14 September 2016

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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From leaping llamas to overgrown lapdogs, the 62nd Guinness World Record winners have been announced, and this year’s band of bizarre achievements and wonderfully inspiring feats do not disappoint.

Pets around the world competed for the title of the biggest in their category. The longest tail on a dog, the longest pet cat and a llama who has made the highest jump are just a few entries to make this year’s record book.

Ludo is the world’s longest cat, at 3ft 10.6in. He is three times the size of a domestic cat. At 37.96 inches tall, a female Great Dane named Lizzy takes the tittle for the tallest in her category.

Bernd Schmidt, 47, of Wendlingen, Germany, can open his mouth 3.46in wide. To win the title, he placed metal rods between his upper and lower incisors. The record was ratified by a dentist, who simply instructed: “Open wide!”

Florida pensioners Charlotte Guttenberg and Chuck Helmke are the most tattooed senior citizens – male and female – in the world. Ms Guttenberg, 67 has covered 91.5% of her body with tattoos since first being inked just 10 years ago.

Mr Helmke, 76, who sat beside her in the tattoo parlour to help ease her nerves as she had her first tattoo, has 93.5% of his body covered in tattoos. All of this work was done in the last 16 years apart from one army tattoo.

Britons also didn’t shy away from having a few records of their own. Ian O Brien has the world’s biggest collection of memorabilia from the hit TV series ‘Doctor Who’. O Brien from Manchester, UK, says he first caught the Whovian bug after watching Planet of the Daleks – an episode from 1974 and recalls being captivated watching the Daleks trying to bash down a barricade. He currently has more than 1,573 items.

24-year-old catwalk model Harnaam Kaur from Slough, who has six-inch long facial hair, was given the title of the youngest woman with a full beard.

Ms Kaur said the record was “absolutely humbling” as the beard has been part of her quest to overcome years of bullying.

The Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday says: “There’s something in here for everyone, from space travel, planetary science and the animal kingdom to remarkable human bodies, spectacular pets and superlative highlights from the past year in sports.”

To see all of these amazing people and many more grab a copy of the Guinness World Records 2017 on sale this month, priced £20. 

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Picture source: Daily Mail/Evening Standard

Anethe Carvalho