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Guy Sets Fast, Furious Appalachian Trail Record

Karl Meltzer, 48, did it in 46 days

(Newser) - Running through 14 states in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes may be a long and arduous journey, but as of this week it's also the fastest any person has ever completed a supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Karl Meltzer, a 48-year-old ultrarunner who also holds a... More »

6 Weird New Guinness World Records

Longest full-body burn sounds fun

(Newser) - Casey, Ill., is giving Justin Bieber a run for his money . The small town—home to the world's largest clogs, mailbox, knitting needles, crochet hook, golf tee, pitchfork, rocking chair, and wind chime—has just as many Guinness World Records as the Biebs, according to the 2017 record book,... More »

Terrifying Glass-Bottomed Bridge Sets 2 World Records

Bungee-jump off it into China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon if you dare

(Newser) - It's just 20 feet wide, but the new bridge hovering 1,000 feet over China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (in the park that inspired the movie Avatar) stretches for more than 1,400 feet—and has set a record for being the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge,... More »

Meet the Great-Grandma Who Trains South Africa's Fastest Man

They call the 74-year-old coach 'Aunt Ans'

(Newser) - South African sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk set a world record Sunday night in the men's 400-meter race, an Olympic feat that the Washington Post says "no one saw coming"—except, perhaps, for the 74-year-old Namibian great-grandmother who trains him. Van Niekerk first caught the eye of Ans... More »

Michael Phelps Tries to Break 2,168-Year-Old Record Today

He tied the record for individual Olympic gold medals this week

(Newser) - Michael Phelps will try to break an ancient Olympic record this week. The swimmer has won 21 Olympic gold medals, 12 of them in individual events—and those dozen personal medals mean Phelps has tied an Olympic record that had been held for 2,168 years, Deadspin reports. Olympic historian... More »

Oldest Person in US: A No-Nonsense 113-Year-Old Named Adele

Even Adele Dunlap's 86-year-old son doesn't know her longevity secret

(Newser) - A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American, the AP reports. Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Mass., per the Record . She's also the 10th oldest person in the... More »

Guess What Someone Paid for This Handbag

Christie's auctions off the Diamond Himalaya Niloticus by Hermes

(Newser) - You're sitting down? Great: There's a person on Earth who owns a $300,168 handbag, CNN Style reports. Christie's auctioned off the Diamond Himalaya Niloticus by Hermes on Monday, breaking a world record with the crocodile bag that features white gold and diamonds. The sale by a... More »

Open Wide: World's Longest Pizza Stretches for 1.15 Miles

Made in Naples, naturally

(Newser) - Guinness World Records has confirmed there's a new superlong pizza for the books—and it was meticulously crafted in the Italian city that claims itself as the "heart and soul" of the tasty dish, per NPR . One hundred chefs gathered in Naples Wednesday, merging 4,400 pounds... More »

70-Year-Old Rower Sets Off on Record-Breaking Quest

Norwegian Stein Hoff thinks you waste too much time watching 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Norwegian doctor Stein Hoff is no stranger to challenges. The avid rower crossed the Atlantic with a partner in 1997, and in 2002 he rowed solo and unsupported from Lisbon, Portugal, to the coast of the South American country of Guyana. But now the 70-year-old who says people "spend... More »

Record-Setting Filibuster Ends —After 9 Days

Or 192 hours and 25 minutes to be exact

(Newser) - Think Wendy Davis' 10-hour filibuster was impressive? That was nothing compared to what dozens of lawmakers in South Korea just accomplished in the country's first filibuster in 47 years. For 192 hours and 25 minutes—or almost nine days—beginning Feb. 23, opposition Members of Parliament rambled on in... More »

Saudi Arabia: We'll Have World's Tallest Building by 2020

Financing in place for Jeddah Tower

(Newser) - For years, Saudi Arabia has had plans to construct the world's tallest building—and now, per a Saudi government press release, the financing is in place. The Jeddah Tower has already been built to the 26th floor, but there are many more to go; ultimately, the tower will boast... More »

Why Kenny G Is Going to Hold One Sax Note for an Hour

He wants to set a new world record, raise money

(Newser) - What's worse: being stuck on a flight with a crying baby, or being stuck on a flight with Kenny G as he holds one note on the saxophone ... for the entire flight? Certain lucky air passengers may soon find out, because the musician tells HuffPost Live that he's... More »

'Biggest Badass You've Never Heard Of' Is This Hiker

Heather Anderson, 34, just covered 2,168 miles in 54 days

(Newser) - When Heather Anderson beat the world record for a self-supported thru-hike of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in a mere 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes in September, she scrambled to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and called her boyfriend Adam to verify her math. "I... More »

Meet World's Oldest Competitive Sprinter

105-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki hopes to race Usain Bolt

(Newser) - A Japanese man, who calls himself a "medical marvel," set his third world record for being the oldest competitive sprinter yesterday—one day after turning 105, AFP reports. Hidekichi Miyazaki ran the 100-meter dash at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn competition in 42.22 seconds, but he was... More »

This Guy's Current Job Is Taking Selfies

Bhanu Prakash will shoot for the selfie world record on Sept. 18

(Newser) - So apparently not only are selfie records a thing, but quitting one's gainful employment to practice beating those records is also a thing. Meet Bhanu Prakash, a 24-year-old (now former) hospital research assistant in Hyderabad, India, who on Friday will attempt to break the current world record of 1,... More »

5 of the Craziest New Guinness World Records

Including the world's largest ... hot dog cart?

(Newser) - The Guinness World Records 2016 Edition was released this week, and some of the new record-breaking achievements included in it are pretty crazy. A sampling:
  • Biggest feet on a live male: Jeison Orlando Rodriguez Hernandez of Venezuela boasts a 1-foot, 3.79-inch right foot and a 1-foot, 3.59-inch left
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This Man Had the Longest Birthday Ever

Sven Hagemeier made Aug. 4 last 46 hours last year

(Newser) - Most of us are stuck with a birthday that lasts just 24 hours per year. Not Sven Hagemeier. The German made his 26th birthday stretch for almost two days and nabbed a Guinness World Record for his efforts. How'd he do it? Well, it involved a lot of air... More »

66 Surfers Crowd Onto Board to Break World Record

They somehow managed to ride a wave together for 12 seconds

(Newser) - About 5,000 spectators crowded the sand and a pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., to watch 66 surfers set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom-built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach yesterday.... More »

World's Oldest Newlyweds Waited 27 Years to Marry

'Didn't want to bother' with matrimony before

(Newser) - A UK couple with nearly 200 years between them tied the knot on Saturday in Britain, in a move that was a long time coming. George Kirby, 103, and Doreen Luckie, 91, are the world’s oldest married couple, according to AFP . The newlyweds have been together (and living together)... More »

This Woman Just Set a Record in Space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is close to being there for 200 days

(Newser) - Nearly 200 days in outer space is what Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will have logged when she touches down in Kazakhstan on Thursday, a feat that has given her the world record for the longest time in space by a woman on a single mission, USA Today reports. On Saturday,... More »

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