Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far.
"This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said.
He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary.
Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish. They were first used in Turkey and have become popular in some Asian countries.
But Ho doubted they would thrive in the warm water needed for a comfortable footbath. And he didn't know if customers would like the idea.
"I know people were a little intimidated at first," Ho said. "But I just said, 'Let's give it a shot.' "
Customers were quickly hooked.
Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., heard about it on a local radio show. She said it was "the best pedicure I ever had" and has spread the word to friends and co-workers.
First time customer KaNin Reese, 32, of Washington, described the tingling sensation created by the toothless fish: "It kind of feels like your foot's asleep," she said.
The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.
Ho believes his is the only salon in the country to offer the treatment, which costs $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. The spa has more than 1,000 fish, with about 100 in each individual pedicure tank at any given time.
Dennis Arnold, a podiatrist who four years ago established the International Pedicure Association, said he had never heard of the treatment and doubts it will become widespread.
"I think most people would be afraid of it," he said.
Customer Patsy Fisher, 42, of Crofton, Md., admitted she was nervous as she prepared for her first fish pedicure. But her apprehension dissolved into laughter after she put her feet in the tank and the fish swarmed to her toes.
"It's a little ticklish, actually," she said.
Ho said the hot water in which the fish thrive doesn't support much plant or aquatic life, so they learned to feed on whatever food sources were available — including dead, flaking skin. They leave live skin alone because, without teeth, they can't bite it off.
In addition to offering pedicures, Ho hopes to establish a network of Doctor Fish Massage franchises and is evaluating a full-body fish treatment that, among other things, could treat psoriasis and other skin ailments.
Ho spent a year and about $40,000 getting the pedicures up and running, with a few hiccups along the way.
State regulations make no provision for regulating fish pedicures. But the county health department — which does regulate pools — required the salon to switch from a shallow, tiled communal pool that served as many as eight people to individual tanks in which the water is changed for each customer.
The communal pool also presented its own problem: At times the fish would flock to the feet of an individual with a surplus of dead skin, leaving others with a dearth of fish.
"It would sometimes be embarrassing for them but it was also really hilarious," Ho said.
In establishing the record, participants donned traditional Smurf and Smurfette attire, complete with blue face paint, white pants or skirt, blue shirt and white hat. Organizers of the event aptly dressed as “Papa Smurf,” the 542 year-old village leader who wore red trousers and a red cap.
During the race, Smurfs took turns pushing a 12 foot tall “Magic Mushroom” (Smurf Cottage) outfitted with Smurf beverages, tunes and a DJ dressed as the notorious villain Gargamel.
Known today as “Smurf to Breakers,” the world record attempt was conceived by three graduates of Stanford Business School as a way to have fun while also raise money for local charities.
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“The Smurfs” were created in 1958 by 16-year-old Belgium cartoonist named Pierre Culliford also known as Peyo. In 1981 Smurfs traveled to the U.S. and were popularized by an NBC series that ran for 256 episodes earning two Emmy’s.
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The artists - more than 4,000 employees at the west London office park plus members of the local community- broke the Guinness World Record with their edible depiction of attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben, the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium.
The new official holder of the record for largest candy mosaic measures 40 square metres (48 square yards). It beats the previous record of 37.126 square metres achieved by the Calderdale Education Service in Halifax on February 4-5 2006.
Frank Chambers, adjudicator for Guinness World Records, said: "The mosaic is really fabulous. You can see the Smarties' colours all the way through the park."
The mosaic was designed to promote London to visitors. It will be moved to an office building in the park until early August to prevent the chocolate melting and birds feasting on it.
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In various occasions he has probed this and entered his name in Limca Book of Records but the mandarins of Orissa Government yet to extend a help of hand for him or recognize his talents.
The record holder Keshab Swain, hails from Baharpur village of southern district of Ganjam,Keshab, who plans to host a show in September in State Capital, in which, he will try to set records to figure his name in Guinness Book of world Records in green coconut breaking.
For several times he urged the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to intervene into the issue and urge for arrange a show in the the capital city.
Keshab had first set a record in January 27, 2007 by breaking 135 coconuts in 7.26 minutes by his elbow followed by he cracked 170 coconuts in 6.22 minutes in May 8, 2008.
He had also broke 72 coconuts while riding bike in 1 minute in October 2007 and on April 6, 2008, he had broke 100 coconuts in 5 minutes. His name has been figured two times in Limca Book of Records in Green coconut breaking.
Keshab alias Tophan urged various Corporate houses to sponsor his September event and provide financial support.
The Limca book of Record holder, who earns his livelihood by selling papads and training youngsters in martial arts, says the biggest regret for him is that he is yet to receive any help from State Government.
The Chief Minister should provide financial assistance for me, he added. State Energy Minister Surya Narayan Patro, who hails from Ganjam, after witnessing Keshab's miracle power, had assured to help but nothing has happened till now.
"For my September event, I have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Patnaik seeking his help," he added.
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Weighing in at 45 tonnes, the plane is taking the place of the British Airways model Concorde, which greeted passengers as they arrived at the airport for 16 years, and has been moved to the Brooklands Museum at Weybridge, Surrey.
Its replacement, the Airbus, will remain on the site until 2013 under a deal signed by the airline and BAA, Heathrow's owners.
The model, in the Emirates livery, is as big as a smaller member of the Airbus family, the short-haul A320, and twice the size of the Concorde replica.
It has a wingspan of 28.5 yards and is 26.2 yards long and took 18 months to build and install yet it is still only a third of the size of the real thing.
The model needed 150 gallons of paint and 600 tonnes of concrete were needed for the foundation to support the structure.
Installing it was a feat of engineering in itself. Fred Diprose, who lead the 20-strong team, said that the site had to be excavated and then a crane brought in to drop the new model in place.
But given the site's proximity to the runway, much of the work could only be done during the early hours of the morning.
"It meant a lot of nights without sleep," he said. "I am feeling pretty shattered by now."
The model will be seen by around 25 million people a year as they approach Heathrow and is seen by advertisers as one of the prime slots in the whole of the country.
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Organisers of the Liwa date festival were dismayed when their submission for the world’s largest dish of dates fell foul of red tape – because the plate was made from the wrong material.
They discovered too late that the giant stainless steel platter they created specially for the event should have been made from porcelain, crystal or clay to qualify.
Now, after an 11th-hour bid to reverse the decision, the Guinness judges have relented and created a new category for the entry.
It means the platter, which measures 12 metres by two metres and will be heaped with dates, will make it into the record books.
Yesterday, Mohammed al Qubaisi, one of the festival organisers, said: “We finally have approval to submit our record-breaking plate of dates. Officials from the Guinness World Records contacted us directly and have processed our application now.
“It will be a real pleasure to set the first record of its kind, not only in Liwa but the whole world. It means everyone in the world will be witness to what happens here.”
As The National reported on Wednesday, the Liwa festival officials had initially submitted a bid for the largest plate in the world and planned to beat the previous record set in Japan in 1996 for a porcelain dish with a 2.8 metre diameter.
They said they were told too late that the competing plate had to be made from the same material as the original attempt. It meant their steel dish was disqualified but with just a fortnight until the festival, there was not enough time to create a regulation platter.
Instead, they appealed to the Guinness World Records headquarters in London – and officials finally gave in and created a new category for the largest stainless steel plate.
A spokesman said: “Marco Frigatti, the head of records, looked at the claim and decided to create a new record.
“Not any plate will do. With all new categories of this kind, we ask the claimant to make an object at least 10 times bigger than the standard size.
“He has already notified the claimants. We are glad they got in touch and have been able to resolve this together.”
Mr Qubaisi added that Guinness World Records officials reduced the standard Dh50,000 (US$13,620) entry fee for a record attempt to Dh36,000.
There is no official record for the biggest plate of dates but in keeping with the theme of the festival, the steel plate will be piled high with ratb, or half-ripe, dates. It will be unveiled to thousands of spectators on Thursday.
The record attempt will mark the culmination of 17 days of festivities, including date auctions, poetry evenings, a group wedding and a competition for the best varieties of the fruit.
Source : The National, United Arab Emirates
He had also designed early 20th century models of Cars & Buses, both single & Double Deckers. Presently the buses are being used for sight seeing in the city.
Adding to his collection are 12 different types of motorcycles, the smallest being 13 inches high, which can travel at a speed of about 30kmph. The different designs of Mobikes include, ‘Three Wheeler Motorcycles’, ‘Easy Riders’, ‘Scramblers’ & ‘Go Pads’.
Cricket Ball Car was specially made to cheer the team India for 2003 World Cup with a tape briefing us on the cricket World Cup History
and the Football Car was made to commemorate the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup held at Germany.
Plans for the future is to introduce a 13” motorbike circuit race on the lines of 18” motorbike circuit race in Japan.
Currently Mr. Sudhakar is planning to have an Animal Park, where he would have life size mechanized walking animals. He has already developed the prototypes of an Elephant and a Wild Boar.
Some of the models being worked on are “FOUNTAIN PEN BIKE”, “BASKET BALL CAR”, “TENNIS BALL CAR”, “ LADIES HAND BAG CAR”, “STILLETTO CAR”, “LIPSTICK BIKE”, “PRESSURE COOKER CAR”, “SOFA CAR”, “ BOOK CAR”, “MOBILE PHONE CAR”.
Known for its stunning feats, the team from the Army's Signal Corps made it to the record book on June 11 this year when it successfully displayed its skill to carry 251 men on 11 motorcycles for a record-breaking distance of 240 metres.
Army chief General Deepak Kapoor felicitated the achievers at a function in South Block in
'Dare Devil' captain assured Gen Kapoor that the team would soon be attempting an improvement on its own world record.
The 'Dare Devils' already have four world records to their credit since 1991 and all have been endorsed by the Guinness Book of World Records authorities.
The first World Record was made at
Next came its world record in Pune in 1993, when the 81 team members on nine motorcycles rode for 200 metres.
On the third occasion, again at Pune in 1996, the team's 140 men were on 11 motorcycles and they covered 100 metres.
Their fourth world record was made at
The first 'Dare Devils' display was organized in Shimla on March 10, 1935, during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V and Queen Mary's accession to the British throne.
From 1935 to 1950, most of the major Army Signal units had small display teams of about 10 members.
These teams performed during various functions of their units and also during military exhibitions.
The organization and training of these teams, distributed in penny packets, always posed a problem.
Hence, during the third Corps of Signals Committee meeting held in March 1935, it was decided to combine all the small teams into a single major team.
Since 1950, the 'Dare Devils' have performed over 800 displays all over the country in units and establishments of the Armed Forces, as well as in civil functions such as Republic Day Parades, Asian Games in 1982, SAF Games in 1987, Third National Games in 1994 and Fourth Military World Games last year.
"A lot of team work, everyone came together, and everyone worked hard. It's not just the five of us out here playing, but it's the volunteers, the sponsors, everyone that made this come true. It's really an awesome event," said croquet player Mark Horvath.
Guinness still has to sign off on all the logs books and score cards to make the record official. They also need to know that emergency medical staff were on hand during the entire game, and there were enough record keepers to make sure the event is record breaking. If setting your own croquet record is knocking around inside your own head, you should keep something in mind. One player says playing the game is actually the easiest part.
It may have been a little rough, but this shot at the record books was well worth their wait."I'm thrilled. I'm happy that we made it this far. It's been rough," said croquet player Ryan Poulton."I would say the hardest part wasn't playing.
It was just handling the monotony of playing croquet hour after hour after hour...the elements, in the middle of the night, with 95 degree weather," said Mark Horvath. "I've been filling out the log books and when they take the breaks and how long the breaks are," said croquet stewardess Kaitlyn Horvath.
The real challenge comes from trying to follow all the official Guinness rules, staying awake, and trying to beat all the summertime heat and even the rain.
If setting your own croquet record is knocking around inside your own head, you should keep something in mind. One player says playing the game is actually the easiest part.
The new mark bettered Innocente's own record of 60m, set three years ago.
The 62-year-old scuba diver was expected to set the record in a televised event on Wednesday but it had to be called off because Innocente damaged an eardrum in his last test on Monday.
But a Guinness Book of Records judge from London authenticated the record on Wednesday after vetting eye witness accounts and checking the computerised depth gauge on Innocente's modified mountain bike.
Innocente said he was sorry he was unable to repeat his Monday feat because of doctor's orders but happy to have taken his mark up a notch.
He thanked a team of local scuba divers who helped him get onto his bike as well as the Carabinieri police who oversaw his effort.
Innocente was lowered into the calm waters of Portofino's maritime reserve at about midday Monday.
He mounted his vehicle at a depth of 28m and started out along a 110m underwater slope, dodging mud pools and rocks.
Nine minutes later he reached the 65m mark. ''It was tough because I ran into more mud than I expected,'' he said. ''I had to click up a gear to make pedalling easier''.
Apart from raising money for cancer research, Innocente is on a self-appointed mission to prove that mountain bikes can go anywhere.
He has already cycled over glaciers, deserts and mountains from Alaska to Kenya. Then, about seven years ago, he decided to continue the mission by uniting his two passions - scuba-diving and cycling.
Since then Innocente has been honing his technique and gradually pushing up the record for undersea cycling.
Needless to say, he dominates the sport.
To make sure he stays on the seabed his bike is weighed down with about 35 kilos of ballast and its tyres are pumped up with water instead of air. The 'Nautilus' also has fins and spoilers to help him drive it through the water.
Born in Milan, Innocente learned to swim as a child in the 'Navigli,' the now polluted canals that run into the southern and eastern part of the city.
One of his first achievements as an underwater cyclist - which also earned him a mention in the Guinness record book - was to cover a kilometre along the bed of a canal in just 13 minutes.
In 2001 he also set the speed record for underwater cycling when he pedalled 1,200 metres in a swimming pool at an average speed of 87 cm/second.
Innocente says he first got the idea for the sport 25 years ago when he was leading a party of German tourists in a scuba diving expedition off the island of Elba.
When one of the party found an old bicycle on the seabed, Innocente climbed into the saddle for a joke and tried to ride it.
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The Kouvola Karaoke Club began singing on July 2, and the Guinness Book of World Records awarded the club a world record certificate on July 11 after they beat the previous record of 214 hours held by a club in China. The group had vowed to carry on the marathon for another couple of weeks, aiming to sing for 600 hours non-stop.
But the effort faltered after precisely 446 hours, four minutes and five seconds when the the same song was performed twice within two hours, which is against the rules. “At first it felt bad that the marathon was ended by human error. But the figures are great, the record is more than twice as long as the old one,” Arto Nikunen, the president of the club, told AFP.
Today a party celebrating the world record will be held in Kouvola, a small town some 135 kilometres northeast of Helsinki.
The Dark Knight the first Batman movie not to include the word "Batman" in the title re-imagines the first meeting of Batman and The Joker. It has already won two awards at the 2008 Golden Trailer awards, for Best Action Movie Trailer and Best Summer Blockbuster Poster, and is tipped to propel its deceased star Ledger to posthumous Oscar glory.
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In 25 days, the 31-year-old Adili lived in a cabana at an end of the wire, hung above the Jinhai Lake at Pinggu District of Beijing, and walked five to nine hours a day on a 416-meter-long and 35-meter high wire, an accomplishment recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest living-on-wire in history.
The former Guinness record was held by "Skywalking Prince" Cochrane, who stayed on a wire for 21 days in 1981.
The walk, which made Adili a celebrity, was viewed by more than10,000 people on Saturday, who came to the remote site northeast of Beijing.Adili, who overcame loneliness and high winds, said after he landed, "I was excited to better the record and I appreciated the support from all over the China when I was alone high on the wire."
Adili, the seventh generation of a high-wire walking family from Xinjiang, Northwest China, holds several world records including skywalking above the Yangtze River in 13 minutes and 48 seconds and the longest walking distance on a 1,399-meter-long wire at a height of 436 meters between two apices of Hengshan Mountain, Hunan province.
The wirewalk over the Jinhai Lake was another pinnacle in Adili's career, and it sparked his desire for bigger achievements.
"I want to wirewalk over the Great Wall. It is a symbol of China and I will walk over it to salute to 2008 Beijing Olympic Games," he said. Enditem
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His six-month-old son, Zachary, was born 10 weeks premature at the hospital last December and weighed just 2lb 3oz.
Mr Walton's attempt started on Thursday and finished at 2000 BST on Saturday. Now he awaits the verdict of Guinness World Records scrutineers.
"Apart from the fact that my back is killing me, it went really well," said the 32-year-old.
£1 per item
Mr Walton was allowed a five-minute break every hour and could accumulate them into a maximum 30-minute break.
The record stood at 55 hours and 5 minutes.
People donated £1 per item to have their clothes ironed.
Mr Walton, who owns the dry cleaning outlet at the Asda store when he attempted the record, had two official adjudicators with him at all times and had to iron the clothing to a good standard.
He added: "This is the first part of my attempt to raise £25,000 towards buying an incubator.
Up to the age of 19 months Sophie seemed to be a normal, healthy little toddler. She walked before she was a year old and her speech was well ahead of her age. And that cheeky smile of hers would have got her out of all sorts of trouble. But this was the time her illness began to show; firstly with occasional vomiting and soon after on a regular daily basis. For a while this was diagnosed as a viral condition but, after the first week, we were all concerned that this was more than a virus.
Sophie’s condition was getting worse; at 21 months her mood was changing; she was no longer that happy little girl and she was quickly loosing her ability to walk. Who knows how she was suffering at that time.
On 21st July 2006 Sophie was finally referred to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital for a scan. The results were devastating to us all; she had a tumour of her brain. She was immediately transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for further tests. The worst was confirmed and arrangements were made for an operation to remove as much of the tumour as possible.
On Monday 24th Sophie’s operation started at around 9am. We were all anxiously waiting for word that it was complete but, the hours passed we knew that wasn’t good. It was 8½ hrs in all, and seemed like a lifetime. It had been far more complicated than expected and the results from the biopsy were not good either. This was an aggressive malignant brain tumour (Medulla Blastoma). Sophie's condition was poor; she remained in intensive care on a ventilator in a coma for the next month. On two occasions doctors prepared Mum and Dad for the worst. It was an agonising month for us all.
But Sophie did regain consciousness, just before her second birthday; a very emotional day. But nothing seemed to be on her side. She picked up one infection after another, even the shunt fitted to drain brain fluid became infected and had to be replaced. Sophie remained in intensive care for a further 3½ months during which time she underwent a total of seven operations. This was a distressing time as Sophie was not well enough to receive the Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy she so desperately needed to halt the re-growth of the tumour.
Four and a half months after the operation Sophie was taken off the ventilator and out of intensive care. Two weeks later the first dose of Chemotherapy was given. She soon lost all her hair, together with her immune system. This meant most of the next four months in isolation with just the family and hospital staff in one small room, but we all survived. Chemotherapy is a terrible form of medication but the only possible way currently known to medical science. During this treatment Sophie received more than 100 transfusions of blood products, and we are so thankful to all blood donors.
Sophie received 6 cycles of Chemotherapy over the first few months, followed by 6 weeks of radiotherapy and a further 6 months receiving chemotherapy. She picked up many infections including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Shingles. What a fighter she has been and rarely a day without a smile. She is always very aware of what is going on around her, and her coordination that was so bad continues to improve.
Sophie has continued to make slow but positive progress. She has remained in reasonably good health for the last six weeks; the longest period for nearly two years. She still has a Tracheostomy with Oxygen to support her breathing and a Gastrostomy through which she is fed. Communication is so much better now. She is able to say many words that we understand and to hear her say ‘Grandad’ again brought tears to my eyes. It is however, very frustrating for her when she just can’t make herself understood. Her coordination has also improved enormously, she is now managing to put on her own shoes and cope with buttons. She has the will and determination to walk again and I feel sure that she will, but not just yet.
Sophie has just completed three weeks at the rehabilitation centre at Tadworth, Surrey and already we are able to see the benefits of her rehabilitation program. The centre is run by the Children’s Trust which provides care, education and therapy to children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. It is a truly wonderful place caring for about 75 children on any one day; some just on a one day basis but others who have been there for many years.
The Charities to benefit from this years event are all closely connected to Sophie’s condition and care, they are:- The Children’s Trust currently providing rehabilitation and care, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) who provided care and accommodation to the whole family at the Milton Hospice during radiotherapy. They now provide additional home based care (over and above that provided by the NHS) and Cancer Research UK for their ongoing research into this dreadful disease.
This is a Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk and Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Gathering of People in Fancy Dress. The Fancy dress theme is Children’s Characters. 1st , 2nd & 3rd prizes for the best costume are donated by Joules of Southwold (£50, £25 and £15 vouchers). Extra points will be awarded for home made outfits.
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However, despite 320 women stripping down to their swimwear on Redcar beach, the effort was not enough to get a place in the record books.
The fundraising event, organised by the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, failed to beat the current Guinness World Record, set in September last year on Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia, when 1,010 women posed together in their bikinis.
However, it is still expected that the record attempt will have raised thousands of pounds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, through £5 (€3.15) entry fees and sponsorship.
Although a far cry from the sunny climes of Sydney, the sun did put in an appearance in Redcar today as thousands of people lined the beach to watch the women, aged from 16 to 81, taking part in the challenge.
Organiser Mike Robson, chairman of fundraising at the Rotary Club, said: "It was electric. The atmosphere was fantastic.
"We didn't manage to break the record, in fact we got nowhere near it, but that isn't a disappointment. We managed to make an awful lot of money for the Great North Air Ambulance."
"We had one lady of 81, we had one lady who came from Surrey purely to do this, lots of ladies from all over the north east, all shapes and sizes. Exactly what we wanted."
Mr Robson said he came up with the idea after seeing the Bondi Beach attempt on the internet.
"The Rotary Club traditionally do dances and quizzes, it's all the same," he said. "I thought 'it's time we do something different'. I mentioned it to the club and their jaws dropped but then they saw the double challenge of the Guinness World Record and the fundraising element for the air ambulance and everyone worked their socks off."
Despite not managing to break the record this time, Mr Robson said he was keen to have another attempt in the future, an idea backed by his wife, Jan, who took part today.
Mrs Robson, 59, said: "It was fabulous. I wasn't going to do it but I borrowed a bikini just the same and I couldn't resist it in the end. The atmosphere was fantastic.
"Everyone was enjoying it, all shapes and sizes, all waving and shouting. And the sun coming out just made it - I was a bit shivery to start with but we didn't feel the cold.
"I definitely would do it again."
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An HO (1:87.1) scale model train measuring 110.3 m ( 361 ft 10 in) made up of 3 locomotives of type "lore" and 887 carriages was constructed by Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, on November 27, 2005. If the model had been a full-scale train it would have measured 9.607 km (5.969 miles) long.
The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany has 700 trains, 4,000 automobiles, 165,000 trees and 250,000 individual lights and a track lengh of 5.6 miles has set the Guinness world record for the largest miniature railroad.
German comedian Mario Barth set a new World Record for a live comedy audience. His 70,000 sell-out show in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Saturday smashed the previous record of 15,900 set by US comedian Chris Rock in London.
Barth presented his show “Men are primitive, but happy!” in which he talks about the differences and misunderstandings between men and women. He runs through a repertoire of clichés, from parking to washing up. Barth even uses his own girlfriend as the inspiration for many of his jokes and says, “She has a good sense of humor and I can’t really help that she is the way she is. It’s all good fun.”
The 35-year-old comedian had been touring Germany with his show since the beginning of 2006. And despite critics lambasting the comedian’s material for lacking depth, his shows are consistently sold out and the audience, seemingly, can identify with his jokes.
Barth came to the wider German public’s attention when his bestselling “dictionary” German-Woman/Women-German, based on his comedy show, was released in October 2004. The book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into many different languages.
The record-breaking show in Berlin was recorded by 19 cameras and will be shown on German TV in the fall. A DVD of the event is also planned.
The three-day event gathered over 554 domino enthusiasts, with representation from nine countries from Latin America, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Russia and the United States.
Freddy Vera from Puerto Rico won the individuals category and Fabio Baduy and Reinaldo Troconis from Venezuela took home the prize in the pair's category. Vera got his early lessons in dominoes at the age of 14 by observing people playing the game in the streets of his native San Sebastian.
Friends since attending Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, Fabio Baduy and Reinaldo Troconis have been playing dominoes for over a decade. Baduy, a computer engineer and Troconis, a systems analyst, credit their passion for the game to the university's security guards who taught them how to master the game.
ESPN Deportes will televise all the action of the VI World Domino Championship in September 2008.
Extra assistant commissioner of North Salmara, Palash R Gharphulia told this newspaper that the residents of Chaupakhi had planted more than 2.80 lakhs saplings by 2 pm on July 12. The plantation had started on an area of 31.5 lakh hectares of land on Friday at 3 pm in presence of five independent observers appointed by authorities in the Guinness Book of Records.
Gharphulia said that plantation of saplings, comprising fruit and timber tree species has just concluded. "Besides the physical presence of observers, we have prepared videographic record of every moment of the event which will be presented to the Guinness Book of World Records," he said adding that they are now awaiting formal approval of the authorities in the Guinness Book of Records. The present record of planting highest 2,54,469 saplings on a plot of about 20 hacter land stands in the name of Nagapattanam village of Tamil Nadu in 2006.
The man behind motivating the Chaupakhi villagers for plantation drive was M.S. Manivannam, sub-divisional officer (civil) of North Salmara, who incidentally is from Tamil Nadu.
He told reporters: "Basically our purpose was also aimed at to involve the villagers in both eco-conservation and income generation activities. As we found a vast empty plot of land, we thought why not try out for tree plantation which has both eco-conservation and economic values. Moreover, the villagers can also get engaged under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act."
WWF-India education officer for Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Surajit Baruah, one of the independent observers of the plantation drive, said that the effort has set an example for the entire country. "We should appreciate the effort for the simple reason that it is going to set an example of massive afforestation drive both in the Northeastern region and the country as a whole. The landscape is beautiful, dotted with small wetlands, for the plantation drive," said Mr Baruah.
Jihosuo Biswas of Primate Research Centre, who is also observer in the drive, said the tree species selected for the plantation is a judicious mix of both fruit and timber varieties and would come as an immense help to the villagers who made it possible.
Blind five-year-old pianist from South Korea has stunned the music world after a video of her performance received more than 27million hits. Yoo Ye-eun, who was born blind and adopted in 2002, has never had a formal piano lesson but can play any song after just one listen.
And now her remarkable talent is set to propel her to stardom as clips of her amazing performance have attracted millions of viewers to Korean website Pandora TV. A similar clip on YouTube has so far received two million hits. Her display on 'Star King', a Korean talent show, earned the youngster £500 in prize money and moved the studio audience to tears.
On the second year of the championship, the artist created a 25ft high sculpture based on the theme of global warming depicting a polar bear sitting on a globe and praying with three faces representing Africa, Europe and Asia supporting the base.
“My second win is a dream come true. I am glad that I could make my country proud twice,” said the artist, adding that Bijay Ghosh, the editor of the Limca Book of Records, confirmed the news last evening.
After Sudarshan returned from the USF championship, Union tourism minister Ambika Soni approached Sudarshan to don the cap of the Orissa brand ambassador for its Incredible India campaign.
“Talks have not been finalised yet, but we did have a discussion,” said Sudarshan.
“The ministry wishes that I promote the Incredible India campaign when I participate in international meets,” he added. So far, his global warming theme has been taken to 37 countries.
“I have requested the government to recognise sand form as a genuine art. I have also pleaded the government to mull a sand park near Puri, where many such sculptures may be displayed.
The ministry officials have assured me of discussing the matter,” he said. Sudarshan has participated in 37 international championships and has won in a number of them. After fulfilling his dreams of creating 100 sandy Taj Mahal, Sudarshan now wants to concentrate on the issue of global warming.
“Global warming is a matter of concern for the entire world, including Orissa. I have approached the UN asking their help in this regard,” he added. The artist is expected to carry the world champion title for a period of a year.
Earlier, Sudarshan’s exhibition on the theme of Jesus Christ on the Puri beach in 2007 and the one on Santa Claus in 2006 had received a mention in the Limca books.
Made of 600 tonnes of sand, the sculpture of Jesus Christ on the Puri beach in Christmas 2007 was 60ft long.
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