record breakers: December 2010 Archives

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. 




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