guinness book of world records

BBC AMERICA’s Top Gear Wins Guinness World Record

From 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.”


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. 

They call it “The Hummus Wars.”

Lebanon accused the Israeli people of trying to steal hummus and make it their national dish, explains Ronit Vered, a food journalist with the newspaper Haaretz in Tel Aviv. And so hummus became a symbol, she tells us, “a symbol of all the tension in the Middle East.”

The war began over a 4,532-pound plate of hummus.

In 2009, Fadi Abboud — the minister of tourism ­­— led Lebanon to break the world record for making the largest tub of hummus in the world. At the time, Abboud was also chairman of the Lebanese Industrialists Association. “A group of us just came from a food exhibition in France. There they were telling us that hummus is an Israeli traditional dish,” he says. “I mean, the world now thinks that Israel invented hummus.”

Abboud could not let that stand. “I thought the best way to tell the world that the hummus is Lebanese is to break the Guinness Book of Records.”

Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

Photo: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images
Caption: Lebanese chefs celebrate in Beirut after setting a new Guinness record for what was then the biggest tub of hummus in the world — weighing over 2 tons — in October 2009. 


“The oldest person in the world is the queen of Kings County. Brooklyn resident Susannah Mushatt Jones took the crown as the oldest person on Earth this week …according to the Gerontology Research Group…. ‘What’s going on is incredible,’ the supercentenarian’s 75-year-old niece, Lois Judge, told the Daily News. ‘Who would have thought.’ Lisa Colangelo & Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News

“After she moved to New York, Jones worked with a group of her fellow high school graduates to start a scholarship fund for young African-American women to go to college. She was active in her public housing building’s tenant patrol until she was 106. Jones is blind because of glaucoma and also hard of hearing. However, she visits a doctor only once every four months and takes medication for high blood pressure and a multivitamin every day. Aside from that, she has had a clean bill of health for years, Judge said. …Jones keeps a steady diet of bacon, eggs and grits for breakfast. A sign in her kitchen reads: ‘Bacon makes everything better.’” Michael Balsamo with Lori Grisham, USA Today

Photos: Richard Drew, APDebbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News


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