Most People Kissing Simultaneously

Colgate® Wisp® Will Host the Kissing Attempt in 10 Cities Across the U.S.

New York, NY (December 29, 2009) – Three, Two, One…Happy New Year! This year, party revelers can celebrate more than the New Year by kissing their way to a new Colgate® Wisp® Guinness World Records® record. On December 31, 2009 couples in ten cities across the U.S. will prepare for the New Year’s “Midnight Kiss” with Colgate® Wisp®, the first of its kind single use mini toothbrush, as they attempt to set a new Guinness World Records record for the most couples kissing simultaneously in multiple locations.

Setting the Record…With a Kiss

Hundreds of couples will be prepping for the “Midnight Kiss” as they attempt the Colgate Wisp Guinness World Records record. In order to set the new record, at the stroke of midnight (Central Standard Time) 20 couples in ten different locations will need to simultaneously kiss. This is the first “most people kissing simultaneously” record attempt during which a Guinness World Records® Adjudicator will be present to immediately certify the record, expected to be attained at sometime between 11:45 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (CST). An announcement to the local, national and international press will be made shortly thereafter by Guinness World Records.

Couples will be eligible for the Guinness World Records attempt by attending a New Year’s Eve party hosted by New Year’s Nation. New Year's Nation connects thousands of people in multiple cities on the biggest night of the year by hosting simultaneous New Year's Eve parties across four time zones.

New Year’s Nation parties will be occurring on Friday, December 31, 2009 in the following cities/locations:
• Austin, TX – Karma Lounge
• Dallas, TX – Aloft Hotel
• Denver, CO – Ritz Carlton
• Detroit, MI – The Royal Oak Theatre
• Los Angeles, CA – The Ricardo Montalban Theatre
• Minneapolis, MN – 414 SOUNDBAR
• New York, NY - Doubletree Guest Suites - Times Square
• Philadelphia, PA - The National Constitution Center
• Philadelphia, PA – The Crystal Team Room
• Portland, OR – The Portland Art Museum
• Seattle, WA – The Cirque Event Center

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Arsenal, Team with the Youngest Average Age

Arsenal have developed a reputation under Arsene Wenger for giving opportunities to young players. As the London club had already qualified for the second phase of the Champions League the Frenchman lived up to that reputation in record-breaking fashion. Pictured below is the Arsenal team who took on Greek Champions Olympiacos on 9 December 2009, a.k.a the Champions League team with the youngest average age. The starting XI averaged out at just 20.9 years old – a whole 7 months younger on average than the Ajax class of 2003 (including a young Rafael Van De Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic) who were the previous record holders.

Most piano key hits in a minute

Balázs Havasi has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the most piano key hits in a minute, by hitting the same piano key 498 times within 60 seconds.

The record was performed during the Symphonic Red Concert Show featuring 80 classical musicians, a 40-piece choir, ancient Japanese percussion instruments, 12 soloists from a variety of countries, ranging from Armenia to India and a rock drummer. The attempt took place at the Hungarian Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary, on 29 November 2009. Guinness World Records adjudicator Andrea Banfi was present to award him with his certificate.
 Most piano key hits in a minute - certificate

Balázs Havasi is a pianist and composer from Budapest. Piano became his life at the age four, when it became clear that he was a musical talent gifted with perfect pitch. He began his performing career as a classical pianist with a promising career ahead of him, but has since moved on to produce highly successful crossover solo piano albums.


Top 10 Most-Viewed Movie Trailers of 2009

As we do every year, we tallied up the most popular movie trailers of '09, according to video streaming numbers. And it proved to be a big year: the two most popular videos each nabbed over 20 million views. By and large, the top trailers of the year were mostly box-office behemoths, featuring killer robots, sparkly vampires, and airborne senior citizens. One trailer, however, was not for a blockbuster even though it did star Debbie Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas. We listed the top ten trailers of the year below. See if you can figure out which flick of the bunch wasn't a big hit.

3. 2012
6. G.I. JOE
10. UP

Husband Hunting Bra - World's Most Weird inventions 2009

The "husband-hunting" bra has been manufactured by the international lingerie firm amid Japan's falling marriage rate and with the age of the average bride now 28 or over.

Triumph publicist Keiko Masuda said of the bra, which features a self-set counter: "First you decide your target time or deadline until marriage and the countdown clock will start.

"Once you find your life partner and get engaged, you have to insert the engagement ring into the slot and the clock stops and The Wedding March begins."

She added: "Japanese women are becoming more aggressive than men, working actively to make marriage happen, whereas in the past it was men who led women towards marriage. The roles have switched completely."

Japanese government statistics show nearly 57 per cent of women under 34 are unmarried and strategic marriage-hunting enterprises have blossomed.

Some 3,800 firms have Japanese match-making businesses, making a market for a beau-targeting bra a no-brainer. Once the wedding deal is done, though, the bra includes a holder for the family seal and a pen to sign a pre- or post-nuptial agreement.

Top 10 world sports news in 2009

1. USA Swimming suspended Michael Phelps, the winner of eight Olympic gold medals in 2008, for three months for smoking marijuana.

2. Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 to win its third Champions' League. The Spanish giant has claimed six trophies in 2009.

3. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer regained the world No. 1 ranking after completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. He went on to surpass Pete Sampras by winning his 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

4. Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid with a record-setting tag of 130 million U.S. dollars.

5. Swimming ruling body FINA decided to ban the high-tech swimsuits that had helped bring down a dozen world records at the 2009 world championships from next year.

6. Jamaican sprinter Usian Bolt shattered his own 100m and 200m world records at the world athletics championships in Berlin.

7. Rio de Janeiro beat Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago to win the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

8. Jacques Rogge was re-elected as the IOC president at the 121st IOC Session, while golf and Rugby sevens made it to the Olympic program.

9. European soccer rocked with match-fixing scandals. More than 200 matches, including UEFA Champions League matches, were suspected to be rigged.

10. Tiger Woods took an "indefinite" leave from golf after allegations of numerous extramarital affairs surfaced.

World’s Largest Indian Jalebi Situated for World Record

75 inch diameter and 15kg heavy weighted Jalebi create word record at Meghalaya, India. An Indian sweet shop marked its 75th anniversary with a bang when it created the world’s largest jalebi, India recently. The giant jalebi, a pretzel-shaped Indian treat, had a 75 inch diameter and weighed a hefty 15 kg.

Unlike its everyday counterpart which can barely fit the width of a grownup’s palm, this particular jalebi could easily cover the length of the average man.

The folks behind the idea, Delhi Mistan Bhandar, reeled in at least 14 cooks for the event. Between the lots, they managed to roll out, shape and deep fry the snack in a specially made pan.

The treat itself required large quantities of the usual cooking ingredients. Thus, the cooks dished out 50 liters of vegetable oil, 3 kg of flour and 30 liters of sugar syrup.

The achievement made its way to the Limca Book of Records, an Indian group that documented various local achievements.

The mega jalebi event was also part of the Meghalaya’s annual Autumn Festival, a grand affair that highlights the various attractions of the area.

Mexico's World Record Christmas Tree and 'Bionacimiento'

The Mexican celebration of Christmas (Navidad) is a joyous season, and an important part of the national identity. No matter what is going on in Mexico – and there are plenty of problems – the season of Navidad never fails to provide joy and encouragement through family togetherness, the observance of traditions, and the festive nature of the season itself.

I recall, some years back, when my wife and I visited Mexico City after Christmas and before Three Kings’ Day (January 6th), and we saw an enormous artificial Christmas tree in the main Zocalo plaza (not to be confused, however, with the new Christmas tree I’m about to describe).

Besides the usual sights to see, visitors to Mexico City this Christmas season have the opportunity to see two great Christmas-related tourist attractions – the world’s largest artificial Christmas tree and a "bionacimiento."

The Christmas tree was constructed on Reforma Avenue, half a block from the U.S. Embassy. It has officially been declared, by no less an authority than the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world’s biggest artificial Christmas tree.

Just how big is it? The tree has a height of 110.35 meters (that’s 362 feet for those of us who think in the American system). It’s 35 meters (114 feet) wide.

Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard presided over the official lighting ceremony, which was held on the evening of December 5th. Christmas music was performed for the ceremony by the Shola Cantorum orchestra and the Mariachi Gama Mil.

The Mexico City tree beat out the previous world’s largest Christmas tree, which was located in Aracaju, Brazil. (Interesting how of late Latin America is dominating the large artificial Christmas tree competition.) The Mexican tree surpassed the Brazilian tree’s height by nine and a half inches.

The Mexico City tree is composed of steel wires and has 1.2 million light bulbs with 80 kilometers of cable.

The tree is red, white and blue. Why? Because it is sponsored by the Pepsi company and those are the Pepsi colors. Pepsi is challenging Coca-Cola for its massive market share. Coca-Cola currently has about 70% of the soft drink market and Pepsi has only 16%, so the latter company has a long way to go. Coca-Cola has about 50 of its own (smaller) trees in Mexico’s Chapultepec Park.

According to Alejandro Rojas, Mexico City's Tourism Secretary, one of the goals of the tree is to get more tourists to visit the city, which is visited by 11.5 to 12 million tourists annually.

Elsewhere in Mexico’s sprawling capital this Christmas season, tourists and locals can also visit a “bionacimiento." What’s a bionacimiento?

To begin, a nacimiento is a traditional Mexican crèche or Nativity scene, representing the birth of Christ. The nacimientos in Mexico are often quite elaborate and large.

The bionacimiento has life-size human figures, plants and live animals. What kinds of live animals? Well, there are sheep (after all, there are shepherds so it’s logical to have sheep) and goats, but also rabbits, canaries, parrots, fish, and an iguana.

The bionacimiento covers 150 square meters and cost MP$252,000 pesos [US$19,638.00] to construct. It has three parts: creation, a representation of paradise, and of the birth of Christ.

This elaborate setup is scheduled to be open until January 10th, which would leave it open until after Three Kings’ Day, a big holiday in Mexico City.

According to Mariano Rodriguez, leader of the private organization that constructed the bionacimiento, “Being surrounded by nature is a unique and original way to represent the origin of our land and the birth of our Savior.”

Christmas tree competition held in Mexico City

The Christmas season burst into full swing in some of Latin America's largest cities. Saturday night, spectacular Christmas tree lighting ceremonies were held in Rio De Janeiro and Mexico City. Both cities are vying for their place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In Rio, the world's largest floating Christmas tree was lit amidst a spectacular fireworks display. Despite light showers, thousands gathered along Rio's picturesque lake region to watch the illumination of the 85-metre floating tree.

Edinaldo Gaudito, local resident, said, "I come here every year, I love it. I enjoy this a lot and anxiously wait for this moment all year."

The tree was honored as the world's largest floating Christmas tree by the Guinness Book of World Records. It is equivalent in height to a twenty-nine story building. It has more than two million light bulbs and uses more than one-thousand kilowatts of electricity.

In Mexico's capital, the city was filled with revellers eager to see the word's largest artificial Christmas tree being lit. The towering cone-shaped structure, measures nearly 112 metres, looms over the main avenue in the company of Mexico City's few skyscrapers.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to certify the record-breaking attempt.

David German Gil, local resident, said, "I came to see the Christmas tree, to see the World Record. It's the best, a marvel, something we haven't seen here in Mexico."

This is another record for Mexico, which already set records this year for the largest group kiss and the largest number of people dancing simultaneously in one place to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

World's largest fireworks dream for UAE

Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi wish to set a new world record for the largest fireworks put on show on Wednesday to mark UAE National Day, local daily the National reported on Tuesday.

The 45-minute display will see fireworks set off from 12 barges floating offshore reaching up to 2,000 meters into the air, the newspaper reported.

The current record holder for “largest fireworks display” is a 2006 New Year’s Eve display on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the paper said.

The Guinness World Records has not been contacted about the Abu Dhabi attempt and will not have a judge present, the paper said, but added that a record attempt can still be submitted after the event with evidence and witness statements.

Abu Dhabi and neighboring emirate Dubai have both seen their fare share of extravagant fireworks displays over the last few years, but none have been submitted to the Guinness World Records, the paper said.

The most famous of the fireworks displays was the one that accompanied the opening of the Atlantis Hotel on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah in November last year, which cost around $14 million.

World Largest Egg cooking record by McDonald

World famous fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s is face up to to create a Guinness World Records record in Christchurch today by cooking the “World’s Largest Scrambled Egg.”

To make the world record attempt McDonald’s will use more than 20,000 eggs and a whopping 100 liters of cream.

It will be cooked in a specially made dish measuring 5.4m across and 150ml deep.
The event will be held in Cathedral Square where the cooked eggs will be officially weighed at 7:30am.

McDonald’s will be using the record attempt to promote its use of free range eggs in all Christchurch and Dunedin restaurants, a change starting today


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