Guinness World Records has launched the latest edition of its bestselling book documenting global successes and achievements, including new entries from 2013. Among the latest achievements are the smallest bull, the oldest gymnast and the lowest car ever. The 57 version of one of the world’s most popular reference books also documented the heaviest female athlete, the mass climb of Mount Everest, and the tallest dog.
Published in 22 languages in over 100 countries, the 2013 Guinness World Records is expected to sell approximately 3 million copies. In this compilation you will learn about some of the new entries and records added this year. Let’s start with the largest bicep, which belongs to Mustafa Ismail from Egypt. The biceps of his left arm in a bent position reaches 64.77 centimeters in girth, and in a straightened position — 62.23 centimeters. Measurements were taken in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA.
The heaviest athlete is a sumo wrestler — Sherran Alexander from London, UK. Her weight at the time of measurement is 203.21 kilograms.
The tallest mohawk in height reaches 113.5 centimeters and belongs to Kazuhiro Watanabe from Japan. The length was measured in one of Tokyo’s barbershops.
The oldest gymnast is Joanna Kuaas (November 20, 1925, Germany). At 86, she regularly competes at the local level in Saxony, Germany.
The tallest dog, a Great Dane from the USA named Zeus. Its height is 1.118 meters and belongs to Zeus Deniz Durlag from Michigan. He took over the status of the tallest dog from the previous record holder — Great Dane named Giant George, which we wrote about earlier.
The tallest living horse is Big Jake. A nine-year-old Belgian stallion living at Smokey Hollow Farm in Wisconsin, USA.
The shortest bull is Archie, a 16-month-old bull from Northern Ireland. Its height is only 76.2 centimeters from hoof to withers.
The tallest living donkey is Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American donkey at 155.45 centimeters tall. The animal belongs to Linda Davis of Watsonville, California, USA.
The heaviest functioning bicycle weighs 750 kilograms. It was built by Woeter van den Bosch from the Netherlands.
The largest collection of Barbie dolls, which we also recently wrote about, belongs to Bettina Dorfman from Germany. She owns about 15,000 different Barbie dolls, which she has been collecting since 1993.
The largest collection of Hello Kitty accessories is in the possession of Asako Kanda from Japan. It has 4519 different types of Hello Kitty.
The youngest professional drummer is Julian Payvon from the USA, born May 19, 2004.
Well, the largest drum set consists of 340 parts and belongs to Dr. Mark Temperato from Lakeville, USA. The rig owner plays in his own band and transports the rig in a custom made trailer. Read also about other unusual musical instruments in our separate selection.
Got into the Guinness Book of Records 2013 and a juggler named Alex Barron from the UK. He juggled 11 balls at the same time and made 23 consecutive throws.
The largest truck body belongs to the Westech T282C mining machine. Its body volume is 470.4 cubic meters. The truck was designed and manufactured by WESTECH. This machine works at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming.
And finally, the largest hot dog, 16 inches long, was sold in Chicago and cost almost $40.
This is not the end of the story of the Guinness Book of Records. In continuation, I advise you to also visit an interesting selection of unusual Guinness records, which includes many original achievements from different periods.