Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

15001Tallest hotelJW Marriott Marquis Hotel DubaiUnited Arab Emirates, Dubai11 November 2012The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, UAE, formerly known as Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa, is the tallest hotel, standing at 355.35 m (1,165.84 ft) from ground level to the top of its mast. The hotel consists of two 77-floor twin towers, with the first tower opened on 11 November 2012. Both towers are entirely occupied by the hotel. The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 1 has 806 rooms. The two top floors are occupied by Vault, one of the hotel’s 15 lounge bars and restaurants and a swimming pool can be found on the mezzanine level between floors 6 and 7. The building’s spire is 49.60 m tall. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 2 is scheduled for opening by 2015.
15002Largest law firm - revenuesClifford Chance LLP986000000 peopleUnited States, New York01 January 2000Clifford Chance LLP has the highest revenues of any law firm globally. The company was created after the merger of Clifford Chance, Rogers & Wells LLP and Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster on January 1, 2000. The combined revenues of the three companies prior to merger for the period till December 1998 were $986 million (then approx. £594 million). Clifford Chance LLP also employs more legal advisors than any other law firm. It has 3,360 legal advisers, of which 640 are partners, in its 29 offices, based in 19 countries around the world.
15003First royal cemeteryUrIraq, Ur01 January 2600In 1922, the British archaeologist Leonard Woolley (later knighted as Sir Leonard Woolley) excavated what is believed to be the first royal cemetery, at Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). There, Woolley and his team uncovered some 1,800 graves, which dated back as far as 2600 BC. Of these graves, 16 were actually elaborate tombs containing several rooms with spectacular artifacts. Quite notably, the tombs also included the remains of household servants and some prominent members of the ancient court.
15004First cityUruk01 January 3200Dating back to around 3200 BC, the world’s first city was Uruk, located in southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Home to some 50,000 inhabitants, it was the largest settlement of its time, covering 450 hectares (1,112 acres) and encircled by a 9.5-km (5.9-mi) city wall. Thriving as a result of trade and agriculture, Uruk also became a great artistic centre, featuring many elaborate mosaics and monuments.
15005Highest-earning deceased artistMichael Jackson275000000 US dollar(s)United States, 01 January 2010In the 2010 Forbes list, Michael Jackson (USA) topped the survey with earnings of $275 million (£169 million) for the year, which was more than the rest of the Top 10 combined. In the first year after his death on 25 June 2009, his estate is reported to have earned $1.017 billion (£625 million) in revenue, with album sales of over nine million in the US and 24 million outside. In that period, his record sales alone accounted for $383 million (£235 million).
15006First indoor clockCandle clockUK01 January 0800Markings on the stem indicated the passing of set periods of time as the candle burned down. It is said that in the late 9th century, King Alfred the Great of England created an elaborate 24-hour clock made from six large candles, each of which was 30 cm (1 ft) tall, marked with 20-minute intervals and designed to burn for four hours. It was used to help the King divide his day into periods of study, prayer, royal duties and rest.
15007Largest ice cream sculptureUnknownUnited States, Burbank14 November 2002The world's largest ice cream sculpture, shaped like an 18th century ship, weighed 925 kg (2,039.4 lb), used 1,715.54 litres (453.2 gal) of chocolate and vanilla ice cream and was created by Jacques Tokar, Antoine Tokar and Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream (all USA). The sculpture was unveiled at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, Burbank, California, USA on 14 November 2002.The ice cream sculpture measured 1.46 m (4 ft 10 in) x 1.304 m (5 ft 10 in) x 72.7 cm (2 ft 5 in) and was constructed using a chainsaw, hammer and chisel. Once the sculpture was unveiled, it was consumed by more than 500 students from the school.
15008Largest contract to produce military enginesEurojet EJ200 production programmeNot Applicable01 January 2008The Eurojet EJ200 production programme is contracted to produce more than 1,400 engines for the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft. It is the largest military engine production programme under contract in the world today (January 2008). The aircraft is the world’s most advanced multi-swing role aircraft currently in service with the air forces of the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. The engine provides 90 kN (20,000 lbf) of power with afterburner and 60kN (13,500 lbf) without.
15009Fastest-selling “point ’n’ click” videogame sequelRiven1500000 unit(s) sold, 01 January 1997Riven, the sequel to Myst, became the top-selling game of 1997, even though it was only released on 29 October of that year. It sold almost 1.5 million copies in three months, making it the fastest-selling “point ’n’ click” sequel ever. Riven’s success was recognised at Bafta’s first Interactive Entertainment Awards in 1998, where it had the most nominations of any media: In Sound, Moving Images and Design.
15010First female to row the Pacific Ocean solo (three stages)Roz SavagefirstPapua New Guinea, Madang03 June 2010British rower Roz Savage is the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean single-handed, completing her epic journey on board her vessel Brocade in three stages: San Francisco, California, USA, to Waikiki, Hawaii, USA, in 99 days from 25 May to 1 September 2008 Hawaii to Kiribati in 104 days from 24 May to 6 September 2009 Kiribati to Madang, Papua New Guinea, in 46 days from 18 April to 3 June 2010.
15011Highest box-office film gross for an animationFrozen1274234980 US dollar(s)Not Applicable, 05 June 2015The highest-grossing animated movie of all time is Disney's Frozen (2013 and re-released as a singalong version in 2014), which had taken worldwide box office takings of $1,274,234,980 (£829,688,000) by 5 June 2015, according to The Numbers. Frozen 2 is now in the works, but it isn't due for release until, at the earliest, 2018.
15012Fastest swim long course 100 metres breaststroke (female)Ruta Meliutyte, Alia Atkinson01:02.36 minute(s), second(s)Qatar, Doha06 December 2014The fastest long course swim in 100 metres breaststroke by a woman is 1 minute 02.36 seconds and was first achieved by Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) in Moscow, Russia, on 12 October 2013. This feat was later equalled by Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar, on 6 December 2014. Atkinson's record-breaking time secured the gold medal at the Swimming World Championships and she became the first black woman to win a world swimming title.
15013Most watched videogame TV commercialClash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial74,264,214 viewsNot Applicable, 30 September 2015Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial), which starred Hollywood actor Liam Neeson moodily playing Supercell's RTS on his phone, had been viewed 74,264,214 times on YouTube, as of 30 September 2015. The advert originally aired on 1 February 2015 during the Super Bowl XLIX half-time – the ultimate primetime slot for any TV advertiser – and reportedly cost some $9 million to air. N/A
15014Highest-grossing studioUniversal2,444,900,000 US dollar(s)Not Applicable, 31 December 2015Universal (USA) claimed 21.3% of the total box-office sales in 2015, its 23 films released that year grossing $2.44 billion (£1.64 billion) in all, according to Box Office Mojo. Some of its most lucrative releases of the year included Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Minions. According to the 2015 figures for studio market share, Buena Vista (USA) came in second with 19.8% ($2.28 billion/£1.53 billion) of total box-office sales across 11 films, and Warner Bros. (USA) came third with 13.9% ($1.6 billion/£1.08 billion) across 26 releases.
15016Shortest Test match (male)EnglandUnited Kingdom, Trent Bridge12 June 1926The shortest Test match, in terms of actual playing time, was the first Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge on 12 June 1926. There were only 50 minutes play in which 17.2 overs were bowled and England scored 32-0. In terms of balls bowled, the shortest is the first Test between the West Indies and England at Sabina Park, Jamaica on 29 Jan 1998. Only 10.1 overs were bowled in 56 minutes and England scored 17-3. The match was abandoned as the pitch was deemed to be too dangerous to continue.
15017Largest collection of rotifersAcademy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP)United States01 January 2010Rotifers are tiny multicellular animals (most of the 2200 or so known species are microscopic) also known as wheel animalcules, due to an organ called the corona located on the head, whose rings of hair-like cilia flicker in a manner that resembles the rotation of wheels. The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of rotifers preserved on microscope slides is housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP), and currently comprises 774 valid taxa, covering 88.2% of all rotifer families, 75.4% of all genera, and 39.1% of all species.
15018First team of two to row around British mainland
15019Largest real-world place created in MinecraftGreat BritainUnited Kingdom23 September 2014On 23 September 2014, the Ordnance Survey (OS) released an updated map of mainland Britain and its surrounding islands called "GB Minecraft 2". Based on the OS's own geographical data, the map represents some 224,000 km² (86,500 square miles) and required 83 billion blocks, with each block representing a ground area of 25 m² (269 sq ft). The map was created by Joseph Braybrook and used free-to-use open-data products from OS OpenData, including 1:25 000 scale OS VectorMap District and OS Terrain 50.
15020Shortest papal reignPope StephenItaly, Rome26 March 0752Pope Stephen II was elected on 24 March 752 following the death of Pope Zacharias (reigned 741–752) and died two days later. In more recent years, the shortest pontificates have been as follows:-Leo XI (1 April – 12 April 1605) - 11 daysPope Urban VII (15 – 27 September 1590) - 12 daysMarcellus II (9 April – 1 May 1555) - 20 daysJohn Paul 1 (26 August – 28 September 1978) - 23 daysPius II (22 September – 18 October 1503) - 26 days
15021First text adventure videogame with graphicsMystery Housefirst, 01 January 1980Mystery House released for the Apple II in 1980 was the fist “text-adventure” game with graphics.
15022Largest carnivalRio de Janeiro400000 peopleBrazil, Rio de Janeiro01 January 2004Rio de Janeiro's annual carnival, normally held during the first week of March, attracts approximately two million people each day. In 2004, the carnival attracted a record 400,000 foreign visitors of which it was thought 2,600 were from the Queen Mary II.In 1998, the four day event generated 𧴜million ($165million).A seat in the Sambadrome for one of the parades costs between 𧵬 and 𧸠 ($300 and $600).
15023Wealthiest QueenQueen Elizabeth II310000000 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, 01 January 2012In April 2012, the Sunday Times estimated the wealth of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at £310 million ($504 million). Fine art, jewellery and property in England and Scotland account for just some of the Queen's personal wealth.
15024First use of infrared equipment in battleSniperscopeUnited Kingdom10 February 2003The earliest use of infrared technology in battle was during World War II (1939-45). Electric sniperscopes were mounted on top of rifles and converted infrared light of enemy soldiers into visible light, enabling the shooter to fire accurately in darkness.Three hundred of these sniperscopes were shipped to the Pacific, but were used very little in battles against the Japanese.These sniperscopes had some disadvantages including cumbersome batteries and low range. The USA, UK and Germany were all involved in developing infrared technology for battle. Infrared was discovered by the English astronomer, Sir William Herschel in 1800.
15025Most prolific Cooking Mama record breakerWilliam Willemstyn IIIUSA01 January 2006The most prolific record breaker for the Cooking Mama series (Majesco, 2006-) is William Willemstyn III (USA), who holds 9 records in total.All of Willemstyn's achievements were made on the Nintendo DS version of the game.Featured in Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2011
15026First videogame with gathering, refining and spending resourcesDune IIfirstNot ApplicableDune II pioneered the first use of gathering, refining and spending resources and the first use of constructing bases and units. GWR Video Gamer's Edition 2008, title: first.
15027First row across the PacificSylvia Cook, John FairfaxfirstUnited Kingdom, 22 April 1972The first people to row across the Pacific was John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook (both UK), in Britannia II between 26 April 1971 - 22 April 1972.John Fairfax is also the first person to row any ocean solo, after he rowed the Atlantic east to west in Britannia between 20 January - 19 July 1969. In addition, John Fairfax was the first to row two oceans.
15028Best-selling strategy RPG videogame for the DSFinal Fantasy III (Square Enix, 2006)2020000 unit(s) soldNot Applicable, 15 June 2013With global sales of over 2.02 million, Final Fantasy III is the DS platform’s top-selling strategy RPG, according to VGChartz as of 15 June 2013.
15029Oldest manufacturer of swordsWilkinson SwordUnited Kingdom01 January 1772The origins of Wilkinson Sword (UK), the oldest English sword-manufacturing company, can be traced back to 1772, when it was founded by Henry Nock. Wilkinson Sword was appointed as Royal Gun Maker to King George III in 1804 and James Wilkinson became Nock’s partner, after marrying his daughter.
15030First First Person Shooter to offer online multiplayer on a consoleQuake III Arena2000/10/24 year(s), month(s), day(s), 24 October 2000The earliest major release (and first FPS) to allow real-time networked gaming was Quake III Arena, released for Sega’s Dreamcast on 24 October 2000. It was also possible to connect Dreamcast and PC, allowing console gamers to take on owners of the PC version.

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