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Longest snake, stuffed toy

The longest stuffed snake measured 1,768.8 m (5,803 ft 1.66 in), and was achieved by Hastings Community House (Australia), in Hastings, Victoria, Australia, on 22 March 2013. This project involved many local senior citizens, who over 20 months knitted and crafted the snake, with the help of the local community.

Most people attending a business speed networking event – single venue

The most people attending a business speed networking event is 475 participants at an event organised by the Australian Institute of Management Queensland (Australia) at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, on 17 October 2013. Split into five large groups, the networkers had 21 meetings each in order to allow for the fact that there may be an odd number of participants. This ensured all participants had at least 20 meetings.

Most powerful trebuchet (with projectile weight 20 kg and over)

The most powerful trebuchet with projectile weight 20 kg and over threw a 1968 VW Beetle car weighing 766 kg (1,688 lb 11.84 oz) a distance of 76.94 m (252 ft 5 in) creating a power output of 58,936 kg.m (426,285 lb.ft). It was built by Nova FM – Partridge (Australia) in Granville, New South Wales, Australia on 5 August 2011. The trebuchet was of a whip or chain type and utilised a 20 metric tonnes (22.05 Imperial tons) counterweight to propel the VW Beetle. Continue reading →

Water speed record (fastest boat)

The official world water speed record is 275.97 knots (511.11 km./h, or 317.58 mph) by Ken Warby in the unlimited-class jet-powered hydroplane Spirit of Australia on Blowering Dam Lake, New South Wales, Australia, on 8 October 1978. However, it is estimated that Warby reached an estimated 300 knots (555 km/h., or 344.86 mph) unofficially at the same location on 20 November 1977.