The 2011 Guinness World Records book, published today promises to show off mother nature in all her glory, with hundreds of new and astounding animal records joining a host of other exciting record breakers from around the world.
This year’s pole position goes to Swallow, a Dexter cow from Yorkshire, who at just 33.5 inches from rear foot to hind is smaller than the average sheep and takes the new title of World’s Smallest Cow. The 11-year-old, who is currently pregnant, has produced 9 calves, all of whom tower over their miniature Mum.
Hot on Swallow’s tiny heels are Puggy, the Dog with the Longest Tongue (4.5inches); Darius the Longest Rabbit (4ft 3 inches); Fluffy the Longest Snake in Captivity (24ft python); the World’s Oldest Gorilla (‘Colo’, 53) and Anastasia, the Californian Jack Russell, who can pop 100 Balloons in the Fastest Time (44.9 seconds).
Meeting for the first time this week in New York are the world’s Tallest and Shortest dogs (Giant George, 43 inches and Boo Boo, 4 inches respectively).
But the animal kingdom wasn’t the only aspect of our weird and wonderful planet to take pride of place in this year’s 55th edition. British records include; the winner of the Most Gurning Championships (11); the Largest Collection of Smurf Memorabilia (1,061 pieces); the Oldest Salsa Dancer (75 years).
Super-talented record holders are plentiful from other parts of the world too with new entries including; Longest Duration Full Body Burn – without oxygen in the USA (2 min 57 sec); Longest Beard (living male) from India (2.37 metres); Longest Nose on a Human Being (8.89cm) from Turkey and Largest Balloon Sculpture (490 cm -192 in) among others.
UK's regional record holders in this year’s edition include:
Antrim teacher Annalisa Flanagan achieved the loudest shout with an exclamation measuring 121.7 dBA at the Citybus Challenge in Belfast on 16 April 1994. Ironically, Annalisa shouted the word “quiet”.
North West England
Fastest crossing of Loch Ness by single canoe/kayak (Fort Augustus to Dores), Preston, Lancashire
Largest English breakfast commercially available, Manchester
Most dance spins in a minute by a couple, Manchester
Gurning World Champions – most wins, Cumbria
Oldest man to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Co Durham
Heaviest Leek, Co Durham
Most sweetcorn kernels eaten in 3 minutes using a cocktail stick, Sunderland
Yorkshire / Humber
Smallest Cow, Rishworth
Furthest basketball slam dunk – trampoline, Sheffield
Most Oysters eaten in a minute, Sheffield
Most push ups with claps in one minute, Birmingham
Longest tongue, Coventry
Most breakdance windmills in 30 seconds, Coventry
Most rope skips in one minute, Studley
Longest rabbit, Worcester
Youngest person to row the Indian Ocean, Oakham
Largest collection of Smurf memorabilia, Nottingham
Strechiest skin, Holton le Moor
Fastest time to carve a turkey, Chelmsford
Most martial arts kicks in one minute (one leg) (female), Canvey Island
Loudest Burp, Waltham Abbey
Loudest bark, by a dog, Clacton on Sea
Fastest hot water bottle burst, Sprowston
Youngest person to circumnavigate by sailing solo, unsupported, non-stop, Potters Bar
Longest time controlling a football on the back, Milton Keynes
Smallest roadworthy car, Wingrave, Bucks
Heaviest weight lifted by tongue, Stoke Poges
Most hop the fence yo-yo tricks in one minute, Southampton
Furthest backflip off a wall, Basingstoke
Longest distance ran full-body burn (without oxygen), Portsmouth
Longest duration human scale, Basingstoke
Largest collection of trolls, Wallington
Longest journey kite surfing (female), Newquay
Most jumps (switches) 180° on a bicycle in one minute, Exeter
Shortest stuntman, Hounslow
Longest marathon playing korfball, Rochester
Fastest time to fly a helicopter around the world eastbound, Worthing
Land speed (fastest car), Whitehall
Oldest magic shop, Plaistow
Longest duration balancing a lawnmower on a chin. London
Fastest violin player, London
Longest bubble chain, London
Most valuable suit, London
Most head spins in one minute (female), London
Most After Eight thin mints eaten in one minute - without hand, Dunfermline
Oldest person to complete a marathon (female), Dundee
Most bottles recycled by a dog, Pontnewydd, Torfaen
Guinness World Records 2011 is published today, priced at £20.00