record breakers: May 2010 Archives

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."




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