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Farthest distance cycling underwater

The farthest distance cycled underwater is 3.04 km (1.87 miles) achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA) at Complexo Olímpico de Piscinas de Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal on 22 September 2011. Ashrita took 3 hours 35 minutes and 23 seconds to complete his attempt. He completed 66 laps of a 46 m course

Fastest hovercraft

The highest recorded speed by a hovercraft is 137.4 km/h (85.38 mph), by Bob Windt (USA) at the 1995 World Hovercraft Championships on the Rio Douro River, Peso de Regua, Portugal. Windt was driving a streamlined 5.8 m (19 ft) Universal UH19P hovercraft called Jenny II, with a 82 kW (110 hp) V6 car engine driving its two fans (one at the rear to provide propulsion, and one underneath to provide lift). Weight of hovercraft is 392 kg (1,050 lb). Speed was measured over a Continue reading →

Highest mountain face underwater

With an altitude of 7,711 feet (2,351 m) above sea surface and 20,000 feet (6,098 m) below sea surface to the sea floor, Monte Pico in the Azores Islands (Portugal) is the highest underwater mountain in the world. The 42 km-long island formed by this volcano is one of the nine islands that conform the Azores and it is also considered to be the youngest.

Largest aletria

The largest aletria weighed 357 kg (787 lb 0.8 oz) in a dish measuring 8 x 2.35 m (26 ft 2.96 in x 7 ft 8.52 in) and was achieved by Milaneza (Portugal), in Porto, Portugal, on 10 December 2010. The event took place at Trindade metro station in the centre of Porto and was staged by the board of directors for Milaneza, one of Portugual’s most popular pasta brands, and the completed aletria was given away free of charge to the people of Porto. Continue reading →

Largest chestnut roaster

The largest chestnut roaster is 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in) long (including the handle) and it has 5 m (16 ft 4 in) of diameter. It has a weight of 600 Kg (1,322.77 lb) and it is able to roast 1,000 Kg (2,204 lb) of chestnuts at one time. It was made by the Câmara Municipal de Vinhais during the 2007 RuralCastanea – Festa da Castanha (Chestnut Party), in Vinhais, Bragança, Portugal, on 1 November 2007. The chestnut roaster was completely handicrafted following the traditional Continue reading →

Largest collection of whisky bottles

Alfredo Gonçalves of Lisbon, Portugal, has collected 10,500 unduplicated whisky bottles in all different shapes. His collection is open to the public at his shop “Whisky & Co” in Lisbon, Portugal. Alfredo Gonçalves, now 78, began his collection forty years ago while in Africa. One of his businesses at that time was a travel agency, which led him to travel quite often and expand his collection. Over the years, Alfredo’s collection got so large for his office that he decided to open a Whisky Shop Continue reading →

Largest firework rocket

The largest firework rocket is 13.40 kg (29.53 lb) and was produced and launched by Associaçao Nacional de Empresas de Produtos Explosivos (Portugal) at the 12th International Symposium on Fireworks in Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, on 13 October 2010. The firework rocket contained 33 motors (compared to an average of 4 for a standard firework rocket). The weight of a standard rocket is approximately 500g. The firework rocket measured 7 m in length and the diameter of the rocket head measured 63 Continue reading →

Largest gazpacho

The largest gazpacho measures 5,000 litres (1,099.85 UK gal; 1,320.86 US gal) and was achieved by Mega Pic Nic Continente (Portugal) in Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal, on 29 June 2013. The gazpacho was made using the Portuguese recipe by Luis Figueiredo and 25 students of Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa. It contained 1,560.45 kg (7,584 lb 5 oz) of tomato, 274.10 kg (604 lb 4 oz) of cucumber, 131.45 kg (289 lb 12 oz) of onion, 8.85 kg (19 lb 8 oz) Continue reading →