200 coconut breaking in 3.16 minutes records india

To set a new record, Sk Jakir (36) smashed 200 green coconuts in three minutes and 16 seconds with his elbow in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

Jakir claimed to have eclipsed an earlier record set by one Keshav Swain, who entered into the Limca Book of Records by breaking 76 green coconuts in one minute.

Jakir said, "It is only practice which helped me to break the green coconuts."

Law and Industries Minister B B Harichandan who was one among the witnesses said that he would urge the government to encourage such talent. "I am happy that an Oriya youth has made a record," the minister said.

"I came to know that someone is breaking green coconuts by using his hands. Therefore I thought I can also make record by doing so. Besides, I'll become popular," cheerful Jakir told reporters after completing the feat.

Keshav Swain, who had set earlier record welcomed Jakir.

The event was organized by Orissa State Judo Association here where child marathon runner Budhia Singh was trained.

Youngest Piano Player in India in Limca Book of Records

India's YOUNG TALENT: Twelve-year-old Abhay Goyale performing at JPM Senior Secondary School (Blind Relief Association). He is the youngest piano talent in the country and features in the Limca Book of Records.

He started playing the piano at the tender age of six. And Abhay Goyle, a Class VII student of Modern School on Barakhamba Road in the Capital, is now flooded with offers to play at special gatherings.

Abhay plays Hindi film melodies dating from the 1940s to the 1980s that include devotional and patriotic songs. “Last year was special for me as I figured in the Limca Book of Records as the youngest talent on piano in the country,” says the 12-year-old boy, who is also a student of Western classical piano at Themes School affiliated to Trinity College of London.

Since his childhood Abhay was greatly inspired by his grandfather, who was also his mentor, and Brian Silas, the well-known pianist. “Recently I performed at the JPM Senior Secondary School (Blind Relief Association) in Delhi where I got a chance to play before visually impaired students. The performance was dedicated to the blind students of the school and they enjoyed every minute of it,” says he.

Abhay’s hour of reckoning came when he got an opportunity to perform before the then President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan in June 2006.

“It was a momentous occasion for Abhay as Dr. Kalam honoured and blessed him after his performance. He also gave him a souvenir. Abhay was given just 20 minutes to give a performance but he won the heart of Dr. Kalam with his Tamil classical piece. Now Abhay plans to come out with his own musical albums,” says Abhay’s mother, Anjali Goyle.

In 2004, Abhay performed at Siri Fort Auditorium where he got an opportunity to rub shoulders with renowned singer Kavita Krishnamurty, L. Subramanium, Pankaj Udas, Jagjit Singh and Anup Jalota.

Non Stop 40 hours Konkani Song World Records India

AN INDIAN language, Konkani, has found its way into the record books. Thanks to the Konkani Nirantari team and Mandd Sobhann, which successfully sang non-stop Konkani songs for 40 hours in the coastal city of Mangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka, the non-stop signing has found its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The feat was finally accomplished on Sunday night at 10 pm. A total of 1,711 singers and 44 groups were involved in the feat. The groups sang 645 Konkani songs non-stop and broke the record held by Brazil. The participants were from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.

The marathon exercise began at 6 am on January 26, 2008 and ended at 10 pm on January 27, 2008. The record for the "World’s Longest Singing Marathon by Multiple Singers” was previously held by a group from Ulbra, Brazil, called "Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo". It sang for 36 hours during July 3-4, 2004. Keith Pullin, representative of the Guinness Book of World Records, officially handed over the Guinness World Record Certificate. He also handed over a leather-bound copy of The Guinness Book of World Records to the organisers.

This is the 974th record from India, which has found its way into the Guinness Book of World Records. "There have been approximately around 973 records from India or relating to India; which have found their way into the Guinness record", says Pullin.

"The Kalangan Amphitheatre, the venue of the record-breaking event, erupted in a triumphant chorus of whistles, loud applause and congratulations", says Roshan De Souza, a US-based Mangalorean and the moderator of the website, The website,, provided regular updates during the entire 40-hour-long singing. Konkani as a language is spoken by people who live or have lived along the Konkan belt. The region is spread over four states, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala.

"The recent world record should unite all Konkani-speaking people across India and the world. The language now has unified on the world stage", says Malwin De Souza, a Goan, based in Cayman Islands.

Konkani is the official language of Goa. But there have been differences over the script, the Roman and Devnagiri in Goa. The Goan government has accorded official recognition to the Devanagiri script, leaving the Roman script users to fend for themselves. The differences over the scripts are not restricted to Goa but spread across Kerala and Karnataka. People in Kerala write the language using the Malayalam script and people in Karnataka use the Kannada script for the purpose.

Worlds Most Expensive Cell Phone Price $1.2 Million

Guinness World Records certified the sale of the Most Expensive Cell Phone in the world - 'Le Million' Piece Unique which was bought by a Russian businessman for his wife for 1 million Euros ($1.2 million) in September 2006.

Created by Goldvish SA, a Geneva based luxury communication goods company, the cell phone is made of 18-carat white gold, mounted with 120-carats of VVS-1 graded diamonds. It was designed by Emmanuel Gueit and made as an addition to the 'Illusion collection'. 'Le Million' Piece Unique is a limited edition item and is only available on special request.

Today, there were many announcements on the web stating,"GoldVish the "Le Million," has just been declared by The Guinness World Records as the most expensive cell phone in the world! "

We have no idea how the rumor started and can't locate any news releases for the source. In September 2006, $1.2 million was the most expensive phone and probably still is. An article ran in May 2007 in Phones Review that stated it was the most costliest in the world.

There was a Guinness TV show on recently, where the news may have resurfaced to public consciousness. With the deflation of the US dollar it may be worth even more or we wonder if it were sold used, if would be worth less.

Many Eggs in one Basket Guinness World Record

Uptown Mirdiff, the host venue for the Dubai Food Festival 2008, got crowds coming in through the evening as a world record attempt for the largest number of eggs held in one hand was held.

Dubai Food Festival is one of the signature events of DSF and features sixteen of Dubai’s finest restaurants till February 2.

The record attempt was part of the Guinness World Records event during DSF. During the week, an attempt to make the largest manakish attracted huge crowds to the lively gathering of different restaurateurs in the city.

Two more records – Fastest rice eating with chopsticks, and the largest chopsticks - will be attempted on January 31 and February 1.

Several volunteers and officials gathered to try and beat the world record of largest number of eggs held in one hand.

With the record standing at 19 eggs in 30 seconds, it was quite a record to break. Nevertheless, a spirited attempt saw 12 eggs get collected in one hand in the specified time.

Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008 Book March

The world's best-selling copyrighted book, Guinness World Records will be expanding their selection to include video games. Instead of a small section in the annual publication, Guinness World Records dedicated a whole book to gaming records.

Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 will be the inaugural edition with records of old (Fastest Completion Time for a Game of Super Mario Bros.) and new (Halo 3 Becoming the Highest Grossing Game in One Day). Feel like breaking some records (or making up new ones) yourself? You can apply at the official website.

Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 is scheduled to be release on March 11th.

Afridi equals world sixes cricket records

Shahid Afridi equalled the world record for sixes in one-day games as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 37 runs to go 3-0 up in their five-match series. awanda Mupariwa (4-46) left the hosts on 78-5 before Afridi smashed six sixes in his 85 off 52 balls, to match Sanath Jayasuriya's overall total of 245.

He and Misbah-ul-Haq (44) put on 116 to help Pakistan total 272-9 and the tourists were soon in trouble on 50-3.

Sean Williams hit 71 and Brendan Taylor 55 but Zimbabwe ended short on 235-7.
Williams and Taylor added 105 runs for the fourth wicket before Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had Taylor stumped.

And when Afridi dismissed Williams, Zimbabwe's challenge faltered, despite Elton Chigumbura's 42.

Earlier, Mupariwa returned his best ODI figures in his first match of the series to slice through the middle order.

He did his damage after tight spells from Chigumbura and Gary Brent kept the scoring down to 12 runs in eight overs at one stage.

Four wickets fell for 12 runs as Salman Butt (23) cut Chigumbura to point while Nasir Jamshed (32), who hit half-centuries in the first two games, holed out to mid-wicket off Mupariwa.

Younus Khan (10) was trapped by a slower delivery from Mupariwa, who then took a return catch off Mohammad Yousuf, while Williams brilliantly ran out Malik from square-leg.

Pakistan needed something special and Afridi supplied it to take them to 194-6 before he smacked Mupariwa straight to cover with a first ODI hundred in three years there for the taking.

Kamran Akmal (28) and Kamran Hussain (28no) chipped in with useful runs at the end to complete the turnaround for the home side.

Guinness world record for Full Body Contact with Ice

In this photo provided by Rubin Museum of Art, Wim Hof, of the Netherlands, stands up to his neck in ice for an hour and twelve minutes, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, outside the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, during a successful attempt to break his previous guinness world record for immersion in an outdoor ice bath. (Photo:

Wim Hof, nicknamed Iceman, stunned his audience by standing in a clear container filled with frozen water for 72 minutes on a Manhattan street Saturday.

The 48-year old Dutchman said his tantric meditation helped him survive in the ice for so long time as he could control his body temperature with the tantric practice of tumo.

Hof's feat kicked off BRAINWAVE, a five-month series of events in New York which studies how art, music, and meditation affect the brain.

Hof set the world record with 68 minutes in 2004. Last year, he tried unsuccessfully to climb Mount Qomolangma wearing nothing but shorts.

World’s Largest Pencil Guinness World Record

An international group of volunteers led by multiple Guinness world record holder, Ashrita Furman, have just constructed a 76 foot long pencil in Queens, New York, the longest pencil in the world. The pencil was unveiled to coincide with a commemorative function celebrating 76 years in the life of Sri Chinmoy, the internationally respected artist and humanitarian.

The pencil weighs in at over 18,000 pounds, with a 2 1/2 foot long eraser at its end. The ‘lead’ alone weighs over 4,500 pounds, and is made using a graphite core 10 inches thick, which had to be sharpened at the end using a powerful Sawzall reciprocating electric saw instead of your average pencil sharpener. A whopping fifty gallons of paint were needed to finish off the outside of the pencil. In all, an estimated two million regular pencils could be made out of the materials used in the construction.

Forty volunteers from twenty different countries spent two weeks constructing the pencil, working from 7am to 8pm every day with the occasional night shift as the project neared completion. For the project leader, Ashrita Furman, this record will be added to the 70 Guinness records he already holds. Ashrita, a health food store manager from Queens, has held the Guinness ‘versatility’ record for holding more Guinness world records than anyone else on the planet for the past twenty years. Ashrita first began breaking records way back in 1979, and since then has performed feats such as somersaulting the entire length of Paul Revere’s ride in Massachusetts, underwater pogo sticking in the Amazon, performing almost 10,000 situps in an hour under the Eiffel Tower, and bouncing the fastest mile on a pogo stick in Antarctica! In fact, he led a team to break this very same record back in 1996, building a 20 1/2 foot pencil which weighed 560 pounds, and which currently resides in the Guinness Record Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. This record was shattered in 2002 by the famous stationery company Faber-Castell, who built a giant 64-foot pencil to adorn their offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ashrita’s motivation in breaking records is to show people what is possible if they truly believe in their own potential. ”We should always push ourselves to do something greater“, he says. “What I love about the Guinness Book is that I can just go through it and choose something that I’ve never done before, train for it, and become the best in the world at that event. In a way, that’s also a challenge for me: to figure out how to train, the best way to train. The underlying principles are the same in my case, because in the end I’m going back to the inner stream, to the principles of discovering your own inner resources.”

Ashrita credits Sri Chinmoy with teaching him this philosophy of always transcending ones outer limits, and the record-breaking pencil is a token of appreciation for the tireless service Sri Chinmoy has performed in the cause of making people aware of what they are truly capable of. “I am not a natural athlete, but Sri Chinmoy has shown me that if one can be in touch with one’s inner spirit, anything is possible.”, reflects Ashrita. For over forty years, Sri Chinmoy has been making prolific contributions in the fields of art, music, poetry and athletics - all to give a glimpse of what we are capable of if we but aside the mind’s hesitations and pursue our dreams.

Interestingly enough, a significant portion of Sri Chinmoy’s artistic ouevre is comprised of pencil and marker drawings - many of them form part of his ‘Soul-Birds’ series, in which he depicts the unfettered human soul in the form of a bird. To date, he has drawn over 15 million of these birds ever since he began the series back in 1991. “For me, birds have a very special significance on a spiritual level.”, Sri Chinmoy comments on his drawings. “They fly in the sky, and the sky is all freedom. So when the birds fly in the sky, they remind me of the soul’s infinite freedom. I feel that if people come here to view these birds, their inner hunger to fly in the sky of infinite freedom will be fed.”

Most number of Cosmetic Procedures Guinness World Record

For Brazilian model Angela Bismarchi, this year’s Carnival parade is just another incident to showcase her new accessories. The model who is eyeing the Guinness World Record for the most number of cosmetic procedures, will dance nearly nude with her ‘new’ pair of Chinese-like eyes. Bismarchi, 36, has had 42 operations, making her a celebrity in her home country. The current record holder is 52-year-old American Cindy Jackson, who calls herself a "Living Doll".

She has had 47 cosmetic surgical procedures to date. "I always was vain," agrees Bismarchi. "And for carnival, you have to feel especially pretty."

Just days before Brazil's Feb. 2-6 carnival commences , Bismarchi will have nylon wires implanted in her eyes to give them an Asian slant. This is in line with this year's theme of her samba group; marking a hundred years since Japanese immigration to Brazil.

Bismarchi's publicized passion for plastic surgery has made her a celebrity in body-crazy country. Here , even the poor get surgical enhancements on the installment plan. Brazilians see no shame in re-doing their bodies, which are routinely exposed at carnival and flaunted on the beach in tiny bikinis .

Bismarchi had her first cosmetic surgery in 1992 after her daughter was born. She was just 21, but depressed after nursing caused her breasts to sag. Once she had them lifted, she became so fascinated with cosmetic surgery that her next two husbands were plastic surgeons.

Guinness World Records Starts Community Website

Guinness World Records has added an online community to its website to enhance interactivity and customisation for record holders and Guinness World Records fans. The new community is accessible via the Guinness home page.

The Guinness Word Records website receives more than 11 million visitors a year and numerous record claims each year. Through the new site, record enthusiasts can view and share new record attempts as they are submitted, without waiting for the annual publication. Visitors to the site, record holders, record aspirers and fans around the world, can post their videos, audio, photos and stories on the site.

The community is expected to enable current record holders to showcase their talents and aspiring record breakers to get recognised. Visitors can create their own profile page, read and write blog entries and upload media. As well as providing a platform for the existing and new record breakers and fans, the new site offers a forum to identify new record-breaking talent.
Alex Blum, CEO of KickApps, said: "Records and record breaking feats make for extremely viral and entertaining content. As one of the world's most recognised brands, Guinness World Records will extend its reach, and grow and increase engagement with its audience through the new online community. We expect that it will become one of the most active destinations of its kind on the web. KickApps is excited to have been selected to power the next phase of growth for the publication."

The site has been created and powered by KickApps, an on-demand social media platform. KickApps provides social media applications to web publishers and marketers. Its platform features applications including social networking, user-generated content, online video players and viral widgets.

Ryan Tunstall, IT and operations director for Hit Entertainment, said: "A user generated community is key to our new media strategy and core addition to the way we communicate with our consumers. We have been looking for the right partner who can provide a blend of best of breed technology and cutting edge functionality as we transition to a more web 2.0 model. KickApps is a strategic fit on all counts, with the addition of bringing knowledge of social media marketing best practices so we aren't diluting our brand values."

For Join official Guinness World Records Community click here for official website

Amazing Funny Confusing English Facts


1. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

2. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

3. If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?

4. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

5. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

6. Why the man who invests all your money called a broker?

7. If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to Make terrible?

8. Why is it called building when it is already built?

9. If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?

10. If you're not supposed to drink and drive, then why do Bars have parking lots?

11. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around Several times, does he become disoriented?

12. If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?? Humans ???

13. If working hours are meant for working, then why are you reading

Leica camera sold for $492,500 world auction record

On November 17, the 12th WestLicht Photographica Auction ended with a sensation — the most spectacular lot of the auction, an 0-series Leica no. 107, which was sold for the highest sum ever achieved at an auction for a 35 millimeter camera or Leica. By accepting the bid of a private European collector, auctioneer Peter Coeln turned a slender black camera into the most expensive 35 millimeter camera and the second most expensive camera ever auctioned. It sold for $492,500.

Only 21 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, two years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The auctioned camera is the seventh camera of the Leica 0-series. Factory records indicate its delivery to New York for patenting. This means that this camera is not only one of the major rarities existing, it is also the first Leica to be exported.
The existing world record for a camera was also established by a WestLicht Photographica Auction — a Daguerreotype by the Paris manufacturer Susse Fr√®res from 1839, was sold for $850,000 this past May.

In other highlights among the Leica lots, an M3 gold no. 834000 realized $75,600 and an M3 in black paint fetched $33,400. The auction also saw two Leica lenses achieving remarkably high results — a Summicron 2/5 centimeter Prototype and a Noctilux 1.2/50 millimeter sold for $28,100 each. Generally speaking, the prices for Leicas and accessories were very solid. Nearly 100 percent of the Leitz articles were sold and very often the estimates were considerably exceeded.

Some Nikon cameras also posted notable prices. A Stereo-Nikkor outfit brought $57,100 and a Nikon F High Speed made $28,100.

Extremely high prices were also registered for a large selection of stereo lots that were offered. A Hirst and Wood "The Natural Stereoscope" went out at $29,000, and an extremely rare Stereo Sigriste camera was sold for $25,500. Two previously unknown stereo viewers were also able to achieve record prices. The "Autosynoptomètre" viewer by Giroux was auctioned for $13,200, while the "Isostereoscopio" by Carlo Ponti brought $11,400.

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Everest Marathon 2008 World Record breaks by Scott Woman

A Scottish runner has broken the women's record in the world's toughest, highest race; Everest Marathon, this year.

Angela Mudge, 37, who has a doctorate in physical chemistry, returned home after beating the long-standing record for the Marathon by 13 minutes. The Everest Marathon is listed in Guinness World Records as the world's highest marathon.

The start is close to the Everest base camp in Nepal, and the finishing line is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3,446m.

Mudge finished eighth overall and was the second Western entrant to cross the finishing line of what is officially the highest race in the world.

"The big challenge wasn't the race, it was getting to the start line fit," Mudge, who completed the race in 5 hours 2 minutes, as reported by the media.

The women's record had been held by Anne Stentiford, a Briton, who finished in 5hr 16 min 3sec. The present men's record is 3hr 50min 23sec.

During the long trek to the start, near Everest base camp, about 80 per cent of the competitors suffered diarrhoea, altitude sickness, deep-vein thrombosis, reduced lung capacity or chest infections.

"I was surprised how much the altitude affected me," she said.

"I didn't get altitude sickness, but I had a loss of appetite and felt rough," Mudge added.
Before the race all runners meet for a 25-day holiday in Nepal so they can acclimatise to the high altitude.

Among the most notable winners is Jack Maitland, another Scot, who in 1989 set a record of 3hr 59m 4sec, which was unbeaten for a decade.

Sleep Deprivation Guinness World Record 2008

A bleary-eyed researcher who normally sleeps like a log went to bed Friday claiming a guinness world record after staying awake for more than 11 days and nights.

But when Tony Wright, 43, finally regained wakefulness Saturday after catching up on his sleep, he was in for a cruel awakening. The human guinea pig discovered he may have given up 10 hours too early to claim the crown.

The record that he broke -- of 11 days, or 264 hours -- was set by American Randy Gardner in 1964 and is recognized in psychiatric textbooks.

But that is 12 hours shorter than the record that used to be included in The Guinness Book of Records before being removed from the book in 1989. It was deleted on the grounds it could encourage records harmful to health and was unverifiable because of the claims of insomnia sufferers.

The Guinness previous record was for 11 days, or 276 hours, and was set by Toimi Soini in Hamina, Finland, between Feb. 5 and Feb. 15, 1964.

Wright stayed awake by eating raw food, drinking tea, eschewing all artificial stimulants and playing pool while thousands watched him on webcam.

Shaun Tait aims to claim worlds fastest bowling record

Australian fastest bowler Shaun Tait aims to claim the world record for the fastest delivery ever delivered, currently held by Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar, on the bouncy WACA wicket during the third Test against India, which began on Wednesday.

Tait had come close to breaking Akhtar's mark of 161.3 km per hour by bowling at 160km/h last year and feels he bowled even quicker when there was no speed gun in Australia's Twenty20 demolition of New Zealand last December.

"I'd like to have a crack at Shoaib's record and it would be nice to knock it off," Tait was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

"I've bowled at 160km/h before and there is no reason why I can't go quicker. There is a good possibility that I can bowl at that (world record) speed, especially if I go out there not thinking about it."

Former Australian paceman Dennis Lillee also believes that Tait was capable of being quicker than Akhtar and in fact could bowl at 170km/h at WACA.

"Tait, on a good day putting it all together, it would not surprise me if he bowled that 170km/h ball," Lillee said. But Tait is not sure if he can rise up to Lillee's expectation.

World’s longest singing marathon India

The Kalaangann near Shaktinagar in Mangalore all set to host Konkani Nirantari, world’s longest singing marathon by multiple singers to create history on January 26 and 27, 2008

The Konkani Nirantari will be organised by the Mandd Sobhann, a Konkani cultural organisation, in order to break the existing Guinness world record of 36 hours marathon singing, standing in the name Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo of Brazil.

A total of 44 groups with around 1,500 singers from various parts of the nation will sing 600 Konkani songs one after another for a non-stop 40 hours as per Guinness World Records norms. The marathon singing will start at 6 am on January 26 and will continue till 10 pm on January 27.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mandd Sobhann director Eric Ozario said that the judge from Guinness World Records, London, Keith Pullin would present to witness and certify the attempt.

There would be only 30 seconds gap between two songs and each group would sing continuously for one hour without break, he said adding that a singer performed in one group would not be allowed to perform again in another group.

Ozario said that teams from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi and singers from Gulf would participate in the mega event. “Taking Konkani to international heights is the objective behind organising the Konkani Nirantari,’’ he added.

Mangalore Biship Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza would inaugurate the event and bless the occasion while Ryan’s International Educational Institutions, Mumbai chief Grace Pinto would be the chief guest at the closing ceremony, Ozario informed.

NRI entrepreneur Ronald Colaco, Krishna Dairy managing director Pradeep G Pai and Guinness World Records tm, London Adjudicator Keith Pullin would be present.

Guinness World Record For Long Lasting Battery

Panasonic, the brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced that its new 'EVOLTA' AA batteries have entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's "longest lasting AA alkaline battery cell."* Guinness World Records recognized the achievement based on the data obtained from discharge tests Panasonic conducted in accordance with the guidelines set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The EVOLTA AA batteries are the first to receive Guinness recognition in such category.

The EVOLTA batteries incorporate Panasonic's know-how in battery manufacturing as well as innovations made in the battery structure, materials and manufacturing process. The new alkaline batteries deliver superb performance in a variety of equipment ranging from low- to high-current drain applications.

* An average of discharge times measured against ANSI, IEC and JIS standards. (as of January 15, 2008)

About Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial)Best known for its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated net sales of US$77.19 billion for the year ended March 31, 2007. The Company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the Company and the Panasonic brand, visit the Company's website at

World's Biggest Vertical Blind World Record

Nottingham based Hillarys has made it into the 2008 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the manufacturer of the world's biggest vertical blind. The blind, measuring 20m wide and 8.3 metres high - 75 times the size of a normal vertical blind - was made to mark the official opening of the company's new factory in Washington, Tyne & Wear in January 2003.

"Our record breaking attempt to create the world's largest vertical blind was one approach to celebrate the launch in a really unusual way," said David Burke, manufacturing director at Hillarys. "It was a feat of engineering to make a blind of these proportions and although it was a verified as a world record back in 2003, we're delighted that it now not only appears in the latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records but actually on the flysheet.

"The blind was unveiled by Denise Welch, who is currently starring as Steph Haydock in Waterloo Road and was a former landlady of the Rover's Return in Coronation Street.

Notes to editors:
Hillarys core business is it’s made to measure blinds service where the firm's advisers measure up and fit blinds. It has also developed an online service Web-Blinds dot com and sales of awnings and shutters. The company also sells to trade customers under the brand name Arena and to non-residential commercial customers through a separate division, Hcd. Headquartered in Nottingham, Hillarys also has assembly facilities in Washington, Tyne and Wear. It employs over 1000 people in total, and also has a team of over 900 self-employed sales advisors. Find out more about made to measure vertical blinds by visiting Hillarys today.

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14th January Kite Festival 2008 in Ahmedabad India

The International Kite Festival 2008 is always held at my city Ahmedabad on January 14, with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. on this day people of Gujarat fly kits and they have lots of fun together, all are in the terace, if somebody cuts a kite he says "Kapyo Chhe" or "Lappet".

These are the words, which called when kits are cuts. We have colourful kits all the day flying in the sky, Kites are flown all over Gujarat, and Ahmedabad become cities of kite-flyers. On that day everyone forgets his routiine works and enjoy Uttaraya. A different different types of kites are seen in the sky. We have bright sun shine, strong wind to carries kites. Also different different foods are also eaten on that day, specially "Udhiyu and Jalebi".

On the international kite festival day, participates are from all around the world. This gives the people of Ahmedabad the change to see the unusual kites brought by the visitors some of which are truly works of art. Visitors are very much interested to know more about kites and its arts.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow inaugurate an 'International Kite Festival 2007' here at the Sabarmati river front.

Seventy domestic and 74 international kite flyers from 21 countries including China, Singapore, Malaysia, France, South Africa, Netherlands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia, UK, Finland, Denmark and Lebanon will participate in the four day long event.

The function will be presided over by Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma, an official release said. On the opening day of the event, an 'Adithya stuthi' will be offered by the students of Bhagwat Vidyapith, Sola.

Around 2,500 students will also render 'Surya Kavach.' A 'Heritage Walk' is also being organised here by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on January 12, from the Swami Narayan temple to Manek Chowk, between 0800 hours to 0930 hours. Thereafter, the kite flying competition will take place River Front from 1000 hours to 1700 hours.

Besides, a cultural programme 'Sattavan thi Subhash' has also been organised by the Department of Sports, Youth and Culture at the river front. Four theme pavilions, on religious tourism, eco and wildlife tourism, adventure tourism and heritate tourism will be set up there by the respective rural departments of the State Government.

A food court with 20 stalls is also being set up at the site, the release added.

Tommorow Morning, i am fully enjoying my kite festival with my family and friends with 100's of kites, foods on Terrace with High sound musics. Tommorow No Blogging and Computerings Please.

Guinness Records of Athletes Gathered to Sign Autographs

Samsung Electronics, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics and telecommunications, and its partners Circuit City and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, have set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of professional athletes assembled for an autograph signing.

A mountain of 4,500 footballs, 18 Hall of Fame football players, and a whirlwind of signatures were on stage Wednesday morning at the famed Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, in an event that Guinness World RecordsTM has certified as the world record for the “Largest Autograph Signing by Professional Athletes.” The event launched the “HD Hero Days” promotion at Circuit City.

Approximately 20 members of the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club were on-hand and had the opportunity to meet football legends such as Marcus Allen, Michael Irvin, Anthony Munoz, Deacon Jones, Carl Eller, Harry Carson, Fred Belitnikoff, Merlin Olsen and many more. During the event, Samsung formally gave their gift of $10,000 in product to the Las Vegas chapter of the Boys & Girls Club.

This is part of Samsung’s “Leave a Legacy program” in which the company gives back to the host-city of major events such as CES, Super Bowl and more. “Achieving this record with so many great NFL players on-hand is an incredible accomplishment,” said Tim Baxter, executive vice president of Consumer Electronics for Samsung Electronics America. “This record underscores Samsung’s leadership in the consumer electronics industry, and in our support for giving back to local communities.”

“We’re thrilled to see this promotion brought to life with a world record,” said Peter C. Weedfald, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Circuit City. “We believe ‘HD Hero Days’ will give our Circuit City customers an opportunity to obtain a souvenir of a lifetime in addition to supporting charities that help to build strong communities.”

Rob Molloy, the official adjudicator from Guinness World RecordsTM, was on hand to monitor the hundreds of balls being signed and the various pros signing them. At 10:44 a.m., Molloy announced that a new Guinness World RecordTM had been established. “It’s a great achievement,” Molloy said, “and it’s a Guinness World Record any sports fan can appreciate.”

The footballs will be used during a month-long promotion at Circuit City. Until February 2, consumers who purchase a 40” (or larger) 1080p Samsung HDTV plus any firedog home theater service $99 or more are eligible to receive one of these autographed footballs, while supplies last.

In addition to the footballs, the heroes signed 2 HDTVs. These 32 inch LCD HDTVs (LN-T3253H) will be auctioned online at, with the proceeds supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, Boys & Girls Clubs of a America, the Dan Marino Foundation through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope and Pro Footballs’ Enshrinee’s Assistance Program.

“We are so thankful that Samsung, Circuit City and the Pro Football Hall of Fame included us in this wonderful program,” said Jim Richards, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club. “The fact that they included a Las Vegas charity shows they are sincere about making a real difference in the lives of the youngsters living in our community.”

About Samsung Electronics
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Limca Book of Record 2008 for Indian Radio Show

Following the high decibels of hype and excitement in cities across the country, Chipak Ke Jeeto, India’s biggest Radio Realty Show and the biggest endurance test of all times, presented by BIG 92.7 FM in association with Hyundai Motors’ newly launched Hyundai i10 kick started on the eve on January 11, 2007 across the cities of Mumbai at In Orbit Mall, Delhi at MGF mega city, Gurgaon, Kolkata at Eedf ground and Hyderabad at Prasad Imax. The on ground arrangements are being put together by BIG Events.

At the strike of 17:00hours, the event was flagged off simultaneously across the 4 metros by eminent celebrities’ who were there to cheer the participants and wish them luck. Each of the venues saw people flocking to the place in herds to wish the participants luck and witness the endurance test live! Keeping in mind the level of difficulty and challenge involved in the contest, BIG 92.7 FM has ensured a host of amenities to ensure participants’ requirements are taken care of. An emergency medical center, ambulance, security, special rest rooms, doctor recommended food as per diet, tight security, monitors to ensure tracking of the participants etc. has all been ensured.

BIG 92.7 FM will be covering the event live from the venue and will cover interesting insights of participants, how touch the competition was, parents’ / friends’ feedback and the excitement amongst the crowds. The BIG RJ’s will be at the venue 24x7 covering the event with their witty take and pep talks to boost the morale of the participants.

The event will see a whole lot of celebrities coming over to cheer the participants along with the jocks and the crowds.

In addition, BIG 92.7 FM has already applied for the Limca Book of World Records 2008 and a representative will visit the venues in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata where participants will be fighting each other for the prestigious title. On successful completion of the contest, Limca Book officials will certify the winner of Chipak Ke Jeeto and enter his/her name into the record books.

The event was flagged off by Actress Hanssika Motwani (from Aapka Saroor fame) and music director cum singer Anand Raj Anand amidst a huge crowd in Mumbai. In Hyderabad the event was flagged off by famous Telugu actor Raja along with the crew of “happy days” movie. In Kolkata the event was flagged off by actor Parambrato and BIG 92.7 RJs among a huge crowd of people cheering the participants there was also one wild card entry in Kolkata. Representatives from Limca book of records were present at the venue and in Delhi the event was flagged off by Mr Punit Mathur, Station Director, BIG 92.7 FM.

Before the event was flagged off a small briefing session was conducted for the participants to take them through the rules and regulation of the contest. Among the spectators there were cheerleaders, relatives of participants who enthusiastically cheered the participants to keep their morale up. BIG 92.7 FM through its outdoor broadcasting studio broadcasted the event live on-air in all the centres.

About “Chipak ke Jeeto
The contest Chipak Ke Jeeto, a one of its kind challenge, allows the contestant who remains touching the swanky new Hyundai i10 for the longest period, to grab the keys and drive home the machine! Chipak Ke Jeeto conceptualized and presented by BIG 92.7 FM, is being held simultaneously across the four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata and will be shortly held in Bangalore, India

6000 feet long banner enters Limca Book of Records

A 6000-feet-long banner painted by around 5000 children of various schools in Puducherry has entered the Limca Book of World Records, Education Minister of the Union Territory M O H F Shahjahan said on Thursday.

The banner which was displayed at the week-long 34th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Fair for Children-2007 here, projected the theme `Science and Mankind`. The children were let to use their imagination to bring about the theme.

Students from standard VI onwards started painting images from December 9 on the banner which was displayed at the fair, Director of Education, G Ragesh Chandra told PTI. The fair which started on Dec 21 ended on Thurday.

A digital banner running to 5000 feet, prepared by science teachers of all the schools, also was displayed at the fair.

Sir Edmund Hillary Mount Everest Climbers Died

Edmund Hillary, the New Zealand-born adventurer who defied the failed efforts of countless climbers by reaching the peak of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, has died. He was 88. Hillary died of a heart attack in Auckland City Hospital at 9 a.m. local time today. His death ``is a profound loss for New Zealand,'' Prime Minister Helen Clark said in a statement.

Sir Edmund became the first person to stand on Mt Everest, the world's highest peak, on June 2, 1953 - the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

His chance to make his mark in history came when selected for the 1953 British expedition to climb Mt Everest, led by former commando Colonel John Hunt, later Lord Hunt. On the mountain, the first assault team that tried to reach the 8848m summit was driven back by altitude sickness.

Hillary, who was renowned for his fitness and speed, was chosen along with Sherpa Tenzing to try next.

As he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay descended from the May 29 attempt on the mountain, Hillary told fellow climbers: "We knocked the bastard off."

Clark said today that the passing of Hillary was a profound loss to New Zealand. "My thoughts are with Lady Hillary, Sir Edmund's children, wider family, and close friends at this sad time," Clark said in a statement.
"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity."

Sir Edmund Hillary 'Grate Facts'

Acting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has also paid tribute, describing Sir Edmund Hillary as a giant of New Zealand.

"Sir Edmund's name is synonymous with adventure, with achievement, with dreaming and then making those dreams come true," Ms Gillard told Sky News this morning.

"I'm sure there will be many Australians today who reflect on his death.

"People always looked at him as a man of achievement and I think people today will mark his passing with regret."

Ms Gillard said Sir Edmund had led a "long and well-lived life".

"For generations to come, people will study what Sir Edmund achieved by being, of course, the first to get to the top of the world and to successfully conquer Everest.

"Edmund Hillary was one of New Zealand's giants, of course, and known around the world and someone of whom they were so rightly proud." Sherpas mourn 'sceond father'

Nepal's Sherpas went into mourning today at the death of Sir Edmund Hillary and pledged to ensure his legacy lives on in the community he has helped since the first conquest of Everest in 1953.

"We consider him as a second father,'' said Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, the vice president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

"We are planning a memorial and thinking about a statue in the mountaineering park,'' said Sherpa, who attended one of the first schools set up by Hillary in the Solokhumbu region in Everest's foothills.

The New Zealander conquered the 8,848-metre mountain with the aid of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

He returned the following year to launch community projects in the impoverished region around the base of the world's tallest mountain where Sherpas live.

Hillary's trust built schools and hospitals, and trained health workers in the harsh, mountainous region. He also helped build an airstrip to promote tourism.

"His work changed the life of the whole Sherpa community. Without his work, especially the schools, the Sherpas would be nowhere. I am sure it (his work) will continue,'' Sherpa said.
Sherpa friends of Sir Edmund today lit butter lamps and offered special Buddhist prayers in monasteries for the mountaineer, calling him a great philanthropist and friend of Nepal.

In 2003, the government conferred honourary Nepali citizenship on Hillary in recognition of his services to the people and the Solukhumbhu region where Mount Everest is located.

Hillary's projects built 26 schools, two hospitals, an airport, numerous trails and provided scholarships for Sherpa children in the Himalayan nation, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest.

"He has done so much for us. If he is incarnated he can again continue to do good work for the human beings,'' said Ang Rita, a devout Buddhist and the first graduate of the first school opened by Hillary in the Everest region in 1960s.

"Many Sherpa people have offered private prayers while many others are holding special services in monasteries,'' he said, adding that Hillary's friends and Sherpas would organise a special service for him in Kathmandu.

The 1953 feat of Hillary and Tenzing Norgay brought scenic Nepal into the limelight as a hotspot for adventure tourism in the world.

Tenzing Norgay died in 1986 in Darjeeling, India, at the age of 72.

World's Greatest Trencherman Eddie Bozo Miller Died

Eddie "Bozo" Miller, a competitive eater whose gastronomical feats earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records - twice - died Monday in his Oakland home. He was 89 - or 99, depending on which version of his story he liked to tell.

Although Miller suffered from diabetes, a weakened heart and kidney failure, his family said he died of old age.

A son of vaudevillians, Miller liked to do everything in high style, whether it was betting on horses, managing boxing fights or competitive gorging. He once claimed he outdrank a lion in a martini contest.

The 1981 edition of Guinness Book of World Records dubbed Miller the "world's greatest trencherman," or heavy eater, and listed him as undefeated in eating contests since 1931. He ate 27 roast chickens, of 2 pounds each, in one sitting at Trader Vic's in Emeryville in 1963. He drank two quarts of liquor in an hour.

Photos of Eddie "Bozo" Miller enjoys a meal. He held records for eating 27 chickens at a sitting and drinking two quarts of liquor in an hour. UPI photo, 1973
Both feats vaulted him into the Guinness World Book, but the chicken escapade also won him a $10,000 bet.

At the time, he weighed 280 pounds and was consuming 25,000 calories a day - 11 times more than his doctor recommended. At the peak of his eating contest days he stood 5 feet 7 and tipped the scale at 330. He wore a 57-inch belt.

"Yes, he was larger than life," said his daughter, Candice Blackman of Pleasant Hill. "He was a born showoff."

Growing up with Miller, life could be a bit of circus. He drove his kids to school in lime green or bright yellow Cadillac convertibles. "He had the top down, music blaring, and honked these crazy horns he had installed," Blackman said. "It was always embarrassing."

There was a jukebox in the Miller breakfast room that he always kept stocked with 45s.
"He wasn't a normal dad, that's for sure," she added. "Every day he went to the racetrack, came back and cooked dinner. He loved blondes, he loved booze, he loved life. We all miss him."

Miller was proud of his epicurean prowess, and claimed he once ate 400 raviolis - single-handedly wiping the pasta offering off a restaurant's menu. He once consumed 30 pounds of elk meat loaf, and bragged he could down up to 12,000 raw oysters. For a beverage, Miller favored the martini - 10 to 12 of them before lunch.

His calling card read, "World Champion of Gourmand Gastronomics."

He told The Chronicle that he beat a lion in a martini-drinking contest.

"Some guy from the circus came into the restaurant - Reno Barsocchini's, I think - with a lion on a leash," he said. "I drank them out of a glass, and they put the martinis on a soup plate for the lion. I maybe had about a dozen. The lion, he kept lapping them up until he just fell asleep."

The sometime fight promoter, bookie and liquor salesman was born in San Francisco. As a boy, he traveled with his parents on their vaudeville circuit, discovering he could entertain the performers with his stomach capacity. As a young man, he impressed his friends at ballgames with his disappearing hot dog trick.

His antics became professional, then legendary, and he attracted many Hollywood celebrities. In newspaper interviews, he described sumptuous dinners and claimed table guests such as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford and Dean Martin.

In 1946, he married Janice Bidwell, a former princess of the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Ten years later, she suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her an invalid until her death in 2001.
His family is planning a private funeral, but a public "Bozo Bash" will be held in a few weeks to celebrate his life.

Miller is survived by two daughters, Blackman and Virginia "Cooky" Logan of Napa; and four grandchildren. A third daughter, Honey, predeceased him.

Eddie "Bozo" Miller enjoys a meal. He held records for eating 27 chickens at a sitting and drinking two quarts of liquor in an hour.

Guinness World Records for Most People Hug

Phoenix resident Ian Fecke-Stoudt said he hasn't determined whether he broke the guinness world record for most hugs in an hour during the First Fridays artwalk last week.

Contest stipulations required media coverage, only one hug per person and that each hug wrapped all the way around the participants' bodies.

Although Fecke-Stoudt did hug 806 people and videotaped the event, he said he estimates not enough hugs met the requirement to break the guinness world records of 765.

Besides incorrect hugs, the 24-year-old Fecke-Stoudt had other challenges. The hugging occurred on Third and Roosevelt streets, even though it had previously been publicized at two different locations. Also, police stopped him after he illegally crossing the street to hug more people, which cut 10 minutes of his hugging time, he said."

I got a little bit overzealous, let the momentum of the moment get ahead of me," Fecke-Stoudt said. He said he still needs to watch video, and if he did appear to break the record, he will submit it to Guinness World Records.If not, he said, he has no plans to attempt a solo record again, though he may try to get at least 800 people to break the record together, with two lines of 400 people rotating with hugs. He said that may happen in July.

Fecke-Stoudt's endeavor raised $60 for the Phoenix-based non-profit Lodestar Foundation, which has a program that teaches art to the homeless. He had hoped to raise $1,000. Still, he said his world record attempt introduced him to some caring people in the community."There are a lot of people in Phoenix who feel the same way I do, that we need to do something to generally make Phoenix friendlier," Fecke-Stoudt said.

World's Longest Skating Rink Records Ottawa

In the 2008 edition of the race to be home to the world's longest skating rink, Winnipeg is about to take an early lead on Ottawa. And yet, both cities face challenges before either can officially declare itself the champion. At 6 p.m. Friday, a 1.5-kilometre stretch of the Assiniboine River between The Forks and the Osborne Street bridge will open for public skating, complete with skate-change areas, benches and fire pots for warmth.

It is the first section of a trail officials hope will be, by season's end, an eight-kilometre ribbon of properly flooded and smoothed ice, stretching along the Assiniboine from Omand's Creek to The Forks and then about two kilometres north on the Red River to Voyageur Park.

This winter marks the first time in the 20-year history of public skating on Winnipeg's rivers that the city will make a concerted effort to produce a longer skating rink than the Rideau Canal Skateway in the national capital, officials say.

With its views of the Chateau Laurier hotel and Parliament Hill, the 7.8-kilometre Rideau skateway, registered as the world's largest naturally frozen ice surface by Guinness World Records, is better-known by Canadians as a winter attraction than Winnipeg's trail.

world's largest crossword puzzle record 2008

Yemen's Abdul-Karim Qasem, who creates crosswords for publications like al-Arabi magazine and the newspaper al-Moshahad, has created a puzzle more than 178 times larger than the current recognized record holder.

Qasem's puzzle, currently in the initial stages of review with the Guinness World Records, includes 320,500 "puzzle squares", easily topping the previous high of 1,800 squares. The accompanying book of clues for the puzzle is 800,720 words long.

Qasem learned of the previous record when visiting the Guinness World Records website in 2000. He took the next seven years to research unique information for the puzzle, from in various international books and websites. "I did not want my information to be repeated," he told the Yemen Observer.

He told the Observer that, during the seven years, he ignored his children's "simple and serious needs", and bought supplies for the project with funds reserved for basic family needs.
The man asked the local authorities in Ibb for support, but was met with indifference. However, when he visited the Presidential Office in Sana'a, President Ali Abdullah Saleh immediately asked the Ministry of Culture to "support him in any way he needed."

Finding ballpoint pen ink wasn't clear enough on his paper, Qasem filled his pens with a medicine meant for curing simple burns. Despite this effort, his once "very good" eyesight has weakened, forcing him to wear glasses. His back also hurts from the experience, and any quick movement hurts him to the extent that he is bedridden for the next two days.

Multiple steps remain before he can travel to London with his puzzle, for the final confirmation.

World Records of Alive Couples with 99 Grandchildren

The happy couple have to spend most of the year saving for their family’s Christmas gifts. The colossal brood is made up of 56 grandchildren by their 11 kids – and 43 great-grandchildren.

Granny Josie, 77, said: “The kids just kept coming – and then their kids just kept coming.”

She married German-born Hans, now 85, in 1948 and they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary this month. The pair met after former PoW Hans stayed in the UK to work as a farmer following World War II.

Josie, of Bedford, said: “We worked hard at our family. We were told, in the days of feather mattresses, when you have a row with your spouse you shake the bed and get back in it.”

Guinness World Records said: “There is no existing record for the living couple with the most grandchildren. But this pair may clinch it.”

While there is no existing record with Guinness for alive couples with the most grandchildren, Guinness World Records authorities say the couple very well might hold the record.

Margaret McMillan, of Pollok, Glasgow, died last year at 98 blessed with 123.

Stephen William Hawking 8th January Happy Birthday

Stephen Hawking is the author of many works in theoretical physics including A Brief History of Time and of Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays Professor Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His father was actually based in London as a doctor and this birthplace is as a result of concerns about safety in wartime.

When he was eight years old the family moved to St. Albans, about 20 miles north of London. At St. Albans School where he attended after age 11 he did well but not appear to be amongst the brightest of students.

Hawking's father wanted him to study medicine at Oxford but he was more interested in Mathematics and it eventually transpired that in 1959 he began to study Physics, as University College, which was his father's old college, did not offer degree courses in Mathematics. Although he states in his autobiography that he did not do much work he was nevertheless awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science in 1962.

He subsequently went on to do research in Cosmology at Cambridge. His life was complicated by his becoming aware of suffering from an illness that was diagnosed as the incurable disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). He was much discomfited by being advised that he would suffer a progressive loss of muscle control and that his life expectancy would be curtailed but with the support of family and friends, including Jane Wilde whom he later married, the progress of his illness slowed down, and he finished his Ph.D.

He worked in various research and teaching roles for a number of years. From 1965 to 1970 he, together with Roger Penrose of Birkbeck College, London, showed that there would be a Big Bang singularity by considering Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Between 1970 and 1974, Hawking concentrated his studies on black holes. He combined Quantum Mechanics with General Relativity into the theory of Hawking Radiation in 1974.

In 1979 he was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. This professorship had previously been held by a number of particularly eminent mathematicians including Isaac Newton (1664-1669) and Charles Babbage (1828-1839).

In 1983 Hawking and Jim Hurtle of the University of California at Santa Barbara suggested that there is no edge for space and time though they are finite in extent. This implies that the laws of science would be able to determine how the universe had begun!

In 1985 Hawking was unfortunate in contracting a bout of pneumonia that necessitated a tracheotomy operation which removed his powers of speech. Amongst other things this eventuality obviously gave rise to further serious inconvenience in his professional life. The situation was relieved by the fitting of a small portable computer and a speech synthesizer to his wheelchair by David Mason of Cambridge. This arrangement however resulted in the English physicist Stephen Hawking now communicating with an American accent.

Overcoming the obstacle of his illness, Professor Hawking has made great very significant contributions in Physics and has received many awards, medals and prizes worldwide. So far he has been awarded 12 honorary degrees. He received his Commander of the British Empire (CBE) title in 1982 and the Companion of Honor (CH) in 1989. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Stephen Hawking continues to combine family life (he has three children and grandchildren are arriving), and his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He spends about three months of the year outside the United Kingdom and delivers lectures around the world.

To Best quote of Stephen William Hawking :-

I’m sure my disability has a bearing on why I’m well known. People are fascinated by the contrast between my very limited physical powers, and the vast nature of the universe I deal with.

My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

Guiness World Records 2008 of Indian Chief Minister MP

Guiness World Records 2008 of Indian Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan MP of Madhya Pradesh, India

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that through public participation Madhya Pradesh has taken a big leap towards achieving the targets of United Nations Millennium Campaign for eradicating poverty and inequality. Madhya Pradesh government with people's cooperation has succeeded in spreading awareness about education, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, children's welfare, environment protection, prevention of deadly diseases and health security of pregnant women. Credit for this must go the people of the state. Chief Minister Chouhan was addressing a function at the Academy of Administration, which was held to felicitate him.

On the occasion, United Nations Millennium Campaign director Salil Shetty honoured Chief Minister Chouhan by presenting to him a certificate issued by Guinness Book of World Record recognising Madhya Pradesh as the first state in the world to have maximum public participation in social sector for consecutive second year. Chief Minister Chouhan was felicitated for Madhya Pradesh securing first position in Guinness Book of World Records for its active participation in achieving the targets of United Nations Millennium Campaign for eradicating poverty and inequality. Gratitude was expressed towards the state government on this occasion. Kailash Vijayvargiya and Ms Asha Vijayvargiya were also felicitated on the occasion for their helping role in the achievement of United Nations Millennium Campaign targets and inspiring social organisations.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that United Nations has set a deadline of 15 years for achieving the targets of United Nations Millennium Campaign. Madhya Pradesh government has swung into action and implemented various programmes for the welfare of children, women and the poor section of society. The programmes which have proved to be important in the development of the poor, children and women in the state include Jalabhishek Abhiyan, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana, Gaon Ki Beti Yojana, Haryali Mahotsava, start of Anganwadi centres, free supply of uniforms and text-books and supply of free cycles to village girl students who go to another village for carrying out their studies.

Guinness World Record 2008 participation in United Nation's Stand Up and Speak Out programmes also shows people's fervour and enthusiasm. Chouhan informed that through Mukhyamantri Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana school going children of labourers have started getting scholarships, labourers have been provided medical facilities and women labourers are being given paid holidays. The aim of all these schemes is to fill the lives of every section of society with prosperity.

United Nations Millennium Campaign director Salil Shetti commended the works undertaken in Madhya Pradesh. He described Chief Minister Chouhan's keen interest in this connection as a sources of inspiration for other states. A large number of people turned up at Stand Up and Speak Our programmes and took the pledge of participation in the achievement of United Nations Millennium Campaign targets in 2006 and 2007.

In the first year 33 lakh took part while in the second year the number of participants went up to 74 lakh which is a record of its own kind. This record has been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Shetty open-heartedly praised the honest efforts of Madhya Pradesh government and hoped that the enthusiasm of Madhya Pradesh government and people of the state would continue in the same vein in future also. Shetty informed that United Nation's secretary general has also praised the initiative taken by Chief Minister Chouhan and cooperation extended by the people of Madhya Pradesh.

Shetty said that Speak Out campaign would be launched from October 15 to 17, 2008 throughout the state for creating awareness about the target of United Nations Millennium Campaign and express solidarity with them. He said that Madhya Pradesh government has launched appreciable programmes for achieving these targets. He said that better awareness can be ensured by getting these programmes monitored by credible agencies.

Public Works Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya termed as important the initiatives taken by Chief Minister Chouhan for health, education and poverty eradication and hoped that the non-government organisations would also continue to cooperative in these efforts.

The function was conducted by Kamlesh Pare. Earlier, the guests were welcomed with garlands. Those also present on the occasion included Kailash Vijayvargiya's wife Ms Asha Vijayvargiya, Academy of Administration director general Ms Mala Shrivastava, Sharad Joshi, officers and large number of voluntary organisation's representatives.

worlds longest snowboard guinness book of records

Everyone's heard of a bicycle built for two, but how about a two-person snowboard? Butch Brady built one and recently teamed up with another snowboarder, Eric Sweet, to make some two-man turns down the Teewinot run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

They did it for a television crew and the Guinness Book of World Records.

"It seemed initially like going down a mountain in a canoe without a paddle, but after taking a few runs, a light went on," Sweet said. "You're splitting the duties, so it feels like a marriage. You give up half of the control, and if it's a good one you don't crash."

The snowboard, called the "XJ-13," is 9 feet, 7 inches long.

Brady works at a snowboard shop. He and his boss, Brian Wood, linked two snowboards lengthwise, bolting the rear board on top of the front board.

With practice — and cooperative partners — Brady figured out how to ride the thing.

"It's so heavy, you get going pretty quick," Brady said. "On steeper hills you're definitely looking for some drag."

They registered the board on the Guinness Book of World Records Web site and were told they could set a record for the world's longest snowboard. To get the record, Brady needed to turn in a video of two people riding the board for at least five consecutive turns.

The two men are now awaiting confirmation of their record. Sweet already is thinking about marketing the tandem board.

"It could be a teaching tool," he said. "Especially if you constructed a triple, because a person could get in between two instructors."

Information from: Jackson Hole News & Guide,

Source : Associated Press.

Guinness Book of World 2008 for Indian Bollywood Movie Producer

Hyderabad-based filmmaker D Rama Naidu has made it to the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records for having produced movies in nine languages.

Besides Telugu, his mother tongue, Naidu has made films in all other south Indian languages - Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada - plus in Hindi, English, Bengali, Oriya and Assamese, all under his banner Suresh Productions.

Naidu prefers to make his movies with artistes and technicians from different parts of India, rather than 'dubbing' in different languages.

He is not familiar with most of the languages in which he makes his movies. He believes that the language of the movie is universal.

Now Naidu has made a foray into the Marathi film industry with a new production, Majhi Aai.

It is being directed by veteran Marathi filmmaker Kanchan Nayak, who last made a movie in Bhojpuri, Pinjre Ki Maina.

In the 1990s, Naidu produced Hindi films on a regular basis. Of late, however, he is not as prolific in Bollywood. His last Hindi release was Kuch Tum Kaho, Kuch Hum Kahein in 2002.

Besides making movies, the veteran producer is also an active politician affiliated to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He represented the TDP in the Lok Sabha between 1999 and 2004.

Six Ways to Make People Like You

Rule 1: Become genuinely interested in other people.

Rule 2: Smile.

Rule 3: Remember that a person's name is to him or her, The sweetest and most important sound…

Rule 4: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

Rule 5: Talk in terms of the other person's interests.

Rule 6: Make the other person feel important— And do it sincerely.

Year 2007 Guinness World Records Review

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* Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, of San Jose, California, won this year's World Hot Dog Eating Championship at Coney Island, New York, having consumed 66 in 12 minutes – a world record, but disgusting. More

* Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell broke the world 100 metres record in September, running 9.74sec in Rieti, Italy. More

* And let's hear it for Paul Collins of Seaton and Sonia Feukes of Poole, men's and women's winners of the 11th World Nettle Eating Championships in June at The Bottle Inn, Bridport, Devon. More

* The American-built SSC Ultimate Aero TT succeeded the Bugatti Veyron as the world's fastest production car, with a top speed of 256.15mph. More

* Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk toppled Bao Xishun as the world's tallest man. He stands at 8ft 6in. Earlier this year, Neil Fingleton was recognised as the UK's tallest man. Fingleton, 27, topped seven feet by the age of 11, and is now 7ft 7.56in tall. More

* British adventurer Bear Grylls claimed to be the first man to have flown a motorised paraglider over Mount Everest. He reached an altitude of 29,500ft, enduring temperatures of -60C. More

* The heaviest baby of the year was born in September to a Siberian woman, aged 43. Nadia Barabanova's 12th child weighed in at 17.1lbs (7.75kg) and was delivered by caesarean section. More

* Russell "Rock Bottom" Byars, 43, broke the world stone-skimming record at a lake in Pennsylvania. His pebble travelled 76 metres, bouncing 51 times. More

* Legendary Texan snake-handler Jackie Bibby shared a transparent bath tub with 87 rattlesnakes, breaking his previous record by 12 snakes. More

* German fisherman Emir Caro broke the record for the largest common carp, catching a fish that weighed in at 84lb 12oz (38.45kg). He had been angling for it for three years. More

* More than 1,000 bikini-clad women gathered on Bondi Beach, Sydney, in September to set the world record for the largest swimsuit photoshoot. More

* The American student Joey Chestnut set a new world record for in October. Chestnut, who is 23, ate an impressive103 burgers in eight minutes. He also holds the world records for eating hot dogs, chicken wings – and asparagus. More

* Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan broke the record for the greatest number of Test wickets taken, beating the previous record of 708 held by Shane Warne, in a match against England. More

* On "Mega Monday" (10 December), UK consumers spent more than £750,000 online in a single minute, breaking all previous records. More

* Leona Lewis's album, "Spirit", became the fastest-selling debut record of all time, beating the previous holder, the Arctic Monkeys' " Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" More

* Allan Stewart, 91, became the oldest new graduate in the world after received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New England. More

* The skyscraper Burj Dubai became the world's tallest building after reaching 141 storeys, 512m. The Dubai skyscraper is expected to stand at more than 690m when it is completed next year. More

* Scientists in Germany unearthed the fossilised claw of a 390-million-year-old sea scorpion, which, at an estimated eight metres long, is the largest sea scorpion ever discovered. More

Robbie Maddison Motorcycle Jumping Record 2008

Australian Robbie Maddison has broken the world motorcycle jumping record, soaring 322 feet, 7.5 inches (98.34 metres) at the Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

Maddison, 26, from Kiama on the NSW South Coast is a member of the Crusty Demons stunt troupe.

Facing a slight headwind, the freestyle motocross star made a second jump, but went only 320 feet (97.5 metres) on that attempt.

"I'm just starting to realize what I did," Maddison said. "Conditions weren't in my favor with the wind."

Maddison broke the Guinness World Records-certified mark of 277.6 feet (84.6 metres) set by Trigger Gumm in 2005 in Australia, and the non-certified mark of 310.4 feet (94.6 metres) set by Ryan Capes in the US, also in 2005.

During practice Sunday night, Maddison jumped 350 feet (106.68 metres). It was unclear if that jump would be certified as the record.

"We had terrific conditions," Maddison said of the practice jump.

On Monday night, Maddison landed in perfect control on both attempts, sailing over a drawn-in football field and coming down on a large dirt landing area.

He was asked how far he thinks he can jump.

"Four hundred feet," Maddison said. "I know I'm definitely going to do it."

The jump was broadcast live in the US as part of ESPN's New Years Eve coverage.

Maddison dedicated the jump to his idol Evil Knievel who died at the start of December aged 69, after years suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Although he had never met the legendary stuntman, Maddison made the trek to Montana for Knievel's funeral last month.

Maddison says his aim has always been to jump the length of a football field and the 300-feet (91.44 metres) mark has an American football field covered.

Maddison was to share top-billing with New Zealand-born stunt driver Rhys Millen, who was to perform the first ever successful 360-degree backflip in an off road truck.

However, Millen crashed during practice last week, leaving him with three broken vertebrae in his neck and two compressed and broken vertebrae is his back.

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