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).

UK Apple iPad 2010 - Fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad

UK Apple iPad set Guinness World Record 2010 - Fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad

Live from the iPad queue at the Apple Store on Regent Street, the latest Guinness World Record Breaker can be announced today for the fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad. Joseph Grech, who is 28 and originally from Malta, was queuing from 3am before making his record attempt and setting a new global standard with an astonishing speed of 6.61 seconds for his fingers to go from A to Z.

Surrounded by over a thousand Apple fans, all hungry to get their hands on the brand new Apple iPad, breaking this Guinness World Record was not an easy feat for Joseph.

"I was really looking forward to being one of the first to get my hands on an iPad, so to also end up getting a Guinness World Record today is incredible. I'm really happy and can't wait to brag to my friends about it. The photo of me with the certificate will be my Facebook profile photo!" said Joseph, the latest addition to the hallowed Guinness World Records hall of fame.

The stakes were high as Joseph was up against over 30 other fast-fingers hoping to set a Guinness World Record today. Initially, it seemed Jordan Chitty from Kennington, London, had set an unbeatable time with 6.7 seconds, but with just minutes to go Joseph mustered the need for speed and recorded the Guinness World Record breaking time.

A spokesman from Guinness World Records said, "The new Apple iPad is such an iconic and exciting device. Today it seems only fitting that arguably the biggest launch in Apple's long and distinguished history is also the backdrop to its iPad being involved in a Guinness World Record breaker attempt."

Also queuing for an iPad on Friday morning were the world's tallest married couple, Keisha and Wilco van Kleef-Bolton, in full wedding dress. The couple feature on the new free LITE app created specifically for the iPad: Guinness World Records: At Your Fingertips ( http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ipad.aspx). The new app offers an exclusive collection of multi-layered, world-record feats including compelling video, images and graphics allowing readers to interact with the content like never before.
Key Features:

    * Nine sample spreads reveal the Strangest, Craziest, Fastest, Deadliest, Tallest, Most Expensive, plus Gamers’ Edition Top 50, Guinness World Record Day and ‘How to be a Record Breaker’.
    * Flick through over 140 records
    * Explore the detail of various records using photos, charts, timelines, spotlight facts and “actual size” features
    * Watch more than 25 stunning video clips as they bring record-breaking to life
    * Galleries offer more than 150 stunning photos
    * Spin the interactive globe to reveal international record attempts from Guinness World Records Day 2009

* iPhone 3GS and latest generation iPod Touch version will also soon be available in the App store. Although this app is not yet available for older generation iPhones and iPod Touches, we are working on optimizing this for your device.

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Most number of people wearing superhero costumes set Guinness World Record - Melbourne

The Guinness World Record for the most number of people wearing superhero costumes in one location has been broken in Melbourne.

Melbourne smashed the previous record of 1091 people wearing super hero costumes in the one place held by the UK, when 1245 people gathered at Federation Square.

The CBD was no place for bad guys on Saturday with Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and other comic book heroes portrayed hundreds of times over by people of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes.

Superman was the most popular hero, closely followed by Batman, Robin and Spider Man. The girls were out in force too, dressed as Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Super Girl and Hawk Girl.

The managing director of Warner Bros. Consumer Products in Australia, Preston Lewis, shouted triumphantly in his American accent: "We did it, we broke the record my brother."

"To see all those people, young and old, families, babies in Fed Square was great, they were so enthusiastic,'' he said.

The youngest hero was nine-day-old Rhys Hapmton, of Sunbury. His mother, Elise Guymer, said superheroes run in her family.

"He's following in the footsteps of his two brothers who are always dressing up as Batman,'' Ms Guymer said.

"He's the Bat Baby of the family.''

The event was held to celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the first DC comic.

Maximum pushups or dips set India Book of Record - Ronak Vitha

One of Aamir Khan's biggest fans, four-and-a-half year old Ronak Vitha, is planning to enter the India Book of Records by performing maximum pushups in a limited amount of time. Trainer Satyajit Chaurasia, who gave Aamir his spectacular body for Ghajini, is preparing the boy for this feat.

At it from two Satya (as he is fondly called by his star clients) relates, "When Ronak's parents came to me four months ago, he could manage to do 600 pushups or dips but now he can do 1,500 push ups in 49 minutes. He said he was inspired by Aamir in Ghajini and started doing pushups since he was two. Ronak told me that he wanted to train under me as I had trained Aamir. I was impressed and signed him on. He is my youngest pupil."

The young boy doesn't just want to have a body like Aamir, but also wants be the strongest child in the world. Satya adds, "Ronak wants to meet Aamir when he has time. He was inspired by his dips in Ghajini and started doing that as a baby. Now he's training basically stretching, hanging for flexibility, pushups and yoga asanas.

“I used to think that children can't do pushups but this little boy has shown me otherwise. In the last one year Ronak has grown 8 inches. He's flexible like Rubberman. He comes twice a week to my studio and works out for one hour and also takes lessons at home."

Like Aamir, he eats right too
Breakfast: Cornflakes and milk and after exercise he had an egg with multigrain bread.
Lunch: Roti, sabzi and daal
Evening snack: Brown bread chutney sandwiches and an egg.
Dinner: Roti, sabzi and daal.

Satya adds, "Like every child, he loves the usual chocolates and ice-cream. I give him a chocolate after every workout.”

Going for the records Ronak's father, Atul Vitha, says, "We have sent Ronak's name for doing the maximum pushups in the least time in the India Book of Records and we hope he makes it. He's inspired by Aamir and his Ghajini look and wants to be as strong as him. He wants to become the strongest child in India and the world.

World’s finest collection of important Chinese snuff bottles set world record 2010

LONDON.- Bonhams Hong Kong today celebrated the first-ever “Golden Gavel Auction” in its history, when part of the world’s finest collection of important Chinese snuff bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, sold 100% and achieved world record prices. Against presale estimates of HK$20,000,000 (£1.8m), the sale total was HK$66,146,800 (£5.8m), with every one of the 140 rare bottles successfully sold. This figure was double the previous sale total for a single-owner snuff bottle auction held in New York on 19 March 2008.

         World’s finest collection of important Chinese snuff bottles Picture

Auctioneer Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia, commented: “This is the finest auction of Chinese art which Bonhams has held in Asia, and the record prices proved that the market for Chinese art remains very strong for the most important pieces”.

As expected, the star of the auction was lot 129, one of the most beautiful bottles in private hands ever made for the Imperial Court of 18th Century China. Estimated at HK$1,800,000 – 3,000,000, international bidders from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and the UK battled the bidding up to a final figure of HK$9,280,000 (£821,383,000), a new world record price for a snuff bottle.

Other record prices included lot 140, an inscribed nephrite pebble-material snuff bottle which went for a world record price for any jade snuff bottle at HK$6,032,000 (estimate: HK$1,000,000 – 2,000,000); lot 132, an Imperial “famille-rose” ‘bird on branch’ enamelled glass snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and period, which sold at HK$5,248,000 (estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 4,00,000) a world record for any enamelled glass snuff bottle; lot 27, an Imperial famille-rose poreclain bottle, Qianlong mark and period, similar to others in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, which sold at HK$3,960,000 (estimate: HK$1,400,000 – 2,000,000), a world record for any enamelled porcelain snuff bottle; lot 8, a double-overlay sapphire-blue and white glass ‘dragon’ snuff bottle which sold at HK$672,000 (estimate: HK$220,000 – 350,000), a world record price for any glass overlay snuff bottle; lot 34, an inside-painted rock-crystal snuff bottle which sold at HK$336,000 (estimate: HK$60,000 – 120,000), a world record for any inside-painted snuff bottle by Gan Xuanwen; and two other superb Imperial Beijing enamel bottles, lot 77, which flew past its estimate of HK$1,400,000 – 2,500,000 to make HK$4,200,000 and lot 67, which sold for HK$2,640,000 (estimate HK$1,800,000 – 3,000,000).

Many of the finest bottles at Bonhams were bid for and bought by active collectors from Mainland China, the first time that such strong demand from Chinese buyers has been seen anywhere in the world for Imperial Chinese snuff bottles.

Bonhams’ Head of Chinese Ceramic and Works of Art in Hong Kong Julian King who prepared the auction, said: “Today saw a new buying power in the world market for Imperial Chinese art. This marked an important change in the whole structure of prices for the finest pieces at Bonhams.”

Julia Gnuse - Most tattooed woman in the world set Guinness World Record 2010

American woman Julia Gnuse has been named the most tattooed woman in the world.

She started getting herself inked after doctors diagnosed her with skin condition called porphyria, which causes the skin to blister when exposed to sunlight.

Now, Gnuse a.k.a the ‘illustrated lady’ has set a Guinness World Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world.
                                             Julia Gnuse Photo

She has 95 per cent of her body covered with tattoo.

She has inscribed jungle scenes, cartoons and images of her favourite actors on her skin, Daily Mail reports.

She got her first tattoo on her leg before moving to stomach, arms and back.

She revealed that tattoos cover up the scars on her skin.

"I did this for the reason of covering scarring from the blisters. They get as deep as three degree burn," the Couriermail quoted her, as saying.

She added: "I had a friend who is a plastic surgeon, who suggested tattooing my skin the same color to the scarring that I had, seeing if we can match my just pale-looking skin that I had.

That didn’t work. We tried it. It was very difficult to match that. So I had the idea of a colorful tattoo, then I got hooked. I got addicted."

Gnuse chose ink over medication, as the treatment would have put her at risk of blindness.

All the tattoos on her body have been created by one tattoo artist.

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Source :-dailymail

The youngest person to ever sailed around the world - Jessica Watson

What were you doing when you were 16 years old? I was working at Wendy’s, talking to my girlfriends about boys, and experimenting with blue eyeshadow for the first time.

                                  Jessica Watson Picture
Guess what this teenager just did? Jessica Watson, a 16 year old from Australia, sailed around the world, by herself, in her pink sailboat. Ten days ago she set a record for being the youngest person to ever sail non-stop and unassisted around the world.

She began her journey in October of 2009, and according to Amusing Planet, “Over a period of 210 days she covered 23,000 nautical miles, faced 40-foot waves and 7 knockdowns.” Jessica told the LA Times that she wanted to challenge herself and inspire people. Well, you’ve inspired me! I love her pink boat. She blogged throughout her journey, which you can read about here. You can also find her on Twitter at @watsonjessica.

                                        Jessica Watson Photo

16 year old Jessica Watson sail world record 2010 Video


Kids jump-ropers set Guinness World Record 2010 - California

California  Kids jump-ropers set Guinness World Record 2010.
All those kids who skipped rope around California in February are learning this week that they accomplished their goal: They set the world record for "Most People Skipping Rope" at the same time in different places.

Guinness World Records officials in London notified chief organizer Drisha Leggitt of the certification Wednesday.

"We're pretty thrilled - we hope this record stands for a while," said Leggitt, executive director of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which sponsored the jump-athon Feb. 1 with Jamba Juice Co.

Organizers came up with the attempt at the record to show that "you don't have to be an elite athlete or have a lot of money to be healthy and fit," Leggitt said. "All you need is a good pair of shoes and a jump rope."

Participants included children from dozens of schools, but there were plenty of grown-ups, too.

After receiving Leggitt's 22 binders of evidence, the Guinness officials certified that 70,880 participants at 294 locations had jumped rope for 10 minutes at the same time. That beat the previous record of 43,772 jumpers, set in Britain in June 2009.

X-51A scramjet - Fastest and Longest hypersonic flight

The X-51A Waverider blasted itself into the longest hypersonic flight in history yesterday, streaking across the sky at Mach 5 for just over 200 seconds. That's 10 times longer than the previous record, set in 2004 by NASA's X-43. While the X-51A has already flown a couple of times while remaining attached to its mother ship, this was the first time the unmanned plane flew independently.

                                X-51A scramjet Photo

Hypersonic flight, defined as faster than Mach 5 (around 3,800 mph), is not easy. Conventional turbine jet engines can't handle such tremendous speeds. To complete its hypersonic flight, the 14-foot-long Waverider launched from the wing of a B-52 over the Pacific Ocean, and with the help of a solid rocket booster, screamed up to Mach 4.8 before that booster was jettisoned.

That's when its SJY61 scramjet engine took over, using its supersonic combustion to create a shockwave upon which the jet rides (that's why it's called the Waverider). After its record-breaking 200-second flight was complete, it splashed into the Pacific Ocean, not to be recovered. There are three more of these X-51A missiles, set to take their test flights later this year.

It was a big day for aviation technology. Says Air Force X-51A program manager Charlie Brink, "We equate this leap in engine technology as equivalent to the post-World War II jump from propeller-driven aircraft to jet engines." Could it be long before we can travel from New York to L.A. in the time it takes to deliver a pizza?

X-51A scramjet - Fastest and Longest hypersonic flight Video


Corsair Dominator GTX4 DDR3 RAM set a new world record for memory frequency

Corsair challenges the world as they have already set up a new record with Dominator GTX4 DDR3 RAM Kits for Intel Core i7 processors and know they also have proved it for AMD processors too.

The company claims that they have broken down the world kit using a RAM kit on AMD systems. Corsair mounted the RAM kit to a PC running the all new AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition processing unit with a corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler and an Asus Crosshair IV formula motherboard and congeal a record for absolute frequency for multiple channel memory.

The frequency which stood up the world record was surprisingly 2287.6MHz. Thanks for the brand new series of Phenom II X6 CPUs declare oneself a quantum jump in overclockability for the AMD platforms.

World’s longest electric car drive set world record 2010 - Mira EV

London, May 26 – An electric car in Japan has set a new world record by running for more than 27 hours and covering over 1,000 km without needing to be recharged.

                              Electric Car Mira EV’s Photo
The car named Mira EV travelled at speeds of around 40 kph and ran for 27.5 hours covering a distance of 1,003 km without being recharged on a racing course in Shimotsuma in Ibaraki Prefecture, reports telegraph.co.uk.

The car is fitted with a special lithium ion battery created by the Japanese company Sanyo.

The test run was organised by Japan Electric Vehicle Club and 17 people took turns at the wheel of the electric car.

The club now plans to request the Guinness World Records to officially recognise it as the world’s longest electric car drive.

Mira EV’s drive of over 1,000 km effortlessly beat the previous world record of single charge driving 555.6 km, which was achieved last November by the same club.

The achievement has been termed timely, as Japan and other nations are bracing themselves for an electric car boom, with manufacturers racing to produce competitive versions of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Most Wearing T-shirts set Guinness World Record 2010 - Croat Kruno Budiselic

Croat Kruno Budiselic has won the world record for the number of T-shirts worn at the same time.

Budiselic managed to put on 245 T-shirts and and by so doing secured himself as the new record holder on Saturday in Zagreb.

He dethroned a Swedish Guinness record holder who previously held the record for wearing 238 T-shirts.

In total Budiselic put on around 68 kilos with T-shirts ranging in size  from M to XL in less then two hours.

At the end of the competition the Croat told Novi list daily he felt a crisis coming somewhere around the 120th T-shirt, and now feels a slight pain in his neck.

This is the 8th Guinness record for Budiselic. Previously he won two records for opening beer bottles at speed, two for moonwalking backwards, another two for pushing a car for 24 hours, one for the most number of push-ups in one minute and one for making the most pancakes.

World rarest and smallest Waterlily world record 2010 - Nymphaea Thermarum

The world rarest and smallest waterlily "nymphaea thermarum" is seen at Kew Gardens in London, Wednesday, May, 19, 2010. It's a big victory for a little lily, according to horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Garden, in Kew, who announce that they have germinated seeds held in their seed bank, to save the the rare African waterlilly from extinction. The lily was found in just one location in Rwanda, and then disappeared completely about two years ago, so Kew scientists were able to germinated seeds at Kew in conjunction with German scientists, and there are now more than 30 baby waterlilies.

This ‘thermal’ waterlily, which grew around freshwater hot springs, was discovered in 1987 by German botanist Professor Eberhard Fischer of Koblenz-Landau University. It is known from just one location in Mashyuza, in southwest Rwanda. However, it disappeared from there about two years ago due to over-exploitation of the hot spring that fed this fragile habitat. Water was prevented from reaching the surface, resulting in the desiccation of the few square metres where this species grew, and no plant is known to have survived in the wild.

Before becoming extinct in the wild, Nymphaea thermarum occurred in Mashyuza, southwest Rwanda (Africa). At present all the extant plants are in cultivation at Kew and in Germany.

A tiny waterlily, forming rosettes 10-20 cm wide and comprising bright green lily pads (laminas) with short petioles. The lily pads can be as little as 1 cm in diameter. The central growing tip sinks in the wet mud, preventing the developing pads from drying out before unfurling.

The flowers are white with yellow stamens, and can be self-pollinating. Blooms open early in the morning and close in early afternoon. The flowers are held vertically, a few centimetres above the plant, but once they have finished their flowering cycle the petiole bends so that the fruit is in contact with the damp mud. Once it is mature, the fruit dissolves releasing the seeds. Reproduction is by seed only.

Kew’s top propagation ‘code-breaker’, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, has cracked the enigma of growing a rare species of African waterlily – believed to be the smallest waterlily in the world with pads as little as 1 cm in diameter.

Nymphaea thermarum, was discovered in 1987 by German botanist Professor Eberhard Fischer. It was restricted to just one known location in Mashyuza, Rwanda. However, it disappeared from this location about two years ago due to over-exploitation of the hot spring that fed this fragile habitat, and no plant is known to have survived in the wild.

Soon after its discovery, Professor Fischer realised that the species was in jeopardy and he transported a few plants to Bonn Botanic Gardens. At Bonn, horticulturists were very successful at growing these valuable specimens, and they lasted for more than a decade. However, the species proved extremely difficult to propagate.

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World's Largest Inflatable Craft set World Record 2010 - Bullet Airship

More than 70 years after the Hindenburg disaster ended the golden airship era, giant blimps will take to the skies again with the launch of the world's largest inflatable craft.

The pioneering Bullet 580 is a 235ftlong and 65ft in diameter ship that can lift payloads of 2,000lbs up to 20,000ft in the air.

It was inflated this week inside the Garret Coliseum in Alabama - one of the few facilities large enough to host the ship. The process took the developers at E-Green Technologies just over six hours.

The £5.5million craft can be flown remotely or with a crew. The company plan to build a fleet of hire vehicles that they will rent out for between £200,000 and £550,000 a month.

Chief Executive of E-Green Technologies, Mike Lawson, said: 'It's slow enough to be used for sightseeing, large enough to carry heavy cargo and enough volume of lifting capability to be flied 20,000ft unmanned. So you have a gift of all different technologies.'

Lift is provided by a system of seven bags filled with helium, while the inner hull is full of ambient air. Hydrogen was used in the 1920s and 1930s because helium was considered too expensive at the time.

The payloads are carried inside the outer envelope of the balloon, which is only one sixteenth of an inch thick yet 10 times stronger than steel. It is made from a type of Kevlar, which is the tough material used to make bulletproof vests.

Mr Lawson, said:'If you hit a hard landing, the airship is just going to kind of bounce.'

Although the airship only has a top speed of 80MPH it can take-off and land vertically. The craft is also able to hover over an area for up to a week at a time - something neither airplanes or satellites cannot manage.

The craft could therefore keep a close watch on oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico or monitor pirates off the coast of Somalia.

It could also serve as a near space satellite for broadcast communications, missile defense warnings, weather monitoring and geophysical surveys.

In fact its first mission planned for later this year, will be a joint project of Nasa and Old Dominion University, which will measure moisture content in soil.

Mr Lawson said he was confident that airships had a future in the 21st century, despite their bad press in the past.

His business acquired '21st Century Airships' in November 2009, which was the world's leading airship research and development company.

The merged firm has already built and flown 14 prototypes, but the Bullet is their first commercial craft.

'Airships have undergone surprisingly little evolution throughout their more than 150-year history, and this is what makes our E-Green proprietary designs so desirable to government and commercial customers,' he said.

'Our airships are radically different designs that move beyond the performance limitations of traditional blimps or zepplins by combing advanced technology with simple construction and the ability to fuel with algae, protecting our environment.'

Algae is the latest biofuel exciting scientists. It draws carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when it grows and when the derived fuel is burned this same CO2 is released, making the fuel theoretically zero-carbon. Algae farms can also be created using brackish and waste water.

The Bullet also has a Water Condensate Recovery System, which reduces the need for helium replenishment.

The Bullet's first test flights are planned for this summer and the ship will be piloted by Captain Allan Judd who has been at the helm of smaller airships since 1986.

World's Largest Inflatable Craft set World Record 2010 - Bullet Airship Video


Vovkovinskiy - Tallest Man in United States of America set Guinness World Record 2010

At a towering 7 feet 8 1/3 inches, Igor Vovkovinskiy now holds top honors as the tallest man in the United States, according to Guinness World Records officials.

The 27-year-old Minnesota resident - who sports size 24 10-E shoes -- one-upped previous record-holder George Bell, passing the 7-foot-8 deputy sheriff by a third of an inch.

"It feels good to finally have proof that I am the Tallest Man in America," Vovkovinskiy said in a statement. "Everyone is always asking me if I'm certain that I'm the tallest and I was never able to prove it. Now that I have this certificate to hang on my wall, I could finally show it!"

Vovkovinskiy's incredible growth started at an early age. By the time he was 3 years old, he was almost 5 feet tall. At age 7, he was already about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.

As a child, Vovkovinskiy moved from Ukraine to the United States to seek medical treatment for a pituitary gland tumor believed to be causing his abnormal growth -- but doctors at the Mayo Clinic were reportedly unable to remove the tumor because it was too deeply embedded.

So Vovkovinskiy kept growing. And growing.

He reached his current height at age 21, though he only recently took the title as America's tallest man.

"Igor had been on our radar for a while, so we were eager to measure him and see if he was, in fact, the Tallest Living Man in America," Guinness World Records adjudicator Danny Girton Jr. said in a statement. "Following stringent Guinness World Record guidelines on measurement, we're pleased to confirm that Igor is now a part of record-breaking history."

The record-breaking measurement was recorded on the set of "The Dr. Oz Show" and will air Monday.

Vovkovinskiy lives in Rochester, Minn., in a house with cathedral-style ceilings and a 9-foot-long bed, according to ABC News.

He's working toward a degree in paralegal studies at the Minnesota School of Business -- where he's undeniably the biggest man on campus.

Outside of the classroom, Vovkovinskiy has emerged as an outspoken -- and outsized -- supporter of President Barack Obama, earning a shout-out from the then-candidate at a campaign stop.

Vovkovinskiy - Tallest Man in United States of America set Guinness World Record 2010 Video


World's most expensive stamp 2010 - Most expensive stamp sold in Geneva.

A David Feldman employee shows what is believed to be the world's most expensive stamp, the Swedish "Treskilling Yellow - Error of Color", at David Feldman Philatelists auctioneers in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 20, 2010. Treskilling Yellow is estimated to be worth 1.5 - 2.0 million euro (US dlrs 1.85 - 2.45 million) .

It will be sold on May 22, 2010 in Geneva. The first stamp of Sweden issued in 1855 was printed in green, but 30 years later one example was found in yellow. The stamp was discovered by a Swedish schoolboy on a letter of his grandmother in 1885 and sold to a stamps dealer for 7 crowns.

GENEVA — The Swedish "Treskilling Yellow" retained its title as the world's most expensive stamp when it changed hands at a private sale shrouded in secrecy, the auctioneer claimed Saturday.

The one-of-a-kind 1855 misprint was sold to a group of buyers who asked that their identities and the winning bid be kept confidential, said auctioneer David Feldman.

He declined to reveal whether the sale matched the 2.875 million Swiss francs (then about $2.3 million) price it set a record for in 1996.

"It is still worth more than any other single stamp" including the even older "2 Penny Post Office Mauritius Blue" that sold for 1.5 million francs (then $1.4 million) in 1993, said Feldman.

He added that both the price and identity of the buyers, who took part in the telephone auction against a single rival bidder, would likely become public knowledge eventually.

Noted U.S. stamp expert Robert Odenweller said it wasn't unusual for buyers of such valuable items to keep details of the sale secret at first, only to release information bit by bit later.

"The people who run around with that kind of change in their pockets have their own ideas about publicity," Odenweller told The Associated Press.

For years the owner of another unique stamp, the 1856 "British Guiana 1 cent Magenta," remained a mystery until it transpired that it had been bought for nearly $1 million by chemicals fortune heir John du Pont in 1980, Odenweller said. That stamp is believed to lie in a bank vault while du Pont serves a 13- to 30-year sentence for third degree murder.

"It's fairly possible that if the British Guiana were ever put up for sale again it could blow everything out of the water," said Odenweller, a past president of the Collectors Club of New York.

The Treskilling Yellow is the only known misprint of an 1855 three shilling stamp that was supposed to be green. It has fabled status among collectors and is considered one of the world's most valuable objects for its size.

The auction house valued the stamp at euro1.5 million to euro2 million ($1.87 million to $2.5 million) before the sale, but actual sales prices can vary greatly depending on what the buyers feel such unique items are worth.

Feldman told the AP that Saturday's auction "happened very quickly because the buyers clearly knew how much they were prepared to pay."

The economic downturn has made people more careful about bidding for such pricey items, he said. At the same time, stamps are increasingly being seen as investment opportunities, he added. "People are looking for investments they can hold in their hands."

The Treskilling Yellow has changed hands at least once since 1996, but little is known about the last owner except that he or she had to sell the stamp because it had been put up as financial collateral.

The first collector to own the stamp is said to have been a Swedish schoolboy, who found it in 1885 among a pile of letters left by his grandparents. A similar tale is told about the 1 cent Magenta.

Feldman said the Treskilling Yellow was last displayed in public a week ago at the London 2010 Festival of Stamps.

World Land Speed Record 2010 - Don Wales

To most people a lawnmower conjures up the monotonous back-and-forth across a suburban garden. But for one man, a souped-up, custom-built gardening machine has landed him a place in the Guinness record book after racing it to speeds in excess of 87mph.

Don Wales broke the world land speed record for a lawnmower twice this weekend at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, hitting 86.069mph on Saturday then 87.833mph yesterday. The record had been 80.792mph, set in 2006 at Bonneville flats in America.
"We are very excited and very pleased to have beaten our own record today," said Clare Hansley-Boyd, a spokeswoman for the British team. "We have finished the weekend as world record holders and have improved on yesterday's speed – so we are happy with that."

The team had hoped to break 100mph, but in the end settled for 87mph. "They're very tired after the efforts they put in over the weekend," Hansley-Boyd said. "It's a bit early to say where we'll be going from here, but I think the 100mph target is something everyone will be aiming at for the future."

Wales is the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, who broke the world land speed record driving a car at the same spot in 1924.

World Land Speed Record at lawnmower Welsh beach set Don Wales video


World's Smallest Cut and Polished Diamond - Bhavani Gems

World's Smallest Cut and Polished Diamond made by Bhavani Gems.

Bhavani Gems has achieved a manufacturing marvel by producing the world's smallest certified cut and polished diamond (Bhavani Mikro) with 57 facets weighing just 0.0003 carat or 0.00006 grams (3,333.33 per carat). This is the smallest diamond certified by an Independent Internationally recognized Laboratory called IGI (International Gemological Institute).

Having carved a niche for themselves as innovators bringing about a revolution in the world of diamond processing, Bhavani Gems took on the challenge to create this perfect diamond. Bhavani Gems R&D department are constantly pushing the boundaries of adding value to the rough through manufacturing expertise at their modern state of the art factories that are fully BPP compliant.

Shri Manjibhai Dholakia, Founder and Chairman of Bhavani Gems, adds, "Taking my ethos of innovation as the driving force, I gave my workers the challenge of creating the smallest certified hand cut and polished diamond. Being pioneers in bringing-in new technologies, we felt it was important to test ourselves. Considering our prowess in manufacturing and craftsmanship I am proud of my highly qualified and perfectionist team's achievement".

Shri Raj Dholakia, a partner in Bhavani Gems, states, "Surat is the hub of diamond processing industry in the world and now we have added a star to the already star-studded image. This one-of-its-kind diamond, which actually looks like a grain of sand to the naked. Having 57 facets, this is a unique piece of art and all the industry experts have been appreciating this accomplishment. This record is also acknowledged by "Limca Book of Records".

Food Miniatures World Record set by French artist Stephanie Kilgast

Food Miniatures World Record set by French artist Stephanie Kilgast
Young French artist, Stephanie Kilgast, creates the most delicious-looking miniatures that you could never shove down your throat, since their made of plastic. But if you like staring at your food, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Great things can come out of being bored, and Stephanie Kilgast is the perfect example. She discovered her passion for miniatures, in 2007, when she was looking for a new hobby, to keep her occupied. She realized creating miniatures took her back to when she was just a little girl, making tiny foods, out of clay, for her Barbie dolls.
Her new passion just grew and grew, until she realized she wanted to dedicate her entire life to making food miniatures. She struggled to get her architecture degree and now she’s a full time artizan. The best thing about her tiny creations is that they can be worn as jewelry. Ever dreamed of having two ice-cream cones as earrings? Well, now you can, courtesy of Miss Stephanie Kilgast.
She sells her tasty-looking miniatures on sites like Etsy and Dawanda, and you can check out all her creations on PetitPlat.fr.
Young French artist, Stephanie Kilgast, creates the most delicious-looking miniatures that you could never shove down your throat, since their made of plastic. But if you like staring at your food, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Great things can come out of being bored, and Stephanie Kilgast is the perfect example. She discovered her passion for miniatures, in 2007, when she was looking for a new hobby, to keep her occupied. She realized creating miniatures took her back to when she was just a little girl, making tiny foods, out of clay, for her Barbie dolls.
Her new passion just grew and grew, until she realized she wanted to dedicate her entire life to making food miniatures. She struggled to get her architecture degree and now she’s a full time artizan. The best thing about her tiny creations is that they can be worn as jewelry. Ever dreamed of having two ice-cream cones as earrings? Well, now you can, courtesy of Miss Stephanie Kilgast.
She sells her tasty-looking miniatures on sites like Etsy and Dawanda, and you can check out all her creations on PetitPlat.fr.

Super Mario Game Set Guinness World Records 2010

Super Mario Game Set Guinness World Records 2010

Ask any gamer who Nintendo’s Super Mario is and they will tell you. Most of us got our start with this video game character or have run into him at some point early on in our gaming careers. In the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamers’ Edition Mario has been awarded some very prestigious awards! Check out the top ten records awarded to the long-lasting franchise and game character in the latest edition of everyone’s favorite records book after the break including the highly prestigious Earliest Nintendo Game to Feature Competitive Online!

    1. Most prolific video game character: (Mario) The character who has appeared in the largest number of video games is Mario, created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, in Kyoto, Japan, in 1982. Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

    2. Longest-running computer game character: (Mario) Nintendo’s Mario character, a plumber by trade, first appeared in the arcade version of Donkey Kong in 1981. Mario has since made an appearance in over 70 games, although he is a “playable” character in only around 30 of these.

    3. Most successful videogame hero: (Mario) Mario, a computer-generated carpenter created by Shigeru Miyamoto (Japan), first made an appearance under that name in Nintendo’s ‘Game & Watch’ version of Donkey Kong in 1982 (He was otherwise known as “Jumpman” in the original 1981 arcade version of the game). To date, Mario has featured in at least 125 video games that, combined, have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide.

    4. Most critically acclaimed 3D platformer: (Super Mario Galaxy) The record for best critical reception for a 3D platformer is held by Super Mario Galaxy, with an outstanding 97.26% and 97% from GameRankings and Metacritic, respectively. The game was praised for its gravity-bending level design and for staying true to the series’ nostalgic roots.

    5. Best-selling videogame series of all time: (Super Mario) With over 201 million copies sold, the Super Mario series is the best-selling gaming franchise in history – across all genres. While the last 28 years have seen the intrepid Mario engaging in a wide variety of activities – including role-playing, medicine and several sports – the series remains firmly rooted in the 2D platforming that first brought it success with the original Donkey Kong in 1981.

    6. Most prolific party games series: (Mario Party) The most prolific party video game series is Mario Party (Nintendo, 1998), which has seen 11 entries across six formats as of May 2007.

    7. Best selling non-bundled sports video game: (Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games) It took Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games 12 weeks to notch up worldwide sales of 5.5 million making it the bestselling non-bundled sports game of all time.

    8. Best-selling gaming character cross-over: (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has sold over 7.09 million copies on Wii and 4.22 million on DS since its launch in 2007, making it the most popular game to feature characters that originally starred in their own games. It was the first videogame to feature both iconic characters, who had been rivals for many years as mascots.

    9. Best-selling racing game: (Mario Kart Wii) In May 2009, Nintendo revealed lifetime sales figures for a number of its Wii and DS games, including Mario Kart Wii. The game’s 15.4 million copies sold beats the previous record held by Sony’s Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, which has sold 14.89 million copies. Mario Kart DS is the best-selling racer on a handheld, with 14.61 million copies sold.

    10. Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS) The first Nintendo-published game to feature competitive online play was Mario Kart DS in 2005. While earlier online titles included Animal Crossing and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, none allowed players to battle each other.

Inflatable Life Jacket World Record set by Boating professionals members

Inflatable Life Jacket World Record set by Boating professionals members - Inflation Day

National Safe Boating Week kicks off this weekend and runs through Memorial Day Weekend. Yet today, boating professionals and community members gathered in Helena to attempt a world record.

With no boat in sight it was a silly sight to see mobs of people in bright yellow life jackets. They all counted down with joy and after a loud 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1…they plugs were pulled and the life jackets inflated in unison on the front lawn of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

"Today is a world record day for inflating life jackets so people all across the United States and Canada are trying to set a world record by inflating their life jackets in preparation for National Safe Boating Week,” says Liz Lodman, Boat Education Coordinator for Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Now that we've set the “record” straight Montana’s boating community wants to bring awareness to inflatable life jackets and save your life in you plan on being out on the water.

"It’s really important boaters have a life jacket on board their boat because it’s required by law. Children under 12 need to be wearing one at all times but sometimes adults will not want to wear a life jacket because their bulky but these inflatable life jackets look like suspenders when their deflated, so if you were in a boating accident or in an emergency you could inflate them and have something that’s going to float you really well in the water," Lodman adds.

If you don't have a life jacket on board the consequences can be deadly.

"We run about 75% of people who don't have life jackets end up drowning and probably most of those people had they been wearing a life jacket would have survived,” Montana Boating Law Administrator Ron Jendro says.

Putting those numbers in perspective Lodman says "In 2009 we had 7 boat-related fatalities in Montana and the year before that we had 14 boat fatalities."

One fatality is one too many. You can't plan for a boating accident but you can plan to save lives by having a life jacket on board for you and your passengers.

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Longest human massage chain set Guinness World Record by Wash U. Senior Class

Longest human massage chain set Guinness World Record by Wash U. Senior Class in U.K

As if you need further proof that Wash U. graduates really can do anything they set their minds to, consider this:

                                           Longest human massage chain Picture
On Sunday the 2010 senior class accomplished its goal of breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest human massage chain. A total of 710 students -- and some faculty -- showed up inside the school's Field House to participate in a three-minute, group shoulder massage.

The previous record was set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2001 involving 617 people.

As senior class president Fernando Cutz told the Wash U. paper Student Life: "It will be very cool to pick up the Guinness Book of World Records and find our name in there as the Class of 2010."

World's most coveted car - Ferrari 250 GTO

World's most coveted Ferrari 250 GTO car is Sold.

Only 36 of the iconic 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO were ever made. On the rare occasions they come up for sale they can fetch millions

RM Auctions believes it has just sold the world's most coveted car - a rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. The marque (chassis no. 4675 GT), in unmistakable Ferrari red and with the prancing horses emblazoned on the hood, has an excellent pedigree. One of only 36 250 GTOs originally produced and one of a limited few with Series II GTO bodywork, it left the factory in April 1963 and was subsequently raced by Guido Fossati, Jean Guichet, Oddone Sigala, Vincenzo Nember and Luigi Taramazzo, rarely finishing outside the top three in its class and achieving numerous race wins.

                                           Ferrari 250 GTO Photo
"The exclusivity of Ferrari's 250 GTO cannot be understated. As they rarely come to market, new owners become part of a very exclusive 'club' and are welcomed with open arms at literally any of the world's great concours events, races and rallies," said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe.

"We are pleased to have been able to unite this exceptional car with a new and immensely enthusiastic owner. It's fantastic that this car will now be used in earnest on the classic car scene around Europe."

In addition to being considered one of the most beautiful cars ever built by Ferrari, the GTO, with 302bhp (at 7500rpm) and a top speed of 174mph, won many World Championships for the Modenese car-builder.

Over the years, this car has received many plaudits from the world's motoring enthusiasts. The car moved garages for an undisclosed figure.

As a motor auction house, RM doesn't do too badly, either. It has achieved many impressive motor car auction results at prestigious locations around the globe, including the sale of seven of the top 10 Ferraris ever sold at auction.

The company generates an average of US$50 million in private treaty transactions each year.

So, if you're bitterly disappointed about missing out on the 4675 classic, RM is looking for a buyer for an extremely rare, race-bred 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 (chassis number 0858). Another one for your collection?

No word on the price of the coveted Ferrari, but a recent event, the inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco auction, reaped the following rewards.

Five automobiles fetched prices in excess of 2,000,000 euro (US$2,466,000) and two new world records were set. Bidders from 33 different countries made their intentions known on the telephone, over the Internet and assembled in the standing-room-only venue, and approximately 3,300 people watched the live streaming video coverage of the sale over the Internet.

The event's top seller was a rare 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB, s/n 3309 SA, setting a new world record for a Superamerica when it sold for 2,800,000 euro (US$3,799,600). A rare 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage', s/n 2470, also set a new world record for a Birdcage at 2,464,000 euro (US$3,343,648).

The sale's cover car, the 1937 BMW 328 MM 'Bügelfalte', s/n 85032, exchanged hands less than 24 hours after the sale's conclusion for a confidential sum.

Overall, 88 of the 105 pre- and post-war motor cars were sold for a total of 33,235,917 euro (US$45,101,139), making Sporting Classics of Monaco's debut one of the most successful automobile auctions ever held.

World's Biggest Ball set Guinness World Record - South Africa 2010 World Cup

The ball, measuring 36 feet high, was launched ahead of the South Africa 2010 World Cup.

The excitement over the 2010 World Cup taking place in South Africa rose yesterday in Lagos with the unveiling of the world’s biggest ball by MTN, sponsors of the global football fiesta. At 36 feet high, it is officially the biggest ball on the planet. Emblazoned on the ball, which is made in the yellow colour of the sponsors, are the words MTN and Guinness World Records to signify that it is without question the biggest ball in the world at the moment.

The unveiling, which took place at the grounds of the Lagos Polo Club in Ikoyi, attracted a motley crowd of businessmen, artists, footballers and sundry other people.

                                          World's Largest Ball Photo
It was a colourful event, made memorable by the performance of Nigerian Pop star TuFace Idibia, who performed the World Cup theme song composed by American singer, Kelly Rowland. Also on hand to spice up the event were two former Super Eagles, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha and Daniel Amokachi, as well as current Eagles vice-captain, Joseph Yobo.

Biggest event, biggest ball

On hand to steer guests round at the event was Bola Akingbade, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of MTN who said the programme formed part of his organisation’s build up to the World Cup also said about 133 MTN subscribers who were successful in the company’s World Cup promo will be taken to South Africa to watch first round matches of the tournament. He disclosed that an addition 300 high profile Nigerians will also be watching the games on the bill of MTN. He added that as part of his firm’s World Cup programme, a United African Club of supporters would be formed to give support to all African teams at the tournament.

Asked about the rationale behind the decision to design the biggest ball in the world, Akingbade said:
“The World Cup is the biggest football event in the world; as sponsors of the event we felt that nothing would be more fitting than to kick off our official countdown to the tournament with a huge ball, the kind of which you have seen tonight”.

The official unveiling of the ball was conducted by Lagos State Commissioner for youth, Sports and social Development, Demola Adeniji-Adele who represented the governor of Lagos State. He was accompanied on by Al-Hassan Yakmut Saleh, executive secretary of the Nigeria Premier League, who represented the Minister of Sports, Ibrahim Bio as well as Mr Okocha, Mr Amokachi and Mr Yobo.
Bisi Taiwo, a guest at the event who was enthralled by the spectacle of the huge ball dominating its surrounding, gushed: “This is just so wonderful. I have not seen a ball this size before; without doubt it has got to be the biggest ball there is.”

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will feature 32 teams battling for the ultimate prize, an 18-carat gold trophy. Nigeria has been placed in group B alongside Argentina, Greece and Korea and will kick off its World cup campaign on June 12 with a match against Argentina at the Ellis park stadium in Johannesburg.

Highest Skydive near Everest World Record set by Wendy Smith - Everest Skydive 2010

NZ Skydiver Highest Jumps near Everest World Record set by Wendy Smith - Everest Skydive 2010

A world record-holding New Zealand skydiver has jumped from a plane near Mt Everest to promote adventure sports in the Himalayas.

Wendy Smith jumped from a plane at a height of 8992m on Monday, The Dominion Post reported today.
Smith has made more than 18,000 skydives, and in October landed next to Mt Everest Base Camp, 5240m above sea level.

Smith has broken world records for speed skydiving, and won Emmy Awards for her work as a cinematographer, filming formations of hundreds of skydivers in remote locations.
Smith was one of the world's most experienced woman skydivers, Sky Dive Lake Wanaka chief safety officer Dave Hall said.
Jumpers at such heights faced risks including frostbite and losing consciousness, despite carrying oxygen tanks, he said.

Highest Skydive near Everest World Record 2010 video

World's Largest Swimming Pool Guinness World Record

The history of swimming pools date back to Greeks and Romans but later on the concept was adopted by the British. The swimming pool situated beside the sea in Chile is the biggest in the world, having a capacity to store 66 million gallons of water and has a depth of 115 feet. The length of the pool is 1000 yards and the total area it occupies is 20 acres. The pool has already won the Guinness Book of Record of the largest pool of World. The pool, which took $1 billion for construction, has an annual maintenance cost of $2 million.
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World’s Most Expensive Heavy Bike - Dodge Tomahawk

Dodge Tomahawk is a bike which was  produced by Dodge manufacturers  and it was unveiled in “North American International Auto Show” in 2003. It has a very unusual design that inspire every bike admirer and especially the “speed bike lovers”. It has a 8.3 L V10 engine which can produce 500hp. It has a maximum speed of 370 miles per hour which produces torque of 712 Nm. Its front brake has 16 piston disk and back brake has 8 piston disk. The weight of bike is approximately 1500 pounds (680 kg) and has price about $ 555,000. I also like to mention its fuel capacity which is 12.3 liters.
                               World’s Most Expensive Heavy Motorcycle - Dodge Tomahawk Photo

World’s Largest Envelope Guinness World Record 2010

On 6 May 2010, 170 years after the Penny Black was issued, Stanley Gibbons entered the Guinness World Records book for creating the world’s largest envelope.

In celebration of the London 2010 Festival of Stamps, we wanted to do something BIG! Unsurprisingly, breaking a world record is no small feat, but after months of hard work, the world’s largest envelope came to be.

The envelope measured in at 32ft 9 inches by 23 ft and a ½ inch, beating the old record by over 100 square feet.

The record was checked and verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator, Tarika Vara at midday on Thursday 6 May at Great Malvern Primary School, where the envelope was constructed in the school’s assembly hall.

The envelope left the school shortly after adjudication to be transported to London on a 40 foot truck for display at the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition.

Louise Reynolds of Stanley Gibbons and manager of the World Record project said, ‘As the leading brand in stamps and collectibles we wanted to do something big to mark the London 2010 Festival of Stamps – at ten metres by seven metres, they don’t come any bigger!’. Envelope at show

Stanley Gibbons commissioned Pendragon Presentation Packaging to create the envelope,

complete with an address and franking label. Tullis Russell Coaters and Cartor Security Printing also collaborated to create a Stanley Gibbons stamp for the giant envelope.

The fantastic achievement was picked up by Steve Wright on his afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. He announced the record to the nation just before 4pm BST on 6 May and passed his congratulations to everyone at Stanley Gibbons.

Stanley Gibbons – philatelic experts and the home of philately since 1856 and now official world record holders!

The envelope will be on display throughout the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition being held at the Business Design Centre 8-15th May 2010.

World's largest head-dress marks(keffiyeh) set world record - Palestinian 'catastrophe'

The world's largest keffiyeh, the traditional black-and-white chequerred Arab headdress.
BEIRUT (AFP) – Lebanese and Palestinian activists on Saturday marked the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation by setting a record for the world's largest keffiyeh, or Arab head-dress.

The 6,552-metre (21,496-foot) chain of scarves was laid out on the grounds of the Sport City Stadium in Beirut to mark what Arabs call the Naqba, the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation in 1948.
The feat, overseen by a Guinness World Records official, breaks a previous entry of a 2,932-metre (9,619-foot) scarf set in Spain in August 2009.

More than 100 volunteers placed the giant scarf to form the number 194, signifying the 1948 United Nations Resolution that grants Palestinians the right to return to their homes in Israeli-occupied land.

"A group of independent Palestinian and foreign activists got together to reach that record," said Jamal Kurdi, a member of the Campaign 194 group that organised the record-breaking event.

"On the anniversary of the Naqba we want to affirm that Resolution 194... calling for the return of Palestinians to their land must be implemented," he said.

A sign next to the giant keffiyeh, which was made with more than 6,500 scarves stitched together, read: "194. We will return."

Some 4,000 people marched in Gaza City on Saturday to mark the Naqba, in response to a joint appeal by Hamas and Fatah, the two principal Palestinian political parties that are normally at loggerheads with each other.

In the West Bank, sirens wailed through the Israeli-occupied territory as residents marked a minute's silence.

More than 760,000 Palestinians -- estimated today to number 4.7 million with their descendants -- were pushed into exile or driven out of their homes in the conflict that followed Israel's creation 62 years ago.

May has been a month of Guinness records for Lebanon, which has been locked in a food fight with Israel over the origin of some of the Middle East's most popular dishes.

Last weekend, chefs in Lebanon fired a 10-tonne (22,000 pounds) hummus broadside, breaking a previous Israeli record, followed by another entry for more than a half-tonne of falafels.

The chickpea dip and deep-fried vegetable patty are popular in many Arab countries and in Israel, but claimed by the Arabs as part of their cuisine.

World's biggest ravioli set World Record by Woodcreek High School students

Woodcreek High School students build world's biggest ravioli set new world record 2010.

Those people include teacher Susie McGuire and her culinary arts students at Woodcreek High School in Roseville. The students partnered with the Institute of Technology this week to make the world’s largest meat, spinach and cheese ravioli.

The ravioli measures 5 square feet and came in at an estimated 200 pounds after an unveiling Friday night. The previous world record ravioli weighed 37 pounds.

                                           World's biggest ravioli Picture

“I love competition,” McGuire said. “I love to see my students succeed. Every one of them will have created this for the world record. They can tell their kids and grandkids. It’s wonderful.”

Fellow students gathered on the campus quad Friday evening to finish cooking and pour buckets of sauce on giant ravioli.

But the real work began Thursday when students browned ground beef and chopped up onions. They mixed together Parmesan and cottage cheese, oregano, breadcrumbs, parsley and nutmeg to create the filling, which also featured eight-dozen eggs from social science teacher Laura Bullard’s hen house.

“How are the raviolis coming along?” McGuire asked her class of 36 students Thursday morning. “I’m proud of all of you for breaking a world record.”

Three culinary classes and one Regional Occupational Program class prepared the filling. Six groups in each class made a batch to add to a large pot. Senior Sarah Schmalenberger, 18, helped her group brown the meat and chop spinach.

“At the beginning of the year, (McGuire) told us we we’re going to do this and we were really excited,” Schmalenberger said.

Throughout their time in culinary class, the students cook and bake up dozens of feasts, including Belgian waffles, chicken noodle soup, fajitas, muffins and Philly cheese steak sandwiches. Although many of the students don’t necessarily plan on pursuing careers as chefs, they learn skills to make them healthier eaters, and better partners and parents in the future, McGuire said.

“I could make cake mixes out of boxes,” said Amy Paulsen, 17. “But (this class) has taught me a lot. It’s probably the best class I’ve ever taken and you get to eat all the time.”

Woodcreek High School previously made history with the world’s longest kebab at 3,660 feet, on May 22, 1998. The record still stands. The previous kabob was a mere 2,889 feet long.

This past fall, a guest speaker from Bucca di Beppo inspired McGuire and her students to make Italian food for their next world record bid and they settled on the world’s largest ravioli.

Anthony Johnisse of the Institute of Technology oversaw his students as they made dough from scratch that included flour, olive oil and nutmeg.

On Friday, culinary students from both schools boiled the ravioli in a specially made pan created by Larry Gish at Roseville Sheet Metal Inc., who donated more than 30 hours of his time to make the pan and liner. Mike Philemon of WHS Site Maintenance helped design the pan and prepare the site for cooking the ravioli.

The young chefs filled the pan with water and heated the contraption with six propane burners. The ravioli was placed in the pan and boiled to perfection. After draining the pan, students covered the ravioli with class-made marinara sauce and parsley.

The finished ravioli will soon be distributed to local food banks, including Roseville Home Start, Roseville St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Kitchen and Sacramento Loaves and Fishes.

Thursday morning, before the big ravioli reveal, Tiffanie Harada, 17, rushed around her team’s kitchen space finalizing their ravioli filling.

World’s largest human smiley face set World Record - Baltimore’s tourism agency

World’s largest human smiley face set Guinness World Record by Baltimore’s tourism agency

Baltimore’s tourism agency, Visit Baltimore plans to release a $500,000 marketing campaign on Thursday, with the catchphrase “Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore.” The campaign’s goal is to attract residents of nearby states.

The agency will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by having 250 people come together to create the world’s largest human smiley face! This will be part of the campaign’s debut. If the group is able to set the record they plan to release 19 dozen butterflies into the air.

Sam Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer, says that people are in search for happiness and simple pleasures in the current climate. “Has the economy got you in a slump?” reads one of the web spots.

Last year, Baltimore was one of just five states that saw an increase in tourism. A report released Tuesday by the Maryland Office of Tourism shows the state had 29 million visitors in 2009, a 3.5 percent increase from 2008.

Leisure trips were up by 5.2 percent, while business trips displayed a decrease of 1.5 percent in 2009. With its new campaign, Baltimore is likely to see another in tourism for 2010.

World's Most Luxurious Armoured Car - Knight XV bulletproof Car 2010

 World's Most Luxurious Armoured Car  Knight XV Photo

It can withstand a barrage of bullets, features its own entertainment system and bar and is so big it dwarfs a Hummer.

The Knight XV - dubbed the world's most luxurious armoured vehicle - is the new mode of transport for people wanting to combine security and comfort.

At 20ft in length, the imposing car stands at more than three feet longer than a Hummer and is a whole foot wider.

The company behind the cars is experiencing a surge in sales, despite the price tag of £323,000 - which can rise to £660,000 after upgrades.

William Maizlin, president of Canadian makers Conquest Vehicles, said: 'We believe we have created an entirely new niche in the bespoke luxury armored vehicle marketplace with the Knight XV.'

'What's amazing is that despite the economy, we are seeing a surge in sales.

'This is due to the unique offering of our product coupled with the fact that there are no other vehicles on the market today that offer the security, luxury and performance in a bespoke vehicle like that of the Knight XV.

'Our goal is to offer as many new, cutting-edge and top-of-the-line luxury and security options as possible.'

          World's Most Luxurious Armoured Car  Knight XV Picture

Inside, the car is kitted out with a 26-inch, custom built LCD TV screen, an X-Box 360 or Playstation games console and even its own bar.

It also has a special system that allows passengers to speak to people outside the car without opening a window or door.

For security, the vehicle's exterior is plated with ballistic-tested steel and aluminium body armour which can withstand a barrage of bullets.

And glass between the driver and the passengers seats will 'defeat' a high-powered Magnum 44 pistol.

Conquest Vehicles has produced a ballistics testing video showcasing how the KNIGHT XV’s body armor and glass is laboratory tested by H.P. White Laboratory Inc., an independent ballistic testing laboratory.


World's Smallest Wingwalker set World Record - Indian Stunt Man Kiran Shah

          World Shortest Indian Stuntman Kiran Shah photo

World's Smallest Wing walker set Guinness World Record 2010 - Indian Stunt Man Kiran Shah

Actor and stuntman Kiran Shah has appeared in Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones — and now he's become the world's Smallest wingwalker.

The 4ft 1in star braved speeds of 120mph at 1000ft to complete his record breaking feat.

And the 53-year-old performer, who doubled for Frodo in Lord of the Rings, said this was his most exciting adventure yet.

Strapped to the wing of a 1940s Boeing Spearman biplane, tiny Kiran completed a ten-minute wing-walk.

He said: "It was great, I loved it - but next time I'll pick a warmer day.

"It was very cold up there. The wind was coming at me all the time and I could hardly lift my arms because of the g-force."

Kiran added: "I was nervous until I had the safety briefing.

"Once I know what I'm doing it's ok - it's the same with any stunt.

"I'm not bothered by heights because I've done high falls before. Flying is no problem for me either.

"I love any kind of action. The more dangerous the better."

Experienced pilot Martyn Carrington flew the plane for Kiran's record attempt at Aerosuperbatics in Cirencester, Gloucs.

He said: "Flying with someone Kiran's size is a pilot's dream - you hardly know he's there.

"With someone bigger, the resistance and drag increases and it can be a bit trickier.

"He did really well up there. Conditions were good but there was a bit of wind and it was bumpy and cold.

"Kiran enjoyed himself though. I kept looking up to make sure he was still with us and he was lifting his arms and waving.

"He's certainly broken my personal record for the smallest passenger - next time we'll do a loop-the-loop with him."

Kiran was born in 1956 in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to India when he was 12.

He began studying film in India but interrupted his studies when his father's health caused the family to move to England, where Kiran's brother had already settled.

His breakthrough into the film world came in 1976, when he was asked to do stunts in the film Candleshoe.

Kiran's career took off from there and he appeared in more films, TV commercials and videos.

He appeared alongside Tom Cruise in Legend, was Frodo's stunt double in Lord of The Rings, and worked on worldwide smash The Chronicles of Narnia.

Kiran has held the Guinness World Record for the 'shortest professional stuntman currently working in film' since October 2003.

Mary Oladapo of Guinness World Records said: "Kiran once again proves that size isn't everything even the smallest of people can achieve the greatest of things.

"To be recognised by Guinness World Records as the Shortest Stuntman and now the Shortest Wingwalker is testament that Kiran's one of the world's greatest stunt performers, regardless of size!"

Fastest Vertical Run set Guinness World Records by Tony Berglund - Swedish

Fastest Vertical Run set Guinness World Records by Tony Berglund - Swedish

Swedish Adventurer Tony Berglund Sets a new World Record for the Fastest Vertical Run, as he ran the 100 Meters Down the Front of a Skyscraper in Vasteras in 34.76 Seconds

The record involved running 100 meters down the front of a skyscraper in central Vasteras, face down using a rope.

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Tony Berglund beat the former world record in Vertical Run, of 36.25 seconds set by Britain's Steve Jones. The record was supervised by Guinness World Records' own adjudicator from London on site in Vasteras.
"This is a once in a lifetime achievement. Especially because we had to postpone the attempt one day due to heavy winds. I was confident I could beat the record and everything worked out just as planned. I defeated the forces of nature and my own fears", Berglund said.

In order to make the attempt possible the skyscraper had to be extended which made it the third highest skyscraper in Sweden for one day. A 20 meter high framed structure was temporarily built on top of the skyscraper and made it over 100 meters tall.
Berglund also had to use a specially constructed carbon dioxide cooled rappelling device to prevent the rope from melting by the heat created by the high speed.

In order to make the attempt possible the skyscraper had to be extended which made it the third highest skyscraper in Sweden for one day. A 20 meter high framed structure was temporarily built on top of the skyscraper and made it over 100 meters tall.
Berglund also had to use a specially constructed carbon dioxide cooled rappelling device to prevent the rope from melting by the heat created by the high speed.

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