Cheetah Sets 100m World Record

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 September, 2009 | permalink


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An 8-year-old Cincinnati Zoo cheetah has set a world speed record for land mammals by running the 100 meters in 6.13 seconds.

Sarah, the cheetah, set the record on her second attempt at the zoo’s Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility in Clermont County. In her first try she ran 100 meters in 6.16 seconds, which still beat the previous record of 6.19 seconds.

Sarah the cheetah makes Usain Bolt’s 9.58 second world track record look like a walk in the park.

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Pi To 2.5 Trillion Decimals – New World Record!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 August, 2009 | permalink

Pi Biscuits

Who likes pie? No, not that kind of pie, the constant pi. Well, researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, certainly do. They have smashed the world record for pi to the most number of decimal places, by more than doubling the previous record to 2.5 trillion decimals.

“The T2K Tsukuba System is a 640-computer cluster with a processing speed of 95 trillion floating-point operations per second. The T2K calculated a total of 2,576,980,377,524 decimal places in 73 hours 36 minutes, which is a small fraction of the 600 hours taken by the previous record holders—Hitachi and the University of Tokyo—who calculated only 1.2 trillion places.”

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World’s Largest Custard Pie Fight

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 August, 2009 | permalink

Custard Pie Fight. Image: PA

253 people who threw 648 custard pies, in Essex, UK, have set a new world record for the largest custard pie fight!

It only took minutes for the pies, which were filled with 200 litres of custard, to be thrown at the event which saw a Jewish youth group achieve the new record.

Organizers said they started off with 650 pies but two got eaten.

The previous record of 120 people was accomplished in Los Angeles, California in 2008.

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Evolta Toy Goes Into World Record Books

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 August, 2009 | permalink


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“The little fellow in the video here is called Evoia and is powered by two Panasonic EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries. We like to think of him as a modern version of the Energizer bunny. And his claim to fame is that he entered the Guinness Book of World Records as “the longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote-controlled model car.” That’s right, the little guy kept pedaling non-stop, following an infrared beam from a lead car for 5.6 laps – 23.726 km or 14.82 miles – around the 4.2 km Le Mans race circuit for 24 hours.”

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World’s Oldest Dog Turns 26

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 August, 2009 | permalink

Max

Max, a terrier-cross from Louisiana, who is the world’s oldest dog, turned 26 yesterday, which is equivalent to 182 in dog years.

“I never spoiled Max,” said his owner Janelle Derouen.

“I’ve never fed him anything but Kiddles and Bits [brand of dog food] and a few treats like those beefy doggy bones.

“We don’t give him any food from our table,” added Janelle, 49, who lives with her husband Billy, also 49, in New Iberia.

Max, who is greying, has a veterinary birth certificate to prove his age and is awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records.

Happy birthday and congratulations Max!

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1.4 Mile-Long Wedding Dress

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 August, 2009 | permalink

Every bride wants their wedding dress to stand out from the crowd, but Lin Rong took it one step further when she turned up to her wedding in a 1.4 mile-long dress.

Long Wedding Dress

It took more than 200 guests, over two hours to unroll the dress and pin on 9,999 red silk roses for her wedding.

Groom Zhao Peng said he wanted to challenge the current world record of 1,579 metres.
“Both the length of the dress and the number of silk roses pinned on the wedding dress can make history. But it doesn’t matter whether I can successfully register it on Guinness,” the 28-year-old railway worker from northeast Jilin province was quoted as saying.

With a $6000 price tag, lets hope it becomes official for their sake!

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Man Tattoos Many Flags Onto His Head

Posted By Ben Goulding, 4 August, 2009 | permalink

Flags Tattooed On Head

“A man who is so keen on breaking records that he changed his name to Guinness is hoping to gain entry into the record book by tattooing the flag of every country in the world on his body.

Guinness Rishi, 67, of India, already holds four world records, for feats as diverse as building the world’s tallest sugar cube tower and adopting the world’s oldest adoptee (his 61-year-old brother-in-law). But he now plans to cover his body in 220 different flags, a process he estimates will take him three years and cost around £12,500.

Rishi already has six of the tattoos done, on his face – the flags of India, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Cyprus, and the Indian Congress Party. He says that his face is being reserved for the most important flags – he thinks he can fit around 60 1-inch flags on his head.”

Now that’s dedication, but advice for Rishi – buy an atlas!

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Mattress Dominoes World Record Attempt

Posted By Ben Goulding, 1 August, 2009 | permalink


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Staff at Bensons for Beds in Gloucestershire, UK, attempted to set a new world record for mattress dominoes. A total of 41 mattresses were set up across their warehouse, with a person standing behind each one.

The team have submitted their details to Guinness World Records after confirmation that the stunt had not been tried before and are now awaiting approval of the record.

Some of those guys look terrified though, don’t they? I suppose it’s not everyday you get the chance to lie on a mattress…Well done all!

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Skating A Roller Coaster – The Video

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

I recently left a post about Dirk Auer, the man who set a new world record for in-line skating down a roller coaster. Well, here’s the video!


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Riding A Roller Coaster On Skates

Posted By Ben Goulding, 21 July, 2009 | permalink

For most people, riding a roller coaster strapped into a seat is excitement enough, but not for Dirk Auer. Dirk decided he wanted to ride the Mammoth roller coaster at a Stuttgart theme park on in-line skates.

Dirk Auer In-line Skating Down A Roller Coaster. Image: KAPPES ADVENTURE PRESS / BARCROFT MEDIA

Dirk Auer. Image: KAPPES ADVENTURE PRESS / BARCROFT MEDIA


The 860 meter wooden coaster enabled Auer to reach speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour and experience up to 3Gs of force. The speed-junkie set a new world record for in-line skating down a roller coaster and said afterwards that the stunt was “a lot of fun.”

I think i’ll stick to the teacups thanks Dirk.

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