Guinness World Records will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. That is why the next edition of the Guinness World Records book will be a special one, since its will include both some of the latest records, as well as some of the most interesting ones registered through the years. The 2015 book of records is already available for online purchase and it comes hand in hand with an app that presents the Guinness Records hall of fame in 3D.
Some of the newly added records include Zeus, the world’s tallest dog (44 inches or 1.118 meters), the largest motorized shopping trolley created by a guy named Fred Reifsteck, as well as the biggest collection of police hats, which consists of nearly 2,300 unique items and belongs to Andreas Skala.
However, some records are harder to achieve and break than others simply because they are pure accidents or depend on the power and wonders of nature. Here are some of the world records, which have stood their ground for many years and are extremely though to break:
Largest Pandemic – Although the number of people infects with Ebola is quickly rising up, the disease can be hardly compared with the destroying effect of the bubonic plague, also called the Black Death. Back in the 14th century, in a matter of just four years, it resulted in the death of 75 million people.
Tallest Man – Croatia’s Leonid Stadnyk, who passed away only a few days ago at the age of 44, was often referred to by the media as “the world’s tallest man.” His height was 2.54 meters. However, the actual tallest man is Robert Wadlow who was 2.72 meters tall. Even when he was in his 20s, Wadlow was still growing.
Greatest Blockbuster – “Titanic” and “Avatar” are two movies, which became famous not only with their special effects, but also with their box office figures. However, neither of them can measure with the profits of “Gone With the Wind.” This classic flick was released back in 1939 and its box office revenue is calculated at $5.4 billion in total. Nevertheless, it has the time to its advantage.
Biggest Diamond – The Cullinan diamond which was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century in South Africa was 3,106 carats. Later, it was cut down to over 100 separate pieces. Two of the largest of them were used for the British crown. This is what we call a heavy crown!
Loudest Sound – The world’s loudest sound even recorded was so loud that it reverberated the Earth seven times and it was heard from a distance that was more than 3,450 km away from the noise’s source. It was produced by the 1883 volcanic eruptions, which took place on the island of Krakatoa.
The Guinness World Book is also a record breaker. It has sold in over 132 million copies, in more than 20 languages and over 100 different countries.