Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

2731TransferWise employees form giant Euro symbol at record-breaking away-dayInternational money transfer company TransferWise has smashed the record for the Largest human currency symbol after 351 employees of 35 different nationalities formed the shape of the Euro sign in Tallin, Estonia.
2732Video: Norwegian ice-cream company scoops world record with three metre tall coneNorway’s popular family-run ice-cream company Hennig-Olsen scooped a Guinness World Records title earlier this month after creating the world's Tallest ice-cream cone ever with a whopping 3.08m high confectionary construction.
2733Save-On-Foods help Canadian kids set new world record for longest line of carved pumpkinsAn impressive display of pumpkin carving last month saw children from Calgary in Canada make their way into the record books in time for Halloween.Organised by supermarket chain Save-On-Foods, the attempt saw 1,301 jack-o-lanterns created and lined up in row to set a new record for longest line of carved pumpkins.The pumpkins were carved by schoolchildren from elementary schools, hockey teams and Girl Guides throughout the Calgary region, before being stored in refrigerated trailers.The jack-o-lanterns were then assembled over the course of several hours into a single line at the Calgary Corn Maze farm by Save-On-Food employees on Monday.As this was a new Guinness World Records category, a target of 1,000 pumpkins was needed for a record to be set, with each pumpkin requiring a pair of carved eyes, eyebrows, a nose and mouth. They then needed to be in arranged in a single line touching each other.“They really far exceeded the minimum and blew it out of the water,” said Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric.“Guinness World Records is all about what’s current, what’s relevant, and with Halloween right around the corner, it was really exciting to come out and celebrate the holiday.”The display, which measures almost 300 metres in length, was the brainchild of Save-On-Foods staff who were looking for a unique way to drum up some community involvement with the launch of their chain in the Calgary area.“It’s hard to describe until you actually see it, but it’s very impressive,” said Tony Piwek, general manager of Save-On-Foods Alberta following completion of the line.“It was a huge thing when you looked at logistically laying it all out.”
2734CPA Australia sets world record for most people attending a business speed networking eventAccounting and Finance body CPA Australia has set a new Guinness World Records title for most people attending a business speed networking event (single venue), following a successful attempt in Hong Kong last month.The body - one of the world’s largest with nearly 150k members – identified the record attempt as an entertaining, yet meaningful way to connect students and young professionals with industry experts.The event, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, saw a record-setting 406 participants take part.Participants were divided into two groups of with qualified accountants acting as mentors to the gathered university students or graduates who were all looking to pursue a career in accounting.Speaking after the record attempt, Deborah Leung, General Manager of CPA Australia (Greater China) said: “Being one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies, CPA Australia found that there is a growing need for business professionals and emerging young talents to extend their networks so they can build up their business and career prospects.“The purpose of our event is to create a blissful platform for people “to see and be seen”. We hope that the participants can take this event as a stepping stone to meet with people they don’t normally get to meet and hopefully would bring on more business connections!”“As for breaking a Guinness World Records title, that just got everybody so excited and enthusiastic about the whole event! We need to incorporate more elements of fun into work!”video
2735IBM Goes Atomic for Stop-Motion FilmAs any grade-school science student learned, atoms are often known as the smallest building blocks of matter. And as any popcorn-purchasing moviegoer knows, cinema dominates the biggest screens.But IBM Research Laboratories has now married the two, using real-life atoms to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS feat for creating the smallest stop-motion film.The IBM scientists used thousands of atoms to create 242 frames of stop-motion action, resulting in the final product, titled "A Boy and His Atom." The record-breaking film was verified to have a frame size of 45 nanometres by 25 nanometres (45 x 25 billionths of a meter) and was developed in San Jose, California, USA, between 29 January and 6 February. The film (a frame of which is pictured above) lasts 60 seconds and shows the story of a boy named Atom, who befriends an atom and goes on to dance, play catch, and even bounce on a trampoline. Check out the movie in full:videoIBM used its own Scanning Tunneling Microscope technology to move the atoms, operating the microscope at a temperature of negative 268 degrees Celsius with the ability to magnify the atomic surface more than 100 million times."Moving atoms is one thing you can do that with the wave of your hand. Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel," said Andreas Heinrich, Principle Investigator, IBM Research. "At IBM, researchers don't just read about science, we do it. This movie is a fun way to share the atomic-scale world and show everyday people the challenges and fun science can create."
2736Video: Highest air on a skateboard ever - watch Danny Way reach over 25ft!American professional skateboarder Danny Way has a reputation for pulling off some of the most extreme stunts ever seen on four wheels, but at a recent event sponsored by DC shoes and Thrasher Magazine in Alpine, California, USA the 41-year-old managed even greater heights, reaching a never before achieved air on his skateboard. Once Danny’s skateboard left the ramp, he flew a breath-taking and potentially dangerous 7.772m (25.49 ft) into the sky, smashing the record for the Highest air on a skateboard (quarterpipe).
2737Video: Most pizzas made in one hour by a team record set by Domino’s staff in AustraliaPizza masters came from far and wide to be at a record-breaking event in Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland last week.Domino's, Australia's biggest pizza chain, brought together many of its finest people in order to set a new Guinness World Record for the most pizzas made in 60 minutes by a team, with a target of 500 to beat.The relatively small Domino's restaurant in Bundaberg, was running at full stretch by late Saturday afternoon as customers queued out the door and down the road to take advantage of the super-cheap pizzas on offer and, of course, to be part of a Guinness World Record.The busiest time would be early evening so the stopwatch was started at 5.30pm.A team of eight worked on the dough, another six placed toppings, two transported pizzas from the ovens, while two more had the job of cutting and boxing the finished pizzas.Elsewhere, numerous other staff members served at the counters, delivering orders, washing, cleaning, sweeping, ferrying hot pizza trays, preparing toppings and taking phone orders.The record of 500 was smashed after just 32 minutes and by the time the stopwatch reached one hour, 837 pizzas had been made to feed a whole lot of very happy Bundaberg families.Staff, who included participants who had flown in from New Zealand for the attempt, paused to celebrate then, after just a few seconds, went straight back to work as orders continued to pour in until midnight, when the record breakers finally took a well-earned rest. video
2738Record Holder Profile Video: Florian Fleissner and Kenny Drews - The longest marathon playing Need for SpeedGerman videogame-drivers Florian Fleissner and Kenny Drews played Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA, 2005) for a laborious 33 hours, setting a record for the Longest videogame marathon on a Need for Speed game.
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2740LeBron James takes on Tim Duncan: NBA Finals PreviewOne of the understood prices of being an NBA fan is that the playoffs last forever. With 16 teams making the postseason, four rounds of play, each round lasting a potential 7 games, and rest/travel days needed between each match-up, the end product is a two-month tournament for a sport predicated on speed and tempo.But by the time you get to an NBA Finals like the one we have this year, man is it worth it.LeBron James – greatest player on Earth.Tim Duncan – arguably the best player of his generation.The Miami Heat – a finely-tuned basketball machine looking for consecutive titles.The San Antonio Spurs – a pristinely run model of a basketball franchise, as close to a modern-day hoops dynasty as we have.Let’s take a look from a record-breaking perspective at these two getting together, starting with Game 1 Thursday night in Miami.KING JAMESAs is the case with anything Miami, this series starts and ends with James. In the phenom’s first career finals appearance, he fell to these same Spurs, albeit with a much less talented Cleveland Cavaliers team, in 2007.James is coming off another masterful performance in Miami’s Game 7 win over the Indiana Pacers, which got the Heat into the Finals. With his 32 points, James maintained his best-ever points per game average in NBA Game 7s, with a career 33.8 ppg in series’ ultimate deciders, having played in four of them.And, oh yeah, he can do things like this.videoThat kind of singular talent gives the Heat a trump card over every opponent.THE BIG FUNDAMENTALThat’s Tim Duncan’s famous nickname, as bestowed upon him by Shaquille O’Neal many moons ago. The meaning is explicit: Duncan does nothing flashy on the court. But he also does almost nothing wrong. And he wins.videoDuncan helped lead the Spurs to a title in just his second season in 1999. He has since gone on to win four Larry O'Briens in his 16 years. He owns records for the most career playoff blocks (506) and has formed a historic partnership with head coach Gregg Popovich. The duo have the most career playoff wins by a player-coach pair, and hope to now add four more to their record 129. If Duncan caps his season with a great finals and wins MVP, he would incredibly match Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the longest duration between first and last NBA Finals MVPawards at 14 years.TEAM EFFORTSDespite two titles in eight seasons and three straight Finals trips, the Heat enter this final with a much less established pedigree than the Spurs. Miami has shown its brilliance this season, winning 27 straight games at one point and falling just six victories shy of matching the NBA’s longest-ever winning streak.But San Antonio has been to this stage before, and have brought the house down every time. Not only do the Spurs own the highest winning percentage in NBA Finals history (16-6, .727), but they trail only the Michael Jordan-fueled Chicago Bulls for most trips to the NBA Finals without losing the series (Bulls: 6-0 Spurs: 4-0). And the Spurs are guided by the miserly maestro Popovich, who holds the record for most career playoff wins by a coach with the same team, at 130 all with the Silver and Black.Should be an amazing series with a lot of history and records on the line. Needless to say, we here at GWR will be watching every minute.
2741A record-breaking gaming live stream for YouTube's Geek Week!Last week was declared "Geek Week" by YouTube, a celebration of all aspects of geek culture: from fascinating science and technology, to comic and sci-fi fandom, and of course, video games!The week saw a wide range of specially-produced "geek" video content on the site, ranging from a remake of the classic British kids TV series Knightmare, to a top 10 list from popular physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.Of course, Guinness World Records was right at the centre of the action, as we hosted a live stream of video games record attempts on our OMG! channel, featuring some of YouTube's brightest gaming stars.FIFA legend KSI was joined by fellow Brits and Call of Duty maestros Ali-A and Callux, along with Spanish visitors ElRubiusOMG and O utconsumer. A couple of the guys had just passed milestone subscriber numbers, so it was only fitting we gave them a cake to celebrate:The attempts were overseen by Guinness World Records adjudicators Liz and Anna, and Iyare kept everything going smoothly as host.Meanwhile over in the "Social Media Den", Dan kept an eagle-eye out for your comments and tweets, reading out the best ones throughout the stream:The first attempt was for Gran Turismo 5 on the Playstation 3 - the fastest lap of Laguna Seca may not sound too taxing, but just try it sharing half of the controller with a friend!The pairing of KSI and Callux managed to set a record with their opening attempt of the evening, completing the course in just 1 minute 38.20 seconds - and it all got a bit emotional when KSI received his official certificate:Next came another co-operative record attempt, with a blindfolded player attempting to capture the flag on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (xbox 360) "Overflow" map in the fastest possible time, as their teammate guides them with verbal commands.Ali-A proved his mastery of the game, setting a record by guiding a sightless Outconsumer to victory in a time of 1 minute 00.52 seconds:Our final attempt of the evening was the most goals scored from behind the 18-yard line in one minute on FIFA 13 (Xbox 360). Hopes were high for KSI to beat the minimum requirement of five goals, despite being forced to play as one of his most-hated players, Robin Van Persie.Sadly RVP was not an MVP for any of our challengers, as none of them managed to set a new record on our final challenge. However, both of the records set on the stream will be featured in our next Gamer's Edition book, to be released later this year!Thanks to all the YouTubers present for taking part, and make sure to subscribe to our GWROMG! YouTube channel to ensure you don't miss any future live record-breaking streams.Hungry for more record-breaking gaming geekery? Why not vote in our best video game of all-time competition, or watch a replay of the Geek Week OMG! gaming stream
2742Video: TV star Amanda Holden unveils largest cake sculpture in London
2743Video: Nissan and Prodrift Academy set new twin vehicle drift record in Dubai
27441988: Oldest Living Human Being of All TimeShe was born on 21 February 1875, around 14 years before the Eiffel Tower was constructed (she saw it being built), and some 15 years before the advent of movies. The year after her birth, Tolstoy published Anna Karenina and Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. Jeanne Louise Calment (France) lived a quiet life. But an unprecedentedly long one.
2745Robot astronaut Kirobo sets two Guinness World Records titlesA robot that acts as a friend for lonely astronauts in space has today been honoured with two Guinness World Records titles.
2746Watch: "Spring Breakers" week on NBC's Today raises more than $150K for charitiesFor some people, spring break means a week of beaches, bikinis, and beverages. But for those on NBC's Today last week, it meant a chance at history and making a difference. The iconic morning show hosted "Spring Breakers" week and invited seven groups with their eyes set on glory to the party. Each day featured at least one official attempt at a Guinness World Records title.Some succeeded and some failed, but five of the seven also raised both awareness and funds for a variety of charities. Here's a look at the causes benefitted by each record.HEAVIEST VEHICLE PULLED IN HIGH HEELS (FEMALE)Lia Grimanis of Toronto understands the struggle facing millions of women. A one-time homeless person herself, Grimanis now fights to raise awareness for women going through similar struggles. On this platform, she attempted the heaviest vehicle pulled in high heels (female). Needing to pull a vehicle at least 10,000 lb (4,536 kg), Lia went with gusto for a 15,000+ lb (6,800+ kg) truck.videoDespite falling short, Grimanis' valiant attempt didn't go unnoticed. Not only was her cause spotlighted, but she inspired a donation of $25,000 (£14,932) from Walmart to her championed charity, Women in Need.MOST HEADS SHAVED IN ONE HOURThe midpoint of the week would see dozens of people making a wonderful personal sacrifice for a great cause. With volunteer barber David Alexander at the helm, the St. Baldrick's Foundation saw its attempt at the most heads shaved in one hour come down to the very last minute, as Alexander shaved head No. 73 (the previous record was 72) with 11 seconds to spare. videoAfter all the scalps were shorn and hair swept away, $9,022 (£5,389) had been raised during this attempt alone, adding to the $212 (£126) million raised for child cancer research by St. Baldrick's since its founding in 2000.LARGEST EXERCISE BALL CLASSAustralian super-trainer Michelle Bridges came to New York City last week for one reason: leave with a world record. And for those who've seen her shows or read her books, they knew failure was no option. Bridges made 353 people feel the burn for 30 minutes in both Rockefeller Plaza and the famed Rockefeller Center.videoBut Bridges was not without a more altruistic goal either. Her successful attempt led ConAgra Foods and P&G to donate $100,000 (£59,731) to one of Bridges' favorite charities, Feeding America.LONGEST CARTOON STRIP BY A TEAMThe record-breaking week concluded in a big way - literally. HarperCollins publishers and author Lincoln Peirce of the popular "Big Nate" comic strip and children's book series combined to unveil the longest cartoon strip by a team, which spanned nearly 4,000 ft and unwound throughout all Rockefeller Center.videoPeirce contributed five personal panels to the strip itself, while others were drawn by and collected from hundreds of school children around the world. Thanks to the successful attempt, HarperCollins announced it would donate $10,000 (£5,973) worth of books to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books and educational resources to children in need. Did any of the "Spring Breakers" inspire you or your group to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team with your organization's details.
2747Blackberry plunges, Glastonbury kicks off, and a U.S. scorcher - News in World RecordsIt feels like just yesterday we were all abuzz over BBM'ing our friends for weekend plans or setting new high scores in Brick Breaker - there was a reason the phrase " Crackberry" joined the lexicon.My how the mighty have fallen: Blackberry announced today first-quarter losses of $84 million (£55 million), continuing a downward trend for the once-ubiquitous device. Granted, it's not as bad as the $518 million (£340 million) loss in Q1 last year, but the popularity of the brand is still waning. Regardless, the trademark tactile keypad is still probably your best bet if you'd like to attempt the fastest text message on a QWERTY smartphone, currently a record at 56.57 sec by Grace Pak of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA.Glastonbury is in full swing at the moment, with the Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, and the Artic Monkeys highlighting the weekend. Are music festivals for you? That's a personal choice, but be sure to read our record-breaking take on the festival while you decide.India, in hopes of increasing investment in the sector, has doubled its natural gas prices. While that's sure to hit the common man, domestic producers are already seeing a spike in their shares. No time like the present, it seems, to invest in a hybrid if you live on the subcontinent. Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius proved the worth of such vehicles when they earned the lowest fuel consumption driving to 48 U.S. states in 2011, needing just 122.36 US gallons (463.18 litres) to cover 12,711 km (7,898 miles).videoA California woman already regrets throwing a yard sale. Dori Rhoades sold a denim jacket for $20, forgetting that she had hidden a pair of $18,000 (£11,842) earrings in the pockets. While she hopes a good samaritan returns them, we know one person who would most likely enjoy getting her hands on them: Carol McFadden, who owns the largest collection of earrings, at 37,706 pairs that she's been collecting since 1952.Lastly, those in the Southwest U.S. should prepare for an agonizing weekend. Temperatures from Las Vegas to Phoenix are expected to range from 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1-48.9 degrees Celsius), with Death Valley, California, to hit up to 126 F (52.2 C). That's getting into record territory, as the highest temperature ever recorded also hit Death Valley - 134 F (56.7 C) nearly 100 years ago on July 10, 1913.Stay cool friends!
2748WYMLW: Tennis, a REALLY Fast Car & a FLYING POWER RANGER?!Greetings! ‘Tis I, your guide to all things video here at Guinness World Records, bringing you your weekly update on the bits you might have missed…Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…First off, we’re knocking on the door of the Slo-Mo Test Lab… Except that everything is so slow in there that we thought nobody was home.This time, Bing is hanging out with some BMX riders via the powers of green-screen (i.e. not really...) in – you guessed it – suuuuper sloooow mooootion…videoBefore we move onto our next record, I’m just going to leave this here.As many of a certain age in the early ‘90s will agree, that is one of the coolest TV intros ever. Those who disagree are just wrong.What could possibly be cooler, I hear you cry? I’ll tell you what…Jason David Frank (aka Tommy, aka Green/White Ranger in the original series) jumping out of a plane and punching through 7 wooden boards before he open his ‘chute. That’s what.Despite Oli declaring it a “lifelong dream” to meet the Green Ranger, I’m pretty sure that he couldn’t have been more than a year old when Jason was sticking it to Rita and the Putty Men. I’ll let it slide though.videoWhat a guy.Next up we get a sneak peek at a team of record breakers in the making…I’ve always loved land speed records and here in the UK we have a team working hard on a new car that will push the record to over 1,000mph, which is just CRAZY. The current land speed record is 763mph and was set nearly 16 years ago…We got exclusive access to the workshop where Bloodhound SSC is being designed and assembled, bringing you a first (of many) look at this amazing machine as the project progresses…videoFinally, if you’re a fan of tennis I’m sure you’re well aware that Wimbledon 2013 is in full swing. The competition this year has certainly not been without its surprises on court. Oli went over to the iconic club in south west London to serve up some of the biggest records set there over the years…videoCheck back same time next week for more great videos…Bye!
2749Lucille Ball's dress auctioned, Rob Zombie files noise complaint, family welcomes 12th son - News in World RecordsComedy legend Lucille Ball had her famous polka-dot dress sold for $168,000 (£108,436) at the "Profiles in History" auction. Surely a huge sum for an iconic dress from the seminal "I Love Lucy" show but still actually well short of the record for most expensive dress sold at auction. That belonged to another Fifties starlet: Marilyn Monroe, whose famous dress from "The Seven Year Itch" sold for $4.6 million (£2.8 million) at an auction held at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 18, 2011.videoFamed heavy metal rocker Rob Zombie finds himself in the news -- for making a noise complaint. The White Zombie frontman has filed a complaint with his town in Connecticut that a nearby skatepark causes excessive noise around his home. Despite his rocking ways, Zombie obviously wasn't ready for this, as he'd never played in front of the loudest scream by a crowd indoors, set at 131.6 dBA by the audience of FAMA's concert at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China, on Sept. 6, 2009.A Michigan couple recently welcomed its 12th child into the world. Nothing too remarkable there, as a lot families have that many children. Except in this family, all 12 children -- are boys. The Schwandts admitted a part of them hoped baby No. 12 could be a girl, but that they're of course thrilled about their latest family addition. While we have yet to receive any official birth documents from the family, it is believed the Schwandts hold the record for most consecutive sons born to the same couple.Lastly, technology is great but there comes a time for everyone when we really hate our computers. Turns out, my fellow Americans, you're not alone: 36 percent of U.S. responders in a recent survey admitted to physically or verbally abusing their computers. But no need to get angry with your electronics. Just move on, maybe by donating that frustrating PC for a shot at the most consumer electronics recycled in 24 hours (multiple venues), which totaled a weight of 36,455.22 kg (80,370 lb) by Sims Recycling Solutions at five locations throughout the U.S. on April 21, 2012.
2750Most Tweets per second, Ferrari Spider nets big payday, and Tetris madness - News in World RecordsTwitter has confirmed and Guinness World Records has verified that a new record for the most tweets per second has been reached. During the Aug. 3 airing of the Japanese anime special, " Castle in the Sky" a new single-second high of 143,199 tweets were sent, coinciding at the exact time of 11:21:50 JST (10:21:50 EDT). For a complete breakdown of how Twitter measures this and to have a full geekout on charts and tech, make sure to read up on the record here.In California, a rare Ferrari Spider sold at auction for $27.5 million (£17.55 million), a price driven by the fact that only 10 such vehicles were ever produced. While the Spider is a beaut, it still fell just short of the record for most expensive car ever sold at auction, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that was sold at auction just last month for $29.6 million (£18.88 million).If you're a big fan of the classic game Tetris, then this is the story for you. A YouTube user by the name "Keroco" has completed a 40-line sprint in under 20 seconds, the first time anyone's ever done it, and a feat that led Tetris grand champion Ben Mullen to write that it " may be the greatest achievement in the history of gaming." Don't known what any of this means? Then watch the video, which - despite appearing to happen in fast forward - is actually being played in real-time.videoReminds us of one of the most iconic Tetris records, the most lines cleared in the game's NES Nintendo version - 296 lines by, wouldn't you know it, Ben Mullen on 22 July 2008.Lastly, heading on a date this week gentlemen? Make sure to check out this gallery of the 10 best foods to eat before you meet that special someone. I bet the men in the group of 435 participants at 5FM's largest speed dating event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Feb. 14, 2011, wish they'd known this. Vegetable risotto for everyone!
2751Dan Abbate - inventor of the largest hot dog commercially available - VIDEOAt 31 years old, Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats CEO and Big Hot Dog inventor Dan Abbate holds the Guinness World Record for the largest hot dog commercially available.The Big Hot Dog weighs 3.18 kg (7 lb) and measures 40.64 cm (16 in) long and 10.16 cm (4 in) in diameter. Just one of these can provide 40 regular-sized servings for a cost of for £24.60 ($40)!Dan's first venture into hot dog fame wasn't necessarily to make it larger, however. "We were having a family BBQ and my father was at the grill. In the process of cooking we bumped the plate of 'tiny' hot dogs, they started rolling and many fell on the ground," Dan explained. "I started thinking about that more and decided that a hot dog with flat sides would do the trick. So the first attempt was to make a square hot dog."Unfortunately, that proved to be no economically viable from a manufacturing perspective, but the alternative Dan came up with was a Big Hot Dog that could be sliced into patties for grilling and consumption. The slicing created a hot dog with two flat sides that wouldn't roll around.Dan connected with a local Chicago, Illinois, USA sausage factory and was able to upgrade their 100-year-old veal, pork, and beef German hot dog recipe into one that worked for a Big Hot Dog.Big Hot Dogs are generally manufactured in lots of 100, meaning 700lbs of Big Hot Dogs for every lot made. 100 normal size hot dogs only weighs about 16lbs.The buns are also from nearby in Woodstock, Illinois from a small bakery who makes the extra-large buns just for The Big Hot Dog.It's not all a local business, however. Big Hot Dogs have been shipped to every state in the US as well as Japan, Argentina, Poland and the Czech Republic.And can Dan say he's eaten the whole thing? "Yes! I have eaten the whole thing... just never at one sitting. It usually takes a few weeks."videoDan's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - is out now worldwide from all good retailers. Find out more about the book and its incredible augmented reality feature, and where you can buy a copy at
2752Confirmed: Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper sets new record for hottest chilliWith its humid subtropical climate, the American state of South Carolina has a reputation for its hot summers, but it now has a new claim to fame for heat, with confirmation that a local producer has developed the world’s hottest chilli.Grown by the suitably named Ed Currie from the PuckerButt Pepper Company, Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a figure now confirmed by Guinness World Records.The Carolina Reaper’s heat rating beats the former record holder for most fiery chilli, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" grown by The Chilli Factory (Australia), which was rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) in March 2011. The Carolina Reaper is described as having a fruity, sweet taste with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate undertones, as well as being hot.Having started growing chillies as a hobby over 20 years ago, Ed quit his job last year to concentrate full time on cultivating his “weapon quality peppers”.His record-breaking Carolina Reaper has been ten years in the making, having meticulously worked on stabilising and testing the pepper, which is a crossing between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chillies. Ed says his interest in chillies became more serious after learning that capsaicin had potential as a cancer fighting drug, a discovery which led to him donating one-half of his pepper harvest last year to cancer research."My family dies from cancer a lot," Ed explains. "So I've been researching how not to die."Chilli heat is measured by the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) designed by American chemist Wilbur Scoville in 1912.To give an indication of the Carolina Reaper’s spiciness, a Jalapeno can score anything between 2,500 to 8,000 SHU on the scale.While commonly referred to as vegetables, chillies are in fact fruit from the plant genus "Capsicum".The heat comes from the substance "capsaicin" which is found in all chillies. As well as livening up dishes, the heat also makes the body produce pleasurable endorphins afterwards.Former record holder the Bhut Jolokia chilli registers at just over 800,000 SHU – potent enough for the Indian military to use it as an ingredient in a counter-terrorism hand grenade used for immobilising adversaries.
2753PSY Outs an Impostor, Prague Starts a Love Train, and McDonald's Goes Extra Large - The News In World RecordsIf it seems like Korean pop senstation PSY has been everywhere the last year, maybe it's too good to be true.Turns out a PSY imposter has been strutting his stuff at the Cannes Film Festival. But, fear not, the real PSY turned into a bit of a Psylock Holmes before announcing, simply, on Twitter that " #realPSYinSingapore."Of course, who wouldn't want to pretend to be the global viral sensation? PSY is owner of a slew of records, including most viewed video online and most liked video online for his 2012 hit "Gangnam Style."videoThe city of Prague aims to help all those people looking for love in all the wrong places. Train operator Ropid is currently polling to see if there's interest in a metro carriage strictly for singles to meet each other on the ride to and from work. Meeting that special someone for a lengthy flirt surely wouldn't fly for a few of our speedier metro record holders, including Chris Solarz/Matthew Ferrisi and Andy James/Steve Wilson. They set records for the fastest time to travel to all of New York City's subway stations (22 hr 52 min 36 sec) and all of London Underground's stations (16 hr 29 min 13 sec), respectively.Two men are now claiming to be the oldest to claim Mount Everest, after 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura reached the summit Thursday. While Guinness World Records HQ awaits his evidence, Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan plans to reach the summit at age 81 in just a few days. Amazingly, Miura has held this record twice before, while Sherchan's is the current official holder. Here's a photo of him and his team on his trek from 2008.Lastly, McDonald's wants to make sure you're consuming enough calories. The iconic "Golden Arches" has released a menu item called the " Mega Potato" in Japan. It's an order of fries twice as big as a large order and clocking in at an astounding 1,142 calories.Pair that with our record holder for the most calorific hamburger commercially available -- Heart Attack Grill's 9,982-calorie Quadruple Bypass burger in Las Vegas -- and you have 5.5 days' worth of calories in just one sitting. Somebody pass us a Coke!
2754Country music star Hunter Hayes aiming for 24-hour concert recordCMA Awards? Hunter Hayes has those.Grammy nominations? Got those too.Platinum album? You bet.Now, he has his sights on something even bigger: a Guinness World Records title.The 22-year-old country music superstar has announced plans to aim for a record previously held by legendary artists Jay Z and The Flaming Lips. Starting with a New York City performance on "Good Morning America" live on May 9, Hayes will hit the road to play the most live concerts in 24 hours in different cities. Originally set by Hove with seven shows in 2006, the record to beat now stands at eight, set by Wayne Coyne's band (below) in 2012.The Flaming Lips began their attempt in Memphis and ended in New OrleansHayes will team with ConAgra Foods to add a charitable element to his historic pursuit. Dubbed "Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger," it will be sponsored in part by ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here program.In a recent New York Times interview on the subject of child hunger, Hayes said, "awareness is key with something like this, but just as important is that everyone can pitch in to make this story a better story — and how easy it is for us to help.”Hayes' planned itinerary sees him touring the American Northeast:May 9New York City, Good Morning America 8:00 a.m. Boston, Paradise Rockers Club 9:15 a.m.Worcester, Mass., Palladium Upstairs 11:30 a.m.Providence, R.I., Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 4:15 p.m.New London, Conn., Toad's Place 6:45 p.m.Stamford, Conn., Palace Theatre 9:00 p.m.South Orange, N.J., South Orange Performing Arts Center 11:30 p.m.May 10Asbury Park, N.J., The Stone Pony 2:00 a.m.Philadephia, Trocadero 5:00 a.m.Astonishingly, this attempt comes in the middle of Hayes' larger ongoing national tour, which starts March 20 in Kentucky and sees the artist play 19 shows in 16 states through May 31.videoTo qualify for this record, Hayes must play in cities that all have a population of at least 15,000, half of which must boast a number above 100,000. Each venue must also be at least 50 km (31 miles) from the previous venue.Be sure to follow the latest updates on this and all other world records by following Guinness World Records on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
2755Video: Cubestormer 3 robot shatters Rubik’s Cube world recordA new world record for Fastest robot to solve a Rubik's Cube was set on Saturday, when a smartphone-powered machine managed to complete the puzzle in a lightning quick 3.253 seconds.The record was set by Cubestormer 3 on Saturday, after the robot was unveiled at the Big Bang Fair science expo in Birmingham, UK on SaturdayEighteen months in the making, Cubestormer 3 was created by ARM engineer David Gilday and Securi-Plex security systems engineer Mike Dobson.Constructed from LEGO building-blocks, it uses a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone powered by an Exynos 5 Octa application processor with a special eight-core ARM chip as its brain.The phone analyzes the cube, calculates the correct sequence of moves and instructs four robotic hands to do the manipulations.ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control. The new record shaves just over two seconds off the existing record, set in 2011 by its forbearer Cubestormer 2, which David and Mike also“We knew CUBESTORMER 3 had the potential to beat the existing record but with the robot perfoming physical operations quicker than the human eye can see there’s always an element of risk,” said David Gilday,“In the end, the hours we spent perfecting the robot and ensuring its motor and intelligence functions were properly synchronized paid off. Our big challenge now is working out if it’s possible to make it go even faster.”As well as setting a new record for solving the standard Rubik's Cube, two other Gilday-built smartphone-powered robots also set new titles.The MultiCuber 3, based on a Huawei® Ascend P6 smartphone with a Hisilicon K3V2E processor, managed to solve a 4x4x4 Rubik’s Cube in a record time of 1 minute, 18.68 seconds.videoThe day also saw MultiCuber 999, based on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone powered by an Exynos 4 Quad application processor, complete the even more difficult 9x9x9 Rubik’s Cube – in a benchmark time of 34 minutes, 25.89
2756Facebook turns 10 - we look at records set by the world's largest social network.From lowly beginnings as a university campus students network in 2004 to global internet behemoth ten years later, Facebook has come a long way and become a part of millions of peoples' daily lives. Facebook holds the title of largest online social network - in October 2013 Facebook reported that it now boasted 1.2 billion monthly active users with well over 150 billion 'friend' connections between them.Somewhat unsurprisngly, the USA holds the record for most Facebook users by country, with 163,071,460 users as of March 10 2013. On the same day, according to the US Census Bureau, the population of the USA was 315,467,468, meaning that 51.69% of the US population had a Facebook account. At the time, Brazil took second place in the rankings with 66,552,420 users. "He [founder Mark Zuckerberg] always said Facebook was started not just to be a company, but to fulfil a vision of connecting the world," said Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg recently.US president Barack Obama's re-election became a major social media moment when his update 'Four more years' gained the most likes in 24 hours - holding the record for ' most likes on a Facebook item in 24 hours' as well as 'most likes on a Facebook item'. The undisputed queen of Facebook as far as fan pages are concerned is Barbadian R&B superstar Rihanna. As of January 2014, the singer had notched up over 85 million fans, making her the most “liked” person on Facebook. "It doesn't feel real...That's a lot of people to even think or imagine what it looks like together," she told journalist Brian A. Hernandez. But with other emerging trends and platforms in social media, are Facebook's days numbered? As new trends and social networks arrive on the scene and favoured by a younger audience, some industry experts are predicting its downfall. Researchers from Princeton University, using models based on the lifespan of a disease epidemic, claimed it will lose 80% of its peak user base within the next three years.However, Facebook's data scientist Mike Develin quickly and amusingly debunked this theory. Using the University's own methodology, he found that "our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely." Here at Guinness World Records we recently celebrated reaching the milestone of two million Facebook fans - click here to join us for regular updates. Main image: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (via Getty)
2757Largest voodoo dollOn Wednesday, November 17 I was in New Orleans, Louisiana to judge a record that to many conjures up the image of the city itself - the largest voodoo doll. Louisiana voodoo is a religion that is a synthesis of African religions, Catholocism, and Francophone influence, and originated in the 1700s. Most people are familiar with the voodoo dolls often seen in movies, in which people stick pins in order to harm an individual. This is indeed one type of voodoo doll, although the record-setting doll was made of positive energy, with the intent of bringing prosperity to the doll's owners. The idea to make the doll came from Fusion-io, a computer hardware company based in Utah. The company hosted a party for attendees at the SC10 conference for supercomputing, and wanted to add a unique touch by building a huge voodoo doll. Fusion-io didn't want just any large voodoo doll, though - they wanted a world-record setting doll. Guinness World Records did not previously have a record category for the largest voodoo doll, but we are always on the lookout for fun and exciting new records. This one definitely fit the bill, so our records team created guidelines stipulating that the doll must be an authentic, scaled-up version of the original item - and at an estimated 20 feet tall, there was no doubt the doll would be large enough to qualify. In order to meet the criteria for authenticity, Fusion-io contacted one of the most well-known voodoo priestesses in New Orleans - Catherina Williams of Intuitions - to create the doll. Catherina made the doll out of Spanish moss, which is tradition, and included various oils and blessings full of positive energy. Once the doll was erected, party guests were invited to pin small denominations onto the doll and make a wish for prosperity. Catherina also led the guests in a dance around the doll to harness his good energy. Catherina Williams (in red) with her husband Robert and granddaughter Fatima Partygoers blessing the voodoo doll, led by voodoo priestess Catherina Williams The only thing left to do was physically measure the doll, which I did by standing on a movable platform. From the base to the tip of his plume, the doll measured an impressive 21 ft 8 in (6.6 m) - a new Guinness World Records achievement! In addition to his height, the doll had an arm span of 8 ft 6 in (0.5 m). Congratulations to Fusion-io and Catherina Williams, and best wishes for peace and prosperity from New Orleans! Amanda Mochan 19 November 2010
2758Thousands of pre-schoolers join PNC to raise vocabulary awareness and set world recordInfants from 37 cities across America recently helped PNC Financial Services Group set a Guinness World Records title for the largest group vocabulary lesson (multiple venues).
2759HarperCollins and author Lincoln Peirce go "big" with longest cartoon strip on NBC's TodayPhoto courtesy Margot WoodTo conclude a year-long promotional campaign for the latest book in his popular tween series, "Big Nate" author Lincoln Peirce and HarperCollins Children's Books took the name of their star character quite literally.In front of thousands of spectators in New York's Rockefeller Center and with millions more watching live at home, HarperCollins recently broke the record for longest cartoon strip by a team. The record-breaking comic - revealed exclusively on NBC's TODAY show - spanned a length of 1,214.07 m (3,983 ft 2 in).videoThe massive strip, more than 11 football fields long when unspooled - told a story adapted from the first two Big Nate books, "Big Nate: In a Class By Himself" and "Big Nate Strikes Again." It came on the heels of Peirce's latest release, the sixth in a 16-book series, "Big Nate: In the Zone."The strip consisted of 1,202 panels, each a replica of Peirce's popular work and trademark illustration style. HarperCollins staff, booksellers, educators, and students from 100 schools in 30 states and seven countries contributed to the lengthy strip.HarperCollins projected existing Peirce illustrations to the larger panels, before outlining each panel in pencil.Students would then fill in the panels in marker before sending them to HarperCollins, which assembled all panels into a single, uninterrupted strip. Peirce contributed five panels drawn himself by freehand.HarperCollins' strip beat the previous record by more than 200 m (656+ ft). After the certification of the measurement and verification of the result was announced on TODAY, HarperCollins announced it would donate $10,000 (£5,973) worth of books to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books and educational resources to children in need.Thanks to its promotional boost, "Big Nate: In the Zone" remained in the Top 50 of's Best Sellers Ranks for children's humor books more than a month after its release.Since the series launch, "Big Nate" has more than 6 million books in print and 109 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. HarperCollins' triumphant cartoon strip capped a week of record-breaking attempts on Today, in which more than $150,000 (£89,000+) was raised for various charities.Think attempting a Guinness World Records achievement could give your group or organization a boost like HarperCollins? Make sure to contact the Guinness World Records events management team to find out out more.
2760BASE jump leap from Burj Khalifa raises awareness of Dubai as premier location for skydivingThe Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, was the scene of a successful, nerve-shattering bid for the Highest BASE jump from a building world record earlier this month.The attempt saw veteran French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet leap off a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the 828 meters tall building to earn their place in history.Organised by Skydive Dubai, a leader in extreme skydiving, alongside the Emirates Aero Sports Federation, the record bid aimed to raise awareness of Dubai City being one of the world’s premier skydiving locations.The successful attempt garnered worldwide press attention, with articles appearing in the Washington Post, Daily Mail, New York Daily News and The National, alongside widespread TV coverage which included BBC News and CNN.The historic jump also proved hugely popular on social media, with footage of the jump recording over 5million views at the time of this article being published.In preparation for the attempt, Fred and Vince underwent a week of rigorous training in Switzerland by base jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain – a peak that is almost the same height as the Burj Khalifa.The pair continued their conditioning with a series of base jumps from helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off of the world’s tallest building.The jump was only possible with the construction of the tiny platform at the very top of the pinnacle, the construction of which was an immense task in itself.The structure took a total of three days for installation with challenges faced due to weather constrictions reducing the time available for construction.Speaking after the record breaking leap, Fred said: “This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream.”“This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true.” added Vince.videoThe leap marked the second time in a month that Skydive Dubai have helped set a world record, following Ernesto Gainza’s successful attempt at the title for smallest parachute

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