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8 Years, 700K Matchsticks, One Eiffel Tower, Zero World Records
Guinness Admits It Was
Too 'Heavy-Handed'
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Guinness Admits It Was Too 'Heavy-Handed'

Organization agrees to accept Richard Plaud's Eiffel Tower replica as tallest matchstick structure

(Newser) - Richard Plaud will have his name in the record books after all. Guinness World Records initially ruled the Frenchman had used the wrong type of matchsticks in building his 23.6-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. However, it later said it was reviewing the decision and on Friday announced it...

Cosmonaut Sets Record for Doing 'What I Love'

Oleg Kononenko tops 878 days in orbit since 2008

(Newser) - Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko has broken the world record for the most cumulative time spent in space, Russia's space agency Roscosmos reported Sunday. The 59-year-old has now spent more than 878 days and 12 hours in space, surpassing fellow Russian Gennady Padalka, who set the previous record of 878...

At 99, She Gains World Records and 'Confidence' in the Pool

'I'm even starting to feel a bit proud of myself,' says Canada's Betty Brussel

(Newser) - Betty Brussel learned to swim in the canals of Amsterdam, where she grew up during the Great Depression. But it wasn't until her mid-60s, after she moved to Canada with her husband and raised three children, that she took up competitive swimming. Three decades later, the 99-year-old has become...

He's the Oldest Person to Hike Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

Alfredo Aliaga Burdio snags world record at 92

(Newser) - It took Alfredo Aliaga Burdio 21 hours and 15 minutes to hike the 24 miles from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. But the 92-year-old Spaniard just confirmed as the oldest person to complete the trek is sure he could've moved faster. "[There...

Boy, 11, on Track to Break a Running Record by Age 62

It all started with a New Year's resolution to run every day of 2023

(Newser) - Seb Jellema has been working toward an ambitious goal since January: The 11-year-old Scottish boy wants to beat the world record by Ron Hill, who ran at least a mile every day for 52 years and 39 days, ending at age 78. When Seb heard about the record, he realized...

Ukrainian Sniper Claims World Record

Whether a fatal shot of a Russian soldier is provable or not, Ukrainian troops take pride in the news

(Newser) - It won't show up on a Guinness list, but a Ukrainian sniper is claiming he set a record by killing a Russian soldier more than two miles away. That would surpass the generally accepted mark by more than 850 feet. Vyacheslav Kovalskiy's 12,470-foot shot was captured on...

He Just Shattered the Marathon World Record

Kelvin Kiptum runs Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 35 seconds

(Newser) - Kelvin Kiptum on Sunday ran the Chicago Marathon in what once would have been an unthinkable time: barely over 2 hours. The Kenyan runner's 2:00:35 finish, which still must be ratified, beat the previous world record for a marathon, set by Eliud Kipchoge, by 34 seconds; it'...

She Tried the Big 14 Last Year and Failed. Now, Success

Kristin Harila, Tenjen Sherpa summit at K2, scale world's highest mountains in record 92 days

(Newser) - A Norwegian woman mountain climber and her Nepali Sherpa guide have set a new record by scaling the world's 14 highest peaks in 92 days, a Pakistani mountaineering official said. On Thursday, Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa summited K2 on the Chinese-Pakistani border in the Karakorum Range—considered to...

Sherpa Guide Ascends Everest for 26th Time, Tying Record

Pasang Dawa Sherpa first climbed peak in 1998

(Newser) - A Sherpa guide on Sunday matched the record for most ascents of Mount Everest when he finished climbing the world's tallest mountain for the 26th time. Pasang Dawa Sherpa summited with a Hungarian climber, NPR reports. The 46-year-old made his first successful ascent in 1998 and has climbed Everest...

She Lost Track of Time After 2 Months in Cave— 440 Days Ago
She Lost Track
of Time After
2 Months in Cave—
440 Days Ago
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She Lost Track of Time After 2 Months in Cave— 440 Days Ago

Beatriz Flamini emerges from cave she entered in November 2021

(Newser) - "I'm still stuck on November 21, 2021. I don't know anything about the world." So said Spanish extreme athlete Beatriz Flamini after exiting a cave outside Granada on Friday where she passed the last 500 days with zero human contact. The BBC describes it as both...

91-Year-Old Is Oldest Person to Cross Grand Canyon

He's the oldest person to cross it rim-to-rim on foot, which he did in 5 days

(Newser) - The latest evidence that age ain't nothin' but a number: John Jepkema has been honored for crossing the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim on foot when he was 91 years old, becoming the oldest person ever to do so. The Colorado man, whose 2019 feat was recently acknowledged by Guinness World...

The List of Every Place on Earth Just Got Bigger

The 'Most Traveled People' group ups the count to 1.5K

(Newser) - Quick: Name how many countries and territories one could visit on Earth. If your guess was in the hundreds, you're already way off, at least according to the "Most Traveled People" (MTP) community. MTP was founded by Charles Veley after he tried and failed to have Guinness World...

Guy Scores a Disneyland Record 8 Years in the Making

Even little kids might get sick of happiest place on Earth after 2,995 days in a row

(Newser) - You know how sometimes some guy wins the Super Bowl and screams, "I'm going to Disneyland!" Well, sometimes some guy finds himself out of a job and with some time and an annual pass to Disneyland on his hands, so he just starts going. Every day. It...

Gigantic Cane Toad Found, Promptly Euthanized
Gigantic Cane Toad Found,
Promptly Euthanized
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Gigantic Cane Toad Found, Promptly Euthanized

'Toadzilla' may be a record-setter

(Newser) - If this toad is so big it looks fake to you, you're not alone: Wildlife officers reportedly felt the same way. While patrolling a rainforest in Queensland, Australia, rangers had to stop their vehicle upon finding a snake blocking the path. When they got out to take a closer...

Arctic Adventurer Makes History, Is Still 'Gutted'

Preet Chandi sets record, though misses goal of crossing the continent in 75 days

(Newser) - Preet Chandi wanted to inspire others to push their boundaries and she's certainly done that, despite failing to complete her goal of becoming the first woman to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported . "I'm pretty gutted that I don't have the time to complete the crossing,”...

Accountant Holds One of the Weirdest World Records

Italy's Michele Santelia has typed 81 books backward

(Newser) - An Italian accountant has become famous in a small-scale way for the books he types. To be clear, Michele Santelia is not the author of these books. He retypes the works of others, usually famous works in history. But as Lit Hub notes, it's the way he does so...

You Won't Find Stranger World Records Than These

UPI rounds up the weirdest Guinness World Records achievements of 2022

(Newser) - It's that time of the year when we look back fondly (and not so fondly) at the best and worst of what went down over the past 12 months. The only guarantees we had going into 2022 were death, taxes, and a new set of achievements recognized by Guinness...

She Ran 100-Mile World Record Only to Be Told It Didn't Count
She Ran 100-Mile World Record
Only to Be Told It Didn't Count
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She Ran 100-Mile World Record Only to Be Told It Didn't Count

USA Track & Field refuses to ratify Camille Herron's record, says course was too short

(Newser) - Professional ultrarunner Camille Herron thought she'd beaten her own world record by more than a minute in February when she completed a 100-mile race in 12 hours, 41 minutes, and 11 seconds, for a pace of 7:37 minutes per mile. The Oklahoma woman beat the male second-place finisher...

Guy Eats 10 of the World's Hottest Peppers in 33 Seconds

Guinness World Record holder Gregory Foster admits a passion for pain

(Newser) - It took just 33.15 seconds for Gregory Foster to eat 10 of the hottest peppers in the world. The pain lasted much longer—though not nearly as long as his new Guinness World Record will stand. The hot sauce maker from San Diego actually nabbed the latest of several...

Boy Shows Why 'Adventure' Really Is His Middle Name
Story of Boy, 8, 'Climbing'
El Capitan Raises Eyebrows
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Story of Boy, 8, 'Climbing' El Capitan Raises Eyebrows

Experts say Sam Baker didn't technically 'climb' California rock formation

(Newser) - Update: Some veteran rock climbers are speaking out after Sam Adventure Baker's ascent of El Capitan made headlines last week, the Daily Beast reports. Experts tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the 8-year-old and his father used a technique known as "jugging," in which they used ascenders—...

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