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).

World’s heaviest spider - Hercules baboon spider

World’s heaviest spider - Hercules baboon spider

Boxing gloves were nowhere in sight for a world spider heavy-weight title challenge at the Natural History Museum last month.

The contenders were the Hercules baboon spider, and the current Guinness World Records (GWR) holder for world’s heaviest spider, the Goliath bird-eater.

Museum bug expert George Beccaloni was contacted by GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday after reports of a possible rival. Craig asked George if he could check the size of the Hercules baboon spider as the Natural History Museum has the world’s only known specimen and George is the author of the Museum book, Big Bugs Life-Size.

Craig was there to adjudicate when George measured the two spiders. Using a jar of alcohol and the Archimedes' Principle, both specimens were submerged to discover the volume of alcohol they displaced, and therefore the volume of their bodies.

Spider specimens are stored in alcohol and this makes their internal organs shrink. The water inside them gets replaced by alcohol, which is about 25% lighter than water. This means that their weight when they were alive would be about 25% greater.

Knowing that they would weigh about 1g per cubic cm when alive means that their weights can easily be calculated  if their body volumes are known.

Winning measurements

The female Goliath bird-eating spider specimen measured 69 cubic cm, more than double the volume and therefore the weight of the Hercules baboon spider that measured 22 cubic cm.

So the Goliath bird-eating spider remains the world's heaviest spider species, with the heaviest recorded individual being a 12-year-old captive female called Rosi - according to GWR, it had a body length of 119.4mm and weighed a massive 175g.

'Rosi was considerably heavier than the Museum specimen that we measured,' says George. 'It's amazing to think that she weighed about as much as 5.8 house sparrows!'

'People who have seen the Hercules baboon specimen, without a specimen of the Goliath bird-eater beside it, have been impressed by how huge it is and this has led to the myth that it might be the world's largest spider.'

Hercules baboon spider

The Hercules baboon spider, Hysterocrates hercules, specimen was collected over 100 years ago in Nigeria. Virtually nothing is known about this species but, in common with other baboon spiders, it probably lives in a burrow in the ground and comes out at night to hunt its prey.

Goliath bird-eating spider

The 2cm-long fangs of the Goliath bird-eating spider, probably the longest of any spider.

The 2cm-long fangs of the Goliath bird-eating spider, probably the longest of any spider. © George Beccaloni

A lot more is known about the world champion, however as it is commonly kept as an exotic pet. The Goliath bird-eating spider, Theraphosa blondi, is found in north-eastern South America, preferring wet mountain rainforest. It’s a nocturnal creature spending most of its time in a silk-lined burrow.

Vietnamese toy set Guinness world record for Longest spinning duration

Vietnamese toy set Guinness world record for Longest spinning duration

The record spinning duration of 24 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds was set on May 23 at the Hanoi-based TOSY Robotics. The process was witnessed by six local notarizing officials,  Tuoi Tre reported Tuesday.

Le Quoc Hung, head of Hanoi Notary Office, said that the Guinness World Records strictly required at least two independent notary officers to observe the spinning top at any time and the whole process had to be filmed constantly.
The video was then sent to Guinness experts in London to decide if the toy made a record, the report said, citing Hung.

Alexsandr Vypirailenko, a representative of Guinness World Records, said in a letter to TOSY Robotics that the company totally deserves the certificate for their interesting product.

Ho Vinh Hoang, general director of TOSY Robotics, said that the spinning top had been actually designed to run 60 hours and it did.

But the company had turned off cameras en route as the technologies at the firm do not allow such a long time of filming, Hoang said, adding that the Guinness officials earlier said that 24 hours is enough for the record.

He said the company engineers have spent many months creating dozens of different versions of the toy to figure out how to make it run the longest time on the least energy.

“The Guinness record has proved that our target is to create high-tech and innovative toys, which will help Vietnam’s toys known better to the world,” the director said.

He said the commercial version of the spinning top has been designed to run at the maximum four hours.

The toy will be launched on Vietnam market in August this year, by the children festival mid-Autumn which falls September, Hoang said.

TOSY spinning top, which has been made attractive with LED lights, imitates a Vietnam’s traditional wooden toy popular between the 1970s and 1990s.

At a Hong Kong expo in January, “Tosy AFO Returning” functions like a boomerang stood out among more than 1,900 toy companies.

TOSY Robotics started exporting its products in 2010, with 500,000 Tosy UFO, which was later updated into AFO, sold to Turkey, South Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Japan and Britain.

Around 210,000 of the toy were sold in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City during the last Christmas holiday.

TOSY Robotics is the first Vietnamese robotics firm that produces four types of products: gigantic robots, service robots, industrial robots and hi-tech toys.

Twenty20 international - Namibia set world records against Kenya

Twenty20 international - Namibia set world records against Kenya

Namibia set several world records when they beat Kenya by 169 runs in a Twenty20 international in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon.

Namibia’s total of 262/1 was the biggest total yet in a Twenty20 international, beating the previous record of 260/6 which Sri Lanka set against Kenya in 2007.

LP van der Westhuizen’s score of 159 not out is a new world record for the highest individual score, smashing the previous record of 117 that Chris Gayle of West Indies set against South Africa in 2007.

Van der Westhuizen also broke Gayle’s record of 10 sixes in an innings with a new record of 16 sixes. Van der Westhuizen most probably also set a new record for the fastest century off 49 balls, although this still had to be confirmed.

Van der Westhuizen and Sarel Burger set a new world record for a second wicket partnership of 168 runs. The previous record of 166 was set by Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra of Sri Lanka against West Indies in 2010.

Earlier in the tournament, on Sunday, July 10 Namibia broke the world record for the highest victory margin when they beat Uganda by 174 runs. The previous record was Sri Lanka’s 172-run victory against Kenya in 2007.

The CEO of Cricket Namibia Laurie Pieters told Namibia Sport that it was a fantastic achievement by Namibia and Van der Westhuizen in particular.

“It’s an amazing achievement by LP van der Westhuizen. Even though it wasn’t against the strongest opposition, it still had to be achieved,” he said.

Pieters said he sill had to verify whether the records would be acknowledged as world records, but since it was an ICC sanctioned event he was of the opinion that it would stand.

Children set football Guinness World Record N-backed event in Gaza

Children set football Guinness World Record N-backed event in Gaza

For the second time in as many weeks, the children of Gaza set a Guinness World Record today in an event organized by the United Nations as part of its 2011 Summer Games programme – this time for the largest number of footballs dribbled simultaneously.

The event, involving 2,011 children, took place in Kherbit El-Addas, Rafah, just a few miles from the Khan Younis stadium, where on 30 June 3,500 children broke the world record for the largest number of parachute games.

“I want to congratulate the children of Gaza once again for their second world record in two weeks,” said Christer Nordahl, acting director of operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“As we’ve seen yet again, when given the opportunity, the children of Gaza can be the best in the world.”

For five years the UNRWA has staged the Summer Games – which include sports, arts and other activities – to provide a recreational outlet for an estimated 250,000 children in the Gaza Strip. This year’s games coincide with the fifth year of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

“We need to lift the blockade and give the kids of Gaza a chance to fulfil their true potential,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.

“These records breakers evoke other world records,” he stated. “The Israeli blockade of Gaza has lasted longer than some of the most notorious sieges in human history.”

The next world record attempt will take place on 21 July, when children with special needs aim to create the largest ever hand-print painting. Then before the Games wrap up at the end of July, up to 10,000 children will attempt to smash their own record set last year for kite flying.

Julian Pavone - Youngest professional drummer holds Guinness World Record

Julian Pavone - Youngest professional drummer holds Guinness World Record

Macomb Township's 7-year-old Julian Pavone now holds the Guinness World Record for youngest professional drummer.

Macomb Township’s drumming prodigy, Julian Pavone, has added Guinness World Record holder to his list of achievements–an already extensive list for a 7-year-old.

As of March 21, 2010, Guinness World Records recognized Pavone as the youngest professional drummer in the world.

At 5 years 10 months and three days old, Pavone took the title from Japan’s 9-year 289-day-old Tiger Onitsuka.

“We’re honored to have such a prestigious source acknowledge all of Julian’s hard work," said Bernadino Pavone, Julian's father.

Pavone found his beat early, when at three-months-old he began playing the drums while sitting on his father’s lap. At 15 months old, he accepted his first contract to join the Cleveland Cavalier’s United Drumline as its youngest member by more than 16 years.  

His first CD came at 20 months old when he recorded “Go Baby!” with bassist Ralphe Armstrong and now at age 7, he is working on his sophomore CD with Michael J. Powell, a four-time Grammy Award winning producer who has also produced such artists as Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker.

When he is not using his 22-piece custom drum set with 17 cymbals to wow audiences around the world, Pavone attends the University Liggett School.

From radio spots, to television appearances, athletic halftime shows and live performances at legendary concert venues such as Whisky A Go-Go, the Grammy Museum, House of Blues and Hard Rock Café, Pavone is no stranger to fame.

While the raw talent is his alone, Pavone relies on numerous instructors to further hone his skill. These instructors include: George Dunn (drums), Dom Famularo (drums), Dennis Sheridan (percussion), William Winfield, III (drums), Francesco Cavallini (vocals, guitar) and staff at the Macomb Music Center (vocals).