Fattest woman in the world

Eman Ahmed, termed the heaviest women in the world, landed in Mumbai on Saturday for weight reduction treatment.

World's Longest Moustache - Longest beard in the world

Ram Singh Chauhan (india) has the longest moustache in the world at 14ft (4.29m). Below is a picture of Ram and his amazing facial hair.

World’s biggest crocodile in Philippines

A small Philippine town on the southern island of Mindanao has laid claim to capturing the world’s largest crocodile, measured at 21 feet by Australian zoologist Adam Britton.

World's dirtiest man

Amou Haji, an 80-year-old Iranian, is being called the world's dirtiest man. In an article published Jan. 6, he told the Tehran Times that he hasn't bathed in 60 years.

World's biggest arms

The world's largest biceps belong to Mostafa Ismail (Egypt) and were measured for left arm flexed at 64.77 cm (25.5 in) and non-flexed 62.23 cm (24.5 in) and for right arm flexed at 63.5 cm (25 in) and non-flexed 60.96 cm (24 in).

Largest Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training session set Guinness World Record

          Largest Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training session

6,577 participants plus the mission of one determined University equaled a new Largest CPR training session Guinness World Records record!

Anxiously waiting at the gates of Estadio Jalisco - home of the Mexican football team Leones Negros – people of wildly assorted ages from the general public began to enter the stadium at 9:00am local time to participate in the record attempt.

Guinness World Records adjudicator Danny Girton Jr. was present to assess the record attempt, coordinated by Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud (University of Guadalajara Central University of Health Sciences), and to recognize everyone’s extraordinary efforts, following the successful event outcome.

The one hour lesson included two parts: a theory section, led by qualified medical practitioners, which included University graduates; as well as a hands-on section, that allowed participants to apply the theoretical CPR techniques learned, on adult-sized and infant-sized mannequins.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - is an emergency procedure for people in cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest.CPR is performed both in hospitals and in pre-hospital settings.

CPR involves physical interventions to create artificial circulation through rhythmic pressing on the patient's chest to manually pump blood through the heart, called chest compressions, and usually also involves the rescuer exhaling into the patient (or using a device to simulate this) to ventilate the lungs and pass oxygen in to the blood, called artificial respiration.Some protocols now downplay the importance of the artificial respirations, and focus on the chest compressions only (CCR).

largest display of hanging baskets set Guinness World Record - UAE

On Saturday 20 March I was in Al Ain in UAE to judge the Guinness World Records attempt at the largest display of hanging baskets. The event was organised by Akar Landscaping Services and Agriculture and involved the opening of a public garden called ‘Al Ain Paradise’.

In the morning I began the count with a team of engineers from Akar, and due to the good organisation of the garden and the Akar team, we had finished counting the large number of hanging baskets in only half an hour. As this was a new category, Guinness World Records had set a minimum of 150 baskets to open the category.

In the evening when the day had cooled down we prepared for the official opening, which the Sheikh was expected to attend. A carpet was laid out leading the way into the event area, and we waited for the Sheikh to arrive. I watched as a group including the Sheikh walked around the garden, and the ribbon was cut to officially mark the opening.

There then followed a few speeches by officials from Akar and Al Ain municipality and lastly I was called to the stage. After expressing my admiration of the work that must have gone into creating such a beautiful display in such a hot climate, I announced the result of our morning count. I had counted 2,426 hanging baskets, making Al Ain Paradise officially the largest display of hanging baskets in the world, a new Guinness World Records achievement.

Ryan Hart set Guinness World Record in Street Fighter IV European Championship

Ryan Hart Guinness World Record in Street Fighter IV European Championship

London, UK (29 March 2010) The Gamestation store in the Prospect Centre, Hull was the venue for a Guinness World Record this weekend.

On Saturday 27th March, the Official European Street Fighter IV Champion, Ryan Hart took on 169 challengers in 4 hours and beat every one of them, smashing the previous record by 61 for the record title Longest winning streak on Street Fighter IV.

The atmosphere in the store was tense; crowds came and watched as Ryan picked off his opponents one by one.
“It was like watching a machine in action! Ryan is a Terminator,” said Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who adjudicated the event. “One after the other, the challengers fell by the wayside as Ryan sat calmly, quietly knocking them off like a silent killer. His quickest victory – a Perfect finish – took just 7 seconds against a bewildered Chun-Li. The average survival time was about 12 seconds. It was a massacre in Hull.”

Tired out and relieved to have broken the record Ryan said “At one point I was really unsure whether or not I would beat the record but I just put my mind to the task and got on with it. It was a great result.”

The event was to celebrate the latest Guinness World Records2010: Gamers Edition which showcases all the gaming records set over the past year from the highest score on Donkey Kong to Guitar Hero Champions. The new record set on Saturday is now shortlisted for the next edition.

Hula hoop world record - Colchester

A hula hoop world record attempt is set to take place at Colchester's Castle Park

Organisers hope to have 2,500 people hooping simultaneously in one single venue to break the current record of 2,290 people, set in Taiwan in 2000.

The bid is the brainchild of local hula instructor and performer Amanda Morris, who also hopes to raise at least £100,000 for the Colchester SOS bus.

The record requires each person to hula continuously for two minutes.

The day-long event will involve a full build-up of training and practice before the record attempt takes place in the afternoon.

"I think it could be a world record in itself, for the biggest class ever, because I've got to teach 2,500 people how to hoop," the event organiser, Amanda Morris of HoopaHula, told BBC Essex.

"Once I've taught everybody they'll be a free practice session and for those who are struggling I'm going to do an intensive clinic with them."

She added: "We'll start in earnest in the afternoon and go on for upto five hours.
Source:- news.bbc

Large Hadron Collider Achieves Proton Collisions - Big Bang experiment Geneva

The title might not sound terribly exciting if you’re not a physicist, but this is the main reasons the Large Hadron Collider was built in the first place to collide elementary particles at extremely high levels of energy, which would help physicists test some predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson.

Two pivotal achievements happened today: First, the LHC finally managed to sustain a 7 TeV particle beam. Secondly, the first proton collides were achieved at this level of energy, which is a world record.

With these record-shattering collision energies, the LHC experiments are propelled into a vast region to explore, and the hunt begins for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson. The fact that the experiments have published papers already on the basis of last year’s data bodes very well for this first physics run, said ATLAS Collaboration Spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti.
Now it’s up to the scientists at CERN to analyze the data, which will probably take some time; look out for some exciting news from CERN in the days to come.
Large Hadron Collider Achieves 7 TeV Proton Collisions - Big Bang experiment

World's longest dodgeball game set Guinness world record

Albany could soon lay claim to a new record: the world's longest dodgeball game.

The folks of Albany Dodgeball, which is made up largely of members of the Albany Society for Advancement of Philanthropy, are trying to set a new Guinness World Record -- but they need a little help.

Here's the deal...
                                                          World's longest dodgeball game
Albany Dodgeball captain and all-around mover n' shaker Jasen Von Guinness says his team will be playing against Hometown Dodgeball from Clifton Park. That team, led by Von Guinness' buddy Rob Immel, is made up largely of members from the newly former Saratoga Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

Two years ago, Immel helped set the current record for longest dodgeball game ever with a 24 hour game in Clifton Park.

This year they'll be playing for 31 hours, 11 minutes and 13 seconds. (It's a palindrome.)

Here's how it will work:

Two teams of 10 players each will play at The Washington Avenue Armory from Monday, April 5th at 10 am until just after 5 pm Tuesday.

Each team has to have six players at the start of every "rush" (that's what happens at the start of each game or reset) so that'll give the players some time for breaks and rest in between. All standard National Dodgeball League rules will be followed.

Longest Letter to God World Record - Brahmakumaris

Brahmakumaris youth wing organised a function called 'Letter to God' at Gujarat University on Sunday as a part of celebration of their silver jubilee year, Gujarat University's diamond jubilee year and 600 years of establishment of Ahmedabad city.

The citizens of Ahmedabad conveyed their feelings of gratitude and also asked for blessings to remove poverty, terrorism, corruption and other evils from the world by writing a letter to God.

More than 2,800 people wrote the letter, which was 2,841 feet long, in three hours' time.

The spiritual organisation has initiated the process to register the event in the Guinness Book of World Records, Limca Book of Records and Asia Book of Records, forit is the longest letter in the world. Earlier, around 2,000 students of Romania had written a 1358 feet long letter to Santa Claus on November 28, 2009.

Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Ashok Bhatt said that terrorism and other issues have thrown a challenge to spirituality and in such a scenario, the name of God is the only source of peace and prosperity. While Rayogine Ratan Mohinji, co-chief coordinator of the youth wing of Brahmakumaris, said that such events would teach people the art of writing letters to God.

It was quite a different experience, said Jayesh Makwana, a teacher. He participated in the event with his parents. "Words cannot describe my feelings but I could easily find words to express my gratitude towards God for creating a wonderful world," said Makwana.

MCA student Mauli Oza said that instead of demanding anything from herself or for her family, she asked God to create a world free of all evil. "Whatever little I have achieved in my life could not be possible without God's grace, so I thanked him," she said.

Source: dnaindia

Largest Plate of Nachos - Texas Teens Attempt Guinness World Record

Texas Teens Attempt Guinness World Record For "The Largest Plate of Nachos"

On April 7th, 2010, local teens plan to build and eat a 3,500 pound nacho platter,loaded with cheese and jalapenos, in effort to set new world record.

WHO: Hundreds of Dallas area teens will converge at Arora, the Student Ministry of Northstar Church in Frisco, Texas.
WHAT: An attempt to break the standing Guinness World Record for the largest plate of nachos. Students will help build, and once verified for Guinness, eat the 3,500 pound cheesy mountain of nachos. The current record stands at 3,158 pounds.

WHERE: Northstar Church, 7125 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75034

WHEN: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Building of nacho plate will begin earlier. Completion, verification of record and eating of the mammoth nacho plate will occur shortly after 7:30 p.m.

WHY: Every Wednesday Arora provides a cost-free, alcohol-free and drug-free event for teens. Arora offers a fun and meaningful way for Dallas youth to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. As for the nachos -- records where made to be broken.

In addition to the record breaking attempt, the United Free Style Stunt Team will be performing a spectacular 30-minute BMX exhibition, complete with 5 foot ramps, and plenty of jaw dropping tricks.

A big "thanks" to the sponsors of this historic event: Snyders of Hanover and Dr. Pepper. Their donations and assistance make this event possible.

Source: planostar

Smith's breaks Rock Band 2 world record

I happen to have become somewhat familiar with the campus at the University of Texas. It's a long and somewhat unbelievable story of how that came to pass, but it involves business, pleasure, and dinner at a restaurant called Vespaio.

I have, therefore, several times enjoyed the rather intimate rooms at the Mansion at Judges Hill, just on the campus outskirts. From my window, I have seen and heard drunken, hairy people, all dressed in brown, offering their most interesting and harmonious proclamations about the state of Texas, the world and their personal future, as they returned to their garrets.

So how can I not be both surprised and proud that a student at UT has just beaten the world Rock Band 2 record? According to The Daily Texan--and no one argues with The Daily Texan unless they wish to be severely horned--a junior in civil engineering named Matt Smith banged his way to history by beating his own drum for more than 7 hours.

During what seems even longer than a Springsteen gig, Smith's challenge was to prove himself superior to the previous record score of 10,687,033, which had been set May 16 by a person from the Bronx.

Perhaps mindful of Texas' need to prove it is bigger than the moon, the stars, and Elvis, Smith kept hammering away until his points total was 14,727,919.

"I had been playing for the past few years, but I bought the Guinness Book of World Records of 2009 around October of last year," Smith told the Daily Texan. "We were looking for records to break, and my friend showed me that one. I thought I could do it, so [October was] when I started working on it."

It's not easy or cheap to break a Guinness World Record. (In fact, it might be easier and cheaper to drink yourself to death with Guinness.) To persuade one of the Guinness World Records adjudicators to be present at your attempt to gain temporary immortality costs $5,000.

However, there is another way--media and expert testimony. So Smith talked David Ramazani into being his expert. Who might he be? Why, none other than the software department manager at Fry's--the place where they're always claiming they're better than BestBuy.

For those who would feel denuded without such information, Smith broke the record after banging his way through his 58th song, the Who's "Pinball Wizard." Smith says he did experience some numbness in his pedal-side foot, but, like all the greats, he played through it.

You're wondering how he managed to stay hydrated, I can tell. It seems he sprinted between songs (and he never knew what the next song would be) to a water fountain.

You may also be wondering whether his parents might think he is several drumsticks short of a KFC variety box. Smith explained to the Texan: "My parents didn't really support playing video games, but they support getting world records. They're kind of in a weird position, I guess."

Parents love a winner. They always have. So kids, if you're still growing up and don't think you'll ever be a Colt McCoy or Tony Romo, take up your sticks and start training now to break Smith's Rock Band 2 record. I have a feeling you'll be such a hero that you'll be able to finally please your old folks and attract your own Jessica Simpson or Carrie Underwood.

Source: news.cnet

Ricky Ponting snares 'run out' world record

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was run out for a world-record 13th time during the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
Ponting's 13th run out in 144 Tests beat the earlier record of 12, held jointly by fellow Australians Allan Border and Matthew Hayden.

The 35-year-old was batting on 22, when he pushed a ball to mid-off and set off for a single, but failed to beat a throw to the bowler's end by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori.

It was the second successive run out for Ponting, both times with opener Simon Katich as his partner, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Earlier, Ponting won the toss for the eighth successive time, dating back to the fifth ODI match against the West Indies in Melbourne on February 19.

Australia lead the series 1-0 after securing a 10-wicket win in Wellington.

India Book of Records 2010 Launched - World Records Book

The year was 1954 when Roger Bannister broke the world record and the 100 year old myth that the human being cannot run 1 mile in less that 4 minute. He made a record by running 1 mile in 3 min and 59 sec. Strangely within the end of that year more than 32 people could run 1 mile in less than 4 minutes and within next 2 years more than 300 people could achieve this feat. Physiologist around the world got interested to know the science behind the strange fact that no body could run a mile in less than 4 minutes in last 100 year but the moment one person achieved it, how more than 300 people could duplicate it in less than 2 years.

Then the scientist discovered one of most important principle of human behaviour i.e. if human brain is told about the possiblies and achievement made by others than that reference opens of many mysterious door of possibilities and possibilities of duplicating the feat or achievement become much higher.

There came the need lot of collecting the achievement of human being and making it available to common masses. That was the birth of Record books like The Guinness World Records.

Indian Book of Records is a step forward in that direction for every Indian. It was started during the year 2005 and it is the first book of its kind in both Hindi and English as majority of Indian readers read Hindi.India Book of Records will be available in 12 Indian languages (including Marathi, Bangla, Gujrathi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Assamesse, Kannada etc) from the next year.

Co Publication of India Book of Records Rinki Tomar said “ In my school day While studying in Meerut Public School I used to see and read in local newspaper about the unusual talents of the people of meerut and surrounding areas. I use to feel Strongly that there should be an appropriate platform for recognizing such talents and give them a direction so that they may bring excellence in their area of interest. Now while launching India Book of Records -2010. I am sure people will definitely use this forum to prove their excellence.

India Book of Records 2010 is divided into 20 sections including the popular section like Human Body, Endurance, Collection, Biggest & Smallest, Creativity, Entertainment, Strange but true and Helping Hands . However this year most number of application came for the section – Memory World where categories like memorizing most number of words and memorizing long digits broke the myths the brain can hold only 25-30 words in one go.
This year we added a chapter called Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna to your dreams, where  it is explained that how nature has created each one of us with a very unique ability and how scientifically it is possible by every individual to achieve something extraordinary in some activity

India Book of Records was started by Biswaroop Roy Chowhdury who himself  holds many national and world records including three most popular Guinness World Records (Strongest memory, Most push-ups in a minute and largest pen (12feet)). India Book of Records is started with the belief that each one of us is born with some very special, unusual and unique talent that can make him stand apart from rest of the world .

Many record holders featured in India Book of Records said that there life changed drastically after getting an entry in India Book of Records. Mr. Deepak Choubey from Guwahati said that he had been a struggling memory trainer for last 10 year and use to earn about 15000 to Rs 20000 a month but after getting an entry in India Book of Records and getting a certificate of  his achievement he became an instant hero of his city as he had sent a copy of his India Book of Records certificate to various local press and than onwards after reading about his achievement in various newspapers more people started contacting him than before to register for his  training classes. It had given  him an edge which college degree could not give.

Another achiever Satender Bhadana form Faridabad said “ I had been collecting unusual coins since my childhood as a hobby but after  my record featured in India Book of Records 2010 my neighbour, my family member and friend starting taking interest in my collection and many people gather to see and know about my collection. It gave me a real sense of achievement and happiness”.

Most part of India is rural and a number of talents are hidden there. To make India Book of Records accessible to the remote areas Diamond Pocket Books will be publishing it in 12 languages from next year and will also bring out an economical version of India Book of Records (less than Rs 100) for a rural readers.

Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury the founder of India Book of Records said “ In 1997 after passing out as a production Engineer from Punjab Engineering College I wanted to pursue my career in the field of mind training but there is no university where I could showcase my talent and get a certificate or degree to prove my excellence in the field of mind training then I came across Limca Book of Records -1997 and a   made a national record of memorizing a shuffled pack of playing cards in 3 minutes and 54 sec. I could attract a local media attention through the achievement and that led to a kick start my unusual career of mind training”. In India and in most of the countries   only a few conventional sports and activities are been recognized by the government bodies and universities etc. This means people with some talent other than recognized field do not have any forum or a platform for recognition  and their motivation to pursue something which is really close to their heart die soon.

For an easy accessibility for such people with unusual talent India Book of Records has created a website http://www.indiabookofrecords.in/  where one can apply giving the details of his achievement and know the procedure to make or break a record. One can also apply with  a request for an adjudicator form India Book of Records to verify the record attempt on the day of Record breaking.

India Book Records organizes a certificate distribution ceremony thrice a year where the record holders are given certificates and trophies for their achievements.

India Book of Records 2010 is now available on stands nationally in English (Rs 195/-) and in Hindi (Rs 125/-)

Source: prlog

World’s Thinnest on-Wall Home Theater Loudspeaker - Mythos XTR-50

Home audio company Definitive Technology announced it has developed the world’s thinnest high-performance on-wall home theater loudspeaker: the 1.5-inch-thick Mythos® XTR®-50. The new patent-pending product is today being offered through an exclusive online agreement with Amazon.com and Crutchfield.com. In the coming weeks, Definitive plans to make the Mythos XTR-50 available online and in stores through additional retailers, including Magnolia Home Theater, Best Buy’s high-end store within a store; Sixth Avenue Electronics; Abt Electronics; OneCall; Ultimate Electronics; Vann’s; and elsewhere.

Conventional LCD and plasma televisions typically have an installed on-wall depth of 4 to 6 inches. The latest generation of premium, ultra-thin LCD flat-panel televisions uses LED-backlit technology for a better picture, with an installed on-wall depth of 1.75 inches or less.

Next to these super-slim televisions, yesterday’s “made for plasma” on-wall speakers, typically 4 to 5 inches deep, look thick and out of place. Definitive developed the Mythos XTR-50 to look great on a wall or shelf next to an ultra-thin television, with no sacrifice in sound quality. The Mythos XTR-50 offers the audio definition, detail, bass and dynamic range performance of traditional larger speakers.

                       World’s Thinnest on-Wall Home Theater Loudspeaker - Mythos XTR-50

“Ultra-thin TVs do a wonderful job displaying realistic, high-definition images, but they need external speakers to provide equally high-quality sound,” said Dave Peet, executive vice president of Definitive. “Previously, the only choices customers had were finding space in the room for full-sized speakers or cutting a hole in the wall to hide them, with only the grille showing.”

Shipments of LED-backlit LCD ultra-thin televisions in 2010 are expected to grow fivefold over 2009, according to figures released late last year by television maker Samsung. Definitive designed the Mythos XTR-50 to complement the demand for and aesthetic of today’s ultra-thin televisions.

 The company accomplished the Mythos XTR-50’s thin profile through innovative engineering of a variety of materials, including naturally strong, but lightweight aluminum. This metal has the added advantage of quickly dissipating heat.

Speakers produce sound by moving air with a “diaphragm.” Most manufacturers form them into a cone shape from materials such as paper, plastic or woven fibers, but Definitive instead developed an aluminum dome that both produces sound and partly houses other components, such as a voice coil.

Voice coils typically contain lengths of wound copper wire, which is an excellent signal conductor but at the trade-off of being heavy. The Mythos XTR-50 uses lighter copper-clad aluminum-core wire to offer the advantages of both.

Another secret to the Mythos XTR-50’s thin profile and superior performance is its aluminum cabinet. By specially shaping the enclosure and incorporating stiffening ribs and channels, Definitive achieved a strong, rigid housing that produces no unwanted resonance. Additionally, magnets used for driving the speakers protrude through, but flush with, the rear wall of the cabinet, to minimize depth and conveniently dissipate heat throughout the enclosure.

Other product components are made from polyimide film, another strong, lightweight and heat-resistant material used in spacesuits and the Apollo Lunar Module.

The Mythos XTR-50 cabinet measures 27 inches high, 6 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick, the perfect size for televisions measuring 46 to 55 inches. The product comes supplied with a wall-mounting bracket that allows either vertical or horizontal orientation, with a total on-wall depth of only 1.6 inches. Also supplied are stands for vertical tabletop use and horizontal shelf placement.

In January 2010, a prototype of the product was selected as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Design and Engineering Best of Innovations 2010 Awards winner in the High-Performance Audio category. Products entered in the program were judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and journalists, to honor outstanding developments within 36 product categories. There was only one Best of Innovations winner in each category.
Source: avguide

Highest ever British insurance payout for repairs to a Pagani Zonda Supercar

The driver was borrowing the £528,000 sports car from its owner when he spun out of control on a narrow country lane near Aberdeen. The Italian-made vehicle, which can reach speeds of 220mph, hit a telegraph pole before smashing through a fence.
The motorist, whose identity has not been revealed, escaped the mangled wreckage unhurt.
But Aviva, the insurance firm picking up the pieces from the crash in September last year, has been lumbered with a six-figure bill for repairs to the car.
It is thought to be the highest ever British insurance payout for repairs to a car. Adam Cracknell. a spokesman for Aviva, said: "This is the biggest insurance payout we have had for repairs to a private car in the UK. This is out of the ordinary for an insurer.
"Although the vehicle was badly damaged, Aviva decided that the car may be repairable and set about making arrangements for the car to be shipped across to Modena, Italy, home of Pagani, the vehicle manufacturer.”
Work on the damaged Pagani Zonda S, which is made out of carbon fibre, titanium and aircraft aluminium, is expected to be completed by May.
Only around 10 Zondas are produced per year and they are painstakingly constructed. Aviva said that the insurance claim was lodged by the driver, rather than the owner, who had a policy allowing him to test drive sports cars professionally.

Source: telegraph

World's Fastest Violin Player set Guinness World Record - Ben Lee

On Wednesday 31st March, Ben Lee, of electric rock violin duo Fuse, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for the Fastest Violin Player during a live recording of The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV1 at 5pm.  This is one of the most technically demanding musical Guinness World Records™ and Ben Lee will need to have the fastest fingers in the world to achieve this.

Ben Lee will be performing ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  The current record is 13 notes per second, set by German violinist David Garrett who played the same piece in 1 min 5.26 seconds.   Not only will Ben Lee be trying to eclipse a seriously fast time, in order to satisfy the criteria laid down by the Guinness World Record™ officials, he will be performing on an acoustic violin, as opposed to his more familiar bespoke gold-plated Bridge electric violin.  There will also be an expert from the Royal College of Music on set to make sure Ben hits every note.

Ben Lee is a graduate from the Royal College of Music and has worked with the Arctic Monkeys, Goldfrapp, Mark Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs and Amy Winehouse amongst other acclaimed artists.  He is now a member of FUSE, electric rock violin duo with Linzi Stoppard.
Source: malextra

World's Highest Earning Football Player - Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has replaced David Beckham as the best-paid player in world football, according to France Football magazine's annual "rich list".
Beckham has topped the list for the last two years, but World Player of the Year Messi is now the highest earner.

The Barcelona star has estimated annual earnings of €33 million ($44.1m) with Beckham left trailing on €30.4 million ($40.64m).

Beckham suffered World Cup heartbreak when rupturing his Achilles tendon while on loan at AC Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy, dashing his hopes of appearing in the finals for the fourth time with England.

He has suffered a slight drop in income compared to 2009, partly due to the falling value of the dollar, but Beckham has been in the top two of the list for the past nine years to show his enduring appeal.
Messi, in outstanding form for reigning Spanish and European champions with successive La Liga hat-tricks, boosted his earnings through bonuses as Barcelona did the treble last year under Pep Guardiola.
According to France Football, Messi's annual wage is made up of a €10 million ($13.36m) basic salary, €4 million ($5.36m) in bonuses and €19 million ($25.4m) from endorsements and sponsorships, which include Adidas, Pepsi Cola and Gillette.
Messi's predecessor as World Player of the Year, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is a close third in the list on €30 million ($40.08m) but there is a big gap to the fourth-placed player, Ronaldo's teammate Kaka on €18.8 million ($25.11m).
Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho, Carlos Tevez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto'o make up the rest of the top 10.

World’s largest chocolate bunny created in South Africa by Harry Johnson

The World’s largest chocolate bunny has been created in South Africa by artist, Harry Johnson.  This chocolate bunny is an exact replica of the iconic Duracell Bunny.

The chocolate bunny is 3.82 m tall (12ft 5in) and weighs a whopping 3 tons (2,721Kg) setting the new world record for the largest chocolate bunny.  The previous record was by Brazil with the bunny weighing in at 2.8 tons.

To prevent the chocolate from melting the bunny is stored in a special perspex housing with a cooling system.  After a week, the chocolate bunny is going to be broken down and 250 underprivileged children will get a chance to taste it.

You have seen the adverts where the Duracell Bunny has battery on his back whether he is mountain climbing or running around the city.  So, just wondering how many batteries it would take to keep a bunny this size going, or would it be one humongous D size battery?

Source: duracelldirect

World's Most Fuel Efficient Hummer Car design by Jeremy Dean

Introducing the world's most fuel-efficient Hummer. New York artist Jeremy Dean spent his last $15,000 to buy an unloved Hummer H2, cut it in half, made modifications and found two horses to drag it around Central Park. Some agreed it was art, others called it a travesty.

Dean called it "Back to the Futurama," claiming it was part protest, part sculpture, but a definite head-turner. It's otherwise known as "the CEO Stagecoach."

"It is a tongue-in-cheek satirical view of the future," Dean told AOL News. "The Hummer has been called a rolling indictment of the American psyche on wheels. To me, it represents an absolute pinnacle of consumerism and excess in every way.

"The Hummer was once a military vehicle used to kill and protect, and now it's toting people back and forth with lattes and groceries," he said.

"Hoover carts," named for Depression-era President Herbert Hoover, inspired Dean's design.

Such vehicles were not an uncommon sight in the rural South in the 1930s. They were driven by people who could no longer afford gasoline, so they hitched car bodies to mules and horses.

Dean, 33, bought his eight mpg Hummer from a Florida yard sale of vehicles repossessed by a bank. "If I had gotten a wrecked one, it would not have had the same power," he said.

"I bought it from a dealer in Orlando, and they'd just got it from a bank auction of repossessed vehicles. It was a further monument to the times. I couldn't get a bank and cut that in half, so a Hummer is the next best thing.

"We have been going through a lot of things in this country. The financial meltdown was a big part of everything. A lot of the excess and bigger-is-better thinking of the past two decades got us into the position we are in today," he said.

But Dean does not want to be perceived as a "whining greenie."


Nova and Jetstar world record attempt to hold the ‘World’s Highest Comedy’ show

DMG Radio’s Nova 100 station has teamed up with Jetstar for a world record attempt to hold the ‘World’s Highest Comedy’ show as part of the radio station’s promotion of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

Nova breakfast presenter Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and comedians Dave Thornton and Des Bishop will perform stand-up comedy for Jetstar passengers on a flight this Friday in a bid to get in the Guinness Book of Records.

David Koczkar, Jetstar executive manager commercial, said: “As far as we know it’s a first for an airline to provide live stand-up comedy on board a commercial flight – we thought it would be a unique way to mark the start of one of the biggest and most famous comedy festivals in the world, and maybe set a world record in the process.”

The stunt dubbed “Flight of the Comedians” will go ahead on March 26, in a flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

Prior to his flight, Hughesy and Nove 100 co-host Kate Langbroek will hold their annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival outside broadcast on Friday at the Lower Town Hall in Swanston St Melbourne, featuring comedians from the festival.

The radio station, which is a media sponsor of the annual comedy festival for the fourth year running, last year signed a content deal to provide three radio channels on board all Jetstar aircrafts.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s other media partners are The Age, Channel 10 and 774 ABC Melbourne.

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World's Largest Bunny Collection

It started 18 years ago with an endearment and a plush bunny.

Today, Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee live in The Bunny Museum, where they have the world's largest rabbit collection with more than 26,000 items. Guinness World Records dubbed them the largest in 1999 when there were only 8,437 pieces in the house.
                                 World's Largest Bunny Collection photo
Frazee counts and catalogs the collection and keeps track of visitors — hovering around 16,000.

The couple are surrounded by rabbits, from wallpaper to wind chimes, phones to faucets and sheets to screen savers. Thousands of items are in storage because there is no space left.

Erin Seeherman, 24, was visitor No. 15,976. She came from Philadelphia with pictures of her bunnies, Zeke and Nora, food for Frazee's rabbits and plans to buy lots of souvenirs at the museum gift shop.

"I was hoping it would be trinket heaven," she said.

Lubanski, 52, and Frazee, 53, met at a singles seminar in 1992. She called him "Honey Bunny" and he gave her a stuffed rabbit for Valentine's Day.

In the beginning, they gave each other bunny gifts on holidays. Then every day. Sometimes dozens a day. At the reception to their 1994 wedding, he dressed in a bunny costume; they did the bunny hop and ate carrot cake.

In 1998, they opened the museum, calling it the "hoppiest place in the world." Admission is free, by appointment only.

The couple have seven real bunnies and continue to expand their collection at antique, novelty and out-of-town stores. Even when they go on vacation, there are bunny influences — like the Rabbit Ridge Winery in Paso Robles or the Jackrabbit Trading Post in Joseph City, Ariz.

This time of year is like Christmas, because Easter makes stores nearly as bunny happy as they are.

The most asked-after item in the museum is an Elvis Parsley pitcher, Frazee said. But the most asked question? "How do you dust?"

Blood donations Guinness World Record set Cessnock’s Phil Baird

Mr. Baird received his framed certificate from Guinness World Records last week, almost a year after his first attempt to go down in history.

“It’s a big title, it’s hard to get your head around it,” he said.

“To think that I have given more of my blood than anyone else in the world – I still can’t believe it.”
                        Blood donations Guinness World Record set Cessnock’s Phil Baird
Mr. Baird applied to Guinness World Records in April last year after giving his 228th whole blood donation, but this effort not able to be accepted at the time because the system employed was to include all types of blood donors under the banner of just “Blood Donations”.

After Mr. Baird explained the difference between whole blood donations and apheresis (plasma and platelet removal), Guinness World Records created a new category for “Whole Blood Donations”.

He made his 231st whole blood donation at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donormobile in Cessnock on Christmas Eve, sent off paperwork to England, and after eight or nine weeks of thorough investigations, Guinness informed Mr. Baird that his record had been authenticated.

The certificate states: “The most blood donated was 231 whole blood donations by Phillip Baird (Australia) who made the latest donation in Newcastle, Australia on 24th December, 2009.”

Mr. Baird made his first blood donation at 19 years old when he enlisted with the National Service, and has continued to do so every 10 to 12 weeks since.

He has only missed one opportunity to give blood in the past 57 years, when a scar from minor surgery had not healed.

Riccardo Mortara sets new speed record on round the world private jet trip

With his only mainland U.S. fuel stop in Las Vegas, 62-year-old Swiss aviator Cpt. Riccardo Mortara went on to successfully claim a new around-the-world record of 57 hours and 54 minutes. But the stop in Sin City was the start of major drama and a battle with Mother Nature that nearly prevented the bid from being achieved.

Everything was plain sailing and crystal smooth after take off from Geneva, with stops in Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Macau, Osaka, Russia, Anchorage and into Las Vegas. But a hint of air traffic delays and McCarran runway congestion should have been a red flag for the three-man crew of the 30-year-old Rockwell Sabreliner plane. Riccardo’s 28-year-old son was co-captain, and Flavien Guderzo, 26, was co-pilot.

What should have been a 12-minute refuel and oil change here turned into a 30-minute stop. Earlier in the secret submarine city of Petropavlovsk, Russian authorities wouldn’t allow the crew off the plane even for a bathroom break during refueling. In Anchorage, U.S. Customs confiscated all their food supplies onboard, including proscuitto and 4 pounds of caviar given to them by the Russians, but at least they replenished the plane with U.S. produce, and “Tina Turner” was waiting for them in Las Vegas!

Female impersonator Larry Edwards was on hand as our official representative. He also doubles as Beyonce in Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at Imperial Palace and was on the runway for Mayor Oscar Goodman to present a key to the city for the 360 World Record crew sponsored by Swiss energy company Selectro.
Riccardo Mortara sets new speed record on round the world private jet trip


Port Everglades sets new world record

The exact tally isn't in, but a Port Everglades spokeswoman said Monday the port easily surpassed 52,000 cruise passengers on Saturday – setting a new one-day record for traffic.

One count put the number of passengers at 53,000, while another was just under, said Ellen Kennedy, manager of corporate and community relations. The ships' manifests at the end of the week will provide the definitive number.

The previous world record was set on Jan. 2, 2009, when 49,234 passengers sailed on 11 ships.

This year, it took only nine ships. One reason is Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, with its 6,003 guests, Kennedy said. The ship's 100 percent occupancy is 5,408 passengers, but filling third and fourth bunks in cabins boosted the total well beyond that.

The nine ships would stretch 8,233 feet, about 27 football fields.
 Several years ago, when the port first set a record, it took 15 ships and traffic was backed up to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Kennedy said. "Now, we did it with nine ships and it was a breeze."

One reason is a high amount of international passengers who are coming in on buses, she said. About half of the Oasis' passengers were international.

Road traffic generally was smooth, although 17th Street backed up a bit because of traffic for an auto show at the convention center at the port, she said.

One reason for the record this time is the Oasis, Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas and Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess were in port on the same day, Kennedy said.

Here's how the ships were berthed:

The Ruby Princess, Holland America's Eurodam and Independence of the Seas were moored along the Intracoastal Waterway, south of the main channel.

Carnival Cruise Line's Miracle, Costa Cruises' Atlantica and Oasis of the Seas were moored in a U-shape in the center of the port
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Television actor Buddhika Rambukwella set a Guinness World Record

Buddhika sets Guinness world record

Well-known television actor Buddhika Rambukwella set a Guinness World Record by driving a vehicle with his feet with his hands handcuffed for 903 kilometres.

He began on his record-breaking venture from Point Pedro on March 18 and ended at Tissamaharama. it had taken him 15 hours with a normal speed of 60.2 km and the highest speed of 125 km to get there. Dr Geethanjana Mendis of the Sri Lanka Sports Ministry Medical Unit served as the judge for the record.

Rambukwella earlier attempted to drive a vehicle in reverse with his feet from Kandy to Colombo last year and was thwarted after the traffic controller ruled that the law requires drivers to have both their hands on the steering wheel while driving. later he established the record at the Sugathadasa Stadium.

The same issue would have raised if Tharunyata Hetak President Namal Rajapaksa and Director General Ronnie Ibrahim had not spoken up. I am grateful to them for their support. Traffic director Indu Karunaratne, the three forces and IGP also backed me, he said adding that many youth are waiting to establish records and the authorities should encourage them.

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World's Fastest text message on a touch-screen mobile phone set Guinness World Record

It was humbling to be in the presence of greatness.

But there I was Friday, sitting across a conference-room table from Franklin Page, the world's fastest text messager.

Two months ago Page, 23, was just another intern stocking the soda fridge and helping manage user forums at Swype, a Seattle startup developing phone text-input technology.

Then Samsung discovered Page's gift, flew him to New York and made him a star.

Starting Monday, Page is featured in a national ad campaign showing his skills on a Samsung Omnia II, a handset using Swype's text-entry system.

The ad was filmed earlier this month in New York, where Page set the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on a touch-screen mobile phone.

It took Page 35.54 seconds to type the 160-character phrase Guinness uses for text-messaging records:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Page, of course, credits Swype's technology for the win, saying it enabled him to beat the previous record of 40.91 seconds.

"I don't want to be too humble about it, I'm certainly proud, but the idea is, it doesn't take a lot to get to this speed," he said.

Guinness' annual book of records goes to press in a few months, and Page is wondering if he'll make it in.

"We'll see if my record holds out until then," he said. "This commercial's going to air, and there are going to be 12-year-old kids beating me. There are going to be 80-year-old women beating me. I think part of the fun for Samsung is, they're posing it as a challenge."

Swype's system speeds text input because users lift their fingers less. It claims users can enter text at more than 40 words a minute.

On phones with the software installed, users can glide their fingers from letter to letter, instead of tapping the screen, and software figures out which word is being entered by analyzing the pattern drawn by the finger. Words are compared with those in a built-in dictionary, which automatically corrects most spelling errors and suggests changes if big errors are detected.

Swype co-founder Cliff Kushler coinvented the T9 text-input software that's been installed on more than 4 billion phones, and co-founder Randy Marsden's on-screen keyboard software shipped with more than 500 million copies of Microsoft Windows.

The 25-person company, with offices in Fremont, unveiled the system in 2008, and Samsung began using it on Omnia II late last year. It's also on T-Mobile's myTouch 3G and Motorola's Cliq XT.

Page's glory began two months ago when Samsung e-mailed to suggest the record attempt, a publicity stunt it has used in the past. Swype asked Page and intern Trey Keel to try the phrase, and Page beat the previous record on his third attempt.

Page has texted since getting his first cellphone in ninth grade. He stays limber by sending 1,000 or so messages a month. But the fleet fingers may have come from playing guitar for years. After high school on Mercer Island, he went to University of Southern California to study classical guitar and ended up graduating in December with a degree in creative writing.


Source: seattletimes

Warrior Pose yoga set Guinness book of world record

Over 200 yoga fans gathered on the beach early Saturday (20 March) morning, dressed in white and ready for a shot at the record books for a simultaneous yoga pose.

The group all formed the warrior pose, creating an impressive line down the beach.

The record attempt was photographed from an aerial helicopter, but even more important to those who participated was their commitment to Honouring Women Month.

A package containing photos and video proof of the record attempt will now be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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world's Largest banana collection set Guinness World Record - Ken Bannister's Banana Museum

Over the past 38 years, Mr. Bannister has collected more than 17,000 banana-themed artifacts. He is the founder of the International Banana Club and Museum in Hesperia, Calif., in the High Desert northeast of Los Angeles.

On Jan. 8, he received a letter from the Hesperia Recreation & Parks District informing him the banana collection must go, because the district wants to bring in new blood to the city-owned space. It will be replaced by artifacts collected by the late John Swisher, a local historian. Mr. Bannister has until the end of the month to pack up his bananas.
The collection includes a banana golf putter, banana beverages, and a gold-sequined "Michael Jackson banana." Mr. Bannister organizes the goods into "hard" (brass, lead, wood, plastic banana wares) and "soft" (stuffed bananas, banana beach mats, banana tents). He estimates the effort has cost him over $150,000 over the years.

There are other fruit and vegetable museums. The Carrot Museum in England boasts more than 1,000 items. The National Apple Museum of Biglerville, Pa., has a related Apple Core Band. And the Vidalia Onion Museum in Georgia will open a new 1,500 square-foot space in April. Still, the banana museum holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the "world's largest collection devoted to any one fruit."

It all began in 1972, when Mr. Bannister worked as the president of a photo-equipment manufacturing company. As a joke, a secretary handed him 10,000 Chiquita banana stickers to distribute at a manufacturers conference. She received them from her husband, a stevedore, and they were an instant hit at the conference.

Friends started sending in banana merchandise, which quickly crammed Mr. Bannister's office. Soon thereafter, he opened his museum in Altadena, Calif., where it stayed until it moved 80 miles to its current Hesperia location in 2005. Most of the items are sent in from fans who hear about the collection.

Mr. Bannister says he had visions of grandeur when he launched his banana empire. He issued shares of the Banana Club to friends and family, dabbled in selling merchandise and made numerous television appearances. The profits never came, but Mr. Bannister says the obsession was rooted in fun more than anything else.

Curating banana paraphernalia hasn't always been easy.

Twenty years ago, Mr. Bannister received a call at his photo studio: A Los Angeles County fire truck crashed into the front of the Banana Club Museum. A fireman had forgotten to set the brakes and left the engine running. Several hundred photographs were lost and the facade was boarded up for 11 months.

About 10 years ago, a three-pound can of banana-flavored tobacco from South America combusted after being in its pressurized can for a decade. No one was injured, and nearby objects were unscathed.

Keeping a "family friendly" collection has also proven tricky. If someone sends in anything "lewd, crude or lascivious," Mr. Bannister not only returns the item, but also mails a "de-merit" to its sender.

Mr. Bannister, who has designated himself the "Top Banana," has sent out 35,000 Banana Club memberships to people in 17 different countries. He claims his own yellow-colored Banana Club card has gotten him out of six speeding tickets.

Source: online.wsj

Latest HOT new weapon — a grenade made using bhut jolokia the world's hottest chilli

India has unveiled the latest hot new weapon -- a grenade made using the world's hottest chili, reported The Sun on Friday.
At more than a thousand times stronger than the average cooking spice the bhut jolokia chili is set to cause a potent explosion on more than just the taste buds.
Military experts in India have developed the new crowd control grenade packed with ground seeds from the chili -- which is officially recognized as the hottest on the planet by Guinness World Records.
When deployed the grenade showers the targets with a dust so spicy that in trials subjects were blinded for hours and left with breathing problems.

The hotness of the bhut jolokia, which is native to Assam, in north-east India, is measured in Scoville heat units and comes in at a massive 1,001,304 -- that is nearly twice as hot as Mexico's red savina that used to hold the record at 577,000.

The average jalapeno measures at about 10,000.
Researchers in India have also come up with some other ingenious uses for the chili. The scientist said: "There are other applications as well, what we call women power. A specially made chili powder could act as a tool for women to keep away anti-socials and work in this regard is also on."
The department have come up with another plan to rub the chili powder on the fences around army barracks. And Mr Srivastava said: "The chili paste could also act as a major repellent against wild elephants.

World’s bitterest pint of bitter set World Record by Peter Fowler

A Brewer has succeeded in his attempt to create the world’s bitterest pint of bitter.
International laboratory reports commissioned by Peter Fowler, 58, show his eight per cent beer The Hop is more bitter than any known beer anywhere on the planet.

Yesterday, he was toasting his success at his local, the Royal Oak in Wantage, where the beer has gone on sale, as he awaits confirmation from Guinness World Records.
Mr Fowler, of Pitstop Brewery in Grove, took on the challenge after a beer tasting with friend Nick Gould, 52.The pair had been supping a particularly bitter beer when Mr Gould challenged the brewer to make something hoppier.

Mr Fowler approached Guinness World records and they set him certain criteria to meet, which he now thinks he has.
Two independent laboratories in Sunderland and Kalamazoo, Michigan, have confirmed The Hop is more bitter than any other beer on sale that has been tested.

To claim the world record, Mr Fowler used powerful hop varieties Simcoe, Centennial and Chinnok, and added hop extract Isolone to preserve the extreme bitterness.
American laboratory Kalsec Inc rated its bitterness at 323 International Bittering Units (IBUs); the highest previously recorded is around 200, for an American beer Devil Dance Triple IPA.
Mr Fowler, who has been brewing since 1975 and opened Pitstop two years ago, said: “It is always nice to beat the Americans and put a British flag on the bitterest pint.

“The US is producing some excellent and different beers. Most British brewers, with some exceptions, stick with the same old stuff – 4.1 per cent or thereabouts with a bit of hops.“I don’t want to be like that. I want to be able to make any beer as a challenge.”
He added: “Anyone with the right technology and the will to do it can beat this.“I have no doubt that once this is ratified, some US brewer will try to beat me, but I’m already ready with my riposte.”
But he admitted: “To be honest, I can only drink it in halves. To finish an evening it is fine, but the taste lasts with me for four hours at a time.”

More than 52K passengers are set to sail on nine cruise ships world record

More than 52,000 passengers are set to sail on nine cruise ships Saturday, breaking a world record.

Travelers from around the globe arrived at the port to set sail and help break a world record. Beverly Zehren, one of the passengers, said she and her husband had been going on cruises for the past five years. "We're going on a cruise, because we're down in Florida for one month," she explained. "We just cruise up and down your coastlines and then we park the car for a while and hop a cruise boat."

Cruise lines seemed to be thriving compared to other modes of travel, despite the sour economy. Ellen Kennedy, a spokesperson for Port Everglades, offered a possible explanation. "Because it's a great value. It's all inclusive," she said. "You get your meals paid for and your entertainment. You stay in one room, and you get to see a lot of destinations."

Zehren's husband, Gary Zehren, agreed. "People are looking for something that will make them feel good, and a cruise is very economical," he added.

Kennedy placed the potential world record in perspective. "If you took all the ships that are here, if you put them bow to stern, we'd have 27 football fields. And the number of passengers, 52,000 people, we'd be able to fill the Bank Atlantic Center for a Panthers game three times," she stated.

Port Everglades recently completed a $3 million renovation project, which also created 1,400 jobs for local residents.

The last world record was set on Jan. 3, 2009. Nearly 50,000 passengers sailed in and out of the port on 11 cruise ships that day.

World's Biggest Advertising Sign - Paddy Power

The 50 feet high sign, which also stretches 270 feet wide, has been constructed on Cleeve Hill overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Paddy Power advert, costing tens of thousands of pounds, eclipses the previous world record holder which stood at 160ft wide and even dwarfs the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

It stands taller than three double-decker London buses stacked on top of each other.The record breaker took three years to design and took a 60 man crew over 1000 hours to build.

Paddy Power said he wanted to celebrate the excitement of the races Hollywood style.

"There's more drama in Cheltenham than the whole of Hollywood combined so it might as well have the sign as well," he said.

"It's simply a bloody big sign and I think it looks great - I'm very proud of it."Cheltenham is the biggest and the best race meeting in the world so we wanted to build a monument to reflect and celebrate that.
"Everyone knows how much the Irish love Cheltenham, so we are delighted to finally have built them a sign to celebrate what many people call the Irish people's second home in true Hollywood style."

World's Biggest Advertising Sign video

Largest gathering of Women professional drivers

With only ten days left before the Women In Trucking’s “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel” the organization is over half way to its goal to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of female professional drivers.

The current record of 416 was set in November 2004 by an “all women’s” truck convoy in Dronten, Netherlands. At this time, there are 299 professional women drivers registered for the celebration to be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Doors open at noon.

These women will arrive from forty three states, three provinces and the Virgin Islands. They represent a total of 3, 097 years experience as professional drivers. Many of these women hold safe driving awards from their carriers and will be honoured with a gift certificate to be presented to them by Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” will include a speech by Ferro and an awards ceremony followed by a photo of the group wearing their complimentary red t-shirts. They will be treated to gifts from sponsors, entertainment, refreshments and the Women In Trucking’s signature chocolate fountain. These are all provided through the generosity of the sponsors. All female professional drivers and their immediate family members are invited and are not required to be a member of Women In Trucking. Members of Women In Trucking are also invited to participate. There is still time to register for the event by visiting www.Salute2Women.com or calling 888-464-9482. Registrations will also be accepted at the Women In Trucking booth (40565) at the show until noon Saturday.

Gold level sponsors for the event are Freightliner Trucks, Frito-Lay and Walmart. Silver level sponsor is U S Xpress. Bronze sponsors include Internet Truckstop, McGriff, Seibels, & Williams, Owner Operator DIRECT and UPS Freight. Copper sponsors are American Trucking Associations, Inc., Badger Trailer & Equipment Corp., Pitt Ohio Express, J J Keller & Associates, Inc. Nickel sponsors include American Defense Lawyers, Greatwide Dedicated Transport, Healthy Trucking Association of America, International Trucking School, Pepsi Bottling Company, Rand McNally, Roadside Medical Clinics, YRC Worldwide.

Official European Street Fighter IV Champion Record

The Gamestation store in the Prospect Centre, Hull, UK, is going to be the site of an EPIC fight at an exclusive Guinness World Record event.

On Saturday 27th March, the official European Street Fighter IV Champion, Ryan Hart will be taking on all would-be challengers to break the world record of 108 unbeaten rounds on the BAFTA-nominated video game, Street Fighter IV.

European Street Fighter IV Champion, Ryan Hart, said: “I'm looking forward to breaking the Street Fighter IV Guinness World Record in Hull. You've played the rest, but come March 27th get ready to play the best!”

Gamestation store Manager Craig Huxtable said “We know that our customers are really hardcore players so Ryan better be ready for a tough day. For anyone who stops Ryan in his tracks, we’ll be giving away some cool prizes including an Xbox 360 Elite, a £100 gamestation gift card and some Guinness goodie bags.”

The event is for the launch of the new 'Guinness World Records2010 Gamers Edition' which celebrates all the gaming records set over the past year from the highest score on Donkey Kong to Guitar Hero Champions.

Adjudicators from Guinness World Records will be there to make sure the event is fair and to award the prizes.

Anyone over the age of twelve can enter. To break the Guinness World Record of 108 rounds, up to 120 contenders need to sign up to fight.

Most people creating mosaics set Guinness World Records

By midday on 28th February families from all across Taipei were congregating by the Taipei county Yingge Ceramics Museum for the chance to break the Guinness World Records title for ‘Most people creating mosaics'.

The Taipei county Yingge Ceramics Museum is not only the first professional museum wholly dedicated to ceramics but its many functions are the main reasons why it is the perfect venue for such a crowd pleasing event. The museum exhibits Taiwanese ceramic culture and stimulates the public’s interest and attention to ceramics; therefore in collaboration with the Farlay group, the record attempt was a perfect fit with the community of Taipei.

This family friendly event was organised by the Farglory Group to celebrate their 40th anniversary as well as to put the Sanxia area on the map as the centre for art and architectural developments in Taipei, if not, Taiwan.

By the end of the afternoon crowds of participants and spectators gathered, with up to 592 families coming together on a very hot Sunday, with everyone from the little ones to the granddads and grandma’s helping each other with the intricate art form. It was a joy to watch as hundreds of people gathered to help one another with each stage throughout the process of completing the mosaics.

On a closer look it was great to see how all the 588 individual mosaics were given the finishing touch by adding a last piece in the shape of a heart before the attempt came to an end.

As the afternoon drew to a close, I had calculated that with 592 families taking part and 588 mosaics having been created, the final number of people that created the mosaics were in fact 1, 899. it was the perfect way to end such a fun family filled event by announcing that the Guinness World records title for the ‘most people creating mosaics’ had been achieved with 1,899 people.

world's largest toilet queue - Australia

Around 300 Melburnians have lined up to become part of the world's largest toilet queue.

They are hoping to break a world record, along with people from around the world, to raise awareness about the lack of clean toilets and water in developing countries.

About 4,000 children die each day from preventable diseases in some parts of the world.

WaterAid Australia chief executive Adam Laidlaw says the worldwide Guinness World Record event kicked off at Federation Square this morning.

"Because of the time difference, Australia and Melbourne will be the first event," he said.

"And then we'll see events in 70 countries around the world from Sudan to Sweden, Benin to Brazil, in fact it's a kind of A to Z of events around the world to draw attention to this issue."

world’s largest gilded image on paper

The record attempt for the world’s largest gilded image on paper on Saturday 13th March, during my visit I was shown around the cultural centre by many of the friendly staff and Centre Manager Mohammed Al- Ghamdi.

The Chocktan brothers are no strangers when attempting such a challenging Guinness world records title, as they had also taken part in the largest marbling painting with Fanar on 20th November 2009. These two brothers were notably keen to meet me to discuss how they plan to embark on this new attempt, whilst beaming with enthusiasm and appreciation for such historic art forms (Ebro painting and gilding) that are finally receiving around the world.

The world record attempt highlighted the launch of the Mus’haf Qatar in Doha as well as a five day Aqlam exhibition on Arabic calligraphy. The exhibition held at Fanar showcased the beautiful work that each calligrapher had put forward in the hope to be chosen to write the Mus’haf Qatar the calligraphy artists, Obaida Al Banki and Sabah Al-Arbili and all the participants were not only able to display their fine artwork to the viewing public, but also on hand to discuss and replicate many of their inscriptions.

Finally see this logo and scripture be presented in 22 carat red, white and yellow gold was of great importance to everyone involved.

Ahmed and Ekram had been tirelessly working on the gilded image from 9am- 4am commencing on Saturday 13th March and were absolutely committed to producing a spectacular gilded image on such a large scale.

As this was the first record for gilding on paper, I had a 6m² guideline in place to verify in order to approve this record. After assessing the percentage of gold used as well as the measurements which are 2.87m x 2.10m (9ft 8.98in x 6ft 10.68in), I took to the stage in the auditorium. Standing before the Qatari press, Qatar TV, hundreds of school children, tourists and visitors of the centre I proceeded to announce the Guinness world records title for the world’s largest gilded image had successfully been achieved by Fanar and stands as 6m² (64.58ft²).

World's Longest and Biggest Chocolate Bar set Guinness World Record

Rivarolo near Turin in Italy to judge the attempt to set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the longest chocolate bar, on Sunday 15 March.

This event was controlled by Teorema d’Immagine on behalf of Rivarolo Urban Center, a shopping mall which opened recently. A. Giordano, a local chocolatier, had been commissioned to make the chocolate bar, which was to be displayed outside the shopping mall.

The chocolatiers laid out the massive bar, and a large crowd gathered. When the bar was in place they decorated it and we waited for the mayor to arrive before taking measurements.

When I had finished taking measurements I stood back and prepared to talk to the crowd gathered around the attempt area. The length to beat was 6.98 metres. The bar measured a phenomenal 11.57 metres, and to rapturous applause and cheering I presented an official Guinness World Records certificate to conclude the successful attempt.

Asthon Eaton sets heptathlon World record

University of Oregon senior Asthon Eaton set a world record on his way to winning his second-consecutive NCAA title Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Eaton beat 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dan O'Brien's world record when he scored 6,499 points over two days this weekend. O'Brien's previous record of 6,476 was set back in 1993 when Eaton was just five years old.

 In seven events over two days, Eaton had five personal bests: 60m (6.71), 60mH (7.86), high jump (2.11m/6-11), long jump (7.73m/25-4.5) and 1,000m (2:23.67). He also had marks of 13.12m/43-0.5 in the shot put and 5.10m/16-8.75 in the pole vault.

Largest meatball set world record by Glen Oaks Community College

CENTREVILLE A world-record attempt staged Monday at Glen Oaks Community College had the atmosphere of a tailgate party and the anticipation of a New Year’s Eve countdown.

In the end, officials from the Centreville-area school were confident a world record was set in the form of a 254-pound meatball. The attempt for largest meatball ended about 100 pounds less than organizers of the feat had planned, but they’re cautiously optimistic a new record stands.

I guess we learned that anything can happen when you try to set a world record, and if we fell short, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say we had a great time trying,said Lester Keith, a business professor at the college and a key part of the group that worked on the potential record-setting feat.

The mass of ground chuck was cooked in a wok-like pan and sealed inside an oven bag for about 32 hours, as its core hit the 160-degree mark around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Tim Schuler was awarded the first bite and he gave the cooks a positive report.

It was perfectly seasoned  a nice taste, he said.

A number of participants remarked that it tasted like meatloaf.

Schuler and Wagoner were appointed the two officials Guinness representatives said would be needed to verify the event and that appropriate steps were taken to comply with the record book’s criteria.

The 30-pound portion removed from the core was reheated to a safe serving temperature, sliced into sandwich-size pieces and delivered to a St. Joseph County-based soup kitchen, Keith said. In all, the meatball yielded more than 600 sandwiches.

He said the final tally did not include the core piece removed nor did it include outer layer pieces that were too charred to eat.

At 254 pounds, the potential record-setting meatball is 32.5 pounds heavier than the current record-holder, set last year by Nonni’s Italian Eatery. Organizers had started out with 400 pounds of meat and additives, and were aiming for a 350-pound meatball.

Organizers of the event said a community outpouring of donations and support contributed to the success of the event. Keith said he expects word in the next month from Guinness officials, who will verify whether the community college's attempt is, indeed, a world record.

Dennis McCarthy, dean of students and the college official who ultimately OK’d the attempt, said he shudders to think what sort of record Keith, business professor Bill Furr and their peers may attempt to set next year.

Source - mlive.com

World's Shortest Man Has Died in Rome - Mr Pingping

The world's shortest man, He Pingping, who was just 74.6cm (2ft 5in) tall, has died in Rome.

He Pingping, according to the Guinness World Records, the world's shortest man who was able to walk. He was born in 1988 in Wulanchabu, China

He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago after suffering a chest pain and died on Saturday, but his death has only just been announced.

Guinness World Records said he had made a "huge impact around the world".

"From the moment I laid on eyes on him I knew he was someone special - he had such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, you couldn't help but be charmed by him," said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief.

Mr Pingping was in the Italian capital to take part in the filming of a television programme called The Record Show.

According to the TV production company Europroduzione, he had already filmed two episodes of the programme when he complained of feeling unwell.

"He started to feel slightly ill and we decided to take him to hospital. He entered hospital two weeks ago and had all kinds of tests, being a very special person he had to go though all sorts of tests. He went into intensive care three days after he was admitted," said Marco Fernandez de Araoz, communications director for Europroduzione.

He said that Mr Pingping died on Saturday afternoon and, at the request of his family, his body would be returned to China to be buried.