determination.Upon his discharge Paddy took up judo, amateur boxing and gymnastics before eventually becoming an endurance athlete.Paddy's impressive list of Guinness World Record titles include the most one arm push-ups in one hour, the most competitive full contact rounds in boxing and other martial arts and most one arm push-ups in one hour.We caught up with Paddy, who talked us through his amazing record-breaking life, his toughest attempts and how he prepares for his gruelling
14595(VIDEO) World’s longest knitted scarf unfurled for GWR Day 2013Helge Johansen's incredible knitting skills have been on show again in Oslo on Guinness World Records Day, with the Norwegian claiming he has improved his world record for Longest knitted scarf (individual).Thirty years in the making, Helge’s massive scarf is now said to measures 4,565,46 metres long, which would beat his previous record of 3,463.73 m (11,363 ft 11 in 2.15 miles) when it was last measured in November
14596Youngest reigning monarch of a sovereign nationJigme Khesar Namgyel WangchuckBhutan01 January 2011Born on 21 February 1980, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the 5th King of Bhutan on 14 December 2006 and, at 31 years old, he is the youngest monarch of a sovereign nation. The Oxford-educated King presides over one of the world’s most isolated countries, a tiny realm in the Himalaya Mountains where progress is measured in terms of “Gross Domestic Happiness”.
14597Woolsack race - fastest malePete RobertsUnited Kingdom, Tetbury01 January 2007Pete Roberts (UK) achieved the fastest men's individual time with 45.94 sec in the 2007 World Woolsack Championships. The event is held annually at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK, and involves competitors racing up and down the 1 in 4 Gumstool Hill while carrying a 60 lb (27.21 kg) bag of wool on their shoulders. The original course of 280 yd (256 m) ran from The Royal Oak pub to The Crown, but since 1999 a shorter course of 240 yd (220 m) has been run.The race is believed to have originated in the 17th century with young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. The woolsacks were custom built by the British Wool Federation and are 60 lb for men’s races and 35 lb for women’s. The original course of 280 yds ran from The Royal Oak to The Crown, but since 1999 a shorter course of 240 yds has been run. The official races have been run since 1972.
14598Fastest solar-powered Pacific crossingKenichi HorieEcuador, Pacific Ocean05 August 1996Kenichi Horie (Japan) made the fastest crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a solar-powered boat when he travelled 10,000 miles 16,092 km from Salinas, Ecuador, to Tokyo, Japan, in 148 days between March 20 and August 5 1996. His cigar shaped vessel, Malt's Mermaid, was 9.5 yards 8.68 m long, weighed 813 lb 368.7 kg and was powered by 130 ft² of solar panels. The boat was partly constructed from recycled aluminium equivalent to more than 20,000 drink cans.
14599Most football touches in 30 seconds (male)Parker Kuklinski252 timesUnited States, Portsmouth12 April 2010The most touches of a football in 30 seconds while keeping the ball in the air is 252 by Parker Kuklinski (USA) at the Portsmouth High School Gym in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA, on 12 April 2010.Kuklinksi filmed his attempt with a high-speed camera that recorded the normally 30-frames-per-second video to a speed of 12 frames per second, and set his attempt up against a backlit wall. This allowed for super slow-motion viewing of his attempt plus the ability to view light between the ball and his foot. He achieved the record as part of a high school senior project, invoking the assistance of a mechanical engineer and research scientist from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center as his stewards and witnesses.
14600Highest man-made temperatureCERN, Large Hadron Collider5x10^12 degree(s) KelvinSwitzerland, 13 August 2012On 13 August 2012 scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, Geneva, Switzerland, announced that they had achieved temperatures of over 5 trillion K and perhaps as high as 5.5 trillion K. The team had been using the ALICE experiment to smash together lead ions at 99% of the speed of light to create a quark gluon plasma – an exotic state of matter believed to have filled the universe just after the Big Bang.
14601Largest rocket<I>Saturn V </i>USASaturn V (USA) was the largest rocket, but not the most powerful. It was 110.6 m (363 ft high) with the Apollo spacecraft on top and weighed 2,903 tonnes (6,400,000 lb) on the launch pad. saturn 5 had a lift off thrust of of 3,447 tonnes (7,600,000 lb). (The first Saturn 5 was launched in 1967 and the 13th, and last, in 1973.)
14602Longest running TV quiz showIt's Academic1961/10/7 year(s), month(s), day(s)United States, Washington01 January 2003The world's longest running TV quiz show is It's Academic (NBC4, USA), which has been on air continuously since 7 October 1961. The show, on which high school student teams compete, was created by Sophie Altman (USA) and entered its 44th season in Autumn 2004.The show originally aired on WRC-TV, but the station was renamed to NBC4. It is still produced mainly in Washington, USA.Aired weekly, the show has had over 10,000 high school students as contestants, including former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton (USA)and US Senator Chuck Schumer (USA).
14603Oldest to become Chief of StateUnknownFrance16 June 1940Following the German invasion of France in 1940, Henri Philipe Pétain (1856 - 1951) was recalled to active military service as adviser to the minister of war. On 16 June 1940, at the age of 84, he succeeded Paul Reynaud as premier of France making Pentain the oldest in the world at first appointment to become cheif of state. Soon after taking the post, Pentain asked the Germans for an armistice, which was concluded on 22 June 1940.Pétain, was a French soldier and statesman, born in Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France. During World War I, he became a national hero for his defence of Verdun (1916), and was made commander-in-chief (1917) and marshal of France (1918). His aim to unite France under the slogan "Work, Family and Country', and keep it out of the war, involved active collaboration with Germany. After the liberation, he was tried in the French courts, his death sentence for treason being commuted to life imprisonment on the Ile d'Yeu, where he died. His role remains controversial, and some still regard him as a patriot rather than a traitor.
14604Most caber tosses in three minutesKevin FastCanada, Quinte West,Centennial Park07 September 2013The most caber tosses in three minutes is 14 and was achieved by Kevin Fast (Canada) in Quinte West, Ontario, Canada, on 7 September 2013.Kevin used two cabers during the attempt, each 16 ft 6 in (5.02 m) in length and weighing 92 lb (41.73 kg). Kevin is a multiple Guinness World Records title holder and he is showing no signs of slowing down in his record breaking efforts.
14605Largest walletBig Skinny CorporationUnited States, Cambridge26 November 2010The largest wallet measures 314 cm (10 ft 0.63 in) long and 306 centimetres (10 ft 05 in) high and was produced by the Big Skinny Corporation (USA). It was presented and measured in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on 26 November 2010.The wallet was an outsized to scale replica of an existing wallet design, manufactured by the Big Skinny Corporation.
14606Longest duration balancing on four fingersWang Wei BaoChina, Beijing09 November 2008The longest duration balancing on four fingers is 19.23 sec andwas achieved by Wang Weibao (China) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi- Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 9 November2008.
14607Most basketball free throws made in two minutes while alternating handsBob J. Fisher88 timesUnited States, CentraliaThe most basketball free throws in two minutes while alternating hands was 88 by Bob J. Fisher (USA) at Centralia High School in Centralia, Kansas, USA, on 5 March 2012.
14608Longest somersault on spring loaded stiltsJesus VillaUnited States, Las Vegas12 November 2011The longest somersault on spring loaded stilts measured 6.19 m (20 ft 4in) and was achieved by Jesus Villa (USA) at the Sports Park in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 12 November 2011.Jesus took a run up of 30 metres (99 ft) using 11 strides. He somersaulted over a Dodge Neon Sedan which measured 1.70 metres in height and 1.42 metres in width.
14609Longest time breath held voluntarily (female)Karoline Meyer18/32.59 minute(s), second(s)Brazil, Florianopolis10 July 2009The longest time to hold the breath underwater is 18 min 32.59 sec and was achieved by Karoline Mariechen Meyer (Brazil) at the Racer Academy swimming pool, Florianopolis, Brazil, on 10 July 2009.Karoline is a professional freediver who trained for four months to try and break the record. Prior to the attempt she inhaled oxygen for 24 minutes.
14610Most targets hit by blindfolded tennis serve in two minutesAshrita FurmanUnited States, Jamaica,Thomas Edison High School30 July 2014The most targets hit by blindfolded tennis serve in two minutes is 20 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA) in Jamaica, New York, USA, on 30 July 2014.

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