Saturday 14 December 2019

Recognition for record breakers

Nick Stoeberl, from California, has secured his place in the 2015 Guinness World Records book for having the longest tongue (Guinness World Records/PA)
Nick Stoeberl, from California, has secured his place in the 2015 Guinness World Records book for having the longest tongue (Guinness World Records/PA)
Beth Johnson from Ohio, who constructed the world's largest yo-yo (Guinness World Records/PA)
Yannick Read from London who has earned a place in the 2015 Guinness World Records book for building the world's smallest caravan (Guinness World Records/PA)

The annual who's who of the world's weird and wonderful will hit shelves tomorrow.

The 60th edition of the Guinness World Records promises to disclose the identity of a woman responsible for the planet's largest yoyo, reveal the American sharpshooter who can fire an arrow the furthest with her feet, and confirm the proud owner of the longest human tongue.

First published in 1955, the Guinness World Records book has become a publishing phenomenon, with more than 132 million copies sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries.

The latest edition reflects on the last 60 years of record-breaking, while also featuring the latest additions to the wacky hall of fame.

This includes great Dane Karsten Maas, inventor of the world's longest golf club (4.37m - 14ft 4in), Californian Nick Stoeberl, recognised for having the world's longest tongue (at 10.1cm) (4in), and Londoner Yannick Read who has created the smallest known caravan - measuring less than 2.4m (7ft 10in) in length.

Lancashire film buff Nick Bennett could give fictional radio presenter and James Bond superfan Alan Partridge a run for his money, after earning his place in the compendium for having the largest 007 collection.

The 47-year-old from Leigh owns 12,463 pieces of memorabilia, contained in a shrine in his house.

Mr Bennett said: "It's a dream come true. As a child I read the book from cover to cover and I cannot believe that I will actually be in this year's book as an official record holder - pinch me."

Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday said: "This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades.

"Of course, we've still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from... and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut.

"Added to this, we've got all-new Augmented Reality features - which conjure up record-holders in full, animated 3D before your eyes - making it a truly bumper edition."

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