record breakers: September 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg Measuring just 45.2 cm (17.79 in) from the ground to top, this is the world's lowest roadworthy car according to Guinness World Records … making it almost small enough to pass under other vehicles.

Called "Mirai" (meaning ‘future’ in Japanese) the record-breakingly low vehicle was created by students and teachers at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan.

The car - which features in Guinness World Records 2013 - took over a year to create, with several months spent planning and designing, with the production taking a further 6 months.  

Harada Kazunari, Principal at Okayama Sanyo High School, said: “It can be frightening to drive MIRAI on a big street, especially when the speed goes over 40km/h because the road is very close to the driver’s eye point.  

World's longest snake in captivity ever

275x250.jpg Meet Medusa, a 25ft 2in Reticulated Python who has gained a place in the Guinness World Records 2013 after being recognised at the ‘Longest Snake Ever in Captivity.’

The gigantic 8-year-old snake is owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, USA and lives within The Edge of Hell haunted house attraction.

When not devouring her diet of rabbits, hogs and deer, the 350 pound reptile is usually found coiled up in a nook within the haunted attraction’s cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse.

Her handler and the Edge of Hell’s general manager, Larry Edgar states: “We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they’ve had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand.”

275x250.jpg A female sumo wrestler from London has been named as the heaviest sportswoman in the world after weighing in at 32 stone.

The 46-year-old mother of three is the only female sumo wrestler on the British Sumo Team and has only been competing for six years.

Sharran consumes 5,000 calories a day (two and a half times than recommended for the average woman) and to build strength and stamina she swims and walks.

After her marriage broke up eight years ago, she says it was wrestling that gave her the confidence to look for love: “I used to be ashamed of my size. But after taking up sumo I learned to love my body. The Guinness World Records recognition tops it off.”

275x250.jpg If you think all bulls are big ferocious beasts, think again and meet Archie, the world's shortest bull who measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from hoof to withers.

The 29-month-old Dexter from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has been recognised as the Shortest Bull in the world and features in Guinness World Records 2013.

He measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers, 15 inches shorter than other bulls of his breed (typically 45 in).  His height means that he’s dwarfed by the other animals at his farm, including even the dogs and goats!

Archie may be small, but that hasn’t diminished his “bullish” temperament! Ryan explains: “Archie doesn’t realise that he’s so short. He thinks he’s the biggest in the herd and he’ll grunt and roar at the rest of them.

275x250.jpg A three-year-old Great Dane called Zeus from Michigan, USA, has been named by the Guinness World Records as the tallest dog ever and measures 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers.

That makes him the same size as a typical donkey and standing on hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7 ft 4 in and towers over his owner Denise Doorlag.

The humongous hound - who features in Guinness World Records 2013 - weighs 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and eats around 12 cups of food a day (equivalent to one whole 30-lb bag of food!)

“Zeus is an awesome dog,” says owner Denise. “The only downside is that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot- he leaves bruises!”

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Despite being 86-years-old, Johanna Quaas is considerably more flexible than us. In fact she's been named as the world’s oldest gymnast by the Guinness World Records.

The retired PE teacher from Leipzig, Germany, only began to train at gymnastics in her 50s, and didn't take part in her first competition at the age of 56.

Johanna says she has always been involved in sport, dating her interest in keeping fit back to a childhood memory of a new gymnasium being built in her home town. Now she has a strict exercise regime of gym workouts, running, and yoga.

Speaking of her record breaking she said: "It's a great feeling to be in the Guinness World Records book.  I hope the record inspires others to realise it’s never too late to try something new."

275x250.jpg As you can probably tell from this photo, the reason we are writing about Mostafa Ismail from Egypt has something to do with his arms. He has the world record for the biggest biceps and triceps.

His arms have a whopping circumference of 64.77 cm (25.5 in) a fact which gained him a place in the new Guinness World Records 2013 book.

The 24 year-old, who trains six days a week and eats six meals a day and now lives in Massachusetts, USA, has arms with a greater circumference than the average human head!  

His right upper-arm circumference is 63.5 cm (25 in) flexed and 60.96 cm (24 in) non-flexed, and his left upper-arm circumference is 64.77 cm (25.5 in) flexed and 62.23 cm (24.5 in) non-flexed. 

275x250.jpg The world’s shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi (all 54.6 cm of him) has met the world’s shortest woman, Jyoti Amge (62.8 cm) for the first time to help promote the Guinness World Records 2013 book.
 
The historic moment is the first time in history the shortest male and female in the world have met. Each wore traditional outfits from their native countries and smiled and laughed throughout.

To add scale to the picture, the classic Guinness World Records book – which measures 1ft tall (30cm) – was placed in between them.
 
Marco Frigatti, Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who also took part in the shoot, said: "It was an extraordinary moment; they’re both such incredible individuals. Everyone knew this was a special moment, the atmosphere was magical."




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