This is Kazuhiro Watanabe. Last week he shattered the world record for tallest mohawk with his massive spike of hair that reaches 3 feet, 8.6 inches above his head. Pretty amazing, right?
Between Kazuhiro’s new record and NASA’s mohawked hottie, this punk rock hairstyle is definitely having a moment (in related news, it might be a good time to buy stock in Aquanet). All this recent ‘hawk talk got us in the mood to ogle some other crazy mohawks, so we found 10 more (literally) hair-raising hairdos, including a couple past record holders. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out! [Huffington Post]
This is no Halloween prank: Massachusetts teens have officially broken the world toilet-paper-folding record. Students from the St. Mark’s School in Southborough completed 13 folds and 8,192 layers, beating a previous high school student’s record of 12 folds in 2002. The class was guided by their mathematics teacher James Tanton, who has waited seven years for a class to finally break the record.
The question is, how did they do it? According to BostInno.com, the students taped 64 layers of toilet paper the into a a sixth fold. They then mimicked those layers and folded the stack. The end result was 8,192 layers thick, 1.5 meters wide and 76 centimeters high. Read more…
Michelle Obama is our hero. She is using the get-lots-of-people-to-do-a-simple-thing strategy in order to set a Guinness World Record. More specifically, she is teaming up with National Geographic Kids to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24 hour period, beginning on October 11 at 3 p.m. and ending on October 12th at the same time. To break the record, they will need a minimum of 20,426 people to do a minute of jumping jacks—so they are recruiting groups of kids all over the world. Hundreds of kids in DC will even get to do their jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. We bet the Secret Service is not too thrilled – after all, that’s an awful lot of kids to frisk. [Newser]
Lauren and David Blair tied the knot in 1984. But they didn’t want their public pledge of love for each other to be a one-time thing. So they decided to renew their vows, again and again, each time in a different location. On October 2nd, they renewed their vows for the 99th time, making it their 100th marriage to each other. To put the numbers even more in context, the couple set the Guinness World Record for the “Most Marriage Vow Renewals by the Same Couple” back in 2001, when they renewed their vows for the 66th time. With each subsequent renewal, they have beaten their own record.
So why does the couple do this?
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It took Rose Pallard a long time to commit to her boyfriend, Forrest Lunsway. Thirty years, in fact. The two had been together that long when 90-year-old Rose finally agreed to marry Forrest—on his 100th birthday. The two tied the knot in Southern California on March 19 in a joint wedding and centenial birthday party. And while they might be the oldest newlyweds in the world, man, do they still have some moves. After all, Forrest did get down on one knee and ask for Rose’s hand in marriage without any issues. Rose’s advice for making romance last? “Be forgiving and patient and say ‘I love you’ every once in a while,” she explained. I also think these two are poster children for lookalike couples—they have almost identical faces. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
With the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, we have horses on the brain, and the cutest one we’ve ever seen came into the world just last week. Einstein the horse was born last Thursday, April 22, weighing just 6 pounds, which means he’s overthrown (underthrown?) the current Guinness record for a newborn horse, 9 pounds. Click through to watch a video of the amazing Einstein in action; he may never win a Derby, but he’s already won our hearts. Keep reading »
Jessica Watson, 16, is an Australian sailor who is attempting to set a world record by being the youngest person to ever sail around the world solo. The Queensland resident left Sydney on October 18. From there, she will travel from Australia to New Zealand, Fiji to Kiribati, Chile to South Africa, and then back home to Australia, crossing the Equator along the way. Her journey, if she can complete it, will last eight months and cover 23,000 nautical miles. Not everyone is impressed by the young woman’s moxie, deeming it “ignorant to attempt such a feat, at such a tender age and with so little trans-ocean experience.” Meanwhile, Watson is blogging her adventure. Bon voyage, Jessica! [Jessica Watson] Keep reading »
R.I.P., Chanel. The wire-haired dachshund whom the Guinness Book of World Records crowned the “World’s Oldest Dog” at a birthday party last May is dead. She lived to the ripe old age of 21, which equals about 147 in dog years. The secret to her longevity? She exercised daily, and had chicken with her dog food. She also had a weakness for chocolate, which—wait, isn’t that toxic for dogs? “She once ate an entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups,” her owner says. Chanel’s passing is super sad (will the summer of death stop already?), but this just proves to me that cats are where it’s at. The world’s oldest cat is 36. [AP via Yahoo News] Keep reading »
The world’s largest cupcake was unveiled this weekend at a car show in Michigan. The behemoth triple vanilla cupcake with pink frosting weighed in at 1,224-pounds, beating the former record holder eight times over and by an estimated 2 million calories…that’s about 1,600 days worth of calories, by my calculations. The decadent beauty took 12 hours to bake and required 800 eggs and 200 pounds of sugar and flour. Slices were sold to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization, so it didn’t go to waste! But I’ve got an issue—what makes this a cupcake besides the cupcake wrapper? If a cupcake is just a miniature cake, isn’t something that big just a cake in disguise? [Associated Press] Keep reading »
Indian dude Guinness Rishi is a perfect example of how not all goals are good ones. This guy, who had his first name changed to honor the Guinness Book of World Records, has decided to get a tattoo on his body of every flag of every country in the world in order to get his name in the book again. That’s 220 flag tattoos in all, and he’s starting the tattoos on his forehead. They’ll wrap around his head after that. And any flags that don’t fit on there will go, well, everywhere else. Including his peen. If Obsessive Record Breaking were a disorder, Rishi would have it. He’s broken four other records—including “World’s Oldest Adoptee,” “World’s Tallest Sugar Cube,” stuffed straws in his mouth to attain “Most Straws to Fit in a Person’s Mouth,” and guzzled a bottle of ketchup. All because … who knows? I’d like to add “World’s Most Bored Man” to the list. Seriously, get a life. [Telegraph UK via Needles and Sins]
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