record breakers: March 2011 Archives

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

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.

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