Entries in Guinness Book of World Records (5)


World’s Oldest Living Man Turns 115

ABC News(TOKYO) -- Japanese centenarian Jiroemon Kimura is proving that a sense of humor may truly be the secret to longevity. On his 115th birthday, he faced reporters gathered at his home in Kyotango City west of Kyoto, with a smile and a brief message – in English.

“Thank you very much. You are very kind man,” Kimura said, as photographers gave out a collective “ohhh,” surprised by his language fluency.

The oldest living man in the world, Kimura is just 237 days shy of the oldest living person, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That title belongs to supercentenarian Besse Cooper, who lives in Monroe, Ga.

Kimura was born in 1897, and worked at the local post office until he retired at the age of 65.

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He has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren.

While Kimura has slowed down with age, his family says he continues to read the newspaper every day, and never misses a meal.

“It is all thanks to the grace of God,” Kimura said. “I have nothing but gratitude for the life I’ve been given.”

Japan has the world’s fastest aging population, and Kimura is just one of five Japanese who are on the list of 10 oldest people, according to Guinness.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


427-Pound Tuna Caught, No Record Broken Due to Technicality YORK) -- Robert Pedigo has caught what is thought to be the largest Yellowfin tuna ever landed using fishing rod and reel – a 427.9-pounder – but the catch likely can’t be certified as a record because of a technical violation.

Pedigo reeled in the enormous tuna April 12 off Puerta Vallarta in Mexico, but it’s not eligible for record status by the certifying International Game Fish Association because someone else aboard the boat “Journeyman” touched the rod during Pedigo’s 30-minute struggle to land the fish.

“Yes, this fish is not going to be a world record because I touched the rod while Robert fought the fish,” Osuna said, the blog Phil Friedman Outdoors reported. “We never thought this fish was going to go over 400 pounds.”

They reportedly have not submitted the catch for record consideration.

IGFA regulations state that “the act of persons other than the angler in touching any part of the rod, reel, or line … either bodily or with any device, from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released” will generally disqualify the catch from consideration.

Osuna said he felt fine, even though the official record wasn’t broken.

“The best feeling we have is that we caught the biggest yellowfin ever on rod and reel,” he said, Phil Friedman Outdoors also said.

The current record for an all-tackle Yellowfin tuna catch is held by Mike Livingston. The fish he caught on the southern Baja California peninsula in 2010 weighed 405 pounds.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Record Broken for World's Longest Interview

Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- An Australian radio show host has set the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever one-on-one radio interview.

Guinness officials were on hand as Richard Glover began a chat with author and journalist Peter FitzSimons at 10 a.m. GMT Sunday Morning, and were there when the two men wrapped it up exactly a day later.

The interview on Sydney's Australian Broadcasting Corporation beat the previous record holding chat set back in 2009 by 12 hours and 30 seconds.

Glover and FitzSimmons -- who were allowed to take short refreshment breaks, but forbidden from repeating questions -- spoke about history and FitzSimmons' life.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Welsh Group Attempts to Set Skinny Dipping Record

Comstock/Thinkstock(CARDIFF, Wales) -- Imagine 400 Welsh folks of all ages running into the ocean. Now imagine them naked.

Hundreds of skinny dippers may have now broken a Guinness World Record -- the largest group of naked people to jump into a body of water together and wade for at least 10 minutes.

Guinness has yet to evaluate the feat, but the group that organized the nude dip raised an estimated $20,000 for its favorite charities, the National Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

What makes this record so impressive? It's either the sheer amount of nudity in one place or the hundreds agreeing to jump into cold water naked. It's also spread all over the Internet.

One youthful male participant said, "The thing about it is, it's not just the cold, it's the fact that there's 400-plus people totally naked, screaming their heads off. It's just the bizarrest experience I think I've ever had."

According to some of the 'dippers, the water didn't feel too cold at 54 degrees. And participants seemed comfortable being interviewed after the 10-minute dip.

"Exhilarating! It's much warmer than I thought it would be. So exciting to go over the waves as well," said an excited older woman.

With all the enthusiasm, this group may be in line for a little Guinness World Record fame. Believe it or not, there is more than one category for skinny dipping in the record book; the Welsh group was trying to break the record for most nudists in one place. If you have multiple locations -- well, that's why Guinness has another category.

From the Guinness website: "The largest skinny dipping event involved 13,674 participants, organised by AANR (USA) [the American Association for Nude Recreation] across multiple locations in the USA, on 11 July 2008."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Israeli Sets World Chess Record Previously Held by Iranian

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- A new world record has been set by an Israeli chess grandmaster.

For 20 straight hours, Alik Gershon toiled above the rows of chess boards set up in Tel Aviv's Yitzhak Rabin Square. He played 523 simultaneous games, winning 454 of them - an 86 percent success rate. In the process, Gershon broke the old world record for simultaneous chess games, set by an Iranian.

"Of course the record of the Iranian grandmaster [Morteza] Mahjoob is very respectful," Gershon said. "It demands ... a lot of effort to break it."

Among those on hand was former Knesset member Natan Sharansky.

"Here we have almost 1,000 young children, Jews and Arabs from the North and from the South, citizens of Israel, who came to play chess and no doubt it will help a lot to make this game more popular."

The Iranians are expected to try to better the new mark.

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