Entries in Guinness World Records (6)


Bubble Wrap Popping Record Set in Hawthorne, NJ

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Students at New Jersey’s Hawthorne High School have set a new Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at one time.

The Star-Ledger reports the momentous milestone was accomplished on Monday, which was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

The school teamed up with bubble wrap maker Sealed Air Corporation to set the new record.

According to the newspaper, 366 people popped more than 8,000 square feet of bubble wrap for two minutes while Guinness World Records adjudicator Kimberly Partrick observed and certified the record.  The event raised funds for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Bubble wrap was invented in a garage in Hawthorne, N.J., in 1957 by two engineers, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding.  The two were trying to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but the product didn’t take off.  However, they realized their invention could be used as a packaging material and they founded Sealed Air Corporation in 1960. 

Today, the Sealed Air Corporation has annual revenues that exceed $3 billion.

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World’s Oldest Person, Besse Cooper, Turns 116

Jessica McGowan/Guinness World Records(MONROE, Ga.) -- It’s difficult enough to fit 16 candles on a birthday cake, but trying squeezing 116 onto one.

Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest person according to the Guinness World Records, chose to use numbers instead of actual candles when she celebrated her 116th birthday Sunday. Guinness claims Cooper is one of only eight people who have reached 116.

In honor of Cooper’s achievement, a bridge was named after her in Monroe, Ga., where she lives by the Walton County Board of Commissioners,  according to the Walton Tribune.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 24 for the bridge opening.

“The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten,” her son, Sidney Cooper, told the Walton Tribune. He also relayed a message from Cooper, who was unable to attend the ceremony, who said, “I’m glad I gave them a reason to name it.”

Cooper was certified as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records in January 2011, although she briefly had to give up her title when it was discovered that Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentin was 48 days older. But when Valentin died six months later, Cooper was reinstated as the world’s oldest person.

Cooper was born in Sullivan, Tenn., in 1896, according to the Walton Tribune. She moved to Monroe during World War I to become a teacher. In 1924, she married her husband Luther and the couple had four children. Today, Cooper has 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, according to the Guinness World Records.

Cooper has a secret to achieving 116 years of life.

“I mind my own business,” she told the Guinness World Records. “And I don’t eat junk food.”

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Los Angeles Police Officer Breaks World Record for Longest Ferris Wheel Ride

Handout/Pacific Park on The Santa Monica Pier(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles police detective broke the world record Friday for the longest Ferris wheel ride, spinning round and round for a total of 25 hours and 30 seconds on the famous Santa Monica Pier in California.

Gus Martinez, a 28-year veteran of the LAPD, began the ride Thursday for a good cause, raising funds for the Special Olympics of Southern California. Martinez, who coaches and mentors in the Special Olympics, said the ride was inspired by his son Jason, a 23-year-old with Down Syndrome who has won more than 30 gold medals in swimming at the Special Olympics.

“None of it is about me,” Martinez told KABC. “It’s about Special Olympics. They can accomplish anything, and they should be looked at and treated like any other teenager, any other child. They don’t have limitations.”

Martinez boarded the Ferris wheel at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and finished his journey at 8:20 Friday morning. The ride wasn’t simple. There were strict rules he had to follow to break the record, including only 5-minute bathroom breaks every hour and no sleeping.

“It’s just an accomplishment that I never expected, I never thought I’d have this opportunity,” he told KABC. “It just feels great.”

Martinez made sure his ride would be comfortable, setting up his flat screen TV, iPad, cell phone and a solar panel for electricity. At the end of his ride, Martinez was greeted by his son, family members and a swarm of media. He was quickly awarded a plaque from Guinness World records and carried the Special Olympics torch with his son.

The torch was handed off to Santa Monica Police officers, who will watch it this weekend on the pier until the Special Olympics begin next Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.

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LA Detective Attempts to Top Guinness World Record on Ferris Wheel

Handout/Pacific Park on The Santa Monica Pier(LOS ANGELES) -- Veteran LAPD detective Gus Martinez boarded the Ferris wheel at California’s Santa Monica Pier Thursday morning, and is now attempting to break a Guinness World Record by riding on a Ferris wheel for 25 hours straight -- even though he is afraid if heights.

“I cannot deal with heights -- absolutely not -- but as long as I don’t look down I will be fine, I just look at the view,” he said.

Martinez, who is attempting the feat to help raise money for athletic programs for persons with disabilities, has been heavily involved with The Special Olympics for 13 years as a volunteer coach.

“I am trying to do this for the organization and to put the word out there to recognize people with disabilities,” he said. “There is nothing but goodness in them and we need to do whatever is in our means to help them.”

His son Jason, who is a Special Olympics swimmer with Down syndrome, and Martinez’s wife, think he may be up for a challenge.

“They think I am crazy but they are supportive of it because it is for a great cause,” he said.

Sponsors Pacific Park and The Special Olympics felt the detective was a perfect fit for the challenge and approached him.

“It took me all of three minutes to say yes,” Martinez said.  “The Southern California Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off this morning when I began this ride.  The torch is mounted to my gondola and tomorrow when the ride ends someone from my squad will run the torch up the pier to the Santa Monica police department.”

Martinez explains the torch will then be carried to several polices stations for the next 10 days until it ultimately reaches Cal State Long Beach for the summer games on June 11-12.

In order for Martinez to beat the existing record of 24 hours and 30 minutes set in Dublin last October, he has to follow a few rules.  The most important rule calls for disqualification if he falls asleep.  He also must take a five minute break every hour.  Should Martinez pass on the break, the five minutes will be carried over to take a longer break.

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Fla. Woman Hopes for World Record; Owns over 700 Pairs of Converse

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Penny Gold, a retired teacher, has a strange addiction. The 63-year-old owns 733 different pairs of Converse low-top and high-top sneakers -- and is hoping to break the Guinness world record, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Gold lives in Lake Mary, Fla., and spent Thursday “authenticating” her collection along with friends and former co-workers at the school where she once worked. When the report is finished, she will send it to England where officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will decide whether or not the shoe fits.

The current record is set at 403 pairs of Converse sneakers.

Gold reportedly grew up wearing Converse sneakers in Brooklyn, N.Y. She and her husband, Barry, moved to Florida 20 years ago, when she began to collect the shoes, according to the Sentinel. Now, her collection is held in a walk-in closet custom built by her husband.

Gold reportedly visits Converse outlets regularly in Central Florida, where the employees know her by name and set aside the most unusual pairs for her collection, the paper added.

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Baseball Lovers Hope to Break World Record for Longest Game

Wendy Hope/Thinkstock(BARRE, Vt.) -- About 40 baseball lovers started playing a game on Friday, and hope to quit sometime Sunday afternoon.

They are playing non-stop, hoping to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The existing record -- 48 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds -- was set by a group in St Louis in 2009.

The players will have to stay on the grounds of a Barre recreation field, day and night. Some have camped out so they can play through the rain.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Barre Town Recreation Department.

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