Host of weird and wonderful records in new Guinness World Records Book
THE world’s longest beard features in the newly published Guinness World Records Book – and it belongs to an Indian man living in Canada!
Sarwan Singh holds the record for the world’s longest beard measuring an extraordinary 2.37m.
He features in the new Guinness World Records 2012 edition which was launched in London last week with a host of other intriguing world record holders.
Aevin Dugas from New Orleans, USA, boasts the world’s largest Natural Afro which is double the size of a football, while California’s Chanel Tapper has lizard like tongue measuring 3.8 inches (9.75 cm) from tip to top lip making it the equivalent length of an iPhone.
“From the world’s most dangerous records to extreme pioneers to apocalyptic predictions and beyond, we focused on mankind’s outliers to show the amazing array of superlatives the world has created,” said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief.
“Of course, the 2012 edition also contains all of the classic content readers have come to expect from our books, as well as radical records stemming from cutting-edge creators in the fields of social media, fashion and alternative energies.”
Astonishing new records featured in Guinness World Records 2012 include:
Ram Singh Chauhan from India has incredible facial hair which measures 4.29 m (14 ft).
Deadliest heat wave
In the summer of 2010, the northern hemisphere suffered from a series of freak heat waves. The most devastating effects were felt in Russia, where as many as 56,000 people perished from overheating, droughts, forest fires and smog. An estimated 11,000 people died in Moscow alone.
Highest-earning deceased artist
Michael Jackson topped the list of highest-earning artist with $275 million (£169 million) in 2010, more than the rest of the Top 10 combined. In the first year after his death on 25 June 2009, his estate is reported to have earned $1.017 billion (£625 million) in revenue.
Most expensive film produced ever
The most expensive movie made is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007 USA), which had an estimated production budget of around $300 million (then £146 million). If the budgets of films are adjusted for inflation to 2010 dollars, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $315 million budget narrowly beating Cleopatra (1963 USA).