A Salute to World Records

The biggest, longest, most expensive, and especially strangest records are published in the big Guinness Book of World Records. The following records are examples of cases where one can rightly wonder whether they will ever be broken in future.

– Fastest 100 meter hurdling on flippers

The fastest 100-meter hurdles wearing swim fins by a female is 22.35 seconds. It was achieved by Maren Zönker of Germany in Cologne, Germany, on Sept. 13, 2008.

– Most balloons blown up with a nose

In 2010, the American Andrew Dahl blew up 23 balloons in exactly 3 minutes. The impressive part of the record was the fact that Dahl used his nose to blow up all 23 balloons with his nose.

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– Most people dressed as Smurfs

The most people dressed as Smurfs was 1,253 and was achieved by the Muckno Mania Festival in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Ireland, on July 18, 2008.

– Largest rubber band ball

Joel Waul, pictured, of the United States pushes his bouncing creation.The largest rubber band ball, which weighs 4,097 kilograms (9,032 pounds), was measured in Lauderhill, Fla., Nov. 13, 2008.

– Most beer steins carried over 40 meters, female

The most beer steins carried over 40 meters (131 feet, 3 inches) by a female is 19. This was achieved by Anita Schwarz in Mesenich, Germany, on Nov. 9, 2008, in celebration of Guinness World Records Day.

– Longest distance on a unicycle in 24 hours

Sam Wakeling covered 453.6 kilometers (281.85 miles) on a unicycle in a 24-hour period at Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom, from Sept. 29-30, 2007.

– Largest collection of clocks

The largest collection of clocks belongs to Jack Schoff of the U.S., who has amassed 1,094 different clocks as of June 17, 2008.

– Largest crew of a canoe

The ‘Snake Boat’ Aries Punnamada Urukku Chundan of Alleppey, Kerala, India, measures at 43.7 meters (143 feet, 4 inches) long. It had a crew of 143, which included 118 rowers, 2 rhythm men, 5 helmsmen and 18 singers, and was rowed in public in Kerala, India, May 1, 2008.

– Greatest distance cycled in 24 hours (unpaced)

The greatest distance cycled solo and unpaced in 24 hours is 890.2 km (553.14 miles) and was achieved by Marko Baloh of Slovenia at Lenart, Slovenia, on Sept. 6-7, 2008.

– Largest hamburger commercially available

The largest commercially available hamburger is 74.75 kilograms (164.8 pounds) and is available for $399 on the menu at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Mich., as of Aug. 29, 2008.

– For world’s leggiest woman, romance is a tall order

Svetlana Pankratova is enjoying her celebrity as the woman certified by Guinness to have the world’s longest legs (4-foot-4). But it has its challenges: “Some [men] don’t like standing next to a woman that tall,” she said. And finding dress pants? “Impossible.”

– World’s largest shoe

This bad boy is 18.04 feet long, 6.92 feet wide and 9.51 feet high, and it’s an exact replica of a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. What size would it be? UK size 845. Designers used a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star European size 39 as a model. The Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp unveiled the massive shoe on Nov. 17 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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