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World's Longest Pizza

KRAKOW, Poland -- The Chefs from Magillo Pizzeria  used 3.5 tonnes of flour to make a 1,000m (1093 yds)-long pizza which sets  the new world record for the Longest Pizza.

The previous Guinness World Record for the  Longest Pizza was 407 meters (445 yards).

   Raymond Marshall from the Guinness World Records was on hand measuring the finished pizza. "For the pizza to be the longest in the world, it has to be one single piece, so it cannot be small individual pizzas," Marshall said.

   Proceeds from the project will go to the Akogo charity. This was founded in 2002 by Polish actress Ewa Blaszczyk, to help children who suffer severe brain injuries. The foundation also supports their families - and aims to fund a new rehabilitation clinic.

   Chef Grzegorz Kaszubski said some 3.5 tons of flour was used to make the dough.

   The world record attempt for the was Longest Pizza in The World organized by Pizzeria Magillo and Metro cash and carry.

Daredevil breaks own high wire World Record

A high wire performer from a family of daredevils is thought to have broken his own world record by cycling across a tightrope 260ft (80m) in the air, without a safety net.

Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation funambulist from the Flying Wallendas circus family, cycled more than 100ft (30m) along the wire strung between two hotels at the Paradise Island Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

The new record for the highest traverse of a high wire on a bicycle is subject to confirmation by Guinness World Records.

Mr Wallenda is the current holder of the records for the longest distance and greatest height travelled by bicycle on a high wire, which he set by travelling 235ft (72m) at a height of 135ft (41m) in Newark, New Jersey in 2008.

His latest record attempt was watched by hundreds of tourists who photographed the spectacle from the resort below.

Following his successful stunt the daredevil performed a second trick, walking about 2,000ft (610m) across a high wire suspended 250ft (76m) above the resort's open-air marine habitat, which is infested with sharks, barracudas and piranhas.

The performer defied winds of 28 knots and occasional thunderstorms to safely complete the traverse - the furthest he has ever travelled by foot on a high wire.

Mr Wallenda said: "Against all odds I walked on that wire today. There was lightning in the area, high winds, and it was the first walk without my father.

"It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made in my life. and the hardest walk I have ever done. But my family history and my family tradition is that the show must go on."

Mr Wallenda is the great-grandson of the celebrated circus performer Karl Wallenda, who died after falling off a high wire in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1978.

He said he hopes to continue performing as long as he is physically able, adding: "I want to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon, and I have the permit to do it."
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Rudisha sets 800m world record

The IAAF World Challenge in Reiti celebrated its 40th Anniversary in style Sunday as David Rudisha of Kenya lowered the men’s 800m world record to 1:41.01. Rudisha broke the world record he set last week in Berlin by 0.08 seconds. His accomplishment is the eighth world record broken at Reiti, and it was a welcome 40th birthday present for Reiti.

“I have always received a very warm welcome in Rieti. I love this track and the Rieti crowd who have always given their support. This record is for them,” said Rudisha.

The world record had stood for 13 years before Rudisha broke it last week in Berlin with a time of 1:41.09. The previous record of 1:41.11 was set by Wilson Kipketer of Denmark.

“I just knew I was in good shape. The conditions were perfect. I expected to break two records in seven days,” said Rudisha. “I want to return to training for next year because 2011 will be a World Championships record.”

Boaz Kiplagat, also of Kenya, finished in second place with a time of 1:42.95, and Nick Symmonds of the United States finished third with a time of 1:43.76, a personal best. European silver medallist, Michael Rimmer of Great Britain ran the 800m in 1:43.89, another personal best.

In the men’s 100m, Nesta Carter of Jamaica tied American Tyson Gay’s season best time of 9.78 seconds. Gay finished first in Diamond League standings after winning the final race of the season in Brussels on 27 August. Carter finished fourth in league standings, but finished second in the race last Sunday against Gay.

In the Reiti race, Ryan Bailey of the United States finished second with a time of 9.88, and Mario Forsythe of Jamaica took third with a time of 9.95. Christophe Lemaitre set a new French record with a time of 9.97 and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure set a Norwegian record with a time of 10:00.

Next year’s 100m Diamond League season will be exciting with the close competition and the expected return of Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.

The women’s 400m hurdles saw a major upset as Kalesie Spencer of Jamaica fell after hitting the final hurdle. She had a comfortable lead before making the critical error in the final stretch. Spencer won the final four events of the Diamond League meets taking the Diamond Trophy with 24 points, 16 points ahead of second place Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.

European champion Tatyana Firova of Russia took second ahead of Natasha Hastings of the United States.

Top 10 Countries with Highest Birth

List of top 10 countries with highest birth in 2010.

1). India - India is the second most populated country in the world with 25,221,128 births till August 2010.

2). China - As on August 2010 China ranks second in highest birth with 19,216,257.

3). Nigeria - Total birth in Nigeria in 2010 till August 2010 is 5,490,495.

4). Pakistan - As on August 2010 Pakistan ranks forth with in highest birth with total birth of 4,829,255.

5). Indonesia - Indonesia is on Sixth rank with 4,482,780 As on August 2010.

6). USA - Total birth in USA is 4,290,570 As on August 2010.

7). Ethiopia - As on August Ethiopia ranks at seven with 3,814,550.

8). Bangladesh - Total Birth in Bangladesh is 3,761,985 As on August 2010.

9). Brazil - Brazil is at nine with 3,641,251 As on August 2010.

10). Democratic Republic of the Congo - Formally Known as Zaïre is at tenth rank with 2,996,975 as on August 2010.

Top 10 Smallest Seas in the World

1). Gulf of California (Pacific Ocean) - Extension of the Pacific Ocean Gulf of California is the smallest sea in the world that occupies 68,000 square miles (177,000 square kilometers).

2). Persian Gulf (Indian Ocean) - Persian Gulf is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula and is the that covers second smallest sea in the world97,000 Square Miles (251,000 Square Kilometers).

3). Yellow Sea (Pacific Ocean) - Yellow Sea is third smallest sea in the world has an area of 113,500 Square Miles (293,960 Square Kilometers) and is extension of the Pacific Ocean.

4). Baltic Sea (Atlantic Ocean) - Baltic Sea which is extension of Atlantic Ocean is the forth smallest sea that occupies 146,000 Square Miles (377,000 Square Kilometers).

5). North Sea (Atlantic Sea) - This fifth smallest sea is extension of Atlantic sea that covers 164,900 Square Miles (427,090 Square Kilometers).

6). Red Sea (Indian Ocean) - The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean and the same is lying between Africa and Asia. This is sixth smallest sea that occupies 169,100 Square Miles (438,000 Square Kilometers).

7). Black Sea (Atlantic Ocean) - The Black Sea is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean and known as seventh smallest sea in the world that covers 174,900 Square Miles (452,990 Square Kilometers).

8). Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean) - Also known as Burma Sea is eighth smallest sea that occupies 218,100 Square Miles (564,880 Square Kilometers) and is extension of Indian Ocean.

9). East China Sea (Pacific Ocean) - East Sea is extension of Pacific Ocean that covers 256,600 Square Miles (664,590 Square Kilometers).

10). Hudson Bay (Atlantic Ocean) - This tenth smallest sea is extension of Atlantic Ocean that covers 281,900 Miles (730,120 Kilometers).

World's Smallest Country ,Top 10 Smallest Countries in the World

1). Vatican City - Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with the size of 0.17 Square Mile (0.44 Square Kilometer)Vatican City is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Total Population of Vatican City is 800.

2). Monaco - Monaco is the second smallest country in the world that covers only 0.78 Square Miles (2.02 Square Kilometers) with an estimated population of almost 33,000.

3). Nauru - Nauru is the world's smallest island nation and third smallest country in the world that occupies only 8.1 Square Miles (21 Square Kilometers). Total population of Nauru is somewhere around 14,200.

4). Tuvalu - Tuvalu is also known as Ellice Islands situated in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. With total area of 10 Square Miles (26 Square Kilometers) Tuvalu is the forth smallest country in the world with total population of 12,395 (Appx.)

5). San Marino - With total population of 31,470 (estimate) San Marino is fifth smallest country in the world which is located on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains that occupies total area of 24 Square Miles (61.2 Square Kilometers).

6). Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein is surrounded by Western Europe, Switzerland and Austria. This sixth smallest country covers 61.96 Square Miles (160.47 Square Kilometers). Total Population of Liechtenstein is around 35,810.

7). Marshall Islands - Marshall Islands is seventh smallest country in the world that situated in the middle of Pacific Ocean. This country Occupies 70 Square Miles (181 Square Kilometers). Approximate total population of Marshall Islands is 62,112.

8). Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Kitts and Nevis is also known as Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis and is the eighth smallest country in the world with total area of 101 Square Miles (261 Square Kilometers) with estimated population of 42,712.

9). Maldives - Maldives is also known as Maldives Islands is the ninth smallest country that occupies 115 Square Miles (298 Square Kilometers). Approximate population of Maldives is 396,475.

10). Malta - Malta ranks tenth as smallest country in the world. Malta covers total area of 121 Square Miles (316 Square Kilometers). Population of Malta country is somewhere around 412,988.

Alabama Butterbean Festival Constructs Giant Pot in Preparation for Record Attempt

ALABAMA BUTTERBEAN FESTIVAL CONSTRUCTS GIANT POT IN BIRMINGHAM FOR GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ATTEMPT

THE ALABAMA BUTTERBEAN FESTIVAL LAYS PLANS TO BUILDS ITS WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS FOR THE WORLD’S LARGEST POT OF BAKED BEANS

Pinson, AL (August 27, 2010) – An enormous metal pot was constructed by the Alabama Butterbean Festival in an effort to earn the festival a place in the Guinness World Records books. The pot will provide the basis for the planned Guinness World Records attempt for the Largest Pot of Baked Beans during the 2010 Alabama Butterbean Festival on Saturday, September 4th in Pinson, AL.

Planning for the monster pot started in October 2007, and will measure over 7 feet wide and 4 feet tall when complete. The vast metal pot is being constructed by Bradford & Hines Custom Metal Fabrication using stainless steel plates provided by Phoenix Metal, both of which are based in Birmingham, AL.

The pot, which will alone weigh around 1,000 pounds, will have the capacity to hold 1,200 gallons, a key factor to making the record-breaking dreams of the Alabama Butterbean Festival a reality as the current record stands at 832 gallons. In addition to the size, the pot structure must be watertight and suitable for cooking the beans.

“We are incredibly proud of how the local community and businesses have come together to help make this Guinness World Records achievement a reality. We hope to show that by working together every community can achieve its goals no matter how small, or in our case how big, they are,” commented Phil Sims, Chairman for the Alabama Butterbean Festival, on the progress of the pot.

Once finished, the Alabama Butterbean Festival’s next focus will be to gather supplies needed to cook the baked beans that will fill the pot for the Guinness World Records attempt. The Festival will be working with farmers from the California Large Lima Bean Growers Advisory Board to source the beans which will be the recipe’s most vital ingredient. Other local companies, including Food Giant, Evans Meat and RL Schreiber, will provide the additional ingredients needed.

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World's Fastest Electric Car

We're not sure how your week was, but for a team of mechanical engineers, speed junkies, and gearheads from Ohio State it was anything but slow. This week the team took the Buckeye Bullet  version 2.5, the team's battery powered, all-electric landspeed racer out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the electric car land speed world record, and they did exactly that, hitting a peak speed of 320 miles per hour.

The Buckeye Bullet team -- a collaboration between the Ohio State University Center for Auto Research and a handful of sponsors -- has been racing electric cars for well more than a decade, but the VBB2.5, as it's known, is their first landspeed racer that runs purely on battery power. Last year their hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered VBB2 set a world record for fuel cell-propelled land vehicles by running a mile at an average speed of 302.877 miles per hour (the two-way average was a slightly lower 300.992 miles per hour).

VBB2.5 aimed to set the same kind of speed to beat in the all-electric category. Powered by batteries provided by sponsor A123, VBB2.5 logged an average mile speed of 291 miles per hour. But VBB2.5 wasn't done. The very next day driver Roger Schroer throttled VBB2.5 to a peak speed of 320 miles per hour, logging a two-way average mile speed of 307.66 miles per hour.

The record still needs FIA certification before it's official, but consider the bar set -- it blew past the previous record for an EV by more than 60 miles per hour. But perhaps the most exciting wrinkle in the Buckeye Bullet story is the fact the VBB2.5 is only a test-bed for the team's battery technology. VBB3 -- a sleek black rocket of a landspeed racer that the team plans to build on top of the experience gained from VBB2.5 -- is expected to break all previous records in the not too distant future.

DeLaSalle Students Launch Most Efficient Electric Car

8 Students from DeLaSalle high school have brought shame to the Chevy Volt before it's even been released. Using a crashed 2000 Lola racecar, 21 batteries, and a lightweight plastic body, the students engineered an electric vehicle rated at the equivalent to 452 miles per gallon. The Prius looks like an Abrams tank in light of their work.
Steve Rees, a former architect and car racer, mentored the students through designing, constructing and tweaking the sleek one-seater.

Rees located the discarded Indy car base from a dealer in St. Louis. It was trashed after IndyCar driver Jimmy Vasser did this to it. They stripped out the engine, filled the compartment with a motor and 21 batteries, and they replaced the racing breaks with lightweight models.

"It's literally a 3M product used to shrink wrap onto a cheap storm window," Rees says. And the plastic was strong enough to survive test drives, so they stuck with it. "The great thing is that you can see through it. It's just so much more exciting for people to see what's underneath," he adds.

Another key component to the team's success was tire maker Bridgestone taking an interest. The company gave the DeLaSalle students extremely low-drag tires and efficient wheels which improved efficiency greatly. The final product was a transparent, open-cockpit, slippery auto primed for efficiency testing.

Bridgestone opened its famed Proving Grounds, a 7.7-mile course in rural Texas, to the students, where they cruised around the track at 42 mph, impressing Bridgestone's engineers. Following their success, the tire company showed off the see-through wonder at the Indianapolis 500, where race fans fawned over the kids' work. "Over a hundred thousand people saw it," Rees says. "It was the belle of the ball."

Hair Cutting World Record set by Patrick Lomantini with Continuously Hair Cut for 72 Hours

Patrick Lomantini has successfully set Guinness World Record by cutting hair continuously for 72 hours. Wichita, Kansas, USA Based Lomantini Salon's Owner Patrick Lomantini Started his effort on Thursday, August 19 and same was ended at nine Sunday, August 22 night.

Patrick Lomantini finished 227 haircuts for free.

Total Tips was of $1625 which he donated to the Kansas Humane Society.

You can visit his salon at 1812 South Seneca in Wichita or call 316-640-4995.

Top 10 Largest Universities in the World

Today we have gathered data of top 10 largest and biggest universities in the world. This list includes total active enrollment across all campuses (including off campus study). Included enrollment numbers are the sum of undergraduate and graduate students.

1). Allama Iqbal Open University - 1974 Established Allama Iqbal Open University is Located in Islamabad, Pakistan and it is the Largest University the world with the total enrollments of 3.2 Million.

2). Indira Gandhi National Open University - World's second biggest University is Indira Gandhi National Open University which is also known as IGNOU is Based in Delhi, India with 3 million enrollments. Said university was established in 1985.

3). Islamic Azad University - Situated in Tehran, Iran, Islamic Azad University is third biggest university in the world with total enrollments of 1.3 Million. It was established in 1982.

4). Anadolu University - Eskişehir, Turkey Based Anadolu University stands as a forth largest university in the world with 884,081 enrollments. Anadolu University was established in 1958.

5). Bangladesh National University - Bangladesh National University was Established in 1992 and is fifth biggest university in the world and having total 800,000 enrollments.

6). Universitas Terbuka - Universitas Terbuka is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. This was established in 1984 and it is sixth largest university in the world with 646,467 enrollments.

7). Bangladesh Open University - Gazipur, Bangladesh based Bangladesh Open University (BOU) was established in 1992. BOU is seventh biggest university and having 600,000 enrollments.

8). Ramkhamhaeng University - Ramkhamhaeng University is situated at Bangkok, Thailand. This eighth largest university was established in 1971 and now having 525,000 enrollments.

9). University System of Ohio - Ohio, USA based University System of Ohio was started in 2007. This ninth biggest university is having 478,000 enrollments.

10). University of the Punjab - Located in Lahor, Punjab; University of the Punjab was established in 1882. This university has total 450,000 enrollments.

World Longest Traffic Jam in World Record

60-mile traffic jam in China * Roadworks to continue for another three weeks * Not a record-breaking jam (yet)

If you are bracing yourself for the annual Bank Holiday traffic this weekend, spare a thought for the drivers on China's Beijing - Zhangjiakou highway in their 10th day of being stuck in a 60-mile traffic jam.

Local officials have warned that the jam, on a highway that connects Beijing to Inner Mongolia, could continue for some time yet as the construction that has been blamed for the gridlock won't be finished until September 17.

The traffic jam started on August 14 on a stretch of road that has been frequently congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia.

The 60-mile tailback is starting to move, albeit slowly, but at the moment it's not classed as the world's longest or busiest traffic jam.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records those dubious records belong to France and Germany. The longest ever reported was that which stretched 109 miles northwards from Lyon towards Paris, France on February 16 1980

And a record traffic jam of 18 million cars crawling bumper-to-bumper was reported on the East-West German border on April 12 1990.

Traffic jams are not a new phenomenon either. Julius Caesar banned carts and chariots from Rome during daytime in the first century BC.

The Highways Agency doesn't keep records of Britain's longest or busiest traffic jams, but for drivers heading out on the motorways for the Bank Holiday a spokesman said, 'We generally try to lift roadworks over busy periods', so hopefully we won't see anything like the chaos in China.

World’s Biggest Tomato Fight in Spain

More than 45,000 visitors from all over the world clashed Wednesday in a friendly tomato-battle known as the “Tomatina,” a peculiar celebration that is hosted each year by the eastern Spanish town of Buñol and at which the participants hurl more than 100 tons of tomatoes at one another for about an hour in what is probably the world’s largest food fight.

This year’s event transpired without any serious incidents and the municipal services only had to treat about a dozen people for fainting and slight eye irritations, according to what the councilwoman in charge of “fiestas” in Buñol, Pilar Garrigues, told Efe.

The 2010 Tomatina was marked by an increased number of participants, who did not seem to be bothered much by the heat wave the region has been experiencing when they “invaded” the town of 9,000 people early Wednesday morning.

Many of them had kept a all-night vigil in one of the local parks or inside their cars parked all over town to make sure they were as close as possible to the site of the day’s tomato-schlacht.

There were others who caught a little sleep just a few yards from the battlesite an hour or so before the event began.

As is the case each year, the celebration began hours earlier with the now-traditional street barbecues, the hurling of buckets of water from the balconies on the people in the street below, the pole smeared with soap up which people must shimmy to try and get a ham at the top, the throwing of wet shirts back and forth, a practice otherwise expressly prohibited because of its danger but which has become one of the classic behaviors engaged in on this unusual day.

There are also the costumes people wear and – although as the years go by it’s becoming more and more difficult to be original – the classic ones continue to triumph, including firemen, tomatoes, watermelon helmets and people wearing Elvis Presley-like sunglasses.

However, all the efforts to make the biggest splash with an original – or not so original – costume fall by the wayside when the dump trucks arrive loaded with ripe red tomatoes.

The loads are dumped into the square and the thousands on hand each grab up a few tomatoes and start hurling them at everyone in sight. It only takes a few moments for everyone to become liberally covered with red juice and seeds from their heads to their toes, and in some spots the tomato puree is soon knee-deep.

But if you think that it’s amazing how quickly the good-natured combatants pulverize and destroy the gigantic mounds of tomatoes, no less impressive is the efficiency with which the local residents subsequently clean the streets and building facades when the Tomatina concludes.

Hoses and buckets are brought out to facilitate the cleanup work – not only of the streets and

buildings but also of the tomato-covered participants – and it’s not long before all the tons of juice and tomato fragments strewn all over central Buñol have vanished. Until next year.

The larger number of visitors this year, however, meant that there had to be a strengthening in security, a task performed by around 120 police and a helicopter.

The festival, which had its origin as a simple act of “vandalism” in 1944, has managed – after periods of prohibition and censure – to transform itself over the past 30 years into a rather noteworthy international event.

In fact, this year’s edition of the tomato battle served as the inspiration for a movie crew from India who shot several scenes for a feature film, and for the South Korean government, which intends to develop a “sister-festival” relationship between the Tomatina and its Mud Festival in the town of Boryeong, where mud is used instead of tomatoes in a similar event.

In addition, about 30 media teams, including television networks from India, the United States, Ireland and Japan, had received permission to film the event from the town hall.

Andover man to attempt world record for longest bike wheelie

 ANDOVER — He's known as the "wheelie man" or the "guy who does wheelies" around town.

His name is Garth Lockhart and he is often seen riding his mountain bike around Andover and several surrounding towns and cities, doing wheelies — and not any normal wheelies.

When most people "pop a wheelie" on their bike, within seconds the front tire hits the ground again. Lockhart, 30, of Hidden Road, can travel miles on one wheel.

"The kids in Andover kept asking me, 'How long can you do a wheelie for?'" Lockhart said. "And that challenged me to see how far I could actually go."

Lockhart is frequently spotted doing his signature move along Route 28 in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and Salem, N.H. He can sustain a wheelie up and down hills and can also ride one handed, often giving people high-fives or the peace sign.
On Sept. 12, he will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle wheelie in an hour. He will try to break the record by traveling from his home on Hidden Road along Route 28 to Buchika's Bike Shop in Salem, a journey of more than 9 miles.

The current Guinness World Record is 8 miles, set by 14-year-old Aaron Stannage from England this past January by doing laps inside a gymnasium. Before that, the record for longest bicycle wheelie was 1.5 miles.

"The kids told me 'there is a record and you should see if you can break it,'" Lockhart said.

Over the past few months, Lockhart has become somewhat of a celebrity around Andover for both the young and the old. A Facebook page devoted to Lockhart has more than 1,300 followers.

Alex Patti, 18, a recent graduate of Andover High School, first saw Lockhart doing wheelies this spring.

"I saw him and I was very intrigued ... he is doing a wheelie all the time," Patti said. "Everyone just started calling him the 'wheelie man.'"

Patti, who works at Sotherland & Co. rug retailer, speaks with Lockhart frequently and said he is a goal oriented person. "He is very determined, it is awesome, it is pretty inspiring," Patti said.

Selectmen's Chairman Alex Vispoli even gave a shout-out to Lockhart at the last selectmen's meeting saying he recently stopped on the side of the road to talk with Lockhart about his story.

"I was fascinated that he could hold a wheelie for so long, it looked effortless," Vispoli said in a phone interview. "I remember as a kid popping a wheelie and making it two or three feet before the tire hit the ground again or I fell."

Groups of kids gather around Lockhart to find out his story and how he learned to do a wheelie like that. "It makes me happy knowing I make people happy," Lockhart said. "I like to make people smile."

Lockhart, a native of Dominica, an island in the West Indies, first learned how to do a wheelie at age 21 on the island. He said he had a dream one night while he was still living in Dominica that he could do a long-distance wheelie and when he woke and realized he couldn't, he was frustrated.

"I decided to practice," he said, "and one day I was riding with a friend and realized I could do it."

He moved to the United States in 2003 at the age of 24, and was living in New Hampshire before he moved to Andover nine months ago. He says he currently isn't working, but details cars to make money.

Although he has been able to pop wheelies for years, he didn't start his long distance efforts until the kids in Andover started encouraging him to do so, he said. He'd go a couple miles at a time before he worked up to the distance he can do now. The longest he's been able to do in one wheelie is 14 or 15 miles, which takes about 45 minutes, he said.

Lockhart is still working out the details with Guinness World Records representatives as far as videotaping or having a judge come to witness his record-breaking attempt.

He said his journey will be harder and more dangerous than Stannage's because he will have wind, road conditions and traffic to deal with.

Lockhart said he makes the back and forth trip to Salem, three times a day. He travels about 375 miles a week in which 90 percent of the time he is in a wheelie, he said.

"I love doing wheelies, it is a part of me," Lockhart said. "If there was a road around the world, I think I could do it in one wheelie."

Scooter riders in Humber Bridge record attempt

Hundreds of scooter enthusiasts have taken part in an procession across the Humber Bridge in an attempt to try to break a world record.

Organisers said 875 people had formed a continuous line of scooters from the start of the Humber Bridge to the Barton interchange on Saturday.

They said they believed they had beaten the world record of more than 500 scooter riders, set in Italy.

Organiser George Holdness said they were delighted with the event.

The procession was organised by the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Scooter Scene (GCSS) and the Yorkshire Scooter Alliance (YSA).

Mr Holdess said they had been joined by Andrew White from Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs, who is a keen scooter enthusiast.

He added that they awaiting confirmation from Guinness World Records as to whether their record attempt had been successful.

New world record set at Lake Cumberland

A new world record is set right here in Kentucky, as thousands of boaters showed up on Lake Cumberland this weekend for the world's largest "raft up."
A judge from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that 1651 boats were on the lake tied together to achieve the title.
But breaking the record wasn't the only good news for the area.  Organizer Craig Stratton explains, "Oh, it's just wonderful. I mean what most people don't understand is there's so many tourism dollars that come into this area this weekend because of this event. Folks are buying gasoline locally, they're buying food locally, supplies locally. You know it's just really a great event."
The old record was 1453 boats set in North Carolina in 2004.

World Record for Longest Active E-mail Address

According to his website, Peter Craig holds more world records than any other Australian. Spinning, clapping, one-legged jump roping -- you name the weird record-setting feat, and Craig's probably done it. He's also, it turns out, the proud owner of a Wagnerian e-mail address which, at 345 characters, is the world's longest -- according to the URDB. And it works, too. So go ahead and drop him a line of congratulations at:

    contact-admin-hello-webmaster-info-services-peter-crazy-but-oh-so-ubber-cool-english-alphabet-loverer-abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz@please-try-to.send-me-an-email-if-you-can-possibly-begin-to-remember-this-coz.this-is-the-longest-email-address-known-to-man-but-to-be-honest.this-is-such-a-stupidly-long-sub-domain-it-could-go-on-forever.pacraig.com.

Fortunately, as Craig acknowledges, this is one record that seems made to be broken

World's Longest Catwalk - The Copenhagen Fashion Week

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- About 250 fashion models sashayed designers clothes and accessories on the 1 mile (1.609 km) runway installed on the pedestrian street in the centre of Copenhagen, Strøget, during the Copenhagen Fashion Week - setting the new world record for the Longest Catwalk.


   The previous Guinness World Record for the Longest catwalk was 1,320.45 m (4,332 ft 2 in), set at the Centro de las Artes Centenario in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

    The famous pedestrian street "Stroget" in the center of Copenhagen was transformed into one long glamorous runway where 250 models walked 1 mile (1.609 km) and presented the best of Scandinavian fashion this fall.

    With Danish model Helena Christensen starting things off, the models strutted on a giant pink carpet, presenting the collections of Scandinavia's top fashion labels.

    "Copenhagen fashion week and the world's greatest catwalk bring fashion on the street, and bring unique opportunities to Denmark fashion businesses," said Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish minister of economic and business affairs.

   100,000 spectators lined the streets to look at the beautiful people showcasing the latest in cutting-edge Scandanavian fashion.

    High heels and heavy rain presented a potential occupational hazard but the models struck a pose like there was nothing to it, strutting their stuff without taking a tumble.

   Most of the participants were professionals, although a number of amateurs took part after being spotted on the street or on the social networking site Facebook.

    Copenhagen Fashion Week has during the past few years developed into a large and renowned event with an international scope, and it attracts more than 50,000 buyers, designers and global press.

    Large parts of Copenhagen are transformed into a fashion Mecca of shows, exhibitions, concerts, trend shows and parties.

    And the "fashion for the people" concept also reflects Danish fashion. It is becoming worldwide renowned for its unique angle on design, innovation and aesthetics and a modern approach to functionality. The clothes are wearable and affordable - often referred to as "democratic fashion."
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Gazan aims at Guinness record for World's largest Ramadan lamp

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — In the latest Guinness world record bid aimed at highlighting the Palestinian struggle a Gaza resident on Tuesday unveiled the "world's largest Ramadan lamp."

The 10-metre (33 foot) high and 3.5 metre (11.5 feet) wide structure made out of wood and cloth was modelled on the lamps that adorn streets across the Muslim world during the festive fasting month.

"I am determined to set a Guinness world record in order to send a message to the world to break the siege on Gaza," Mustafa Massoud, 24, told AFP, adding that he had spent 400 dollars (300 euros) on materials to build the lamp.

He said he also hoped to send a message to rival Palestinian governments in Gaza and the West Bank to resolve their differences.

The attempt follows bids by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to set records for the most children bouncing basketballs and the most flying kites, events held last month.

The two feats were also aimed at attracting international attention to the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, which has been under a four-year Israeli and Egyptian blockade that has kept out all but vital goods.

Israel moved to ease the closures in June following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid fleet that sparked international outrage, and these days allows in virtually all purely civilian goods.

It still prevents Gazans from exporting however, and strictly limits the movement of people in and out of the territory, which has been ruled by the militant Hamas movement since June 2007.

KFC World Record for World's largest serving of fried chicken

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Colonel's Original Recipe, KFC fried up 2,000 pounds of chicken in the heart of its hometown in an attempt to steal the Guinness World Record for the "world's largest serving of fried chicken." The outsized order was served up in a mega version of KFC's iconic bucket -- 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide.

Last month, the town of Brookville, Indiana, unofficially broke the record, frying up 1,645 pounds of chicken as part of its annual Canoefest. That attempt was also dedicated to the legacy of Colonel Sanders, who was born in nearby Henryville. A KFC franchise in Kuwait held the previous official record with more than 1,278 pounds of fried chicken served at one setting.

If the story feels a little underwhelming despite the huge numbers (KFC cooked up a ton of fried chicken, after all), it's probably because it feels so, well, predictable. I mean, it used to be that part of the novelty of breaking a world record was the impressive grassroots, ad hoc effort that went into doing so, like a whole town in Vermont turning out to break the record for the world's largest pancake breakfast or something like that.
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To have KFC setting the record for world's largest serving of fried chicken is kind of like Martha Stewart entering the pie competition at the Iowa State Fair.

Maybe they should just change the name from Guinness Book of World Records to Guinness Book of Corporate Publicity Stunts.
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World's Largest Clock - The Royal Mecca Clock

MECCA, (Makkah), Saudi Arabia -- The Royal Mecca Clock, a giant clock on a skyscraper in Islam's holiest city has four faces measuring 151 feet (43 meters) in diameter - setting the new world record for the Largest Clock.

Photo: The Largest Clock in The World will tower over the holy Kabaa in Mecca, Saudi Arabia at a height of 1,972 ft. / AP photo

Over 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic embellish the sides of the World's Largest Clock, which has four faces each bearing a large inscription of the name "Allah". It is visible from all corners of the city, the state news agency said.

Islam's holy month of Ramadan is a lot about the calendar and the clock.

More than six times larger in diameter than London's famed Big Ben, the clock faces, with the Arabic words "In the Name of Allah" in huge lettering underneath and will be lit with two million LED lights.

Some 21,000 white and green coloured lights, fitted at the top of the World's Largest Clock, will flash to as far as 30 kilometres (18.7 miles) to signal Islam's mandatory five-times daily prayers.

On special Muslim occasions, 16 bands of vertical lights will shoot some 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) up into the sky.

The Largest Clock in The World will run on Arabia Standard Time, which is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Saudi Arabia hopes the clock will establish the holy city as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median.

The clock tower is the landmark feature of the seven-tower King Abdulaziz Endowment hotel complex, being built by the Saudi Binladin Group, which will have the largest floor area of any building in the world when it is complete. Local media have said the clock tower project cost $3 billion.

Local media have said the clock tower project cost $3 billion.

The World's Largest Clock will loom over Mecca's Grand Mosque from the top of what will be the world's second tallest building behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa.

Saudi Arabia's state news agency says the tower, designed by German and Swiss engineers, will be more than 600 meters high, or roughly six times the height of London's famous Big Ben.

The clock tower is part of the Abraj al-Bait hotel complex in Mecca. Visitors will be able to stand on a terrace beneath the clock to view the city.

The project is part of efforts to modernize the holy city and make it more capable of catering to pilgrims. Around 2 million Muslims visit the city each year for the annual Haj pilgrimage, a once-in-a-lifetime requirement for able-bodied Muslims, and 3.5 million pilgrims visit Makkah at other times of the year.

The 130 foot diameter clock dials in Mecca will also bigger than the current world record holder at the Cevahir Mall clock in Istanbul, which has a 36 meter face.
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Corby teenager breaks three archery World Records

A 14-year-old boy has broken an adult world record in Flight Archery.

Zak Crawford from Corby shot an arrow to a distance of 484.29 metres, which is nearly 13 metres further than the previous record.

He also broke records in two other categories in the Northern Counties Flight Championships at RAF Church Fenton.

Though Flight Archery is not an Olympic sport, Zak is still going to try for the 2012 games in target shooting.

Zak initially started with target shooting, but was later introduced to Flight Archery.

He said: "One of my Grandad's friends does a bit of Flight Archery and he took me to a competition, I tried it and quite liked it."

Flight Archery is sometimes referred to as the Formula 1 of the sport.

Competitors have to use a particular size and weight of bow and arrows that are specifically designed to fly for long periods in the air.

At the same event, Zak also broke two junior records and in future he aims to smash his record.

"I want to try and get past 600 metres, that will be a really hard target to break and will take a lot of work but I'll go for it," he said.

Butterbean Festival goes for place in Guinness World Records

Alabama Butterbean Festival officials are unveiling a 4-foot tall, 7-foot wide, 1,000-pound metal pot on Friday as part of their plan for the annual festival to be in "Guinness World Records."

The unveiling will be at noon at Bradford & Hines Custom Metal Fabrication, 3200 Sixth Ave. North, Birmingham.

Festival officials are attempting to earn a place in Guinness for the largest pot of baked beans.

Bradford & Hines built the pot using stainless steel plates provided by another Birmingham company, Phoenix Metals Co. The pot can hold 1,200 gallons, which exceeds the current 832-gallon record, Guinness officials said.

The 2010 Alabama Butterbean Festival will be Sept. 4 in Pinson.

Liebler family aims to set world record for longest lemonade stand

They could have gone for the biggest muffin or largest slice of pizza.

Instead, the Liebler family decided they want to build the world’s longest lemonade stand. But they’ll need some help.

“We submitted an application to the Guinness World Book of Records and they accepted our proposal,” Pat Liebler said. “They get something like 60,000 requests a year and only process a handful, so this is a great opportunity. I guess nobody ever tried it before.”

The Beverly Hills family wants the stand in place by Aug. 20, 2011 — which just happens to be National Lemonade Day — giving themselves a year to squeeze out all the details.

They decided to set a record after brainstorming ways to raise money for extracurricular programs at Beverly Elementary School, where several of the Liebler kids attend. School officials are excited about the idea and have agreed to participate.

“Lemonade stands are the first business concept for most children ... it’s something they get,” Liebler said. “You could even turn this into a learning tool for classrooms in terms of marketing, how to purchase supplies — even knowing how to keep your ice from melting on a really hot day.”

He envisions building the stand at Beverly Park in five-foot sections. Each section will have a hinged arm connecting it to the next section. Different groups can sponsor each section, from scouting troops to local businesses.

“The whole thing has to act as a lemonade stand for a short period of time,” he said. “Even 10 minutes will accomplish the goal.”
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'Robin Hood' schoolboy breaks world archery record after firing arrow 500 metres

A schoolboy who dreamed of being Robin Hood has smashed a world long distance record in Flight Archery after firing an arrow the length of five football pitches.

Zak Crawford, who is just 14, shot an arrow nearly 500 metres - an incredible 150 metres further than the previous record.

The teenager was competing in the senior under-35lb class using a recurve bow at the Northern Counties Flight Championships.

He also broke world records in the junior recurve and junior compound categories at the competition at RAF Church Fenton in Yorkshire.

 Zak, who started the sport when he was just six, said he was 'over the moon' at winning the hat trick of world records.

'I have been practising really hard but I certainly didn't expect to come away from the competition with three world records, I'm over the moon,' he said.

'I managed to get the technique right on the day and I couldn't believe it when the arrows went so far.'

Zak, who enjoyed watching Robin Hood films as a child, took up archery at the age of six after trying it at a fair.

He became the youngest member of his local club and got into the county team at the age of seven and the East Midlands team two years later when he was just nine.

He initially started with target shooting but was later introduced to Flight Archery, which is based on the distance an arrow travels.

'When I first began I was the youngest in my club and I found it very difficult as I was quite small and the bow was heavy,' said Zak, from Corby, Northants.

'But I really enjoyed archery and began training a lot so I soon got used to it.'  Zak now trains at Welland Valley Archery Club every night for three hours, firing 1,000 arrows each session.

'One of my Grandad's friends does Flight Archery and he took me to a competition. I tried it and quite liked it,' he added.

'It involves a lot of hand and eye co-ordination and you need strength to draw the bow back.
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Two moons on 27th August 2010?

See Can 2 Moons on 27th august 2010

There would be two moons in sky on 27th August 2010; when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. This would be once in a while chance. I want no one to miss that awesome event.

27 August 2010 this will be different for the first time in over a thousand years on that night two moons will be visible the world over with the naked eye. 

At least what appears to be two moons, the second moon is actually would be the planet Mars of our solar system.

The red planet will come so close to the earth that it will appear as if it is a second moon in the sky.

If you miss this chance then will have to wait till 2287 so don't miss the chance of being witness of this amazing event of two moons togather. Be sure to watch the sky on 27 August 2010 12:30 am IST

Mexico City breaks Mentos geyser world record

Mexico City beats the Chinese world record for the largest number of simultaneously erupting Mentos geysers, sending thousands of litres of fizzy drink into the air.

With 2,433 participants of all ages the event topped the leader board, beating China, who held a similar experiment in June but reached only 2,175 erupting Mentos and soda geysers.

The experiment involves dropping a packet of Mentos sweets into a 2-litre bottle of fizzy drink, causing the liquid to shoot up to two meters into the air.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator was present Saturday to confirm a new mark being set.

"It was great, everyone was excited and they could tell they were here and they wanted to be a part of history and once all those fountains erupted it was just incredible to see," Mike Janela said.

Despite the difficulties of organizing a crowd of nearly 2,500 people to all drop the Mentos simultaneously into the bottle, event organisers managed to get enough people to beat the record. Most participants were left drenched.

Mandan businesses attempt to break slip-and-slide record

BISMARCK — If you’re looking for a thrill and a chance at making a small piece of history, grab that swimsuit and head to a North Dakota ski resort this weekend.

Mandan businesses CiNcity Designs and Huff Hills are attempting to break the world record for longest slip and slide on Saturday.

The slide will be more than 1,100 feet long, and sliders will be able to use the ski resort’s chairlift to get to the top, said Nic Cruz, owner of CiNcity Designs.

Cruz said he was looking to host a fun event and asked for suggestions on Facebook.

“A number of ideas came in. One was a slip and slide,” he said. “Of course, they probably meant for it to be like any other slip and slide. Anyone that knows me knows we try to make them as big as possible.”

According to CiNcity Designs, the world record for a slip and slide is 600 feet long. Creating a slide double that length and with roughly 250 feet of vertical drop took a lot of legwork, Cruz said.

He called many places trying to find someone willing to make a custom-made enormous slide.

“You can imagine how that conversation went,” Cruz said.

Besides the large slide, Cruz said they’re also working to have a smaller slide or two to help with traffic or for those wary of riding the big one.

Jill Castleberry of CiNcity Designs said they contacted Guinness World Records, but they’re not sure if anyone will make it to the event.

CiNcity Designs will shoot video of the slide being measured to submit, she said.

The effort will cost about $7,500, but Cruz expects 1,000 to 2,000 people to participate. The publicity will also be worth it, he said.

“I knew right away as soon as we started talking about it that people were going to want to get involved, and it was going to be something that would be all over the place,” he said.

Most weight deadlifted in one hour : Dr. Thienna Ho

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., USA -- Dr. Thienna Ho, a 5-foot woman, barely weighing in at 95 pounds competed with professional weightlifting men at St. Emydius Gym and lifted  104,846 pounds and three ounces in one hour - setting the new world record for the Most weight deadlifted in one hour.

   The previous Guinness World Record for the Most weight deadlifted in one hour was 31,500 kg (69,445 lb), set by Eamonn Keane (Ireland) at Powerhouse Gym in Dublin, Ireland, on 29 September 2007.

   The barbell weighed in at 45 pounds, 13 ounces (nearly half her body weight). In order for each lift to be counted, she had to achieve wide stance sumo leg spread where her feet were pointing at a nearly 90-degree angle; touch the barbell to the floor; and completely straighten her legs.

   Sumo dead lifts solely use the hip and leg strength to push the barbell off the floor which requires tremendous flexibility.

   "If a 200 pound man did this, he would have to lift nearly 100 pounds more than 1,000 times in an hour. The man who broke this world record in 2007, Eamonn Keane, did 731 repetitions of 95 pounds."

   While Thienna is no stranger to setting world records (she has four under her belt), she does admit that this was the toughest.    Other records include: most sumo squats in one hour (5,135); the longest Samson's chair (static wall sit) - 11 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds; and the heaviest deadlift in one minute (3,864 pounds).

   "I am not a weightlifter. In fact, I have never lifted a weight in my life," Thienna says. "Prior to setting this record, I trained for four months, two to three times per week to test my endurance and ate a sulfur-rich diet."
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Salford woman makes bid for fastest text title

Melissa Thompson was invited to have a go at speed-texting at a promotional stand in the Lowry Outlet Mall on the Quays.

She tapped out a complicated 25 word message in an impressive 25.94 seconds, beating the present world record by just under ten seconds.

She said that the idea of holding a world record was "completely overwhelming".

Melissa, who was out shopping with her partner when she attempted the record, admitted that she was a regular texter, but said that she was out of practice.

"I used to do a hell of a lot [of texting], but it's died down recently," she explained.

"But clearly, I've not lost any of it."

To try for the world record, Melissa had to type a complex message, which she described as being "quite long-winded and with plenty of big words", as quickly as possible without mistakes.

Her words were a fitting description for the text, which read 'The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.'

It's the same sentence that the current holder of the title of world's fastest texter, Franklin Page from Seattle in America, typed out in 35.54 seconds in March this year.

Both Melissa's and Franklin's times were recorded using touch screen text inputting software which allows the user to input whole words, letter by letter, without taking their finger off their mobile phone.

Melissa said that the possibility of being the world's fastest texter was "overwhelming", but that her friends and family had been keeping her feet on the ground in the usual manner.

"They've been winding me up, more than anything, all day."

"In work, I got in this morning and they were all cheering and they had all the cut-outs from the papers.

"My team leader has just been joking all day, saying that my computer skills should be better than my texting skills."

Melissa explained she had only taken part because the mobile phone company staff had asked her to, but with speed-texting now having a world championship , she said she'd love to have a go at an international level.

"To be honest, I never thought I'd win this one," she said.

"They just said 'you should try it', so I did. I never thought anything like this would come of it at all."

Guinness World Records have now been notified of Melissa's claim.

It's just a matter of time before she finds out whether she really is 'the world's fastest texter.'

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