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Guinness World Records Day: See The Most People Ever In One Pair Of Pants And So Much More

Posted: 11/16/11 02:21 PM ET

If records are made to be broken, then Nov. 17 should be the perfect day to break them.

That's because it's Guinness World Records Day, a 24-hour period when people (and, occasionally, animals) are supposed to set aside whatever grievances they have in order to band together for a higher cause: breaking a record for "World's Largest Teabag," "Largest Number of ABBA Impersonators," or "Most People in a Single Pair of Pants."

This is the seventh year of Guinness World Records Day and more than 300,000 people are expected to participate in various record attempts around the world, an increase from nearly 275,000 participants last year, according to Guinness spokeswoman Jamie Panas.

What started out as a way for the organization to commemorate the fact that its flagship book, "Guinness World Records," had become the biggest selling copyrighted publication of all time, is now its own event with its own demands, including requests for people who can determine whether a record is really a record.

"Each Guinness World Records Day sees an influx of applicants and bolder record attempts than the year before," Panas said. "This Guinness World Records 'holiday' has become a permanent fixture on thrill seekers' calendars and we're seeing the demand for our adjudicators to judge records increase on this day each year."

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  • World's Largest Biceps

    The largest male bicep belongs to Mostafa Ismail of Egypt. His left arm measures 25.5 inches when flexed and 24.5 inches when non-flexed.

  • Jyoti Amge and Brahim Takioullah

    Jyoti Amge stands just under 25-inches and holds the title of world's shortest woman. Brahim Takioullah is 8-foot-1 and holds the record for the world's biggest feet

  • World's Longest Snake

    Medusa, a 25-foot, two-inch Reticulated Python owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri is the Longest Snake Ever in Captivity.

  • Largest Rabbit

    Ralph weighs a hopping 55 pounds, and eats about $90 worth of food a week!

  • World's Largest Mohawk

    Kazuhiro Watanabe, a Tokyo-based fashion designer, has been recognized by Guinness World Records for his three-foot, 8.6-inch mohawk.

  • Largest Barbie Collection

    Bettina Dorfmann of Germany has 15,000 different Barbie dolls, as of October 2011. She has been collecting them since 1993.

  • Largest Drum Kit

    The largest drum set is comprised of 340 pieces, and is owned by Dr. Mark Temperato of Lakeville, New York.

  • Largest Hot Dog Commercially Available

    The largest hot dog commercially available weighs seven pounds and and is available from Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats for $40.

  • Smallest Helicoptor

    In terms of rotor length, the smallest helicopter is the GEN H-4 made by Gen Corporation (Japan) with a rotor length of only 13 feet and a weight of only 154.32 pounds. It consists of one seat, one landing gear and one power unit. Unlike more traditional helicopters, it has two sets of coaxial contra-rotating rotors which eliminate the need for a tail rotor for balancing.

  • Tallest Dog

    The tallest dog living is "Zeus," a Great Dane measuring 44 inches tall, owned by Denise Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan.

  • Tallest Donkey

    The tallest donkey living is Oklahoma Sam, a 4-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, who measured 15.3 hands -- or 5-feet, 1 inch tall on 10 December 2011. He is owned by Linda Davis of Watsonville, California.

  • World's Tallest Cat

    The tallest domestic cat ever was Savannah Islands Trouble, aka "Trouble", who was 19 inches tall before his death on August 15, 2012.

  • Heaviest Rideable Bicycle

    The heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 1650 pounds. It was built by Wouter van den Bosch (Netherlands) and ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands, in May 2010.

  • World's Biggest Cheeseburger

    In this Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 photo provided by by Black Bear Casino Resort, people examine a bacon cheeseburger measuring 10 feet in diameter and weighing more than a ton at Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton, Minn. The behemoth burger, served up Sunday at the Black Bear Casino Resort tipped the scales at 2,014 pounds. (AP Photo/

  • Mass-Massage World Record

    Thai masseuses perform mass massaging at a sport arena on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Thailand has long been known as the massage capital of the world. Now, it has a Guinness World Record to prove it when some 641 massage therapists mass-massaged 641 people simultaneously for 12 minutes to win the honor Thursday at an indoor arena in Bangkok. The event was organized by the Health Ministry to promote the Southeast Asian nation's massage and spa industry. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

  • Besse Cooper Turns 116

    Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, marked another milestone as she celebrated her 116th birthday on Aug. 26. Cooper, who is originally from Monroe, Georgia, USA, was first certified as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in January 2011.

  • Farthest Distance Skateboarded By A Goat

    The farthest distance skateboarding by a goat was 36 m (118 ft) and was achieved by Happie (USA) of Fort Myers, Florida , USA, on 4 March 2012. The distance was completed in a time of 25 seconds.

  • World's Largest Shaving Cream Pie Fight

    On July 31, 2012, 714 people gathered in Dallas, Texas to participate in the world's largest shaving cream pie fight.

  • Heaviest Living Athlete

    The heaviest living athlete in the world is Sumo wrestler Emmanuel 'Manny' Yarborough, of Rahway, New Jersey, USA. He stands 2m 3cm 6ft 8in tall and weighs a colossal 319.3kg 704lb. He was introduced to Sumo by his judo coach and seven years later, he is ranked number one in the Open Sumo Wrestling Category for Amateurs.

  • Longest Professional Wrestling Match

    The longest professional wrestling match lasted 12 hours and was promoted by Shockwave Impact Wrestling (USA) as the Ultimate Iron Man Match at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, USA, on November 6, 2010. The match was contested by American Kickboxer II aka Brandon Overholser, Dark Angel aka Mike White, DJ Tom Sharp aka Tom Crone, Logan Cross aka Logan Jones, Sid Fabulous aka Mark Easterday, and "Lightning" Tim Lutz.

  • Longest Beach Volleyball Marathon

    The longest beach volleyball marathon lasted 25 hr 39 min achieved by Mateusz Baca, Sebastian Lüdke, Tomasz Olszak, and Wojciech Kurczyński (all Germany) in Görlitz, Germany, on 3-4 July 2010. The attempt was made at the Rosenhof sports and leisure centre by the four members of sports club VfB Görlitz.

  • Longest Time Controlling A Football While Lying Down

    The record for the longest time controlling a football whilst lying down is 10 min and 4 sec and was achieved by Tomas Lundman (Sweden) at the Nordstan Shopping Mall, in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 24, 2007.

  • Most Items Kicked Off People's Heads In One Minute

    The most items kicked off people's heads in one minute is 43 and was achieved by Zara Phythian (UK) on the set of Guinness World Records Smashed, at Pinewood Studios, UK, on March 25, 2009.

  • Farthest Throw of a Person

    Jonathan Macfarlane (New Zealand) threw Andrew Rainford a distance of 4.87 meters (15 ft 11 in) on the set of NZ Smashes Guinness World Records at the Sylvia Park shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 25, 2009.

  • Most Passes of a Giant Volleyball

    The most consecutive passes of a giant volleyball is 582 and was set by Vanessa Sheridan and Paddy Bunce (both UK) during Capital Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan, Capital Radio, London, UK on November 9, 2006 as part of Guinness World Records Day.

  • Fastest Mile on Spring Loaded Stilts

    The fastest mile covered on spring loaded stilts is 7 min 13 sec set by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the TSV 1865 Dachau Sports Club in Dachau, Germany, on March 30, 2008.

  • World's Oldest Competitive Bodybuilder

    Edith Wilma Connor, 77, from Denver, Colorado is the Oldest Female Competitive Bodybuilder, and started pursuing fitness in her late sixties when she realized she wanted more energy. She won her first competition at the age of 65.

  • Oldest Sisters Celebrate 213 Combined Years

    Marjorie Ruddle, 105, and her sister, Dorothy Richards, 108, are officially declared the world's oldest sibling pair.

  • World's Oldest Yoga Teacher

    Yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch, 93, has been teaching yoga for more than 45 years and currently has 400 students in Winchester, N.Y.

  • Bruschi: Dog With World's Largest Eyes

    Bruschi, a four-year-old black and white Boston Terrier, who lives with his owner, Victoria Reed, in Grapevine, Texas, holds the Guinness World Record for "dog with the largest eyes" -- a whopping 1.1 inch in diameter.

  • Chandra Bahadur Dangi

    It's official! Guinness World Records officials have measured Chandra Bahadur Dangi to confirm his height of 21.5 inches (54.6 centimeters). That makes him not only the world's shortest living man but the world's shortest person ever recorded in Guinness' 57-year history.

  • World's Oldest Twins

    Edith Ritchie and Evelyn "Evie" Middleton (née Rennie), born on November 15, 1909, are the world's Oldest Living Twins. The pair from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, celebrated their 102nd birthday in November 2011.

  • World's Shortest Woman

    Guinness World Records Adjudicator Rob Molloy (R) and doctor Manoj Pahukar (2nd L) measure Jyoti Amge (C), 18, during a news conference in Nagpur on Dec. 16, 2011. Amge was officially announced by the Guinness World Records on December 16 the world's "shortest woman living (mobile)" measured as 62.8cm (24.7 inches) and will take the title from US woman Bridgette Jordan, previously held the record at 69.5 cm (27.4 in).

  • Longest Curtsey

    Andy Campbell and Buck Wolf of The Huffington Post's Weird News team took part in the Guinness World Record for Longest Curtsey Relay in 5 Minutes in January, 2012.

  • World's Smallest Working Dog

    Lucy, a mini Yorkshire terrier from Absecon, New Jersey, is now in the Guinness Book of World Records. Weighing just 2 1/2 pounds, Lucy was named the world's smallest working dog last week, bumping out a 6.6-pound police dog in Japan.

  • 102 year-old Twins

    Sisters Ena Pugh (pictured right) and Lily Millward who have just celebrated their 102 birthday. They are officially the oldest twins in the world. The pair both live near Brecon, South Wales

  • Most Diamonds Set In One Ring

    The Lobortas Classic Jewelry House in Ukraine created this record-setting ring -- the "Tsarevna Swan" -- containing an incredible 2,525 cut diamonds.

  • Coins Record

    A volunteer lines up 25-Centavo coins on the pavement in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record currently being held by the United States at the Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011. More than three million pieces are lined up for hours Wednesday to a stretch of 70 kilometers to break the 64.8 kilometers set by the United States. Proceeds of the campaign will help build classrooms in the country, according to the Central Bank, one of the organizers.

  • World's Smallest Living Cat

    Fizz Girl, a Munchkin Cat from San Diego, California, has grabbed the record title for 'Shortest Living Cat'. Measuring in at just 6 inches tall from floor to shoulder, Fizz Girl weighs 4 pounds, 2.3 ounces. Munchkin cats are a special breed that have little legs caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

  • Guinness World Records

    Bridgette Jordan, 22, a college student in Centralia, Illinois, has just been declared the "World's Shortest Woman" by Guinness World Records. She stands 2 feet, 3 inches, 1.5 inches shorter than the previous record holder.

  • Guinness World Records

    Bridgette Jordan, 22, is not only the current "World's Shortest Woman," but she shares the title of "World's Shortest Siblings" with her 20-year-old brother Brad. Bridgette stands 27 inches while Brad is who stands 38 inches high.

  • Guinness World Records

    The Berghoff, a German restaurant in Chicago, wanted a world record in the "wurst" way -- and they succeeded -- with a 47-foot, three-inch bratwurst. The record-breaking brat weighed more than 40 pounds and needed a bun that was 50-feet long.

  • Chanel Tapper - Longest Tongue

    Chanel Tapper has a tongue that measures a whopping 3.8 inches, from tip to top lip. However, British citizen Stephen Taylor's lengthy licker stretches 3.86 inches.

  • Sarwan Singh - Longest Beard

    Sarwan Singh of Canada holds the record for longest beard: 7 feet, 9 inches.

  • Rolf Buchholz - Most Pierced Man

    The world's most pierced man, Rolf Buchholz, of Dortmund, Germany, has 453 studs and rings all over his body, including 94 piercings in and around his lips, 25 in his eyebrows, eight in his nose and 278 in his genital area.

  • Aevin Dugas - Largest Afro

    Aevin Dugas of New Orleans, La., is the proud owner of a record-breaking afro. It has a circumference of 4 feet, 4 inches. She trims her afro two or three times a year, and uses up to five conditioners at once when she washes it.

  • Pauline Potter

    Pauline Potter, a 47-year-old, 643-pound Californian, has earned a spot in the 2012 Guinness World Records 2012 record book as the World's Heaviest Woman. She weighs 643 pounds.

  • World's Oldest Person

    Besse Cooper, recognized as the world's oldest person, will turn 116 on Aug. 26, 2012. Cooper, pictured in her room in a nursing home on Feb. 1, 2011 in Monroe, Ga., was born in 1896.

  • World's Largest Fishing Lure

    Guinness World's Records confirmed on August 10, 2011 a new world record and the debut of the World's Largest Fishing Lure, weighing more than 355 pounds and measuring more than 12 feet. The home of this giant lure is Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the SS Spitfire Mercantile, near Destin Florida.

  • Amazing Guinness World Records

    Lu Zhi-hao is believed to be the world's fattest 4-year-old. The obese boy from China's Guangdong province weighs a stunning 136 pounds -- posing a major health risk, according to doctors. A health clinic in Hong Kong has offered free weight-loss treatment for the child.

  • World's Tallest Teen Girl

    Malee Duangdee, 18, stands outside her home with her relatives Mai Khosod, 37, and A Khosod, 24, who are holding her arms up on April 7, 2011, in Trat Province, Thailand. Towering head and shoulders above her own parents this giant teenager -- at 6 feet 10 inches -- is the tallest in the world and could still be growing.

This year, there will be events taking place all over the world, but Panas admits that the largest number of contestants will be the members of the World Sport Stacking Association, who will be promoting field cup stacking competitions in multiple countries across the globe in sync with Guinness World Records Day.

Other record breakers will be more unique. For instance, there won't be many contenders in the category "Oldest Yoga Teacher" -- just 91-year-old Bernice Bates, who still practices and teaches yoga at a pace that would put someone a third of her age to shame.

And South Dakota's own Raul Meza is the only one set to attempt to break the record for the "Most Martial Arts Kicks in One Minute."

Meanwhile, Wim Hof, better known as "The Iceman," plans to attempt to break his record for "Full Body Ice Contact Endurance" by sitting in a vat of ice for more than 2 hours, and a man named Isaac Louie (aka "Louie Foxx") plans to try for immortality by getting the "Most Bounces of a Soap Bubble."

Although many of the records that usually make the Guinness Book require some kind of actual ability, things like that don't matter as much on Guinness World Records Day, according to editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday.

"You don't need to have a unique talent or possess super skills to take part in a world record attempt," Glenday said. "That's the spirit of Guinness World Records Day -- getting involved and having some fun. There are so many record attempts going on around the world on this one day that people won't have to look far for some first-hand record breaking excitement."

Along with the record attempts in America, there will be similar attempts in Germany, where a person will attempt the "Longest Underwater Walk By An Individual In 24 Hours," and in England, where the "Largest Tea Bag" will be constructed in Portsmouth, and a group of Londoners will strip down and squeeze into an oversized pair of underpants for the "Most People in a Single Pair of Underpants."

Down under, more than 200 Australian ABBA fans will go for the record for "Largest Gathering of ABBA Impersonators," while France will unveil a 15-foot rag doll in hopes of capturing the title for "World's Largest Rag Doll."

In addition, 800 Chinese singles will participate in what is being billed as the "World's Largest Speed Dating Event," and Ireland will try to find 300 people willing to dress in green suits to set the record for "Largest Gathering of Leprechauns."

It's very possible that this year's Guinness World Records Day could set a record for the "Most Records Set In One Day," but some Guinness officials like Stuart Claxton are on the record saying they don't want to necessarily give an award to themselves.

Claxton said during the last Guinness World Records Day that the organization hasn't kept tabs on whether the record-setting actually breaks a record because it's "so self-serving, and this day is all about the people."

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