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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The city of Pasadena broke the record for the number of mariachis playing in a single location on Sunday, hosting a performance by 566 musicians at the Rose Bowl. The five-minute serenade, staged during halftime of the Mexico vs. Panama match of the 2013 Gold Cup, beat the previous record set three years ago, when 555 mariachis appeared at a conference in Tucson. Guinness World Records officials were at the stadium to mark the new record, said Pasadena city spokesman William Boyer.
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SCIENCE
March 26, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Spring in Southern California means some of the world's tiniest birds build some of the world's dinkiest nests. Female hummingbirds gather moss, plant down and other materials and, using sticky spider silk, fashion a nest the size of a ping-pong ball. It can rest securely on a very  slender tree limb. But hummingbirds have been known to nest in railings, beneath bird baths , on wind chimes and cactuses . Los Angeles Times photographer Irfan Khan found this hummingbird nest at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
The "Guinness Book of World Records" has reached a milestone of its own: sales of 100 million. "The Guinness World Records book has and continues to inspire generations of record-breakers," Alistair Richards, chief operating officer of Guinness World Records, said Monday. Guinness will mark the occasion today with events around the world, including a gathering of 500 children in New York City for an attempted record-breaking "simultaneous balloon pop."
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A water park company that created the world's first uphill water coaster is ready for its next big thing -- and we really mean "big. " Schlitterbahn is building the world's tallest and fastest water slide in its Kansas City, Kan., park. Verrückt -- which means “insane” in German, will be about 17 stories high, and riders will shoot down it at a minimum speed of 65 mph. It's scheduled to open in May 2014. Company officials aren't releasing the exact height until they consult with the folks from Guinness World Records, Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications at Schlitterbahn, told the Los Angeles Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bull is named Bodacious, and a video clip shows what happens to someone who rides him. It's a violent but mercifully brief trip that somehow results only in a broken eye socket, a broken cheekbone and a concussion for the rider. "Great, great video," Eric Schotz enthuses. But Schotz, one of the executive producers of Fox's "Guinness World Records: Prime Time," has one question about Bodacious: "Is he really the world's worst bull?"
SCIENCE
March 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A rice-eating chicken has laid a giant egg weighing nearly half a pound. Unfortunately for Easter-egg-painting Americans, the chicken is in Guizhou, in southwestern China. The fowl's owner told the media that the hen began laying the eggs about a week ago. When it struggled to lay its first gigantic egg, "she thought the hen was dying. " Now it has laid several such beastly eggs. When villagers cracked open one of the latest, they found two yolks inside - and another regular-sized egg. They cracked that one open and found ... no new surprises, thank goodness.  The owner said the only thing that distinguished this hen from her others was its diet.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Beverage company Diageo has agreed to sell its Guinness World Records business for $63 million in cash, the company said Sunday. The business, which compiles, accredits and publishes information on world records, would be bought by media company Gullane Entertainment. Although London-based Diageo owns the Guinness brewing business, Gullane, based in Eastleigh, England, would acquire the name for use with the world records title, which has sold more than 80 million copies.
AUTOS
April 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Bugatti and Guinness World Records have kissed and made up. After revoking the title of world's fastest production car last week from Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport because the car's speed limiter was deactivated during the tests, Guinness has announced the record will hold. The 1,184-horsepower Veyron Super Sport set the 267.86 mph record in 2010. Guinness recently revoked the record, saying in a statement that it needed to more carefully evaluate the validity of the claims.
NEWS
March 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A Wisconsin teenager who practiced stilt walking in a farmyard silo for safety set a world record for walking on the tallest stilts, said officials at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. "Tiltin' Travis" Wolf took 25 steps on stilts 40 feet, 10 1/4 inches tall, a Universal official said. He performed with a safety harness and handrails on stilts weighing 55 pounds each.
SPORTS
October 23, 2002 | Larry Stewart
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. * What: "Guinness World Records 2003" Publisher: Gullane Entertainment Price: $27.95 The latest edition of "Guinness World Records," with more than 1,000 new entries, is available in stores.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Dress like a vampire this Friday and you'll get free entry into Legoland California in Carlsbad. The goal is to set a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as vampires in a single location. The number to beat is 1,039, which set a record two years ago. The deal: The free entry begins at 4 p.m. for adults and children who wear fangs, a black cape and other vampire-esque accents. (Check out the dress code , which is different for boys and girls.) Registration begins at 4:15 p.m. (or you may register online )
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Seattle Seahawks ' "12th Man" has long been known for its ability to impact its beloved team's game in a positive way. And now those noisy fans are receiving accolades of their own. According to the fan group Volume 12, the crowd at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night for the Seahawks' game against San Francisco set a Guinness World Records mark for "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium" when it hit 131.9 decibels after a sack of...
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The Philadelphia Flyers invited fans to help them set a Guinness record on Monday for the most people watching paint dry at one time. As one might guess, fans weren't beating down the doors to the Wells Fargo Center. And, interesting to note: There is no such Guinness world-record paint-drying category. Jamie Panas, public relations manager, told the Los Angeles Times by email Friday that Guinness World Records "currently does not monitor" such a category. And yet the Flyers were jazzed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The Menifee woman who held the Guinness World Record for her shoe-related collection was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat, according to court records. The felony complaint filed Thursday accuses Justin Charles Smith, 29, of murder in the Monday death of girlfriend Darlene Flynn. Riverside County District Attorney's spokesman John Hall said Flynn, 58, died of blunt force trauma to the head. Flynn was found dead Monday in her backyard pool by authorities responding to reports of a possible domestic violence incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Richard Winton
The arraignment for the man accused of killing his girlfriend, who held the Guinness World Record for shoe-related items, has been continued until next month. Justin Charles Smith, 29, was charged with killing Darlene Flynn, 58, who was found dead in Menifee on Monday in her backyard pool by authorities responding to reports of domestic violence. Smith was arrested after officers found him running shirtless from the Stone Lane residence. His arraignment was continued until Aug. 8, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office.  It's unclear if investigators have recovered a weapon from Flynn's ranch-style home, but they did say Flynn was found with signs of blunt-force trauma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
A friend of the late Menifee woman who boasted the Guinness World Record for shoe-related items said she had been in a rocky relationship with the man now being held on suspicion of murder in her death. Darlene Flynn, 58, was found dead earlier this week in the backyard pool of her Menifee home, and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Justin Charles Smith, was arrested after officers found him running shirtless from the Stone Lane residence. A friend of Flynn's, 71-year-old Lenore Rice, told the Press-Enterprise in Riverside that Flynn and Smith's relationship had been "volatile" and that they were no longer together.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2009 | Associated Press
In what the organizer jokingly calls a case of his "Michael Jackson obsession gone wrong," a group of College of William & Mary students has won the world record for most people to dance to the singer's "Thriller" simultaneously in one place. The 242-person routine was organized by longtime Jackson fan Kevin Dua, who was notified Friday by Guinness World Records of the accomplishment. The previous record was 147 people in an event held last summer at a British secondary school. Dua, 21, spent the better part of the school year orchestrating the event, which was held April 19 at the college in Williamsburg, in eastern Virginia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The city of Pasadena broke the record for the number of mariachis playing in a single location on Sunday, hosting a performance by 566 musicians at the Rose Bowl. The five-minute serenade, staged during halftime of the Mexico vs. Panama match of the 2013 Gold Cup, beat the previous record set three years ago, when 555 mariachis appeared at a conference in Tucson. Guinness World Records officials were at the stadium to mark the new record, said Pasadena city spokesman William Boyer.
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