November 28, 2004 |
The Guinness Book of World Records is setting a record of its own in 2005 -- it's turning 50 years old. And the special-anniversary edition of the book features records set in every category imaginable, including the arts and media. Though some of the records there are familiar -- yes, "The Matrix Reloaded" set the mark for highest box-office gross on an opening day ($42.5 million) -- tucked into the list are numerous lesser-known feats and facts: Most prolific producer: D.
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.
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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.
November 4, 2006 |
More than 1,200 people named Jones broke the world record for the biggest gathering of people with the same last name, Guinness World Records officials said in Cardiff, Wales. They more than doubled the size of the previous record-holders: 583 people named Norberg who met in Sweden in 2004. Jones is the most common surname in Wales and is Britain's second-most-common, after Smith. The Joneses came from as far away as New Zealand and the United States.