Wednesday 26 July 2017

Dalek collector enters record books

Rob Hull is the owner of the largest collection of Daleks which is featured in the new Guinness World Records book
Rob Hull is the owner of the largest collection of Daleks which is featured in the new Guinness World Records book

A 49-year-old man with the largest collection of Daleks in the world features in the newest weird and wonderful collection of the 2012 Guinness World Records.

Rob Hull is recognised for having the largest collection of the Doctor Who baddies, with a staggering total of 571 models. His hoard, which includes a 6ft life-size replica model, is the product of 20 years of passionate collecting, even though he is not interested in the show.

Mr Hull, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said: "I've never been a fan of the show, but I have been enchanted by the Daleks ever since I saw one in a toy store as a child. My mum wouldn't buy it for me, but I swore at that moment that I'd have my own one day."

He said he bought his first Dalek at the age of 29 and since then they have slowly taken over the house.

But his 43-year-old wife Dawn will not be celebrating her husband being the newest record holder. She said: "I hate the bl**dy things and I've got a feeling this is only going to encourage him."

Another bizarre record that features in the 2012 collection has been achieved by Uchida Geinousha's Super Wan Wan Circus, based in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It offers audiences a unique spectacle - the incredible sight of 13 dogs skipping on a rope.

Reverend Darrell Best, of Shelbyville, Illinois, USA, will also be celebrating his title for the fastest wedding chapel after converting his 1940s fire truck into a wedding chapel on wheels. The wedding chapel entitled The Best Man, allows lovers to tie the knot while they are on the road and is capable of reaching speeds of 62mph.

Christine Walton, 45, from Las Vegas, has been revealed as the new record holder for the Longest Fingernails, measuring an astonishing 10ft 2ins (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7ins (292.1cm) on her right hand - a total of 19ft 9ins (601.9cm).

And Aevin Dugas, a 36-year-old social worker from New Orleans, USA, is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world with a circumference measuring an incredible 4ft 4ins (1.32m).

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said: "When you think of the weirdest and wackiest, inevitably Guinness World Records will come to mind. The 2012 (edition) celebrates some of the most extraordinary examples of this. The individuals that add a little colour to our day."

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