February 24, 1986 |
A 112-year-old woman living in Wales now holds the title of the oldest person in the world, the Guinness Book of World Records said today. Anna Eliza Williams inherited the title from Shigechyio Izumi, who died last week in Japan at the age of 120.
December 1, 1999 |
The mayor of Porrino, a small town in northwest Spain, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fattest mayor, the Spanish daily El Pais reports. "I did nothing to deserve this except eat nonstop," said Jose Manuel Barros, who weighed in at 179 kilograms (394 pounds) and has a particular penchant for tripe.
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March 25, 1989 |
The world's biggest Easter Egg was unveiled Friday--a 19-foot, 4-inch chocolate monster. The egg was made by 38 students from a Marseilles catering college. It took them 1,241 hours to make the 3,000-pound egg. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Marseilles egg is 18 inches bigger than the previous record egg made in Belgium in 1983.
January 29, 1998
Dayton C. Fouts, 85, who portrayed Santa Claus for 60 years. Fouts began the role in 1937 and made his last public appearance as the red-robed, white-furred saint Dec. 14 at a Tucson Boys Chorus concert. The 1998 Guinness Book of World Records recognizes him as the world's longest tenured Santa Claus. In July, Fouts was an honored guest at the annual Father Christmas convention in Copenhagen. On Sunday in Tucson of cardiac arrest.
October 3, 1997
Gul Mohammed, 40, the world's shortest man. Mohammed, who stood 22 inches tall, was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992 as the shortest man in the world. A pauper who lived in India, Mohammed had tried to run a roadside candy and biscuit stall but was often robbed because of his size. He survived on financial help from friends and voluntary organizations. He had suffered from chronic obstructive airway disease, made worse by his heavy smoking.
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August 22, 1985
A 72-year-old La Crescenta woman who survived 37 years in an iron lung after being stricken by polio, has died. Laurel Nisbet, credited by the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the longest survivor of that mechanical respirator, died Friday in a Los Angeles hospital following surgery. She contracted polio in 1948 and was paralyzed from the neck down. Despite her paralysis she managed to oversee a household that included a husband and now-grown son and daughter.
July 21, 2007 |
One of the world's oldest chimps, Fifi, has died in Australia, zoo officials said Friday. Fifi, the matriarch of the 18 chimpanzees at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, celebrated her 60th birthday in May with cupcakes and coconuts among four generations of her family. But Fifi, who had arthritis in her later years, stayed in bed Thursday morning, raising suspicions among the keepers that she was unwell. She died that afternoon.
December 1, 1990
Will (Pops) Jamerson, 117, who was unable to qualify as the world's oldest man. Jamerson failed to meet the criteria for the Guinness Book of World Records because he never had a birth certificate and could not prove his birth date of May 28, 1873. The date had been recorded in the family Bible, but that was destroyed in a fire at the family homestead in Broken Bow, Okla. Guinness listed the world's oldest man as John Evans, who died at 112.