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Guinness World Records and Attempts to Set Them

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17 November 2021 is Guinness World Records Day, celebrated on Thursday during the third week of November. On this day, thousands of people around the world attempt to set some kind of record in order to get into the next issue of the Book.
According to the Book's website, the annual event commemorates the day it was named "the world's best-selling copyrighted book". Guinness World Records Day was celebrated for the first time in 2005.
The very first Guinness Book of Records was published in 1955. The idea arose during a dispute in a pub - hunting lovers could not decide which of the birds was faster than the rest. One of the participants in the dispute was Hugh Beaver, executive director of the Irish brewery Arthur Guinness Son & Co, who decided to publish a book lauding various achievements. The first edition, which was only 198 pages in length, came out with a circulation of several thousand copies.
To date, more than 120 million copies of the Guinness Book of Records have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world.
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Zhang Shuang, 29, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Fastest time to pull a car 50 metres walking on hands" in Nan Chong City, Sichuan Province, China 25 September 2021.

Zhang Shuang, 29, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Fastest time to pull a car 50 metres walking on hands" in Nan Chong City, Sichuan Province, China 25 September 2021. - Sputnik International
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Zhang Shuang, 29, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Fastest time to pull a car 50 metres walking on hands" in Nan Chong City, Sichuan Province, China 25 September 2021.

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Couples dance to traditional Mariachi music to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Mexican folk dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on 24 August 2019. 882 people danced to Mariachi music at the start of the 26th Mariachi International Festival.

Couples dance to traditional Mariachi music to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Mexican folk dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on 24 August 2019.  882 people danced to Mariachi music at the start of the 26th Mariachi International Festival. - Sputnik International
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Couples dance to traditional Mariachi music to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Mexican folk dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on 24 August 2019. 882 people danced to Mariachi music at the start of the 26th Mariachi International Festival.

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Laura Biondo, 32, from Venezuela, breaks the new Guinness World Record for "Most sit-down football crossovers in 30 seconds (female)" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, in this undated handout photo.

Laura Biondo, 32, from Venezuela, breaks the new Guinness World Record for "Most sit-down football crossovers in 30 seconds (female)" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, in this undated handout photo. - Sputnik International
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Laura Biondo, 32, from Venezuela, breaks the new Guinness World Record for "Most sit-down football crossovers in 30 seconds (female)" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, in this undated handout photo.

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Married couple Julio Mora Tapia, 110, and Waldramina Quinteros, 104, both retired teachers, pose for a photo at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, 28 August 2020. The couple is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest married couple in the world, because of their combined ages. They have been married for 79 years.

Married couple Julio Mora Tapia, 110, and Waldramina Quinteros, 104, both retired teachers, pose for a photo at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, 28 August 2020. The couple is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest married couple in the world, because of their combined ages. They have been married for 79 years. - Sputnik International
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Married couple Julio Mora Tapia, 110, and Waldramina Quinteros, 104, both retired teachers, pose for a photo at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, 28 August 2020. The couple is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest married couple in the world, because of their combined ages. They have been married for 79 years.

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In this aereal view officials measure a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and weighing 4 tonnes, which entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind on 28 April 2019 in Xonacatlan, Mexico state.

In this aereal view officials measure a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and weighing 4 tonnes,  which entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind on 28 April 2019 in Xonacatlan, Mexico state. - Sputnik International
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In this aereal view officials measure a giant teddy bear measuring more than 20 meters long and weighing 4 tonnes, which entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind on 28 April 2019 in Xonacatlan, Mexico state.

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Amputee athlete Darine Barbar attempts to break the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Samson's chair/static wall sit, in Dubai on 4 June 2021. Barbar, achieved the record with a total of 2 minutes, and 8.24 seconds.

Amputee athlete Darine Barbar attempts to break the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Samson's chair/static wall sit, in Dubai on 4 June 2021. Barbar, achieved the record with a total of 2 minutes, and 8.24 seconds. - Sputnik International
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Amputee athlete Darine Barbar attempts to break the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Samson's chair/static wall sit, in Dubai on 4 June 2021. Barbar, achieved the record with a total of 2 minutes, and 8.24 seconds.

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Ashley Watson, 29, from the UK, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for the "Farthest backflip between horizontal bars" in Leeds, Britain, 12 November 2021.

Ashley Watson, 29, from the UK, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for the "Farthest backflip between horizontal bars" in Leeds, Britain, 12 November 2021. - Sputnik International
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Ashley Watson, 29, from the UK, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for the "Farthest backflip between horizontal bars" in Leeds, Britain, 12 November 2021.

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He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, in China's autonomous region, the world's smallest man, sits underneath Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, as they pose at Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, 16 September 2008. Pingping, born with primordial dwarfism, holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest man at 74.61 cm (2 feet and 5.37 inches) and Pankratova holds the Guinness World Record for the longest legs of any woman at 132 cm (4 feet 4 inches) in length.

He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, in China's autonomous region, the world's smallest man, sits underneath Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, as they pose at Trafalgar Square in  London, Tuesday, 16 September 2008. Pingping, born with primordial dwarfism, holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest man at 74.61 cm (2 feet and 5.37 inches) and Pankratova holds the Guinness World Record for the longest legs of any woman at 132 cm (4 feet 4 inches) in length. - Sputnik International
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He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, in China's autonomous region, the world's smallest man, sits underneath Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, as they pose at Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, 16 September 2008. Pingping, born with primordial dwarfism, holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest man at 74.61 cm (2 feet and 5.37 inches) and Pankratova holds the Guinness World Record for the longest legs of any woman at 132 cm (4 feet 4 inches) in length.

© AFP 2021 / Giuseppe Cacace

An aerial view shows a structure made of flowers of an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 that made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, at the Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest flower garden, in the United Arab Emirates, on 11 November 2020. The Miracle Garden, home to giant floral structures and millions of flower and plant varieties, is open for visitors from 1 November.

An aerial view shows a structure made of flowers of an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 that made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, at the Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest flower garden, in the United Arab Emirates, on  11 November 2020. The Miracle Garden, home to giant floral structures and millions of flower and plant varieties, is open for visitors from 1 November. - Sputnik International
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An aerial view shows a structure made of flowers of an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 that made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, at the Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest flower garden, in the United Arab Emirates, on 11 November 2020. The Miracle Garden, home to giant floral structures and millions of flower and plant varieties, is open for visitors from 1 November.

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British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his "Wind Up" mini car on a street in Essen, Germany, Monday, 8 November 2010. The car is listed in the Guinness book of records as the world's smallest car with a license to drive on public streets. Measuring just 41 inches high, 51 inches long and only 26 inches wide, the mini always finds a parking space. It can drive 60 kph and even has security belts. The car will be shown at the motor show starting Nov. 27 in Essen.

British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his "Wind Up" mini car on a street in Essen, Germany, Monday, 8 November 2010. The car is listed in the Guinness book of records as the world's smallest car with a license to drive on public streets. Measuring just 41 inches high, 51 inches long and only 26 inches wide, the mini always finds a parking space. It can drive 60 kph and even has security belts. The car will be shown at the motor show starting Nov. 27 in Essen. - Sputnik International
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British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his "Wind Up" mini car on a street in Essen, Germany, Monday, 8 November 2010. The car is listed in the Guinness book of records as the world's smallest car with a license to drive on public streets. Measuring just 41 inches high, 51 inches long and only 26 inches wide, the mini always finds a parking space. It can drive 60 kph and even has security belts. The car will be shown at the motor show starting Nov. 27 in Essen.

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Tyler 'Ty-so-Fly' Phillips, 21, from Florida, U.S., of the US XPOGO Team, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick" in London, Britain, 16 November 2021.

Tyler 'Ty-so-Fly' Phillips, 21, from Florida, U.S., of the US XPOGO Team, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick" in London, Britain, 16 November 2021. - Sputnik International
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Tyler 'Ty-so-Fly' Phillips, 21, from Florida, U.S., of the US XPOGO Team, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick" in London, Britain, 16 November 2021.

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Martial arts professional Vispy Kharadi (bottom) and his team members perform a nine layer bed of nails sandwich in Surat, some 270 km from Ahmedabad on 23 October 2019, in an attempt to gain the Guiness World Record for the most-layered bed of nails sandwich (1 inch). - Vispy Kharadi and his team members achieved the goal (1 inch).

Martial arts professional Vispy Kharadi (bottom) and his team members perform a nine layer bed of nails sandwich in Surat, some 270 km from Ahmedabad on 23 October 2019, in an attempt to gain the Guiness World Record for the most-layered bed of nails sandwich (1 inch). - Vispy Kharadi and his team members achieved the goal (1 inch). - Sputnik International
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Martial arts professional Vispy Kharadi (bottom) and his team members perform a nine layer bed of nails sandwich in Surat, some 270 km from Ahmedabad on 23 October 2019, in an attempt to gain the Guiness World Record for the most-layered bed of nails sandwich (1 inch). - Vispy Kharadi and his team members achieved the goal (1 inch).

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Emma Dumitrescu, a 17-year- old model, poses to show the world's longest wedding dress train during a Guinness World Record attempt in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, 20 March 2012. Romania has set the world record for the world's longest bridal train. The nearly 3-kilometre (1.86-mile) long ivory train, which took 100 days to stitch, was showcased dramatically on Tuesday on the boulevard leading up to the giant palace built by late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, not pictured. The previous record was 2.488 Km.

Emma Dumitrescu, a 17-year- old model, poses to show the world's longest wedding dress train during a Guinness World Record attempt in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, 20 March 2012.  Romania has set the world record for the world's longest bridal train.  The nearly 3-kilometre (1.86-mile) long ivory train, which took 100 days to stitch, was showcased dramatically on Tuesday on the boulevard leading up to the giant palace built by late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, not pictured.  The previous record was 2.488 Km. - Sputnik International
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Emma Dumitrescu, a 17-year- old model, poses to show the world's longest wedding dress train during a Guinness World Record attempt in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, 20 March 2012. Romania has set the world record for the world's longest bridal train. The nearly 3-kilometre (1.86-mile) long ivory train, which took 100 days to stitch, was showcased dramatically on Tuesday on the boulevard leading up to the giant palace built by late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, not pictured. The previous record was 2.488 Km.

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People visit the 18 meter high Nativity Scene in Alicante on 4 December 2020 that won a Guinness world record for 'the largest nativity scene figurines'. Alicante smashed Mexico's previous 5-metre-tall nativity scene featuring three monumental sculptures of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus.

People visit the 18 meter high Nativity Scene in Alicante on 4 December 2020 that won a Guinness world record for 'the largest nativity scene figurines'. Alicante smashed Mexico's previous 5-metre-tall nativity scene featuring three monumental sculptures of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. - Sputnik International
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People visit the 18 meter high Nativity Scene in Alicante on 4 December 2020 that won a Guinness world record for 'the largest nativity scene figurines'. Alicante smashed Mexico's previous 5-metre-tall nativity scene featuring three monumental sculptures of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus.

© AFP 2021 / Pau Barrena

Vietnamese artist Quoc Co Giang (down) and his brother Quoc Nghiep Giang try to break a Guinness World Record by climbing stairs with one carrying the other, balancing head to head, at the Cathedral of Girona on 22 December 2016. The Giang brothers broke the record with 90 stairs in 52 seconds.

Vietnamese artist Quoc Co Giang (down) and his brother Quoc Nghiep Giang try to break a Guinness World Record by climbing stairs with one carrying the other, balancing head to head, at the Cathedral of Girona on 22 December 2016. The Giang brothers broke the record with 90 stairs in 52 seconds. - Sputnik International
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Vietnamese artist Quoc Co Giang (down) and his brother Quoc Nghiep Giang try to break a Guinness World Record by climbing stairs with one carrying the other, balancing head to head, at the Cathedral of Girona on 22 December 2016. The Giang brothers broke the record with 90 stairs in 52 seconds.

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People dressed as Smurfs ('Schtroumpfs' in French), a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest, attend a world record gathering of Smurfs on 7 March 2020, in Landerneau, western France.

People dressed as Smurfs ('Schtroumpfs' in French), a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest, attend a world record gathering of Smurfs on 7 March 2020, in Landerneau, western France. - Sputnik International
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People dressed as Smurfs ('Schtroumpfs' in French), a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest, attend a world record gathering of Smurfs on 7 March 2020, in Landerneau, western France.

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Russian freediver Alexei Molchanov attempts to set a new Guinness World Record by plunging 80 metres into the icy waters of Lake Baikal on 16 March 2021.

Russian freediver Alexei Molchanov attempts to set a new Guinness World Record by plunging 80 metres into the icy waters of Lake Baikal on 16 March 2021. - Sputnik International
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Russian freediver Alexei Molchanov attempts to set a new Guinness World Record by plunging 80 metres into the icy waters of Lake Baikal on 16 March 2021.

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A picture shows Amman municipality workers installing a 2,132-metre long Jordanian flag aiming at breaking the Guinness world record for the world's longest flag on 15 April 2021 in the Jordanian capital.

A picture shows Amman municipality workers installing a 2,132-metre long Jordanian flag aiming at breaking the Guinness world record for the world's longest flag on 15 April 2021 in the Jordanian capital. - Sputnik International
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A picture shows Amman municipality workers installing a 2,132-metre long Jordanian flag aiming at breaking the Guinness world record for the world's longest flag on 15 April 2021 in the Jordanian capital.

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Buddhist monks and devotees light 330,000 candles in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest flaming image during Earth Day celebrations at the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Bangkok on 22 April 2021.

Buddhist monks and devotees light 330,000 candles in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest flaming image during Earth Day celebrations at the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Bangkok on 22 April 2021. - Sputnik International
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Buddhist monks and devotees light 330,000 candles in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest flaming image during Earth Day celebrations at the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Bangkok on 22 April 2021.

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Musicians of Venezuela's National System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs perform as they try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra in the world, in Caracas, Venezuela 13 November 2021.

Musicians of Venezuela's National System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs perform as they try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra in the world, in Caracas, Venezuela 13 November 2021. - Sputnik International
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Musicians of Venezuela's National System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs perform as they try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra in the world, in Caracas, Venezuela 13 November 2021.

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