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).

Mohamed Ashik create a Memory power world record

Mohamed Ashik create a Memory power world record

Not many of us will be able to point out the 195 countries of the world on a map. But Class III student Mohamed Ashik will not only do that, he will complete the task in 3 minutes.

The student of Le Chatelier Matric and Hr. Sec. School, Madurai says, “I remember when I was small my father used to forget things and I used to remind him where he had kept them. I actually don’t know how I got this power but it’s god’s grace and thanks to my parents as they were the ones who found the talent in me,” says Ashik.

“My father had brought me a world map and I would read it for at least half an hour before I would go to sleep. One day I recited to my father all the names of the countries. I was in UKG then and he was shocked.“

“My school authorities also came to know about this and they organized a program in 2009 where nearly 5000 people were present and I pointed out 194 countries from the world map within 1.49 minutes,'' he says

I got an award of Amazing Photographic Memory from my school and my father sent it to the Guinness Book of World Records but they said that this category was not included. So he asked me to practice on the world’s political map which I memorised within days,” adds Ashik.

“At the age of six in 2010 I got the world record when I memorised and pointed out 195 countries on a world map within three minutes. This record was recognised by the World Record Academy in USA,
Record Holders Republic UK and Global World Records India.“

“My latest achievement was in the Pogo Kids Awards 2011 in the memory power category where I beat more than a thousand competitors. My aim is to become an ambassador for India so that I can make peace between countries,” he says.

Plantation biker Zach Hutlelin breaks world record

Plantation biker Zach Hutlelin breaks world record.

Zach Hutlelin, 16, of Plantation crosses the line to break the record for a "manual," a wheelie without pedaling, at Markham Park in Sunrise. Hutlelin later went on to set a new record od 686.25 feet, more than twice distance of the the old record.

Pedaling his Specialized P3 bicycle as hard as he could, Zach Hutelin popped the front wheel into the air.

Coasting down the road past safety cones and amid clapping and screams, he finally lost his balance at 686.25 feet, breaking a Guinness World Record.

"It's something I've been wanting for a while and now it's something that's been witnessed," he said, beaming.

Plantation biker Hutelin, 16, rode down a strip of road by the model airplane field at Markham Park in Sunrise surrounded by friends, family and supporters from the biking community. He worked on his manual – a wheelie without pedaling – for two months to break the 2008 world record of 334 feet. He was inspired by the MTV show "Nitro Circus," a show featuring extreme sports, and he got to talking with Guinness World Records.

Mithun Chakraborty’s Dance show enters Limca Book Of Records

Mithun Chakraborty’s Dance show enters Limca Book Of Records.

Two weeks before he returns with the third season of Dance India Dance on Zee TV, actor-judge Mithun Chakraborty is on cloud nine. The original Bengali show, Dance Bangla Dance that is also judged by him, has entered the Limca Book Of Records for running 126 new episodes with the same contestants and judges for an entire calendar year.

Next, the show’s broadcaster, Zee Bangla, is eyeing the Guinness Book Of World Records for the feat.

“When we started that show, I didn’t know where it would lead us because it was an experiment. It was a new format that Zee had developed. We were trying to find genuine dancing talent in West Bengal. And look where it has reached today. It’s not only one of the most-watched shows there, but is also considered to be a huge platform for dancers,” beams Mithun, who will be back as the Kya Baat grandmaster on the Zee TV dance show next weekend.

“I’m sure, there aren’t many shows in the world that go on for that long in a year, without a break and with the same faces. The ratings also didn’t dip.”

The National Award-winner has also taken over from former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, on the highly watched Bengali chat show, Dadagiri.

He has already completed a bunch of episodes and has taken over from the previous host, on the popularity charts too.

“I didn’t take on the show thinking of that,” he says, adding, “I was offered the show after Sourav left because of reasons best known to him and the channel. I’ve always enjoyed working with the network because I like the way they function. There’s no way one can complain about anything. And I had the dates they wanted, it worked out smoothly.”

Longest sword in the world

Longest sword in the world set Guinness World Record by Fujairah bags

Fujairah: The emirate of roundabouts, Fujairah, has recently been bestowed a fourth Guinness World Record. It hosts the longest sword in the world.

This distinction has been made possible owing to the newly unveiled Al Saif Roundabout, at the heart of which stands the much-coveted 14.94-metre sword.

Although the sword was unveiled on December 2 to coincide with the UAE's 40th National Day celebrations, the award was announced on December 16 at the grand finale of the Al Saif (traditional sword) Championship for The Crown Prince Award held at the Fujairah Fort.

Guinness World Records manager and adjudicator Tarika Vara announced that Fujairah had clinched the Guinness World Record bid yet once again. She presented the new world record certificate to the Crown Prince of Fujairah, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, at the sword arena in Fujairah Fort.

The Al Saif championship is now in its second year. This time around, the sword dancing is taking place across six weeks at a larger arena and in tandem with several other cultural activities and displays at the Fujairah Heritage Village.

Inaugural edition

The awards ceremony attained two Guinness World Records in its inaugural edition in 2010. Fujairah had won world records for the largest youla (traditional Emirati dance) with 285 participants as well as the highest sword throw last year. It was Hazza Sulaiman Al Shehi, a swordsman from Dibba, Fujairah, who attained the second record when he threw his sword 21.275 metres up in the air.

According to Shaikh Mohammad, The Crown Prince Award was conceptualised with the vision and support of his father, His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. Besides highlighting the culture and traditions in the UAE, this award ceremony also helps spread awareness about Fujairah's history and deep-rooted heritage among the younger generation, Shaikh Mohammad said.

During the unveiling of the sword on December 2, Shaikh Mohammad dedicated the iconic structure to the UAE leadership and its people on the occasion of the country's 40th anniversary.

World's Biggest Sand Santa clause

World's Biggest Sand Santa clause.

On the occasion of Christmas celebration, the Puri beach will be crowded, not only by those who enjoy a stroll by the sea side but also by Santa Clause.

Today, International sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik created World's Biggest Sand Santa clause with a message " Peace and Prosperity, Health and Happiness" which will be around 35 ft high at Puri beach, Odisha on the eve of Christmas. I am with my 15 students of our Sand art institute started this sculpture from 22nd. Every day we are working for 12 hours. We used 1800 tones of sand and 100 labourers to create this sculpture and we are also created sand sculpture of Jesus Christ and Mother Marry Sudarsan said.

We are doing sand art festival since last 7 years at Puri beach. I have already created 8 records in Limca Book of World Record like Longest sand Santa clause, Biggest Jisus Christ,100 santa clause, Number of Sand Taj Mahal etc. This year we applied a new thought to create this sculpture with Santa clause dress.

After getting the official permission from Arthy Muthanna Singh, Senior editer of Limca book of World records, we have started to create World's biggest sand Santa Clause at Puri beach, Sudarsan said.

Puri is a tourist place where a lot of people gathered every year to celebrate christmass and new year. So I have choosen this place for the sand art festival.

World champion Sudarsan has participated in more than 47 international sand sculpture championships/ festivals across the world and won many awards for the country. Last year he was also created green sand santa clause at Puri beach. Through his art Sudarsan helped the tsunami victims in India, Earth quick victims, save the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles and spread awareness of the dangers of HIV-AIDS, polio and also tribute to train blast victims.

Bernice Bates - World's oldest yoga teacher

Bernice Bates - World's oldest yoga teacher

New York: At 91, Bernice Bates may not look like a typical yoga instructor but the Florida based great-grandmother has been named the world's oldest yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Bates has been practising yoga for the last 50 years and credits the ancient Indian exercise form for her years of good health.

The yoga teacher in the front of the room lay on the floor, her hands resting on her upper thighs. She lifted her right leg high in the air, foot flexed. Then she grabbed her right foot in her right hand and brought her leg toward her face as she raised her upper body a few inches off the ground.

Students in class smiled in amazement as they watched the teacher's knee graze her nose.

It wasn't just the pose that was amazing - it was the teacher's age. Bernice Bates is 91 years old, and she's more flexible than people who are a third of her age.

"If you can't quite meet your knee, that's all right," Bates told her class, gently.

Guinness World Records recently awarded Bates the title of "Oldest Yoga Teacher." While there might be other, older yogis somewhere in the world, Bates completed the lengthy documentation process required by Guinness. She was nominated earlier this year by her daughter.

Bates first began practicing yoga 50 years ago, after she saw it on a television program. As a younger woman, she taught swimming in Ohio at a YWCA.

These days, the great-grandmother teaches once a week at the community center of her retirement village located on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Her students are usually a decade or two younger than she is.

Each class begins with a short discussion - on a recent day, Bates talked about the importance of flexing and caring for one's feet - and then Bates takes the class through a series of about a dozen vinyasas, or yoga poses. She uses a soft blue mat and wears black ballet slippers while teaching.

She ends with a guided relaxation while playing New Age music on her portable cassette player.

Bates believes in gentle yoga: no sweaty, strenuous or competitive stretching in her classes.

"You may not do it perfect, but there's no perfect person," she said.

She talks about her students who have benefited from her teaching: two women in their 80s, a couple in their 90s, a handful in their 70s.

"They feel great," she said. "It makes your whole body whole again. It's good for anybody. It's good for chair sitters, it's good for pregnant women. Anybody."
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Christmas lights world record - Largest number of Christmas lights

Christmas lights world record - Largest number of Christmas lights

The couple, from Forest Act, Australia, have 331,038 lights covering their property.

David Richards, a barrister and father of three, has been working for the past four years to bring together all the decorations.

The illuminations have helped to raise money for the charity SIDS and Kids -  an organisation Mr Richards said helped his family during tough times in 2002.

A family has shot into the Guinness Book of Records after setting a new record for the largest number of Christmas lights.

David and Janean Richards, from Australia's capital Canberra, decorated their home with an astonishing 331,038 different lights.

They are hoping to use the new-found fame of their house to raise money for charity.

In order to break the record, which is to be included in Guinness World Records for the first time following the Richards' success, they were told they would need at least 250,000 lights.

The display had to be turned on for at least 10 minutes, and filmed in a video sent off to London for verification.

Following the switch-on ceremony earlier this month, the family has now been declared the official record-holders.

The annual Christmas display has been growing ever larger since Mr Richards started it four years ago, and this year's show required hundreds of hours of work.

In the end it included more than 18 miles of lights, as well as 15,000 cable ties and a 60ft Christmas tree at its centre.

'I did it for my kids initially and then it just got bigger and bigger,' Mr Richards told the Canberra Times.

'I remember one year a mother and child came through the driveway thinking no one was around and they started dancing to the music - it's all about putting a smile on people's faces.'

The display is being used to raise money for SIDS and Kids, a charity which aims to reduce mortality among infants and new mothers.

Mr Richards, who refuses to tell anyone - including his wife - how much the lights cost, says this year is the last in which he will put up the record-breaking display.

He plans to pass on the lights to someone else who wants to fundraise for SIDS and Kids.

World’s largest hotel suite - Five-star Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Lebanon

World’s largest hotel suite - Five-star Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Lebanon.

Thinking about where to take the whole family this holiday season? I mean the whole family…great grandparents all the way down to the newest member of the clan.

I will strongly suggest considering the five-star Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Lebanon, awarded the world’s largest hotel suite by the Guiness Book of World Records.

With a space just under 44,500 square feet (86,000 square feet if you include the outside living space), I think this would be the perfect opportunity to go someplace where everyone’s not fighting over the biggest bedroom or the bedroom with the best view.

Nestled in Broumana, a mountain pedestrian village of Lebanon between the Mediterranean Sea and the downtown area, the name of the suite is “The Royal Residence”.

This is the only suite I’ve ever heard of having six floors with three dedicated solely for bedrooms and multiple private swimming pools!

You can only imagine the amenities at this place over all, but when all of those amenities are yours and only yours, that’s a whole different playing field.

One bedroom has its own health club (not gym…health club)!

As for the price per night, well that’s not really something made public- the hotel will gladly furnish the price “upon request”.

The personalized service is said to be among the best in the hospitality industry.

Although the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa may have the world’s largest suite, it’s not the most expensive. The Moevenpick Hotel and Resort Beirut clocks in as the largest overall and the most expensive.

This property is actually on the Mediterranean sea as opposed to having “views”, so this may be a toss up in regards to where you end up staying while vacationing in these Middle Eastern parts.

Jyoti Amge - World's shortest woman 2012

World's shortest woman sets Guinness World Records by Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India

The Guinness Book of World Records named Jyoti Amge as the world’s shortest living woman. Amge is just 62.8 centimeters tall, 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan, who has held the title since September 2011.

Indian student Jyoti Amge is 18 years old and stands just 24.7 inches tall. Amge was conferred the title on Friday as she celebrated her 18th birthday in the city of Nagpur. “It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it’s like an added birthday present,” said Amge.
A teary-eyed Amge, dressed in one of her finest saris, called the honour an “extra birthday present” and said she felt grateful for being small, as it had brought her recognition. After receiving a plaque, she and her guests cut a birthday cake.

Representatives from Guinness World Records measured her at a ceremony attended by about 30 relatives and friends in Nagpur.

Rob Molloy, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records told: “She’s 62.8 centimetres. She was measured three times over the last 24 hours as height can vary slightly according to the time of day. Doctors measured her in our presence at three different times, both standing up and lying down. We took an average.”

According to Guinness, Amge’s two foot height is due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Achondroplasia has restricted her height to that of an average four-month-old baby girl. She has just passed her Class 10 exam and intends to take up acting full time.

“I am doing a Kannada film and will be shooting in Mysore soon. I will also be in Europe for two months in the coming summer,” she said.

When asked if she would join an acting school, Amge said she knows the basics well and does not need to learn it.

“I would do exactly what my director expects out of the scene. What is the need to learn something in a school when you know? You learn it much better on the job,” she asked.

Amge dreams of becoming a film star as well as going to university when she finishes high school.

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World's cheapest tablet 2012 - Aakash tablet price in india

World's cheapest tablet goes on sale for Rs 2500 online

New Delhi, Dec 16 : DataWind, the Canadian company that is manufacturing Aakash, the world’s cheapest tablet, finally has started the online booking and pre-booking of the much anticipated low cost Android tablet.

Online booking is for students’ version of the tablet and pre-booking is for UbiSlate 7, the upgraded version of Aakash.

Aakash tablet is now available on http://www.aakashtablet.com/. Datawind puts up nearly about 30,000 tablets online with a price tag of Rs 2,500 with a delivery period of seven days.

Aakash comes with a 7 inch resistive touch screen display (800×480 pixel resolution).  It runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. It has a 366 MHz Connexant processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB.

It has Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports and supports optional 3G modems. It has a battery life of 1.5 hours and weighs 350 gms.

Aakash’s next commercial version called the Ubislate 7, which has a faster processor, is slated to be launched late January. Ubislate 7 is set to have a 700 Mhz processor compared to the present one and will be priced at Rs 3000 for sale online.

UbiSlate 7 Tablet,the upgraded version of Aakash  has a more robust Arm 8- 700 MHz processor and longer battery life of 5 hours. It can be used for making calls as well.  The device was developed as part of the country’s aim to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities in an e-learning program.

The tablet was to be made available in retail stores by the end of November. “The delay in the availability of the tablet has been due to up gradation in the tablet and some unforeseen delay in manufacturing,” the spokesperson said.

According to sources, the Indian government is also planning to provide a new specification for Aakash, which may come with a faster processor and better battery life. The current version of Aakash has a battery life of about 1.5 hours.

The government till now procured only 10,000 tablets. It has still not procured the remaining 90,000 tablets for distribution in schools and colleges, even as other nations have expressed interest to the government for similar low-cost computing initiatives.

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Daniel Cutting - Freestyle Football World Record 2011

Daniel Cutting - Freestyle Football World Record

Freestyle football champion Daniel Cutting has set yet another record to add to his bulging CV, as he performed 1534 keep-ups with a Swiss ball, which was caught on camera at Klick Fitness gym in Stoke.

The video showcases Daniel's amazing football skills and has already been shared by fans on the video sharing website, YouTube. Daniel already holds three other different freestyle football records and even acted as a body double for Real Madrid star Kaka in a famous Adidas advert.

His other world records include the quickest time to run 100 metres with a football balanced on the head, which he did effortlessly in 18.53 seconds; the most consecutive football rolls across the forehead at 1,810 and last but not least an incredible 153 touches, the most football touches with the lips in 1 minute.

Daniel is already well known for his champion freestyle football skills after appearances at top events around the world with famous footballers, performances at live shows with a range of celebrities, plus his work with many high profile brands and football clubs.

However, after Daniel's feat to set the record for the most keep-ups with a Swiss ball at the Klick Fitness gym, he is set to enjoy even wider recognition thanks to the YouTube clip which will no doubt be shared by many.

While at the gym Daniel also spared a bit of time to show off a number of impressive other skills too.

In between his trips around the world, he makes time to visit schools and youth groups where he has brought football freestyle skills to others, teaching them impressive football tricks and stunts. Staff and members of the Stoke gym are thrilled that he has managed to set another record in their gym.

Neil Currey, Club Manager at Klick Fitness Stoke, commented: 'We were extremely excited to have Daniel appear at our Stoke gym and our members were too! It was a memorable moment that will go down in Klick Fitness history - and we're not sure that our members will look at Swiss balls in the same way again! It just goes to show that there's never a dull moment at Klick Fitness gyms - you never know what might happen! We're hugely pleased for Daniel at his latest achievement.'

Most people doing jumping jacks in a day sets World Record

Most people doing jumping jacks in a day sets World Record

Michelle Obama has earned her family another place in history. This time, Mrs Obama will share the honor with more than 300,000 other participants on Sunday who set the record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

The previous world record was just 20,000.

In a video from the White House, Mrs Obama thanked National Geographic Kids and the Guinness Book of World Records, who helped organize the event as part of Obama's Let's Move! initiative to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children. She also said she hopes that physical fitness will be a priority for the kids who participated.

"More than anything, I want to say, thanks to every single young person who showed that exercise isn't just good for you, but that it's fun too," Mrs Obama said.

A jumping jack is a physical jumping exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides. The jumping jack name comes from the traditional toy of the same name.

Christmas world record attempt for Radio Northwick Park hospital

Christmas world record attempt for Radio Northwick Park hospital

hospital radio station is set for a Christmas Day world record-breaking attempt to hold the biggest present giveaway.

Radio Northwick Park, which broadcasts to patients in the hospital in Watford Road, is teaming up with charity The Kindness Offensive to give out presents to children at the hospital and try and set the record.

The station is also hosting a show with Harrow Community Radio every Saturday in the run-up to Christmas to allow patients to pick their festive favourites, as well as a live request show on Christmas Day itself.

Chairman Matt Blank said: “It's not nice to be in on Christmas Day itself, so on December 25 we'll be doing a special live request show, aimed heavily at the children in the hospital.”

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World's largest such mosaic - Coffee bean mosaic sets world record by Saimir Strati

World's largest such mosaic - Coffee bean mosaic sets world record by Saimir Strati.

Albanian artist Saimir Strati entered the Guinness World Records book for the sixth time on Monday thanks to his 25.1 square meters mosaic composed of 1 million coffee beans, the world's largest such mosaic.

Albanian artist Saimir Strati, 45, poses in front of his coffee bean mosaic with his Guinness World Records certificate in Tirana.

A mosaic made with a million coffee beans has entered the Guinness World Records as the world's largest coffee bean mosaic.

Albanian artist Saimir Strati created a mosaic depicting five musicians.

Strati used 140 kg of coffee beans, some roasted black, some averagely and some not roasted at all, to portray a Brazilian dancer, a Japanese drummer, a US country music singer, a European accordionist and an African drummer.

"I wanted to give the message that sharing love over a cup of coffee brings us closer, a cup of coffee brings us more love than a G20 meeting," Strati told Reuters.

The mosaic is Strati's sixth entry in the Guinness World Records.

In the past he has created a portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci with nails, a galloping horse out of toothpicks, the Mediterranean with wine bottle corks, Michael Jackson with paint brushes and the Greek poet Homer with screws.

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Most Expensive Handbag - Hermes diamond birkin bag

Most Expensive Handbag - Hermes diamond birkin bag

The Hermes diamond birkin bag with diamond & gold hardware was estimated to sell for $90k at auction, however, the bag finally sold for an even higher price, $203,150 with many celebrities having their eye on that bag. A while back, Victoria Beckham was seen carrying one of these birkin bags.

The bag is very rare, being a limited edition, made with red colored crocodile and diamond-studded hardware. At a public auction, the Birkin bag has set a new world record for being the most expensive handbag ever sold at an auction.

At Design District Annex, located at 1518 Slocum Street in Dallas, the Birkin bag was put up for auction as a part of an important Heritage Auction, Handbags & Luxury Accessories Signature auction.

The Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage Auctions, Matt Rubinger states:

“This is an extraordinary example of one of the world’s most exceptional handbags, and this was certainly an exceptional price, exceeding our highest expectations at every corner. This crocodile handbag, was one of the four Hermes handbags that broke the existing record price.”

The other three bags at the auction were:

-Hermes 35cm Matte Brighton Blue Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware, sold for $113,525

-Hermes 35cm Shiny Braise Red Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware, sold for $95,600

-Hermes Ultra Rare 30cm Himalayan Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware, sold for $80,663

Also, at Doyle New York, other Hermes bags were auctioned off at high prices including Hermes matte crocodile birkin bag. A bag that is exclusively made of dazzling diamonds and crocodile skin that sold for a whopping $120,000. Here’s a list of the world’s most expensive handbags, including a handbag that tops the list at $3.8 million, the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse.

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PokerStars Randy "nanonoko" Lew to Attempt World Record at PCA

PokerStars Randy "nanonoko" Lew to Attempt World Record at PCA

On Dec. 13, 2011, PokerStars took to TwoPlusTwo to announce that Team PokerStars Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew will attempt to set or break an unknown Guinness World Record at this year's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The record that will be attempted is unnamed, and PokerStars is enlisting the help of its fans to determine exactly what it will be.

According to the PokerStars post on TwoPlusTwo: “We would like to have TwoPlusTwo's input on what Randy attempts. The record should be poker authentic (and preferably online poker authentic) while being easily understood by the public.”

The post also stresses the importance of keeping the record simple, so that nonpoker players, notably those at the Guinness Book of World Records, will know what’s going on. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's record of "Most Online Poker Tables Played in One Hour" is an example of one that would not be suitable. Others who were rejected included Most ring-game tables played profitably in a given time period and most raises in a given time period.

Here’s a look at some suggestions thus far by TwoPlusTwo users:

    Most hands played in X hours.
    Longest time standing on head while playing online poker.
    Most tables played with profit while riding a exercise bike.
    Most poker hands in 24 hours is a good challenge and very easy to understand.
    Most hands played in an hour without seeing hole cards and showing profit.

The latest promotion idea comes as no surprise because Lew has been one of the hottest members of Team PokerStars Online, although he is making noise in the live arena, as well as the virtual felt. It all started in January when Lew took 10th in the AUD$10,000 Aussie Millions Poker Championship for AUD$100,000, which he followed up with three World Series of Poker cashes over the summer. Then, just a few weeks ago, Lew conquered a field of 575 players to win the Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event for $484,617.

Top 10 Funny Hollywood Movies - Top 10 Most Funny Movies in 2011,2012

List of Top 10 Funny Hollywood Films - Top 10 Most Funny Movies in 2011,2012

10: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Rodrick Rules:

Another movie for young kids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a sequel to 2010 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Zachary Gordon reprises his role of Greg Heffley along with Robert Capron, Devon Bostick and Rachel Harris.

9. No Strings Attached:

Ashton Kutcher paired with Natalie Portman in this romantic comedy film in which they both made agreement of having a casual sex without falling in love.

8. Your Highness:

Your Highness is fantasy comedy movie starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Academy Award Nominee James Franco, Danny McBride and Rasmus Hardiker. The revolves around the two brother Thadeous( McBride) and Fabious(Franco) who are very lazy warriors.

7. The Dilemma:

The Dilemma is also one of the must watch funny movie of 2011 starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Conelly, Queen Latifah and Channing Tatum.

6. Hall Pass:

Owen Wilson teams up Jason Sudeikis in Hall Pass and are given week off from their marriage by their wives to do what ever they want in one week. Hall Pass is very good comedy movie for the adult audience and one the funniest in 2011.

5. Just Go With It:

Once again Adam Sandler delivered the comedy film that will make u laugh continuously for 2 hours. This film also stars Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker and it is a must watch comedy film of 2011.

4. The Hangover 2:

Well they are back. After shaking Las Vegas upside down, they are kicking it at Bangkok for Stu’s wedding. This crazy and funny ride features all the actors from 1st part with Jamie Chung being the new entry.

3. Rio:

Another computer animated movie which is also one of the funniest movies of 2011. The movie follows a adventure of two last remaining species of macaw Blu voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Jewel voiced by Anne Hathaway. It is a comedy film if you want to watch with the family.

2. Rango:

A computer animated film tells the story of a pet chameleon named Rango voiced by Johnny Depp who accidentally ends up in a Mojave Desert. This movie is full of fun and comic sequence that will make you engage for at least 2 hours.

1. Horrible Bosses

What a great movie, one of the best comedy films where everyone has played the role perfectly, Three horrible bosses who are being planned to be murdered by three employees, One of the must watch film

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jet sets world record for speed, distance

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner jet has set world records for both speed and distance for an airliner in its weight class.

The Dreamliner, the first airliner to feature a carbon-fibre fuselage, is being hailed by the manufacturer as a revolution in air travel.

Boeing's sixth 787, ZA006, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11.02am on December 6 and set the distance record for its class (199,580-250,000 kilograms) with a 19,835-kilometre flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 19,144 kilometres.

The record had previously been held by the Airbus A330 based on a 16,903-kilometre flight in 2002.

Following an approximately two-hour stop for refuelling in Dhaka, the aircraft returned to Seattle on a 18,027-kilometre flight.

The aircraft landed at 5.29am on December 8, setting a new record for speed around the world (eastbound) with a total trip time of 42 hours and 27 minutes. There was no previous around-the-world speed record for this weight class.

The 787 carried six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and operations and other Boeing employees - 13 people in total.

Boeing has heralded the Dreamliner as 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aircraft of its size and spruiked its ability to fly more than 15,000 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Japan Airlines said yesterday it would fly the Dreamliner on routes connecting Tokyo with Beijing, New Delhi and Moscow from next spring.

JAL President Masaru Onishi told a press conference that his company was expecting to receive the first Dreamliner in February. It was previously expected in December or January.

JAL had earlier announced a plan to use the fuel-efficient jets for the Narita-Boston route from April.

Onishi said the jets would also fly the routes between Tokyo's Narita airport and New Delhi and Moscow, as well as from the capital's Haneda airport to Beijing.

The long-awaited 787 made its first commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong on October 26, operated by its first customer All Nippon Airways (ANA).

World`s largest medicinal botanic garden set Guinness World Records in China

World`s largest medicinal botanic garden set Guinness World Records in China.

Beijing: A medicinal botanical garden in southwest China has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, a garden official said Friday.

Located in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and spread over an area of 202 hectares (over 2 square kilometres), the garden has been confirmed to be containing the most varieties of medicinal plants and the largest cultivated area of medicinal plants in the world, Xinhua reported.

The garden, till date, has saved over 6,000 kinds of living medicinal plants (including more than 100 endangered varieties and over 30 new varieties), more than 3,200 kinds of medicinal plant seeds and 100,000 medicinal plant images.

Built in 1959 by Guangxi`s health department, its objective is to cultivate, collect and save medicinal plants besides conducting research.

The garden is expected to be built into an advanced international medicinal plants conservation base and a centre for traditional Chinese medicine culture and science.

Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is one of China`s most undeveloped provinces. But it is known for its large variety of herbal medicines and the ethnic minority cultures of Zhuang and Yao.

A botanical garden is a well-tended area displaying a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain special plant collections.

UAE National Day 2011 - Dubai Sevens Winners breaks records on UAE National Day

UAE National Day 2011 - Dubai Sevens tournament Winners breaks records on UAE National Day

South Africa upstaged New Zealand while defending champions England and Fiji powered past their rivals on the opening day of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament at The Sevens stadium off Dubai-Al Ain Road on Friday.

Over 43,000 fans flocked to The Sevens on the 40th anniversary of UAE National Day to witness the action, according to the organisers.

Meanwhile, the International Rugby Board has announced figures showing that the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens has smashed the record for the number of live hours broadcast from a single round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Dubai round of the 2011/12 Series will accumulate 222 hours of live television, up from 182 hours in 2010. The figure surpasses the previous best, 191 hours of live broadcast from the Hong Kong Sevens 2011. In all, 22 broadcasters are showing live pictures from Dubai, up from 14 last year, which has also increased the number of countries receiving live pictures, from 90 to 120.

Tournament favourites Fiji, who won the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Gold Coast, Australia, won an ill-tempered pool A clash against their arch rivals 31-14 in which red cards were shown to both sides.

Nine-time winners of the IRB World Sevens Series were rocked by South Africa who prevailed for an impressive 21-5 victory in pool B.

Crowd favourites England were the most impressive as they roared an emphatic 29-12 victory in a thrilling pool C clash spurred on by a hat-trick from winger Dan Norton. England had blown away Zimbabwe 43-0 and edged past Kenya 19-12 earlier to book their place in the quarter-finals.

France drew first blood but England hit back through Mat Turner and Norton.

Terry Bouhraoua scored possibly the try of the day, though, to level scores 12-12 at the break.

Norton put England back in front with a magic finish of his own after the interval before completing his hat-trick after Turner's break. Nick Royle then came off the bench to seal a comfortable win.

France saw off Kenya 27-5 and overcame Zimbabwe 26-0 to make sure of their place in the last eight - and they will now face South Africa who overcame defending Series champions New Zealand.

Having already beaten Portugal and USA, the Blitzbokke dominated the All Blacks in the deciding pool game.

New Zealand never got into their stride - with Saturday's clash against England a repeat of the quarter-final from the Gold Coast Sevens.

Wales booked their place in the last eight but just like in Australia, they had to survive a scare or two before securing a knockout clash against Argentina.

Having edged past Scotland (14-7) and Canada (15-12), Paul John's side, the Plate winners at the Gold Coast Sevens, turned on the style to thump Australia 33-14 and top the pool.

Australia will face Fiji in the last eight.

Scotland overcame Canada with Andrew Turnbull's hat-trick seeing him reach 100 World Series tries.

Fiji were in ominous form as they powered through their pool with 40-7 and 43-0 wins over Argentina and UAE respectively.

However their full-bloodied 31-14 win over Samoa - featuring a hat-trick from Joeli Lutumailagi - gifted Argentina a place in the cup quarter-finals on points difference.

England coach Ben Ryan claims there is still room for improvement against New Zealand, who beat England 24-14 in the quarter-finals in Australia.

"With New Zealand we know they'll always play well against us and we'll really have to be on our mettle in the quarter-final," he said.

"As a side we're not quite clicking but we are slowly getting there and when we keep the ball we're threatening everywhere."

Ryan also praised Dan Norton after the former Gloucester and Bristol wing scored five tries to take his World Series tally to 54 in 18 tournaments.

"Dan's demanding the ball on the wing, all our forwards are winning great possession and when he gets the ball in space he's lethal," added Ryan.

UAE made a dream debut at the 42nd edition of the Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament with Sri Lankan-born Emad Reyal scoring two tries in their 55-12 defeat against Samoa in their opening Pool A match.

However, UAE were brought down to earth by Argentina who scored a runaway 73-7 victory in the final match after having done well to restrict Fiji, the winners of the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Gold Coast, Australia to a 43-0 scoreline.

On a historic day for the nation which is celebrating its 40th National Day, the UAE national team confounded cynics by preventing the former IRB World Sevens Series champions from blanking them in their maiden appearance at the competition.

Samoa as expected scored nine tries with Tom Iosefo, Faalmemiga Selesele and Paul Perez scoring two apiece. Their try by Iosefo should have been disallowed as the ball slipped out of his hands before he touched down.

But the former Arabian Gulf team overcame nerves after Samoa got off to a quick start to surge ahead 19-0 to pull one back with a brilliant individual effort from Reyal.

Dubai Exiles scrum half Reyal drafted into the side for the Goa Sevens a fortnight ago, stunned the mighty Samoans with a spectacular break from the halfway mark to score UAE's first try in the fifth minute and put the finishing touches after the hooter had sounded with Emirati Cyrus Homayoun having a hand in the second.

“It’s just awesome and it’s nice to represent the UAE. It’s like my home country, so I’m proud to be a part of that," said an elated Reyal who is in his first season with Dubai Exiles having previously represented Lanka Lions in the social segment of the Dubai Sevens for the past three years.

“I just wanted to win the game for the UAE and make the country proud – that’s it. This was my ambition from a very small age. I told my dad that I wanted to play for the UAE someday, so I’ve achieved that and I’m happy about it.”

The 20-year-old from Sri Lanka's central district of Kandy showed a good change of pace and a clean pair of heels after hitting a gap on the right flank and racing across before scoring with an extravagant swan dive in the corner for an unconverted try.

Samoa racked up a 31-5 lead at the interval and it appeared to be one-way traffic after the turn around with Steve Smith did succeed in stopping one try-scoring effort.

But having precious little possession, UAE had their hands full in stopping the powerful Samoans who were threatening to run riot.

With just over a minute left UAE coach Wayne Marsters gave Homayoun and Stefan Imbert a run perhaps more in the hope of stemming the tide. However, the first ever Emirati to play in the Dubai Sevens not only made an impact in defence. He made a break on the left even as the hooter sounded, retrieved the ball after being brought down and forced the back peddling Samoans to concede a penalty near the goal line.

The ball was swung wide with skipper Tim Fletcher sending out a long pass for Reyal to canter across for his second try which was converted by Murray Strang.

"We are very excited and proud to perform the way we did. We could not have asked anything better against Samoa," said Homayoun.

"It was nervous, yes. We played well and were very excited to hear the crowds cheering us on and that helped us a little bit more too," he said talking about his experience.

Asked how he felt tackling the mighty Samoans, he said: "It was hard as I thought it would be. He offload it and unfortunately scored a try. I said to myself this guy's not going to come through me."

On Reyal's double he said: "He is a superstar. One long range and second with support. We worked hard to get that. That was one of our goals coming into this tournament, score in every game."

On the impact made by Emirati substitute Homayoun, Marsters said: "Stefan (Imbert) and Cyrus both featured in that last try. They went on and made a difference, Cyrus particularly. He was not just going on to fill in time at the end of the match. He went on and contributed. I was really pleased with the confidence he showed."

Asked whether he expected Reyal to emerge as their key player, Marsters said:  "He had a slow start in Goa and scored a hat-trick of tries against India. As the matches went on he grew in confidence. We kind of knew that if he took another step up like he did in Goa, that he could match against the big boys here. We kind of knew that he could surprise a few people."

"We have to be realistic in what our goals are this weekend. We talked about scoring points and I thought we did that and did that well," said Marsters.

He was pleased with the team effort as UAE battled back to score the second try with a last-gasp effort.

"Two tries by Emad great individual try. I was pleased for him but the second was more a team try and I was probably more happy with that. It was testimony as far as support play and fighting right to the very end and scoring points," he said.

However, Marsters admitted UAE came up short in defence.

"Defensively we were 10 or 15 pints a better team than we were this morning. But the first one is always going to be bit of a shock to us. No matter how much you prepare to play against teams of that calibre, still always a bit of a surprise. If we can defensively improve and still be scoring tries, it would be ideal," he said.

Samoa coach Stephen Betham was also impressed by UAE's performance in the first two games.

"I watched the game against Fiji and they sort of picked up their game as well. They kept Fiji up for quite a bit. They were showing signs of improvement with every game.
It's to be expected. Anyway you get better in Sevens when you play as much as you can," said

Spirit of the Union - UAE National Day 2011 Video

Asked whether he was surprised for a new side like UAE to have scored against them, he said: "I think they did well. They scored two tries against us. They came off our mistakes and capitalised on it. Credit to them for stepping up and taking their chances."

UAE throttled Fiji in the first half with some gallant tackles before going down 43-0 in their second match on their debut campaign in the second leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

The Pacific islanders eased into a 17-0 by scoring thrice in just under four minutes but UAE staged a fight back of sorts either side of the interval.

Skipper Tim Fletcher led by example stopped a Fijian try-scoring with a booming tackle as UAE contained them at half time.

The mercurial Fijians never really into their stride as UAE denied them possession and forced the opposition into committing errors with James Brown dropping the ball on one occasion after crossing the line.

Fiji made no less than four substitutions in the second half with one player going out with a bloodied nose as UAE rattled them launching counter attacks with Emad Reyal sniffing an opportunity but passing wildly for their attacking move to break down.

The Fijians scored four more tries but UAE made them work hard for it with Arabian Gulf veteran Sean Hurley and David Matasio standing out in defence.

Rampant Argentine side scored at will against a woefully inadequate host defence running up 11 tries, six of them in the first half as they surged to a 40-nil lead when the hooter sounded.

UAE's only consolation effort came before the interval when skipper Tim Fletcher put the finishing touches to a counter attack initiated by Chris Gregory while Emad Reyal wrong footed the last line of defence before flinging out a long pass for the UAE try. Murray Strang added the extra points.

"It was a huge thrill individually. We put it through six or seven hands. The boys showed good enthusiasm in our attack. We got the ball three times and we had the opportunity to score twice at least. We scored once and the support play was really very good," said Fletcher on his try-scoring effort.

Ironically they were targeting Argentina but were starved of possession.


Pool A

Fiji 40 Argentina 7
Samoa 55 UAE 12
Fiji 43 UAE 0
Samoa 28 Argentina 28
Argentina 73 UAE 7
Fiji 31 Samoa 14

Pool B

New Zealand 40 United States 0
South Africa 17 Portugal 5
New Zealand 31 Portugal 7
South Africa 36 United States 7
United States 10 Portugal 12
South Africa 21 New Zealand 5

Pool C

France 27 Kenya 5
England 43 Zimbabwe 0
France 26 Zimbabwe 0
England 19 Kenya 12
Kenya 5 Zimbabwe 21
France 12 England 29

Pool D

Wales 14 Scotland 7
Australia 40 Canada 7
Wales 15 Canada 12
Australia 24 Scotland 12
Scotland 19 Canada 14
Wales 33 Australia 14

Grimsby electrician Dave Clixby is new world record for abdominal planking

Grimsby electrician Dave Clixby is new world record for abdominal planking.

A Grimsby electrician has powered his way into the record books – as the current world champion of planking.

Dave Clixby completed a world record-breaking 37 minutes 40 seconds in the abdominal plank position, held up by his elbows and toes.

Sporting his distinctive large beard, which he is growing for Help For Heroes, he reached his ultimate feat before shoppers at Freshney Place, Grimsby.

He added a gruelling four minutes and 40 seconds on to the previous world record of 33 minutes, which was set by 68-year-old Australian Paul Drinan earlier this year.

Planking, which is an isometric core strength exercise, involves participants maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. David opted for the front plank, whereby his body weight was borne on his forearms, elbows and toes.

The father-of-three, of Marshall Avenue, Grimsby, said the thoughts of all the troops serving in Afghanistan had spurred him on.

As well as scores of shoppers cheering him on, his children Callum, 15, twin daughters Ella and Libbie, 12, and wife Julie were on hand.

It was Julie who gave him the spark for the idea – she attends a legs, bums and tums class.

Dave, 43, said: "I was determined to do it. Fear is a tremendous motivation. I knew I could get to 25 minutes, having practised in the back room at home, but I wanted to push on through past the record. It was nervous energy and adrenalin that got me though.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic. Those last few minutes were absolutely excruciating, but I tried to focus my mind on something else.

"It was also great to get all the sponsorship from local firms and the people who came to watch. It took a lot of energy."

A diet of fresh Grimsby fish, pasta and chicken helped build up Dave's strength.

He hopes to add about £1,000 in sponsorship to the £3,000 raised by beard growing, along with his mate Richard Wall, as reported.

Donations of £100 from an anonymous donor at Freshney Place and £20 from a serviceman have also boosted the appeal.

David chose Help For Heroes, as Corporal Lee Fox – son of the landlady of The County Hotel in Brighowgate, Grimsby – and David's cousin, Nick Pullen, have served in Afghanistan.

Evidence of his amazing feat will be sent in a video to The Guinness Book Of World Records thanks to his friend Bob Barford.

Most Number of People Knitting break Guinness world record in Kaohsiung

Most Number of People Knitting break Guinness world record in Kaohsiung

Kaohsung, Dec. 3 (CNA) More than 1,800 people in Kaohsiung broke a world record Saturday by knitting scarves simultaneously to top off a cultural festival.

A total of 1,805 knitters, including students and community volunteers, completed nearly finished scarves at Fongshan Stadium to mark the end of the Cao Jin Cultural Festival.

They broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Number of People Knitting Simultaneously in a single location previously set by 1,146 knitters in Ireland's Roscommon Lamb Festival April 30.

The record-breaking knit-a-thon was witnessed by Tsai Po-ying, deputy director-general of the city's Civil Affairs Bureau and a lawyer. The organizers said they will register the feat with the Guinness World Records.

The scarves will be given away to under-priviledged groups, including the disabled, senior citizens living in nursing homes and single-parent families, said the organizers.

The annual festival is held in memory of Cao Jin, a municipal director of the late Qing Dynasty, for his efforts to build the Caogong Canal, which consisted of 44 water channels that helped irrigate 2,473 hectares of agricultural land.

Longest line of coins set Guinness World Record by Philippines

Longest line of coins set Guinness World Record by Philippines

Volunteers arrange coins during an attempt to break the world record of the longest line of coins at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila

                                                       Longest line of coins picture

Philippine civic groups and charities lined up almost 73 kilometers (45 miles) of coins on Wednesday in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record and build schools for the poor.

The project, which aimed to set a new record for the longest line of single-denomination coins, received a better response than anticipated with families thronging Manila’s Quirino Grandstand to donate their coins.

While it will take time to get the official certification from Guinness World Records, organizer Paul Chan said the Philippines had clearly toppled the old record of 64.88 kilometers of pennies set in Fort Scott, Kansas in 2008.

“Unofficially, we have received nearly 73 kilometers of coins already but we cannot state that officially unless a geodetic engineer and an architect certifies it,” as required by Guinness, said Chan.

Businesses, universities and private groups all contributed nearly 3.6 million 25-centavo denomination coins, amounting to about 912,000 pesos ($21,000), which will be used to build schools.

The project, supported by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is also intended to bring more coins into circulation to ease a shortage of loose change affecting many businesses, organizers said.

World's longest Christmas cake set Guinness World Record in Shanghai,China

World's longest Christmas cake set Guinness World Record in Shanghai,China

A one-kilometre long cake achieved a new Guinness World Record in Shanghai on Thursday during a charity event to raise funds for children with cancer.

                                                World's longest Christmas cake picture

The world's longest ever Christmas cake, a 1,068 metre-long (3,504 foot) vanilla flavoured log with a bitter chocolate frosting, was created by 80 cooks from the five star Pudong Shangri-la Hotel.

Preparation took several days and the final set up involved 150 staff members working for 24 hours straight, with the cake placed on 156 tables lined up in the hotel lobby.

"We make the sponge, we bake and then, when it's cooled down, we make our vanilla cream, which is inside, we roll it up, and we make our very secret recipe of chocolate frosting," explained the hotel's pastry chef Yusuf Yaran.

"We put it all over the cake, and then we have our candy decorations and some icing sugar on the top," Yaran said.

The record-breaking recipe required 904 organic eggs, 1,045 kilograms (2,304 pounds) of wheat flour, 209 kilograms (461 pounds) of cane sugar, 633 litres (1,114 pints) of fresh cream, 401 kilograms (884 pounds) of bitter chocolate and 34 kilograms (75 pounds) of vanilla from Tahiti.

Ulrich Jablonka, executive chef at the hotel, said that the planning was the most arduous part of the process.

The previous record for a Christmas log cake was achieved by French chefs in Paris exactly a year ago, on December 1st, 2010, according to Guinness World Records.

It measured 207.8 metres (682 feet).

Chefs in Shanghai intended to make the cake stretch out for 888 metres (2,913 feet), so the announcement of the final length far exceeded expectations.

The cake was sliced immediately and sold to the public for 2 yuan (0.31 US dollars) per piece.

World's longest kebab 2011 - Japan cooks world's longest kebab

World's longest kebab 2011 - Japan cooks sets world record for world's longest kebab.

Tokyo - Residents of a small Japanese island cooked up a late-night snack that could satisfy even the heartiest appetite - a kebab more than 100 metres long.

Thousands of people on southern Ishigaki island tucked into the 107.6 metre monster, the world's longest, in an event to promote the premium Ishigaki beef, local tourism agency official Shuntaro Kosasa said.

Organisers had originally planned to make a beef kebab only 25 metres long, believing the world record was just 8.74 metres and set in Texas.

"Just three days before the event, we were informed that people in Lebanon actually set a new record of 97.5 metres in August," Kosasa said.

"We had to hurriedly prepare for four times more beef and cooking utensils and a skewer to make a kebab longer than 100 metres," he said.

The stainless steel skewer had to be repaired twice before the world's longest kebab was successfully cooked and certified by an official from Guinness World Records, he said.

Some 15,000 people - around a third of the island's population - later tucked into the kebab, he added.

World's Largest Christmas Tree 2011 - Biggest Christmas Tree in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil

World's Largest Floating Christmas Tree - Biggest Christmas Tree in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil

The world's largest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rio de Janeiro, marking the official start of the holiday season in the Brazilian city .

The lighting of the tree, which is on a platform in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, took place Saturday night amid a fireworks display and the music of the Barra Mansa Symphonic Orchestra.

                                 World's Largest Christmas Tree picture

The tree, officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, is an 85-meter metal cone that weighs 542 tonnes and is illuminated by 3.3 million Christmas lights.

The floating tree, which has been one of Rio's top Christmas attractions since 1996, is surrounded by 105 km of lighted hoses that produce special effects, projecting images in the sky that are visible for miles, organizers said.

The lighting ceremony also served to unveil the logo of the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will take place two weeks after the Olympic Games end in the South American city.

About 10,000 people turned out to watch the Christmas tree's lighting, organizers said.

The tree, which will be lighted every night until January 6, 2012, will be towed to other sites on the lagoon so it can be viewed from different spots in the city.

World's longest cigar‎ - Cuban Cigar claims Guinness World Record

Cuba can once again lay claim to producing the longest cigar in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Havana, Cuba, Nov 25.- Cuban cigar roller Jose Cautelar Cairo (Cueto), who rolled an 81.8-meter-long cigar last May, was presented in Havana with the official certificate that validates his fifth Guinness World Record by Dianna Melrose, ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Cuba.

Melrose encouraged Cueto, who hand-rolled the largest cigar in the world during the 31st International Tourism Fair held at the Morro-Cabaña Fortress in the Cuban capital, to continue working in favor of Cuba’s prestige in this field worldwide.

Speaking with CAN, the diplomat said that this is also an accomplishment by Cuba as it means more prestige to its cigars, which are internationally known for their high quality; it boosts Cuban cigar sales abroad, and attracts more tourism to the Caribbean island.

She mentioned that her country is one of Cuba’s main tourist markets, with about 200,000 visitors this year. She added that she feels confident that Cuba will continue being an attractive destination for European tourists, especially for the British.

During the ceremony, participants also recognized the contribution of those who cooperated with Cueto in this endeavor like cigar roller Hamlet Jaime Paredes, from the Romeo and Juliet Cigar Factory.

Cueto achieved his first Guinness record in 2001, with a hand-rolled cigar of 11.4 meters; the second one was in 2003 (14.86); the third in 2005 (20.41); and the fourth in 2008 (45.38); all of them were also certified by the Guinness World Records.

World's longest cigar‎ - Cuban Cigar claims Guinness World Record Video


Almutairi sets Bodybuilding World Records

LONDON: Sports intelligence is a gift distinguished athletes have, yet some develop it alongside with education to become an even better athlete and student such as Tariq Almutairi, 27, who was placed fifth in the Nottingham International Bodybuilding competition recently (in October) in the UK.

Almutairi finished second at the UKBFF competition held in September this year in Birmingham after competing in the under-90 kg weight category. This qualified him to compete at the UKBFF British finals championship under-80 kg in Nottingham in October where he finished fifth.

"Tariq improved his physique considerably between his qualifier in Birmingham and the British Finals in Nottingham," said Helen O'Reilly, Gladiator Panther TV personality, the 1991 Miss Europe and owner of Panthers Gym where Almutairi trains since May 2011. "Tariq has the physical attributes and mental strength required to make him a World Champion in the future," she said. "Panthers Gym will also continue to support and encourage Tariq and our other athletes to reach their bodybuilding goals and fulfill their true potential," she said, adding that he has attended the IFBB Education Course and is a qualified Personal Trainer.

What O'Reilly said was not a surprise as Arabs are known to have the best figure, especially with the small waist comparing to Europeans and other nationalities to adopt bodybuilding and show the improvements when hard work is made and so far most of the world titles are delivered by them, said Almutairi. Saudi Arabian bodybuilder Emad Alharbi and Muneer Aljassas are some examples of that success. "Nothing is impossible. I was privileged with the chance to study here and my experience as a coach (GYM instructor) encouraged me to get back and dedicate myself to it and am confident I'll will not stop until I get the world title," O'Reilly added.

In a three-hour long interview at Brunel University where he is finishing his bachelor's degree in business management, he said, from coaching many Arabs and especially Saudis, practicing bodybuilding is encouraged because it provides fast rewards to the individual, not to mention, self confidence. Most of his customers back home for example are in the age group 15 to 24.

"People think youth do it to gain praise or to show off their physique, and this is true to some extent, but the bigger picture is to be able to stand out with confidence and enjoy a healthier good looking body," he said. Hence, he added, children and even married couples tend to join to enjoy that. Women too, he added, are interested in it, to enjoy similar rewards even if they do not look for the huge muscles and six-pack men wants. "Surprisingly, women showed more determination in it," he said.

With small lunch boxes made every night and packed in his bag, he starts his day counting his own calories and carbs gained each day. He takes pictures and keeps a record of his body's reaction to it and limits the hours of training according to what his body needs. The job of an athlete, trainer, physiologist and nutritionist all rolled into one, and when asked how he does it, he said: "I just got into the habit of researching whatever interests me in addition to attending workshops and courses on these topics," he said. His friends think he is crazy, however, he believes having them trying it out even if for a week is proof they trust him and his sports intelligence, despite the fact that he was modest enough to mention it this way.

Almutairi's passionate heart on bodybuilding allowed him to establish himself and gain more than hundreds of fans on a Facebook fan page and from his previous work experiences in clubs such as the IMC hospital in Jeddah. "This and the continuous support I get from my fellow colleagues in the same game and here is truly a huge incentive and motivation for me. And when I qualify for an event, I ensure that I give it my best as I am presenting myself, my country, Arabs and Muslims. So, I have to set a good example to be able to make them all proud, and on top of all that my country, and not just settle with the qualification."

The tempting thing about bodybuilding is the fact, he said, you could see the difference from the first week. It might be the living condition in our country and the choice many of us make to eat homemade food. "What made me sure is that bodybuilders do need supplements and in specific during the last month before any competition. "I've tried both, and I'm thankful to God my body agrees with me on that and is giving me good results," he said.

Understanding one's body is not easy and takes years of experiment, the 170 cm tall Almutairi said, when it comes to water for example, sometimes we need to reduce or even stop drinking any sort of liquids for a day, considering our body already consists of almost 70 percent of water and sometimes the body gets extra weight or holds extra water. "However not all athletes are aware of it, and we have seen some not being cautious on the day of their competition due to that." Almutairi's efforts earned him the nickname the Red Shadow among his colleagues as he learned how to offer his body a balanced diet.

Israel sets Largest chemistry lesson world record

Israel sets Largest chemistry lesson world record

Guinness World Records says it has recognized Israel's Science and Technology Ministry for holding the "largest chemistry lesson."

Less than two months after an Israeli took home the Nobel Prize for chemistry the country is celebrating a new scientific breakthrough.

The officials at Guinness World Records have confirmed that it is the new record holder for having staged the largest chemistry lesson.

A total of 4,207 gathered in 13 classrooms in September to carry out an experiment first undertaken in space. The original experiment was performed by Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who was killed in 2003 when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere

Last year an Israeli chess player set a new world record for playing the highest number of games at one time in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

Israel's Science and Technology Ministry director Menachem Greenblum said the record showed that Israel was "a scientific powerhouse".

World’s largest carnitas taco set World Record by Mexican city of Queretaro

World’s largest carnitas taco set World Record by Mexican city of Queretaro

The country that holds the record for the world’s largest cheesecake, meatball and pair of trousers can now add another name to the list in the Guinness book of world records.

The Mexican city of Querétaro set a new record with the world’s largest carnitas taco, measuring 73 meters and using 150 thousand kilos of pork. Besides the the massive amount of pork, 700 thousand kilos of tortillas, 500 kilos of tomatoes 300 kilos of onions and 20 kilos de cilantro were used to put the taco together.

Staff of The Guinness World Records certified the achievement, which involved volunteers and students from National College of Professional Education, Tec Milenio University and the Culinary Institute of Advanced Studies.

With hundreds of people watching on, the taco was assembled on a huge table in a garden in the heart of Querétaro. The official Guinness World Records measurement surpassed the former record, which was only 65 meters long, and involved 150 thousand kilos of the pulled pork.

Once the record was broken, the tasty tortilla did not go to waste, as it was distributed among the volunteers, chefs and crowd who came to see the event.

The idea behind the giant taco was the brainchild of the Board of Querétaro's Kitchen, whose president, Francisco Reséndiz, said the "tacote" cost around 700 thousand pesos, or $50,000, and was meant to promote Querétaro and its local cuisine.

Longest Yule log cake sets Guinness World Record by Pudong Shangri-La

Longest Yule log cake sets Guinness World Record by Pudong Shangri-La

Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai will attempt to break the existing Guinness World Record for the longest Yule log cake  at 10am on December 1.

The hotel pastry chefs hope to break the record, which stands at 207.8m-long, by creating an 888m-long cake.

The existing record was unveiled by Philippe Gardette of the Ordre Culinaire International and Jean-Claude Méritte and Nathalie Raphael of CODECOM (all from France), in La Défense, Paris, France on December 1, 2010.

This time, 80 chefs of Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai will showcase their masterful expertise with flour and eggs, and the cake will start at the hotel’s Grand Tower lobby and cross the entire length of the River Wing lobby, spread over two staircases in its path.

Visitors are invited to watch the event. This is the first time that a hotel in China has made a Guinness World Record attempt, and a cake 888m-long has been chosen because the number “eight” in Chinese also represents fortune, good luck and prosperous.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be present to witness the event, alongside children from the Shanghai Children’s Hospital of Fudan University and students from Pudong Special Educational School.

Largest gathering of pirates in one place - Penzance town set world pirate record

Largest gathering of pirates in one place - Penzance town set world pirate record

A west Cornwall town is celebrating after being officially recognised as a world record breaker.

The Guinness World Records have confirmed that Penzance now holds the title for the largest gathering of pirates in one place.

On Sunday 25 June, 8,734 people in fancy dress assembled on Penzance promenade at 13:00 BST.

They have now officially broken the previous record set by 6,166 pirates in Hastings in 2010.

The pirate gathering was part of the town's annual Golowan Festival which celebrates the traditional feast of St John.

Pirate ships

The record attempt was the brainchild of Penzance resident, Angie Butler, who wanted her home town, made famous by the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, "The Pirates of Penzance", to hold the pirate record.

Participants were asked to wear pirate items including bandanas, cut off trousers, eye patches, pirate hats and cutlasses.

Organiser Andy Hazelhurst said: "We had all sorts of standards of costume from Johnny Depp look-a-likes to little kids with stripy t-shirts.

"We even had dogs dressed up, although they didn't get counted."

They were counted on to the promenade in Penzance by official counters.