In a triumph of both technology and agriculture, the Guinness World Record for largest Quick Response code has been claimed by a corn maze.* [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Oct 14, 2012 -
An interview with Bennett Foddy
, the creator of QWOP, in which, to the surprise of no one, he states, "I don't feel any sympathy for people who find a video game hard. At all. It never occurred to me to try to modify QWOP so that it was easier to play." [more inside]
posted by Copronymus
on Oct 8, 2012 -
Feeling tired today? Back a little sore from that yard work? Morning run left your knees aching? Maybe you just had a lazy weekend. Well, in case you aren't frustrated enough with yourself for what you're (not) accomplishing, enjoy the story of Fauja Singh. Yesterday, the 100 year old became the oldest person ever to complete a full marathon
, finishing the 42 km Toronto Waterfront Marathon in under 9 hours (beating his personal target). [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Oct 17, 2011 -
"The whole dream is that everybody has a world record in them
," said Dan Rollman, president and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Universal Record Database
. Since the site went live last fall, more than 1,000 feats have been documented - ranging from the most binder clips on a face (now up to 34
) to the longest toenail (seven-eighths of an inch
) to the most whoopee cushions sat on without smiling or laughing (presently up to 18
), and a few records involving mustaches (1
). Beyond the basics of setting records, the URDB is based on three principles
: 1. Honesty and accuracy are pretty much everything, 2. Don't hurt yourself. Don't hurt others. Don't hurt the planet, and 3. Waste sucks. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 20, 2009 -
, a solar powered plane, has smashed the record for the longest duration un-manned flight
, staying aloft with engines running for 54 hours. This was just a test run at the US military White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, according to the UK developers, "You ain't seen nothing yet". Meanwhile in Switzerland, development continues on the Solar Impulse
, which has a goal of flying around the world, manned(!), by 2010.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 11, 2007 -
i haven not slept in 126 hrs. my mental aptitude is completely shot. words that come out of my mout are completely random ; nonsensicle...dropping into bed will be GOOD FEELNGI..
How long can you stay awake? This guy made it just over 5 days, and kept a journal. Randy Gardner
holds the world record of 11 days, which he set as a high school student in 1964. On the fourth day he had a delusion that he was Paul Lowe winning the Rose Bowl, and that a street sign was a person. Previously: , 
posted by gottabefunky
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Taking the adage "be prepared" to the next level
Eric, a thirty year old electrician from Lyons, France, has made the record books for having the "most practical suit of clothing". Often dubbed "The Human Penknife" Eric has no less that 1,300 useful objects, ranging from a humble toothbrush to a soldering iron, arranged in carefully designed pouches sewn into his clothing. What won't you leave home without?
posted by lucien
on Nov 13, 2002 -
Making plans for 2008
It's the feel good story of the day. A 12 year-old German school girl gets her place in the Guinness Book of Records for her tounge.
"I'm just proud that now people everywhere can read about me and my tongue."
posted by DragonBoy
on Dec 21, 2001 -