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Behold the Ring With the Most Diamonds Ever

The 'Marigold,' featuring 12,638 stones, has been recognized by Guinness World Records

(Newser) - Start doing your hand exercises now if you ever want to slip the "Ring of Prosperity" on your finger—it'll be a heavy lift. That's because the piece of jewelry (aka the "Marigold") designed by Harshit Bansal of India's Renani Jewels features 12,638...

103-Year-Old Dives Right Out of the Sky

Al Blaschke said he wasn't doing it for himself

(Newser) - Falling from 14,000 feet up is hair-raising enough, but doing it at 103? "I never thought I would be around this long," Al Blaschke told ABC News after making his Guinness World Records-breaking leap with two grandsons. Blaschke, who tied the record back in 2017 at age...

Band for Miners Collects an Apt World Record

Shaft Bottom Boys perform 'deepest concert' ever

(Newser) - The appropriately named Shaft Bottom Boys have nabbed the world record for " deepest concert ," performing for 50 miners at the bottom of one of the deepest mines in the world. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand Saturday as the Canadian "novelty band" known for celebrating...

What Virus? 3.5K People Dress Up, Hang Out as Smurfs

Event criticized as 'potentially a very dangerous viral bomb'

(Newser) - A day before France banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people, some 3,500 of them gathered to break a world record. The village of Landerneau in northwestern France, home to the annual Festival of the Starry Moon, was betting on breaking the world record for the "most...

Record-Setting Firework Turns Sky Red Over Colorado Festival

Team had worked for 7 years toward Guinness recognition

(Newser) - After thousands of hours of building fireworks over seven years—and one failed attempt due to a premature explosion—a team has brought the record for the world's largest firework to Colorado. The explosion turned the sky over Steamboat Springs' winter carnival red on Saturday night and earned a...

Shortest Mobile Man in the World Dies at 27

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal was just 2 feet, 2.41 inches tall

(Newser) - Khagendra Thapa Magar reigned as the world's shortest man who could walk, according to Guinness World Records , but he never thought of himself as small. "I'm a big man," he said after a 2010 ceremony recognizing his diminutive stature. Which is why the Nepal man's...

Why One Group Did the Conga for 14 Miles

To set a record—and raise money for a meaningful cause

(Newser) - Conga lines are fun and all, but can you imagine traveling in one for 14 miles over the course of five and a half hours, all while the song "Do the Conga" plays on a loop—a total of 110 times? That's what a group of financial advisers...

Nurse Who Wore Pants Will Get World Record After All

Guinness reverses its decision

(Newser) - An uproar was sparked when a British nurse was denied the Guinness World Record for fastest woman to run the London Marathon while wearing a nurse's uniform—because she was wearing scrubs instead of the required dress, apron, and cap. But now Guinness is making things right, the Guardian...

The World Has a New Pi Champ

Google's Emma Iwao calculates it to 31 trillion digits

(Newser) - It's Pi Day, the 3/14 celebration of perhaps the most famous number in history. Google is celebrating with a record-breaking feat: One of its employees calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, 9 trillion more than the previous record, with help from cloud computing, reports the BBC . Emma Hauka Iwao...

After 66 Years of Growing, Longest Fingernails Are Cut

They'll be displayed at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in NYC

(Newser) - They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal, cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand. That's because for 66 of his 82 years, Chillal, of Pune, India, has been growing the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand, his left. They together...

She Set a Burpee World Record, but Her Form Is Bugging People

Elizabeth Llorente says she adhered to Guinness' definition

(Newser) - If you dread doing burpees, this stat might make you blanch: A Melbourne, Australia, woman set a world record last weekend for the most burpees done in 60 minutes by a female at 1,490, topping the previous record of 1,321. Except the internet is freaking out a bit...

Guy Has Eaten 30K Big Macs

Don Gorske has only missed 8 days since his first in 1972

(Newser) - A 64-year-old Wisconsin man has eaten his 30,000th Big Mac and not only has lived to tell the tale, but claims low cholesterol and "perfect" blood pressure. As the Fond du Lac Reporter reports, Don Gorske ate his first Big Mac in 1972 at the same McDonald's...

World's Oldest Person Dies

Nabi Tajima was 117 years old, held the crown for 7 months

(Newser) - The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. She had been hospitalized since January, reports the AP . Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900,...

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...

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,...

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...

Potentially Record-Setting Cat Has a Taste for Kangaroo

Omar may be the world's longest cat

(Newser) - What's it take for a cat to grow so long it's in contention for a Guinness World Record? Good genes, a good home, and lots of raw kangaroo meat, apparently. "It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat," Stephy Hirst...

Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day

(Newser) - Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000...

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...

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...

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