275x250.jpg Measuring just 45.2 cm (17.79 in) from the ground to top, this is the world's lowest roadworthy car according to Guinness World Records … making it almost small enough to pass under other vehicles.

Called "Mirai" (meaning ‘future’ in Japanese) the record-breakingly low vehicle was created by students and teachers at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan.

The car - which features in Guinness World Records 2013 - took over a year to create, with several months spent planning and designing, with the production taking a further 6 months.  

Harada Kazunari, Principal at Okayama Sanyo High School, said: “It can be frightening to drive MIRAI on a big street, especially when the speed goes over 40km/h because the road is very close to the driver’s eye point.  

World's longest snake in captivity ever

275x250.jpg Meet Medusa, a 25ft 2in Reticulated Python who has gained a place in the Guinness World Records 2013 after being recognised at the ‘Longest Snake Ever in Captivity.’

The gigantic 8-year-old snake is owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, USA and lives within The Edge of Hell haunted house attraction.

When not devouring her diet of rabbits, hogs and deer, the 350 pound reptile is usually found coiled up in a nook within the haunted attraction’s cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse.

Her handler and the Edge of Hell’s general manager, Larry Edgar states: “We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they’ve had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand.”

275x250.jpg A female sumo wrestler from London has been named as the heaviest sportswoman in the world after weighing in at 32 stone.

The 46-year-old mother of three is the only female sumo wrestler on the British Sumo Team and has only been competing for six years.

Sharran consumes 5,000 calories a day (two and a half times than recommended for the average woman) and to build strength and stamina she swims and walks.

After her marriage broke up eight years ago, she says it was wrestling that gave her the confidence to look for love: “I used to be ashamed of my size. But after taking up sumo I learned to love my body. The Guinness World Records recognition tops it off.”

275x250.jpg If you think all bulls are big ferocious beasts, think again and meet Archie, the world's shortest bull who measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from hoof to withers.

The 29-month-old Dexter from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has been recognised as the Shortest Bull in the world and features in Guinness World Records 2013.

He measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers, 15 inches shorter than other bulls of his breed (typically 45 in).  His height means that he’s dwarfed by the other animals at his farm, including even the dogs and goats!

Archie may be small, but that hasn’t diminished his “bullish” temperament! Ryan explains: “Archie doesn’t realise that he’s so short. He thinks he’s the biggest in the herd and he’ll grunt and roar at the rest of them.

275x250.jpg A three-year-old Great Dane called Zeus from Michigan, USA, has been named by the Guinness World Records as the tallest dog ever and measures 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers.

That makes him the same size as a typical donkey and standing on hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7 ft 4 in and towers over his owner Denise Doorlag.

The humongous hound - who features in Guinness World Records 2013 - weighs 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and eats around 12 cups of food a day (equivalent to one whole 30-lb bag of food!)

“Zeus is an awesome dog,” says owner Denise. “The only downside is that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot- he leaves bruises!”

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Despite being 86-years-old, Johanna Quaas is considerably more flexible than us. In fact she's been named as the world’s oldest gymnast by the Guinness World Records.

The retired PE teacher from Leipzig, Germany, only began to train at gymnastics in her 50s, and didn't take part in her first competition at the age of 56.

Johanna says she has always been involved in sport, dating her interest in keeping fit back to a childhood memory of a new gymnasium being built in her home town. Now she has a strict exercise regime of gym workouts, running, and yoga.

Speaking of her record breaking she said: "It's a great feeling to be in the Guinness World Records book.  I hope the record inspires others to realise it’s never too late to try something new."

275x250.jpg As you can probably tell from this photo, the reason we are writing about Mostafa Ismail from Egypt has something to do with his arms. He has the world record for the biggest biceps and triceps.

His arms have a whopping circumference of 64.77 cm (25.5 in) a fact which gained him a place in the new Guinness World Records 2013 book.

The 24 year-old, who trains six days a week and eats six meals a day and now lives in Massachusetts, USA, has arms with a greater circumference than the average human head!  

His right upper-arm circumference is 63.5 cm (25 in) flexed and 60.96 cm (24 in) non-flexed, and his left upper-arm circumference is 64.77 cm (25.5 in) flexed and 62.23 cm (24.5 in) non-flexed. 

275x250.jpg The world’s shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi (all 54.6 cm of him) has met the world’s shortest woman, Jyoti Amge (62.8 cm) for the first time to help promote the Guinness World Records 2013 book.
 
The historic moment is the first time in history the shortest male and female in the world have met. Each wore traditional outfits from their native countries and smiled and laughed throughout.

To add scale to the picture, the classic Guinness World Records book – which measures 1ft tall (30cm) – was placed in between them.
 
Marco Frigatti, Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who also took part in the shoot, said: "It was an extraordinary moment; they’re both such incredible individuals. Everyone knew this was a special moment, the atmosphere was magical."

275x250.jpg A new world record has been set for the most burgers flipped simultaneously after 18 people gathered in London and successfully rotated burgers 1,350 times in under a minute.

The event celebrated the art of barbeque cooking at its most competitive and was held by food and entertainment channel Food Network UK to celebrate their ‘On Fire’ festival in Covent Garden.
 
Other records broken at the 'Burger Flipping Championships' included the most burger flips by one person in under a minute at 87 flips as well as the highest burger flip which reached 5.5 feet.
 
The Burger Flipping Championships had strict rules in place, tasking participants to successfully turn the burger over from one side to another using only a spatula with one hand, as many times as possible in under a minute. Burgers that fell on the floor were ruled out … there was no three second rule.

275x250.jpg This isn't a story about a skateboarding giant, the UK’s largest skateboard has been created to mark the fact two thirds of children think the Olympics will only be worth watching when more extreme sports like skateboarding are included, obviously.

Measuring a staggering seven metres in length, two and half metres in width and at a metre high, the oversized board weighs as much as a baby African elephant – so any ‘ollies’ or ‘kick flips’ are probably out of the question.   

It was created by sweet brand Mega Mouth and took a team of six engineers 300 hours to complete. The mega-sized skateboard can also hold up to 30 children at one time and weighs 250kg.

British under-14 skateboard champ said: "This is the most awesome board I’ve ever seen and I think it’s fantastic that so many kids are keen to see skateboarders compete on such a grand stage.

275x250.jpg Well the 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So we here at Newslite are celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records, who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today we meet John Evans who balanced a gutted Mini car weighing a total of 159.6kg (352lb) on his head for 33 seconds at The London Studios, London, England, on May 24, 1999.

275x250.jpg The world's tallest Lego tower has been built at LegoLand Windsor after thousands of helped to construct the gargantuan structure.

Topped off with nine Team GB LEGO Minifigures, the 32m tower takes the record from a 31.9m tower which was built in Seoul earlier this year.
 
"We are delighted to reclaim the record for Britain," said the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s Divisional Director, Sue Kemp. 

"We last held it in 2008 when it was a mere 29.26 metres tall. We’re very grateful to the thousands of people who helped create the tower, which is made from over 500,000 bricks.  It took four days to build and is certainly an impressive feat."

275x250.jpg Well the 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So we here at Newslite are celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records, who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today meet pooch Cinderella May, a Holly Grey who set the world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog after clearing 172.7 cm (68 in) at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals in 2006.

275x250.jpg A 12-year-old skateboarder has achieved what many other, more experienced athletes have tried for years – to land their first ever 1080 on a skateboard.

Tom Schaar from Malibu recently became  the first skateboarder ever to complete three full  rotations in the air with the board beneath him and then land.

And we know that's impressive because skateboarding legend Tony Hawk -- who pulled off the first 900 degree spin on a half pipe at the 1999 X Games -- thinks so.

Tweeting after hearing of the stunt he said: "In the last year I've seen Shaun White try 1080s & Mitchie Brusco crash-land a few. Tom Schaar nailed it."

275x250.jpg A little puppy called Beyonce -- which had to be revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions when she was born -- is thought to be the world's tiniest.

The Dachshund mix was part of a litter of five born earlier this month to a mother who had been taken in by The Grace Foundation, which takes in unwanted animals.

Bosses from the organisation have submitted an application to the Guinness Book of World Records to see if Beyonce is the world's smallest puppy… or at least the smallest New York Times subscriber.

275x250.jpg A daredevil who plans to complete a sky-dive from 23 miles above the Earth has completed a  test flight and jump from a not too shabby 13 miles high.

Felix Baumgartner was carried -- the Red Bull Stratos capsule -- to the impressive height by a 100ft helium balloon in an ascent lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Once there he ran through his 39-step safety checklist before manually depressurizing the capsule, opening the door and stepping off the external platform.

During the fall he reached a top speed of 364.4 miles per hour and continued to freefall for a total of three minutes and 43 seconds before deploying his parachute at 7,890ft.


We've seen some pretty impressive basketball shots in the past -- like this 90ft buzzer shot and this record-breaker -- but this is out new favourite.


That's because it's not everyday you see someone finding the net from a helicopter hovering 192 feet in the air.

In the video, which is sure to go viral, a basketball player can be seen flying by in the helicopter before hovering over the net and attempting a shot, which sure enough goes in.

It's claimed to be a new world record for the longest shot from a helicopter, not the longest shot, that honour goes to a shot from 219 feet.

275x250.jpg School children in Birmingham have burst their way into the record books and made science history by taking part in the World’s Biggest Practical Science Lesson.

More than 250 pupils from Bishop Challoner Catholic College took part in the science lesson led by world bubble mastermind, Samsam Bubbleman, and hoped to master the science behind bubble-blowing.

Equipped with bubble swords, and under the watchful eye of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, they were blown-away with a lesson in gravity and light refraction, producing thousands of gigantic soap spheres and bouncing bubbles.

Samsam said: "Today has been un-bubble-ievable! (oh yes he did!) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Big Bang Fair coming to Birmingham than blowing our way into the books of Guinness World Records.


We could tell you all about how and why these 850 people won themselves a place in the record books by world's largest line of human dominoes.


Or you could just press play an witness the joy which is seeing 850 people in New Orleans toppling backwards onto mattresses one after another. Enjoy!

The bizarre stunt was enough to break the previous record of 550 human/mattress dominoes which was set in Belgium in 2011 and the mattresses used have now been donated to charity.

But will someone beat this new record soon? We'd say it will be a pushover.

275x250.jpg A 72-year-old man from Nepal who stands at just 55cm tall has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s new shortest living man.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (all 21.5in of him) takes the record from 59.9 cm (23.5in) Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who was crowned world’s shortest man last June.

Weighing 14.5kg Dangi has spent his entire life in the remote Nepalese mountain village of Rhimkholi, about 250 miles west of Kathmandu.

It was only after being spotted by a forest contractor cutting timber in the remote village that the little 72-year-old was brought to the attention of Guinness World Records which invited him to London to be measured.

275x250.jpg Keith Martin has the dubious honour of having been named as the world’s fattest man... after the previous record-holder went on a diet.

Martin, of North West London -- whose diet includes eating eight hotdogs for breakfast -- has 18 carers and has not got out of bed for 10 years.

When the 42-year-old, who says his weight got out of control in his teenage years when his mom died, goes to hospital it takes eight ambulance staff to lift him.

He will take the title from Manuel Uribe of Mexico, who once weighed 90 stone but is now close to 30 stone. Luckily Martin will not need to go anywhere to collect his title.

275x250.jpg Edith Ritchie and Evelyn “Evie” Middleton have been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living twins… well they are 102-years-old

Born on 15 November 1909, the pair from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, whose maiden name was Rennie, were born on a farm near Newburgh when Edward VII was on the throne.

After leaving school, the non-identical twins worked on farms before leaving to start their own families and had a total of 32 grandchildren between them.

The sisters say they have remained close throughout their life and now live together at Bonnyton House care home in Aberdeenshire, adding that they are still the best of friends.


A team of water skiers from Australian have all become record breakers after becoming the most people ever to water ski together from a single boat.


The group managed to stay upright and afloat for one nautical mile, as they travelled behind the boat in Macquarie Harbour in Strahan, Tasmania.

A 114ft catamaran -- which normally takes tourists on tours -- had to be specially  modified for the task and five miles of rope was needed.

While nine of the 154 water skiers fell during the attempt, 145 was still plenty to beat the previous record of 114.

275x250.jpg It might not be the best device for button-bashing -- but this is officially the world's largest video-game controller.

The record-breaking device -- revealed at London’s Liverpool St station to launch the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition -- measures 30 times the size of a standard NES controller.

It was created by British Engineering student Ben Allen (23), who studies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and took five months to make at an estimated cost of £4,000

Commuters even got to have a go on the 366 cm x 159 cm x 51 cm joypad which weighs 18 stone, but it took more than their thumbs… it requires at least two gamers to press the buttons by jumping on them.


Meet the miniature railroad which isn't so miniature. In fact this is the largest model railway in the world and measures a whopping 1,300 m².


Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany and features more than a thousand moving trains, aircrafts, cars and ships.

This video -- released to promote the attraction in 2012 -- shows different sections which include America, Alps, Hamburg, Airport and Switzerland.

Superman comic sells at auction for $2.16m

275x250.jpg A rare comic which features the first appearance of Superman and was stolen and disappeared for 11 years, had sold at auction for a whopping $2.16m.

The pristine copy of Action Comics #1 became the world's most expensive comic in the process -- despite initially costing 10 cents in 1938.

While the comic was stolen from a collector in 2000, it reappeared earlier this year and (after being returned to its rightful owner) was listed on ComicConnect.com.

CEO Stephen Fishler said: "After spending so many years looking for the book, I was blown away when it appeared."

And now, after receiving about 50 bids from around the world, the valuable comic (graded nine out of 10 for quality) has sold for $2,161,000.


If we hadn't brushed up on our zombie-survival skills, this could have really scared us… meet the world's biggest Zombie walk.

 
Thousands of undead zombies (or people dressed as them) have wandered through Mexico City this weekend in a bid to set a new world record.

Covered with suitable amounts of fake blood and gore nearly 10,000 people are said to have taken part in the event aimed to take peoples minds off economic stress.
 

275x250.jpg Visitors to West India Quays at Canary Wharf would have been forgiven for treading carefully after stumbling on this amazing 3D painting.

Artist Joe Hill was commissioned by Reebok Crossfit to create the massive and record breaking 1160.45m² painting of a waterfall and plunging cliffs.

Speaking of his record Joe said: "I am absolutely over the moon to have broken not one but two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest anamorphic painting!

"As a London based artist it is really special to create this artwork in the heart of the city and also to be able to bring the world records for 3D art back home to Britain where 3D art first started."

275x250.jpg In a bizarre race organised to celebrate Guinness World Records Day 2011 the fastest toilet took on the fastest mobility scooter and the smallest roadworthy car.

British inventors Edd China (Toilet, 42.25 mph); Colin Furze (Mobility Scooter, 71.59 mph); and Perry Watkins (Smallest Car, measuring 41 in high and 26 in wide, 30 mph) raced against one another.

The race at at West India Quay, London, was won by the world's fastest mobility scooter.

275x250.jpg Despite having been born in 1920, Bernice Mary Bates is more flexible than most teenagers -- in fact she's recently been recognised as the Oldest Yoga Teacher.

The 91-year-old celebrated gaining a place in the record books by performing a series of poses at Mainlands Retirement Community Centre in Pinellas Park, Florida.

After being presented with her certificate by Guinness World Records, Bernice said: "I’m truly overwhelmed.  I’ll continue with Yoga for as long as I can."

275x250.jpg For many people the idea of going to sleep in a room full of clowns would be the stuff of nightmares, but not Ortrud Kastaun.

That's because the 61-year-old from Germany has just been recognised by Guinness World Records for having the largest collection of clowns.
 
Ortrud, known to her friends as ‘Orty’, has been collecting model clowns for over 15 years, and in that time amassed 2,053 different models. 

The collection is so large Ortrud had to move to a larger flat to and even set up her own museum at her home in Essen, Germany. 


An 11-year-old young lad from India has roller-skated his way into the Guinness Book of World Records… and under 20 cars.

Rohan Ajit Kokane set a new roller-skating limbo record by passing under a series of cars while on his wheels -- and decked out in green lycra and sweatbands.

After building up speed, Rohan did the splits -- so he was travelling while close the ground -- and whizzed through the 35cm tall gap under the parked vehicles.

It took 30 seconds for him to come to a standstill and having travelled 126ft 11in adjudicators said he'd broken the previous limbo record by more than 26ft… even if it wasn't a limbo as we know it.


357 bikini-wearing women have parades along Surfers Paradise on Australia's Gold Coast -- to set a new world record.


The impressive sight scooped the women the obviously prestigious record for the 'world's longest bikini parade' beating the previous record of 332.

While 361 girls had walked through the counter and past lucky Guinness World Record adjudicator Chris Sheedy, four were disqualified for not wearing bikinis.

It's not clear whether the women were disqualified for wearing too much or too little… but in the interests of quality journalism we will spend the day reviewing the video evidence.

275x250.jpg Most couples only exchange their wedding vows once, but not Lauren and David Blair -- their just set the world record for doing it 100 times.

The loved-up couple from Tennessee are now featured in the Guinness World Records for 'Most Marriage Vow Renewals by the Same Couple'.

After meeting in 1982, the pair first married in 1982. Since then they've
renewed their vows a further  99 times, each ceremony taking place in a different location.

Asked why they continuously renew their vows, Lauren says: "I love to look into David’s eyes. I know that this man will love me until the day I die… of course, David will tell you that he does it for the honeymoons!"


Sofia Romero is a hospital worker from Leicester, she's also something of an escapologist -- as this video of her slipping out of straitjacket shows.

In fact she recently received confirmation from Guinness World Records that her 4.69 second bid for freedom set a new world record.

The 40-year-old beat the previous record of 7.26 seconds earlier this year, by getting out of the standard straitjacket in the super-fast time.

She said she discovered her skill after watching a TV show about illusionists and ordering a £200 straitjacket to have a got. As you do… if you're the sort of person who should be wearing a straitjacket.


In a bizarre bid to make unicycling even more difficult, a German rider has navigated a line of beer bottles on his one-wheeler. Really!


Unicycling enthusiast Lutz Eichholz somehow managed to ride along 8.93 metres of bottles -- breaking his own record of 7.99 metres.

10 metres of bottles had been lined up ahead of the record and all had been opened and emptied beforehand.

However, given his amazing display of balance, something tells us Eichholz can't have enjoyed many of them. Though we hope he had a few after.

275x250.jpg England long jump champion J.J. Jegede has taken time out of his normal Olympic training schedule to jump over three Minis -- as you do.

The 2012 hopeful made the six metre leap at Potters Fields, London,to help launch the the Mini London 2012 Edition Models.

Jegede ran on a run-up track which was raised to the height of the MINI’s roofs, and jumped into an equally high sand pit on the other side.

Given a successful jump by a world-class athlete in optimum conditions is seven to eight metres, there was not really too much Evel Knievel-style risk of failure.

275x250.jpg A 22-year-old student from Illinois has been named by Guinness World Records as the new ‘Shortest Living Woman’ -- standing at just 2 ft 3 in (69 cm) tall.

In addition to this title, Bridgette also holds the record for the ‘Shortest Living Siblings’ alongside her brother, 20-year-old Brad Jordan, who measures 3 ft 2 in (98 cm) tall.

While their reduced height is caused by Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II the pair live normal lives and both study at Kaskaskia College.

Bridgette’s hobbies are focused around her love of music; dancing and cheerleading while Brad says he likes to play basketball… no, that was not us making a joke.

275x250.jpg It would be easy to assume that Rob Hull is a Doctor Who fanatic given that he's just been recognised as owning the world's largest Dalek collection.

But bizarrely -- despite having 571 model Daleks and a place in the Guinness World Records Book -- the 49-year-old from Doncaster isn't a fan of the Doctor and doesn't watch the show.

However, his home is dominated by the Daleks, includng a 6ft life size replica model, which he has spent 20 years collecting.

"I’ve never been a fan of the show, but I have been enchanted by the Daleks ever since I saw one in a toy store as a child," Rob said.

275x250.jpg Something tells us Aevin Dugas has a problem getting through some doorways, because she is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world.

With a circumference measuring an incredible 4 ft. 4 in (1.32 m) the impressive hair-do has apparently taken over 12 years to grow.

It's now larger than a traditional disco ball and so big the 36-year-old social worker from New Orleans could even fit the world’s shortest man inside!

Aevin says having such a big hairstyle can be problematic, "It’s always getting caught in trees, and one time I even slammed my hair in the car door! And I hate it when people touch it without asking my permission first!"

However, on the upside, she added that it's very comfortable to lie on in bed, "It provides the perfect pillow. I sleep very well." 

275x250.jpg Brides can forget about getting to the chapel on time, this one will get to them in record speeds -- meet the worlds fastest wedding chapel which can drive at 62mph.

Two years ago Rev. Darrell Best, of Illinois, converted his 1940s fire truck into a wedding chapel on wheels to allow loved-up coupled to tie the knot while they're on the road.

And since then Rev. Best who has married over 40 couples in the vehicle -- dubbed 'The Best Man' -- which today became world's fastest wedding chapel… not that it had much competition.

The vehicle is capable of doing 62mph and several of the ceremonies have been conducted at this speed with the bride and the groom, the two witnesses, and the minister all in the back.

275x250.jpg Chanel Tapper had got the competition licked when it came to taking the title for the world's longest tongue -- hers measures 9.75 cm.

That means the 21-year-old student from California has a tongue twice as long as average and the equivalent length of an iPhone.

Her tongue is as long as the world’s largest cockroach; as wide as your palm and the same volume as a quarter pounder hamburger.

Speaking of her terrifically long tongue Chanel said: "I love the shocked reaction I get from people in the street when I stick it out."

However, she admits there is a downside of having a record-breaking tongue: "Most guys who see it automatically have their mind in the gutter… and so do some females."

13 dogs skip their way into world record book

275x250.jpg We've often wondered how some people come up with the idea to set a bizarre world record -- like this one for the most dogs skipping on the same rope.

Well according to the dog handler at Uchida Geinousha's 'Super Wan Wan Circus' in Japan this came about by accident when a curious poodle joined in with some human skippers.

"One day Mayonnaise, an incredibly curious poodle, started to try and skip with us.  She clearly really enjoyed it and we decided to get the other dogs involved.  It’s become part of their playtime," he said.
 
To make sure all 13 dogs have full credit for their achievement, they are (from left to right) Leo, Doremi, Button, Koume, Aya, Kimchi, Nami, Mayonnaise, Ann, Sumire, Kurobe and Akebi… what do you mean that's only twelve, oops.

World's longest fingernails measure 19ft 9in

275x250.jpgWe're having something of a Guinness World Records fest on Newslite today - to mark the release of the 2012 edition of the wonderfully bizarre records book.

And our first new record holder is Christine Walton from Las Vegas -- who has the world's longest fingernails measuring a freaky 19ft 9in (601.9cm).

That's 10ft 2in (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7in (292.1cm) on her right hand and the 45-year-old singer says she hasn’t cut her fingernails since 1990.

Christine insists the nails don’t prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive, however, she does confess to struggling when shopping for clothes:

"I’ll see the cutest shirts, and they’ll have these skinny arms and I know that my nails would just rip straight through them, she said.

275x250.jpg 8,957 people armed with some 175,141 water filled balloons have set a new world record for the world's largest water balloon fight. And it looks like fun.

The record attempt took place at the University of Kentucky and was organised by the Christian Student Fellowship who spent hours filling the balloons.

It apparently took just seven minutes for all of the water balloons to be hurled, that's 25,020 per minute or 417 each second.

And just in case your maths isn't quite as good as ours, that equally a whole lot of fun. Really, just click play if you don't believe us.

275x250.jpg A team from Lithuania have set a new world record by preparing a cup of coffee in a air balloon flying at more than 20,000 feet (6.3km) high.

Nidas Kiuberis, Grazvydas Vilcinskas and Vytautas Samarinas had to don protective clothing and oxygen masks before reaching the impressive height.

Once there - with a temperature of around -20C - they used a special Aeropress coffee maker to push hot water through the filter and produce a quality cup of coffee.

Coffee expert Kiuberis then took off his oxygen mask and quickly tasted it before putting the mask back on. He said the brew was "as tasty as on earth" not better "as tasty" -- so worth flying to 20,000ft then?

275x250.jpg A group of bikini-wearing girls have lathered up on Bournemouth beach in a bid to help set the world record for the most people to shower together.

The 152 people - led by the group of Lynx girls - beat the previous American record of 145 people, despite the chilly weather conditions.

Stripping down to their swimwear, the record breakers lathered each other up under a giant six metre tall shower which had been specially constructed for the attempt.

Record adjudicators were pleased with the water and soap levels… as were the man who took part and for some reason tried to push their way towards the Lynx girls, we can't imagine why.

275x250.jpgBart de Zwart has spent five days alone at sea travelling the 300 miles from Hawaii's Big Island to Kauai on a paddle-board. For some reason.

The 41-year-old Maui says he's the first person to make the solo crossing on a standup paddleboard and that it was the hardest thing he's ever done.

He'd strapped enough freeze-dried meals to last seven days to his 4.2-metre longboard and spent then most of his days paddling.

When it came to resting for the evening he slept on inflatable water mattress which he had to blow up and then strap to the board.

However, it didn't always go to plan and on several occasions he was startled awake as his board flipped over and left him in the water… we can't imagine why he was the first person to do this.

Junrey Balawing It was good while it lasted, after just eight months, Khagendra Thapa Magar is no longer the world's shortest man. All hail the new world's shortest man Junrey Balawing.

Measuring just 23.6 inches (59.93cm) tall, the little man from the Philippines is actually one of the shortest ever shortest man -- just missing out to Gul Mohammed (1957–97), who was 22.5 inches.

Junrey, who weighs only 5kg, became eligible for the record over the weekend as he celebrated his 18th birthday and was measured by Guinness World Records officials.

Asked what he hoped for now he's the world’s shortest man, Junrey, said: "I like beer and I want a beautiful wife," before adding… She’ll probably be taller than me."

275x250.jpgOur dream of flying over cars on our morning commute into Newslite Towers with a jet-pack strapped to out back is one step closer to reality today.

That's because makers Martin Jetpack from New Zealand, have conducted test flights during which they cruised to 5,000ft and deployed a parachute.

Bosses at the firm say the success of the test-flight - which was conducted in the sky over the Canterbury Plains - means the £60,000 device could be on sale within 18 months.

In the flight a dummy was attached to the jetpack and flown by remote control from a helicopter to 5,000ft before descending to 2,000 feet and then deploying the parachute.

This means it set new records for the fastest jet-pack climb rate (800ft per minute) highest altitude (5,000ft) and longest jet-pack flight (9:46 minutes)… now where do we sign up for one.

275x250.jpg A daredevil stunt driver has set a new world record by jumping his car 332ft in a ramp-to-ramp stunt at the Indianapolis 500.

Tanner Foust took to his car vehicle which he drove down a massive toy-inspired 90ft ramp to build up speed before hitting a jump and taking off.

The 37-year-old then travelled for 332ft before his wheels touched-down on another ramp on the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

We defy you to watch this video and not think about digging out your old toy cars… or just question where your life went wrong and why you'are sat at a computer while other people do this for a living.

275x250.jpg A team of university boffins have set what is believed to be a new world record for human-powered helicopter flight, aided by a fit pair of legs.

50 students from the University of Maryland had worked to develop their human-powered helicopter, Gamera, which consists of four sets of two spinning blades.

The contraption is powered by a furiously peddling pilot who, for the record attempt was Judy Wexler, a 24-year-old biology graduate student.

But don't expect to see this as the future of personal transport any time soon… the record was hovering 3 to 5 inches off the ground for 4 seconds.

275x250.jpgA musician has scooped a place in the record books, not for having a best selling album or massive attendance at a concert… but for having am overly wordy song title.

Mikhail Tank has secured his place in history by releasing a single with a 44 word title - that's more words than are included in the entire lyrics of some songs.

In fact the Russian born artist says the title of the digitally released single is so long it's not included on the cover-art.

While the single (available on Amazon) was released in October last year, Tank only recently received his Guinness World Records confirmation and certificate.

In case you were wondering, the song title is… "Simplify When You Get Crowded Inside, Certain Ones Prefer to Drink Your Energy, Falling Right Into The Hands of Time, Release Those Who Deprive, Throw Away Ties That Bind, Just Simplify, No Need to Overextend Yourself, When They Just Rely on Your Time. No."

275x250.jpgAnother London Marathon has come and gone, and while most runners wanted to achieve their best time, few would have thought they had a shot at a world record.

But that's where they were wrong. 35 new Guinness World Records were achieved at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon… in some pretty odd categories.

Runners this year set records such as the fastest marathon completed on crutches and the most Rubik’s cubes solved whilst running a marathon.

Other crazy records included the fastest marathon dressed as a superhero, the fastest marathon while carrying 60 lb pack and the money raised by a marathon runner.

So next year, we will not only be setting out to compete in the London Marathon, but also seeing if we can't become record holders in the process… is there a record for the fastest marathon quitter?

275x250.jpg Bubble-blowing history has been made after bubble fan Samsam Bubbleman set a new world record for blowing the most bubbles blown inside another bubble.

The bubbleologist (yes that's apparently a thing) managed to blow a breathtaking 71 bubbles inside another giant bubble that measured approximately 47cm in diameter.

His creation took Samsam over two hours to blow and is said to have required perfect timing and conditions including low wind speed, low humidity and, of course, no rain.  

Luckily he didn't blow his chance at setting the world record, well he did, but only in the good way, if you get what we mean.

275x250.jpg A record-breaking cosmetic surgeon who specialises in breast surgery has revealed how he spends his spare time -- throwing knives.

And bizarrely Dr Ted Eisenberg attributes his knife-throwing to winning a place in the record books for "the most breast augmentation surgeries performed in a lifetime."

Eisenberg says it was only while competing in a knife-throwing tournament and watching someone attempt to break the "most bullwhip cracks" record, a friend asked him how many boob jobs he had done.

After totting them up, the plastic surgeon realised he'd performed 3460 operations and contacted Guinness World Records to see if it was more than anyone else. Let's hope he doesn't make a boob while knife throwing.

275x250.jpgA comic fan has spent a massive $1.1m on a near-mint condition copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15 featuring the debut of Spider-Man.

When the Marvel comic originally went on sale in 1962 it cost just 12 cents - a fay cry from the £679,000 paid on US online auction ComicConnect.com.

The cover features Spidey swinging from a building saying: "The world may mock Peter Parker, the timid teenager… it will soon marvel at the awesome might of Spider-Man."

Comic experts say the value of the comic comes from the fact that is is not only rare but also in amazing condition.

The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, and we can't blame him, would you want your wife finding out you'd just blown £679,000 on a comic.

275x250.jpg In a bid to celebrate Pancake Day in the only way they know how, staff from TV channel Food Network UK have created the world's tallest stack of pancakes. And why not.

The impressive pancake tower took over 13 hours to produce and required a whopping 253 eggs, 11lbs of flour and over 26 pints of milk.

After the hours of hard work they were lest with 725 pancakes which were stacked into a 32 inch high tower to break the current record.

Should you fancy setting pancake-based record yourself when you get home, the highest pancake flip currently stands at 9.17m, the largest pancake measured 15m long and the most pancakes eaten in 1 hour by an individual is 855. Good luck.

275x250.jpg Lifting a house off the ground with balloons looked easy in the animated hit movie Up -- but it took a team of scientists and engineers to achieve it in real life.

This weekend the scientists and engineers, along with two world-class balloon pilots gathered at a airfield east of Los Angeles in a bid to recreate the iconic scene from the movie.

A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building.

Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud.

275x250.jpg Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has become the first person to high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station.

The 27-year-old took just 14 minutes to complete her crossing on the 150 metre stretch of wire, at a height of 66m (216ft), to raise money for Comic Relief.

She had undergone months of training to learn how to balance on the wire the which has just the same diameter as a 10 pence piece.

Speaking after the stunt Skelton said she'd rather have done it without a safety harness so the wire walking community would take her seriously.

275x250.jpg A hotel housekeeper has won a place in the record books after becoming the fastest person in the world to make a king-sized bed.

Putting most people to shame, it took Louise Waller took just 95 seconds to transform the bed from unmade to a professionally smart finish, during a recent event in London.

In that time she had to deal with two pillows with pillow cases, a mattress cover, a king size bed sheet, a king size duvet and duvet cover and a bed runner.

While 30-year-old Waller is understandably happy about the record, she also realises it also means she will have a hard time convincing her partner to to it at home.

275x250.jpgMeasuring a mouth-burning 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale, this is the the hottest chilli in the world… and it was grown by accident in Lincolnshire.

Dubbed the 'Infinity Chilli' the fiery food has been tested by boffins who say it's considerably hotter than previous title holder, the Bhut Jolokia, from India.

It was grown by green-fingered Nick Woods who runs 'Fire Foods' from his home and says one day he notices the crossbreed chilli in his greenhouse.

Intrigued, he decided to sample it, but he soon regretted the move when a powerful burning sensation hit the back of his throat and was so strong he couldn't talk.

Speaking of the chilli he said: "I felt physically sick. I really wouldn't recommend anybody eat it raw like that"… obviously we didn't ask him for a quote straight after eating one.

275x250.jpg Rally champion Juha Kankkunen has set a new world speed record on ice after driving at 205.48 mph on an sheet ice off the coast of Finland.

Kankkunen was behind the wheel of a 6-litre, 12-cylinder, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible when he made the drive - which beat his own record of 199.83mph from 2007.

Despite temperatures of -30 degrees and snow blizzards along the perilous 70cm-thick layer of sea ice he was driving on, Kankkunen was happy to put his foot down and speed along the 16.5km track.

His record - measured over two runs - was certified by officials from the Finland Traffic Police… though hopefully they won't be issuing him with a ticket.

275x250.jpg A retired teacher has entered the record books after being recognised as the biggest collector of Santa Claus-themed memorabilia in the world.

74-year-old Jean-Guy Laquerre from Quebec, Canada, has accumulated an incredible 25,189 festive items from 33 countries over the past 22 years.

His record-breaking collection, which is still growing in size, now take up most of his house, but it all started with a single Santa Claus statuette he was left by a dead relative.

That inspired he to acquire more and more, but now Jean-Guy has a band of helpers who send him Santa Claus gifts from antique shops and garage sales… whether he wants them or not.

275x250.jpg Freediver William Trubridge has set a new world record by diving 100m (328ft) below sea level on a single breath of air.

What makes him different to other divers who've reached 100m is that he did it using only his hands and feet to propel him down and up.

The record was set on Sunday in the Bahamas when William dived into  Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island following his glow-in-the-dark descent line.

It took two attempts to secure the record (his 13th) and the 30-year-old attributes his success to using yoga techniques… and having a particularly heavy head. 

275x250.jpg One of the rarest diamonds ever found has been sold at auction for a record breaking $46 million (£29m).

The "fancy intense pink diamond" weighs 24.78 carats was snapped up by diamond dealer Laurence Graff at a recent Sotheby's auction in Geneva.

Mounted in a platinum ring, the diamond -- categorised as ‘potentially flawless’ -- was bought by the London jeweller via a telephone bid.

Instantly after the sale, Graff renamed the diamond the "Graff Pink" -- well he is a a humble and understated sort.

275x250.jpg Some people like a big cup of coffee in the morning to wake them up. But not usually this big -- this is the world's biggest mug of java.

The 8 foot tall cup contains a massive 2,010 gallons of freshly brewed coffee - that's the same as 32,160 regular cups.

It took a team of people more than eight hours to brew all the coffee required, who were in turn powered by several cups of coffee.

The previous Guinness World Record for largest cup of coffee was set in 2007 at just 911.5 gallons… that's now a medium a Starbuck.

275x250.jpg A species of grasshopper has been named as the animal with the world's largest testicles -- in relation to body weight, obviously.

Researchers at the University of Derby (who we assume had a good reason for investigating the topic) say the tuberous bushcricket has testicles which amount to 14% of its body mass.

The boffins claim this makes the record-breaking testicles bigger than any other animals and takes the title from the fruit fly (Drosophila bifurca) with 10.6%.

To put this into perspective the scientists say if the same was true for humans the average testicles would weight the same as six bags of sugar.

275x250.jpg A man has won a place in the Guinness World Records for having a mouth so rubbery he can fit an entire Coke can in it... sideways.

Francisco Domingo Joaquim's mouth stretches to a massive 6.69-inch-long, which adjudicators from the famous record book say is the world's widest.

The 20-year-old record breaker from Sambizanga in Angola is said to have shot to fame after showing off his 'talent' at local markets and football games.

Dubbed the 'Jaw of Awe' he recently appeared on an Italian TV show where he managed not to out his foot in his mouth… but to be fair, he was busy putting everything from cups and saucers to beer bottles in there.

A quick fingered violinist has set a world record by playing Flight of the Bumblebee in a speedy one minute and 3.356 seconds.

39-year-old Oliver Lewis made his way through the famous Rimsky-Korsakov piece on the BBC One show Blue Peter.

Playing at 212 beats per minute (13 notes per second), he completed the piece in just one minute and 3.356 seconds - beating the previous record by almost a second.

Adjudicators from Guinness World Records said that after studying footage of his performance, they were happy he'd played to "concert level" accuracy.

However, if we went to see a concert and the performers sped through the music that quickly, we'd be pretty miffed.

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After briefly being held by a Brit, the lawnmower land speed record is now back in the hands of American Bobby Cleveland.

Just a couple of months ago we told you how Don Wales set a 87.3mph record in Wales on lawnmower Project Runningblade, taking the title from the American.

Well it turns out Cleveland wasn't happy about losing his 2006 record and sponsored by goldeagle.com he decided to build an even faster mower to win it back.

Now, after a series of runs on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats he has upped the record to 96.5 miles per hour - to prove it was still a lawnmower he had to us it to cut grass on the same day.

Cleveland says he'd hoped to reach 100mph. In odd news, we've promised to cut the lawn when he does -- no rush Bobby.

275x250.jpg The world's biggest game of dodgeball has taken place in the California with more than 1,700 students hurling rubber balls at each other.

Students came up with the idea for the game because they wanted to organise a mass-participation event and thought they may as well break a record while they were at it.

After looking at the record books, the student from the University of California decided the dodgeball record - which stood at just 1,198 - was easily beatable.

For anyone who wasn't subjected to ritual humiliation by dodgeball, the aim of the game is to hit all the members of the opposing  team by throwing the ball at them.

275x250.jpg Boffins in Canada have created the first aircraft which flies by flapping its wings like a bird and is powered by a pilot pedalling.

The 'Snowbird' HPO (Human-powered Ornithopter) has become the first man-powered aircraft with flapping wings to fly continuously.

It was developed by a team at the University of Toronto, who were determined to create the device first imagined by Leonardo da Vinci in his 1485 sketches.

After being pulled by a car and launched into the air, the pilot then pumps a set of pedals which are attached to pulleys causing the wings to flap and keep the craft in the sky… until he gets tired.

275x250.jpg The inescapable fact everyone loves odd animals has not been lost on Guinness World Records -- they've wheeled out a bevy of interesting animal-based records to promote the launch of their 2011 book.

Weird animal records include the dog with the longest tongue, the world's smallest cow and a Jack Russell which can burst 100 balloons in 44.49 seconds.

Swallow, a pint-(of milk)-sized cow from Yorkshire was the one named as the world's smallest bovine measuring just 33 inches from hind to foot despite being fully grown.

Owner Caroline Ryder says the micro cow has already become a star and her diva like demands could see The Wonder Stuff's 'The Size of a Cow' play every time she enters a field.

275x250.jpg An Australian man has won a unique place in the record books -- by having the world's widest tongue which measures 7.9cm across.

Jay Sloot - dubbed 'Tongue Boy' by pals - today found himself in the newly-released 2011 Guinness World Records book thanks to his whopping tongue.

Measuring 7.9cm (3.1 inches) wide, the 25-year-old claims his massive tongue is so strong he can even use it to lift a normal sized can of Coke.

We were going to get a few words from Jay about his record… but we guess it must be pretty tricky to talk with a tongue that size in your mouth.

275x250.jpgA tiny teenager who's set to become the world's shortest man when he turns 18 next month, has gone on a promotional tour of New York.

22-inch tall Khagendra Thapa Magar drew huge crowds in Times Square as he visited the city to promote Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Enter if You Dare! book.

Magar will officially take the Guinness World Records title of world's shortest man from 27 inch Edward Nino Hernandez on his birthday, Oct 14.

This means Hernandez will have had the shortest shortest man reign after inheriting the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Let's hope Magar, from Nepal, will be able to hold onto it for a little longer… and doesn't have any sudden growth spurts.

275x250.jpgA Colombian man who measures just 2ft 3inch tall has been named the new world's shortest man by Guinness World Records.

Edward Niño Hernandez - known as as Niño (meaning child) - has inherited the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Hernandez currently lives in Bogota with his parents and four brothers and says his hobbies include playing soccer and dancing.

Despite being found during a search for the world's shortest man after Pingping's death, Niño is actually 4cm shorter than his predecessor at 70.21 cm.

But Hernandez’s reign as the shortest man could be the shortest in history... the current shortest teenager, Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, will turn 18 on October 14th, and is 2 inches smaller.

A paraplegic teenage daredevil has managed to complete the world's first double backflip in a wheelchair.

18-year-old Aaron Fotheringham made the amazing double flip after several failed attempts at a skate park in Pennsylvania.

Footage shows him being propelled forward by an extended bungee rope into a ramp which then flings him into the air.

The first couple attempts make rather painful viewing, but then Aaron manages to land successfully to cheers from the crowd.

Something tells us children are going to suddenly want wheelchairs for Christmas so they can have a go too.

275x250.jpgA British woman has become the world fastest texter in the world by typing out a 26-word text message in a speedy 25.94 seconds.

27-year-old Melissa Thompson took the record bashing out a predetermined SMS a massive 9.6 seconds faster than the previous record holder.

The none too common phrase was: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human' in just 25.94 seconds."

And Melissa - who used a Samsung Galaxy S phone with a 'SWYPE' key pad - put her speed down to a previous 40-a-day text habit when she used to chat with her boyfriend.

If you think you have got quick enough fingers to rival Melissa let us know in the comments… it's not like it would take you that long is it?

In what has to be the stickiest world record ever set, 2,433 people in Mexico City have simultaneously dropped Mentos into bottles of cola.

The resulting soda eruptions were enough to scoop the title for the largest number of simultaneously erupting Mentos geysers.

Each participant was given a 2-litre bottle of cola and a Mentos sweet to create an eruption which will be recognised by anyone who has ever been on YouTube.

Watched by Guinness World Records adjudicators they all dropped the Mentos at the same time, each sending the cola gushing several metres into the air.

Once the adjudicator had taken several showers to get the sticky stuff out of his hair he said: "All those fountains erupted it was just incredible to see."

275x250.jpg A basketball mad teenager has made what's thought to be the longest ever shot… after an hour and a half of misses.

17-year-old Evan Sellers hit the basket from the 134ft platform of the Vulcan Monument, Birmingham, Alabama, in the incredible record attempt.

After his heroic hurl, the ball took over four seconds to fall through the hoop and set the unofficial record.

Sellers is a member of the "Legendary Shots" group which makes amazing basketball trick shots and posts videos of them online… obviously they edit out the hundreds of misses first.

275x250.jpgA Kiwi adventurer has set off on a record-breaking four month and 31,000 km jetski journey from London to New Zealand.

Jeremy Burfoot says he will ride for up to 12 hours per day during the trip - and he knows you will probably think he is an idiot for doing it.

The 51-year-old airline pilot says he and pals came up with the idea after trying to think of ways to better his previous feat of circumnavigating New Zealand on a jetski.

Burfoot will be joined on his journey - which he's spent three years planning -  by four other adventurers also riding jetskis adapted to hold 250 litres of fuel.

When his mate first suggested the mega-journey Burfoot said his first response was to ask, "What kind of a fool would do that?" -- he's currently straddling his jetski somewhere in Europe.

275x250.jpgA British band are set to become record breakers when their new single is released -- because it's 43 minutes long.

This means 'Stop Giving Me Verses' by The Hoosiers will be the longest pop song ever to be released as a single in the UK.

It's thought the release will also be the longest downloaded single in history.

The lengthy ditty was written with the help of fans who were able to submit a suggested verse and it will be released in August.

Earlier this week the trio also recorded a music video for the song -- where hopefully they didn't have to do too many run-throughs. 

275x250.jpg British astronomers have discovered the biggest star ever seen in the universe - a whopping 250 times the mass of the sun.

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope which is located in in Chile they say the star R136a1 is a massive find, in more ways than one.

The gargantuan star is said to shine millions of times brighter than the sun, burn seven times hotter and goes beyond what was thought to be physically possible.

Spotted in the R136 cluster around one hundred thousand light years away it is twice the size of any object ever seen -- which makes you wonder how they missed it for so long.

German autobahns are often seen as the promised land for motorists with a taste for speed. But not this weekend -- there were 3 million people picnicking on there.

A 37 mile stretch of A40 autobahn between Duisburg and Dortmund was closed over the weekend with massive picnic installed as part of a cultural celebration.

The 'Still Life' event was held in celebration of the Ruhr region of Germany with regional music and dance performances taking place throughout the day.

It's thought the 20,000 connected tables broke a world record as the longest table and with 3 million atendees it's also likely to have been the world's biggest picnic.

One lane of the motorway was kept clear for the one million cyclists and skaters who travelled along the autobahn -- considerably slower than vehicles normally do. 

275x250.jpgArchaeologists say they have uncovered the oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem, dating from the 14th century BC.

The tiny clay fragment is believed to be part of a tablet from a royal archives and was found in excavations outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls.

Experts from the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology say the 2-by-2.8cm document contains symbols in ancient Akkadian and predated the previous 'oldest' document by 600 years.

Assyriology scholar Wayne Horowitz - who has been trying to decipher the text - says it was in all likelihood prepared tablets for the royal household of the time.

However, so far they've only managed to interpret the symbols for the words "you," "you were," "later," "to do" and "them" -- which could also make this the world's oldest "to do" list.

275x250.jpg A solar-powered plane has completed a record breaking 26h flight using batteries to fly at night.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA set off yesterday from the Payerne airbase in Switzerland before  ascending to an altitude of 8,500 metres.

During the day 12,000 solar cells along the massive 7-foot (63-meter) wingspan harnessed solar energy which was used to fly the plane while also recharging batteries.

This allowed pilot Andre Borschberg to stay in the air when it got dark -- however it also meant there wasn't enough spare power to keep his iPhone charged.

275x250.jpgA Bugatti Veyron has been used to set a new world record for the fastest ever production sports car - by hitting 268mph.

Bosses say the record bid was conducted at the VW test facility at Ehra-Leissien and using a new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

In front of Guinness World Record Book adjudicators, driver Pierre Henri Raphanel jumped into the car to show what it can do around the 13 mile track.

After seeing a blur of black and orange whizz by, it was confirmed the quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder supercar had recorded an average speed of 268mph.

Makers say the first five Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will come shipped with the same configuration as the record-breaker… buy you probably shouldn't try to beat it not the school run.

275x250.jpgThe record for the longest ever Grand Slam tennis match has been broken at Wimbledon… but despite lasting TEN hours, it hasn't finished yet.

France's Nicolas Mahut was taking on John Isner of the United States in the match which started on Tuesday and was expected to finish early today.

But after going into a fifth set (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6) the monumental match carried on, with the pair matching everything the other was able to offer.

After playing for a total of 10 hours, and reaching an almost absurd score of 54-54, poor light stopped play and the weary looking players were forced to leave the court.

The record-breaking match will continue tomorrow… if Mahut and Isner are able to get out of bed.

A 10-year-old boy has set a new world record -- by wearing 215 pairs of underpants at the same time.

Jack Singer set the prestigious pants record at his 10th birthday party after several months of training.

While the youngster was able to slip the bottom layers of underwear on himself the weight and girth of them meant he soon needed help from his parents.

Jack says the excessive weight of the pants even meant he had to lie on his back towards the end of the 18 minute effort, and caused him to lose sensation in his feet.

A Guinness world record adjudicator confirmed he had beaten the previous record of 215 pairs of pants… and that his mom was now bidding for a laundry word record.


A daredevil rollerblader has leaped from the 131ft high first floor of the Eiffel Tower and onto a massive quarter pipe ramp.

Inline skating champion Taig Khris, 34, fell 10m before landing on the 30m-high ramp and rolling into a wall of padding to break his fall.

The leap - which took two attempts to get right - was watched by thousands of bystanders who gathered in Parc Du Champs de Mars to watch.

After losing his footing during the first bid, Khris got it right second time, setting a new world record for the highest roller-skate jump.

In odd news, this is probably also the first time someone has set a world record while sliding on their bum into a giant airbag.

275x250.jpgMelbourne was probably the safest place in the world this weekend -- when the city hosted a world record gathering of superheroes.

1245 Aussies wearing superhero costumes met at Federation Square to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the release of the first DC comic.

After donning the famous outfits of heroes from Superman and Batman to Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern they were observed by a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

With their combined super-powers (being in the same place at the same time) the costumes crusaders smashed the previous record of 1091 superheroes.

Costumed record-setters ranged in age from OAPs to a nine-day-old Batman -- whose utility belt contained a bottle and some diaper cream.

275x250.jpgA couple who won a dream job as honeymoon testers are now attempting to break the world record of wedding vow renewals by one couple.

Their job - dubbed Ultimate Job as it involves getting paid to test luxury hotels - will see Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas touring the world for a year.

Gruelling 'duties' will include sunbathing on beaches, swimming in infinity pools and sipping champagne.

But now the pair have announced that on their way, they'll renew their wedding vows as often as possible, aiming to break the current world record of 83.

Personally we think now is the ideal time for the newlyweds to make a bid for the record… give it a couple of years and they won't be able to think of anything worse.

275x250.jpg British adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh has become the first person to swim under the summit of Mount Everest.

Pugh crossed the 1km Pumori glacial lake, which sits at an altitude of 5,300 metres next to the Khumbu Glacier in a time of just 22 mins and 51 seconds.

He undertook the record-breaking swim in a bid to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and declining water supplies in the region.

Despite the water being a chilly 2 degrees he wore just a pair of Speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles… and the look of someone crazy enough to have carried a boat up Everest.

275x250.jpgMeasuring 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall, Igor Vovkovinskiy has been officially recognised as the tallest man in America.

Originally from the Ukraine, Vovkovinskiy moved to Minnesota with his mother Svetlana when he was a (not so) little seven-year-old.

Now aged 27 he has grown to a whopping 7ft 8.3inches and has difficulty fitting into cars, finding comfortable shoes and squeezing into desks at the Minnesota School of Business where he is pursuing a degree in paralegal studies.

Doctors blame his growth on a pituitary gland tumour which they tried to remove a few years ago - but the operation was a failure and Igor continued to grow.

Igor beat out the previous record-holder, Virginia deputy sheriff George Bell, by a third of an inch… which will hopefully stop him making those 'longest arm of the law' jokes.



Ecologists in Canada have discovered a giant beaver dam which stretches 850m and can be seen from outer space -- by using Google Earth.

Jean Thie says he spotted the huge beaver dam by using Google Earth and NASA satellite technology while conducting research into melting permafrost.

He was looking at images of the country's wetlands in Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park, when he saw the giant odd structure which can be seen from space.

Using other archive aerial photography it is predicted that rodents started construction during the 1970s and are still going… sounds like the last builders we had in.

275x250.jpgA painting by Pablo Picasso of his blonde mistress has been sold at auction for a record setting $106m (£70m).

The rarely seen work 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' had belonged to an LA collector until the sale at Christie's New York yesterday.

Dating from 1932, the image showing the artist's mistress Marie-Therese Walter, was snapped up by an unnamed telephone bidder who had likely never seen it in person.

Since Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was last sold in the 1950s, the colourful image has only been on public display once in 1961.

Upon seeing the painting and hearing how much it sold for, many people will have commented, "Imagine what is would have been worth if it was a proper painting."

275x250.jpgA UK hypnotist who planned to put users of Facebook and Twitter into a trance live online had to abandon his attempt because of legal worries.

Chris Hughes had planned to use a live web-stream to simultaneously hypnotise over 10,000 people who had signed up on social networks.

But just before the event - which promised to leave people stuck to their chairs and unable to open their eyes - was due to begin, Chris announced it had been called off.

He said legal warnings meant he couldn't go ahead with the web broadcast and offered a MP3 download instead, meaning he couldn't set a new world record.

However there is alway the chance he could still appear in the next world record book… if he managed to hypnotise adjudicators.


275x250.jpgA daredevil driver has set a new world record distance for jumping in a rally car, reaching a massive 269 feet.

Travis Pastrana drove flew his Subaru rally car from a ramp on a pier in Long Beach, California onto a a barge anchored in the harbour.

He had to reach exactly 91mph at the end of the ramp to make the jump which looked near perfect as he landed at the other side skidding his car sideways.

But completing the jump and missing the water didn't mean that Travis stayed dry… he celebrated by doing a backflip into the harbour.

275x250.jpgAn Israeli man has spent 66 hours entombed in an eight-tonne frozen ice block… all to beat David Blaine's previous record.

Hezi Dayan had been sealed into a giant ice cube in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in his bid to break the record of 63 hours set by Blaine in a similar stunt in 2000.

The 29-year-old then stood there for 66 hours - wearing only a T-shirt and jeans - before being cut out by a man with a chainsaw.

Though hundreds of fans had turned up to see him emerge from his frozen few days, he was said to be too weak to celebrate and was quickly escorted to a waiting ambulance.

While Dayan may have taken Blaine's ice record, he still has a long way to go before he also takes the title of the world's most annoying magician.

275x250.jpgThink you've set yourself a hard new years resolution? Then spare a thought for Martin Parnell, he plans to run 250 marathons in the next 12 months.

The 54-year-old from Canada hopes to raise $250,000 for charity with his marathon effort -- running a total of 6,550 miles.

That works out to five marathons per week and Martin won't be celebrating the new decade too hard, his runs start on the morning of January 1.

While most of the 250 marathons will be run on the Cochrane Foothills Marathon course in Cochrane, Alberta, Martin will also compete in several official events.

We dread to think how many pairs of trainers he will get through during the year, but given how long he will be wearing them we hope he leaves them outside.

275x250.jpgA hypnotist has announced plans for a stunt where he intends to put users of Facebook and Twitter into a trance and stick their hands together.
 
Chris Hughes says his Socialtrance event on the 4th of January will be the world's largest mass online hypnosis session.

Using just the sound of his voice he claims the webcast will leave users of the social networks stuck to their chair and unable to open their eyes.

The 34-year-old says he wants to show people to the power of hypnotism and that all participants need is a computer with speakers and a Twitter or Facebook account.

But who is going to be more susceptible Twitter or Facebook users? Let us know which you think in the comments.

275x250.jpgA Japanese engineer has set a new record for the longest flight with a paper-only plane.

Using a specially designed 10cm long paper plane, Takuo Toda's origami flight in a  Japan Airlines hangar near Tokyo's Haneda Airport lasted 26.1s.

While just short of the world record 27.9 seconds, it was a new record for a paper-only plane -- the world record (also held by Toda) was set by one with tape on it.

Toda - head of the Japan Origami Airplane Association - said he was pleased with the record but hopes to achieve a 30 second flight soon.

Check out his world record breaking flight after the link and find out how to make a Sky King paper plane -- we guess the reasons to click are twofold.

275x250.jpgAlmost 50,000 Brits have officially changed their name in the past 12 months -- and not always to sensible sounding monikers.

Odd names which can now appear on passports, credit cards and bills now include, 'Prince of Passion', ' Richie Rockstar' and 'None of the Above'

The UK Deed Poll Service say twice as many people are switching names as five years ago and while many are women reverting to their maiden name after a divorce, some are more frivolous.

Chief executive Mike Barratt said: "The record year has also produced another wonderful crop of unusual names. The eccentricity of the British public is on show again."

To celebrate this, he has even compiled a list of the top 20 weird name changes of 2009. Check them out after the link… and imagine what it is like to live life as Mr Happy Birthday.

Top 10 most watched TV shows of the decade

275x250.jpgAn Only Fools and Horses Christmas special has been named as Britain's most watched programme of the decade.

BARB say more than 21 million viewers tuned in to 2001 show where the Trotters lose their fortune… so not even a good episode.

An episode of EastEnders where viewers found out who shot Phil Mitchell came in second with 20 million viewers, and a Coronation Street from 2003 came third.

Other shows in the Top 10 included Britain's Got Talent, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

While that might paint a depressing picture of UK TV, if sporting events had been included, six of the Top 10 would have been England football matches. Is that better or worse?

275x250.jpgDesigners have created a supersonic car which they claim will be able to reach speeds of 1,000 mph breaking the current land speed record.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car will essentially be a rocket with wheels and attached to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine.

It will measure 12.8m-long, weight 6.4-tonne and be capable of travelling faster than bullet fired from a handgun. It will accelerate from 0-1,050mph in just 40 seconds.

The first attempt at breaking the 1997 record of 763mph will take place in 2011 -- after that they might test their bullet hypothesis.


275x250.jpgA group of 25 bingo fans have hiked 17,500ft up to Everest Base Camp... to hold the world's highest game of bingo.

After two weeks climbing - risking dehydration, altitude sickness and frostbite - the team recently arrived at their destination.

Then then promptly whipped out their scorecards, the caller slipped on a sparkly gold jacket and they started their game.

In calling the highest house the group raised around £100,000 for their chosen charity Sue Ryder Care.

One of the team, organised by Gala Coral, said: "Other trekkers at base camp simply couldn't believe it - I'm sure they thought we had altitude sickness."

275x250.jpgA competition has just launched in the Mojave Desert for teams planning to build an elevator to space… yes you read that correctly.

For the next couple of days Space Elevator Games will see robotic machines climbing a 1km high cable (held by a helicopter) and will be powered by laser beams.

The idea is that if this can be achieved, the technology could develop into a fully fledged Space Elevator like that in Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise."

If a space elevator could one day be attached to a mass in geosynchronous orbit, it would offer much cheaper space travel than rockets… and give Starbucks somewhere else to open a branch.

275x250.jpgAn 848 mile long golf course has opened in Australia - and it can take over seven days to play.

Nullarbor Links is the world's longest golf course and with the next hole sometimes 100km away you will need a good driver… and we don't mean the club.

It will come as no surprise that the idea for the course was dreamed up by a few Aussies as they shared a beer or two - they now hope it will attract thousands of tourists each year.

The par 72, which spreads over South and Western Australia, is dotted with signs warning about wayward wombats and kangaroos. Golfers wanting to play must buy a $50 scorecard for the course.

The team behind the course say it's a unique way to see Australia… and ensuring your wife never talks to you again.




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