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About a year ago, I released a book called Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box. It’s all about pizza boxes. History, art, technology…everything. The artists, the history of iconic images…everything. I ended up collecting so many pizza boxes in researching the book that I applied for, and received, a Guinness World Record.

It’s fun an all, but just because you have a world record doesn’t mean you’re in the Guinness Book of World Records. Only a chosen few get that level of prestige. I’m proud to announced that I have achieved that level. I got an email a couple days ago letting me know that I’m in the book and it’s already on shelves across the planet. It’s real. I saw it with my own eyes. I’m on Page 90. 

BBC AMERICA’s Top Gear Wins Guinness World Record

From TopGear.com: Top Gear has just been crowned the world’s most widely watched factual TV programme… in the world!

The 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow have been watched by audiences in 212 territories around the world from Ghana to Guatemala, Moldova to Myanmar.

As he accepted the Guinness World Records 2013 book on behalf of the show, Jeremy Clarkson said: “I am very proud to be involved in such a factual programme.”

10 Daily Random Facts

The average Canadian is now richer than the average American.

Marijuana is not considered a drug in North Korea.

The first Google server was stored in a cabinet made of Legos.

Barack Obama’s favorite cartoon character is Spongebob Squarepants.

Kermit was originally a lizard-like creature, not a frog.

The Honey Badger is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Most Fearless Creature.”

In Denmark & many other countries, it’s not against the law to attempt to escape from prison because it is a human right to be free.

Chevrolet has made a car with built-in Wifi.

Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana up as a man and took her out clubbing.

There are only 6 confirmed people left on earth who were born in the 1800s,

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"City of Ghosts"

High on the Ming Hill, Fengdu, the “City of Ghosts,” is situated at the northern end of the Yangtze River. It attracts tourists from all over and even many visitors from within China as it is the place to learn about Chinese ghost culture and the afterlife.

The city has been around for nearly 2,000 years, filling it with a spooky sense of the past. Its origin story begins back in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), when two officials decided to run away to the area and live out their lives, where they eventually, the story goes, became immortal. Yin and Wang, the names of the officials, were combined during a later dynasty to mean “King of the Underworld.” Locals deemed this a gathering place for spirits. The Ghost City that developed is a complex of Buddhist and Taoist temples adorned with macabre demon statues dismembering humans as they guard the entrance to the netherworld.

Most of the popular landmarks in the City of Ghosts bear names that reference the afterlife: “Last Glance at Home Tower,” “Nothing-to-be-Done Bridge,” “Ghost Torturing Pass.” Covering the sites are statues and other artistic depictions of ghosts and devils, terrifying works that represent what happens to those who haven’t lived good lives after theirs is taken from them.

The giant face seen in the pictures is called The Ghost King, and it holds a Guinness World Records title as the biggest sculpture carved on a rock. At 138 meters tall and about 217 meters wide, The Ghost King can be seen from all around the city.

You never know what our crazy cousin, GISHWHES will get up to next! Last year, they won their third Guinness World Record by collecting the largest number of charitable pledges to commit a random act of kindness  - not to mention donating $40,000 to Random Acts.  

More than 90,000 people committed to do a random act of kindness before the end of 2012! That’s a lot of kindness and it puts us a few steps closer to conquering the world one random act of kindness at a time.  

If you’d like some help with your own random act of kindness, you might want to fill out an Act Form.  Random acts of kindness are fun, free, and a great present for someone whose birthday you may have marked on your calendar later this month.

Have a rocking weekend and keep up the kindness! 

 

Towser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female, the resident feline pest control expert at Glenturret from 1963 till 1987 was an officially recognised record breaker. Her record breaking victim count was estimated as 28,899 mice, which were laid out on the Still House floor each morning to be inspected by the stillman. The auditors for the Guinness book of records observed Towser’s prowess over a number of days and her total kill count was estimated statistically. She was commemorated by a bronze statue at the visitor’s centre at Glenturret and her story was featured on Blue Peter. Her paw prints also decorate the label on a bottle of Fairlie’s light Highland Liqueur. Her successors are Dylan and Brooke who were chosen for their friendliness and photogenic looks rather than for their mousing skills.

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Please just look at their faces. Look at how accomplished they feel, how recognised. I know they said they didn’t think much of this award, but when it finally came down to it they were all truly speechless, they said it themselves that it felt so different actually holding it, obtaining it. Props to the Guinness Book of World Records Committee-person for his british accent; it all sounded extra-official. :P

Record-breaking cheeseburger cooked at Minnesota casino weighed 2,014 pounds
A Minnesota casino has cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that’s 10 feet in diameter and weighs more than a ton.

Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson verified the record for biggest burger. He called the feat a result of “remarkable teamwork” and said the burger “actually tastes really good.” (Associated Press)

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