Guinness World Records™ has become a household name and the global leader in world records. No other enterprise collects, confirms, accredits and presents world record data with the same investment in comprehensiveness and authenticity.
Here are the fifth batch of my collection of some of the most interesting Guinness World Records set at the end of 2009 and during 2010.
A record 35,681 spectators witnessed a match between Serena Williams (USA) and Kim Clijsters (Belgium) at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, on 8 July 2010. This broke the previous record of 30,472 people who witnessed Billie Jean King defeat Robert Larimore Riggs (both USA) in the “Battle of the Sexes” in Houston, Texas, USA on 20 September 1973.
The most ballet dancers on pointe is 230, organised by Ellen and Gene Schiavone (both USA) in Central Park, New York, New York, USA, on 2 August 2010.
The longest vertical distance covered while freefalling in 24 hours is 102 km (63.38 mi) and was achieved by the Nagual Freefly Team composed by Daniele Fraternali, Cristian Giorgi and Alessandro Mitrugno (all Italy), in Fano, Italy, on 28 June 2009.
The longest dreadlocks for a male are 1.91 metres (6 ft 3 in) long and belong to Sudesh Muthu (Canada). They were measured at the Guinness World Record Office in London, UK on 6 August 2010. Sudesh, a follower of the Rastafari movement, has grown his dreads for 23 years.
The most consecutive football (soccer) penalty kicks is 364 and was set by employees of Aon Singapore to commemorate the unveiling of the new Manchester United 2010/11 home shirt, in Singapore, on 15 July 2010. 136 goals were scored in the record attempt.
Travis Frohlich (USA) completed 115 stoppies on a BMX during X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California at the GWR Live! BMX Park.
Gray Mesa (USA) on his way to setting the Guinness World Record for most ollie 180s in 60 seconds at X Games 16, he completed 17 on July 30, 2010
Gage Boyle (USA) receiving his certificate from skateboard legend Bob Burnquist at GWR Live! during X Games 16 for completing the most switch ollies in 30 seconds (26) on August 1st, 2010.
Six year old Annika Vrklan (USA) got her name into the Guinness World Records book when she completed 31 backside grinds in one minute at GWR Live! during X Games 16 on August 1st 2010.
Guadalupe Alvarez (USA) receiving his certificate for completing the most wheelies in one minute (167) at the GWR Live! BMX Park on August 1st, 2010 during X Games 16.
The most water skiers towed behind a single boat is 114 by the Horsehead Water Ski Club (Australia) in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, on 28 March 2010.
The fastest production car is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which achieved a two-way timed speed of 431.072 km/h (267.86 mph) at the Volkswagen proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien near Wolfsburg, Germany, on 26 June 2010.
The most consecutive matches played without missing an inning in Nippon Professional Baseball (Japan) is 1,492 by Tomoaki Kanemoto (Japan) with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Hanshin Tigers from 21 July 1999 to 17 April 2010.
The largest beach towel measured 87.14 m in length and 25,20 m in width and was manufactured by Fateka S.L. on behalf of Compañía Cervecera de Canarias (Tropical brand). The towel was displayed at Playa de las Canteras in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, on 5 June 2010.
John Isner (USA) defeated Nicolas Mahut (France) in the Longest professional tennis match in their first-round encounter at Wimbledon 2010, a match that broke 12 records and lasted 11 hr 5 min.
The largest underwater wedding was achieved by 261 divers at the marriage ceremony between Francesca Colombi and Giampiero Giannoccaro (both Italy) during an event organised by MARES S.p.A. (Italy) at the Morcone beach, Capoliveri, Elba Island, Italy on 12 June 2010.
The largest game of dodgeball is 712 participants, organised by Samsung Mobile at The 69th Regiment Armory in New York, New York, USA, on 12 May 2010.
Fred Grzybowski (USA) breaks his own record for most consecutive backflips on a pogo stick, with 9 pogo backflips, on ABC's "Live! with Regis and Kelly" on 13th September 2010.
The shortest living man is Edward Niño Hernandez (Colombia, b. 10 May 1986), who measures 70.21 cm (2 ft 3.46 in) tall.