AMONGST THE THOUSANDS OF RECORD-BREAKERS REVEALED TODAY ARE:
• UK! Highest jump by a Llama: 1.13 m (3 ft 8.5 in)!
• Longest duration full-body burn: A terrifying 5 minutes 41 seconds
• UK! Youngest female with a full beard: Model, Harnaam Kaur (UK) at 24 years 282 days
• Tallest dog living (female): A HUGE 96.41 cm (37.96 in) tall
• Most tattooed senior citizens (male & female): Chuck Helmke & Charlotte Guttenberg
• UK! Longest domestic cat (living): A whopping 118.33 cm (3 ft 10.59 in) long!
London, UK – 8 September 2016: Guinness World Records (GWR) today announces the release of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017, revealing a selection of the most jaw-dropping records and record holders. After months of research and scouring the globe looking for the best of the best, GWR presents hundreds of striking new pictures, videos and fascinating stories; the 2017 Edition teems with fun and educational content that will fascinate, entertain and educate knowledge-seekers of all ages and interests. GWR is inviting the public to see more record-breaking wonders at #GWR2017.
Some of the most fascinating and intriguing new records revealed today include:
Highest jump by a Llama:
Nine-year-old Caspa has been with his owner, Sue, from Porthmadog, Wales, since he was two years old. Sue describes him as “a total diva”. Like most Llamas, Caspa was more adept at spitting and kicking when he first arrived on the farm but after spotting his extraordinary talent, he and Sue have been able to bond through his positive reinforcement training. Caspa can now clear a bar standing at a huge 1.13 m (3 ft 8.5 in), making him the envy of all the other Llamas on the farm.
Longest duration full-body burn:
With 49 movie credits to his name, most recently in the 2015 remake of Point Break, stunt man Josef Toedtling from Austria has built a successful career by putting himself harm’s way… His exploits have seen him enter the Guinness World Records book for the first time this year – he holds the Longest duration full-body burn (no oxygen) with an awesome 5 mins 41 seconds, beating the previous record by 16 seconds. He also holds the record for Farthest distance pulled by a vehicle (full body burn) reaching a huge 582 metres – another skill learned on various film sets over his career.
Youngest female with a full beard:
Anti-bullying activist, body image activist and catwalk model Harnaam Kaur of Slough, UK, has a fascinating story to tell. Now with a beard measuring as long as six inches in places, she overcame years of bullying to take ownership of her appearance and achieve this record title at the age of 24 years 282 days. She describes her place in the Guinness World Records book as “absolutely humbling” and hopes it will help her to impart her empowering message. 2016 has been a huge year for Harnaam, having become the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week in March.
Tallest dog living (female):
Meet Lizzy, the Great Dane from Florida, who measures a HUGE 96.41 cm (37.96 in) tall! Lizzy is so tall, has to eat her food from a bowl that sits on a chair as she cannot reach the floor, and her water bowl has to stay in the garage because she makes such a mess! Her owner, Greg, says Lizzy is a gentle giant and very sociable – he puts this down to her spending much of her life surrounded by cats and two tiny pet terriers.
Most tattooed senior citizens (male & female):
67 year-old Charlotte Guttenberg of Florida, USA has covered 91.5% of her body with tattoos since first being inked just 10 years ago while grieving following the death of her husband. Nervously, she sat in the chair at her chosen tattoo parlour when a regular stopped in to say hello to favourite tattoo artists. Chuck was asked to sit with Charlotte to ease her nerves, love blossomed and they have been together ever since. Chuck, also from Florida, has 93.5% of his body tattooed and aside from one army tattoo, has had the rest of his work done in the last 16 years. Chuck is a martial arts expert and says he served on the security detail for JFK.
Longest domestic cat (living):
Ludo the Maine Coon from Wakefield in South Yorkshire measures a whopping 118.33 cm (3 ft 10.59 in) long and brings this record title back to the UK following a six-year run between two record holders based in the US. Ludo is one of three Maine Coons in the Gill household and owner Kelsey describes him as a just like any other cat, “relaxed and laid back cat” as well as loving a good sleep – he just happens to be a giant!
Also revealed today:
Longest Monster Truck
Jennifer and Brad Campbell of White Hills, Arizona, wanted to build a Monster Truck to take Las Vegas by storm, and have ended up conquering the world with theirs. Measuring 9.8 m (32 ft) and weighing in at a monster 6.804 tons, the truck can be found entertaining revellers in Las Vegas, dwarfing any of Sin City’s achievements. Jen said: “I would get the book every year when I was a kid and was always blown away with the records. I knew I was never going to outdo the longest nails, or lowest limbo... it’s awesome!”
Casey, Illinois - Small Town, Big Stuff
61 year-old businessperson Jim Bolin has spent the last few years helping his beloved hometown, Casey, get back on its feet after the recession. His idea was initially to build one record-breaking item to put the town on the map… but caught the bug. He has now built eight amazing items, all fully functional as per GWR guidelines, and has achieved Guinness World Records titles for each of them. The eight records are:
• The largest clogs measure 3.5 m (11 ft 5 in) long, 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) wide and 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in) tall
• The largest mailbox measures 162.63 m³ (5,743.41 ft³)
• The largest knitting needles measure 3.98 m (13 ft 0.75 in) long and have a diameter of 8.25 cm (3.25 in)
• The largest crochet hook measures 1.87 m (6 ft 1.5 in) long and has a diameter of 7.6 cm (3 in)
• The largest golf tee measured 9.37 m (30 ft 9 in) long with a head diameter of 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) and a shaft width of 64 cm (2 ft 1 in)
• The largest pitchfork measures 18.65 m (61 ft 1 in) long and 2.56 m (8 ft 5 in) wide
• The largest rocking chair measures 17.09 m (56 ft 1 in) tall and 9.99 m (32 ft 10 in)
• The largest wind chime measured 12.80 m (42 ft)
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 Edition is a must have for knowledge seekers and aspiring record breakers of all ages, available in stores today, 8 September 2016 for £20. Discounts are widely available.
Additionally, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 GAMER’S EDITION is also released today, priced at £10. The authority on all things record-breaking in the world of interactive entertainment, the new book features titles from the biggest video game franchises in existence!
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