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    Longest Flotilla of Tug Boats

    On 16th June 2007, De Binnenvaart Association of Inland Shipping boasted a flotilla of 148 tug boats in Dordrecht, South Holland.

    They covered a distance of more than 3km.


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    Most Decks of Playing Cards Memorized

    Dave Farrow (Canada) memorized, on a single sighting, a random sequence of 59 separate card packs (3,068 cards in all) at CTV Studios, The Daily Planet, Toronto, Canada, on 2nd April 2007.

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    Oldest Seeded Wimbledon Players

    The oldest seeded Wimbledon male competitor is Ricardo Gonzalez (USA, b. 9 May 1928), who was 41 years 45 days old when he played at the championships in 1969.

    The oldest seeded Wimbledon female competitor is Billie Jean King (USA, b. 22 November 1943), who was aged 39 years 210 days when she played at the championships in 1983.

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    Fastest-selling album by a female (UK)

    Susan Boyle's (UK) debut album I Dreamed a Dream, released in November 2009, sold over a million copies in just 21 days. It was the biggest-selling album in the UK in 2009, and a clip of her singing the title song for the first time on UK TV's Britain's Got Talent was the most watched YouTube clip in 2009.


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    The world record for bottled water labels

    Lorenzo Pescini of Florence, Italy, had a collection of 8,650 different bottled water labels from 185 different countries of 1,683 different springs, as of 12th January 2009. He started his collection in 1992.

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    Land's End to John O'Groats

    A classic cycling challenge, the 1,407km (874 mile) route from Land's End in Cornwall to John O'Groats in Caithness, Scotland, requires riders to travel the length of Great Britain between its two most distant mainland points.

    The fastest time by a male rider to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats is 44hrs 4min 19sec, by Gethin Butler (UK) in September 2001.

    The fastest time by a female rider to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats is 52hrs 45min 11sec, set by Lynne Taylor (UK) on 3rd October 2002.

    Lynne is also co-holder of the fastest time to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats on a tandem (mixed team), having achieved a time of 51hrs 19min 23sec with Andy Wilkinson (UK) in 2000.

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    World's Largest Department Store

    Built by Shinsegae Co. Ltd and opened on 26th June 2009, the Shinsegae ("New World") Centum City Department Store in Busan, South Korea, covers an area of 293,905 m² (3.16 million ft²), beating the previous record holder, the famous Macy'sstore in New York City, USA, by more than 95,000 m² (1.022 million ft²).

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    The World's Heaviest Swede

    A swede presented by Scott Robb (USA) at the Alaska State Fair, USA, on 2nd September 2009 weighed 37.6kg (82lb 14oz). Scott previously held this record back in 1999, with a 34.35kg (75lb 11oz) specimen.

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    Highest Percentage of Burns to the Body

    Tony Yarijanian (USA) underwent 25 surgeries after suffering burns to 90% of his body in an explosion at his wife's beauty spa on 15th February 2004.

    David Chapman (UK) also survived 90% burns after an accident with a petrol canister on 2nd July 1996.

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    Highest Budget-to-Box-Office Ratio for a 3D Movie

    To date, the most successful 3D movie in terms of its profitability is The Stewardesses (USA, 1969), directed by Al Silliman (USA). A pioneering single-camera 3D system was devised to keep the total budget just over $100,000.

    An adult movie, it grossed upwards of $30 million at the box office.


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