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Meet Avtar Singh Mauni, a 60-year-old devout Sikh preacher from Punjab, India and proud owner of what may soon be declared by Guinness World Records to be the World’s Largest Turban. His awesome, multi-colored turban weighs 100 pounds and measures over 2,100 feet (645 meters) long when completely unraveled. The fabric itself weighs 66 pounds, while the decorative ornaments make up the rest. Each morning it takes Avtar Singh upwards of six hours to put on his turban, which reached this incredible size after 16 years of diligently adding to its length. In addition to his magnificent turban, he also wears numerous heavy silver bangles and carries a sword, which altogether weigh an additional 87 pounds.

Although the weight is heavy and the size can make everyday activities, such as walking through doorways or getting into cars, a bit challenging, Avtar Singh says he’s most happy when wearing his turban and plans to continue doing so until he’s physically unable to carry it.

“On the rare times I don’t have my turban on, I keep getting this feeling of being incomplete, that some part of me is missing,” he said. “I get afraid that I may fall and I keep wondering ‘have I lost something, where is my turban?’”

Perhaps our favorite detail about Avtar Singh and his magnificent turban, which has made him one of the most respected preachers in the region, is that when making his regular pilgrimages around Punjab, he travels on a motorcycle (and has no problems keeping his balance). What an awesome sight.

Click here for a brief video about Avtar Singh Mauni record-breaking turban.

[via Laughing Squid, Oddity Central and The Telegraph]

It’s now past midnight in Japan, meaning that Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest human being, has officially turned 117. She was born on March 5, 1898, and now lives in a retirement home in Osaka.

Okawa has reigned as the world’s oldest living person since 2013, when Guinness World Records certified that she was 115.

She celebrated her birthday by eating cake and taking photos with her family, which includes several great-grandchildren.

Born In 1898: World’s Oldest Living Person Celebrates Birthday

Photo credit: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

[Happy birthday!]

Peter Capaldi accepts Guinness World Records title for Largest gathering of Doctor Who characters at Comic Con event in Mexico

Current Time Lord Peter Capaldi was on hand to accept the Guinness World Records title for ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Doctor Who Characters’ in Mexico City on Saturday, following a successful record attempt during La Mole Comic Con. 

A total of 492 Doctor Who doppelgängers, Daleks and Oods were among those who took part in the attempt. 

The actor was joined by the show’s Executive Producer Brian Minchin to support the epic record attempt, with the pair both in Mexico to celebrate the premier of Doctor Who, Season 9 on NBC’s Syfy channel. [x]

Congrats to any and all Whovians who were involved in setting this world record!

This hijabi is the youngest doctor in the world: how smart is she?

Eqbal Asa’d. Remember her name, because when she was 20 years old, she was set by the Guinness World Records as the youngest doctor in the world. This Palestinian Muslim woman started medical school when she was 14. (Read more about this genius)

Dangi is the shortest adult human ever verified by Guinness, and Kosen can reach a baskteball hoop without jumping.

“To be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing,” Kosen said at the event. “Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives, and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”

“I hope from now on we become really good friends and do more things together. I’m inviting Chandra to Turkey. Hopefully, he will come.”

“I was curious to meet my extreme opposite,” said Dangi. “It’s been a lifelong dream to travel. I’m honored to be in London — I’ve always wanted to visit and the fact I get to meet Sultan is special.“

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Luhan - 140819 Guinness World Records weibo update: “让大家久等了!今天,#吉尼斯世界纪录#正式宣布由@EXO-M #LUHAN#于2012年9月10日转发自曼彻斯特联队球迷俱乐部的微博获得了13,162,859条评论,从而创造了#微博上最多评论的博文#的世界纪录。”

Translation: “Everyone has waited for really long! Today #Guinness World Record# makes an official announcement that @EXO-M #LUHAN# has, on, 10 September 2012 received 13,162,859 comments on his Manchester United Weibo repost, and thus set a #Most Comments on a Weibo Post# world record.”

Credit: 吉尼斯世界纪录.

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The city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has been hosting the Sapporo Snow Festival since the early 1980s. Each February the city’s streets are decorated with snow and ice sculptures celebrating the beauty of winter. The sculptures range from enormous - grand buildings, temples and monuments, to smaller and more finely-detailed - pop culture characters, animals, and historical figures.

In addition to countless snow and ice sculptures created purely for the love of art and winter, the festival draws competitive sculptors from all over the world for annual competitions that take place in different sites around the city.

“The event has set several World Records, including the audience-participatory construction of the most snowmen ever made in one place (over 10,000 – a record which still stands). The next installment, now the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, will be held this February 5th through 11th in 2014.”

[via Beautiful/Decay and Weird Twist]

These kids just broke a very Harry Potterish World Record!

WORLD BOOK DAY - Children at Tanbridge House School in Horsham, UK celebrated the World Book Day in a twitch of a wand, as they successfully broke the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Harry Potter.

The school administration was anticipating about 250 of its pupils to dress up like Harry Potter to break the record, but they managed to surpass the number when they gathered 512 participants.

Photos c/o Guinness World Records | More updates at @thebookmania

Sherlock: The World Record Attempt

How do you fancy helping to set a new world record?

On August 31 2014, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation will attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

The challenge will be hosted at Temple Newsam, a beautiful historic country house a short distance outside of the city of Leeds, with the chief aim of helping to raise funds towards a new £2m Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.  Attendees can choose to dress as any incarnation of Sherlock Holmes they wish from his long and storied history.

Registration is £15 and in return participants will receive a Deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying glass. Prizes will be given for the best dressed Holmes. Sherlock fans can enter a raffle for £5 to win signed goodies from the cast of Sherlock, including Benedict Cumberbatch signed photographs, Sherlock script and books. 100% of proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Appeal Director of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: “Sherlock may live at Baker Street, London, but according to the most influential fictional biography of Holmes by Baring-Gould, Holmes was born in Yorkshire, the youngest of three sons of Siger Holmes and Violet Sherrinford. We wanted to reclaim him for Yorkshire, and he is the perfect inspiration for our Appeal as the world’s brainiest detective.”

Clair added: “We are calling on collective brain power to help raise funds for this important cause! If you love Sherlock you will love this fun family event, expect special guests and some great  entertainment.”

Register for the event at www.sherlockworldrecord.com
 
 For special announcements and event news follow @yorkshirebrain, #sherlockrecord

Taylor Swift awarded Guinness World Records

Taylor Swift has received two new entries into the Guinness World Records.

The 23-year-old’s hit ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ took the title for the fastest selling digital single, after it climbed to number one on the iTunes singles chart just 50 minutes after it was released.

Swift was also awarded the first solo female with two million-selling weeks on the US album chart since it began tracking sales in 1991. X