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Biggest Pumpkin Ever in N. America Hails From Smallest State

2,200-pound monster was grown in Rhode Island

(Newser) - Zuckerman's Famous Pig , make way for Ron Wallace's Famous Pumpkin. "Oh my gourd" is the only appropriate reaction to the country club manager's monster entry in a Rhode Island competition over the weekend: The pumpkin weighed in at 2,230.5 pounds , with a circumference... More »

Dow Breaks 18K for First Time

Plus consumer spending, business investment help US economy grow 5% in 3rd Q

(Newser) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average cruised past 18,000 for the first time ever today, the AP reports. The S&P 500 also broke records this morning, rising six points (0.3%) to 2,084. This followed on the heels of news that the US economy grew at a sizzling... More »

Biggest Gator Ever Caught Topped 1K Lbs., Broke Scale

Alabama hunters killed a massive 15-foot alligator over weekend

(Newser) - A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds. Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season. Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists... More »

Man Claims Fastest NY-to-LA Drive Ever

Ed Bolian made it in less than 29 hours, demolishing record

(Newser) - Ed Bolian says he's done something virtually impossible, highly dangerous, and extraordinarily illegal: Along with a hastily-recruited co-driver and passenger, he drove from New York City to LA in 28 hours and 50 minutes, he tells Doug Demuro of Jalopnik . That means the team traveled an average of 98mph,... More »

NCAA Record: 138 Points by One Player in One Game

Grinell's Jack Taylor shatters decades-old collegiate record

(Newser) - A Grinnell College sophomore launched himself into the record books last night after scoring 138 points in a single basketball game. Jack Taylor took a dizzying 108 shots during the game, which averages out to one attempt every 20 seconds, reports the AP , securing his team's 179-104 victory over... More »

Jamie Moyer, 49, Aims for MLB Record

Rockies pitcher poised to be oldest to win game

(Newser) - If the Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer pulls off a win this Saturday, he'll become the oldest pitcher in baseball history to do so. At 49, Moyer is the oldest Major Leaguer since 2007, and the oldest to take the mound since 1972. Indeed, he's more than twice the... More »

Yanks' Rivera Makes Record 602nd Save

Fans third Twins batter to ice it

(Newser) - Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd career save, pitching a perfect ninth inning today to preserve the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivera retired Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris... More »

Colbert, Jack White Release Single

All part of Stephen's weeklong 'music festival'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert continues to bolster his rock-star credentials: After having performed with Jimmy Fallon and Alicia Keys, he’s now releasing a single with the help of Jack White. Colbert performed “Charlene II (I’m Over You),” a comedy rock tune about a stalker, last night as part... More »

Avatar Busts Another Record

Sells 2.7 million Blu-ray discs in just 4 days

(Newser) - Add another record to the books: It took Avatar a whopping four days to sell as many Blu-ray discs as previous record holder The Dark Knight has sold in the past 16 months. But wait, there's more: In addition to the 2.7 million such discs 20th Century Fox has... More »

Sandra Bullock's Blind Side Hits Record $200M

Becomes the first flick anchored by a female star to cross barrier

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock has become the first female star to carry a film past $200 million in domestic box office. Her football flick, The Blind Side, has made $208.5 million in seven weeks of release. Earlier star vehicles like Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich have fallen short; that movie made just... More »

Kindles, iPods Spell Tragic End to Snobbery

How can we show off taste when it's onscreen?

(Newser) - On the subway or in a cafe, taking a peek at what others are reading has long provided a convenient way to judge them on the spot: a mindless crime-novel fan? A Joyce-toting member of the intellectual elite? But with the Kindle, we’re left guessing, observes James Wolcott in ... More »

Fans High on Eminem's 1st Sober Show

Rapper excited to play show he'll remember later

(Newser) - Some 2000 lucky Eminem fans got to see a rarity last night: a mini-concert in which the rapper was sober, MTV reports. “This might actually be one of the best shows I’ve ever done, ‘cause when I get offstage, I’m actually going to remember it,”... More »

Where's Waldo? In the Record Book

University smashes previous record for Waldo gathering

(Newser) - Rutgers University has broken a Guinness World Record by packing a theater with 1,052 students and faculty members dressed in red-striped shirts in an homage to the Where’s Waldo books, the Daily Targum reports. The group was almost twice the size of the crowd of 577 that previously... More »

Clarkson Soars to Top of Charts

New single rocketed from 97th spot in Hot 100

(Newser) - Kelly Clarkson’s new single has jumped from No. 97 to No. 1 , breaking the record held by Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” for the largest leap to the top spot, Billboard reports. “My Life Would Suck Without You” sold 280,000 digital downloads in one week and is climbing... More »

UK Team Revs Plans for 1000mph Car

Aims to smash land speed record

(Newser) - A team of British engineers is planning to build a car that could reach up to 1000mph and pulverize the team’s own land speed record of 763mph, reports the Independent. The toughest part of building Bloodhound, as the car is called, will be raising the needed $20 million—and... More »

Phelps Off to Quick Start with Record Swim

Wins 400-meter individual medley preliminary

(Newser) - Michael Phelps has set a new Olympic record before the race for medals has even begun, the Washington Post reports. The American swam the 400-meter individual medley preliminary in 4 minutes, 7.82 seconds. “I'm happy to get the first-race jitters sort of out," the swimmer said. "... More »

Phelps: Growing Into All Those Golds

(Newser) - At 23, Michael Phelps is poised to win the most gold medals ever by an individual at the Beijing Games, and earn some $5 million in endorsement deals for companies such as Visa and Speedo. Yet Phelps’ journey—from an 8-year-old throwing a temper tantrum after his first swimming loss... More »

Giggling Fab 4 Tape Discovered

Surprise song session recording to be auctioned off

(Newser) - A 1964 recording of the Beatles laughing too hard to finish a song is to be auctioned, reports the Daily Telegraph. The 30-minute tape captures the Fab Four repeatedly breaking down in giggling fits while trying to record the ballad "I'll Follow The Sun." The comical history tour... More »

Coughlin Gives Up, Regains World Record

Swimmer loses top time in backstroke, for only one heat

(Newser) - The US Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb., today looked more like a final in Beijing, as Hayley McGregory took the 100-meter backstroke world record from Natalie Coughlin—who promptly took it back, the Los Angeles Times reports. McGregory swam it in 59.15 seconds, and Coughlin stroked it in... More »

Vinyl Back for Another Spin

Seemingly obsolete, format is seeing increasing—even 'unbelievable'—sales

(Newser) - It might seem unlikely in an age where the CD’s obituary has already been written, but vinyl records are making a comeback as younger fans fall for the big artwork and warm analog sounds, the Boston Globe reports. Music stores report big yearly sales increases, and big-box stores like... More »

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