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Sachin Tendulkar : World Record of Highest Individual Run in One Day Record

Sachin Tendulkar New World Record
Sachin Tendulkar New world record one day cricket In 2010 India Vs South Africa Sachin 200 Runs off 147 balls.

Game Appearances:
On his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant (16y 205d). Mushtaq Mohammad (15y 124d) and Aaqib Javed (16y 189d) debuted in Test matches younger than Tendulkar. Since then, there have been 2 players who were younger than Sachin on their Test Cricket debut: Hasan Raza - Pakistan (14y 227d), the current youngest debutant, and Mohammad Sharif - Bangladesh (15y 128d).

Tendulkar has played the most number of Test Matches (159) for India (Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid are second with 131 Test appearances each).

Tendulkar is second in the list of players with most Test caps at 159. Only Steve Waugh (168 Tests) has appeared in more games than Tendulkar.






Runs Scored:
Highest run scorer in the history of Test cricket with 12773 Test runs. He achieved this feat after surpassing West Indies' Brian Lara against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series, on October 17 , 2008 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, India.

Career Average (1989-2008, 158 Tests, 12,773 runs at 54.58 )

Became the first Indian to surpass the 11,000 Test run mark and the third International player behind Allan Border and Brian Lara. Lara took 213 innings, Sachin 223 and Border 259.

Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.

Tendulkar and Brian Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. Both of them achieved this in 195 innings.

On 05 April 2009 Sachin Tendulkar (7165) edged past Brian Lara's (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home. Tendulkar achieved this in 90 away Test matches while Lara had scored his runs in 66 away Tests.

Tendulkar has five calendar years with 1000 or more runs - 2008(1063), 2002 (1392 runs), 1999 (1088 runs), 2001 (1003 runs) and 1997 (1000 runs). Gavaskar is the only other Indian with four seasons of 1000+ runs. Only Tendulkar, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Pointing and Brian Lara have five seasons with 1000 or more runs in Test cricket.

Centuries:

Highest number of Test centuries (42), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) on 10 December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi. Ricky Ponting has 37 centuries to his credit and Brian Lara has scored 34 Test Centuries.

When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century. Only Mushtaq Mohammad had scored a century at a younger age by 1990. Tendulkar's record was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful in 2001/02 season. The record for previous youngest Indian centurion was held by Kapil Dev.

Tendulkar's record of five centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.

Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999/00 Season) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side. Gavaskar held the previous record (205 against West Indies in Bombay - 1978/79 season)

Tendulkar has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten. The current list also includes Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist and Marvan Atapattu.

Tendulkar's 37th century against Bangladesh during the 2nd Test , made history as the 1st time the top four batsmen of any team had all scored centuries in a single innings. Dinesh Karthik (129), Wasim Jaffer (138) and Rahul Dravid (129) were the other centurions in the innings.

ODI

Game Appearances:

Matches Played: 425 ( Most )
Consecutive ODI Appearances: 185
Most Stadium Appearances: 90 different Grounds

Inning Appearances: 415 ( Most ). First to appear in 400 innings in ODI matches.
On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant. Only Aaqib Javed debuted in ODI matches younger than Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, there has been 4 players who were younger than Sachin on their ODI debut: Hasan Raza (Pakistan) - the current youngest debutant, Mohammad Sharif (Bangladesh), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) and Ramveer Rai (UAE)

Runs Scored:

Most Runs: 16,684 Runs at the rate of 44.37 runs for every time he has gotten out (as of April 16 2009). He is the leading run scorer in the ODI format of the game and the only player ever to cross the 13,000-14,000-15,000 and 16,000 run marks.

First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000and 16000 ODI runs.

Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999). The score of 186* is listed the fifth highest score recorded in ODI matches

Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it seven times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007

Tendulkar has scored over 1000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.

Tendulkar is the only batsman to score over 2500 runs against any opponent (Australia). Tendulkar is also the only batsman to achieve the feat runs against 2 opponents - Sri Lanka is the other team.

After Sachin crossed the 10,000-run mark in ODIs, only seven other players have managed to cross the milestone: (Sanath Jayasuriya, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, and Inzamam ul Haq, Jacques Kallis). Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs

Centuries & Fifties Record:

Most centuries: 43
Most centuries against an opponent - 8 vs. Australia.
Most centuries vs. Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Most Fifties: 91.
Highest number of 50+ scores in ODIs - 134 (43 Centuries and 91 Fifties).
Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs.

ODI Awards:

Most Man of the Match Awards: 58 Man of the Match Awards

Most Man of the Series Awards: 14 Man of the Series Awards

Calendar Year Record:

Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.

Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998

Partnership Records:

Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,271 runs in 128 matches that includes 20 century partnerships and 21 fifty run partnerships. The 20 century partnerships for opening pair is also a world record.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999 at the LBS, Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matches - a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

World Cup

Most runs (1,796 at an average of 59.87 as on 20 March 2007) in World Cup Cricket History including 4 centuries & 13 fifties with a best score of 152* against Namibia in 2003 world cup

673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single Cricket World Cup

Player Of The World Cup Tournament in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

523 runs in the 1996 Cricket World Cup at an average of 87.16, making him the highest run scorer in the 1996 World Cup and setting the then record for the highest runs by any player in a single Cricket World Cup - subsequently bettered by himself in the 2003 World Cup

Combined (ODI & Test) records

First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket. He now has 85 centuries (42 in Tests, 43 in ODIs), which is still the record for the highest number of centuries in international cricket.

Most overall runs in international cricket, (ODIs+Tests+Twenty20s), with 28,861 runs overall (12,773 in Tests, 16,684 in ODIs).

Record of getting out the maximum number of times in the 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 24 times (17 in ODIs and 7 in Tests) on scores of 90-99. The 17 nineties in ODIs are an ODI record too.

World's Biggest Cruise Ship : Oasis Of the Seas

It is only when you are on board the Oasis of the Seas that you start to get a sense of the scale of this enormous liner, which can cater for more than 6,000 passengers.

Everything about the Oasis is vast: it is taller than Nelson's column, it has more than 3000 miles of electrical cabling - that is about the distance from London to New York - and it weighs more than 225000 tones.

One of the corridors is a quarter of a mile long. You can see the other end, but it never seems to get any closer.

There is a 750-seat Greek style amphitheatre, a shopping mall, an ice rink, a 1300-seat indoor theatre and an open-air park with real trees and plants.

It feels like Las Vegas on water - of course, there is a casino too - and it is completely awesome at first.

Bored you will not be, but it certainly will not be everyone's cup of tea.

The big test will be on a scorching hot day when everyone decides to go on deck.

With such a high profile ship, there is a lot of pressure on the man at the helm.

The bridge is tucked behind a big steel door. Not surprisingly, security here is tight.

Once you are through, the view out to sea is incredible.

Perhaps it is the idea of sharing a ship with thousands of other people.

Oasis of Seas is actually pretty straightforward.

A tiny steering wheel is used for mooring the ship. Everything else is done via computers.

"This is the most stylish bridge of any ship in the world, that's for sure," he says.

"With all that technology, it makes Oasis of the Seas one of the easiest, safest ships to plan in the world."

Steering this vessel through difficult economic waters is a much harder task.

This boat has cost Royal Caribbean more than £800m to build.

When it was on the drawing board six years ago, the cruise industry was enjoying a boom.

Although sales have been relatively resilient during the recession, these past 18 months have been the worst this business has ever seen.

Prices have been slashed to fill ships.

The stakes are high for the world's second largest cruise operator.

With so much money invested, and with another ship just like this one scheduled to come on stream next year, the Oasis of the Seas needs to be an instant hit when it opens for business next month.

Royal Caribbean's chief executive, Richard Fain, likes to call it a considered risk, but he is confident the Oasis will succeed.

"Whilst all of our ships are suffering, it's nothing like that with the Oasis," he says.

"It's proving to be the exception to the rule. We're getting more advanced bookings... than we've ever experienced with a new ship, in our history."
source:bbc.co.uk

World's Most Expensive Island--Virtual

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- What is the most you are willing to pay for a virtual item in a videogame or virtual world? Five, ten dollars? How about $26,500?

That's the amount David Storey, a 27-year-old graduate student living in Sydney, Australia, paid for a virtual island, the "Most valuable object that is virtual," according to Guinness World Records.

It's easy to write off Storey, who goes by the name "Deathifier," as a geek gone wild, but he now owns a million-dollar empire. Storey runs Amethera wealth Island, which he purchased in the virtual world Entropia, as a rare game conserve and taxes hunters on his land. Storey says the taxes bring in more than $100,000 in real money per year.

"I thought it would be cool to own an island, and I knew I could run it and be able to pay for my play" says Storey, who has picked up skills he never imagined learning in a game. "Entropia continually evolves, so you have to constantly be watching for new developments. It's sort of like real life."

While Storey's example is tremendous, buying and selling virtual goods in videogames and virtual worlds is becoming mainstream. The virtual goods market in the U.S. is estimated to reach $1.6 billion this year, up from $1 billion in 2009, according to research firm Inside Networks. And the U.S. is just a part of the global market, which some experts put as high as $10 billion; countries like China and Korea are major players.

Virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like Entropia and Second Life are where virtual goods economies began. But in recent years, casual and social games like "FarmVille" and "Pet Society" on Facebook have also become important players.

Typically, virtual dealings can be divided into two categories. In one type of deal, you "cash in," or swap real dollars for virtual currencies, and use the virtual currencies to buy virtual goods, like a new cow in FarmVille. The other type of deal lets you cash in and, like Storey, earn real money. In addition, virtual worlds and MMORPGs have also gotten very good at monetizing the user; industry experts estimate that the average revenues per user usually range from $10 to $20.

In evaluation, social and casual games are relatively newer, less mature markets that usually only utilize "cash in" transactions. A fairly successful social game might have average revenues per user of a dollar or two. Still, Inside Virtual Goods estimates that sales from social games will make up more than half the total U.S. virtual goods revenues in 2010.
source:forbes.com

Peter Colat has broken World Record for one;s breath Underwater

A Swiss man has broken the world record for holding one's breath underwater -- staying down for 19 minutes, 21 seconds.

Free-diver Peter Colat, 38, set the record time earlier this month in a water tank at a holiday fair in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Colat told London's Daily Mail that "the first 12 minutes were not a problem," and that his first feeling of the need to breathe came very late.

Per the Guiness World Records rules for oxygen assisted static apnea, Colat was allowed to breathe pure oxygen prior to the attempt, to remove nitrogen from his lungs and bloodstream and delay the brain's warning signals of running out of air.

Colat broke the previous record, set by Italian Nicola Putignano, by 19 seconds. Prior to Putignano, the record was held by magician David Blaine, who in 2008 held his breath for 17 minutes, 4 seconds.

Longest Relationship World Record

They're the world's tallest married couple - Keisha Bolton is 6 foot, 5.5 inches, but she still has to look up to her husband -- 6-foot, 9.75-inch Wilco van Kleef. They were married in 2001.

And that's just one of the Guinness record-setting couples worth celebrating this Valentine's Day.











Moving from the tallest to the smallest, this couple is nearly half a foot shorter than Keisha Bolton stands on her own.

Claudia Pereira Rocha of Curitiba, Brazil is 3 feet tall, while hubbie Douglas Maistre Breger da Silva is an inch shorter.

The record-tracking experts at Guinness are sharing these and other unusual lovers just in time for Cupid's favorite holiday. You can see them and more in my New World Records photo gallery.

And speaking of oddball love stories, I recently took part in the Ripley's Radio oddcast, "Strange and Wonderful Love.

Vivid Pink - Most Expensive Diamond in the World

The stone, of a "vivid pink" hue and considered near perfect, but not quite flawless, triggered brisk bidding in Christie's autumn sales of Asian and Chinese art in Hong Kong.

The earlier record was, set 15 years ago at Geneva for a 19.66-carat stone that was sold for $7.4 million. The pink gem's per-carat price of $2.2 million was also the highest cost for any diamond at auction.

The stone, set in a so-called "cushion-cut" ring by famed jewelers Graff Diamonds, was just a quarter the size of the Geneva stone and not quite flawless but the stone's "vivid pink" is considered near perfect.

While the South African-mined diamond isn't quite rated flawless given minor blemishes, Christie's said that these could be removed by minor repolishing.

Christie's has a track-record of putting rare polished stones up for sale in Asia, given its confidence in the depth of the Asian market for the world's top gemstones and artwork.

Last May, before the financial crisis began to hurt the global auction market, Christie's sold a squash-ball-sized, 101.27-carat diamond in Hong Kong for $6.2 million.

Despite this, some major gems have disappointed in Asia, including a 72.22-carat "D" flawless white diamond that failed to hit its reserve price in a Sotheby's Hong Kong sale last April, falling short of its $10-12 million pre-sale estimate.

World's Longest Railway Tunnel : Gotthard Base Tunnel

The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is a railway tunnel under construction in Switzerland. With a planned length of 57 km (35.4 mi) and a total of 153.5 km (95.4 mi) of tunnels, shafts and passages planned, it will be the longest tunnel (of all railway and road tunnels) in the world upon completion, ahead of the current record holder, the Seikan Tunnel (connecting the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō). The project is designed to feature two separate tunnels containing one track each. The tunnel is part of the Swiss AlpTransit project, also known as New Railway Link through the Alps NRLA which also includes the Lötschberg Base Tunnel between the cantons of Berne and Valais. Like the Lötschberg tunnel, it is intended to bypass winding mountain routes and establish a direct route suitable for high speed rail and heavy freight trains. On completion it is expected to decrease the current 3.5 hours travel time from Zürich to Milan by one hour. It will also reduce the time between Zürich and Lugano to 1 hour 40 minutes. The two portals will be near the villages of Erstfeld, Canton Uri and Bodio, Canton Ticino.

Completion had been projected for 2015 but due to delays the tunnel was thought not be completed before 2018. With a penetrate in one of the tunnels achieved on 15 June 2009, an opening date for the tunnels during 2017 seems likely since work currently is progressing at a higher pace than projected.

AlpTransit Gotthard AG is conscientious for structure. It is a wholly owned contributory of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS). To cut construction time in half, four access tunnels were built so that the construction of the tunnel can start at four (now five) different sites concurrently (Erstfeld, Amsteg, Sedrun, Faido and Bodio).

A tunnel system with two single track tunnels is being built. The two rail tunnels are joined around every 325 m (1,066 ft) by linking galleries. Trains can change tunnels in the two multifunction stations (MFS) at Sedrun and Faido. These stations will house ventilation equipment and technical communications, and will serve as emergency stops and emigration routes upon tunnel completion.

Access to the site where the Sedrun station is being excavated is quite difficult. The station is only available by a level access tunnel of 1 km (0.6 mi) from the valley floor near Sedrun, where at the end two shafts lead 800 m (2,625 ft) straight down to the base tunnel level. A project to construct a functioning railway station called Porta Alpina at this site was put on indefinite hold in September 2007.

As of 31 May 2009 (2009 -05-31), final break-through for all tunnels is expected in Spring 2011. In December 2009, the expected date of final break-through had been moved forward to November 2010.
Allocation of work

The contracts are being let in sections as follows:

* Erstfeld (section from Erstfeld to Amsteg) 7.7 km (4.8 mi) – two TBMs started boring the two tubes. The break through of the east tube between Erstfeld and Amsteg took place on 15 June 2009 and was transmitted live by Swiss Television (SF TV).
* Amsteg (section from Amsteg to north of Sedrun) 11.4 km (7.1 mi) – work being carried out by ARGE AGN (Strabag and Züblin Murer) On 9 December 2009, the the Amsteg section was officialy handed over to the tunnel's owner. Railway track will now start to be installed.
* Sedrun (section immediately north and south of Sedrun) 6.8 km (4.2 mi) – working being carried out by Transco (Bilfinger Berger, Implenia, Frutiger and Pizzarotti). The last break through of the Gotthard Project, Sedrun to Faido, is expected to occur at the beginning of 2011.
* Faido (section from south of Sedrun to Faido) 14.6 km (9.1 mi) – work being carried out by Consorzio TAT (Alpine Mayreder Bau, CSC Impresa costruzioni, Hochtief and Implenia and Impregilo)
* Bodio (section from Faido to Bodio) 16.6 km (10.3 mi) – work being carried out by Consorzio TAT (Alpine Mayreder Bau, CSC Impresa costruzioni, Hochtief, Implenia and Impregilo)

Facts and figures

* Length: 56.978 km (35.404 mi) (western tunnel) 57.091 km (35.475 mi) (eastern tunnel)
* Total length of all tunnels and shafts: 153.4 km (95.32 mi) 
* Start of construction: 1993 (sounding drills), 1996 (preparations), 2003 (mechanical excavation)
* End of construction: 2016–2017
* Commissioning: End of 2017
* Total cost: CHF 9.4 billion (US$9.0 billion)
* Trains per day: 200–250
* Volume of excavated rock: 26,500,000 t (29,211,250 ST; 26,081,473 LT) (13,300,000 m3/17,395,743 cu yd or the equiv. of 5 Gizeh pyramids)
* Number of tunnel boring machines (TBM): 4 (2 southbound from Amsteg to Sedrun, 2 northbound from Bodio to Faido and Sedrun, section from Erstfeld to Amsteg will also be built with TBM, maybe the same used for Amsteg-Sedrun)
          o Total length: 440 m (1,400 ft) (incl. back-up equipment)
          o Total weight: 3,000 t (3,307 ST; 2,953 LT)
          o Effect: 5 megawatts
          o Max. excavation daily: 25–30 m (82–98 ft) (in excellent rock           conditions)
          o Total excavation length by TBM: about 45 km (28 mi)
          o Manufacturer: Herrenknecht, Schwanau, Germany

Most Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours

ORLANDO, Fla, USA -- Nigel Mangan, a 34-year-old Irishman who has never played an 18-hole round of golf, used a teeing system made by the company he works for, Egan Golf, to hit 7,721 balls - setting the new world record for the Most Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours.

Nigel Mangan hit 7721 balls at a pace of one every 3½ seconds, with a few short breaks. Each shot had to travel 100 yards and be accurate within 30 degrees.

“It was 12 nonstop hours of hitting golf balls around every 4 seconds, I only took six five-minute breaks throughout the whole day, and it was tough”.

Nigel has been in preparation since November, even through the recent severe weather environment, and has suffered scorching and bleeding on his hands along with muscle strain in his knees and shoulders.

“The pain was worth it in the end” he says, “I knew it wouldn’t be easy when I agreed to do it but we love nothing more than a challenge. Some people also said that launching the Egan Golf Center to the market during a recession wasn’t going to be easy but, like this record attempt, it only made us more gritty to succeed”.

Egan Golf have residential an pioneering golf home training system, Golf Center, which provides people with training drills and tees up each ball automatically, which helped Nigel on the day of his record breaking feat.

This world record for the Most Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours wasn't just some publicity stunt, though. The attempt was made in a benefit for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to families of American soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mangan hit his first ball at 6 a.m. and continued until 6 p.m., taking only a few short breaks. By noon, he already had hit more than 5000 balls.

"It sounds quite simple, but you wouldn't believe how tired you get trying something [like] this," Piranha Golf president Steve Collins said of Mangan, who hit more than 5,000 balls by noon and easily eclipsed the previous Guinness world record of 7350 in a half-day.   

longest solo journey record : Blue Peter

Blue Peter host Helen Skelton has broken two world records in her 2,010-mile kayak trip for Sport Relief.

Helen, 26, has tripled the longest solo journey record by clocking up more than 1,000 miles in just three weeks.

She also paddled 75 miles in a day - the longest distance by a woman in 24 hours.
 
"One thousand miles down, one thousand to go," she said. "My shoulders are painful, my legs are covered in leech bites - but I'm battling on."

Helen, who is paddling about 60 miles a day with only one rest-day a week, left the start of the Amazon, in Peru, on January 20 and aims to finish in Brazil.

A Guinness World Records presenter said: "We hope to ratify these records as quickly as possible to identify this unbelievable success."

Blue Peter hopes Helen will inspire families to rise to their own challenges for the cause or enter the Sport Relief Mile and raise money that will change lives forever.

Most miles traveled on a snowmobile:Dustin Shoemaker

BIG ST. GERMAIN LAKE, WI, USA -- Dustin Shoemaker of Greenup, Illinois, traveled 1,474 miles on his snowmobile in in a 24 hour time while raising consciousness for Biliary Atresia research - setting the new world record for the Most miles traveled on a snowmobile in 24 hours.

Dustin Shoemaker persevered through the cold, hunger and pain to raise awareness for a rare form of liver disease that his daughter Hannah suffers from known as Biliary Atresia.

He says, "After seeing her suffer we wanted to do what we could to help out; you can't beat a father's love for his daughter."

In addition to breaking the record, Shoemaker hopes to raise funds for Biliary Atresia research. Dustin Shoemaker is just a normal guy, but when his 2-month old daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease he decided to do something amazing.

He founded a charity, Helping Hands for Hannah, in combination with the American Liver Foundation. His personal mission is to build wakefulness and funding for billiary artesian by taking pledges and donations. The cause of this very rare bile duct disease is still unknown.   

The world record for the Most miles traveled on a snowmobile in 24 hours was sponsored by HMK, Ski-Doo, Hillers Pine Haven, Hiawatha Motor Inn, Happy Trails RV, SoftWear Systems and Burandt's Backcountry Adventures.

The previous Guinness world record for the Most miles traveled on a snowmobile in 24 hours was 1,407 miles.

Guinness World Record in blood donation :Dennis Provencher

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Dennis Provencher added another pint Thursday to his Guinness world record.
He plans to do it again two months from now.

Provencher, 76, was recognized in 2004 by Guinness World Records as having donated more blood than anybody else.

To date, with 46 years of donating blood, his total is 34 gallons.

“I challenge anyone to catch me,” Provencher said.

Born in Milton, N.H., Provencher enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. Ten years later, the radio operator received orders to Okinawa. He said he fell in love with the island and its people and kept extending his assignment until he retired in 1971. He has been donating blood since his arrival.

“Dennis is a phenomenal guy,” said Douglas Kennedy, a donor recruiter for the Armed Services Blood Bank Center. “You never have to ask him to help out. He is always ready to lend a hand. He really is a hero’s hero.”

Each donation is separated into three different blood components — packed red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets.

“Each of those units could technically save a person’s life,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Edward Griffin, deputy director of the Okinawa blood bank. “So one donation could save the lives of three different people.”

Provencher said he will continue to donate for as long as he can.

“What other way can you touch three people’s lives?” he said. “It’s for a good cause. It’s like an oil change: They take the old blood out and make way for the new blood.”

World's Largest Wedding Cake

This cake is unbelievable. At 15, 032 pounds and 17 feet tall, this thing is three times the size of the cake that currently holds the world record. The cake team baked 700 sheet cakes and put them all together to build the giant cake. They had to use steel discs as cake boards, heavy duty metal pipes as separators, and two fork lifts to put each tier in place as it was finished.

The Executive Pastry Chef, Lynn Mansel, and his (or her, I'm not sure) team of 57 "pastry artisans" just constructed the world's largest wedding cake. They made it for the New England Bridal Showcase held at the Mohegan Sun Resort at the beginning of the month.

The wedding cake can serve up to 59, 000 people. Can you imagine having that many guests at your wedding? I really don't understand why people go all out to have the world's largest whatever, but it's fun to watch. I wonder what they're going to do with all that cake

Pedro Matias - Fastest Typing on a Smartphone Guinness Records

Pedro Matias, of Portugal, achieved the fastest typing on a smartphone Guinness World Records title in front of global viewers, in a time of 1 minute 59.8 seconds.

Guinness World Records judge Danny Girton Jr. was there during the LG Mobile Worldcup World Championship at Gotham Hall, to officiate the time-sensitive Fastest typing on a smartphone Guinness World Records challenge.

26 representatives from 13 countries on 6 continents assembled in Manhattan on 14 January 2010 and the young competitors were gathered to compete for a Guinness World Records record!

Armed with an LG enV Touch handset, each competitor typed a prescribed 264-character message for evaluation by Girton. 

According to event sources, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a premier global information and communication entity that creates technologically innovative handsets to enhance customers’ mobile phone experience.

World's Largest Structure of Canned Food

WalletPop was at the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando when Disney Parks (aided by ABC's Ty Pennington) unveiled a publicity stunt for a good cause: a Guinness-authenticated world record for the largest structure ever made out of canned food. A strange accomplishment, to be  sure, but it was done in the name of the company's current promotion, which promises a free day of admission for anyone who does a day of volunteer work. Since January 1, Disney has had more than 600,000 takers for this freebie.

Despite the momentary frivolity, this food won't go to waste, either. By the end of the day, it will be on its way to needy families throughout the Southeast. Officially, Disney puts the number of cans used in the sculpture at 115,527, which beats the old record (yes, there was one, from New Zealand) by 61,000. There's enough food in this stack -- depicting Pluto, Donald, Mickey, and Goofy, whose hat is made of boxes of bread crumbs -- to create about 70,000 meals.

Fastest Speed Boat Guinness Record by Sheikh Hassan

Qatar Marine Sports Federation President Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor al-Thani and Abdullah al-Sulaiti made history for Qatar yesterday when they made it to the Guinness World Records by setting a Trans-Gulf speedboat record. 

In calm weather conditions, Sheikh Hassan and al-Sulaiti covered a distance of 315km between Abu Dhabi and Doha in a time of 1hr55min14sec in their twin gas-turbine engine Nor-Tech open boat named Qatar Challenger.

Race enthusiasts were able to follow Qatar Challenger’s progress across the Gulf via a vessel tracking system and a Google Earth programme that had been planned on the federation’s official website in conjunction with Alfa Telecom. This gave the live speeds of the boat and the route taken across the Gulf.

This record has been Sheikh Hassan’s dream for some time now. He had attempted it in 2008 but transmission problems forced him to quit the race then. A hectic schedule of H1 Unlimited Hydroplane and UIM F1 racing left QMSF with little time to prepare for the event last year.

“Sheikh Hassan did an excellent job in balancing the boat as it was a bit bumpy in the beginning. I’m very pleased that we achieved our target with a better timing.”

Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank, who was monitoring the record attempt live on the GPS, handed Sheikh Hassan and al-Sulaiti the certificate of accomplishment of the feat.

On behalf of the Guinness World Records, I congratulate Sheikh Hassan and al-Sulaiti for their achievement. None, till date, had attempted such a feat and so Guinness World Records had set a realistic time of three hours to complete this 300km journey for the record. However, they have finished it well under that time and that is creditable,” said Brockbank.

World's Longest Solo Kayak Trip – Helen Skelton Journey Record

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has tripled the Guinness World Record for the longest solo journey by kayak as she reached the half-way stage in her epic journey along the Amazon for Sport Relief.

As per Guinness World Records statement, they anticipate and ratifying both these records as soon as possible to recognize this fantastic achievement".

The previous Guinness World Record set in 2006, for 326.98 miles - however Skelton has clocked up more than 1,000 miles in just 3 weeks as she battles through her quest.

Every single day here is tough so all I can do is take each one at a time and get through it. I have been suffering with the heat, my shoulders are sore and my legs are covered in mosquito bites but I'm battling on."

Helen set off on January 20 near Nauta in Peru, and is aiming to finish 2,010 miles downstream at Almerim in Brazil. She is paddling around 60 miles a day to reach the target in just six weeks and has just one rest day a week.

Chayne Hultgren - swallowing the swords Guinness World Record

An Australian performance artist has set a Guinness world record by swallowing 18 swords at the same time.

Chayne Hultgren, also known as the Space Cowboy, beat his own 2008 record by swallowing the swords, each 72cm (28.35in) long, at an event in Sydney.

He said that while the stunt was not dangerous, he had spent many hours training for it.

After setting the record, Mr Hultgren, 31, described it as definitely one of his greatest achievements so far.

Mr Hultgren started practising with swords at the age of 16 and says he has used different methods to perfect the art.

"I stretch my throat with hoses and use a few different techniques to basically enable me to do what, until now, has been impossible".

"I don't just straightaway grab 18 blades and shove them down my throat - you've got to practise a lot and build up to it," he says.

Achievements
Hultgren has won the Street Performance World Championship twice in a row.

He has broken six world records, including most swords swallowed, then broke that record again, this time scoring 27 swords at the Irish Street Performance Festival (although this 27 swords record is unofficial) and on the 8th february 2010 the BBC recorded that he broke this official world record by swallowing 18 swords. He also broke the longest distance pulling 400 kg by fishhooks in his eye sockets. He also holds the record for heaviest weight lifted while swallowing a sword. Other records include most sword swallowers swallowing the same object simultaneously (the four steel legs of the same bar stool, with three other people)

Hultgren holds many "world firsts" such as first double sword swallow, first sword swallow underwater, and his signature trick "The Black and Decker Digestion Wrecker" a power drill with sword attachment which he swallows, and first person to publicly swallow a sword underwater in a tank of live sharks. He was also reported to be the youngest working sword-swallower in Australia, when he was 22 years old.

He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.

World Longest Scuba Dive

An English man has just set a new scuba diving world record in Indonesia after over two days under water.  Thirty-two-year-old Will Goodman spent 48 hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds on the seabed off the coast of Indonesian island Lombok, last week.  According to news reports, he passed the time underwater inside a metal cage and had fresh oxygen supplied to him by a support crew, who doubled as a comedy act to keep his spirits up.

The adventurous diver has apparently wanted to break scuba diving records ever since he set his first one in 2005.   This is the third time that he has set the record for World Longest Scuba Dive, and it is set to be the first one recognised by Guiness World Records. His latest successful attempt for the longest open saltwater scuba dive took place between January 7 and January 9.

In 2005 Mr. Goodman succeeded in staying under water for 24 hours and one second, and later broke his record in 2008 by achieving 33 hours.

Largest and Giant Man in the World

Here’s a guy you don’t ever want to pick a fight with: Nikolay "Russian Giant" Valuev, who, at 7 feet tall, absolutely towers over his opponents (before pummelling them to oblivion).

Nikolay also happens to be the heaviest and tallest heavyweight boxing champion in history.

His British challenger has a mountain to climb, but in fact the Russian giant is a sensitive soul who wooed his wife with love poems and likes a bit of Miss Marple. His wife is tiny [5ft 2in] and they have two small children.

MLX01 JR Maglev - Fastest Train in the World


JR-Maglev is a magnetic levitation train system developed by the Central Japan Railway Company and Railway Technical Research Institute (association of Japan Railways Group). JR-Maglev MLX01 (X means experimental) is one of the latest designs of a series of Maglev trains in development in Japan since the 1970s. It is composed of a maximum five cars to run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line. On December 2, 2003, a three-car train reached a maximum speed of 581 km/h (361 mph) (world speed record for railed vehicles) in a manned vehicle run.

Technology
Magnetic levitation trains make use of a levitation system, a guide system, and a driving system.

The JR-Maglev levitation train uses an Electro-dynamic Suspension (EDS) system. Moving magnetic fields create a reactive force in a conductor because of the magnetic field induction effect. This force holds up the train. The maglev-trains have superconducting magnetic coils, and the guide ways contain levitation coils.

When the trains run at high speed, levitation coils on the guide way produce reactive forces in response to the approach of the superconducting magnetic coils onboard the trains.

EDS has the advantage of larger gaps than EMS, but EDS needs support wheels which are employed in low speed running, because EDS can't produce a large levitation force at lower speeds (150 km/h or less in JR-Maglev). However, once the train reaches a certain speed, the wheels will actually retract so that the train is floating.

JR-Maglev is driven by a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) System. This system is needed to supply power to the coils at the guide way.

Test Track
Yamanashi Experiment Lines are facilities that currently have a practical use. It includes about 18.4 km of track (including 16.0 km of tunnels).

Heaviest Building Moved

Building Name:
Fu Gang
Building Weight:
15,140.4 metric tones
(33.3 million lb)
Building Moved To:
Guangxi Province, China
WHEN:
November 10, 2004
   

 

The heaviest building moved intact is the Fu Gang Building at West Bank Road Wuzhou, in the Guangxi Province of China. It was successfully relocated by the Guangzhou Luban Corporation on November 10, 2004.The building weighs 15,140.4 metric tones (33.3 million lb) and is 34 m (111 ft) tall. The building was moved 35.62 metres horizontally and it took eleven days to complete the relocation.

Fastest bike : Suzuki Hayabusa

Also called - GSX-1300R-X (1999), GSX-1300R-Y (2000), GSX-1300R-K1–K7

Production - 1999–2007

Engine
1,299 cc (79.3 cu in), 4-stroke inline-four, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, compression ratio 11:1, Keihin/Denso fuel Injection, wet sump

Bore / Stroke
81.0 mm × 63.0 mm (3.19 in × 2.48 in)

Top speed
1999 188–194 mph (303–312 km/h) 2000–2007 186 mph (299 km/h), See performance and measurements

Power
171.1 bhp (128 kW) Rear wheel 151.5–162.6 bhp (113–121 kW) bhp @ 9500–9750 rpm, See performance and measurements

Torque
93.4–99.6 lb•ft (126.6–135.0 N•m) @ 6750–7000 rpm, See performance and measurements

Transmission
6-speed, constant mesh, #532 chain drive

Suspension
Front Inverted telescopic fork, fully adjustable spring preload, 14-way adjustable rebound damping and 13-way adjustable compression damping. Rear Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, 22-way adjustable compression & rebound damping

Brakes
Front 6-pot Tokico calipers on 320 mm stainless steel discs. Rear Single hydraulic disc

Tires
Bridgestone Battlax BT56 Front 120/70-ZR-17, Rear 190/50-ZR-17

Rake, Trail
24.2°, 3.8 in (97 mm)

Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in)

Dimensions L 2,140 mm (84.3 in) W 740 mm (29.1 in) H 1,155 mm (45.5 in)

Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in)

Weight - See performance and measurements 215–242 kg (470–530 lb) (dry), 250–255.3 kg (551–563 lb) (wet)

Fuel capacity - 21 L (5.5 US gal) (California 19 L (5.0 US gal))

Fuel consumption - '99 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km), 38.5 mpg-US (6.11 L/100 km) '05 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km)

World's Largest Wine Bottle by China

A Chinese company has claimed the world record for the largest ever bottle of wine.

According to the Croatian Times, the 1,850 litre bottle from Wang Chen Wines in Liaoning, Northern China contains treble the volume of the previous record holder from Austria.

A company spokesman said: "We are very proud and the wine is very good. We have all had a glass from the bottle to celebrate."

The bottle of claret is a full 15ft high when upright.China makes 'world's largest wine bottle'

Jumping World Record

As a way to kick off American Heart Month and hoping to break a Guinness World Record, hundreds of students at Van Nuys Middle School took part this Monday in the "Jamba Jump Day". Across the state, more than 500 other schools and some 83,000 people took part in the event, said organizers of the event, which included Jamba Juice and the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Just before 9 a.m., students and their teachers poured out onto the basketball courts at Van Nuys Middle School and formed groups of twos. Then, as P.E. teacher Barry Bialik counted down from 10 the shortest member of the team took a jump rope and began jumping.

The idea was for the students to solo skip, double dutch and jump for 10 minutes.

Kids at the school took to the event with "heart." As loud, high intensity music blared from speakers, 11-year-old Marc Rodriguez took a rope handed by his teammate and rapidly began jumping without stopping for about three minutes.

When his turn was over, panting after the effort, Rodriguez said it was fun taking part in the event.

"It's good, but it was hard to jump all that time. But I like to jump," said the sixth-grader.

With the event, CAHPERD hoped to jump ahead of Australia in the Guinness World Record category of "Most People Jumping/Skipping Rope at the Same Time". Australia's record was 59,000 skippers and was set in 2008.

It was also a way to promote health and fitness, said Marci Coulson, spokesperson for the event.

"With jump rope optimizing cardiovascular conditioning, maximizing athletic skills, burning calories and allowing jumpers to get their heart pumping in a fun, entertaining, enjoyable way, CAHPERD and Jamba Juice hope to remind people that this is an easy activity that doesn't require a lot of money or athletic skill and you can do it anytime, anywhere", she said.

Jumping, she noted, is an easy way to tackle one of today's major health crisis childhood obesity. In California, over 28% of children are considered severely overweight or obese; 32% among ethnic populations, according to CAHPERD. Being overweight makes those children prone to serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists recently predicted that 30 percent of U.S. children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetimes. If left unchecked, Diabetes can lead to complications such as heart disease/attacks, kidney failure, blindness, strokes, and amputations.

Van Nuys Middle School teacher Jim Clemmensen, who helped organize the event at the school, echoed those words.

"We want to show kids there are many different ways to get your body healthy," he said. "And jumping rope is very appropriate for kids this age. It promotes agility, coordination and gets the heart beat going."

Suzuki Hayabusa - Fastest Motorcycle in the World



Also called - GSX-1300R-X (1999), GSX-1300R-Y (2000), GSX-1300R-K1–K7

Production - 1999–2007

Engine
1,299 cc (79.3 cu in), 4-stroke inline-four, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, compression ratio 11:1, Keihin/Denso fuel Injection, wet sump

Bore / Stroke
81.0 mm × 63.0 mm (3.19 in × 2.48 in)

Top speed
1999 188–194 mph (303–312 km/h) 2000–2007 186 mph (299 km/h), See performance and measurements

Power
171.1 bhp (128 kW) Rear wheel 151.5–162.6 bhp (113–121 kW) bhp @ 9500–9750 rpm, See performance and measurements

Torque
93.4–99.6 lb•ft (126.6–135.0 N•m) @ 6750–7000 rpm, See performance and measurements

Transmission
6-speed, constant mesh, #532 chain drive

Suspension
Front Inverted telescopic fork, fully adjustable spring preload, 14-way adjustable rebound damping and 13-way adjustable compression damping. Rear Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, 22-way adjustable compression & rebound damping

Brakes
Front 6-pot Tokico calipers on 320 mm stainless steel discs. Rear Single hydraulic disc

Tires
Bridgestone Battlax BT56 Front 120/70-ZR-17, Rear 190/50-ZR-17

Rake, Trail
24.2°, 3.8 in (97 mm)

Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in)

Dimensions L 2,140 mm (84.3 in) W 740 mm (29.1 in) H 1,155 mm (45.5 in)

Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in)

Weight - See performance and measurements 215–242 kg (470–530 lb) (dry), 250–255.3 kg (551–563 lb) (wet)

Fuel capacity - 21 L (5.5 US gal) (California 19 L (5.0 US gal))

Fuel consumption - '99 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km), 38.5 mpg-US (6.11 L/100 km) '05 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km)

Star Trek Guiness World Record

One thing you can say about Namco Bandai Partners, the distributor of Star Trek Online, is they’re doing everything they can to connect to their audience. Their latest venture? Cosplay. February 14th at 1 PM on London’s Millennium Bridge an attempt will be made to set the record for the ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Star Trek Characters.’

That’s right, when most of the western world is smooching their lovers and devouring chocolates by the handful in celebration of Valentine’s Day, there will be a large congregation of fans stating that their one true love is none other than Star Trek. Isn’t that romantic?

Star Trek fans are invited to attend dressed as anything Star Trek related, from an ‘Andorian Ensign’ to a ‘Zakdorn strategist,’ and adjudicators from Guinness World Records will be present to log the record attempt and ensure that everyone present is dressed in full Star Trek attire.

The best dressed fans on the day will win exclusive Star Trek Online prizes including lifetime subscriptions worth over £150 and recently released digital version of the Star Trek movie.

Giant Panda at Ocean Park


The Giant Panda is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the Giant Panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Other parts of its diet include honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available.

The Giant Panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Due to farming, deforestation, and other development, the Giant Panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

The Giant Panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 Giant Pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild, while a 2006 study via DNA analysis estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000. Some reports also show that the number of Giant Pandas in the wild is on the rise. However, the IUCN does not believe there is enough certainty yet to reclassify the species from Endangered to Vulnerable.

While the dragon has historically served as China's national emblem, in recent decades the Giant Panda has also served as an emblem for the country. Its image appears on a large number of modern Chinese commemorative silver, gold, and platinum coins. Though the Giant Panda is often assumed to be docile, it has been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predatory behavior.

Marriage Vow Event : Guinness World Record

Guinness World Records announced that Miami University officially broke the world record for the most couples renewing their marriage vows at once. The event took place throughout alumni weekend on June 20, 2009. The administrator count is 1,087 couples, breaking the previous record of just 624 couples renewing their marriage vows in Pittsburgh in 2008.

The declaration comes just as Miami is distribution out Valentine’s Day cards to 12,606 "Miami Merger" couples, alumni who are married to each other. Of Miami alumni, more than 14 percent are married to each other, believed to be one of the largest numbers of alums-married-to-alums at any university.

Miami set out to break the world record during its birthday year (1809-2009) by first recruiting Miami Mergers, then inviting Miami Acquisitions -- alumni married to non-Miamians -- then Miami parents, faculty, staff, friends and the community.

The Merger Moment ceremony, officiated by Oxford Mayor Prue Dana, took place at the Upham Hall arch on campus where it’s fabled that a couple who kisses under the arch will marry. After the ceremony, couples were invited to walk through the arch for a kiss. The ceremony included Miami’s oldest Merger, Robert (’38) and June (’39) Frame of Cincinnati, Miami head basketball coach Charlie Coles (’65) and his wife – whose immediate family includes four Miami Mergers – and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine (’69) and his wife Frances (’71).
source:wlwt.com

Auctioned Bronze Sculpture Sets World Record

A bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti has sold at public sale for a record-breaking £65m.

The life-size shape of a man was sold for the winning-bid in just eight minutes, after opening at a price of £12m at Sotheby's in London. Sotheby's is famous by a number of world records for auctioned works of art.

In 2007, they auctioned a limited version copy of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, written by JK Rowling. Although probable to make just £61,845, the book was bought for £2,411,827 by London fine art dealers Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox.

Walking Man, or L'Homme Qui Marche I, is well thought-out to be one of the most important works by Giacometti, a Swiss sculpter and painter who died of heart disease in 1966.

Sotheby's said the piece was sold by telephone to an unknown bidder.
source:news.sky.com

Largest Solar Plant

Arizona-based First Solar plans to construct the world’s largest solar plant in Ordos, China. When completed in 2019, the 2,000 megawatt Ordos solar farm will produce enough power to provide for 3 million homes.  It’s a development that makes China, the second largest energy-using country, one of the biggest players in the solar energy game.

It seems like a new “world’s largest solar plant” or “world’s most efficient solar cell” is being announced every day, but the Ordos solar farm is an particularly big deal–the 25 square mile, multi-billion dollar plant makes other solar projects look tiny by judgment. Other major projects in the works, such as First Solar’s 550-megawatt project in California and the US Army’s 500 megawatt solar thermal project in the Mojave Desert, don’t even come close to matching Ordos.

Still, renewable energy projects get scrapped or pared down all the time. That means it will be worth keeping an eye on Ordos, which is scheduled to begin the first of its four phases of production in 2010, to see if it is in fact completed. If it is, the country that is now the world’s biggest polluter could easily also become the world’s biggest renewable energy consumer.
source:inhabitat.com

Largest Solar Building

A vast fan-shaped multifaceted in China has legitimately taken the title of “largest solar-powered office building in the world“. Located in Dezhou in the Shangdong region in northwest China, the 75,000 square meter construction is a multi-use building and features demonstration centers, scientific research amenities, meeting and training facilities, and a hotel – all of which run on solar power.

The design of the new building is based on the sun dial and “underlines the urgency of seeking renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels.” Aside from the obvious sustainable nature of the solar panel – clad exterior, other green features include advanced roof and wall wadding practices resulting in an energy savings of 30% more than the national standard. In addition, the external structure of the building used a mere 1% of the amount of steel used to construct the Bird’s Nest.

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