SCHOOLCHILDREN AIMING TO BREAK SIGN LANGUAGE WORLD RECORD


SCHOOLCHILDREN AIMING TO BREAK SIGN LANGUAGE WORLD RECORD

Feb 8 2012 12:00AM

 

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More than 150,000 schoolchildren from the UK and overseas will today attempt to break the record for the Most People Performing Sign Language in Multiple Venues.

Pupils at schools in Great Britain, Africa and Spain will be participating in the sign2sing world record attempt organised by the charity SignHealth.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at UK-based SignHealth, said: “Our Guinness World Recordsign2sing project is an attempt to break the world record for the most people singing and signing a song at the same time.

“Almost 95,000 children took part in our first sign2sing event last February (2011) and smashed the previous record, which was 13,418. We are hoping to beat our current record of 94,489 and already it looks like more than 150,000 schoolchildren from the UK and overseas are participating in sign2sing.”

Young people from all over the UK and overseas will sign a song, entitled ‘Sign2sing’, which has been composed especially for the event.

The lyrics were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books and the music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.

The event is designed to raise awareness of deafness and the work of SignHealth, as well as acting as a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £1 for everyone taking part.

Damian Field from Guinness World Records said: “This is a fantastic initiative and we’d like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck with smashing the current record.”

The charity is hoping to organise the event next year. People wishing to take part are invited to contact the charity to register their interest.

For more information please visit the website www.sign2sing.org.ukor contact SignHealth on 01494 687600.

 

GARNIER CANADA GRASPS LONGEST HANDSHAKE CHAIN WORLD RECORD


GARNIER CANADA GRASPS LONGEST HANDSHAKE CHAIN WORLD RECORD

Feb 13 2012 12:00AM

 

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Garnier Canada have made a friendly entry into the history books after staff from the cosmetics firm set a new world record for the longest handshake chain.

The attempt took place last month in Cancun, Mexico at the company’s national sales meeting, the theme for which had been ‘History Will Be Made’.

Garnier decided to attempt a world record in order to excite and inspire its sales team for the new year ahead, and with any bid for the longest handshake chain record relying entirely on teamwork, it seemed the perfect record for its staff to try and set.

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The minimum number of participants needed in order to set the record was 150 people, with each participant required to cross their arms in front of them and shake hands with both the person on their left and the person on their right for a full minute.  Had one person broken the chain, the attempt would have been disqualified.

One aspect of the event that made the record attempt unique was that the record was a surprise – none of the participants knew they would be setting a record until the attempt was announced.

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While the Garnier reps sat unsuspectingly watching a presentation, Guinness World Records Adjudicator Amanda Mochan counted the total number of seats that were filled, before an announcement was made informing staff members know that were about to help Garnier make history.

As the countdown began, independent witnesses took positions along the perimeter of the room to ensure that no one broke the chain.

For an entire minute, everyone joined together and shook. Once the sixty seconds were up, 188 participants had set a new Guinness World Records achievement.

 

LONDON SCHOOL KIDS SET RECORD FOR LARGEST READING LESSON


LONDON SCHOOL KIDS SET RECORD FOR LARGEST READING LESSON

 

LONDON SCHOOL KIDS SET RECORD FOR LARGEST READING LESSON

Mar 28 2012 12:00AM

 

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Children in schools across London read their way into the history books earlier this week after taking part in the world’s largest reading lesson.

Teachers in primary and secondary schools across the capital coordinated their English classes on the dot at 10am on Monday as 2, 735 participants sat down for exactly the same lesson.

Twenty-seven schools took part in the event, easily surpassing the target of ten required under the rules for the record.

The half-hour class was based around the book Born To Run, by children’s author Michael Morpurgo,

Mr Morpurgo, whose book War Horse was recently turned into a Hollywood movie, gave his backing to the record attempt.

He said: “I am honoured that my book was chosen for this event – it is really wonderful.

“I love the fact that the children tried for a world record – I am all for things that get people reading and make it fun and exciting.”

Also showing support for the event was Four Weddings and a Funeral Actor Simon Callow who visited Globe Primary school in Tower Hamlets during the attempt and donated 40 tickets to pupils for his current play Being Shakespeare.

Nicola Byrne, assistant headteacher at St Mary’s School in Battersea which also took part in the event said: “Our children can’t quite believe they will make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.”

The record-breaking event formed part of London & Partners’ World Record London attempt to set over 20 Guinness World Records in the capital and was also backed by local newspaper the Evening Standard which is running a campaign to raise literacy levels across the UK’s capital.

For more information go to visitlondon.com/worldrecordlondon

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VIDEO: TV SHOW DANCE INDIA DANCE SMASHES LARGEST BOLLYWOOD DANCE RECORD


VIDEO: TV SHOW DANCE INDIA DANCE SMASHES LARGEST BOLLYWOOD DANCE RECORD

 

 

Reality television show Dance India Dance has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the largest Bollywood dance with 4,428 people dancing simultaneously.

Local school and college children joined 13 contestants on the show to shake their stuff to the famous Bollywood song ‘Dhinkachika Dhinkachika’ for the attempt, which took place at KJ Somaiya College Grounds in Mumbai earlier this month.

All the participants were trained for several hours by top choreographers Mr. Terence Lewis and Mr.Remo D’souza.

Guinness World Records adjudicator Nikhil Shukla was present to award the official GWR certificate

 

 

VIDEO: BIKINI PARADE WORLD RECORD BEATEN IN FLORIDA


VIDEO: BIKINI PARADE WORLD RECORD BEATEN IN FLORIDA

 

VIDEO: BIKINI PARADE WORLD RECORD BEATEN IN FLORIDA

Mar 8 2012 12:00AM

 

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A group of 450 scantily-clad women marched to a new world record in Florida yesterday, where a new benchmark was set for the largest ever bikini parade.

Participants were made up of a mix of locals and spring break holiday makers from across the States, with some coming from as far Alaska to don a two-piece outfit and take part in the one mile parade along Panama City Beach.

The new record beat a benchmark of 357 set on the Gold Coast of Australia last October.

“We are thrilled to have challenged and broken the record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade” Dan Rowe, president of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau said told the  the Orlando Sentinel.

Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator, told news channel WJHG: ‘This is not something you see every day, the organization to put this together was incredible.’

While a celebration of fun, the event also backed a serious cause, with the event raising $1,000 for Beach Care Services, a local charity that provides assistance to those in need.

 

 

LONGEST CARPET OF FLOWERS LAID IN CHINA


LONGEST CARPET OF FLOWERS LAID IN CHINA

Oct 20 2011 12:00AM

 

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A new Guinness World Records™ record for the longest carpet of flowers was set in in Kaifeng City, Henan Province, China on Tuesday.

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Measuring 2,011 m (6,597 ft 8 in), the colourful carpet beat the previous record of 1,915.6 m (6,284 ft 9 in) set in Mexico in 2010.

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This record-setting display of flowers was created by the People’s Government of Kaifeng City (China) for the 29th Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival, which runs throughout the month.

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Consisting of 22,110 potted chrysanthemums – a flower for which the city has a long history of cultivating – the carpet measured 1.65 m (5 ft 4.96 in) in width and took 120 people eight days to compose.

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Guinness World Record™ Adjudicator Angela Wu measured the carpet of flowers together with a professional technician, before presenting the official certificate to the organizer.

 

WIN A VISIT FROM THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD TO YOUR SCHOOL!


WIN A VISIT FROM THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD TO YOUR SCHOOL!

Oct 27 2011 12:00AM

 

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Prizes don’t come much bigger than this!

To celebrate the launch of GWR Schools, we’re offering one lucky UK school the chance to be paid a visit from Sultan Kösen, the world’s tallest man.

We’ll also be sending along Guinness World Records officials to adjudicate a series of world record breaking challenges.

Sultan, a part-time farmer from Turkey, measures an incredible 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) and was the first man over 8ft to be measured by Guinness World Record in over 20 years.

He also has the distinction of holding the record for widest hand span.

In order to be in with a chance of winning what’s sure to be an unforgettable day for both pupils and teachers alike, you’ll need to register with Discover Guinness World Records.

Developed in association with educational professionals, GWR Schools is a series of curriculum-linked activities, lesson plans, and presentations inspired by the fantastic array of amazing records in the Guinness World Records 2012 book.

For further information on Discover Guinness World Records, plus further details about the competition and how to enter, head to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/schools

 

NEW WORLD’S SHORTEST WOMAN: IT’S OFFICIAL – JYOTI AMGE FROM INDIA IS NEW RECORD HOLDER


NEW WORLD’S SHORTEST WOMAN: IT’S OFFICIAL – JYOTI AMGE FROM INDIA IS NEW RECORD HOLDER

Dec 13 2011 12:00AM

 

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking achievements, today confirms the world’s new Shortest living woman as Jyoti Amge – measuring just 62.8 cm tall (2 ft 06 in).

Amge from Nagpur, India is 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan who stands at 69cm (2 ft 3 in) and had held the Shortest woman title since September 2011.

Jyoti Amge, who celebrates her 18th birthday today, could only be assessed for the Shortest woman title once she had reached her adult birthday on 16th December 2011.

On Jyoti’s 18th birthday, Guinness World Records travelled from London to her hometown of Nagpur to complete the official measurements required to verify the Shortest living woman title. In accordance with Guinness World Records guidelines Jyoti was measured three times in 24 hours by a medical professional and her height confirmed to be 62.8 cm tall (2 ft 06 in).

Jyoti has been a Guinness World Records title holder since September 2009 when she was named the world’s Shortest teenager measuring just 61.95 cm (2 ft). Since then Jyoti has grown just 0.85 cm and due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia she will not grow any further.

Although she is no taller than the average two-year-old child, Jyoti is a budding fashionista and with the help of her sister customises her clothes and jewellery to match her tiny size. The Amge family is committed to ensuring Jyoti lives a normal life and follows her dreams to become a Bollywood film star. Jyoti has attended regular school since she was 4 and, other than a small desk and chair, she is like any other pupil.

Despite her tiny stature, Jyoti Amge is not the Shortest woman in history. This title continues to be held by Pauline Musters (Netherlands, 1876-1895) who measured just 61cm (24in).

On her new Guinness World Records title, Jyoti Amge said: “It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it’s like an added birthday present. I feel grateful to be this size, after all if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries.”

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Talking about Jyoti’s 18th birthday, her father, Kishanji Amge, said: “This year is a special celebration and we expect more visitors than ever to Jyoti’s birthday party. But it has always been this way, she’s always been very popular. I am sure this year her birthday party will be very colourful and loud, just like Jyoti!”

Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Rob Molloy, said: “I’m honored to be here in Jyoti’s home town to celebrate this very important birthday with her and her family. I’m pleased to be updating Jyoti’s record status from Shortest teenager and crowning her the world’s Shortest woman. Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere size and to just celebrate our differences.”

Video: Meet Jyoti Amge – the world’s smallest woman

New world’s smallest woman: Ten things you need to know about Jyoti Amge

 

NEW WORLD’S SMALLEST MAN: TEN OTHER INCREDIBLE WORLD RECORDS FROM NEPAL


NEW WORLD’S SMALLEST MAN: TEN OTHER INCREDIBLE WORLD RECORDS FROM NEPAL

Feb 26 2012 12:00AM

 

Following today’s amazing news that Chandra Bahadur Dangi has been confirmed as being the shortest adult human to ever have their height verified by Guinness World Records ( full story here), here are ten other astonishing records that Nepal can lay claim to.

Longest handshake
The longest handshake lasted 42 hours and 35 minutes and was achieved by Dinesh Timilsina and Pawan Timilsina (both Nepal) at the Everest College of Multiple Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal on 4-6 March 2011.

Youngest photographer
The youngest professional photographer is Rirendra Shrestha (Nepal b. 29 December 2004) who was 2 years and 2 days old at the time of exhibiting and selling his work at Nepal Art council situated at Babr Mahal, Nepal on 31 December 2006 to 03 January 2007.

Longest time spinning a GWR book on finger
The longest time spinning a Guinness World Records book on the finger is 30 minutes 1.08 seconds and was achieved by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) at Guinness International Education Foundation in Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 25 February 2011.

Most conquests of Mt. Everest
Apa Sherpa (Nepal) reached the summit of Mt Everest for the 21st time on 11 May 2011, the most times anyone has ever successfully climbed the world’s highest mountain.

Most basketball bounces in one minute
The most bounces of a basketball in one minute was 444 by Thaneswar Guragai (Nepal) at the Guinness International Education Foundation in Gaushala, Nepal, on 7 October 2010. Among the witnesses of the attempt was the president of the Nepal Basketball Association.

Most tennis balls held in the hand
The greatest number of tennis balls held in one hand is 21 and was achieved by Rohit Timilsina (Nepal) for 14.32 seconds in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 14 June 2008.

Highest living snake
The world’s highest living snake is the Himalayan pit viper (Agkistrodon himalayanus). This venomous species has been found at altitudes up to 4,900 m (16,072 ft).

Highest mobile phone call
The highest altitude at which a land based mobile phone call was successfully made is 8,848 m (29,029 ft), achieved by Rod Baber (UK) using a Motorola MOTO Z8 on the summit of Mt Everest, Nepal, at 12.52 am GMT on 21 May 2007.

Highest altitude hotel
The Hotel Everest View above Namche, Nepal – the village closest to Everest base camp – is at a record height of 3,962 m (13,000 ft).

Highest marathon
The highest start to a marathon is for the biennially-held Everest Marathon, first run on 27 November 1987. It begins at Gorak Shep, 5,212 m (17,100 ft) and ends at Namche Bazar, 3,444 m (11,300 ft). The fastest times to complete this race are, men 3 hrs 50 mins 23 secs by Hari Roka (Nepal) in 2000, and women 4 hrs 35 mins 4 secs by Anna Frost (New Zealand) in 2009.

Related stories
Shortest man world record: It’s official! Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal is smallest adult of all time

World’s shortest man: All you need to know about Chandra Bahadur Dangi

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