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Lighting 72,000 Candles on a Birthday Cake Guarantees You Won’t Get That Wish

It’s the law of the universe that if you’re able to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, whatever you wish for will come true. So why would you ever try to celebrate your 85th birthday by putting 72,585 lit candles on your cake? The fire department would have a hard time putting out that inferno. Read More >>

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The World’s Longest Whip Crack Puts Indiana Jones to Shame

At 238 feet and 3 inches long (72.61 metres), Adam Winrich now officially holds the Guinness World Record for the longest whip crack in history. The massive whip he used, while completely impractical for taming lions and other large beasts, still makes Indiana Jones and Catwoman look like complete amateurs. Read More >>

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The World’s Largest K’NEX Ball Contraption Was Built From Over 126,000 Pieces

The K’NEX Big Ball Factory was so loved by fans of the building toy that the company decided to bring it back last year, 20 years after it first hit toy shops. But with just over 3,000 pieces going into its construction, it doesn’t even begin to come close to Austin Granger’s record-setting K’NEX creation. Read More >>

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You Can Squeeze the World’s Most Compact Folding Pram Into a Shoulder Bag

When flying you probably do all you can to avoid checking a suitcase full of your belongings. So why allow baggage handlers to toss an expensive pram around? The gb Pockit, confirmed by Guinness to be the world’s most compact pram when folded, can actually fit under an aeroplane seat, or be squeezed into a purse. Read More >>

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This Message in a Bottle Could Be The Oldest Ever Found

Back in April, a retired post worker named Marianne Winkler discovered a message in a bottle that had washed up on a German beach—and her find may be the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered. Read More >>

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The World’s Largest Lollipop Weighs 3.5 Tonnes

See's Candies celebrated National Lollipop Day (which is apparently a thing) on July 20th by unveiling its record-breaking confection—a 7,003-pound version of the company's signature Gourmet Lollipop—in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza. Read More >>

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Guinness Book of World Records Hits Back At Jack White

Jack White previously lashed out at the people behind the annual record book, ranting about how they denied his (apparently) rightful place as a holder of the world's shortest concert. I doubt the White Stripes were as sweaty as the above image after that one-note gig, but now the compilers behind the Guinness Book of World Records have responded to his comments about the sweat-free show. Read More >>

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Playing Super Mario On the World’s Largest NES Controller Is Bloody Difficult

Oh my, the things we do for comedic value 'round Giz HQ's way. Remember the world's largest gamepad, the 12ft-wide NES controller? We got one into the office, where our video-girl Lucy and I tried our hardest with Super Mario. It was surprisingly tricksy, to say the least. Read More >>

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Behold the World’s Largest Flashlight

Remember the bright as hell, flashlight royalty X21? Well now there's a version that's 13 feet tall, weighs 176 pounds, and shoots out a mind (and eye) blowing 100,000 lumens. And it just set a Guinness World Record. Read More >>