>A steel snake boat from Kerala has made its way to the Guinness Book of Records for carrying 141 people on board. “The Aries Punnamada Urukku Chundan” has broken the existing record of carrying 118 persons on board by taking 141 people, including 136 rowers and 5 helmsmen.
>Gary Turner of England holds the world record for the stretchiest skin. In 1999 he stretched the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 6.25 inches on the set of Guinness World Records. Primetime in Los Angeles, Turner has a rare medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrom, which causes collagen to become defective and leads to a loosening of the skin and other problems.
>Which book 1st published in 1955, did the McWhirtertwins Norris and Ross compile? Guinness Book of World Records.
>Name the famous singer listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the singer with the most recordings in the world and made her debut in “Paheli Mangalagaur”? Lata Mangeshkar.
>Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most stolen from public libraries.
>Ray Kambar (19) claimed a world record in Sydney on 2nd May 1978 after dancing for 85 hours. Organizers said he broke the Guinness Book of Records of 76 hours set in 1977 by Michael Protopappas of Melbourne.
>India’s Bhut Jolokia chilli has been confirmed as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records. Bhut Jolokia comes in at 1,001,304 Scoville heat units, a measure of hotness for a chilli. It is nearly twice as hot as Red Savina, the variety it replaces as the hottest. By comparison, all average Jalapeno measures at about 10,000. The Bhut Jolokia is a naturally occurring hybrid native to the Assam region of north-eastern India. The plant does not produce fruit easily, so it took some years to get enough for field testing. The Bhut Jolokia variety has potential as a food additive in the packaged food industry. It could be pickled while green, dehydrated and used as seasoning. Because the heat is so concentrated, food manufacturers would save money because they would use less. The pepper’s name translates as ghost chilli.
>Bao Xishun, 55, from China is 2.36 metres tall and has 5 normal sized brothers and sisters. He was, earlier in 2006, officially recognized by the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS as the tallest man on the planet. His height was normal for his age until he was 15 when he went through growth spurt that saw him reach 2.1 metres by the age of 20. He now weighs 165kgs, has legs that stretch for 1.5 metres and his feet are each 38cms.in length. (24.03.2006).
>Which world fair is entered in the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS under the title “largest crowd”? The Kumbha Mela at Allahabad.
>The world’s longest traffic hold up was 110 miles long between Paris and Lyon on the French auto route in 1980. A more recent contender for the title was a 100 mile long traffic jam near Hamburg in Germany in 1993. In 1980, a 110 mile long traffic jam became the longest ever, on the French Auto-route between Paris and Lyon. A more recent contender for the title was a 100 mile long jam in 1993 near Hamburg in Germany.
>In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalized by the Guinness Book of Records for chugging 2.5 pints of beer in 12 seconds.
>If you could stack up all the copies of the Guinness Book of Records made just in one year, your pile would reach into outer space. It would be 1,006 miles high.
>Birdie May Vogt credited by the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS to be the world’s oldest living person died of heart failure 11 days short of her 113th birthday. She was born on 03-08-1876 in Akron, Ohio. Her birthday was recorded in a family Bible.
>The Guinness record holder for the youngest director in the world is a 10 year old Master Kishen of Karnataka, India. Titled “Care of Footpath” the film has been made in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff plays a cameo role of the Chief Minister of Karnataka. Kishen not only directed the film, he also acted in the lead role. Produced by his father, it has won 2 prestigious awards from the Karnataka government. The Tamil version is titled “Sandhai.”
>A Yugoslav telling jokes for 101 hours breaking his previous record of 76 hours in the Guinness Book of Records. Miroslav Mihailovic, 44 was allowed to take a 5 minute pause every hour to think about new jokes and anecdotes. Alluding to current Yugoslav strife, the publisher of the Yugoslav edition of the Guinness Book of Records, Alexander Spasic said it was better to tell jokes than make war.
>10 year old Oraig Shergold became the first person to receive more than one million get well cards, a Guinness World record. He, who suffers from a rare form of brain cancer, broke the record (months ago in 1990) but still receives hundreds of get well cards every day.
>Standing just 58.15 cms. GUL Mohammed of Delhi has been recognized as the world’s shortest known living person by the Guinness Book of records. Gul, who weighs only 17 kg., will be listed as the shortest living person in its October 1991 edition of the book, according to a letter from the publishers. (Gul Mohammed 22.5 inches tall who has been recognized as the world’s shortest known living person).
Gul Mohammed the world’s shortest man died on 1st October 1997 following a cardiac arrest. He, 36, who had been suffering from asthma and bronchitis for the past one and a half years breathed his last on 1st October. He is survived by his father, 2 sisters and a brother. Standing 56.16 cm. tall, he holds the world record as the shortest man. He found an entry into the prestigious Guinness Book of world records in 1992.
>V.R.P. Raman a ground engineer in the Indian Air Force at Chandigarh has succeeded in getting into the Guinness Book of records for his 20 days non-stop dancing in April 1990. The publisher has sent a letter along with a certificate accepting his new world record – 481 hours and 30 minutes of dancing. It will be published in 1991 edition. He shatters the previous record held by Alfie Turner of Britain with 462 hours and 30 minutes set in April 1985. Raman is the 11th Indian to have figured in the Guinness Book of records started his dance on 7th April 1990.
>John Ewans reportedly the world’s oldest man died in June 1990 at the age of 112 in his home village of Forest Fawrin in southern Wales. He made it into the Guinness Book of records only in December 1989 when he was named the world’s oldest man. He is survived by 3 sons, a daughter, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
>An Indian couple’s 69 day drive across 6 continents has been accepted as a new world record for circumnavigation of the earth, the Guinness Book of records announced on 17th March 1990. Salaudin and Neena Choudhury set out from New Delhi on 9th September 1989 and returned there 69 days 19 hours and 5 minutes later.
>For 31 year old V. Karunakaran it was a memorable day on 1st February 1990 as he set a world record by finishing his “10 mile skip running” in Chennai in just 58 minutes. The short bearded athlete started his skip run in front of the Customs House gate on Rajaji Salai and passed through the Secretariat, Light House, Foreshore Estate and Adyar before reaching the finishing point – Besant Nagar 4th Main Road, off Elliots Beach. A native of Bangalore and a southern railway employee at the Chennai Central station he bettered the earlier record in the 10 mile skip run of 71 minutes and 54 seconds set in 1988 by Kenoslis of the US.
>A Tamil Nadu police man has floated on water without swimming for over 50 hours. R. Shanmugham, Head Constable had found a place in the Guinness Book of records earlier for water treading for 81 hours and 25 minutes 4 years ago in 1986 at the Anna Swimming Pool at Chennai. He entered the water at 9.45 AM on Thursday and he was scheduled to end floating at 11.45 AM on Saturday after completing 50 hours but was asked to continue for another 3 hours and 20 minutes taking into consideration the period of rest availed by him. He was off the swimming pool once in 5 or 6 hours taking the rest period cumulatively at the rate of 5 minutes for every hour of floating.
>Iranian surgeons have removed a 30 kg. cyst from a 38 year old woman, the Islamic Republic News Agency has reported. Dr. Ali Ghayour who performed the surgery in Iran’s northeastern Khorasan Province said the woman had become almost paralysed by the cyst in her ovaries, which was removed in a 5 hours operation. According to the Guinness Book of records the largest ovarian cyst ever recorded weighed 148.7 kg. removed from a woman in Texas in 1905.
>The world’s heaviest chocolate egg, the tallest snowman and a marathon needle and thread session are among some of the 15,000 entries in the latest edition of the 1993 Guinness Book of records published in London on 12th October 1992. the Indian national Sujay Kumar Mallick passed a cotton thread through the eye of a needle 11,796 times in 2 hours while Ashrita Furman of Jamaica walked for 15 hours and 2 minutes with a milk bottle balanced on his head. He covered a distance of 98.2 kms. Another Indian Bhupinder Singh Negi performed 3,196 squats in an hour while Paul Lynch of London managed 40,401 press ups in 24 hours. The Australian chocolate egg, which weighs 4755 kgs. earns a place alongside the record South African pancake which measures 12.55 metres across. The most lofty snowman stood 23.16 metres tall in Alaska. A unicyclist Peter Rosendahl managed to pedal a distance of 38 metres in Las Vegas on a one wheel bike. The bike is only 6.35 cm. tall, the world’s smallest.
>In August 1947, she made her debut as a playback singer. The song she sang then is now forgotten. In August 1997 she was chosen to sing at the midnight session of Parliament. The song she sang at that hour will probably remain alive in the memories of people for long. The singer, too, will be remembered for many generations to come. All superlatives have been exhausted in singing the praise of Lata Mangeshkar, popularly called the “Nightingale of India”. Known as “Didi” to most people, this eldest daughter in a family of 4 sisters and one brother was clearly born to sing. Her talent was recognized at the age of 5 by her father Master Dinanath Mangeshkar, himself a gifted musician.
But he had no plans to have his daughter sing for the films. He trained her as a classical singer and today Lata acknowledges that had he been alive, she would probably have continued down that trajectory. But fate is often a key player in the lives of many famous people. Or so it seems. And Lata, just 13 found that after her father’s death in 1942 she would have to find ways to sell her talent. And so she went to the movies and even acted in them, in roles that were forgettable. By 1948 after her last film “Mandir” she realized that she was not cut out for acting.
She was however destined for the stage behind the silver screen, where faceless singers gave voice to the stars. And her voice has dominated the world of playback singing for decades. Countless are the awards she has received – the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the Padma Bhushan, the Rajalakshmi award, a fellowship of the Sangeet Kala Akademi and Sadbhavana award. Lata’s is an impossible act to follow. She did not begin her career on a winning streak. Indeed, when she approached the Filmistan Studios in 1947 she was rejected for having too high pitched a voice. The reigning queens of melody then were Suraiya and Shamshad Begum who had much fuller voices. This early rejection was however a minor blip in a career that took off and never stopped. Lata’s first major breakthrough came in 1950 when she was Madhubala’s voice in Khemchand Prakash’s “Mahal”. Her famous song “Ayega Aane Wala” is still alive in many memories.
In a career spanning 6 decades she has astonished her listeners with her range and her ability to sing with ease in practically all national languages. Her professionalism was evident from the very first time she had to sing in a language other than her own. She hired an Urdu teacher so that she could songs in Urdu without a trace of a Marathi accent. And she succeeded. Her phenomenal success in the 1950s and 1960s ensured that she chose her songs. She will be remembered for the stand she took against vulgarity in music. She objected to the Shankar Jaikishen song Mein kya karoon ram mujhe Buddha mil gaya for Raj Kapoor’s film “Sangam”. In fact it was over this song that she parted ways with the composer pair who had been her favourites until then. What would she have done in this day and age with lyrics like choli ke peeche?
She is not reticent expressing her disdain for the present day music composers and directors. She has often spoken to the press about her style of working with old time composers like Naushad and Anil Biswas. She says she would rehearse the song with the
composer for as long as 15 days before it was recorded. Naushad, for instance, would not give her the melody until she had mastered the words of the song. “Today” she said in interviews “music directors are just out to make a fast buck. Pick up a tune from here, a word from there and you have a song. No involvement, no special effort.” There is also practically no rehearsal and even the base tune is not ready when the singers come for the rehearsal. She is probably the most prolific singer in the world. In fact, she has made it to the Guinness Book, having sung 25,000 songs between 1942 and 1984. She says she does not know where the figure came from but her daily schedule at the peak of her career suggests that the figure may not be too far off the mark.
She has recorded for up to 50 films in one year, sung 225 songs in one year (in 1951) and worked with 165 music directors. She used to record a minimum of 4 songs a day in 2 shifts and there were days when she recorded 7 or 8 songs. What is surprising about her perhaps is that when she performs before an audience she appears diffident even today after hundreds of performances and thousands of recordings.
>What do the former US President Bill Clinton and buxom starlet Pamela Anderson have in common? They are the most mentioned man and woman on the Internet, according to the 45th edition of the Guinness Book of Records published in 1998. Its 336 pages catalogue natural wonders as well as stories which celebrate human endurance, foolhardy feats and obsessive behaviour. Originally designed for British pub owners who wished to turn the heat of argument into the light of knowledge, the book first appeared in 1955 and has since sold more than 80 million copies. It claims to be a record breaker itself the best selling copyrighted book in the world.
>9 year old Tathagat Avtar Tulsi in 1997 became one of the youngest matriculates in the world by moving up like a knight in the chess board of the CBSE system of education where almost all others moved like pawns. He passed the CBSE 10th class examination in June 1997 with lakhs of other students, with the difference between him and others being a gap of at least 5 years. Hailing from the ancient seat of learning at Nalanda, his adventure began when he joined Class 3 straight when all others start their kindergarten with a mouthful of rhymes. And he never looked back. Brimming with confidence and finding the lessons of class 3 a trifle trivial he made his parents enrolled him in class 6 the next year. The parents were worried but not he, his father admitted. And the leap game continued – the 9 year old wanted to take the 10th class examination skipping 4 classes in between. His parents agreed but not the CBSE. Undaunted by the refusal of the CBSE to permit him to appear in the board examination, an adamant Tulsi moved the Delhi High Court and Justice C.M. Nayar allowed him to take the examination. The CBSE’s contention was that he had not taken any internal examinations like others and it would be difficult to assess his performance along with others. It appealed against the single Judge’s order before the Chief Justice’s bench. The bench perused the performance reports of Tulsi in theory papers and allowed him to appear in the practical papers. His father Prof. P.N. Prasad said his son, who at present is 9 years and 5 months old is all set to create a world record by becoming the youngest to clear the 10th class examinations. The record was earlier held by Lord Kelvin of Britain who passed the 10th Class examination in 1834 at the age of 10 years 4 months. Kelvin later went on to devise the Kelvin Scale of temperature measurement.
The child prodigy, Tulsi has broken yet another world record by passing the Bachelor of Science (Physics) examination from the Science College of Patna University at the age of 11 years and 2 months. Tulsi a mathematical wizard has surpassed Jay Lu of Garden city USA who had earlier succeeded in finding a place in the Guinness Book of world records by graduating in science from Boise State University, Idaho at the age of 12 years 1 month and 12 days. Tulsi carved the niche for himself by passing out of the B.Sc. Honours examination from Patna University by appearing simultaneously in all the 3 parts of the Honours course. He secured over 70% marks. He had been able to register his name the Guinness Book in 1997 by passing the CBSE examinations at the age of 9 years and 6 months. He was allowed to appear in the B.Sc. examination on the directive of the Patna High Court.
The wiz kid is now the youngest post-graduate in the world. Tulsi, who is still a minor, has obtained his M.Sc. degree in physics from the Patna University. Tulsi, who set records at the matriculation and graduate levels also, is just over 11 years and 10 months old and took just about 6 months preparation for taking his M.Sc. examinations conducted by the Patna University in August 1998. He came out with flying colours in the results obtaining a first class. He secured 71% marks but complained that the evaluators had deliberately given him marks less than what he had deserved to prevent him from topping the list. He overcame several impediments in taking the M.Sc. examinations, thanks to the intervention of the Governor. As per the Governor’s direction, he went through a screening test, in which too he obtained a first class and ensured his special permission to take the M.Sc. finals without going through the 2 year curriculum.