Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

15781Worst monsoonThailand10000 peopleThailand, 01 September 1983Monsoons that raged throughout Thailand from September to December 1983 resulted in the deaths of 10,000 people. Up to 100,000 contracted water-borne diseases and 15,000 were evacuated. More than $400 million worth of damage was caused.
15782Worst flood disaster - damage tollHwai and Yangtze rivers floodChina01 August 1950Flooding from the Hwai and Yangtze Rivers in eastern China in August 1950 destroyed according to official figures, 890,000 dwellings.
15783Worst flood disaster - homeless tollBangladeshBangladesh01 January 1998In 1998 Bangladesh experienced its worse flood in living memory. Some 57% of the country was flooded resulting in 25 million people becoming homeless.
15784Most successful female country artistReba McEntireUnited States01 February 2011Reba McEntire (USA) is the biggest-selling female country vocalist in the USA, with 23 gold, 19 platinum and 9 multi-platinum albums as of February 2011.
15785Most Oscars won - Best Foreign Language FilmItaly13 timesUnited States, Los Angeles01 January 1999Italy has won 13 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, the most recent being Life Is Beautiful (1997) in 1999 at the 71st Academy Awards. 
15786Oldest Oscar winner as Best ActorHenry FondaUnited States, Los Angeles29 March 1982Henry Fonda (USA, 1905 - 1982) won the Best Actor Oscar on 29 March 1982 for his performance as 'Norman Thayer Jr' in On Golden Pond (USA 1981) aged 76 years 317 days. Name Born Film Won Age Henry Fonda (USA) 16 May 1905 On Golden Pond (USA 1981) 29 March 1982 76 years 317 days John Wayne (USA) 26 May 1907 True Grit (USA 1969) 7 April 1970 62 years 316 days George Arliss (UK) 10 April 1868 Disraeli (UK 1929) 5 November 1930 62 years 209 days Paul Newman (USA) 26 January 1925 The Color of Money (USA 1986) 30 March 1987 62 years 63 days Jack Nicholson (USA) 22 April 1937 As Good As It Gets (USA 1997) 23 March 1998 60 years 335 days
15787Largest bread consumption per capitaTurkeyTurkey01 January 2000As of 2000, the country with the largest per capita consumption of bread is Turkey with 199.6 kg (440 lb) per person. Turkish people eat more than three times their own body weight in bread annually.Turkey is followed in bread consumption by Serbia and Montenegro with 135 kg (297 lb 9.9 oz), and Bulgaria with 133.1 kg (293 lb 6.9 oz)
15788Richest monarchKing Bhumibol Adulyadej30000000000 US dollar(s)Thailand, 01 July 2010According to, the richest monarch in the world as of July 2010, is Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, with an estimated wealth of $30 billion (£19 billion).
15789Most lifeboat medalsSir William HillaryNot Applicable01 January 1830Sir William Hillary (1771-1847), founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824, was personally and uniquely awarded four RNLI Gold Medals, in 1825, 1828 and 1830 (twice).
15790Oldest Golden Globe winner - actressJessica TandyUSA20 January 1990Jessica Tandy (UK) (1909 - 1994) was aged 80 years 227 days when she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (USA 1989) on 20 January 1990.The Golden Globes have been presented annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of Los Angeles-based journalists covering Hollywood for foreign publications
15791Oldest koala everLone Pine Koala SanctuaryAustralia, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary,Queensland01 January 1978The oldest koala ever in captivity was Sarah, who died in 2001 aged 23 years old. Sarah was born in 1978 and lived at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland, Australia.The average age for a koala is 12 years in the wild and 16 in captivity.The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also the oldest of the type in the world. The sanctuary also boasts the largest number of koalas in captivity, 134 (as of 30 April 2002), and claims to have the first koala cubs born by artificial insemination.'Koala' is an aboriginal word meaning 'no water', as the animal gets most of its liquids from chewing eucalyptus leaves.A koala sleeps for 19 to 20 hours per day, not due to laziness, but do to a low carbohydrate diet and resting in the heat.
15792Most expensive teddy bear of antique originSteiff bear "Teddy Girl", Yoshihiro Sekiguchi110000 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, London05 December 1994A Steiff bear named Teddy Girl was sold for £110,000 ($171,600), more than 18 times the estimate and twice the previous world record, by Christie's, London, UK on 5 December 1994 to Japanese businessman Yoshihiro Sekiguchi.The bear was made in 1905, only a year after Steiff made he first jointed plush teddy bear, and had a particularly well-documented history. She belonged to a prominent collector, Colonel Bob Henderson, who took her everywhere with him - even to his landing on the D-Day beaches, where he was a small arms adviser to Field Marshal Montogomery.
15793Most expensive music boxSwiss musical box20900 UK pound(s)United Kingdom, London23 January 1985A Swiss music box made for a Persian prince in 1901 sold for £20,900 ($23,481 including buyer's premium), at Sotheby's, London, UK on 23 January 1985.
15794Highest production of aircraft (company)Cessna Aircraft CompanyNot Applicable01 January 2009The Cessna Aircraft Company of Wichita, Kansas, USA, has been the most productive aerospace company, with total production of 192,991 aircraft through the end of 2009. Company founder Clyde Cessna built and flew his first aeroplane in 1911.
15795Worst fire disaster - damage tollSan Francisco earthquake6862000000 US dollar(s)United States, San Francisco18 April 1906The fire following the April 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake in the USA cost an estimated US$350 million at the time, equivalent to US$6.862 billion (£4.749 billion) in today's terms (2001).
15796Longest iron lung patientJune MiddletonAustralia, Melbourne03 October 2006June Middleton of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, relied on an iron lung to keep her alive from contracting polio in April 1949 until her death in October 2009.Ms June Middleton (b. 4 May 1926) spends approximately 16 hours each day on the negative pressure respirator and did so for over 60 years. She died on 30 October 2009 aged 83 having spent just over 60 years in the iron lung.Ref
15797Worst pandemicBlack Death75000000 people, 01 January 1350The pneumonic form of plague (bacterial infection), also known as the Black Death (1347-51), killed around a quarter of the population of Europe, and some 75 million worldwide. Estimates based on local archives suggest that between one-eighth and two-thirds of the affected population died of the disease. Contemporary French historian Jean Froissart (1333-1419) believed that about one-third of the population of Europe-some 25 million people-succumbed in the first epidemic, an estimate which is now widely accepted by scientists and historians. The disease still affects 1,000 to 3,000 people a year, but can now be cured.
15798Most deadly bugYersinia pestis25000000 peopleThe bacterium Yersinia pestis, caused the death of 25 million people in 14th Century Europe. Named after French scientist Alexandre Yersin, who identified it in 1894, it causes bubonic plague which inturn is transmitted by fleas and rats.
15799Most active muscleeye muscles100000 timesIt has been estimated that the eye muscles move more than 100,000 times a day. Many of these rapid eye movements take place during the dreaming phase of sleep.
15800Most World Championships basketball titles (male)YugoslaviaTurkey, Ankara, Izmir, Kayseri y Estambul12 September 2010The Yugoslavian men's team have won more FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Championships than any other team. They won gold five times: in 1970, 1978, 1990, 1998 and 2002.
15801First use of TechnicolorBecky Sharp (1935)firstUSA, 01 January 1935Rouben Mamoulian's Becky Sharp (US 1935), an adaptation of the classic 'Vanity Fair', starring Cedric Hardwicke and Miriam Hopkins, is historically important as being the first feature film to use Technicolor. Designed by Robert Edmond Jones and photographed by Ray Rennahan, one critic said the performers looked like `salmon dipped in mayonnaise.'
15802Fastest swim long course relay 4 x 200 metres freestyle (male)Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, David Walters6/58.55 minute(s), second(s)Italy, Rome31 July 20096:58.55 USA (Michael Phelps, Ricky Berens, David Walters, Ryan Lochte) Rome, Italy,31 July 2009
15803Largest fashion franchiseBenetton GroupNot Applicable01 January 2011Benetton Group sells to customers in more than 120 countries through its 6,000 franchised stores and company-owned megastores. The company sells approximately 150 million garments every year.
15804Oldest explosiveUnknownNot Applicable01 January 1201As early as the 13th century AD, 'black powder' was in use in Europe. This mixture of charcoal, potassium nitrate and sulphur is the oldest explosive in the world and was not superceded until 1866 when Alfred Nobel was first able to control nitroglycerine.
15805Oldest Moon mapThe lunar map of KnowthIrelandA series of carvings on a rock at Knowth, Ireland, has been identified as the most ancient Moon map discovered to date. It is estimated to have been carved around 5,000 years ago.
15806Most Candyfloss made in 90 minutesUnknownUnited KingdomThe record for the most candyfloss made in 90 minutes is 204. This record was achieved by Peggy Chadwick of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK on 31 August 2001.This was achieved as part of UK Youth week, which was held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
15807Longest running agricultural experimentBroadbalk ExperimentUnited Kingdom, Rothamsted29 January 2003The longest running agricultural experiment in the world is the Broadbalk Experiment, Rothamsted, Hertfordshire, UK. It has continuous data from 1843 to present day. Its aims have been to measure the effects of fertiliser on crops.
15808Most national teams of different sports captainedAlaa El-din Gabr01 January 1998Alaa El-din Gabr (Egypt) has been captain of the Egyptian national team in three different sports: Swimming (1970-78), modern pentathlon (1980) and tenpin bowling (1997-98).He has also represented Egypt at water polo.
15809Fastest swim short course relay 4 x 100 metres freestyle (male)Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Garrett Weber-Gale, Matt Grevers3/03.30 minute(s), second(s)United Kingdom, Manchester19 December 20093:03.30 USA (Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Garrett Weber-Gale, Michael Phelps) Manchester, UK 19 December 2009Michael Phelps has multiple swimming world records.
15810Largest collection of model coaches and busesGeoff PriceUnited Kingdom, Walsall05 April 2011Geoff Price (UK) has 10,955 model coaches and buses, as of April 2011, which he has collected since 1959.Geoff also holds a record for the largest collection of model trams. Since 2003 Geoff and his wife Linda have been visiting Sri Lanka each year in search of model buses and trams to add to his collection. According to Geoff, it is one of the best places to find plastic toys in the world. He was surprised on a recent trip there when his collection saw him appear on TV stations and in national newspapers. His collection has grown so much that he now has three rooms, loft area and double garage devoted to the collection.

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