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20 weirdest world records you didn't know about

Last updated on: March 26, 2012 09:36 IST

Longest wedding dress

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A Guinness World Record for the longest train of a wedding dress is attempted in front of the Parliament palace in Bucharest March 20. The 2,750 meter long train broke a previous record of 2,488 meters. It is made of 4,700 meters of material using 1,857 needles, taking 100 days to made.

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Photographs: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

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Shortest man

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Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, poses for a picture with his certificate after being announced as the world's shortest man living, as well as shortest person ever measured by the Guinness World Records, in Kathmandu February 26. Dangi was measured at 21.5 inches (54.60 cm) by the Guinness World Record, beating former record holder Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who stands at a height of 23.5 inches (60 cm).

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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Cycling non-stop for one hour

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Trainer Robert Mistler (C) boosts cyclist Robert Marchand of France (L) next to trainer Magali Humbert-Perret during his attempt to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100- year old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale velodrome in Aigle February 17. Marchand, born November 26, 1911, cycled 24.251 km around the 200 metre indoor track to set the record.

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Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Taking over 1,000 frames in a minute

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Students and staff from the Federal Institute of Science and Technology take their self-portraits during a competition on self-portrait photographs at the college campus in Angamaly, near the southern Indian city of Kochi, February 15. The students and college staff participated in a competition in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Record by taking over 1,000 frames in a minute.

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Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters

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Longest underwater kiss

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Italian free divers Mike Maric and Ilaria Bonin kiss in an attempt to set the world record for the longest underwater kiss, in an oceanic tank at the Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium in Castelnuovo del Garda, northern Italy. Maric and Bonin set the new world record at three minutes and eight seconds.

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Photographs: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

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Longest parade float

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Villagers perform the annual 'dragon march' to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Gutian township, Fujian province. According to local media, the traditional march, usually performed during Lantern Festival, has a history of more than 200 years. The marching dragon, made of paper and bamboo and connected by wood planks, set the new Guinness World Records of the longest parade float with 791.5 meters, according to local media.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Largest gathering of people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi

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Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi take part in a peace march in Kolkata. Four hundred and eighty-five children from the Training Resource and Care for Kids, a charity for single mothers and children living without support at railway stations, took part in a peace march in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for being the largest gathering of people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi.

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Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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The biggest Quran

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Calligrapher Mohammad Sabir Khedri (centre right) gives information about the biggest Quran in the world to Afghan officials during its inauguration ceremony in the Hakim Nasir Khosrow Balkhi library in Kabul January 12. The Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world's biggest Quran, a bid to show the world that Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war.

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

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Largest gathering of people throwing chefs hats

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Chefs throw their hats in the air in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people throwing chefs hats at the Grand Place in Brussels January 9. There were 617 participants who successfully broke the record, organisers said.

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Photographs: Thierry Roge/Reuters
Tags: , Brussels

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Largest bicycle parade

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People gather with their bicycles at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei December 31. Hundreds of thousands people participated in a bike ride around Taiwan on New Year's Eve as part of an attempt to achieve a Guinness World Record of the largest bicycle parade in the world. Various groups began from 1000 starting points around the island and cycled clock-wise towards the next starting point within one hour.

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Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
Tags: , Taiwan , Taipei

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Most number of candles lit

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People light candles at Praca do Comercio in Lisbon December 17. Fifty thousand candles were lit in Praca do Comercio, Lisbon's downtown square, as part of an attempt by non-governmental organisation Terra dos Sonhos (Land of Dreams) to achieve a Guinness World Record. The candles were sold at 1 euro each ($1.30) to raise funds for realizing the dreams of children suffering from long and terminal illnesses. 

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Photographs: Hugo Correia/Reuters

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Most spoons on a human body

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Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons magnetised to his body during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for 'Most spoons on a human body' in Tbilisi.

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Photographs: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

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Biggest Chirstmas star formation

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Schoolchildren dressed as Santa Claus form the shape of a star ahead of Christmas celebrations at a school in the southern Indian city of Chennai December 10. Some 1,500 schoolchildren aged three to five formed the shape of a Christmas star on Saturday in an attempt to make a maiden entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, a media release said.

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Photographs: Babu/Reuters

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Longest line of coins

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Volunteers hold taped coins as they prepare to lay down 25-centavo coins in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record on the longest line of coins, now held by the United States at 64.8 km, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Some 3.5 million pieces of 25-centavo coins are collected to complete a record breaking 70 km, local media reported.

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Photographs: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters

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Heaviest onion

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Grower Pete Glazebrook poses for photographers with his onion weighing 8.150kg, that now holds the world record holder for being the heaviest onion, at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Harrogate, northern England. The show marking its 100th year, has introduced a giant vegetable class for the first time.

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Photographs: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

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Riding unicycle on beer bottles

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Twenty-five-year-old German Lutz Eichholz rides his unicycle along upright beer bottles in Tel Aviv during his attempt to break the world record. Eichholz on Monday set a new Guinness world record by riding his unicycle over a 8.93-metre-long row of 127 beer bottles. According to organisers, the previous record was 7.99 metres.

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Photographs: Nir Elias/Reuters

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Oldest pair of twin sisters

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Marie and Gabrielle Vaudremer, 101-year-old Belgian twins, celebrate their birthday at the Chateau Sous-Bois retirement home in Spa October 2. They were born in 1910 and are the world's oldest pair of twin sisters, according to the Guinness World Records.

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Photographs: Thierry Roge/Reuters

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Largest straw tray

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Rassila Abed el-Hafez works on a giant straw tray at her home in West Bank village of al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah. Seventy-year-old Hafez and two other Palestinian women began the weaving two years ago in hopes of winning a Guinness Book of Records mention for the tray, which currently has a diameter of a whopping five metres.

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Photographs: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

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Heaviest plane pulled by people in wheelchairs

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People in wheelchairs react after managing to pull a C130 cargo aircraft weighing 67 tons across 100 metres at the Melsbroek military airport near Brussels. The attempt, led by 84 people, set a new Guinness World Record for heaviest plane pulled over 100 metres by a team of people in wheelchairs.

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Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters

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Most number of people hugging trees

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Children hug trees as they prepare to take part in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for the most number of people hugging trees for two minutes in Kathmandu. 879 people took part in the event, which was held on World Environment Day to spread the message of saving the environment.

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Tags: , Kathmandu

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