October 14, 1988 |
The 35th edition of the Guinness Book of World Records says the world's fastest spider sprints at 10 m.p.h. and that the biggest snowman was built in Alaska. But the book does not settle which is longer, the Amazon or the Nile. The 1989 edition, which will be released today, contains 15,000 records, 3,000 of them new. Guinness, a British brewery, published its first Book of World Records in 1955 for use as the final arbiter in arguments in Britain and Ireland's 84,000 pubs.
July 23, 1997 |
Critics have described it as "nightmarish," and "dreaded" has almost become part of its name. Commuters curse it. Now, the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has given the notorious Orange Crush a new description: the most complex highway interchange in the world. The Crush is where the Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Orange freeways converge in Orange County, providing 34 routes--including onramps and offramps--for 629,000 cars a day traveling in 66 lanes over 13 bridges.
January 18, 1989 |
With 36.5 miles of shelves and more than 1.1 million different books, John Zubal thinks his bookstore offers the largest collection of titles for sale in the world. He hopes the Guinness Book of World Records will think so too. Zubal, 49, says he's writing to the editors of the Guinness Book once he has gathered supporting evidence. And there's quite a bit of it. Four warehouses packed with books from floor to ceiling house Zubal's volumes, which are arranged alphabetically by categories.
July 21, 1997 |
Critics have described it as "nightmarish," and "dreaded" has almost become part of its name. Commuters curse it. Now, the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has given the notorious Orange Crush a new description: the most complex highway interchange in the world. "It was really the number of routes," said Russ Swan, editor of World Highways magazine, published in Nottingham, England, who helped choose the Crush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1991 |
A commercial photographer and a model had focused their hopes on getting their names in the Guinness Book of World Records for the "world's longest photo shoot." But after 50 hours, 550 poses and 9,000 photographs, the pair instead may have set a new standard for pointless endeavors. As it developed Tuesday, nobody was interested in what photographer David Esterson and model Barbara Nickell had accomplished over two cold, drizzly days outside a photo developing store at a Burbank mini-mall.
February 12, 1996 |
Stefan Sigmond recently placed his life, limbs and lungs on the line for 15 words of fame. By stuffing 800 cigarettes into a funnel and puffing them through a tube. By leaping into a lake from a 135-foot cliff. By chilling Cool Hand Luke and gorging 29 hard-boiled eggs in four minutes. But what Sigmond had here was a failure to communicate with the Guinness Book of World Records.
June 30, 1993 |
Susan Jeske has sung it by the dawn's early light. She's still been belting it out at the twilight's last gleaming, giving proof through the night that she loves singing that "Star-Spangled Banner." Check out Page 301 of the current Guinness Book of World Records and you'll find Jeske there as the record-holder for singing the "most versions of the national anthem in 24 hours." This was accomplished over last year's Third and Fourth of July, when the 31-year-old Costa Mesan sang at 17 events.
March 7, 2000 |
At first glance, there's not much left of Elizabeth Israel. Her leathered and furrowed skin sags from a frail, 90-pound frame. She hasn't walked in a couple of years and went blind in November. From time to time, her sentences trail off. But as she greeted a visitor in her simple plywood shack on a recent afternoon, her handshake was firm. She listened intently to the portable radio on her bed, as she does most days--"except when they're talking nonsense," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2006 |
Maria Esther de Capovilla, considered to be the world's oldest living person, died of pneumonia Sunday in her native Guayaquil, Ecuador. She was 116. Capovilla was in good health until she developed pneumonia only a few days ago, said Catherine Capovilla, a granddaughter who lives in Aventura, Fla. Guinness World Records recently documented Capovilla's age with the help of the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps a global database on people living to be 110 or older.
May 20, 2001 |
A Chilean woman who once made the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most prolific mother with 58 children was a fraud, police reported. Leontina Espinoza, who died in 1988 at 66, gave birth to only 16 of the people she claimed as her children, Chilean newspapers quoted police inspector Cristina Rojo as saying. Others were given to her by poor women or her cousins, Rojo said. "Her idea was to collect the food assistance" that the government grants to large, poor families, Rojo said.