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).

Blind man sets aerobatic world record‎

Blind man sets aerobatic world record‎,

A blind daredevil set an aerobatics world record for the most consecutive formation loops yesterday.

Mike Newman has pledged to make it a triple crown - by breaking the world blind land speed record on the road and in the water

The bank manager carried out the first of 26 consecutive loops before his co-pilot Myles Garland took over the controls.

Their Blades aircraft was joined by three others flying in formation with them as they broke the record at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire yesterday.

The four EA-300 LPs reached a height of 2,000ft at the top of the loops and the pilots experienced 3.5g during the manoeuvres.

Mr Newman, a married father-of-two- said: 'It was brilliant, I could have happily stayed up there until tea time.

'We usually do our records on the ground but this was such a different experience and a wonderful experience.

closely with the RAF Association Wings Appeal, which supports RAF service personnel.

After notching up the air title, Mr Newman is hoping to complete a triple crown of world records on land, sea and in the air.

He is hoping to wrestle back his blind land speed record by driving a supercar at over 200mph next year.

His record was taken away from him last year by Turkish driver Metin Senturk who drove a Ferrari F430 unaccompanied at 182mph.

He is also planning to try and beat the current Blind Water Speed Record of 99.19mph using a Silverline F1 Powerboat.

Both attempts, planned for the next 12 months, would see Mr Newman become the first blind person to hold world speed records for air, land, and water.

However, yesterday he was toasting his blind flying world record.

Prayer building earns Guinness World Record

BAGUIO CITY  - A 12.19m high building painted like stone tablets containing the biblical Ten Commandments has earned for the summer capital a Guinness World Record, thanks to a businesswoman who also funded the unveiling of a giant Philippine flag here earlier this year.

Grace Galindez-Gupana seems to have a penchant for setting world records. Her company claims she now holds seven records, including being the creator of the biggest national flag and organiser of the biggest clinical sessions for diabetics and cholesterol watchers.

Ms Gupana, chief executive officer of ABS Gen Herbs International Corp, turned over to the city government a 5.5 million pesos (S$162,000) A-shaped 'prayer building' featuring the Ten Commandments in July.

Ms Gupana commissioned contractors in March to design and rush work on the structure located within the Diplomat Hotel compound, said Rafael Talokoy, executive secretary of Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Most single studio recordings sets Guinness World Record by Asha Bhosle

Most single studio recordings sets Guinness World Record by Asha Bhosle

Singing legend Asha Bhosle entered the Guinness World Records Thursday for the most single studio recordings. The 78-year-old has reportedly recorded up to 11,000 solos, duets and chorus-backed songs in over 20 Indian languages since 1947.

    I am honoured after receiving this award: Asha Bhosle
Mehbooba Mehbooba (Sholay), Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Caravan) and Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko (Yaadon Ki Baraat) to her credit, was conferred with the Guinness honour at the Asian awards function held in London, a statement said.

The singer is elated with the record. "Aaj sahi mayne mein mujhe aisa lag raha hai ki mein world ki recognised singer hogayi hu. Mujhe ye pata tha key sabse zyada mere recorded songs hai phir bhi main aaj tak chup rahi (Today, I truly feel I am a world recognised singer. I always knew I have the maximum number of songs to my credit, still I never said anything all this while," Asha said

She thanked music researcher Vishwas Nerurkar for helping her get the Guinness title.

"Vishwas Nerurkar ne mere sab gaano ka pata karke Guinness World Records ko correct information diya aur aaj yeh samaan mujhe mila hai (Vishwas Nerurkar found out about all my songs and gave the correct information to Guinness World Records, because of which I got this title)," she added.

Asha also had a message for her fans.

"Mein apne chahanewalo ko kehna chahungi ke aapka pyar mere liye issi tarha se barkarar rahein aur jis tarha aapne mere gaano ko pyaar kiya hai usi tarhan meri acting (Hindi film Maaee) ko bi aapka pyar aur ashirwad miley (To all those who love me, I would like to say that I hope your love for me remains the way it has always been and just the way you have loved my songs, you will love my Hindi film Maaee too)," she said.

Asha will make her big screen acting debut with Maaee, which is complete and ready for release.

Directed by Mahesh Kodiyal, the film is co-produced by Subhash Dawar of Alliance Entertainment and Nitin Shankar of Rythm D'vine Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Bridgette Jordan - World's Shortest Living Woman in Illinois

Bridgette Jordan - World's Shortest Living Woman in Illinois set Guinness World Record

Bridgette Jordan (22) from Sandoval, Illinois, stands 2 feet 3 inches (69 cm) and also holds the record for shortest living siblings with her 20 year-old brother Brad. Jordan breaks the record of 22-year-old Elif Kocaman, from Kadirli, Turkey, who measured 2 feet 4.58 inches (72.6 cm).

A dancing, cheerleading 2ft tall American has been named world's shortest living woman by Guinness World Records.

Bridgette Jordan, 22, from Sandoval, Illinois, stands 2ft 3in (69cm) and also holds the record for shortest living siblings with her 20-year-old brother Brad.

Standing at a comparatively lofty 3ft 2in (96.5cm), Brad lists his hobbies as basketball, karate and gymnastics.

Music-lover Bridgette also likes to stay active and often spends time dancing and cheerleading.

On her record-breaking achievement she said: ""It feels awesome. It's great to be small. I believe that everyone should be confident in themselves.""

Her brother added: ""Hopefully this will go a little way to helping people realise it's OK to be different.""

The siblings, who have Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II, live with their parents in Sandoval and study at Kaskaskia College.

Ms Jordan breaks the record of 22-year-old Elif Kocaman, from Kadirli, Turkey, who measured 2ft 4.58in (72.6 cm). Jyoti Amge, 17, from Nagpur, India, is currently recognised as the world's shortest teenager, standing at just 2ft tall (61.95 cm).

Both Jordan siblings feature in the Guinness World Records 2012.

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Sharjah cricket stadium sets Guinness World Records

Sharjah cricket stadium sets Guinness World Records.

Sharjah: The Sharjah Cricket Stadium has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the maximum One-day international matches in the world.

This book which lists all world record breaking efforts has issued a certificate to Sharjah Cricket Stadium officials announcing the inclusion of this venue in the new edition of the book.

This announcement comes at a time when the venue is being revived for international cricket again with Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series to be held from November 3 and a One-day match on November 20. Sharjah has hosted 200 One-day matches since its inception in 1982.

Commenting on the honour, Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, the cricket enthusiast who brought international cricket into the desert by building the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, said: “It truly is a great honor to be a part of the Guinness World Record files. It means a lot to us and we will keep doing our best to continue to add to the number over the time. The Guinness recognition is recognition for all those who contributed immensely to successfully staging matches. It’s an honor for the UAE and especially for fans, who are our biggest supporters. We look forward to their enthusiastic response.”

Waleed Bukhatir, vice chairman of the Sharjah Cricket Club who is currently busy with the renovation of the stadium, said: “It was not easy to achieve such a huge recognition. Sharjah Stadium has moved one step ahead of anyone in the world. This venue which has many records to its credit hence deserves this honour and I am sure with cricket being revived in this venue many more records too will follow soon.”

Expressing his appreciation for his father Abdulrehman Bukhatir, Waleed Bukhatir, said: “We will carry on Bukhatir’s vision to take cricket forward. We are thankful to Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the president of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for all his support. This honour has come at the right time when the stadium is gearing up for more cricket.”

Bukhatir revealed that today, Sharjah is among the world’s most popular cricket venues due to its fans. “In this moment of glory we congratulate all the spectators who made it a success with their presence. We are confident they will continue to extend their support to the venue.”

Global FuelSave Day - World’s biggest fuel economy class

Global Fuel Save Day - World’s biggest fuel economy class set Guinness world record by Quentin Willson

Yesterday I entered the Guinness Book of Records. Shell Global Fuel Save Day was the world’s biggest fuel-economy class.

In front of a crowd of 1,000 people, and hooked up with nine other countries as far away as Malaysia, I told drivers how simple changes to their behaviour – and using Shell FuelSave regular fuels – could save between £300 and £500 a year.

We Brits waste 1,800 miles worth of petrol finding car parking spaces, avoiding roundabouts and right turns, and ­eccentricities like driving 10 extra miles to avoid learners at a test centre.

World's largest flashlight Made by Zweibrueder Optoelectronics in Germany

World's largest flashlight Made by Zweibrueder Optoelectronics in Germany

SOLINGEN, Germany, - Zweibrueder Optoelectronics Unveils Four-Meter-Long Flashlight At Solingen's Festival of Lights.

It's not a flashlight that will fit easily in your pocket: The Lichternacht (Festival of Lights) in Solingen, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, saw the unveiling of the world's largest flashlight yesterday. Made by Zweibrueder Optoelectronics, it's four meters long and features 19 high-powered LED lights. Thanks to the flashlight, the company has made it into the Guinness Book of Records. "This flashlight isn't just a high performer, it came about thanks to high performance - 230 hours of work went into its production," says Sven Objartel, managing director at Zweibrueder Optoelectronics.

The lamp wasn't just devised with its size in mind - it also makes a strong statement for energy efficiency. Today's LED lights are up to 13 times more efficient than conventional light bulbs, and last 1000 times as long. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are electronic light sources - based on semiconductors - that give off light when supplied with energy. If a luminous flux of 100,000 lumen is supplied to the flashlight, it consumes 1000 watts of energy. In comparison, 250 conventional 40-watt light bulbs consume 10,000 watts of energy.

Facts and Figures on the Record Flashlight: Length approx. 400 cm ...roughly equivalent to a VW Golf car

Energy consumption 1300 watts ...equivalent to the energy consumption of a typical 1-liter capacity kettle.

LED life expectancy c. 100,000 hours ...equivalent to over eleven years of uninterrupted illumination.

About Zweibrueder Optoelectronics:
Brothers Rainer and Harald Opolka set up Zweibrueder Optoelectronics in Solingen in 1993. Instead of using conventional light bulbs, the business focuses on LED technology. Today, Zweibrueder Optoelectronics employs over 1000 people in Germany and China and is amongst the world's leading manufacturers of LED metal flashlights.

World's largest flashlight Made by Zweibrueder Optoelectronics Video

World’s biggest chocolate bar in Derbyshire

World’s biggest chocolate bar set guinness world records in Derbyshire.

Weighing almost six tonnes and measuring 13ft square, the world’s biggest bar of chocolate has been made in Derbyshire. The giant bar, weighing almost six tonnes, was created by confectionery firm Thorntons to mark its centenary.

Guinness World Records confirmed the huge bar had beaten the previous record set by a Chicago chocolate maker in September.

More than 50 staff helped construct the massive bar at Thorntons’ factory in Somercotes.
A giant mould, placed inside an inflatable tent in the factory’s car park, was filled with chocolate over 10 hours by bucket-carrying volunteers.

Its final weight was 5,827kg (12,846lb) - beating the previous record of 5,529kg (12,190lb) set by World’s Finest Chocolate. The record attempt was the idea of Paul Bell, who works in the factory’s toffee department.

He said: “My favourite childhood film was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There was a scene in it where a massive chocolate bar comes in and gets shrunken. “I thought it would be great if we could do the reverse. It’s been a really great success.” The company said the giant bar would be smashed up and sold in stores to raise money for charity.

World's largest squash 2011

World's largest squash set Guinness World Records by Joel Jarvis.

Joel Jarvis watched with the anticipation of an expectant father as his baby put on as much as 40 pounds a day.

The St. Thomas resident knew she was going to be a big one but never imagined in his wildest dreams that she would easily “squash” the world records.

His prizewinning squash tipped the scales at 674.3 kg or 1,486.6 pounds, easily eclipsing the old record of 560 kg or 1,234 pounds confirmed by Guinness World Records.

“This has been a long time coming,” Jarvis told the Toronto Star.

“I’m 38 and I have been doing this since I was 11,” said the horticulturist, who got his training at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro.

“Sometimes the wind blows the right way and the sun shines right.”

No matter how you slice it, this is a big deal in the world of oversized vegetables (or fruit). Word is that seeds from the world’s largest pumpkin last year, albeit there weren’t many, sold for more than $1,600 a piece.

“To be honest I might get $40 a seed,” said Jarvis, who figures his various prize money for having a record holder will add up to as much as $8,000 — including from the Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario — and that will likely go toward a new van given that his family just expanded by one.

That’s right, he’s also the proud papa of a seven-pound baby girl, Rayna, who decided to arrive just as he was showing off his prize squash.

The added twist to the gargantuan squash is that it out-plumped the largest pumpkin at the Norfolk County Fair, which Jarvis also grew. It weighed a mere 1,426 pounds or 646.822 kg but fetched $2,000 in prize money at the fair in Simcoe, Ont. compared to just $300 for the largest squash.

As far as anyone knows in the 171 years of the Norfolk County Fair it is the first time a squash beat out a pumpkin, according to Karen Matthews, the fair’s general manager.

The heaviest pumpkin on record weighed 821.23 kg (1,810 lb. 8 oz.) and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, USA, on 9 October 2010, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Jarvis says his squash is not genetically modified but is the result of cross breeding and a whole bunch of fertilizers and non-stop tender-loving care. It was planted May 6 and five months later voila.

“You start off with a little seedling and it grows the same length of time as a regular squash or pumpkin but as soon as you get it in the ground you are pushing it to the extreme with your fertilizers,” he said.

“Your nitrogen has to be quite high and also your phosphorous and that will push your roots. At that point you stop vegetative growth by pruning it and then concentrate on the fruit. At that point you up the potassium and calcium levels, which makes the fruit grow. You shut down the nitrogen, turn off the phosphorous and push that calcium (gypsum) and potassium.”

Jarvis said the fruit actually grew for about 90 days and “there were days that it was putting on average 35 to 40 pounds a day.

“That’s bad for people but when you are talking pumpkins and squash ... ” he said.

Jarvis said most people think that given its size the squash wouldn’t be edible, “but my wife (Kristine) made squash soup last year with ours (another whopper of a squash) and it was fantastic.

Oldest marathon runner - Fauja Singh sets world record in Toronto

Oldest marathon runner - Fauja Singh sets world record in Toronto

A 100-year-old man began Thursday with a sprint and ended with eight world records.

Fauja Singh ran through eight track events in succession at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough as part of a charity event, Sikhs in the City.

Singh, who lives in England but hails from India, is in town to compete in Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as he tries to set a Guinness World Record. Along the way, he decided to crush a few records.

Singh began by breezing through 100 metres in 23.40 seconds. Usain Bolt holds the all-ages record at 9.58 seconds. Singh destroyed the previous record for a 100-year-old by more than six seconds. The races became progressively longer and culminated in the 5,000-metre event.

He scared the crowd in that event when he needed to walk for a few laps. But it was just a leg cramp, which abated after a calf massage and a glass of salt water.

“I didn’t push myself hard enough today,” Singh said in Punjabi to a chorus of laughter.

“I think I’ll let him race Sunday,” said a serious Harmander Singh, his coach and interpreter. “This injury is nothing.”

While Fauja Singh struggled to keep up with his competitors throughout the day — some were 60 years younger — he bested a 61-year-old woman in three races.

Nachhatar Kaur wasn’t as swift as Singh in the 100-metre, 200-metre or 800-metre races.

“I really should have done better,” she said with a huge smile, “since he has 40 years on me. But he’s inspired me to keep running.”

Running — and smashing records — gave Singh some focus following the death of his wife and son. He became suicidal after watching a piece of sheet metal decapitate his son. Then he moved to England to be near his other son.

Richard Byerley - 84 Years Old Sets World Record Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Richard Byerley - 84 Years Old Sets World Record Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Richard Byerley, 84, has broken the world record as the oldest person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro on foot. His climb was fully documented and is expected to be entered successfully into Guinness World Records.

Kilimanjaro stands at 19,340 feet in northeastern Tanzania near Kenya.

Byerley summited with his two grandchildren, Annie, 29, and Bren, 24. They began their six-day trek on the Machame Route in early October 2011. All three reached the summit before sunrise on Oct. 6.

He did not suffer any altitude sickness, but did say his hands were cold when he reached the summit.

When Byerley bought the trip at a charity auction in Sun Valley, Id., he had no knowledge of world records for Kilimanjaro climbs. But while planning his trip, Robin Paschall, founder of Adventures Within Reach, a tour operator based in Boulder, Colo., realized that a successful ascent would land Byerley a place in Guinness World Records™. Her company arranged to document Byerley’s climb in order to fulfill the stringent criteria required by Guinness World Records™.

“Richard Byerley is an inspiration to all of us,” Paschall said. “We are never too old to realize our dreams of climbing Kilimanjaro.”

The active octogenarian, who divides his time between Sun Valley and Walla Walla, Wash., where he owns an alfalfa farm, trained for the climb by hiking mountains in both Washington and Idaho, bicycling, running and occasionally moving 40-foot pipes in the fields on his farm. He has also scaled Mount Whitney in California (the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, at 14,495 feet) and Mount Rainier in Washington (the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, at 14,411 feet) and has skied for 44 years, a pastime he took up at the tender age of 40. In 2001, he biked across the U.S., a 45-day trip that started in Carlsbad, Calif., and ended in Saint Simons Island in Georgia (and yes, he was the oldest person on that trip at age 74).

His wife Beth had summited Kilimanjaro 30 years ago, so Richard figured “it was high time to catch up.”

How does he feel about smashing a world climbing record at age 84? “Well, I’m the same person I was before I left.”

Richard Byerley - 84 Years Old Sets World Record Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro Video

25,300 jobs in a day, Mumbai set Guinness world record

25,300 jobs in a day, Mumbai set Guinness world record

City-based NGO Swabhiman Sanghatana Thursday said it has created a new Guinness World Record by giving jobs to 25,300 unemployed youths, including physically challenged.

The appointment letters were issued Wednesday from various private and cooperative banks, call centres, private companies, trading and business organisations, malls and shopping plazas, depending on the qualifications of the applicants.

The effort was recognised by Guinness World Records director Rob Molroy, who awarded the coveted certificate to Swabhiman Sanghatana head Nitesh Rane as thousands of youths cheered.

“More than any record, the bigger pleasure was to see the faces of so many unemployed youths lit up as they were given their appointment letters which would help them support their families,” Rane said.

Shortly after the Guinness recognition, Maharashtra Industry Minister Narayan Rane rushed to the venue to felicitate Nitesh, who also happens to be his son.

A Sanghatana office-bearer said that the preparations for the NGO’s job fair started several weeks ago.

“This included tapping various organisations for different types of jobs they could offer to the youths, and then contacting several thousand unemployed youngsters and asking them to submit applications for the same,” the official told IANS.

Several youths who secured jobs of their choice were seen leaving the venue with an expression of triumph and happiness on their faces.

The starting salary for the jobs offered is around Rs75,000 per annum and above, depending on the merits and qualifications of the individual, Sanghatana officials said.

World’s Tallest Flagpole in Tajikistan - Largest Flag in the World

World’s Tallest Flagpole Tajikistan - Largest Flag in the World

Rising 165 meters in the air, the world’s tallest flagpole landed Tajikistan in the Guinness Book of World Records last month, just in time for the nation’s 20th anniversary of independence.

David Chambers, an American, built the tubular steel pole. “We always tell the client when we are building these massive poles, we are not building them for Guinness World Records," he said. "We are building them for the nation and for the people.”

Chambers gears up to take VOA on a 54-story climb to the top.

He explains that the pole sections were built in Dubai, transported by sea to Iran, then shipped by truck - through Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - to this landlocked nation.

After climbing more than 500 rungs on steel ladders, we emerge from a hatch to a small platform, so high it has its own weather station. “We are standing on the top of the world’s tallest flagpole right now,” noted Chambers.

Flying from the flagpole is a mighty flag of Tajikistan - weighing 350 kilograms, 1,800 square meters in size.  Chambers is also submitting this to Guinness to earn the ranking for the largest flag flown from a pole anywhere.

Down on the ground, many Tajiks say they love their new national landmark.

Barbee Mahmoud, a student from the eastern Pamir mountains, says the pole is a national morale booster.

He says the massive pole and flag are helping to put Tajikstan on the map.

But others argue that the pole is an extravagance for one of Central Asia’s poorest countries. The $3.5 million spent on the pole and flags was part of $210 million spent on Independence Day projects. That is equal to 10 percent of the entire annual budget of Central Asia’s poorest nation.

Zafar Abdullayev is a blogger. He notes that big spotlights will keep the flag brighhtly lit all winter long - right when most of Tajikistan will be suffering from electricity rationing.

Muhiddin Kabiri, an opposition politician, contends the Tajik flagpole project is the result of a national inferiority complex.

He says some people who are short wear high heels to compensate for their height.  Kabiri suggests that, if the human-rights policies and politics of Tajikistan’s authoritarian government dull the country's international stature, it has to polish its image with an attraction like the world's tallest flagpole. 

World’s Tallest Flagpole in Tajikistan Video - Largest Flag in the World 


Infiniti’s M35h - Fastest hybrid electric car set Guinness Book World Record

Infiniti’s M35h - Fastest hybrid electric car set Guinness Book World Record

This week, a student-built electric car from Brigham Young University (BYU) set a land speed record of 155.8 mph, the fastest ever for an electric car. This is the second such record from electric or hybrid cars in the past month, the other being Infiniti’s M35h entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for fastest hybrid car with a 13.9 second quarter mile. These are far from the speeds seen in professional racing, but do these electric and hybrid racers have anything to contribute?

For context, the professional racing speed record is 251.2 mph, seen at Le Mans in 1997. The F1 record of 224.9mph was set by David Coulthard in 1999. Even this can’t reach the dizzying heights of 763 mph, the current land speed record set in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert in 1997, and teams are at work to break the 1,000mph barrier next year.

The “Electric Blue” car from students at BYU weighs less than 1,100 pounds and barely has an inch of ground clearance. The record was the result of seven years of work by unpaid student who overcame a high-speed crash last year as well as challenges unique to EVs such as heavy batteries. The record was an average of two runs, one of which reached speeds of 175 mph.

However, it is Infiniti’s hybrid that piques our interest. Their involvement with Red Bull Racing means they have a vested interest in experimenting with speed. The Infiniti M35h’s 67hp electric motor combined with the 302hp V6 engine to achieve this acceleration record, which could eventually lead to technologies to help racers looking for a boost coming out of the pit.

Infiniti’s focus is on luxury and efficiency rather than record-breaking speed, and the recent record only puts it on par with the 1998 BMW M3. However, with more EVs and hybrid cars breaking speed records ever year, it seems like manufacturers are trying to position electric as the new normal – just a fast car, rather than “fast for a hybrid”.  Hopefully, developments in the next decade will lead to electric technology that brings both more power and more green awareness to the sport.

Bikini Parade 2011 - Largest bikini parade in Gold coast, Australia

Bikini Parade 2011 - Largest bikini parade in Gold coast, Australia

Gold coast, Australia, Oct 4 (TruthDive): More than 350 bikini babes gathered on the Glitter Strip to set a Guinness World Record for the biggest-ever bikini parade.

Three-hundred fifty-seven. That’s the number of women it took for Australia on Sunday to seize the record from the Cayman Islands for the largest bikini parade.

The women, in tiny two pieces and pink visors, paraded around Surfers Paradise beach on the Gold Coast as throngs of onlookers whooped, hollered and snapped pictures. The line stretched more than 200m and proved to be more than a little distracting for some.

Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were there to confirm that with 357 women in the procession, a new record had been set. An electronic sign kept count as the women filed past: 329, 330, and 331.

At 332, a cheer went up as the crowd realized the parade had broken the previous record: 331 set in Grand Cayman on the Cayman Islands in June 2010. Yet, more women sauntered past.

In the end, a new record was set: 357.

The event, sponsored by the Surfers Paradise Alliance and the Gold Coast Bulletin, needed to attract 332 bodies to beat the previous record. And the tough job of checking the contestants were wearing the correct swimwear fell to Australian Guinness World Record adjudicator Chris Sheedy.

He said: ‘Today 361 girls walked through the counter but there had to be a few disqualifications because they were not wearing bikinis. ‘Unfortunately for the Cayman Islands they have had their record smashed because 357 walked through the count today.’

“It reinforces the kind of fun and attractive culture the Gold Coast is famous for,” Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter said.

World's tallest Ravana effigy in Haryana’s Ambala set Limca Book of record

World's tallest Ravana effigy in Haryana’s Ambala set Limca Book of world record

Shri Ram Lila Club Barara claimed that world tallest effigy of demon king Ravana has been set ablaze at this suburb 25 kilo meters from Ambala. Founder of the club, Tejinder Singh Chauhan has informed that an effigy of a 185 feet record height has been raised this year which has found mention into the Limca Book of world records.

Brara village in Haryana’s Ambala district is in the Limca Book of Records for having erected the tallest effigy of demon-king Ravana at 175 feet in 2009. This time, as the effigy went up in smoke to mark Dusshera, it stood 10 feet taller at 185 feet.

The Ravana effigy, which took a few months to make at a cost of up to Rs.4 lakh, was loaded with several quintals of fireworks.

The effigy is erected with the efforts of a village club comprising of local youth and some philanthropists.

The village, 60 km from Chandigarh on the Ambala-Jagadhri highway, had first shot into fame in 2006 after it erected a 150-foot-tall Ravana.

“Artisans come specially from Uttar Pradesh to make the tallest Ravana. Simply making it stand requires several cranes and is a difficult job. But we are happy that our efforts have paid off and people like it,” village Ramlila committee president and philanthropist Tejinder Singh said.

Hundreds of people from nearby villages and towns throng to the village to catch a glimpse of one of the tallest Ravanas in the country.

“The Ravana is so tall. It must have taken so much of effort and planning. Seeing it going up in smoke was really amazing. This also proves that evil may become as big or tall but it has to finish one day,” village youth Surender said.

World’s largest feet - Brahim Takioullah set Guinness World Record

World’s largest feet set Guinness World Record by Brahim Takioullah

PARIS: The first thing that people notice about Brahim Takioullah is not his feet — which he hopes will make him famous — but his enormous height. He stands more than eight foot (246 cm) tall.

Judges from Guinness World Records came to France to measure him and confirmed his suspicion that he had record-breaking feet — his left measuring one foot three inches (38.1 cm) in length and his right, one foot 2.76 inches.

Takioullah cannot stand up straight in the small flat he shares with his mother in the Paris suburbs, has difficulty getting into a taxi or the Metro, and can never move around without attracting attention.

But he is surprisingly good humoured about his situation, smiling and posing for cellphone snaps and politely answering questions about his condition, a rare medical problem that he hopes to cure through surgery.

Takioullah is from Morocco, and grew up in a small village — grew up fast.

In one year in his teens he put on more than three feet (one metre) in a spurt.

Now 29, no-one thought to investigate his unusual size until he was 18.

“The school doctor noticed that I was this enormous size and asked me to get some blood tests. I did that, and I was diagnosed with a very rare condition called acromegaly,” he told AFP.

Acromegaly is a pituitary gland disorder that causes the body to produce excessive growth hormone. The brain tumour can lead to other problems aside from great size, and Takioullah was advised to seek surgery.

But first he decided to finish his university studies in geography. When he began treatment, he was already huge and closing in on the world’s tallest man, eight-foot three-inch (2.51 metre) Sultan Kosen of Turkey.

Five years ago, a French doctor brought him to Paris for treatment, and he is not expected to reach Sultan’s height record.

Takioullah contacted Guinness himself to challenge for the record, and says he is proud to have it recognised, though daily life is not without its problems.

He hopes one day to have a specially built car he could drive himself, but for now even getting a pair of shoes stretches his budget — he takes a European size 58, which no shop has ever stocked.

“I always need them made-to-measure and they’re very expensive. I once asked a cobbler to make me some shoes and he said it would cost 3,500 euros (5,270 dollars),” he sighed.

This week he met an orthopedic podiatrist to be fitted with a specially made pair designed to support his huge weight.

“The thing is, when you have a very very large foot, even the machine to make the components isn’t necessarily big enough. So we really had to work right on the edge of the machinery.” said Jerome Liegeon.

French doctors are working to reduce Takioullah’s brain tumour, and he hopes his newfound fame will help him find the specialist treatment he needs.