200,000 people worldwide celebrate Guinness World Records Day

Posted By: Nairita Das
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London, Nov 19 (ANI): The annual Guinness World Records Day saw more than 200,000 people worldwide taking part in a series of oddball events, right from heroic deeds to performing the silliest of stunts.

The day was first celebrated in 2003 to mark the moment when the Guinness Book of World Records itself became a record-breaker by becoming the biggest-selling copyrighted book in history, the Daily Mail reported.

Among the more ridiculous records was the discovery of a maple leaf measuring 13.5in across, which is said to be the world's biggest, by 9-year-old Joseph Donato in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

And while Brazilians will be staging the biggest samba dance, the French will be performing the most high kicks by a troupe of can-can dancers.

There will also be wing walkers, underwater jugglers, fire breathers, men in very heavy shoes, and old women queuing up to live in a gigantic replica of a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, which is 9 feet high and 18 feet long.

At Potter's Field in the shadow of Tower Bridge fire-breather Muad'Dib shows off his certificate for two death-defying records while Ashrita Furman strides out with the most records held by one man (122) including the world's heaviest pair of shoes.

Joining the celebrations will be Sultan Kosen at 8'1" the tallest man on Earth, and Khagendra Thapa Magar, at 26.4 inches tall the world's shortest.

In London juggler Merlin broke the record for juggling underwater (1min 20secs - 203 catches) while in Tokyo 6-year-old Masato Kajiwara made an 11' paper cup tower in 30 seconds for a new stacking world record.

The Americans weigh in with the world's largest collection of costumed dogs in Dunedin, Florida, where World record day happily coincided with Dunedin's annual Dogtoberfest.

And Thomas Lackey completed his wing walk across Cirencester, Gloucestershire, at the record age of 90 years and five months, for Guinness World Records Day 2010. (ANI)

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