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Friday
Dec162011

Guinness Names World’s Shortest Woman

PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Guinness World Records confirmed Friday that Jyoti Amge, of Nagpur, India, was  the world’s shortest woman. She was measured at 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) tall, Guinness said in a statement.

Amge had been the world’s shortest teenager, according to Guinness, but Friday was her 18th birthday, making her eligible for the new title.

Since she was named world’s shortest teenager in 2009, Amge has grown 0.85 cm (0.33 inches), and she will grow no more. She has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, Guinness said.

The statement quoted Amge as saying the honor was “an extra birthday present,” and that she was grateful for her small stature because it had brought her recognition and opportunities to travel abroad.

The previous title holder was American Bridgette Jordan, 22, who is 6.2 centimeters (2.4 inches) taller than Amge, Guinness said.

Guinness called Amge a “budding fashionista” who customizes her clothes and jewelry to match her size, adding that Amge wants to finish university and then become a Bollywood star.

The shortest woman in history was Pauline Musters, 61 centimeters (24 inches), who lived in the Netherlands in the late 1800s, Guinness said.

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Monday
Oct032011

UK Scientists Break Record for Writing Smallest Periodic Table

Jason Reed/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Scientists from Nottingham, England, officially broke the Guinness World Record for writing the world’s smallest periodic table — engraving it on a single strand of hair.

The scientists from the University of Nottingham’s Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Center placed the table of elements on the hair of Martyn Poliakoff, a chemistry professor, using a beam of accelerated gallium ions. It’s so small that a million tables of the same size could fit on a typical Post-it note.

Guinness confirmed that it was the smallest periodic table in existence.

“I am delighted.  In my wildest nightmares, I have never imagined being in the Guinness World Records, least of all in connection with my hair,” said Poliakoff. “The fact that I am is a tribute to the University’s Nanotechnology Center.”

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Thursday
Jun302011

Social Media Day: Guinness Releases New World Records

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Just in time for global "Social Media Day," Guinness World Records on Thursday released the latest social media world records.

Dan Barrett, Guinness World Records community manager, noted the high interest in social media records.

"Social media records are some of the most asked about by our fans and readers," Barrett said.  "Along with the world's tallest, smallest and heaviest, record fans want to know who has the most comments on Facebook, followers on Twitter or views on YouTube."

Barrett adds that what is perhaps most appealing to fans is that they can "be a part of a world record just by 'liking' a post on Facebook or watching a video on YouTube."

Here are some of the standout social media records noted by Guinness:

-- Most Likes on a Facebook Page: Facebook itself achieved this record with 47,194,601 likes.  Rounding out the top five are the pages for Zynga's Texas Hold'em Poker (45.78 million), rapper Eminem (42.05 million), YouTube (40.44 million) and Lady Gaga (39.49 million).

-- Most "Disliked" Video on YouTube:  The music video for Justin Bieber's song Baby holds the record with 1,490,076 "dislikes."  However, the same video also carries the record for the "Most Viewed Video Online" with 575,118,703 views on YouTube.

Twitter wasn't left out of the running either. Charlie Sheen was the fastest to reach one million followers on the micro-blogging site, doing so in just 25 hours 17 minutes in March 2011.  The former Two and a Half Men star was the subject of several trending topics and hashtags, including Sheen's catchphrases "winning" and "tiger blood."

Lady Gaga currently leads Twitter with the most followers at 11,259,372.  Gaga was the first to surpass 10 million followers on May 15, 2011, Guinness says.

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