New world’s bests set by the dozen on Guinness day

More than 200,000 enthusiasts across the globe are today aiming to break some weird and wonderful world records — and set new ones, too — on the annual Guinness World Records Day.

Participants young and old will take part in wacky record attempts, such as the longest time to juggle three objects underwater, the heaviest road vehicle pulled by the teeth and the largest gathering of ‘Wizard of Oz’ characters.

The global event, now in its sixth year, is a way to encourage the public that they can do something truly unique, organizers say.

“You don’t have to be a stunt man or daredevil to take part in Guinness World Records Day,” said Craig Glenday, the editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records.

“The point of the day is to celebrate the joy of record-breaking and have a go at that record you’ve always wanted to attempt,” he added.

Any records set on Guinness World Records day are short-listed for inclusion in next year’s edition of the famous book, of which 100 million copies have sold since the first edition was published in 1955.

60 seconds with …

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records.

What is the Guinness World Records Day?

We decided to host an international day to encourage record-breaking across the globe. In the past, our organization remained very closed to the public — but today, since the advent of the Internet, we encourage people who have an appetite for record-breaking to prove their worth.

Some people may say that attempting to break records could result in harm to participants and others …

We don’t approve of silly or unethical attempts like the most times to stab oneself in the stomach. We have stopped accepting records involving cruelty toward animals and children.

This is your seventh year as editor-in-chief of the book. Are you a record-breaking buff yourself?

I had the most radio interviews in 12 hours, which totaled 52.

Is there anyone that struck you as a truly unique record-breaker?

One of the most inspirational record-breakers I have met has been (56-year-old American) Ashrita Furman, who currently holds 121 world records, and who has set 315 in his lifetime. I first met him in Barcelona where he was training to set a record for the farthest distance pushing an orange with his nose. He researched the best, firmest type of orange for the feat and learned the best technique.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.