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Smurf fan and cow make record books

A Smurf collector and a very small cow are just two of the new entries in the Guinness World Records 2011.

Nottingham's Stephen Parkes, 44, gains an entry in the record books for owning the largest collection of Smurf memorabilia, while Swallow the cow, from West Yorkshire, is crowned the world's smallest at 33ins (0.8m) from hind to foot.

Caroline Ryder, Swallow's happy owner from Rishworth, said: "Celebrity does not sit that well on Swallow's shoulders. She'll spend the day where she's happiest, in the middle of the herd grazing, or in the cowshed listening to Radio 2, her station of choice."

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the book, said: "The Brits are renowned the world over for their eccentricity, and we've proved that this year in GWR 2011.

"We've got record breaking soap collectors, body piercers, belchers and weightlifters who use only their tongues."

A dog called Puggy also slobbered his way into the record books. The 10-year-old Pekingese whose tongue is officially longer than any other dog, licked the competition after judges were told his 4.5in (11.43cm) tongue was almost as long as his entire body.

Puggy was abandoned and left a stray after he was discarded by his previous owner because of his looks.

Current owner Becky Stanford, from Texas, US, said: "People who meet Puggy for the first time do a lot of double takes; they are in total disbelief and are amused by his unique appearance. It means a great deal to us that he has accomplished what he has. From being a stray dog, being dumped, to being a Guinness World Record Holder is just phenomenal. I just can't believe it."

The 2011 book also records a new world's shortest man. Edward Nino Hernandez, at 2ft 3.46ins (0.7m), features for the first time after the death of China's He Pingping.

Mr Hernandez, from Bogota, Columbia, said: "I am very happy to be recognised as the shortest man in the world. Every person is different and unique. The more unusual you are the more you should fight and work harder."


From Belfast Telegraph