Monday, February 25, 2013

Fauja Singh Takes His Final Bow

A man believed to be the world's oldest marathon runner has run his last long distance competitive race in Hong Kong. Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, who is 101 years old, finished the Hong Kong 10km (6.25 mile) event in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds. Fauja Singh is a British centenarian marathon runner of Punjabi Sikh descent. He is a world record holder in his age bracket. His current personal best time for the London Marathon (2003) is 6 hours 2 minutes, and his marathon record, for age 90-plus, is 5 hours 40 minutes, at the age of 92, at the 2003 Toronto Waterfront Marathon.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Woman Gives Birth in Airplane Toilet

A mother who went into premature labour on an Emirates flight number EK 322 was forced to give birth in the airplane toilet. The aircarft was forced to make an emergency landing in Vietnam after the Filipina woman gave birth to a boy. Two Filipina nurses on the flight rushed over to help with the mid-air delivery as the plane flew from Dubai to Manila. And the mother has decided to name the boy EK after the airline code for Emirates.

One of the nurses, Karen Caballes-Santos told Gulfnews partner website XPRESS: 'When I saw the mother walking toward the toilet, she seemed to be in pain. The father was restless… walking back and forth, nearly in tears, so I offered to help.' She said she found the baby inside the toilet turning bluish-brown' due to lack of oxygen.' After clearing the amniotic fluid from the baby’s mouth, nose and ears, oxygen masks were given to the pair. The baby was kept wrapped in cabin blankets and kept warm using the LED lamps attached to the passengers seats. The website reported that the 35-year-old mother was discharged from hospital on Friday, but the baby, born early at 27 weeks, is still in critical care.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

20-Year-Old Russian Girl On Extreme Super Diet

Ksenia Bubenko is a 20-year-old girl who wanted to lose weight, but after dropping some pounds became obsessed with being as thin as possible. Unfortunately, her extreme weight loss turned into anorexia. Now she weights only 20 kilograms. Pictures of her were circulated around the net.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Shortest Man In The World

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (born on November 30, 1939) is the shortest man in the world, measuring 0.546 m (1 ft 9 in). Dangi is a primordial dwarf. He broke the record of Gul Mohammed (1957-1997), the shortest adult human whose height was 22.5 inches. Chandra came to news highlights of local media when a wood contractor saw him in his village. All of his family members are of usual size. He was awarded the title of Shortest adult human ever recorded after measuring his height three times in 24 hours. The chief editor of Guinness Book of World Records said that Chandra is the only person in Guinness' 57 years history to record the title of the shortest man at the age of 72.

Sitting pretty: Chandra Bahadur Dangi makes himself comfortable near the Sydney Harbour Bridge after his first ever trip to Australia

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Glowing Blue Waves Explained

Pinpricks of light on the shore seem to mirror stars above in an undated picture taken on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. The biological light, or bioluminescence, in the waves is the product of marine microbes called phytoplankton - and now scientists think they know how some of these life-forms create their brilliant blue glow.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cathedral Made Ouf Human Remains

The Sedlec Ossuary a.k.a the Church of Bones is a small and the most unusual Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

World's Biggest Ice Cream Cake Ever

Under a cool, spring sun, a throng of ice cream scoopers in white lab coats converged on Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square to build the world's biggest ice cream cake using 20,000 pounds (9071 kg) of ice cream, 200 (90 kg) pounds of sponge cake and more than 300 pounds (136 kg) of icing and OREO cookie crumble. The cake took 100 people 14 hours to complete on Tuesday. Ice cream maker Dairy Queen Canada's 10.13-ton cake was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the ice cream cake. They broke a previous Guinness World Record set in 2006 in Beijing by nearly 500 pounds (227 kg). Donations went to the local, world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children. International Dairy Queen has 5,900 stores in the US, Canada and 20 other countries including Japan, Mexico and the Middle East.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Discovering Ming Dynasty Mummy in China

These incredible pictures show a 700-year-old mummy, which was discovered by chance - by road workers - in excellent condition in eastern China. The corpse of the high-ranking woman believed to be from the Ming Dynasty - the ruling power in China between 1368 and 1644 - was stumbled across by a team who were looking to expand a street. Discovered two metres below the road surface, the woman's features - from her head to her shoes - have retained their original condition, and have hardly deteriorated.

The woman, discovered two metres below the surface in a wooden tomb, was wearing a  Ming Dynasty dress and is thought to have been at a high-ranking level

The mummy was found by road workers, and had been preserved in a brown liquid

The right hand of the 700-year-old mummy shows her preserved skin, and a ring adorns her finger

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Woman Takes Anti-Age Surgeries to Extreme

Cindy Jackson born in 1956 in Ohio, United States is a singer, writer and television personality listed in the Guinness World record book for having had more cosmetic surgery procedures than anyone else in the world. She set the record in 2000 and Guinness have confirmed as of April 2011 that she is still the official record holder to date. Cindy remains the record holder for this category and the only person formally verified by Guinness World Records. She claims to have had 52 plastic surgeries.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Couple Travel The World For 11 Years

Instead of returning home to buy a house, former IT specialist Herman, 42, and his wife Candelaria, 40, decided to keep driving and show their family the sights of the world and having four children along the way. But for the Zapp's, their 83-year-old vehicle has become a home for the last 11 years, as they travel around the world on a never ending trip of a lifetime. Spanning four continents, Herman and Candelaria Zapp have covered an incredible 142,000 miles while becoming parents to Pampa, eight, Tehue, five, Paloma, three and Wallaby, one. They set off from Argentina in 2000 and began driving across South and North America, as well as Australia, New Zealand and now Asia.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wolf Girl Sets World's Hairiest Child Record

Her nicknames may include 'wolf girl' and 'monkey face'. But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although she has faced merciless teasing at school, she says being given a Guinness World Record (GWR) for her hair has helped her become extremely popular.

Sasuphan was born with hypertrichosis, which causes excessive hairiness and is sometimes referred to as "werewolf syndrome." Her father contacted GWR staff, requesting that they consider her for the title of hairiest child. GWR judges evaluated Sasuphan's body hair using the Ferriman Gallwey method, which consists of measuring the amount of hair on nine different parts of the body - the upper lip, chin, chest, back, abdomen, arm, forearm, thigh, and lower leg. After assessing Sasuphan, the judges crowned her with the world's hairiest child title on the GWR's Italian TV show, "Lo Show dei Record."

"Being hairy makes me special," Sasuphan told GWR. "This is the happiest day of my life!"


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The World's Biggest Family: The Man With 39 Wives, 94 Children and 33 Grandchildren

He is head of the world's biggest family - and says he is 'blessed' to have his 39 wives. Ziona Chana also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Underwater Wedding Irritates Turtle

The giant green sea turtle was unimpressed as the bride and groom made their way down the 'aisle'. For this was his patch and the loving couple weren't invited. Kathryn O'Connor and James Oliver, who work at London's Sea Life Aquarium, were every bit the perfect couple as they celebrated their big day with an underwater blessing.

A giant green sea turtle joins Kathryn O'Connor's wedding procession for her underwater blessing with groom James Oliver

The turtle sinks its teeth into Kathryn's bridal gown and starts to drag her away from partner James

Kathryn gets into a bit of a spin as the turtle pays her a little too much attention

James takes decisive action as the turtle and a cow-nose ray circle somewhat menacingly

Now the turtle decides to get between the wedding couple and throw his weight around

The bride and groom stroke the attendant's tummy before proceeding with the blessing

Monday, January 10, 2011

3D Painting On Street in Southwest China

Citizens stand on a 3D painting for photo on a street in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Jan. 8, 2011. According to the designer, it took 26 days to finish the 3D painting which covers an area of nearly 90 square meters.

Children stand on a 3D painting on a street in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World's Smallest Car

Perry Watkins' Wind up mini car was listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest car with license to drive on public streets. The mini car was reported to have a measurement of 41 inches high, 51 inches long and 26 inches wide. According to several news sites, Perry Watkins only used a coin-operated children's ride. He repainted the body and repurposed a chassis from a Shanghai Shenke quad bike. The rear tires and wheels are from a Honda Monkey motorcyle while the front wheels were custom-made. The world's smallest car has security belts and can drive 60 kph. Reports said that the mini car will be shown at the motor show in Essen, Germany starting November 27, 2010 until December 5, 2010.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Two-Year-Old Girl Weighs 45kg

Fan Sijia, a girl born in January 2008, weighs 45 kilograms though tried many ways to lose weight. Her overweight has become a problem for her family.

Fan Sijia grows to 107 centimeters, according to a flexible rule at her home in Dongniu Village of Yuncheng City, north China's Shanxi Province, on Nov. 4, 2010.

Fan Sijia goes home on the back of her grandma, with the escort of her mother in Dongniu Village of Yuncheng City, north China's Shanxi Province, on Nov. 4, 2010. Fan

Fan Sijia plays with a neighborhood boy who is about the same age as her at home in Dongniu Village of Yuncheng City, north China's Shanxi Province, on Nov. 4, 2010.

Fan Sijia helps her mother with some trifles at home in Dongniu Village of Yuncheng City, north China's Shanxi Province, on Nov. 4, 2010.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

First-Ever $1bn Home

This is the extravagant £630m ($1bn) home built by a billionaire Indian tycoon to house his family-of-four in Mumbai. With 27 storeys, Antilia will be home to Mukesh Ambani and features a health club with a gym and dance studio, a ballroom, at least one swimming pool and a 50-seater cinema. Towering above the Mumbai skyline, the 37,000sq ft property is 570ft high and also boasts three helipads on its roof, space for 160 vehicles on its lower floors and nine lifts.

Mr Ambani, 53, who owns much of oil, retail and bio-technology comglomerate Reliance Industries, paid £44million to build his dream property, but astronomical property values in the Indian city mean it is now worth 15 times that amount. He will employ 600 staff at the property and his family will live in the top floors, where they will enjoy views of the Arabian Sea.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Nepali Boy Awarded with Guinness Record as Shortest Man

The Guinness Book World Record team certified Nepali boy Khagendra Thapa Magar as the shortest man in the world title on Thursday. A team from the Guinness Book of World Records arrived in Pokhara city in western Nepal to confer Magar with the record certificate Thursday - Khagendra's 18th birthday. He was awarded a medal and a certificate, following his health check-up at the Phewa City Hospital in Pokhara, officially registering him with the title. Magar's height and weight, among other measurements, were entered into the Guinness Book based on the check-up report prepared by the physicians. Khagendra measured at 67 centimeters tall and weighs six kilograms. Magar was also previously honored as the goodwill ambassador for the Nepal Tourism Year 2011.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Boy Starts School After Losing All His Limbs

A child's first day at school is a moving day for any parent. But for four-year-old Harley Lane's mother and father, the significance could barely be overstated. Despite losing both his arms and legs in a battle with meningitis which almost claimed his life, Harley is doing his best to lead a normal life. His parents spoke of how he is settling in at Hazel Grove Primary School near their home in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
'He's the most popular kid at school,' said Mr Lane, 22.

Harley fell ill in May last year with bacterial meningitis. When septicemia set in, his arms and legs were amputated and his heart stopped three times. Nevertheless he pulled through. While he was looked after at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, a fundraising campaign brought in more than £500,000 to help provide a specially adapted house. In March he was ring-bearer at his parents' wedding, which had been postponed when he fell ill. He is now getting used to his prosthetic arms and legs.

Staff at the school help Harley move around using his artificial limbs and a wheelchair. The school has had a 'hygiene room' fitted to help him stay infection-free and he is helped by a full-time teaching assistant. Headteacher Jean Burston said: 'Harley is settling in really well - he's got many friends. Our motto is, "Give it all you've got" and that's what he does.'