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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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
July 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Japanese mental health counselor broke the record for reciting pi from memory. Newspaper pictures showed Akira Haraguchi, 59, screwing up his face with concentration as he recited pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, to 83,431 decimal places. Haraguchi hopes to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing the current record-holder, who recited pi to 42,195 decimal places, Kyodo news agency said.
November 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Dzhumber Lezhava returned to Tbilisi, Georgia, ending a nine-year bike trip around the globe. Lezhava, 63, began Aug. 13, 1993. He traveled 164,000 miles and wore out nine bicycles. He decided to make the journey after his wife died. "I couldn't sit at home," he said. Lezhava avoided Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea and a few war-torn African nations. He said he hopes to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the feat.
April 9, 1990 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
1. Biggest screen 92.75 by 70.5 feet, Keong Emas Imax Theatre, Indonesia 2. Longest film 85-hour "The Cure for Insomnia" 3. Highest pay rate, actor Sylvester Stallone, $19.5 million, "Rambo III" 4. Highest pay rate, actress Barbra Streisand, $5 million, "Nuts" 5. Most portrayed character Sherlock Holmes, 197 films 6. Most costume changes, one person Elizabeth Taylor, 65, "Cleopatra" 7. Most violent movie "Rambo III," 123 deaths, 245 acts of violence 8.
February 12, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A man who was only 2-feet, 5-inches tall has died of a lung infection at the age of 46 at his home in this northern city, relatives said Saturday. Antonio Lopes Ferreira, who died Friday, claimed to be the smallest living man. But the Guinness Book of World Records said in its 1988 edition that that title belongs to Nelson del la Rosa, 21, of the Dominican Republic, who stood only 2-feet, 4.5-inches tall.
June 15, 1997 | Reuters
A 52-inch legume from Brahmachari Yoganand's backyard garden may just qualify as the world's biggest bean. Yoganand, a native of Trinidad, has to stretch out both arms to display the lengthy green bean. It easily bests the 48-incher listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, and Yoganand said he will be contacting Guinness officials soon. "It all depends on the moon," Yoganand told The Orlando Sentinel. "If you plant the seeds when the moon is going up, the beans grow longer."
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