Most Tandem Jumps in 24 hours Record set by Skydivers

Chip Bowlin and Kristine Gould are both lieutenant colonels serving at Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, but the mission they're on right now at Skydive City in Zephyrhills is a personal one.

They're setting the Guinness record for the most tandem jumps in 24 hours.

"We're going to do at least 150," Lt. Col. Bowlin said, "that's one every ten minutes on average."

But they'll try and make better time than that. To do it, they'll basically freefall down, pulling their canopy in close and spiraling down as fast as they can.

"The fastest we've done it is five and a half minutes," Lt. Col. Bowlin told FOX 13.

That's wheels up, to wheels up again.

"We are so ready to set this record!" Lt. Col. Gould said laughing, "We've been training for about nine months now."

Some people think they're crazy.

"First of all everyone knows we're crazy!" Lt. Col. Gould said.

It's just something they had to do.

"We have talked for a long time about our love of parachuting," she said. "We both really enjoy skydiving, working at SOCOM, in the military, we love being on the parachute team, when you combine all those things, doing a world record was pretty natural."

"We both said, 'I wonder what the record for tandem skydiving is,' " Bowlin said. "Guinness has a record for everything. So we got on the internet and started researching and found there is no record. So we said, 'Let's set one.'"

24 hours will be tough. Weather pushed them back more than a few hours. After that, it's endurance, stamina that will carry them and plenty of adrenaline.

The jump itself? They say it's no big deal, that part they can handle.

"It feels like you're flying," Lt. Col. Bowlin said, "People think, who've never jumped before, that it's going to be this big dip in your stomach like you get when you do a roller coaster ride.Nothing whatsoever like that, it's very loud, you feel the wind in your face. Actually in freefall you feel like you're floating."

And for them it never gets old.

"It's always a great ride down," Lt. Col. Gould said, "Chip and I have a great partnership a great friendship and we just enjoy the heck out of doing this."

Bowlin and Gould are raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

"It has supported the Special Operations community for the last 20 years," she said. "It's a security blanket that makes our job so much easier it is such a comfort knowing they're there."

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Anmol Bhow Mental Math in Limca Book of Records

Ahmedabad: City lad Anmol Bhow is a wiz in calculating complex arithmetic problems.

At 12, Bhow has earned the title of math wizard'. He is the youngest person from Gujarat to be featured in human skills section of 25th edition of Limca Book of Records, 2009.

The record book is one-of-its-kind in the country, featuring unbelievable feats, astonishing records and achievers flung far and wide in different fields sports, government, business, science, communication, arts and others.

Anmol loves to play with numbers. He says, "It is exciting to solve complex arithmetic problems in seconds. I enjoy doing mental mathematics." He has also represented the country in international competitions has won numerous trophies at international platforms, two years in a row.

Son of city-based businessman Setu and homemaker Priti Bhow, Anmol is a student of Delhi Public School, Bopal. He has represented India in Aloha International Mental Arithmetic at competitions held in China and Malaysia.

His mother Priti says, "He has shown inclination for mathematics at a young age and is getting better in solving the problems with time."

Like many children, Anmol Bhow had a phobia of maths. But today, numbers are his best friends. Anmol also participated in a television reality show, where he created the record of doing 50 additions in three minutes. He can solve complex maths problems orally, like the square root of 20 three-digit numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Anmol says, "It is nice feeling to find a place in the Limca Book of Records but it also gives a responsibility that I have to continuously raise the bar for myself."

However, his favourite subject remains English and wants to pursue a career in field of pure sciences.

Coal Carrying World Record set by Batley Woman

THE Batley woman who won the Gawthorpe Coal Carrying Championships has broken the World Record. Catherine Foley, of White Lee Road, battled to victory in the time-honoured village tradition, carrying 20kgs of coal on her back in an uphill slog.

And Catherine, a physical training instructor for West Yorkshire Police, has smashed the world coal carrying record and will go into the Guinness Book of Records with her time of 4 minutes 45 seconds – on her first attempt at the race.

She said: "I fancied a different challenge and it's completely unique. A work colleague and a friend of mine's step-dad take part so I got involved through them."

Catherine, 27, was confident she could carry the weight of the coal after a few attempts training with a bag of gravel which was 5kgs heavier, but she found the hardest thing about the race was getting a handle on the bag.

She said: "The bag of coal was smaller than I thought it was going to be and it hung down my back quite a lot so I had to lean over more when I was running than I did in training.

"I was quite nervous before the race so I think I burned a lot of nervous energy. I got out in front from the start. I thought it was best to attack it from the beginning. I knew once I got to the top of the hill if I was in the lead I could pick up the pace for the finish.

"I was relieved to see the finish line and really happy I did it in my first go."

Not satisfied with her record-breaking in the coal race, Catherine is putting herself through a number of other challenges this year, including the Tough Guy in July, which will see her run 10kms followed by a two-mile assault course.

And in September she is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Most Audio Books for One Author Guinness World Record

With 185 audio books, L. Ron Hubbard has just garnered his 3rd world record as confirmed by Guinness World Records, it was announced today at the London Book Fair. The official statement reads, "Most audio books for one author is L. Ron Hubbard with 185 published audio books as of 21st April 2009."

"Past Guinness world records issued include 'Most translated author,' and the world's 'Most published author,'" stated Gunhild Jacobs Executive Director for Trade Operations Author Services, Inc., the literary agency that handles the combined works of Hubbard, from her offices in Hollywood upon receiving the news (See She also pointed out that the New York Times bestselling novelized version of Hubbard's screen play Ai Pedrito! written by Kevin J. Anderson, held the record from Guinness as the largest book signing in history, until the New York Times bestselling version of Hubbard's A Very Strange Trip,

novelized by Dave Wolverton, beat this record a year later.

"We have had excellent success with our new line of audiobooks," Jacobs continued. "With the attention to detail that we put into their production, our audiobooks have already been recognized by Publishers Weekly, AudioFile Magazine, School Library Journal and Booklist for their superb quality. Plus, two of our audiobooks are up for Audie Awards. We feel that we are contributing to a reading renaissance with these stories."

In a recent published review of the just released Orders is Orders audiobook, Publishers Weekly stated, "Demonstrating his unique ability to relate even the most complicated story with a keen eye for detail and realism, Hubbard's stunning writing ability and creative imagination set him apart as one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century."

13 year old boy set longest slam dunk world record

Jordan Ramos, from Sheffield, managed to break the Guinness world record by bouncing from a trampoline, flying seven metres through the air and slam dunking a ball into a basketball net that stood 10ft high.

The previous title-holder is a Japanese sportsman who is twice Jordan's age who managed a slam dunk from 6.30 metres.

Although Jordan spends a lot of time training, he still works hard at school, according to his mum, who told Sky News: "I am so proud of Jordan - he's a grounded kid and keeps on top of his homework as well as all his training."

In fact, Jordan's whole family eats healthily and is extremely sporty. Dad Marcelo is a stuntman, his mum Anita is an acrobat and his six-year-old brother Samuel is being touted as a future Olympian.

Jordan is also an Elite tumbling gymnast who represents Great Britain and trains at the prestigious Wakefield Gymnastic Club.

Jordan's amazing world record was featuring on "Guinness World Records Smashed" on Sky 1 on Sunday.

Sky originally approached Jordan's father to take up the challenge but once Jordan caught wind of the competition he begged his dad to let him have a go until Marcelo yielded.

Jordan told Sky News: "I am really glad I did it because during rehearsals I injured myself, it can be quite dangerous"

Jordan's dad said after the show: "What can I say, my kid is a phenomenon and after all I did teach him everything he knows!"

Largest Pillow Fight set Guinness World Record

University of Maryland, College Park junior Cody Waldron was excited at the opportunity to be a part of a Guinness world record and came – pillow in hand – to McKeldin Mall at the UM campus Friday to do his part.

Waldron was one of 1,780 people to participate in the UM Senior Council's attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record's record for largest pillow fight.

"That's something everyone reads and something everyone knows about so it's pretty cool," said Waldron, a physical education major. "It's good, clean, safe fun."

While the pillow fight fell short of the world record of 3,706 set in November 2008 by the British Broadcast Corp., event coordinators called the pillow fight a success, as the council raised funds for Dream Village Inc., a New York-based nonprofit organization which publishes children's books.

"I thought it went great," said Bronwyn Glynn, a member of the UM Senior Council in charge of marketing the event. "I was very happy. It would have been awesome to break the record but it was a lot of fun."

Glynn said the event raised $6,000.

The event was the brainchild of Shawn Malhotra, an economics major and co-chairman of the senior council. The senior council paid for the $5,000 event through grants and donations from the Student Government Association, UM fraternities and sororities, Dream Village, Pepsi and Warner Brothers Entertainment.

The council raffled off tickets to Warner Brothers' premiere of "The Ghost of Girlfriends Past" in Washington, D.C., VIP passes to the 18th Street Lounge donated by Pepsi and the grand prize winner of the raffle got to be a character in a Dream Village book.

The event also featured performances by The UM Juggling Group, student a capella group "Treblemakers" and hip-hop dance group "Phunctions."

"It's been a lot of fun and it's been about a year and a half of my brainchild developing," Malhotra said. "It's cool to see something we've been working on for so long actually happening."

Glynn said the council spent a lot of time securing the mall, notifying Guinness, getting UM police on board, securing funding and donations and publicizing.

Glynn said she enjoyed watching over the pillow fight from the stage.

"It was really neat to look out over the mall to see everyone out there with their pillows," she said. "In the end, when we all threw our pillows in the air, it was really cool."

Waldron said he was glad they tied the event into a fundraiser.

"I'll make sure to give something back," he said. "They're putting this on and it's the least we can do."

However, some students were out there just for the pillow fight.

"I'm just here to swing a pillow," freshman Nicole Beck said. "I was kind of hoping [UM President Dan] Mote would be out here."

Shout House bartender set Guinness World Record

Shout House Dueling Pianos' bar manager, Chris Raph shattered the Guinness World Record for fastest bartender Thursday night with a list of 662 cocktails poured in 60 minutes. The previous record was 389 cocktails, set in Munich, Germany.

That means Raph was pouring more than 10 drinks per minute. More than 300 people joined Raph at Shout House to watch him hard at work.

Each cocktail was required to be different with at least one alcoholic ingrediant and one non-alcoholic ingredient with a total of three elements. He had submitted a list of 784 drinks to Guinness World Records just in case and then went down that list for the record.

Shattering the record was simple. With 25 minutes remaining, Raph had already broken the previous record and was officially declared the holder of the record by a Guinness World Record judge on hand for the event after 60 minutes.

"It was a high-energy night at The Shout House. When Chris broke the record, the crowd went crazy," said Joe Woods, owner of the Shout House Dueling Pianos in a release. "We're really proud of Chris; he's an absolutely amazing bartender."

Weird part of the event: Only a couple of those cocktails were actually consumed. Shout House sold the 390th cocktail for $225 and the 662nd cocktail for $175 to benefit Finnegans Community Fund. The others were dumped out because the barbacks had to keep washing the glasses for reuse.

Ashrita Furman Holds 100th Guinness World Record

A New York man has become the first person to simultaneously hold 100 titles in the Guinness Book of World Records following a mass poetry reading.

Ashrita Furman, 54, obtained his 100th simultaneous record Tuesday by organizing a group that read a poem, "Precious" by late Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, in 111 languages in New York's City Hall Park, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"It was fun learning about many of these languages -- quite a few I never even heard of," said Furman, who chose Zulu as his language for reading the poem.

Furman said he has earned about 230 Guinness records, but many have since been broken. He said his first record was performing 27,000 jumping jacks in a five hour period in 1979.

"As a kid I was always fascinated by the Guinness Book of World Records. But I was very unathletic and I never thought I could," Furman said.

He said taking up meditation helped him find the inner strength to perform feats including eating 38 M&Ms with chopsticks in one minute earlier this year.

"I believe we all have an inner strength that we very rarely use," Furman said. "I just love the challenge of trying to be the best in the world in something."

217,000 Text Messages Equals $26,000 Bill World Record

It was the ultimate bromance: Two Pennsylvania men spent most of March sending each other constant text messages. In the end, more than 217,000 messages were sent and one of the friends ended up with a $26,300 bill.

"It pretty much started as a joke. I don't personally really like texting all that much," said Nick Andes, 29, who lives in Lancaster.

Andes and his friend Doug Klinger, 30, thought nothing of the messages. They both have unlimited text plans as part of their cell phone package. Who says you can't have too much technology?

"He would text me in the morning, sometimes I wouldn't respond. So he would just send over a whole bunch of text messages and I would get irritated with it so I would send back as many as I felt like sending, just to try and irritate him," said Andes, a messenger and title clerk who loads trucks for UPS in the morning.

Then the two friends wondered what the world record for texting was and if they could beat it. A quick Internet search found a record of 182,000 messages sent in 2005 Deepak Sharma in India.

During a few test days in February, Andes and Klinger got up to 6,000 or 7,000 messages a day. That's when they knew it was possible to break the record. Once Andes' new billing cycle started on March 7, they started typing away.

"It was all legitimate words and stuff but it was all nonsense," Klinger said. "A lot of times it was 'hey what's up,' 'how are you doing,' 'what's up,' 'hahaha,' 'lol,' over and over again."

On a typical day, the two men would exchange 8,000 to 10,000 messages. The count would have been higher if they hadn't taken off a few days.

"We went over 12,000 a couple of days. I'm pretty sure we could do 15,000 a day and we may have," Andes said, noting that he wasn't about to count all the messages sent on a particular day.

The finally tally on his bill from T-Mobile: 217,033 text messages. He sent 142,000 and received 75,000 from Klinger, who works as a screen printer.

World’s largest rock, paper, scissors tournament.

In an effort to promote entrepreneurship and raise money for charity, the BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization hosted its 2nd annual Omniture Throwdown — the world’s largest rock, paper, scissors tournament.

Last year’s event set a record for the largest tournament of its kind with more than 500 participants. This year’s competition on April 11 attracted 826 people, enough to set a new world record, pending certification from Guinness.

After passing through several eliminating rounds, freshman Kenny Matthews, from Alpine, Utah, won the $3,000 grand prize and earned the title of rock, paper, scissors champion. Amy Ball, a freshman from Calgary, Canada, finished second and won $1,500.

In organizing this tournament, the BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization also raised $870 for Enterprise Mentors International, a nonprofit organization that provides business training, mentoring and microfinance services to entrepreneurs in developing nations.

“We are very excited about the mission of Enterprise Mentors International because it focuses on helping entrepreneurs around the world succeed in their ventures,” says Derek Pando, BYU CEO president. “By donating a portion of participants’ registration fees to EMI, we hope to bring awareness to this cause and spark students’ interest in entrepreneurship.”

As an additional way of promoting entrepreneurship, the competition was sponsored by Omniture, a leading provider of online business optimization software, which was co-founded by a former BYU CEO president, Josh James.

“Entrepreneurship is fundamentally about believing in ourselves,” says John Mellor, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Omniture. “In sponsoring this event, we wanted students to ask themselves, ‘Why not me?’ Somebody is going to start the next great company, why not BYU students?”

The BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization promotes and encourages entrepreneurship among students. The organization also assists current student entrepreneurs in their ventures through annual events and competitions.

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems and entrepreneurship. The school’s mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

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World’s Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Waldo

April 2nd, 2009, the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Life broke the Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Waldo from the iconic picture book series, Where’s Waldo?. 1,052 Rutgers students, staff and community members were spotted “showing their stripes” at the historic State Theatre located in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers smashed the previous record, set by 577 Acuity Insurance Employees in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at the Acuity Insurance headquarters.

Woman eats 51 super-hot chillies in 2 minutes

A demure 26-year-old mother of one in Assam is all set to have her name entered in record books after having munched 51 of the
world's hottest chillies in two minutes in front of celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay.

Anandita Dutta Tamuly performed the bizarre feat Thursday night before hundreds of people at the tea
growing town of Jorhat, 300 km east of Assam's main city Guwahati, for a Channel Four Television show on global food being anchored by Ramsay.

"In two minutes, Anandita gobbled 51 red-hot chillies (locally known as Bhut Jolokia) without batting an eyelid or shedding a tear and also smeared seeds of 25 chillies in her eyes in one minute with the crowd simply awestruck," Atul Lahkar, a local chef who coordinated the show, said.

"The Guinness authorities had earlier asked us to provide them with a recording of the feat supervised by someone responsible. We asked Ramsay to be the adjudicator for Guinness and he agreed to pursue Anandita's claim as the world's 'hottest woman' by submitting video clippings of the record-breaking feat," said Diganta Saikia, another event coordinator.

Bhut Jolokia (capsicum frutescens), a chilli native to Assam, is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's hottest chilli pepper.

The discovery by Paul Bosland, a Regents Professor in horticulture at New Mexico State University, was recognised by the Guinness World Records in a testimony saying Bhut Jolokia, belonging to the Capsicum Chinese family and native to Assam, was the hottest of all spices.

The hotness of the Bhut Jolokia, measured in Scoville heat units at two independent laboratories by Bosland, was 1,001,304. It's nearly twice as hot as Red Savina (577,000), the variety that is second-hottest. By comparison, a New Mexico green chilli contains about 1,500 Scoville units, while an average jalapeno measures at about 10,000.

The reigning chilli champ is South Africa's Anita Crafford, who in 2002 gobbled eight jalapenos in a minute.

"I am very happy to have broken the record. They (Channel Four crew members and Ramsay) praised me for my world record breaking feat," said Anandita.

The event coordinators said a formal acknowledgement from the Guinness World Records would take some time as there were several formalities before Anandita's name is etched in the book.

"I have been eating Bhut Jolokia since my childhood and never felt the hotness in my mouth," she said.

She got hooked on to the hot pepper when she was just five years old.

"I had a sore tongue and my mother applied a chilli paste to cure the infection when I was five. Since then I developed a penchant for chillies," Anandita said.

The local variety of the chilli is grown mostly in hilly terrain and is considered a staple menu in every meal among many people in northeastern India.

World Largest Pub Crawl Record, New York, USA

On 14 March, on the East Side of Manhattan, New York City, USA, 3,163 people successfully completed the largest pub crawl.

The record attempt was part of the 11th Annual ‘Luck of the Irish St Patrick’s Pub Crawl’ and was organized by Guinness World Records Adjudicator Carlos Martinez was on the scene to officially monitor the event, which started at 9:00 am when the first participants began to gather at the Village Pourhouse.

The pub crawl took in some of the most iconic bars of East Side Manhattan, from the Village Pourhouse and the Coyote Ugly Saloon to the SideBar, TG Whitneys, Stir and the Big Easy, to name but a few.

More than 6,000 high-spirited participants had originally registered to take part in this annual event, traditionally celebrated a few days before St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. However, although everyone made a terrific effort, not all of the green-garbed guzzlers could finish the pub crawl according to the Guinness World Records rules.

By the time the event was completed, Eddie Miller -’s principal - was exhausted from the effort of adhering to all of Guinness World Records’ stringent regulations, and from the emotional intensity of putting together this record-breaking event. But he must have felt it was worth it, as Eddie has already started to organize next year’s attempt on the same record.

Highest Number of Email Account Holder Record India

Dated 25/ 03/ 2009 Mr. Sujit Ghosh from Kolkata, West Bengal, received Limca Book of Record to open Highest Number of Email Account on one hand. With the Interview with Mr. Gosh regarding Limca book record he said, Incedentally I like to mentioned Here that I have done the work By my left hand due
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Longest Karoke Marathon by Multiple Participants

In Changchun City, China, between 20 February and 11 March 2009, an event organized by the New Culture View newspaper set a Guinness World Record for the longest karaoke marathon by multiple participants. The new record stands at 456 hr 2 min and 5 sec, beating the previous record of 446 hours 4 min 5 sec set in Finland in 2008.

The event titled “Being Confident in 2009, Singing through Changchu” was organized by New Culture View to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the change of the layout of the newspaper. More than 1,300 participants took part, most of them local citizens of Changchun City as well as some famous singers. They enjoyed the karaoke singing whilst making an effort to win their city a Guinness World Record. The local public notary officers were present all the time on turns, witnessing the whole event, ensuring all guidelines were followed.

When the last song was over, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Angela Wu, announced a new record, and presented the certificate to the organizer.

Largest Maths Class set Record England

A crisp spring morning in the North-East of England was the setting fro a school trip with a difference. Pupils and teachers from four schools in Northumberland, St Michael’s, Abbeyfields, Dr. Thomlinsons and Wendsleydale had arrived at The Alnwick Garden the largest maths class.

The maths class, planned and designed by Steve Humble a.k.a Dr. Maths, promoted self-learning and problem solving as it involved a series of questions related to the gardens. Guinness World Records adjudicator, Ralph Hannah, had been invited to this new record attempt to ensure they surpassed the Guinness World Records-imposed minimum target of 150 students and followed the record guidelines.

As the eager 7-11 year olds gathered by the beautiful fountain at the front of the gardens with their question sheets and pencils at the ready they were joined by a special guest. The Alnwick Garden designer, the Duchess of Northumberland, wished the children good luck before starting the lesson which also marked the launch of The Alnwick Garden puzzle trail.

As the children followed their question papers around the gardens, they saw maths brought to life. The enjoyment of maths on a large scale was also a key aim of NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) the organisers who hope fostering this passion for maths and problem solving in this generation of schoolchildren will provide the local area with a future generation of chemical engineers and technicians to work in the 200 chemical plants currently situated in the North East of England.

At the end of the lesson the nine groups of children converged for a last maths challenge. The final tree-planting questions left the majority of the young mathematicians and their teachers stumped! But it didn’t matter because with 201 students, a new Guinness World Record had been set. All the students had enjoyed a unique, historic maths lesson and hopefully this memory will remind them of the joy of maths for years to come.

Delphinus Xcaret sets the Record Mexico

On 20 March 2008, eco-archaeological park Xcaret - located in Quintana Roo, Mexico – hosted a ceremony to recognise the Guinness World Records™ achievement for the ‘most dolphins born in a year in a single facility.’

Within the park’s aptly named ‘Delphinus Xcaret dolphinarium’ 11 dolphins were born through 2008 which was a record setting mark, certified by Guinness World Records™ Adjudicator, Carlos Martinez

After a data check process with various marine biology institutions, Guinness World Records™ awarded the record to the dolphinarium, which housed the extremely successful program dedicated to dolphin reproduction.

Francisco Córdova, General Manager of Delphinus said: “…To reach these results is only possible with the investment in scientific knowledge, high quality equipment and veterinarian professionals, as well as a training respectful with the physical and emotional integrity of the dolphins. I hope this Guinness World Records™ acknowledgement will inspire to other companies to develop similar reproduction programs, which will help to the conservation of the marine mammals”.

Xcaret affords the Delphinus programs an ideal venue for cetacean reproduction, by developing a healthy environment where dolphin mothers can birth and raise their newborns. In this way, the mothers are assisted with their maternal duties during these early nurturing years by other females, who are more experienced in the corresponding processes. Similarly, coaches, veterinarians, and biologists register vital data such as: respiratory frequency, nursing schedules, as well as behavioural relations between dolphin mothers and their babies.

Currently, Delphinus Xcaret is the only dolphinarium to offer the program “Xcaret Unique Dolphin Swim”, in which curious dolphin mothers - and their record breaking babies – swim and interact with visitors in an unparalleled, aquatic experience.

Publishing a Magazine in 60 Language Limca Record

One poverty stricken literature and publisher has recorded his name Limca Book of Records' by publishing a magazine in 60 language bringing inspiration and happy among local littérateurs, publishers for achieving this rare proud in this district.

Fund crunch failed to prevent Bijaya Kuamr Mohapatra, 40 from fulfilling his long cherished dream of publishing a magazine in 64 languages and achieving record in Limca Book of Records. An attempt that started in 1990 with publication of 'Suna Bhaunei' in Oriya and subsequently the 'Loving Sister' in English in 1992 has now 60 versions in different languages. With financial assistance of Rs 5000 from his brother in law Mohapatra has published the first language.

Other versions of the magazine are Payri Bahan ( 1992) in Hindi, Loving sister (1992) in English, Sona Bona(1992) in Bengali, Vahali Bahen (1998) in Gujarati, Priyamania Chellelu(1998) in Telgu, Subrana Bhagani (1998) in Sanskrit, Priya Sodari (1998) in Kannad, Pyari Bahen (1999) in Urudu, Maramara Bharti (1999) in Assemese, Anbu Sagothari (1999) in Tamil, , Pyari Bhen (1999) in Sindhi, Piari Bhen (1999) in Punjabi, Priya Tai (2000) in Marathi, Dulaliya Misera (2000) in Santhali, Priya Sahodari (2000) in in Malayalam, Pyari Bahini (2000) in Nepali, Nungsirabi Icha (2001) in Manipuri, Mogal Bhayana (2001) in Konkani, Suna Bahen (2001) in Koshali, Ladi Bhen (2003) in Dogari, Suna Angi (2004) in Kui, Dulari Bahin (2004) in Bhojapuri, Tyath Byani (2004) in Kashmiri, Suna Bahen (2004) in Dam, Dulari Bahin (2004) in Maithili and other languages. Much to his satisfaction and to the appreciation of many, the magazine even appears in dialects as little known as Angika Bajika, Magahai and Ho.

Despite poverty of his family and absence o f any support from the administration & government for his effort Mohapatra has made a short of history in hi region by publishing in 60 languages. He has also established a mini library cum museum in his Pakanpur village in which he has stored several old publications and manuscripts. His collection of antiques, old coins, postal stamps, and photographs have also been displayed in the museum. The man is also bringing out a weekly of children's literature, 'The World Children's Literature' in English, Oriya, and Hindi since 2001.

Editor, Limca Book of Records Vijaya Ghose has awarded him for editing and publishing children's magazine i most languages over past 20 years. Starting with Suna Bahuni in Oriya first published in 1990, followed by English and Hindi editions in 1992, he succeeded to bring out the magazines in 50 languages by 2007.

Mr Mohapatra said that he has determined to publish this magazine in other 240 languages in future. Poverty is no bar but strong will and determination has made me success to achieve this award bringing proud for my effort. District collector Mr Pramoda Kumar Meherdha and eminent littérateur Mr Mohendra Kuamr Acharay, eminent social activist Mr Akshaya Kumar Behera , local legislator Mr Bishnu Das and others have praised him for his out standing performance in his litterateur work.

World’s Largest Sock Monkey Record set by Cherylle Douglas

Keep your eyes (and a few bananas) peeled for a king-sized monkey visiting the local establishments. Standing eight foot ten, Oscar is the world’s largest sock monkey and he was born right here in Merritt.

Cherylle Douglas says she decided to embark on the sock monkey business as a fun craft project, but then her daughter happened across the current title holders online and asked if she was up for breaking the record.

“I said ‘Well, I don’t know – I’ll try’,” Douglas explains. “I figured Merritt’s the Country Music Capital of Canada – may as well have the world’s largest sock monkey.”

And 52 hours, 30 pounds of stuffing and 32 pairs of wool socks later, Oscar emerged in his full glory – his record-breaking status confirmed by Guinness World Records, Douglas says.

Handmade toys are making a comeback in light of the current economy.

“I think people are looking more at homemade,” Douglas says, adding that children are still having birthdays and Christmas will still come regardless of a recession.

Douglas says that Oscar will be attending local social events, and he’s available for public appearances upon request.

Historically, sock monkeys are given as gifts to bring luck to a newborn baby. Oscar’s tail is 54 inches long, his body is 36 inches in length, his arms 40 inches and his legs 52 inches. He is 47 inches in diameter.+

World’s Oldest Champagne Record - 1825 Perrier Jouet

One tasted white truffles, another gingerbread. But the esteemed wine critics that gathered to taste the world's oldest Champagne were at least agreed on one thing: that they were enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime.

12 of the wine industry's top tasters had been given the rare chance to give their verdict on the world's oldest bottle of Champagne.

Only two bottles now remain of the Perrier-Jouët 1825 Vintage, recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the oldest remaining Champagne in the world.

The tasters, which included Serena Sutcliffe, Head of the International Wine Department at Sotheby's, and Michel Bettane, France’s most celebrated wine critic, also sampled 20 other vintages from the Champagne house - though the 184-year-old vintage was undoubtedly the highlight.

'It is virtually impossible to assign a value to the 1825 vintage - we've never seen anything like it on the market,' said Ms Sutcliffe, who co-hosted the event. 'This was, quite simply, the opportunity of a lifetime tasting such exceptional, historic vintages.'

The occasion, to celebrate the launch of the Champagne house's first vintage of the 21st century, has been coined 'liquid history'.

The privileged group is said to have applauded as the Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps removed the cork from the bottle.

'It was very stressful,' he said. 'I was worried that the cork would break because it had never been changed. And I was afraid the Champagne would be undrinkable. But luckily, it was drinkable.'

In fact, it was more than drinkable. Mr Bettane deemed the Champagne 'unbelievable'.
'There were flavours of mushrooms, woods and a bit of honey,' he said.

In turn, Bernard Burtschy, wine critic for French newspaper Le Figaro tasted notes of gingerbread, lemon confit, 'and of the dead leaves which are the grey hairs of a wine which has aged,' he added.

Meanwhile Olivier Cavil, Director of Communications at Perrier-Jouët tasted white truffles and chocolate. 'Although there was only a hint of bubbles left it was perfectly fresh, the colour was fine and it resembled a very great chablis.'

The difference in opinions did not surprise Mr Cavil however. 'It is very difficult to be objective when you are submerged in emotions and this was a very emotional occasion indeed,' he said.

When the historic Champagne was bottled, George IV was on the British throne. The last King of France, Charles X, was crowned in 1825 at Reims Cathedral.

Biggest Bowl of Pasta Record set by Wataniya Restaurants

The biggest bowl of pasta and the longest sandwich; on a rainy Saturday, Qatar broke those two records previously held by the United States and Italy. Qatar Tribune’s reporter Lani Rose R Dizon and photographer Hanson K Joseph were witness to the event.

Qatar broke two Guinness World Records on Saturday while setting new records for the largest bowl of pasta and longest line of sandwich in world history. Wataniya Restaurants collaborated with Al Markhiya Primary Independent Girls’ School in setting the new world records at a function held at the Doha Golf Club.

More than 200 Wataniya staff laboured to create an overwhelming 4,300kg of pasta in just about two hours. The 2- metre wide, 6-metre long Wataniya Pasta surpassed the previous Guinness World Record Pasta by more than 1,000 kilograms. The previous record belonged to the US which set a record of 3336kg of pasta in 2004.

In great spirits, Nasser Beydoun, CEO of Doha-based Wataniya Restaurants QSC, said, “This is the first time that Wataniya attempted to break the world record, and we’ve successfully broken two world records, the longest sandwich in the world, and the largest bowl of pasta. We’re honoured to be part of this opportunity working with Al Markhiya Primary Independent Girls’ School in putting Qatar in the Guinness World Record and promoting Qatar as the place to be in the world”.

Another world record-breaking event at the function was the successful completion of the 1,730 meter-long ‘Wataniya Sandwich’, which earned Qatar its second world record, and successfully setting the new Guinness World Record for longest line of sandwich. Chefs and volunteers laboured for 10 days to prepare the 500 kilograms of cold cuts, mushrooms, onions, garlic, spices and bread to make the 1.73 km Wataniya Sandwich a world record snack. Italy held the previous title, when it set a 1545.3metre-long world record sandwich on March 8 this year.

Corporate Chef Kamal Mustapha, said, “Our goal was to successfully accomplish the two new world records, while taking into serious consideration the safety and sanitation of the food products. Public safety was still one of our main concerns”.

Guinness World Record Adjudication Executive from London, Talal Omar, later certified the two new world records for Qatar and presented the awards to Wataniya Restaurants CEO Nasser Beydoun and Al Markhiya Primary Independent Girls’ School Manager Samira Al Zoubi. More than 200 students from Al Markhiya Primary Independent Girls’ School also participated on the occasion. A programme organised by the school followed the award ceremony. Sadia al Shabi, vice principal of the school, told Qatar Tribune, “We’re happy that we achieved our goals despite the rain and inclement weather.

This event fulfills our school’s vision and mission, which is to impart the importance of healthy food to young people, as well as to prepare our students actively in becoming citizens who are globally aware”.

World's Largest Handmade Bead Flag

An Abu Dhabi resident is attempting to make the largest handmade flag with beads to enter Guinness World Records. Indian expatriate Jeyaraman Ravi, 41, is giving final touches to the UAE national flag after a 14-month-long endeavour.

"I have completed two decades of my life here and wanted to give a tribute to this nation by doing something exceptional," Ravi told Gulf News.

"My life has become prosperous after reaching the UAE and this is a thanksgiving gesture," says Ravi who hails from southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is working as a Public Relations Representative at a computer support systems company and living with his family in Abu Dhabi.

Ravi said he had been working about eight hours daily during the past 14 months to make the 3-metre-long and 1.5-metre wide flag with 288,400 beads. It weighs about 10 kilograms.

He produced the copy of an e-mail from Guinness World Records (GWR) which says a new record category has been opened for him.

As per the requirement of Guinness World Records, he can enter the records by exhibiting the completed flag at a public event and send the proof certified by government and media officials.

But Guinness World Records has also a provision to send their own adjudicator to attend the event and present the certificate recognising the achievement by immediately announcing that a new record has been established, says the mail from GWR.

Ravi says he wants to invite the GWR adjudicator to Abu Dhabi.

"But I am waiting for a sponsor. I am not in a position to bear the expenses [which may come about Dh30,000]," says Ravi who already spent about Dh4,000 to purchase beads and threads.

About the authenticity of his attempt , he claimed he can tell how many beads have been used in each and every part of the flag. "Nobody else can count it".

His wife said Ravi has been spending sleepless nights to reach the final stages of his attempt. "When the entire family was sleeping, he was busy with the beads and threads," said Deepa, who is a teacher at an English Private School.

Doing art works had been his hobby when he was a student. "When I was in college, I used to make wallets and prototypes of animals with beads," said the man who is waiting to establish a world record.

Number of beads used :288,400
The size of the flag: 3 metres long and 1.5 metres wide
Time taken: About eight hours in 14 months.
Weight :10 kilogram
Threads used: 850 grams.

- Golf News

Oldest living person in the UK is celebrating her 113th birthday

Guinness World Record holder Florence Emily Baldwin, known as Florrie, was born in the city on 31 March 1896.

Mrs Baldwin, whose husband Clifford died in 1973, once met Queen Victoria in Leeds, was 16 when the Titanic sank and 73 when man landed on the moon.

Mrs Baldwin's family said she was still putting up new curtains and cleaning windows at the age of 105.

They said she was a single-minded lady who had been fit all her life and had not even been registered with a doctor until she was 104.

Her only contact with the medical world had been a cataract operation when she was in her 80s.

Charlotte Hughes was 115 years and 228 days when she died in 1993, and is still the oldest Briton ever.

Last Sunday, World War 1 veteran Henry Allingham became the oldest ever British man, after clocking up 112 years and 296 days.

World’s Largest Pen Record set by Biswaroop India

New Delhi Making and breaking records come naturally to Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury. At 35, he has already been setting world records for past 10 years.

“I like to do something creative each day and test myself,” he says. With two Guinness world records to his name, one in 2006 for memorising 14 names with birth dates in less than two minutes and the other in 2007 for performing 198 push-ups in a minute, Chowdhury will soon feature in a Guinness World Record publication with a third record under his belt.

He has created the world’s largest pen that weighs 10 kg and is 12 feet long. On Sunday, he displayed this pen before the media and onlookers and even scribbled with it. “Earlier, this record was held by Olaf Fuguer from Sachsen, Germany who made a 10 feet x 11 inch pen weighing 8 kg in 2005. When I saw this record while leafing through the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records, I was impressed and determined to break it,” he says. Chowdhury then applied to Guinness to confirm whether anyone had successfully attempted to break the record set in 2005.

After receiving the green signal from Guinness, Chowdhury began working on the pen. The ballpoint pen is made up of a combination of 60 per cent steel and rest plastic to give it stability. The inner layer has been coated with plastic while the outer layer is made of steel. With his crew of 25 people working round-the-clock, Chowdhury used his expertise as a production engineer to get over minor hassles.

“We encountered difficulty in filling the pen with ink because each time we tried, the ink would spill over. So I had to make slight adjustments in design,” he explains, mentioning that one of the conditions for the record is that it should work.

Initially, the pen weighed 50 kg and this was causing a problem. Each time he attempted to write, the ball pen punched through paper. After a few tweaks, the weight was lowered to 10 kg and in a span of five months, the pen was complete.

Chowdhury again reconfirmed with Guinness whether the record set in 2005 still stood. “When they told me nobody else had attempted to break the record, I was elated. This was going to be my third Guinness record,” he says.

Chowdhury has also made a special 2X2 ft iron stand and a rexin cover for the pen. “I wanted to give it the look of an ordinary pen with a stand and pen cover.”

Before one enters the Guinness World Records, there is a procedure one must follow. Each candidate has to bring out a public notice about the record and then display the record attempt before journalists and government officials. The video and print coverage has to be sent to Guinness and after verification Guinness enters the candidate’s name in the books.

“I have the official certificate from Guinness allowing me to display my record. Now I will send the video footage to them. And by 2010 they will add my name to their record book,” he says, already thinking of his next record attempt.


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