Hello and Happy Guinness World Records Day! I’m Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief of the Guinness World Records book, and just for today your Guest Editor here on YouTube.
Today is the international day of record-breaking, and the videos I’ve highlighted today all embody the spirit of determination and dedication required to earn yourself Guinness World Records certification. This selection is, I truly believe, a realistic snapshot of the world we live in today. The news is full of doom and gloom, and rarely paints a true, balanced picture of the world we live in. The truth is that humanity is full of optimistic, fun-loving, determined people, and Guinness World Records is here to celebrate the fantastic diversity of people and their achievements.
So, theres no better time to dust off the sweatbands and try your hand at record-breaking and the wide spectrum of topics seen in today’s video selection confirms that you don’t need to be an Olympic-grade athlete or a Noble-Prize-winning scientist. Literally anyone can have a go. So whats stopping you?
First off the starting block is Mark Beaumont like me, a fellow Scotsman; unlike me, he did the seemingly impossible: cycling around the world in a record 194 days and 17 hours! Mark cycled a distance of 29,445.81 km (18,296.74 miles) and travelled over 40,100 km in total (including transfers). The journey started and finished at Paris (France) from 5 August 2007 to 15 February 2008 and covered Europe, Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. A truly remarkable achievement by a real hero…
Pants for Poverty
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GIPv163jmYs (Pants For Poverty)
Guinness World Records is proud to partner with Pants for Poverty during this years GWR Day this fantastic organization encourages you to trade your old pants for a new Fair Trade pair. This way, tribal Indian cotton farmers get a fair price for their products and you get pants without the guilt of child-slavery. This video shows a previous Pants for Poverty campaign in which old pants were destroyed in liquid nitrogen!
I had the pleasure of adjudicating Victors records myself here we are in Sweden at a department store last year attempting not one but three reecords. The things that Victor can do with a football are mesmerising. Hes a real showman with the Latin passion typical of Argentinean footballers! – and as youll see, he can captivate a crowd with his ball control skills.
For me, Michael Phelps the Baltimore Bullet was one of the highlights of this years Olympics in Beijing. Here he is breaking the 200-m butterfly in March 2007 in Melbourne, Australia, one of the records he went on to smash again in Beijing. Indeed, it was at this years Games that he broke the record for the most golds won at a single Olympics, taking an unprecedented total of eight. He may not be the most graceful man on land, but once he hits the water, he assumes the agility and lissomness of a dolphin.
If you dont have the physique of Michael Phelps or the stamina of Mark Beaumont, you can still set a speed record. Hey, you often dont even need to leave your sofa to be a record breaker, as this clip proves! Once again, I was honored to be on hand to adjudicate at the moment when Marek Turowski snuggled down into a sofa built by TV mechanic Edd China and broke Edds world record by hitting 92 mph!
Skateboard heel flips
Heres proof that anyone can try to get their name in the Guinness World Records book. Its free to apply all we ask is that you visit our website first and tell us about your record BEFORE you attempt it! We have rules and guidelines that must be followed, so make sure youve got the most up-to-date rules before your commit yourself to a record.
Usain Bolts 100-m final
Another fantastic Olympic achievement this year saw Jamaicas Usain Lightning Bolt pulling off what many people thought was impossible running the 100-m dash in under 9.7 seconds. Words like awesome get thrown around a lot these days, but this is the kind of accomplishment that justifies the term. This year also saw Bolt cement his title as the worlds fastest man by winning the 200-m the event considered the ultimate in running in a time of 19.30 seconds!
OK, so heres a record almost anyone can although it will take a certain type of glutton to beat the current Guinness World Record! (And I suspect that if you try this record too often, theres no way youll ever beat Usain Bolts 100-m record!)