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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 »

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 »

World's Oldest Cat Was Actually Dead

Scooter died a few days before he was given the title

(Newser) - A Siamese cat recently cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living cat did not live to enjoy the title, the AP reports. Scooter marked his 30th birthday on March 26. However, owner Gail Floyd of Mansfield, Texas, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that... 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 »

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 Is the World's Oldest Man

Sakari Momoi receives certificate from Guinness World Records

(Newser) - A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records today. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days. The world's... More »

Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

Scientists Shatter Record for Longest Echo

Hidden oil storage tanks bounce gunshot around for 112 seconds

(Newser) - A network of oil storage tanks hidden in the hills of Scotland during World War II is officially the most echo-friendly man-made structure on Earth—and it's not close. The report from a blank fired into the tanks reverberated for a stunning 112 seconds, the Independent reports. The previous... More »

Man Breaks Ferris Wheel World Record

Spends a hair more than 2 days on ride—awake

(Newser) - Want to snatch the record for world's longest Ferris wheel ride? You'll need to clear your schedule for two days and leave your pillow at home in order beat the newly reigning champ, a manager of Chicago's Navy Pier who rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel—... More »

30 Skiers Hold Hands, Do Backflip

But they miss the Guinness deadline, so they'll try again next year

(Newser) - Thirty skiers grabbed hands, sped down a hill in Canada, and did a joint backflip, hoping for a Guinness record. The good news: It's probably the biggest simultaneous skiing backflip in history, the Telegraph reports. The bad: The group missed the entry deadline, so they'll try again next... More »

Dodgeball Teams Play for Record 43 Hours

Set Guinness world record, according to organizer

(Newser) - A group of dodgeball players chucked balls for almost two straight days this past weekend in New York and say they set a new Guinness world record in the process. A high school gym teacher organized the 18 men and women, who started playing at 7pm Friday and put down... More »

Woman Sets Everest Record

In a first for women, Chhurim made 2 ascents in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Impressive: Climbing Everest. Wow: Doing it twice in a matter of days. A 29-year-old Nepalese woman entered the Guinness Book of World Records today as the first woman in the world to have made two ascents in one season, having reached the peak of the 29,035-foot mountain on May... More »

Guy Nears 3M Miles in 1966 Volvo

Irvin Gordon has just 34K miles to go

(Newser) - It just keeps going, and going, and going, and no, it's not a battery: It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S. Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times around the globe. The retired... More »

Philippines Crocodile Sets Guinness Record

One-ton 'Lolong' enters the books as biggest in captivity

(Newser) - Other nations may be shedding crocodile tears today: The Philippines has officially set the record for having the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. Ginormous "Lolong," captured last year , weighs in at more than a ton and measures 20.24 feet long, according to the Guinness World Records. Lolong... More »

Flaming Lips Steal Jay-Z's Odd Guinness Record

8-city, 1-day tour bests rapper's record of 7 shows in 24 hours

(Newser) - The Flaming Lips have rocked their way into the record books by playing eight gigs in eight cities in the space of 24 hours, toppling Jay-Z's record of seven. The veteran psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma kicked off the tour with a gig in Memphis and finished up in New... More »

Man Sets Record Surfing Tallest Wave Ever

Guinness certifies November feat from American Garrett McNamara

(Newser) - American pro surfer Garrett McNamera has done something no other man alive has done: surfed a 78-foot wave and lived to tell of it. Guinness World Record has declared McNamera's wave the tallest ever surfed, topping the previous record, held by legendary surfer Mike Parson, by just one foot,... More »

Male Couple Kisses for 50 Hours

Thai couple breaks world record for longest kiss

(Newser) - A male couple in Thailand spent more than two days kissing to break the Guinness World Record for longest kiss. The competition began Sunday in Pattaya, and ended, fittingly enough, today on Valentine's Day. Couples had to stay in a space measuring one square meter, could only take water... More »

World's Oldest Yoga Teacher Is 91

Bernice Bates can still get her knee to her nose

(Newser) - Bernice Bates is 91 years old, but she’s probably more flexible than you. She’s been practicing yoga for half a century, and now teaches it once a week at the community center of a Florida retirement village, making her the Guinness World Records’ oldest yoga teacher. In one... More »

Wacky Events Abound: It's Guinness World Records Day

One example: World’s fastest toilet takes on world’s fastest mobility scooter

(Newser) - It’s a question that would only be asked on Guinness World Records Day: What’s speedier, the world’s fastest toilet or the world’s fastest mobility scooter? The mobility scooter, apparently, which also took on the world’s smallest roadworthy car in today’s race in London. The... More »

Couple Weds for 100th Time

They have been making vows since 1984

(Newser) - No 15-year itch for this couple: Two Tennessee lovebirds have renewed their wedding vows a 99th time, setting a world record once again, the Huffington Post reports. Lauren and David Blair fell in love when they met in 1982. They were married—for the first time—in California in 1984.... More »

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