record breakers: September 2011 Archives


Sofia Romero is a hospital worker from Leicester, she's also something of an escapologist -- as this video of her slipping out of straitjacket shows.

In fact she recently received confirmation from Guinness World Records that her 4.69 second bid for freedom set a new world record.

The 40-year-old beat the previous record of 7.26 seconds earlier this year, by getting out of the standard straitjacket in the super-fast time.

She said she discovered her skill after watching a TV show about illusionists and ordering a £200 straitjacket to have a got. As you do… if you're the sort of person who should be wearing a straitjacket.


In a bizarre bid to make unicycling even more difficult, a German rider has navigated a line of beer bottles on his one-wheeler. Really!


Unicycling enthusiast Lutz Eichholz somehow managed to ride along 8.93 metres of bottles -- breaking his own record of 7.99 metres.

10 metres of bottles had been lined up ahead of the record and all had been opened and emptied beforehand.

However, given his amazing display of balance, something tells us Eichholz can't have enjoyed many of them. Though we hope he had a few after.

275x250.jpg England long jump champion J.J. Jegede has taken time out of his normal Olympic training schedule to jump over three Minis -- as you do.

The 2012 hopeful made the six metre leap at Potters Fields, London,to help launch the the Mini London 2012 Edition Models.

Jegede ran on a run-up track which was raised to the height of the MINI’s roofs, and jumped into an equally high sand pit on the other side.

Given a successful jump by a world-class athlete in optimum conditions is seven to eight metres, there was not really too much Evel Knievel-style risk of failure.

275x250.jpg A 22-year-old student from Illinois has been named by Guinness World Records as the new ‘Shortest Living Woman’ -- standing at just 2 ft 3 in (69 cm) tall.

In addition to this title, Bridgette also holds the record for the ‘Shortest Living Siblings’ alongside her brother, 20-year-old Brad Jordan, who measures 3 ft 2 in (98 cm) tall.

While their reduced height is caused by Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II the pair live normal lives and both study at Kaskaskia College.

Bridgette’s hobbies are focused around her love of music; dancing and cheerleading while Brad says he likes to play basketball… no, that was not us making a joke.

275x250.jpg It would be easy to assume that Rob Hull is a Doctor Who fanatic given that he's just been recognised as owning the world's largest Dalek collection.

But bizarrely -- despite having 571 model Daleks and a place in the Guinness World Records Book -- the 49-year-old from Doncaster isn't a fan of the Doctor and doesn't watch the show.

However, his home is dominated by the Daleks, includng a 6ft life size replica model, which he has spent 20 years collecting.

"I’ve never been a fan of the show, but I have been enchanted by the Daleks ever since I saw one in a toy store as a child," Rob said.

275x250.jpg Something tells us Aevin Dugas has a problem getting through some doorways, because she is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world.

With a circumference measuring an incredible 4 ft. 4 in (1.32 m) the impressive hair-do has apparently taken over 12 years to grow.

It's now larger than a traditional disco ball and so big the 36-year-old social worker from New Orleans could even fit the world’s shortest man inside!

Aevin says having such a big hairstyle can be problematic, "It’s always getting caught in trees, and one time I even slammed my hair in the car door! And I hate it when people touch it without asking my permission first!"

However, on the upside, she added that it's very comfortable to lie on in bed, "It provides the perfect pillow. I sleep very well." 

275x250.jpg Brides can forget about getting to the chapel on time, this one will get to them in record speeds -- meet the worlds fastest wedding chapel which can drive at 62mph.

Two years ago Rev. Darrell Best, of Illinois, converted his 1940s fire truck into a wedding chapel on wheels to allow loved-up coupled to tie the knot while they're on the road.

And since then Rev. Best who has married over 40 couples in the vehicle -- dubbed 'The Best Man' -- which today became world's fastest wedding chapel… not that it had much competition.

The vehicle is capable of doing 62mph and several of the ceremonies have been conducted at this speed with the bride and the groom, the two witnesses, and the minister all in the back.

275x250.jpg Chanel Tapper had got the competition licked when it came to taking the title for the world's longest tongue -- hers measures 9.75 cm.

That means the 21-year-old student from California has a tongue twice as long as average and the equivalent length of an iPhone.

Her tongue is as long as the world’s largest cockroach; as wide as your palm and the same volume as a quarter pounder hamburger.

Speaking of her terrifically long tongue Chanel said: "I love the shocked reaction I get from people in the street when I stick it out."

However, she admits there is a downside of having a record-breaking tongue: "Most guys who see it automatically have their mind in the gutter… and so do some females."

13 dogs skip their way into world record book

275x250.jpg We've often wondered how some people come up with the idea to set a bizarre world record -- like this one for the most dogs skipping on the same rope.

Well according to the dog handler at Uchida Geinousha's 'Super Wan Wan Circus' in Japan this came about by accident when a curious poodle joined in with some human skippers.

"One day Mayonnaise, an incredibly curious poodle, started to try and skip with us.  She clearly really enjoyed it and we decided to get the other dogs involved.  It’s become part of their playtime," he said.
 
To make sure all 13 dogs have full credit for their achievement, they are (from left to right) Leo, Doremi, Button, Koume, Aya, Kimchi, Nami, Mayonnaise, Ann, Sumire, Kurobe and Akebi… what do you mean that's only twelve, oops.

World's longest fingernails measure 19ft 9in

275x250.jpgWe're having something of a Guinness World Records fest on Newslite today - to mark the release of the 2012 edition of the wonderfully bizarre records book.

And our first new record holder is Christine Walton from Las Vegas -- who has the world's longest fingernails measuring a freaky 19ft 9in (601.9cm).

That's 10ft 2in (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7in (292.1cm) on her right hand and the 45-year-old singer says she hasn’t cut her fingernails since 1990.

Christine insists the nails don’t prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive, however, she does confess to struggling when shopping for clothes:

"I’ll see the cutest shirts, and they’ll have these skinny arms and I know that my nails would just rip straight through them, she said.

275x250.jpg 8,957 people armed with some 175,141 water filled balloons have set a new world record for the world's largest water balloon fight. And it looks like fun.

The record attempt took place at the University of Kentucky and was organised by the Christian Student Fellowship who spent hours filling the balloons.

It apparently took just seven minutes for all of the water balloons to be hurled, that's 25,020 per minute or 417 each second.

And just in case your maths isn't quite as good as ours, that equally a whole lot of fun. Really, just click play if you don't believe us.




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