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Camel with the most humps

The Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) normally has two humps, while the Arabian camel or dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) normally has just one. During the early 1970s, however, German zoologist Dr Bernhard Grzimek documented an apparently unique, freak dromedary that possessed no fewer than four distinct, fully formed humps. Its very fortunate original owner sold the animal for almost $10,000 in the town of Hodeida, Yemen.

Cartwheeling – greatest distance in 24 hours (team)

The greatest distance travelled in 24 hours by a team doing cartwheels is 50 km (31 miles) by a team of ten from Beausejour Gymnos (Canada) at the track in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada, from 8-9 September 2006. Team members were: Sasha Kennedy, Vanessa Bradley, Emma Cooney, Nathalie Colpitts, Jordan Hope, Veronique Roussel, Tanya McMahon, Kerry McMahon, Jeff Gallant and David LeBlanc

Cartwheels – mass participation

The most people performing cartwheels at the same time was 482, in an event organised by Gym XL Amersfoort and Nika Hoogland gymnastic club in Schothorst, Netherlands on 10 July 2009. Despite the weather conditions the event still took place as planned. The participants were of all ages and the younger children were accompanied by adults.

Cherry stone spitting – greatest distance

The longest spit of a cherry stone in competition is 28.51 m (93 ft 6.5 in) by Brian “Young Gun” Krause (USA) at the International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship at Eau Claire, Michigan, USA in 2004. On the same day in the freestyle competition he spat a stone 33.62 m (110 ft 4 in).

Climbing the height of Everest on a machine (female team)

The fastest time to climb the height of Everest (8,848m 29,028ft) on a ‘versaclimber’ exercise machine is 2 hr 45 min 53 sec by a team of eight females – Bridget Funnell, Victoria Brown, Natasha Jones, Sarah Ruscombe-King, Sandra Heard, Margaret Reeve, Sandra Cann and Nicola Hammond (all UK) – at the Fusion Gym, Bude, Cornwall, UK, on 24 September 2006.

Climbing the height of Everest on a machine (male team)

The fastest time to climb the height of Everest (8,848m 29,028ft)* on a ‘versaclimber’ exercise machine is 1 hr 56 min 8 sec by a team of eight. Royal Airforce firefighters Richard Saville, Edward Kerry, Steve Wilson, Chris Grimshaw, Charlie Boyes, Dan Levy, Dave Rome and Kevin Williams (all UK) broke the record at the NAAFI Bar, Mount Pleasant Airfield, Falkland Islands on 27 April 2004. * this is the previously recognised official measurement of 8,848 m or 29,028 ft.

Closest approach to Earth by a space rock

The closest an asteroid has ever been observed to pass by the Earth is around 6,500 km (4,000 miles), by the asteroid 2004 FU162 on 31 March 2004. The asteroid, which measures only around 6 m (19 ft) across is too small to be classified as an asteroid (which must be at least 50m across) and would most likely have burned up in Earth’s atmosphere had it collided with the planet.