Tag Archives: Belgium

Most grapes caught in the mouth in three minutes

The most grapes caught in the mouth in three minutes is 223, achieved by Joris Goens (Belgium), in Vilvoorde, Belgium, on 6 December 2013. The record was attempted live on the set of Belgium’s Got Talent. This was his second attempt at breaking this record on the show after his first attempt failed. The grapes were thrown by Joris’ friend, Freddy Wyckaert (Belgium).

Most lights on a Christmas tree

The most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy / Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010. 350 garlands measuring 3 m (9 ft 10 in) long and fitted with 576 lights were hung on the tree. Using voltage calculations, witnesses were able to ascertain exactly how many lights were successfully lit throughout the required 5 minutes.

Most rounds of golf played in different countries in one day

The most rounds of golf played in different countries in 24 hours is 8 and was achieved by Kasper De Wulf and Alexander Hautekiet (both Belgium), between 24-25 June 2013. The pairing began their first round at the Tarvisio Golf & Country Club in Italy at 2.30 am on 24 June 2013. They then proceeded to play a full 18-hole round of golf on courses in Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, before completing their eighth and final round at 1.01am on 25 Continue reading →

Oldest extracted human DNA

A team of French and Belgian researchers have extracted DNA from the tooth of a Neanderthal child who lived in the Meuse Basin, Belgium, around 100,000 years ago. The analysis of the DNA, released in June 2006, shows that Neanderthals had a greater genetic diversity 100,000 years ago than they did by the time modern humans arrived in Europe around 35,000 years ago.

Tallest boat lift

The Strépy-Thieu boat lift, on the Canal du Centre, Hainaut, Belgium, uses a counterweight system to carry boats a vertical distance of 73.15 m (240 ft) from its upstream and downstream sections. The two boxes or caissons, that each boat enters are 112 x 12 m (367 x 39 ft), and weight between 7,200 and 8,400 tonnes, depending on the current water level. It takes seven minutes for the vertical journey to be completed.

Tallest stack of pancakes

The tallest stack of pancakes measured 82 cm (2 ft 8 in) and was achieved by Marc De Bruyckere, Kurt Dobbelaere, Michel De Pauw and Joeri Van den Bussche (all Belgium), in Maldegem, Belgium, on 9 March 2013.