Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

14971Largest trade union conglomerateThe International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)Austria, Vienna01 September 2011The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the world's largest trades union confederation. It was founded in Vienna, Austria, on 1-3 November 2006 after the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL) were dissolved on 31 October 2006 to pave the way for the creation of the ITUC.
14972Highest defence spending everWorld military spending1630000000000 US dollar(s)Not Applicable, 01 January 2011The global expenditure on the military in 2011 was $1.63 trillion, which equates to 2.2% of world Gross Domestic Product, and the country that spent the most was the USA at $698 billion. China is next with an estimated spend of $119 billion, and the UK third at $59.6 billion.
14973Largest telecoms company mergerVodafone Group103400000000 UK pound(s)UK, 12 April 2000A merger between British cellular communications company Vodafone Group Plc, formerly known as Vodafone Airtouch Plc, and German telecoms company Mannesmann AG, valued at £103.4 billion ($171.1 billion), was completed on April 12, 2000. The company reported more than 59 million subscribers worldwide in July 2000. It operates in 25 countries, on five continents.
14974Oldest fossilised raindropsUnknownUnknown, Madhya Pradesh state15 November 2000On 15 December 2001, Indian geologist Chirananda De announced his discovery of the fossilised imprints of raindrops in ancient rocks in the lower Vindhyan range, Madhya Pradesh state, India. These rocks prove that rain fell on Earth at least 1.6 billion years ago.
14975Most expensive clock sold at auctionLouis XVI ormolu-mounted, ebony grande sonnerie1926500 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, Christie's,London08 July 1999The world record for a clock sold at auction is £1,926,500 ($3,001,294) for a Louis XVI Ormulu-Mounted Ebony Grande Sonnerie Astronomical Perpetual Calendar Regulateur de Parquet, achieved at Christie's, London, UK on 8 July 1999.As part of the works of art from the collection of The Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, the sale set a record for the highest grossing single-owner European sale at £57,716,497 ($89,916,528).
14976Largest videogame tournamentFIFA Interactive World Cup 2013Not Applicable01 October 2012The largest videogames tournament was the FIFA Interactive World Cup, which had 2,541, 519 participants for its 2013 tournament from 1 October 2012 until 8 May 2013. The Grand Final took place from 6–8 May in Madrid with 21 finalists.
14977Longest footbridgePoughkeepsie BridgeUnited States, New York03 October 2009On 3 October 2009, the 2.06-km (6,767-ft, or 1.28-mile) Poughkeepsie Bridge (also known as the Walkway Over the Hudson State National Park) in New York, USA, was re-opened to the public as the world’s longest pedestrian bridge.Hornibrook Bridge across Bramble Bay in Queensland, Australia, was longer but demolition started in the summer of 2010.
14978Highest resolution optical microscopeUniversity of Manchester50 nanometre(s)United Kingdom, 01 March 2011On 1 March 2011 scientists at the University of Manchester, UK announced they had created an optical microscope that can see objects just 50 nanometres across. The instrument uses tiny spherical particles known as microspheres to amplify its optical power. This technique produces sufficient resolution to image the insides of living cells.
14979Oldest penisOstracodBrazil26 June 2003The oldest fossilised penis discovered to date dates back around 100 million years. It belongs to a crustacean called an ostracod, discovered in Brazil and measuring just 1mm across. The discovery was announced in September 2002 at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival in Leicester, UK.
14980Longest toeMatthew McGrory12.7 centimetre(s)USAExcluding cases of elephantiasis, then the longest toes ever measured were the 'big' toes belonging to Matthew McGrory (USA, 1973-2005) at 12.7 cm (5 in) long. His little toes measured 3.81 cm (1.5 in).
14981Tallest twin buildingsPetronas TowersMalaysiaAlthough no longer the world's tallest buildings, the 451.9-m (1,482-ft 7-in) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, remain noteworthy as the world's tallest matching pair of buildings. The 88-storey towers opened in March 1996.
14982Largest ring binderImpact Enterprises, Inc.United States10 December 2010The largest ring binder measured 154.94 cm (5 ft 1 in) high and 112.87 cm (3 ft 8 in) wide when closed, and was manufactured by Impact Enterprises, Inc. (USA) in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on 10 December 2010.The spine width measured 6.03 cm (2.375 in) wide.
14983Most people skipping (multiple venue)California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD)70880 participantsUnited States, Various Locations throughout California01 February 2010The most people skipping in multiple venues was achieved by 70,880 participants from 294 schools in an event organised by California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD) and Jamba Juice in California, USA, on 1 February 2010.The event was called "CAHPERD Jamba Jum Day". 88,455 people started the attempt initially, but full verification of evidence was provided for 70,880.
14984Highest altitude railway tunnelFenghuo Mount tunnelChina, Qinghai-Tibet Highland30 September 2003The Fenghuo Mount railway tunnel is situated at 4,905 m (16,092 ft) on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway as it passes over the Qinghai-Tibet Highland in China. It is 1,338 m (4,390 ft) long and was constructed between 18 October 2001 and 30 September 2003.
14985Largest espresso machineDiscovery Channel BIG!United States, Los Angeles20 September 2004The largest espresso machine in the world, unveiled on 20 September 2004, was built on Discovery Channel's BIG! television show and measures 3.27 m (10 ft 9.25 in) tall, 2.48 m (8 ft 2 in) wide and 3.07 m (10 ft 1.5 in) long.The espresso machine was unveiled at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. It can hold 492 litres (108.2 gal / 130 US gal) of water and filter 32.6 kg (72 lb) of coffee in one go. It can serve 3,820 shots of double espresso.
14986Longest TV quiz programme9LiveGermany, Ismaning01 September 2003The longest TV quiz programme lasted for 52 hr 45 min, finishing on 1 September 2003. The show was broadcast on 9Live and co-hosted by Thomas Schürmann, Anna Heesch, Alida-Nadine Kurras, Robin Bade and Jörg Draeger (all Germany) from the studio in Ismaning, Germany.The programme began at 8:15 pm on 29 August and finished at 1.00 am on 1 September 2003. The format of the show involves different callers phoning in to answer the quiz question and hopefully win the money (which increases with each wrong answer). On this attempt, 2,346 callers phoned in to try winning the 𔚹 million (𧽠,000 or $1.2 million), answering approximately 1,500 questions.
14987Most forested country (overall area)Brazil477698000 hectare(s)Brazil, Brazil01 January 2005In 2005, Brazil had an estimated total forest cover of 477,698,000 hectares (1,844,400 miles²), representing 57.2% of the country's area. In second place was the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 133,610,000 hectares (515,871 miles²), representing 58.9% of the country's area.Brazil is the most forested country in terms of actual land area covered by forest however, the Cook Islands are the most forested country in terms of percentage of the country as a whole.Pic: Alamy
14988Highest somersault jump on inline skates into waterLuc BourdinFrance, Biscarrosse01 July 2004The record for the highest somersault inline skate jump into water is 3.7 m (12.13 ft) and was set by Luc Bourdin (France) on the set of L’Été De Tous Les Records in Biscarrosse, France on 1 July 2004.There was a 10 m run-up and take off was from a 1 metre quarterpipe ramp. Height was measured from the lip of the ramp to the elastic line which he had to completely clear.
14989Largest wine cellar by number of bottlesUnknownMoldova, Milestii Mici01 January 2005The cellars of the Milestii Mici wine-making plant in Moldova contain over 1.5 million bottles of wine. The bottles are stored in 55 km (34 miles) of underground galleries excavated in lime mining operations. The first bottle was stored in 1968, and new vintages are added each year.Milestii Mici is also the name of the town in which the cellar is situated
14990Highest production large commercial jetBoeing 737United States, Seattle13 February 2006In January 2006 Boeing Commercial Airplanes assembled the 5,000th 737 aircraft in the Renton's factory, Washington, USA, celebrating the record for the world's most produced large commercial jet since its launch in 1965. Of the 4,900 737s delivered, 1,250 of them are in the air at any given moment.Boeing almost canceled the program twice—once shortly after launch in 1965, when the 737 received only five orders for the year, and in 1972, when the company sold only 14 airplanes. Despite the rocky start, Boeing factory in the Renton, Wash., USA assembled the 5,000th 737 in January. No other commercial jet has been as popular. Of the more than 4,900 737s delivered, 1,250 of them are in the air at any given moment. The ubiquitous single-aisle twinjet arguably has changed the way the world flies. Its ability to operate self-sufficiently at small airports and on remote, unimproved fields has allowed air travel to reach almost all parts of the world. The 737 "brought jet travel to people who had never seen a jet. And its low operating costs and fuel efficiency have made air travel affordable and accessible to everyone. Today, 737s have scheduled service into 115 different countries and into more than 750 cities. It is versatile enough to profitably serve longer trans-Atlantic routes and 17-mile puddle jumps within the Congo.
14991Highest score on Marvel Vs. Capcom 2Zach Robinson (USA)USAOn 13 February 2008, Zach Robinson from Washington, USA, fought his way to an impressivescore of 1,987,420,900 points on the arcade version of Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (2000). The attempt was made on the hardest difficulty setting and conducted under strict Twin Galaxies tournament rules.Featured in Guinness World Records Gamer''s Edition 2010
14992Farthest leaning towerChurch of SuurhusenGermany, Suurhusen17 January 2007The tower with the highest degree of tilt is the bell tower of the protestant church in Suurhusen in Germany which leans with an angle of inclination of 5.1939 degrees (corresponding to 2.47 m 8 ft 1 in) when it was measured on 17 January 2007.The tower is 25.705 m high' The former East German town of Bad Frankenhausen says that the bell tower of its 14th century protestant church of Our Dear Ladies leans even more than its better-known rival in Pisa.Nestling in the foothills of the Kyfhäuser mountains, the Bad Frankenhausen bell tower was built with granite stone 625 years ago and has an added baroque-style spire. Officials in nearby Suurhusen, meanwhile, say their 13-century tower not only leans more, but is also functional as a church year-round. "Our tower is the most leaning, but in our church we still have regular mass and even weddings," boasted pastor Frank Wessel.
14993Most tickets sold for an NHL game2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic105491 peopleUnited States, Ann Arbor,,University of Michigan Football Stadium01 January 2014The most tickets sold for an NHL game is 105,491 and was achieved at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, held at the University of Michigan Football Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, on 1 January 2014.
14994Largest colony of Geoffrey?s Rousette Fruit Bat (Rousetteus amplexicaudatus)Monfort Bat ColonyPhilippines, Samal Island, Davao del Norte01 January 2010The Monfort Bat Colony, located in the Monfort Cave on the Samal Island in Mindanao, Philippines, is the largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bat (Rousetteus amplexicaudatus)”. As per an estimate from Bat Conservation International in 2006, the population in the Monfort cave was approximately 1.8 million.In this cave, the fruit bats line the walls and ceiling at an average of 60 per square foot.
14995Largest cartoons for stained glassDe Goudse cartons (The Gouda cartoons)Netherlands, Gouda24 June 2013The Gouda cartoons, the original sixteenth- and seventeenth-century designs for the 72 stained-glass window of the Sint-Janskerk, Gouda, Netherlands, consist of 469 cartoons measuring a total length of 1,723 m (5,652 ft 10.51 in), as verified on 24 June 2013.
14996First tightrope walk at the base of Niagara FallsNIkolas WallendafirstUnited States, Niagara15 June 2012On 15 June 2012, daredevil and circus legend Nik Wallenda (USA) became the first tightrope walker to cross Niagara Falls at the base – as opposed to crossing over the gorge, upriver, as previous funambulists have done. Wallenda walked 550 m (1,804 ft 5 in) from Goat Island in the USA, passing directly over the Falls, to Table Rock in Canada.
14997Tallest dinosaur skeleton mountedBrachiosaurus brancaiGermany, Berlin01 June 2007The tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton is that of the Brachiosaurus brancai, which measured 13.27 m (43 ft 6 in) high on 1 June 2007. The 150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton went back on permanent display at the Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Berlin Natural History Museum), Germany in 2007, having been displayed originally in 1937.The skeleton has been reconstructed according to scientific agreement on how this dinosaur species used to walk 150 million years ago. The bones are to 65% original fossils. The rest is a model of fossil pieces that exist in the museum’s collection but cannot be used in the construction, due to the sensitivity of the material. The record measurement, above, is worked out by:1st measurement of height from head to ground2nd measurement of height from head to claw tip on the hind right foot.Then subtracting the second measurement from the first = 13.27 m.It was measured using the laser analyser Leica DISTO classic.
14998Largest single trading floorUBSUnited States, Stamford16 August 2002The largest single trading floor in the world belongs to the financial service firm UBS (formerly known as UBS Warburg) in Stamford, Connecticut, USA and measures 125 m (410 ft) long by 69 m (227 ft) wide which equals an area of 8,625 m (93,070 sq ft). There are 1,400 traders occupying the space sitting alongside 5,000 computers. There are approximately 126,000 daily transactions with an average value of $399 billion (£255 billion). The trading floor is almost the size of the flight deck of the USS John F. Kennedy, the world's largest aircraft carrier, or 20.5 basketball courts or 44 singles tennis courts.
14999Highest railway lineQinghai-Tibet RailwayChina, China01 October 2005The Qinghai-Tibet railway in China, completed in October 2005, is the worldâ€&trades highest railway. Most of the 1,956-km-long line lies at 4,000 m (13,123 ft) above sea level, with the highest point reaching an altitude of 5,072 m (16,640 ft). Service is due to open to the public in 2007. Passenger carriages will be pressurised like aircraft cabins and oxygen masks will be available.The Qinghai-Tibet Railway links Golmud in northwest China's Qinghai Province and Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. At its highest point the railway is 5,072m (16,640ft) above sea level and runs across the “roof of the world” with 960 kilometres of the journey above 4,000 metres.There are two sections of the railroad, the first section (Xining to Golmud) was complete in 1979, and is 814 kilometres long the second section (Golmud to Lhasa) is 1142 meters long and was complete in October 2005. The whole line of Qinghai-Tibet railway is 1956 kilometres long. Thirty railway stations are to be built, among them Tanggula Mountain railway station, which at 5,068 m will be the world's highest (Cóndor station, at 4,786 m, on the Rio Mulatos-Potosí line, Bolivia, and La Galera at 4,781 m in Peru being the next highest. The line will also include the 3,345-metre Yangbajing No. 1 tunnel, which is 4,264 metres above sea level and located 80 kilometres NW of the regional capital, Lhasa.Bombardier Transportation is to provide 361 high-altitude passenger carriages with special enriched-oxygen and UV-protection systems, to be delivered between December 2005 and May 2006. Of these, 53 will be luxury sleeper carriages for tourist service[2]. When signalling and track testing is complete, trains travelling in the frozen earth areas are expected to attain maximum speeds of 100 kilometres per hour. On the non-frozen earth areas, speeds are expected to reach 120 kilometres per hour.Pic: Alamy
15000Longest surviving artificial heart transplant patientPeter HoughtonUnited Kingdom, Oxford11 August 2004Peter Houghton (UK, 1938–2007) was implanted with a Jarvik 2000 heart pump at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK, on 20 June 2000 due to severe heart failure. Since the operation, the left ventricular assist device has worked continuously supporting his heart, breaking the previous duration record on 11 August 2004 at 1,513 days.He died 25 November 2007 from multiple organ failure.Death reported on BBC News: Jarvik 2000 is an artificial heart.Peter was the first person in the world to be given an artificial heart for permanent use rather than as a bridge to transplantation.The record represents the survival of both the person and the artificial heart. A few individuals have lived longer than 1,512 days but with two artificial hearts, having the first surgically replaced due to failure or wear.Dated from 20 June 2000 to 24 November 2007 (the last day Mr Houghton was alive), this gives a total survival time of 7 years 5 months 5 days.

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