I have always been fascinated by world records. There is a certain passion, drive and single minded focus that creates these records. Here are a few that have interested me…and am sure will do the same for all you fascinating people out there!!!
The Guinness Book of Records acknowledged the achievement of Sharjah cricket stadium for hosting the most number of one-day matches. Sharjah stadium, built in the early 1980s, was the hub of one-day cricket between 1984 to 2003 and had hosted 200 one-day internationals — a world record for a limited over matches venue.
100 Year Old Sets Marathon Record.
A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto. Indian-born Fauja Singh earned a spot in the World Record Book for his accomplishment.
It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line – more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year – and he was the last competitor to complete the course.
Most Number of Students Playing The Violin.
More than 4,600 Taiwanese school children came together for a marathon violin playing session on Sunday, breaking a world record that had stood for 86 years.
An official from organization said that, 4,645 children aged under 18 at a stadium in central Changhua county, The performance was 30 seconds longer than the required minimum of five minutes, it said.
Largest Chocolate Bar World Record.
World’s Finest Chocolate today added another superlative to its description – largest. The company broke the Guinness World Record for largest chocolate bar, weighing in at more than 12,000 pounds and measuring almost 3 feet high and 21 feet long.
An official of Guinness World Records verified the record after the bar was hoisted on a warehouse beam and weighed on a scale provided by Abacus Scales. The previous record was held by an Armenian company for a bar that weighed 9,722 pounds.
To make the world’s largest chocolate bar, World’s Finest Chocolate used:
1,200 pounds of almonds
5,500 pounds of sugar
2,000 pounds of milk powder
1,700 pounds of cocoa butter
1,400 pounds of chocolate liquor
Most Kites Flown Simultaneously.
Around 15,000 children were shown flowing their kites over the Gaza Strip in a bid to set a new world record for the most kites flown simultaneously. The seemingly simple act raised cheers amongst Palestinians, who have suffered the bitterness of poverty and conflict for decades.
Kites were flown at the golden beach under the supervision of a United Nations humanitarian agency.The previous record,10,465, was set in April in Weifang City, China, according to the Guinness World Records.
A 74 year old woman living in the United States was recognized as the oldest female body builder by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
Ernestine Shepherd has ‘six-pack’ abs which look unbelievable at her age and tries to motivate other people to lead healthy lives as she teaches at a Baltimore fitness centre.
Joyalukkas – World’s Largest Jewellery Showroom.
The Joyalukkas Jewellery showroom in Chennai is the largest in the world, according to the World Records. It is spread out in five floors with four floors dedicated for jewellery shoppers while the fifth floor is reserved for administration, marketing and jewellery sorting team of Joyalukkas. The jewellery showroom features gold, diamond, platinum, precious stone, pearl, Silver and exclusive corner for kids jewellery.
Most People Singing the National Anthem in Pakistan.
Pakistan achieved the world record for most people singing a national anthem simultaneously when 5,857 Pakistanis chanted the national anthem here at the Defence Stadium in connection with the Independence Day celebrations. The most noteworthy part of the achievement was that the event was arranged by two jingoistic youngsters, Abid Beli and Waqas Pai with a vigorous campaign on social and digital media without any sponsorship or support from the public or private sector. People along with their families and friends started gathering at the designated venue at about 10pm. Rangers, police and scout personnel surrounded the stadium, while volunteers organised the traffic and guided people.