Guinness World Records 2013: The Most Weird New Entries [Gallery]

Guinness World Records 2013 is crammed with new and updated records, and never-before-seen photography. It’s been a record-breaking summer thanks to the incredible efforts of our athletes. But even the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis would struggle to compete with some of the entries in the latest Guinness Book of World Records.

  • The 57th edition of the world's best-selling copyright book, Guinness World Records, is out today (13 September 2012).The 57th edition of the world's best-selling copyright book, Guinness World Records, is out today (13 September 2012).
  • The most balls juggled is 11 and was achieved by Alex Barron (UK), who managed 23 consecutive catches in what is known as a qualifying” juggling run. This feat was achieved at Roehampton Squash Club, London, UK. Picture: Sam Christmas/Guinness World RecordsThe most balls juggled is 11 and was achieved by Alex Barron (UK), who managed 23 consecutive catches in what is known as a qualifying” juggling run. This feat was achieved at Roehampton Squash Club, London, UK. Picture: Sam Christmas/Guinness World Records
  • The largest mining truck body by volume is the Westech T282C Flow Control Body which has a volume of 470.4 cubic metres at a coal density of 0.86 tons/m3. It was designed and manufactured by WESTECH (USA) an Austin Engineering LTD company and was presented and measured at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming, USA. Picture: Guinness World RecordsThe largest mining truck body by volume is the Westech T282C Flow Control Body which has a volume of 470.4 cubic metres at a coal density of 0.86 tons/m3. It was designed and manufactured by WESTECH (USA) an Austin Engineering LTD company and was presented and measured at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming, USA. Picture: Guinness World Records
  • The largest drum set is comprised of 340 pieces, is owned by Dr Mark Temperato (USA) and was counted in Lakeville, New York, USA. Dr Mark Temperato is a member of the band called Jesus the Soul Solution. He transports the drum set in a custom-built trailer. Picture: James Ellerker/Guinness World RecordsThe largest drum set is comprised of 340 pieces, is owned by Dr Mark Temperato (USA) and was counted in Lakeville, New York, USA. Dr Mark Temperato is a member of the band called Jesus the Soul Solution. He transports the drum set in a custom-built trailer. Picture: James Ellerker/Guinness World Records
  • The youngest professional drummer is Julian Pavone (USA) (b. 14 May 2004). As of 21 March 2010, he was five years, 10 months, three days old. Picture: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World RecordsThe youngest professional drummer is Julian Pavone (USA) (b. 14 May 2004). As of 21 March 2010, he was five years, 10 months, three days old. Picture: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
  • Largest collection of Hello Kitty memorabilia: Asako Kanda (Japan) has 4,519 different Hello Kitty items. Her house is filled with Hello Kitty items, such as a Hello Kitty frying pan, a Hello Kitty electric fan and a Hello Kitty toilet seat. Picture: Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World RecordsLargest collection of Hello Kitty memorabilia: Asako Kanda (Japan) has 4,519 different Hello Kitty items. Her house is filled with Hello Kitty items, such as a Hello Kitty frying pan, a Hello Kitty electric fan and a Hello Kitty toilet seat. Picture: Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records
  • Largest collection of Barbie dolls : Bettina Dorfmann (Germany) has 15,000 different Barbie dolls. She has been collecting Barbies since 1993. Picture: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World RecordsLargest collection of Barbie dolls : Bettina Dorfmann (Germany) has 15,000 different Barbie dolls. She has been collecting Barbies since 1993. Picture: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records
  • The heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 750 kg (1650 lb) and was built by Wouter van den Bosch (Netherlands) and ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands. Photo: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World RecordsThe heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 750 kg (1650 lb) and was built by Wouter van den Bosch (Netherlands) and ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands. Photo: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records
  • The tallest donkey living is Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, who measured 15.3 hands (155.45 cm; 5 ft 1 in) tall on 10 December 2011, and is owned by Linda Davis of Watsonville, California, USA. Photo: Guinness World Records/Rex FeaturesThe tallest donkey living is Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, who measured 15.3 hands (155.45 cm; 5 ft 1 in) tall on 10 December 2011, and is owned by Linda Davis of Watsonville, California, USA. Photo: Guinness World Records/Rex Features
  • The shortest bull is Archie, a 16-month-old Dexter Bull, fully registered in the Northern Ireland livestock inventory, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, who measured 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers. Photo: Guinness World RecordsThe shortest bull is Archie, a 16-month-old Dexter Bull, fully registered in the Northern Ireland livestock inventory, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, who measured 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers. Photo: Guinness World Records
  • The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measured 20 hands 2.75 in (210.19 cm, 82.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA. Photo: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World RecordsThe tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measured 20 hands 2.75 in (210.19 cm, 82.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA. Photo: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
  • The tallest mohican measures 113.5 cm (44.68 in) and belongs to Kazuhiro Watanabe (Japan). The length was verified at Bloc de l'art hair salon, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World RecordsThe tallest mohican measures 113.5 cm (44.68 in) and belongs to Kazuhiro Watanabe (Japan). The length was verified at Bloc de l'art hair salon, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records
  • The oldest gymnast is Johanna Quaas (b 20 November 1925, Germany) who, at the age of 86 years, is a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele, staged in Saxony, Germany. She performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of 'Lo Show dei Record' in Rome, Italy. Photo: Guinness World RecordsThe oldest gymnast is Johanna Quaas (b 20 November 1925, Germany) who, at the age of 86 years, is a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele, staged in Saxony, Germany. She performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of 'Lo Show dei Record' in Rome, Italy. Photo: Guinness World Records
  • The heaviest competing sportswoman living is sumo wrestler Sharran Alexander (UK) of London, UK, who weighs 203.21 kg (448 lbs). Photo: Guinness World RecordsThe heaviest competing sportswoman living is sumo wrestler Sharran Alexander (UK) of London, UK, who weighs 203.21 kg (448 lbs). Photo: Guinness World Records
  • The world's largest biceps belong to Mostafa Ismail (Egypt) and were measured for left arm flexed at 64.77 cm (25.5 in) and non-flexed 62.23 cm (24.5 in) and for right arm flexed at 63.5 cm (25 in) and non-flexed 60.96 cm (24 in). The measurements were taken in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA which is where Mostafa now resides. Photo: Guinness World RecordsThe world's largest biceps belong to Mostafa Ismail (Egypt) and were measured for left arm flexed at 64.77 cm (25.5 in) and non-flexed 62.23 cm (24.5 in) and for right arm flexed at 63.5 cm (25 in) and non-flexed 60.96 cm (24 in). The measurements were taken in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA which is where Mostafa now resides. Photo: Guinness World Records
  • The tallest living dog is ‘Zeus’ (USA) a Great Dane, who measured 1.118 m (44 in) tall and is owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan, USA. Zeus also takes over the 'Tallest dog ever' title from previous holder 'Giant George'. Photo: Guinness World RecordsThe tallest living dog is ‘Zeus’ (USA) a Great Dane, who measured 1.118 m (44 in) tall and is owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan, USA. Zeus also takes over the 'Tallest dog ever' title from previous holder 'Giant George'. Photo: Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records has launched the latest edition of its best-selling book documenting global achievement, including new entries for the shortest bull, the oldest gymnast and the lowest ever car.

The 57th version of best-selling reference book also features new verified entries for the world’s heaviest sportswoman and the most conquests of Mount Everest, as well as the tallest ever dog.

Being published in 22 languages in more than 100 countries, the 2013 Guinness World Records is expected to sell around 2.7 million copies and documents numerous new extremes relating to the human body.

These include 86-year-old Johanna Quaas, a retired PE teacher from Leipzig, Germany, who is named the oldest gymnast; Egyptian-born Moustafa Ismail, recognised for having the largest ‘guns’ – biceps and triceps – with a circumference of 25.5in; and London-based sumo wrestler Sharran.

Alexander, who weighs 203.21 kg (32 stone), who was named the world’s heaviest sportswoman. Bodybuilder Mr Ismail, now living in Franklin, Massachusetts, has arms with a greater circumference than the average human head.

The 24-year-old, originally from Alexandria, Egypt, hopes his record-breaking status will be a springboard to become a professional body-builder. Among the new edition’s animal-based records are new bests for the shortest bull and the tallest dog, a Great Dane measuring 44in from foot to withers.

Archie, a 29-month-old Dexter breed bull owned by a County Armagh-based farm, measures just 76.2 cm (30in) from hoof to withers.
Farmer’s son Ryan Lavery, 15, bought Archie at five months old and admits that the bull’s fate would have been different if he had been of a normal stature.

Ryan said: ‘When we bought Archie, he was destined for beef. However, by Christmas time, he still hadn’t grown and because we had become so fond of him we decided to keep him.

‘His size saved his life and now he’s going to live out the rest of his life as a pet. It’s brilliant and amazing to have Archie in the new Guinness Worlds book.’

Other records in the 57th edition of the book include the lowest roadworthy car – a vehicle created by students and teachers in Asakuchi, Japan, which measures 45.2cm (17.79in) from the ground to its highest part.

The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, also enters the new edition, with a record enrolment of 39,437 pupils for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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