World Records (General; Miscellaneous)

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Is he nuts or just milking it for all its worth?

A Cook Islander has become the first ever world champion in the sport of coconut tree climbing, it's been reported.

George Iona emerged the winner in a field of 16 entrants, winning by the smallest of margins, Tahiti's Radio 1 reports. He scaled the eight-metre (26.25 feet) tree in 5.62 seconds at the event in the garden of the Tahiti Museum. His time was just one hundredth of a second ahead of American Samoa's Fiapa'i Ellio, the pre-race favourite.

The objective of the new sport is simple, Tahiti TMTV says: Climb the tree as quickly as possible, with each climber being given two attempts to post their best time. The winning tactic appears to entail wearing a loop of rough rope around the ankles, allowing better purchase on the trunk. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40629686
 

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Is he nuts or just milking it for all its worth?
There'll be a kernel of truth in that story.

Here's a coconut for ya;
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Guess the country and the year...
 

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I'm doing a marathon DJ set for charity in a few weeks, hopefully it will all be video-streamed to the internet so you might be able to experience it for yerself!

Anyway...I've got a mate who works at Guinness World Records, so I thought I'd check it out. Longest DJ Set! It would be pretty cool to be a world holder. I was planning on doing 12 hours straight, all vinyl, how long could the current record be?

Ten days.

Ten days.

Granted, it was digital not vinyl, he was allowed a five minute break every hour, an hour break every 24 (or 12, can't remember), but the music had to be continuous, at least one person had to be dancing at all times, and he wasn't allowed to repeat a tune for at least four hours. And he wasn't allowed to sleep (he started hallucinating after day 5).

Still...

Ten days.
 

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I assume by the time he reached the tenth day he had been reduced to playing The Dooleys and Liquid Gold records.
 

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Shortest ever boxing match?

Heavyweight boxer Curtis Harper lost his bout against Efe Ajagba on Friday in Minnesota in unusual fashion - leaving the ring after the opening bell without a punch being thrown.

Fighting on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card at the Minneapolis Armory, Harper ducked through the ropes as soon as the bell rang and walked all the way back to his dressing room. He did not return and was eventually disqualified.

Nigeria’s Ajagba improved his record to 7-0 with his one-second win.
 

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He should put a 'Bol-L-Gol Gardening' sign on it.

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What is actually going on in that picture? Centre right looks like some mayhem. And that's probably a pointless question.
 

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What is actually going on in that picture? Centre right looks like some mayhem. And that's probably a pointless question.
This is from Terminator 2. The light in the background is a truck approaching, with the terminator on board (I seem to recall).
 

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Bet you didn't see this coming.

Two men have begun an attempt to set a world record for the longest time spent continuously on a see-saw.

Richard March and Michael Jones started on Saturday in Twyford, Berkshire, where an unofficial record of 80 hours on the bounce was set in 1969 by Mr Jones' father-in-law.The pair are eating, sleeping and answering calls of nature on the giant homemade machine. They aim to finish on Tuesday night after bouncing about 60,000 times.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-47921051
 

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Woman swims English Channel a record four times in a row:
Video of the record holder

Amazing achievement, she's a breast cancer survivor too. Although after watching that I feel even more fat and rubbish.
 

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A cyclist who rode a penny farthing bike from Land's End to John O'Groats in four days and 12 hours has been told he has broken a 133-year-old record.

Richard Thoday, of Matlock, Derbyshire, completed the 874-mile challenge in July but had to wait for confirmation from Guinness World Records. The previous record was set in 1886 by celebrated cyclist GP Mills, who did the journey in five days and one hour. Mr Thoday said the wait was "nerve-racking" but he felt "very relieved".

"I gave Guinness World Records all the evidence I could provide so if they said 'no' there was nothing else I could do," he said.

"I certainly wouldn't be doing it again anyway. It was just so hard."

The 55-year-old's record attempt helped to raise £10,000 for Children in Need.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-50451465
 

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Bet that was tough. No gearing, even though the big wheel might help.
 

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He'd probably have to walk it up a lot of hills. As for going downhill, I think you have to hang off the side & use a foot on the small back wheel as a brake. Good luck with that. Bloody dangerous contraptions. Got to doff your cap for the effort. Solid tyres as well so a pretty bumpy ride I reckon.

Having looked at the picture I'm suspecting it's a modified or more modern version - it looks like it has a brake on the rear wheel. A hell of an effort nevertheless. Averaging 200 miles a day on that is no mean feat.
 

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Vid at link.

Man in box of ice breaks world record

An Austrian man has broken a world record, by standing in a box filled with ice for over two-and-a-half hours.
Josef Koeberl beat the previous record for full-body contact, which he set himself last year, by over 25 minutes.

Published 7 hours ago

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-54049219
 

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Michael Andretti won the race for which the finish is shown here. Unlike his previous victories the loser's car gets eaten. To be fair, the winner's car gets eaten as well.
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This event established Guinness records for speed and distance traveled for an edible vehicle.
Debut a piece of cake as edible cars greet new ilani parking garage

ilani has officially opened its new six-story parking garage, and the casino opted to celebrate the occasion by racing edible cars — as in, cars made primarily out of cake.

The two replica Formula One cars each consisted of a cake body mounted on an aluminum chassis, resulting in a 669-pound vehicle that was, according to a press release from ilani, 91 percent edible.

That 91 percent number was key, according to ilani, because the goal of the race was to set two new Guinness World Records: fastest edible vehicle and longest distance covered by an edible vehicle. To qualify, the cars needed to be at least 90 percent edible. ...

FULL STORY: https://www.columbian.com/news/2021...s-edible-cars-greet-new-ilani-parking-garage/

Associated Guinness Record Webpages:
https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/99877-fastest-edible-vehicle
https://www.guinnessworldrecords.co...longest-distance-covered-by-an-edible-vehicle
 

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I was watching a documentary last night about the Signal Hill skateboard contest of the mid-to-late 1970s. I don't know how Fortean it was, but we do have a Great Acts of Stupidity thread. It reminded me of the cheese rolling tradition in England that many tried to get banned because it was so dangerous.

Signal Hill is one of the steepest in California, and someone had the bright idea of using it to set the record for the fastest speed achieved on a skateboard. The result was a lot of broken bones (spectators as well as contestants) and entries in the Guinness Book of Records. The footage in the doc is insane, these customised boards going over 50 miles an hour with just a mattress to stop them, or some hay bales. Streaks of skin left on the asphalt. It's a miracle nobody was killed, though one woman lost a lung.

Anyway, it was eventually banned, and now with a lot more safety in place downhill skateboarding is a real sport. But not there.
 

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Some jump.

A former paratrooper who leapt from a helicopter into the sea without a parachute has had his jump confirmed as a world record.

John Bream, 34, nicknamed "the Flying Fish", dropped from a helicopter off the Hampshire coast in October 2020. Guinness confirmed the 131 ft (40 m) jump was the highest from an aircraft into water. Mr Bream carried out the stunt to raise awareness of suicide among military veterans. The former member of the Parachute Regiment, from Havant, fell briefly unconscious after hitting the water at about 80mph (130km/h). He was taken to hospital as a precaution after being hauled from the sea by support divers, but later said he just had a "bit of a sore backside".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56913249
 

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Never before has the phrase "Too much time on their hands" been more fitting.

Watch golfer Marcus Armitage set a new world record of 303 yards for the farthest golf shot hit into a moving car at Elvington Airfield in England.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/golf/56927388
 

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World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge to open in Portugal

Crosses a gorge, 1700 ft long.

Nestling among the rocky mountains of Portugal's Arouca Geopark, a new bridge has become the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge.

It's taken two years to build and cost 2.3 m euros ($2.8 million). It is due to open fully to visitors from 3 May, but some local residents have already had a chance to try it out.

One of the first people to visit the bridge said he was "a little afraid" but that the experience was "extraordinary."

Short video.
 

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I couldn't find a thread specifically for the World Land Speed Record, so this has, er, 'landed', here;

Bloodhound racer displayed at Coventry Transport Museum
"The arrow-shaped racer reached a top speed of 628mph (1,010km/h) on the lakebed of Hakskeen Pan, South Africa, in late 2019.
In January Mr Warhurst said he had gone as far as he could with the project and could not put any more money into it to fund the fitting of the new part (an innovative environmentally friendly rocket motor)"

(Okay, so I know it's not about 'origami', but it does appear to be a project that, for now, has 'folded')

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-57143170

(EDIT: Dunno how, despite many searches of titles using different words - 'record', 'world', 'speed', etc - no search gave me this thread! My reference to 'origami' was because the #1 post upthread 'Origami train bid hits buffers' was the only thread that appeared. Which in itself seems strange)
 
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This Chinese woman has broken her own Guinness record for the world's longest eyelashes.

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Woman with the world’s longest eyelash breaks own record

You Jianxia (China) has held the record for the longest eyelash since 28 June 2016.

At that time, her eyelash measured 12.4 cm (4.88 in) and could be found on the upper eyelid of her left eye.

However, You Jianxia's eyelashes continued to grow over the years, and on 20 May 2021, it was confirmed that the new longest eyelash was 20.5 cm (8.0 in). ...

"I did visit medical professionals to find out why my eyelashes are longer than others people's eyelashes. The doctor couldn't explain this, and he felt it was really amazing.

"I also tried to find scientific reasons such as genes or something else. However, none of my family have long eyelashes like me, so it can't be explained." ...
FULL STORY: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.co...rlds-longest-eyelash-breaks-own-record-663474
 
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