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Most Climbers Need 3 Days to Conquer This. These Guys, 2 Hours

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell say they're never taking on record for El Capitan's 'Nose' again

(Newser) - Most climbers take three days to scale the 3,000-foot Nose route of Yosemite's El Capitan, perhaps the most intimidating big-wall climbing route on the planet, so it was nothing short of incredible when a pair did it with a time of 2:19:44 last October. Sadly for... More »

He Lost His Feet in Everest Fail. 43 Years Later, Redemption

Double amputee scales mountain as new climbing record is set

(Newser) - Two major conquests have kicked off the Everest climbing season. Setting out before Sherpas finished securing the season's ropes to the summit, double amputee Xia Boyu of China reached Everest's peak Monday on his fifth attempt, reports Time . It was a climb 43 years in the making. The... More »

Blimp Tows Water Skier 6.9 Miles to Set World Record

Kari McCollum was towed across a Southern California lake

(Newser) - Yes, that was a blimp towing a water skier across the surface of a Southern California lake. The Press-Enterprise reports the blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. The newspaper says that's a new record, according to Philip Robertson, an adjudicator with... More »

Man Puts His Feet Through Lego Ordeal for Charity

At least Russell Cassevah thinks he set a world record after his 120-foot torture stroll

(Newser) - Most people go to great lengths to avoid stepping on their kids' Legos. Not Russell Cassevah, described as a "madman" by ALT 103.7 for what appears to be a (painful) new world record. WAVY reports the Virginia man traversed 120 feet of the sole-puncturing plastic bricks on Sunday,... More »

A Record-Setting Feat at South Pole?

Scott Sears, tennis star Andy Murray's brother-in-law, may be youngest ever to complete feat solo

(Newser) - While many people were unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day, the brother-in-law of tennis star Andy Murray was wrapping up a 700-mile, 38-day journey through brutally cold temps and blistering winds—and, he hopes, setting a world record. Scott Sears, 27, reached the South Pole on Monday, and he says he'... More »

7 Bizarre New Guinness Records

One involves 17,994 coats of paint on a baseball

(Newser) - Ekaterina Lisina's legs are as long as some people are tall. They've also propelled the model to newfound fame. Lisina has nabbed not one but two new Guinness World Records as the world's tallest professional model (at 6 feet, 8.77 inches) and woman with the longest... More »

New Barefoot Running Record Set by Vermont Man

Teage O'Connor ran 62 miles in 7 hours and 13 minutes

(Newser) - A Vermont runner set out to smash a world record before the birth of his first child—and he did so with flying colors. According to NBC 5 , Teage O'Connor took the title of fastest runner sans footwear in the 100K category by completing the 62 miles on a... More »

A Teen's Joke Tweet May Set a Record

Carter Wilkerson is in quest of a year's supply from Wendy's

(Newser) - A 16-year-old from Nevada who apparently really likes Wendy's chicken nuggets is closing in on the record for the most retweets ever thanks to a random idea he decided to act upon, reports the Guardian . Last Wednesday night, Carter Wilkerson took to Twitter to ask: "Yo @Wendys how... More »

Think You're Tough? This Guy Climbed Everest in Shorts

Wim Hof has done the seemingly impossible

(Newser) - In 1999, Dutch daredevil Wim Hof earned the nickname Iceman when he swam under a frozen lake on TV—then jumped right back in to rescue an onlooker who had tumbled into the frigid waters. He was just getting started, reports the Times of London. In 2007, he nearly summitted... More »

A Buoy Noticed a Wave in 2013 That Was 'Remarkable'

Others may have been taller, but this was recorded by the best tool we have

(Newser) - The world's "highest significant wave height as measured by a buoy" was 62.3 feet, located in the (very) high seas between the UK and Iceland, and occurred in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed. The wave formed after a strong cold front passed through the remote... More »

Meet the Guy With World's Largest Collection of Hard Poop

George Frandsen nabs Guinness World Record with fossilized feces

(Newser) - One of George Frandsen's prize possessions weighs over 4 pounds, hails from the Miocene Epoch, and is named "Precious." This paleontological treasure also happens to be a huge piece of fossilized coprolite—aka prehistoric poop—and nearly 1,300 similar samples like Precious have catapulted Frandsen to... More »

She's Only 27, but She's About to Do Something Most Never Will

Cassie De Pecol wants to visit all the world's countries ... fastest and youngest

(Newser) - Cassie De Pecol is only 27, but she's set to reach a milestone that most elderly people haven't accomplished: visit all of the world's countries, in her case in the fastest time and at the youngest age. The Connecticut native has been documenting her travels on the... More »

Guy Nabs Grape Dropped From Hot Air Balloon—With His Mouth

Brent Fraser should have a new world record

(Newser) - Since at least high school, Brent Fraser has had a "natural knack" for catching things in his mouth. The odd skill has finally paid off. Fraser, 35, has apparently claimed the world record for the "greatest height catching a grape in the mouth" at 101 feet, reports the... More »

Guy Crushes Coast-to-Coast Running Record

He ran from San Francisco to Manhattan in 42 days

(Newser) - Philippides , who? Pete Kostelnick has just made the Greek legend's marathon race look like a quaint sprint. Keeping an average pace of 73 miles per day, the Nebraska ultrarunner, 29, landed at New York City Hall on Monday having raced 3,100 miles from San Francisco in just... More »

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 »

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