The largest reading lesson in multiple venues involved 2, 928 participants across 29 venues in an event organised by the Evening Standard (UK) as part of their ‘Get London Reading’ campaign in London, UK, on 26 March 2012. This record was part of London and Partners ‘World Record London’ campaign.
The fastest time for a female individual competitor in the World Woolsack Championships held annually at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK, is 1 min 6.3 sec in 2009, by Zoe Dixon (UK). The event involves competitors racing up and down the 1 in 4 Gumstool Hill from The Royal Oak pub to The Crown. Women competitors carry 30 lb (13.6 kg) bag of wool on their shoulders.
Pete Roberts (UK) achieved the fastest men’s individual time with 45.94 sec in the 2007 World Woolsack Championships. The event is held annually at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK, and involves competitors racing up and down the 1 in 4 Gumstool Hill while carrying a 60 lb (27.21 kg) bag of wool on their shoulders. The original course of 280 yd (256 m) ran from The Royal Oak pub to The Crown, but since 1999 a shorter course of 240 yd (220 m) has been run. The Continue reading →
The most track inversions in a roller coaster is 14 on The Smiler, at Alton Towers Resort (UK), in Staffordshire, UK. The roller coaster is due to open to the public on 23 May 2013. The 16 passenger roller coaster cost £18 million (US $27,612,500) to complete and took 3,000 hours to construct. Riders whirl through the 14 inversions at speeds of up to 85 km/h (52.82 mph), with the highest drop reaching 30 m (98.43 ft). In total, the ride lasts 165 seconds as Continue reading →
The smallest roadworthy car is “Wind Up” which measures 104.14 cm (41 in) high, 66.04 cm (26 in) wide and 132.08 cm (52 in). It was created by Perry Watkins (UK) and finished and measured in Wingrave, UK, on 8 May 2009. The body of the car was constructed out of an old Postman Pat coin-in-the slot childrens ride. The car took 7 months to build. The car was finished on the 8th of May this year. The car is registered in tax class PLG and has Continue reading →
The most entrants in an egg hunt competition is 12,773 and was achieved by The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, as part of World Record London, in London, UK on 21 February – 1 April 2012. The 209 eggs (approximately 2ft each in size) were hidden around London and included a ‘Where’s Wally?’ egg that moved locations every three days. All eggs were eventually auctioned off for charity. The more eggs participants found, the more chances they had of winning the grand prize of a £100,000 Continue reading →
The most expensive non-jewelled chocolate egg sold at auction for £7,000 ($11,107) and was created by William Curley, Amy Rose Curley, Alistair Birt, Sarah Frankland, Melissa Paul, Rhiann Mead (all UK) and Suzue Curley (Japan). It was sold at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK, on 20 March 2012. The chocolate egg named the ‘Golden speckled egg’ was made with Amedei Chocolate and edible Gold leaf and filled with couture chocolate and truffles. The egg was decorated with 12 smaller chocolate eggs, 20 mini Continue reading →
A Steiff bear named Teddy Girl was sold for £110,000 ($171,600), more than 18 times the estimate and twice the previous world record, by Christie’s, London, UK on 5 December 1994 to Japanese businessman Yoshihiro Sekiguchi. The bear was made in 1905, only a year after Steiff made he first jointed plush teddy bear, and had a particularly well-documented history. She belonged to a prominent collector, Colonel Bob Henderson, who took her everywhere with him – even to his landing on the D-Day beaches, where Continue reading →
The most expensive drawing by an Old Master is the ‘Head of a Muse’ by Raphael (1483-1520) which sold for £29,200,000 ($47,788,400), on 9 December 2009 at Christie’s, London, UK. Head of a Muse was drawn by Raphael as a study for a figure in Parnassus, one of the series of four frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican which was commissioned by Pope Julius II.
The most wheat harvested in eight hours is 675.84 tonnes (1,489,972.15 lb) and was achieved by CLAAS with a LEXION 770 TERRA TRAC Combine at Louth, Lincolnshire , England, UK, on 1 September 2011.