record breakers: September 2010 Archives

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 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.

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