record breakers: March 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg A daredevil who plans to complete a sky-dive from 23 miles above the Earth has completed a  test flight and jump from a not too shabby 13 miles high.

Felix Baumgartner was carried -- the Red Bull Stratos capsule -- to the impressive height by a 100ft helium balloon in an ascent lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Once there he ran through his 39-step safety checklist before manually depressurizing the capsule, opening the door and stepping off the external platform.

During the fall he reached a top speed of 364.4 miles per hour and continued to freefall for a total of three minutes and 43 seconds before deploying his parachute at 7,890ft.

We've seen some pretty impressive basketball shots in the past -- like this 90ft buzzer shot and this record-breaker -- but this is out new favourite.

That's because it's not everyday you see someone finding the net from a helicopter hovering 192 feet in the air.

In the video, which is sure to go viral, a basketball player can be seen flying by in the helicopter before hovering over the net and attempting a shot, which sure enough goes in.

It's claimed to be a new world record for the longest shot from a helicopter, not the longest shot, that honour goes to a shot from 219 feet.

275x250.jpg School children in Birmingham have burst their way into the record books and made science history by taking part in the World’s Biggest Practical Science Lesson.

More than 250 pupils from Bishop Challoner Catholic College took part in the science lesson led by world bubble mastermind, Samsam Bubbleman, and hoped to master the science behind bubble-blowing.

Equipped with bubble swords, and under the watchful eye of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, they were blown-away with a lesson in gravity and light refraction, producing thousands of gigantic soap spheres and bouncing bubbles.

Samsam said: "Today has been un-bubble-ievable! (oh yes he did!) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Big Bang Fair coming to Birmingham than blowing our way into the books of Guinness World Records.

We could tell you all about how and why these 850 people won themselves a place in the record books by world's largest line of human dominoes.

Or you could just press play an witness the joy which is seeing 850 people in New Orleans toppling backwards onto mattresses one after another. Enjoy!

The bizarre stunt was enough to break the previous record of 550 human/mattress dominoes which was set in Belgium in 2011 and the mattresses used have now been donated to charity.

But will someone beat this new record soon? We'd say it will be a pushover.

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