record breakers: June 2011 Archives

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.

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