World's Longest CarIn 1986, this 100 foot long car broke Guinness World Record as the longest car in existence. Following the achievement, The American Dream, as it was called by its original builder Jay Ohrberg, enjoyed years in the spotlight. It made a lot of movie appearances. But as interest in it declined over time, the American Dream fell into disrepair. Many decades later, it ended up practically a junk pile in a New Jersey warehouse.But it was about to see another day in the sun. The car was discovered by auto museum owner Michael Manning, who bought it off of eBay and then restored it to its former glory. Manning overhauled the rusty ride, making it as good as new again. The whole process of making American Dream great again took three years to complete.The car is now on display at Dezerland Park Orlando’s Auto Museum in Orlando, Florida.Image: Guinness World Records​#car #GuinnessWorldRecords #JayOhrberg #limo #limousine #worldrecord
Freediver Held Breath Underwater for 24 Minutes and 37 Seconds to Set World RecordCroatian free diver Budimir Šobat proved his prowess and capabilities in surviving underwater by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest time breath held voluntarily (male)!He held his breath underwater for 24 minutes and 37.36 seconds, which was longer than the previous record by 34 seconds. That difference might look minuscule, but holding your breath for a few more seconds is a difficult feat. Let alone surviving underwater for 24 minutes! Budimir attempted the record in Sisak, Croatia, to promote the city and raise some money for people in need due to earthquakes that hit the area. "We have a huge problem here in Croatia with earthquakes... the situation is serious at the moment in Croatia," Budimir said when applying for the record. "We hope to raise some money for people in need because earthquakes destroy the whole city of Petrinja," he added.Image via Guinness World Records#freediving #GuinnessWorldRecord #worldrecord #underwaterbreathing #freediving #Croatia #BudimirSobat 
477-mile Long Lightning Bolt Crossed 3 US States and Set a New World Record for Longest Lightning FlashA lightning bolt that lit up the skies of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas set a new world record for the longest lightning flash in the world. It extended a total of 477.2 miles (768 kilometers). The bolt was a rare instance because lightning usually just lasts under a second and extends over ten miles.Professor Randall Cerveny, World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) rapporteur of weather and climate extremes, said that the almost 500-mile wide lightning bolt was an extraordinary record from lightning flash events. In addition, Cerveny said that more instances of greater extremes, such as this lightning bolt, will exist and be recorded in the future thanks to space-based lightning detection technology.Image credits: Micah Tindell, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration#lightning #science #worldrecord #lightningbolt #meteorology
The World's Coldest Marathon is Run at -53C in Yakutia, SiberiaIn frigid Yakutia, Siberia, sixty five runners from around the world ran in a marathon that started at Oymyakon, the coldest village on Earth. The temperature during the contest was -53 °C or -63 °F, and the runners ran on snow-covered tracts, thus earning the contest the moniker of the world’s coldest marathon.Winning the full marathon for the second time, a local runner named Vasily Lukin finished first in 3 hours 22 minutes as he crossed the finish line at Tomtor. Marina Sedalischeva was the best among the women, with 42 kilometres in 4 hours 9 minutes. Meanwhile, the winners of the half-marathon were Vasily Spiridonov (1 hour 36 minutes) and Ulyana Barashkova (2 hour 5 minutes).All winners got cash prizes starting from 100,000 roubles ($1,288; £950). Participants above 70 years won a special prize.This year's marathon was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Yakutia's autonomy within the former Soviet Union.Image: Semen Sivtsev#marathon #Siberia #worldrecord #running
World's Thinnest Christmas Tree is Made of One Atom Thick Graphene This Christmas tree brings a whole new meaning to 2D Christmas.Peter Bøggild and colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark cut a 14 cm-long Christmas tree from a single layer of graphene, which is one atom thick (and just one-third of a nanometer thick). The graphene Christmas tree was then transferred in one piece using a rebuilt laminating machine and then examined with terahertz radiation:"Even if you could make a pencil drawing of a Christmas tree and lift it off the paper—which, figuratively, is what we have done—it would be much thicker than one atom. A bacterium is, e.g. 3000 times thicker than the graphene layer we used. That's why I dare call this the world's thinnest Christmas tree. And although the starting point is carbon, just like the graphite in a pencil, graphene is at the same time even more conductive than copper. The "drawing" is made in one perfect layer in one piece, " says Professor Peter Bøggild who lead the team behind the Christmas tree experiment.The display of quality in this production showed how accurate the control of this method was. This is expected to propel the use of technology since graphene is known to be a good conductor of electricity and, given it is a two-dimensional material (it consists of atoms in one cohesive layer that is only one atom thin), it would weigh less and take up less space compared to other electronics we know today.
New Zealand Couple Grew a Giant 17.4-lb Potato the Size of a Small Dog and Named it DougWhen Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding in their garden, they unexpectedly encountered a rather strange and ugly “mutant”-looking object which they thought was a puffball mushroom."We couldn't believe it," Donna said. "It was just huge."It was a giant potato!This potato officially weighed 7.8 kg (17.4 lb) - a size of a small dog - and the couple is currently waiting for the response of the Guinness World Record for the title of world's heaviest potato. Meanwhile, Colin and Donna named the giant potato “Doug” and built a small cart to tow it around."We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine," Collin said. "It's all a bit of fun. It's amazing what entertains people."As they waited for the response, the potato already gained fame throughout the neighborhood. Although molds had grown through certain parts of the potato and it had started to smell, Colin never failed to do his best in preserving and cleaning it for it to remain presentable.The couple were honest to reveal that they didn’t really have any “gardening secrets.”"It's a mystery to me," Colin said. "It's one of nature's little pleasant surprises."​Image credit: Donna Craig-Brown/AP
Red Bull Stunt Pilot Dario Costa Flew an Airplane Through TWO Tunnels at 150 Miles per HourDario Costa, a professional race and stunt pilot, set a world record by flying through two tunnels at an average speed of 245 kph (152.2 mph) on September 4, 2021. Costa flew in his modified Zivko Edge 540 race plane inside of the dual Catalca Tunnels on Turkey’s Northern Marmara Highway.With over two decades of flying under his belt, the 41-year-old pilot clocked over 5000 hours in the cockpit, with more than half of those hours in high-performance aerobatics.  He became the first Italian to win in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class. For years, Costa dreamt of the Tunnel Pass, believed to be his most challenging stunt yet.“Everything seemed to be happening so fast, but when I got out of the first tunnel, the plane started to move to the right because of the crosswinds and in my head, everything slowed down in that moment, I reacted and just focused on getting the plane back on the right path to enter the other tunnel. Then in my mind, everything sped up all over again.” Said Costa.Costa was averaging 245 kph while managing changes in the second tunnel. After the plane got out of the other side, he made a celebratory loop before landing. The flight in the tunnel was recognized with a Guinness World Record for Longest Tunnel Flown through with an Aeroplane at 1,730m. There are four other records set in this exhibition: first Aeroplane flight through a tunnel, longest flight under a solid obstacle, first aeroplane flight through two tunnels and first aeroplane takeoff from a tunnel.#RedBull #WorldRecord #GuinnessWorldRecord #Airplane #Aviation #Tunnel #DarioCosta
Mark Rober Created a World Record Domino Robot That Sets 100,000 Dominoes in 24 HoursMark Rober proved to the whole world that he is the king of dominoes by setting up a hundred thousand of them in just 24 hours. How did he do it?Here’s what he had to say to his rival domino queen Lily Havish about this feat, “I suck at dominoes, Lily, but I’m good at engineering which means I’m actually really good at dominoes.”Engineering! Wow! What can’t we do with technology, right? As it turns out, Rober engineered a robot to set up dominoes like no one else can. Now, this robot he named “Dom” holds the world record for being the fastest to arrange 100K dominoes.So it’s not really Rober but actually Dom who did all the work, or is it the other way around? So mind-boggling! What do you think?#dominoes #engineering #domino #robot #worldrecord #AI #MarkRober #LilyHavish #ArtificialIntelligence #machines #programming
World's Brightest Flashlight by Hacksmith Has 300 LEDs and Shines at 501,031 LumensCanadian inventory and YouTuber James Hobson AKA Hacksmith and Chris Thiele have created the world's brightest flashlight, according to Guinness World Records. Called the 'Nitebrite 300', the flashlight has 300 LEDs and was measured at 501,031 lumens. In comparison, the brightest  flashlight commercially available on the market today, the Imalent MS 18, contains just 18 LEDs and shines at 100,000 lumens.To create the flashlight, the Hacksmith team placed 6 LEDs on a printed circuit board and soldered the 50 boards by use of a reflow oven. Then, each board is connected to a constant current driver. The drivers are then connected to six batteries. The boards are then installed on a giant metal heatsink.How do you turn on a giant flashlight? With giant switches and buttons worthy of the world's brightest flashlight, of course! The flashlight has 3 modes: low, high, and turbo. To focus the light, the Hacksmith team used a fresnel lens. Parts from a trashcan, a concrete footing form and a cardboard concrete tube form painted black complete the flashlight.To objectively measure the brightness of their flashlight, the team used Crookes radiometer - which exploded due the intense beam of light!Now that's truly worthy of the Guinness World Record for world's brightest flashlight. View the video clip below.#flashlight #worldrecord #lumen #Hacksmith #JamesHobson #ChrisThiele
Super Mario 64 Video Game Sold for US$1.56 Million at AuctionJust two days after a pristine, unopened box of “The Legend of Zelda” broke the world’s record for most expensive video game when it was sold for $870,000, that record was broken by another video game.This time, it’s Mario: a 1996 copy of “Super Mario 64” was sold for $1.56 million at auction.Images: Heritage Auctions#auction #videogame #SuperMario64 #Mario #MarioBros #worldrecord
This Chocolate Factory in Japan Has a Giant Chocolate Bar as a FacadeMeiji is the largest chocolate manufacturer in Japan, and boy do they have the building to prove it: the company's chocolate factory in Osaka has a facade that looks like a giant chocolate bar!The company installed the giant chocolate bar front back in 2011 and holds the Guinness World Record for largest plastic advertising billboard.Via Technabob​Image: Meiji
This Cute Mini Cow is Less Than Two Feet TallOMG! This mini cow is so cute! Meet Rani, a fully grown mini cow that belongs to farmer Kazi Mohammed Abu Sufian from Charigram, Bangladesh.Rani (or "Queen" in Bengali) is 20 inches (51 cm) tall and 27 inches (69 cm) wide, and weighs 57 lb (26 kg), and is four inches shorter than the current record holder for world's shortest bovine.Read the full story of Rani the mini cow over at The Washington Post.Image: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP#cow #dwarfism #dwarfanimal #worldrecord #Bangladesh
Richard Branson Became the First Billionaire in SpaceVirgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has just become the first billionaire in space as his supersonic SpaceShipTwo, a winged airplane with a single rocket motor, flew into suborbital space."To all you kids out there — I was once a child with a dream, looking up to the stars. Now I'm an adult in a spaceship...If we can do this, just imagine what you can do," Branson said in a tweet.#space #VirginGalactic #RichardBranson #rocket #worldrecord #billionaire
World's Tallest Stack of M&M's CandiesHere's a Guinness World Record that you can try to break from the comfort of your own home, and if you fail, at least you have some candy to console yourself: the world's tallest stack of M&M's chocolate candies.The record is 5 M&M's stacked on top of one another, and it's held by 23-year-old Will Cutbill of the United Kingdom.See if you can stack 6 candies.#worldrecord #GuinessWorldRecord #chocolate #candy #MMs
Unopened 'The Legend of Zelda' NES Cartridge Sold for $870,000 in an AuctionThis 1987 unopened copy of The Legend of Zelda cartridge for the Nintendo NES system was sold at auction for $870,000. That's a lotta rupee for a video game!"The Legend of Zelda marks the beginning of one of the most important sagas in gaming; its historical significance can't be understated," Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie said. "This is the only copy from this production run we've ever offered in sealed condition, and may very well be the only one we ever offer in this elite level of preservation for many years. Its rarity is superior to that of any sealed game we've offered to date, it is a true collector's piece."Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com#videogame #TheLegendofZelda #zelda #worldrecord #auction
World's Largest Aerial Firework ShellOn February 8, 2020, James Cowden Widmann, Eric Krug, Ed MacArthur and Tim Borden launched a 1,268 kg (2,797 lb) firework shell to claim the Guinness World Record title for the largest aerial firework shell. The firework beat the previous record by 400 lb.#WorldRecord #firework #fireworkshell
World's Tallest Sandcastle is a Covid-Themed Sculpture by Wilfred StijgerStanding at 21.16 meter (69.4 ft) Dutch designer Wilfred Stijger's new sandcastle creation smashed the previous record holder to claim the new title of world's tallest sandcastle.Stijger was assisted by 30 of the world's best sand sculptors to create the sandcastle in the annual Sand Sculpture Festival in the seaside town of Blokhus, Denmark. It took nearly 5,000 tonnes of sand, mixed with some clay and an extra layer of glue to make the sculpture last through most of the Danish winter.To commemorate the current COVID-19 pandemic, Stijger put a sculpture of the coronavirus on top of the sandcastle. "It's ruling our lives everywhere," Stijger said, "It tells you what to do ... It tells you to stay away from your family and not go to nice places. Don't do activities, stay home."#sandcastle #SandSculpture #worldrecord #WilfredStijger #Covid19 #coronavirus #pandemicRelated: We Don't Talk About Covid, No No No​
Catatumbo Lightning and The 'Everlasting Storm' Where Lightning Strikes Thousands of Times a NightIf you don’t like lightning storms, this is NOT the place for you.The mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is known for the Catatumbo lightning phenomenon, or - if you’re into dramatic stuff - the “everlasting storm.” That’s actually not that big of an exaggeration: on average, the area has 300 lightning storm days per year.Indeed, Lake Maracaibo holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “highest concentration of lightning” as it gets about 250 lightning flashes per square kilometer every year. During the peak of the wet season around October, there’s an average of 28 lightning flashes each minute for up to nine hours!So what’s the reason behind the Catatumbo Lightning? Physicist Ángel G. Muñoz of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains:All thunderstorms follow a formula: rapidly rising warm air collides with moist air. Unstable air and moisture are key, and Catatumbo Lightning gets a boost from a unique topography. Mountain ridges cup three sides of Lake Maracaibo, leaving a narrow window open north to the Gulf of Venezuela. The inflowing Caribbean Sea provides an endless supply of warm water, while the hot tropical sun pulls additional moisture from the lake. At sunset, strong winds whip the mountains, jolting warm air up to form cumulonimbus clouds that rage inside. When water droplets of humid air collide with ice crystals from the cold air, it produces static charges that build up. The release discharges a zigzag of electrical energy strong enough to light 100 million bulbs. Ten minutes of Catatumbo Lightning could illuminate all of South America.#lightning #storm #CatatumboLightning #LakeMaracaibo #Venezuela #worldrecordImage: Thechemicalengineer​
A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie Made by Moving Single AtomsIBM researchers used scanning tunneling microscope to move individual carbon monoxide molecules to make the world's smallest movie, according to Guinness World Records. The movie is so small that it could only be seen when it's magnified 100 million times.#IBM #atom #GuinnessWorldRecord #microscopy #movie #worldrecordView the full video clip below: