1. Mass Wedding Of 104 Differently-Abled Couples Sets World Record
The mass marriage event was held yesterday. "This was for the first time in the world when 104 physically-challenged couples tied the knot at one place. This record got entry into the Golden Book of World Records," a public relations department officer said.
Officials of the Golden Book of World Records presented a certificate to the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot and District Collector Sanket Bhondve.
Leaders of different religions solemnised the marriages of 77 Hindu, 26 Muslim and one Sikh couple.
The programme had been organised by the district administration with the help of social organisations. The official said during the event, one more record was set.
"Another record was set during this mass marriage ceremony. A large gift pack was prepared with the public participation. This also got entry into Golden Book of World Records for being the largest gift pack," the official added.
2. These 404 People Dressed Like Albert Einstein To Break A World Record — And Support A Good Cause
Everyone who showed up to the MaRS Discovery District donned a blazer, necktie, and a big white wig paired with a white mustache — basically the famous German-born physicist's go-to style. They may not have been the ones to develop the theory of relativity, but they sure looked the part.
The group succeeded in the end, besting the previous record of 99 people.
Beyond the whole record-breaking aspect, this event served another purpose: to launch the this year's Next Einstein competition.
The contest — which was started in 2013 — is open to anyone with "ideas that make the world a better place," with the chosen winner getting $10,000 to turn their idea into reality. The deadline to enter is April 25, and the winner will be announced on June 6.
Past winners have included Charles Rose, who came up with an idea to develop photosynthetic dragonflies to balance the ecosystem; Marin Schultz, who came up with a new approach to prosthetic design and integration; and Aaron Friedland, who came up with the Walking School Bus reading program.
The good thing about this publicity stunt, though, was getting young people involved. There were quite a few of them there to break a record and show that they're interested in creating change through innovation and imagination.
"I like seeing the kids here, because the kids are the next generation that are going to be taking over after us," Rich Zagorski, a natural Einstein look-alike from New York, told CBC News. 'We need the kids to be able to go out there and really know about history and culture and music."
3. Largest underwater human pyramid
4. Largest gathering of people dressed as Harry Potter
The record attempt took place in celebration of 20 years passing since the first Harry Potter book was published.
The schools that took part were: St Peters Smithills Dean Primary School, St Georges C of E Primary School, St Peter and St Pauls Primary School, St Gregory’s RC Primary School, Ladywood School, St John the Evangelist RC Primary School, Ladybridge Primary School, Claypool Primary School, Blackrod Church School, Pikes Lane Primary School and All Saints C of E Primary School.
5. Karate Day event aims to bring group kata record to Okinawa
Now over 80 million people all over the world actively practice karate. Karate is a sport, in which age or gender does not matter. Anyone can start it at any age, and no special equipment is necessary. Karate is considered a very good physical activity, and it has been a subject in Japanese school physical education classes since the end of Meiji period.
In Okinawa, Oct. 25 is celebrated as the annual Karate Day since March 2005. This year karate enthusiasts have an extra reason to celebrate since karate was made one of the official competitions in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, further lifting karate’s status among sports. The Okinawa Prefectural Government is now working hard to get Okinawa named as the venue for the first Olympic karate competition.
Various karate events are scheduled for the Karate Day, including the 2016 Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival on Kokusai Street in Naha, on Sunday, Oct. 23, and 100 Kata Challenge at Chura Sun Beach in Tomigusuku takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22. As Oct. 25 is Tuesday, most of the events are scheduled to take place on the weekend.
The Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival aims to gather up to 3,000 people to Kokusai Street in Naha to perform the same kata simultaneously, and register the feat in the Guinness Book or Records. The current record is 809 people who performed a joint kata in India, and karate folks on Okinawa want to change that and bring the record on the island where it belongs.
The opening ceremony will start the festival at 15:00 in front of Tembus Hall on Kokusai Street in Naha. The record-breaking group kata will take place at 15:30 along the whole of the street. Various karate groups will then demonstrate their skills starting at 16:00, and the certification ceremony is at 17:00 in front of Tembus. The festival closes at 17:15.
Everyone is invited to come and cheer the karateka of all ages who join the effort. As usual on Sunday afternoons, Kokusai Street is closed for car traffic until 18:00. Those who come to the event by car should remember that there is no free parking in the Kokusai Street area, and use public transportation or one of the pay parking lots.
6. World's Largest Smiley Face Made of People
Though officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were not on site, photos and counts from the night will be submitted to the record-keeping agency, and the record will be declared official after the counts are verified, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli told Patch.
Wearing red, black and white long-sleeved shirts, 13,892 participants formed the “no smoking” sign on the soccer field of the state-run Bicol University (BU) in Legazpi City from 6 to 10 a.m. yesterday.
Joseph Espiritu, who was in charge of preparing for the event, said the “no smoking” sign was formed by government employees, soldiers, police, members of academe, students, and volunteers.
Espiritu, assistant director for operations of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bicol, said that at least 6,000 participants were assigned to form the red portion of the sign, another 6,000 for the white portion and 1,000 for the black section.
This is not the province’s first attempt at setting a world record. In 2000, Bert Gonzales of Camalig, Albay was acknowledged as “Sili King of the World” by the Guinness World Records for consuming 167 pieces of chili during the 1999 Magayon Festival contest.
Provincial board member Herbert Borja, chairman of the event’s lead convenor, Smoke-Free Albay Network (SFAN), said the human no smoking logo is aimed at raising public awareness against smoking.
“This event is meant to convince more smokers to quit smoking. Albay has that very serious resolve to push for a smoke-free province,” Borja told The STAR.
Citing statistics, Borja said that a 30 percent reduction in smoking would save the province at least P177 million a year.
In an attempt to create a new record, Borja said that they had complied with the requirements of Guinness Records in holding and documenting the event.
“Because we did not avail of the services of the Guinness World Records documentors, we just complied with the guidelines that they gave us so that they would consider our attempt for their evaluation,” Borja said.
At least two Huey helicopters of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) flew over the BU grounds to document the event.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda signed during the ‘no-smoking’ logo formation the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the province’s anti-smoking ordinance.
“By making the world’s largest no smoking sign, we hope that other provinces and the rest of the world would join hands in making our place a smoke-free planet for the future generation,” Salceda said.
At least five of Albay’s 18 towns and cities had passed ordinances against smoking. These are Legazpi City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Daraga and Guinobatan towns.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Guevarra, 84, participated in the event although he is a resident of Donsol town in Sorsogon.
“I consider myself lucky that I was able to join this historic event despite my old age,” Guevarra told The STAR.
8. Mass uprising a world record for Massey students
In a show of carefully coordinated timing and strength, students broke the current world record of 118 armed-linked people to stand up simultaneously by an outstanding margin.
One of O’ Week’s highlights, the world record attempt attracted hordes of mostly first year students. Participants had to practice the slightly tricky move of crouching back-to-back in two long rows, locking arms with the person next to them then lifting themselves to a standing position in sync with the crowd.
Before the attempt, they watched athletes demonstrated the best technique to ensure mass success in this year’s world record attempt, which has become a highlight for O’ Week for the past four years.
The current world record is 118, achieved by Charotar Education Society in India, on 8 March 2016.
Organiser Jane McLaughlin, from the Manawatū Campus Events team, says this year’s theme was chosen because it represents what can be achieved through team building and inclusiveness and is a fun, quirky way to make new friends in the first week of campus life for Massey students.
Alicia Jopson, a first year Food and Technology student from Morrinsville, said the event was fun, with the hardest part practising the link, lock and lift action before the official attempt.
Residential Assistant Kamie Veikoso, a third year Bachelor of Arts (Education) student said the event was ‘cool! It was great to be part of something involving so many people and to break the record.”
Biggest margin in Massey's four-year world record breaking history
The event was monitored and filmed – including drone footage – in accordance with Guinness World Record rules, which call for participants to be officially counted using an official clicker. Independent witnesses were Margaret Kouvellis, Tony Jensen and Vaughan Dennison.
In previous O’ Weeks, Massey students have broken world records in apple bobbing, water sliding and gumboot throwing. This week’s was by the far the largest margin they surpassed the current record by.
MC Andy Whitson, from Palmerston North’s JAM: Ideas That Spread recruitment agency, infused the event with his humour and energy in the build-up to the mass uprising. A Fonterra milk tanker added to the carnival atmosphere with regular toots and free milk prizes. Red Frogs local church chaplains also attended to provide support for students.
O’ Week activities still to come include: Opportunity Shop Ball, Rainbow Tea for the LGBTI student community, volleyball competition, toga party, quiz night and come down picnic.
9. Largest pillow fight
The attempt took place during a St. Paul Saint’s baseball game at CHS Field. Actor Stephen Baldwin and inventor of the My Pillow Mike Lindell were both present at the attempt.
10. World's Biggest Orgy (250 couples)
In 2010, Japan successfully set a world orgy record with 250 men and 250 women as participants! The event was held in a warehouse with a professional camera crew taking pictures and recording the entire event. Each sex act and position was choreographed so that couples were simultaneous in their actions. Despite the "orgy" label, the 250 couples (all tested and STD-free) featured in the video have sex only with each other and not with any other couple. The entire event was available for purchase on DVD.