Entries in World Records (2)


World-Record Attempts Mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The upcoming 60th anniversary of the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth II will be marked with festivities and ceremony, but for some, the historic Diamond Jubilee is a good time to break strange world records -- lots of them.

Jubilee-themed attempts to break records are already under way, according to Guinness World Records. A world record was set last week for the longest line of fanfare trumpeters: 91.

Participants will ratchet up their efforts this weekend when she hits the 60-year anniversary of her coronation Saturday. People will gather at Burnham-On-Sea beach Saturday to try to beat the record for the most sandcastles built in an hour. The record is 571.

And in the village of Cheddar, located in Somerset, others will attempt to create the longest line of bunting. It’s expected to stretch 2.8 miles through the village and beyond. The record is 2.1 miles.

The Camping and Caravanning Club will attempt Monday to set a new record for most people wearing paper crowns across multiple locations.

Jubilee celebrations will be in high gear this weekend in the U.K. through Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne Feb. 7, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.  She was crowned at Westminster Abbey June 2, 1953.

The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.

Watch ABC’s Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration With Katie Couric Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Man on Fire Leads 2012 Guinness World Records Day Round-Up

PRNewsFoto(HAMBURG, Germany) -- A man in Hamburg, Germany who turned himself into a human torch and ran 394 feet with his body doused in flames Thursday captured the Guinness World Records title for the longest distance full-body burn without oxygen.

A fellow German citizen who caught a record-breaking number of arrows by hand in two minutes, blindfolded, also captured a Guinness World Record Thursday.

That two death-defying, record-breaking stunts occurred is no coincidence, the results of Guinness World Records Day was marked Thursday as more than 300,000 people around the world gave it their all for one shot at the record books.

The annual day was started seven years ago by Guinness World Records, makers of the famous book, to encourage worldwide record-breaking in a 24-hour period.

Each year it produces some unusual and jaw-dropping sights. This year proved no different.

Already included in the record books from Thursday’s event are the largest cream tea party (334 participants), held in Essex, England; the largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns (262 participants) in Dublin; and the oldest yoga teacher ever, at 91-years-old, in Florida.

A race held in London tested the capabilities of the world’s smallest roadworthy car, just 41 inches high but able to reach speeds of nearly 30mph.

Other record-breaking attempts spanned the globe, and the gambit.

Exercisers in Netherlands gathered for the world’s largest Zumba workout, while 221 elementary school students in Florida set the record for the largest hula hoop workout.

Across the world, 368 children dressed as “dancing queens” assembled in Melbourne, Australia to set a new record for largest gathering of ABBA impersonators.

More record attempts on Thursday included the most people whistling in Switzerland, the largest 3D painting in London, the largest rice cracker in Japan and the largest speed-dating event in China.

All records set on Guinness World Records Day 2011 will be short-listed for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records’ next edition.

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