World’s Largest Hello Kitty Collection and Other Bizarre Guinness World Records

The idea for the Guinness World Records (formerly The Guinness Book of World Records) was hatched in 1951 when a managing director of Guinness Breweries was on a shooting excursion and became embroiled in an argument over what game bird was the fastest. Realizing he would have no way to find and verify this information, the reference book which is now known worldwide was launched.

Guinness recognizes achievements of all sorts. From those obtained without intent by the record holder such as tallest living man (Sultan Kösen of Turkey, 251 cm or 8’3”) or woman (Yao Defen of China, 233.3cm or 7’7”) to the odd and quirky that can take years to achieve, such as the world’s largest rubber band ball (25’4” in diameter, 9032lb).

World's largest rubberband ball in Lauderhill, FL

World’s largest rubberband ball in Lauderhill, FL

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Though the athletic achievements are impressive much of the interest generated for Guinness is towards the more off-the-wall achievements they track. Here are some of the more interesting, and funny ones we found.

Largest Birthday Cake

A 130,000 pound cake was created in Las Vegas in 2005 for the cities centennial anniversary. It took 14 hours to produce, used over 40,000 pounds of frosting alone and outweighed the previous record holder by 128,360 pounds! One thousand volunteers used ingredients donated by Sara Lee to craft the treat.

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Largest Biceps

Mostafa Ismail of Egypt. 25 inches flexed, 24 inches unflexed.

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Tallest Mohawk

Kazuhiro Watanabe of Japan, 44.68 inches.

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Tallest Living Dog

Zeus, a Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan. 44 inches tall.

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Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Nuns

In 2012, 1436 men and women gathered in Kerry, Ireland dressed as nuns for ‘Nunday’ to raise money for Pieta House, a suicide prevention charity. After the official count was made the record recognized, the nuns paraded through the town.

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Heaviest Ridable Bicycle

Wouter van den Bosch of the Netherlands. 1650lbs (750kg).

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Largest Barbie Doll Collection

Bettina Dorfmann of Germany has 15,000 Barbie dolls.

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Largest Hello Kitty Collection

Asako Kanda of Japan has 4519 different Hello Kitty items.

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Most Balls Juggled Successfully

Alex Barron of the United Kingdom juggled 11 balls for a total of 23 catches without a drop.

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Tallest Living Horse (without shoes)

Big Jake, a Belgian Gelding horse from Poynette, Wisconsin is 82.75 inches or 210.19 cm.

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Longest Fingernails, Male and Female

Lee Redmond (USA), 28ft, 4.5 inches or 8.65 meters.

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Melvin Booth (USA), 32ft 3.8 inches or 9.85 meters.

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Most T-Shirts Worn at Once

Sanath Bandara of Sri Lanka, 257.

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Watch the Moving Tribute These Runners Made to a WWII Veteran

Pat Tillman died while fighting in Afghanistan after giving up a lucrative NFL career to serve his country in the U.S. Army. The Pat Tillman Foundation carries on his memory and helps to provide scholarships to military veterans and their spouses. One such event to benefit this cause is the San Jose 408K, an 8km charity race from San Jose to Santana Row.

Many spectators turned out to offer their support for both the cause and the runners.  One such spectator was special, a 95 year old veteran of World War II who came to offer his support in his full uniform.

What happened next will make you shed a tear. As he rose to applaud to the runners that passed, a few began to applaud back. That’s when one runner ducked out from the group and set off a moving tribute of passing runners. One by one runners veered off course to shake Joe’s hand and offer their thanks. Joe, the ever gracious soldier, was quick to offer his encouragement back to the runners.

Watch the moving tribute below and try not to shed a tear (screen caps below if you can’t view the video right now).

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23 Unreal Kitesurfing Photos From a Never Before Seen Perspective

Kite surfing is an extreme sport that combines many others such as wake boarding, windsurfing and paragliding. By utilizing their parachutes, kite surfers can speed across the ocean and launch high into the air. With a current world record speed of 55.65 knots it’s no secret that this sport is not for the faint of heart. And thanks to the help of a small, versatile and lightweight video camera we can experience it as well. Finally, those of us without the guts or skill to attempt these feats ourselves can get a taste of what these daredevils live for.

Today, we’ll give you a peak into the kite surfing community, with these amazing photos taken by the sport’s enthusiasts. They’re sure to give you a rush!

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