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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day from Guinness World Records!


Won't you be our valentine?
Oh, you said yes? Fantastic!
Rather than boring flowers or chocolates, though, how about a Top 10 bouquet of the best heart-swooning, romance-inducing world records in existence? Because you deserve nothing but the best.
Largest Underwater Wedding
The largest underwater wedding (above) was achieved by 303 divers who attended the marriage ceremony between Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski (both Poland) during an event organized by Orka Group Ltd (Poland) at the Koparki Diving Base, Jaworzno, Poland, on August 27, 2011.
Longest Marriage
These land-lovers were married on terra firma, but Herbert Fisher (USA, b. 10 June 1905) and Zelmyra Fisher (USA, b. 10 December 1907) had their nuptials May 13, 1924 in North Carolina, USA. They had been married 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days as of February 27, 2011. Herbert Fisher sadly died that Sunday. The couple had 5 children.
Largest Box Of Chocolate
The largest box of chocolates is a Thorntons Moments box weighing 3,725 lbs (1,689 kg). It was produced by Thorntons and Russell Beck Studios, and weighed in Bethnal Green, London, UK, on April 2, 2008. The box was 16 ft 6 in long, 11 ft 2 in wide and 3 ft 3 1/2 in deep.
First Known Heart Shaped Box Of Chocolate
Richard Cadbury (UK), the eldest son of John Cadbury, founder of the world famous company, created the first known heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day 1868. He was a pioneer in chocolate box design and often used his own paintings to make the lids of the boxes more appealing.
Oldest Love Poem
The oldest surviving love poem is written on a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing around 3500 BD, and was given a very un-romantic name by archaeologists: 'Istanbul #2461'. Not quite Shakespeare. The author is unknown but is believed to have been recited by a bride of Sumerian king Shu-Sin, who ruled between 2037 and 2029 BC. The following is the start of the poem:
Bridegroom, dear to my heart,
Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet,
Lion, dear to my heart,
Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.
Largest Collection Of Teddy Bears
At last count, Jackie Miley (USA) of Hill City, South Dakota, owned 8,026 different teddy bears, which she began collecting in 2002. When Jackie started the collection in 2002, she had no idea things would turn out as they have. When the collection grew, she thought she would like to collect as many teddy bears as Hill City’s population (780) for a goal. Since then, her collection has grown to such an extent that she now has them in a little house of their own called Teddy Bear Town. It's located across the street from her apartment.
Largest Mural Of Kisses
The largest mural of kisses consisted of 13,316 kisses and was achieved by NIVEA Brasil, at Pinheiros Station, São Paulo, Brazil, on June 12, 2012.
Largest Chocolate Truffle
The largest chocolate truffle weighted 1,768 lb 11 oz  (802 kg) and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia, Andrea Andrighetti, Rimini Fiera, Fabbri 1905, Icam and Martellato (all Italy) at the Sigep Fair in Rimini, Italy, on January 21, 2012.
Most Hugs Given In 24 Hours By An Individual
The most hugs given in 24 hours is 8,709 and was achieved by Jonathan Sexton (USA) at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 11, 2010. The attempt raised money for United Way's "Restore the Dream" fund, which aided individuals affected by flooding in Nashville.
Longest Kiss
And it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a big ol' smooch. The longest kiss lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds, achieved by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat (both Thailand) at an event organized by Ripley's Believe It or Not! Pattaya, in Pattaya, Thailand, on February 12-14, 2013. Nine couples entered the annual competition, including a married couple in their 70s. However, it was previous record holders Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat who came out on top, scooping a cash prize and two diamond rings as well as another Guinness World Records title.
And by the end of this Valentine's Day, we may have even more records for you. That's because on Feb. 14, the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan plans to host the largest gathering of heart transplant patients in a celebration of life that honors patients, physicians, clinicians and support staff as well as and educating the public on the critical need for more donors. Also in the U.S. Germany-based company, Ehrmann Yogurt, is set to host an attempt at the longest hug relay at the Santa Monica Piers in California


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