Here are eye-popping images of the biggest, fastest, longest, weirdest and wackiest record breakers recognized in 2012 and featured in the 2013 edition of “Guinness World Records.”
The longest duration spinning a basketball on a toothbrush is 26.078 seconds, set by Michael Kopp in Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 14, 2012.
The record for the highest forward-flip pogo stick jump is 8 feet, achieved by Xpogo athlete Michael Mena in Stamford, Conn.
The record for most people crammed in a modern Mini is 28, achieved by Dani Maynard and her team in a Mini Hatch at Potters Field, London, on Nov. 15, 2012. They exceeded the previous record by one person. Four people were squeezed into the trunk.
The largest chocolate coin weighs 1,450 pounds, measures over 6.4 feet in diameter, and is nearly 7 inches thick. It was created by the master chocolatiers at the Cioccoshow Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.
Tao Porchon-Lynch was 93 when she was named world's oldest yoga instructor in May 2012; at year's end, she had turned 94 and was still going strong. Born in a French colony in India, she once won a contest for the “best legs in Europe” after working as a cabaret dancer in London during World War II. Her win led to a modeling career in Paris and then acting roles in America, followed by a career in script writing and documentaries.
The record for the longest didgeridoo note is 65.66 seconds, achieved by 15-year-old Lachlan Phelps from Scone, Australia. A didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians many centures ago. Circular breathing was not permitted in achieving the record.
The heaviest weight lifted by both eye sockets is 52.91 pounds, achieved by Manjit Singh in Leicester, U.K.
The record for the largest kaikottikali dance is 2,639 participants, achieved by the Mumbai Pooram Foundation in Mumbai, India. Kaikottikali a famous group-dances of the women of Kerala, in southwest India.
The record for the most pogo stick jumps in one minute is 265, achieved by Xpogo athlete Tone Staubs in Stamford, Conn.
The world record for the fastest 100m run on all fours is 17.47 seconds, achieved by by Kenichi Ito in Tokyo. He goes an all fours at home daily for training.
The record for the largest display of solar-powered LEDs consists of 20,461 lights, achieved by Wajima City in Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan. More than 220 volunteers planted the LEDs in rice fields.
The lowest roadworthy car is the "Mirai," which measures 17.79 inches from the ground to highest part of the car. It was created by students and teachers of The Automobile Engineering Course at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan.
The oldest gymnast in the world is Johanna Quaas of Germany. Born on Nov. 20, 1925, the 86-year-old is a regular competitor in an amateur gymnastics competition in Saxony, Germany. Quaas performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of “Lo Show dei Record” on April 12, 2012 in Rome, Italy, where her record was certified.
Medusa, a 25-foot, 2-inch reticulated python in Kansas City, Missouri was named the longest snake ever in captivity in 2012. The gigantic reptile lives at "The Edge of Hell" haunted house attraction. Despite its enormous size, this type of python rarely attacks humans, which should come as good news to Medusa's neighbors.
Great balls of fire! Antonio Restivo of the United States achieved the highest flame blown by a fire breather: 26 feet 5 inches, or 8.05 meters. He accomplished this feat at a Las Vegas warehouse on Jan. 11, 2011.
Meet Big Jake, the world’s tallest living horse. The 9-year-old Belgian gelding measured 20 hands 2.75 inches – that’s 82.75 inches, or 210.19 centimeters – without shoes at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wis.
The world’s smallest service dog is as cute as her name: Cupcake. The female long-haired Chihuahua measures just 6.25 inches (15.87 centimeters) tall and is owned by Angela Bain of Moorestown, N.J.
Ummm ... pass the mustard? Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats CEO Dan Abbate poses with the largest commercially available hot dog, which weighs 7 pounds. Chicago-based Gorilla Tango sells the whopping wieners for $40.
Move over, Imelda Marcos: As of March 20, 2012, Darlene Flynn of the United States owned 15,665 different shoe-related items. She began building her collection in 2000.
Talk about hair-raising! The tallest Mohawk measures 44.68 inches, or 113.5 centimeters, and belongs to Kazuhiro Watanabe of Japan. The hairstyle's height was verified at the Bloc de l'art hair salon in Shibuya, Tokyo on Oct. 28, 2011.
Ready to rock: Dr. Mark Temperato of the United States owns the world’s largest drum set, which has 340 pieces. The pieces were counted with care in Lakeville, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 2011.
Whoa! The largest male bicep in the world belongs to Moustafa Adel Ismail of Egypt. His left arm measures 25.5 inches, or 64.77 centimeters, when flexed and 24.5 inches, 62.23 centimeters, when non-flexed. The measurements were taken on Nov. 24, 2011 in Franklin, Mass.
Oklahoma Sam, a 4-year-old American mammoth jackstock donkey, is the tallest living donkey in the world. The animal measured 15.3 hands – that is, 5 feet 1 inch or 155.45 centimeters tall – on Dec. 10, 2011. Oklahoma Sam is owned by Linda Davis of Watsonville, Calif.
The world’s tallest domestic cat was Savannah Islands Trouble, known as “Trouble” for short. He stood 19 inches, or 48.3 centimeters, tall. Owned by Debby Maraspini of the United States, the towering feline was measured at the Silver Cats cat show in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 30, 2011. He died on Aug. 15, 2012.
Tour de France riders might not want to use this one: The world’s heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 1,650 pounds, or 750 kilograms. Wouter van den Bosch of Netherlands built the bulky bike, and it was ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands in May 2010.
Polly wanna shoot some hoops? Zac the macaw made 22 basketball slam dunks in one minute on Dec. 30, 2011 in San Jose, Calif.
In the name of Zeus! Zeus the Great Dane stands 44 inches, or 1.118 meters, high. The world's tallest dog is owned by Denise Doorlag of Otsego, Mich.
The world record for most piercings on the face goes to Axel Rosales of Argentina. As of Feb. 17, 2012, Rosales had 280 facial piercings.
A little girl's dream: As of October 2011, Bettina Dorfmann of Germany had 15,000 different Barbie dolls in her possession. Dorfmann began building her collection in 1993.
The shortest bull in the world is Archie, a 16-month-old Dexter bull that is fully registered in the Northern Ireland livestock inventory in County Antrim. Archie measured 30 inches, or 76.2 centimeters, from the hoof to the withers on Nov. 22, 2011.
In terms of rotor length, the world's smallest helicopter is the GEN H-4 made by Gen Corp. of Japan. The diminutive whirlybird has a rotor length of 13 feet, or 4 meters, and it weighs just 154.32 pounds, or 70 kilograms. It has one seat, one landing gear and one power unit. Unlike traditional helicopters, it has two sets of coaxial contra-rotating rotors, which eliminate the need for a tail rotor for balancing. Gennai Yanagisawa is pictured here maneuvering the helicopter over the city of Matsumoto in Japan.
John Wang Clow of the United States became a licensed investment banker at the age of 17 years and 77 days. Born on May 23, 1994, Clow passed the Investment Banking Representative Qualification Examination (Series 79) administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Aug. 5, 2011 and got his license on Aug. 8, 2011.