Have you ever dreamed of making it into the Guinness World Records book? What would your record-breaking achievement be? We’d try for the most apple pies eaten.
Here are the top 12 that made it into the book for 2012, “the most remarkable and headline-grabbing records from 2012,’’ according to the Guinness folks.
•President Obama’s re-election generated the most widespread social networking message in 24 hours: “Four more years.’’ The iconic phrase was re-tweeted more than 771,635 times on Twitter by different individuals within 24 hours of its first appearance on November 7. The online sentiment beat out famed pop star Justin Bieber’s Twitter record, which was 251,878 re-tweets of a “Happy Birthday’’ during his 18th birthday.
•Psy’s YouTube “Likes’’- The South Korean pop star’s video for “Gangnam Style’’ is not only the top music video on YouTube but also the most viewed video online of any kind. As of Nov. 26, 2012, the hit video had 824,665,713 views on the site and 5,492,744 “likes’’ as of Nov. 27, 2012.
•Felix Baumgartner’s Freefall – The Austrian aeronautic pioneer’s death-defying jump from near the edge of space recorded the most concurrent views of a live stream with more than 8 million people tuning in to watch. The unprecedented feat is also being considered for three new Guinness World Records: the highest freefall parachute jump (both FAI-sanctioned and unsanctioned), the highest vertical speed in freefall, and the greatest freefall distance.
•Zeus, the Tallest Dog Ever – The colossal canine, Zeus, from Ostego, Michigan left mouths gaped open in awe when his incredible 44 inch height was revealed this past September. The Great Dane is owned by the Doorlag family who are often asked: “Do you have a saddle for him?’’
•Tallest Mohawk – One of this year’s most hair-raising record moments was made during September’s launch of the Guinness World Records 2013 Edition, when Tokyo based fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe visited New York City’s Washington Square Park, revealing his astonishing 3-feet-8.6-inch hairdo. The result of 15 years of growth, it takes a team of stylists two hours, three cans of hairspray, and one jar of gel to sculpt his gravity-defying coiffure.
•Flaming Lips Marathon Concert – The most live concerts performed in 24 hours in multiple cities is eight, and was achieved by the Flaming Lips as they hit eight different cities throughout the Mississippi Delta by bus between June 27-28, 2012. The gig was documented by Viacom’s O Music Awards, which celebrates the world of digital music. The record was previously held by rapper Jay Z who performed concerts in seven different cities to promote the release of his new album “Kingdom Come’’ in 2006.
•The Shortest Man and Woman meeting – The moment was recorded earlier this year and was the first time in history the shortest male and female in the world have met. Both Jyoti Amge (India, 2 feet 0.7 inches) and Chandra Bahadur Dangi (Nepal, 21.5 inches) wore traditional outfits from their native countries.
•Tightest Parallel Park in Reverse – The tightest parallel park is 14 cm (5.51 inches) and was achieved by Ronny Wechselberger aka Ronny C’ Rock (Germany), at Flugplatz Kindel in Eisenach, Germany, on June 18, 2012.
•First 1080 Skateboard Spin – The first person to perform a ‘1080’ on a skateboard (three full rotations while airborne) is Tom Schaar, a 12-year-old from Malibu, California who achieved the feat using a “mega ramp’’ at Woodward West, Tehachapi, California on March 26, 2012.
•Most Consecutive Handsprings – Sixteen-year-old Texas Cheerleader, Miranda Ferguson, flipped her way into the record books when she executed 35 consecutive handsprings during a halftime performance at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. Miranda became both a hometown and national hero after flipping across 70 yards of the football field.
•Most People in a Mini Cooper – Twenty-eight ladies from Sussex, England, simultaneously stuffed themselves inside a Mini Cooper hatchback in honor of November’s eighth annual Guinness World Records Day. The organizer, Dani Maynard, had her team of gymnasts take on a training regime which included extra stretching and hula-hoop relay racing. It took 10 minutes for all the women to get inside with all doors and windows shut for at least five seconds.
•Oldest Person – Besse Brown Cooper was born in 1896 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At 116 years and 100 days, her long life placed her among the 10 oldest people ever verified in history, and one of only eight people to reach the age of 116. She died earlier this month.