Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Worlds Shortest Man Dies at 22

He Pingping, holder of the Guinness World Record as the shortest man in the world who is mobile, died yesterday at just 22 years of age. He Pingping was a mere 74.61cm (2’ 5.37”) when officially measured by Guinness World Records in 2008. His shortness was a result of a form of primordial dwarfism. His father He Yun claimed He Pingping was only as small as a palm at birth.



He Pingping who was born in 1988 in Huade County in Wulanchabu, China (Inner Mongolia) spent much of his time travelling the world at event launches, TV shows and photoshoots. He was in Rome taking part in a television show when he suffered chest problems and it was later confirmed he died of heart complications. He Pingping was said to have smoked around 2 packs of cigarettes per day.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday commenting on this sad loss said that for such a small man he had made a huge impact around the world. "He brightened up the lives of everyone he met, and was an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual”.

He Pingping - the world's shortest man dwarfed by the world's tallest man
He Pingping's successor as the world's shortest man is yet to be announced. Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal who is reportedly 51 centimetres (20 inches) high is likely to claim the title now that he has turned 18 years of age and unlikely to grow further.

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Watch Channel 4 video of Khagendra Thapa Magar

The World's Longest Slinky Largest Slinky

The unofficial record set in 1999 for the world's longest Slinky currently stands at 21 metres (71 foot). The monster Slinky is suspended on 418 elastic threads and is free to move in three dimensions. To make the world's longest Slinky 34 Slinkies were soldered together.


Courtesy Robin Whittle at firstpr.com.au


The Story of the Slinky in Short
The Slinky toy was invented in 1943 by naval engineer, Richard James. His wife Betty decided to name this new toy "slinky" after coming across the Swedish word for stealthy, sleek and sinuous in a dictionary. The design of the Slinky hasn't changed in the last 65 years apart from the crimp that was added to the ends of the wire for safer play. The Slinky has appeared in several movies the most celebrated of which is the Disney animated feature Toy Story. The Slinky is still made in Pennsylvania on the original equipment designed by Richard James and has sold in excess of three hundred million toys worldwide.


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What is a Slinky?
Slinky Toy Official Website
More on Long Slinkys

Other Weird and Wacky World Records
World Record Longest Leg Hair
World Record Longest Hot Dog
Longest Beard Ever Measured
World's Longest Attack of the Hiccups
Longest Photograph in the World

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Longest Photograph in the World

A 100 meter long continuous photo is thought to be the world's longest photo. The longest photograph was taken by Simon Hoegsberg, a 32-year-old photographer from Denmark who spent 17 months making a single continuous print.

Simon calls his photograph "We're All Gonna Die—100 Meters of Existence." His aim in recording the images was to capture "the uniqueness of 'ordinary' people".

The photograph - a montage - features 178 people shot on a railroad bridge in Berlin in 2007 over the course of 20 days. The photograph can be viewed at Simon's website.



Other Weird and Wacky World Records
World Record Longest Leg Hair
World Record Longest Hot Dog
Longest Beard Ever Measured
World's Longest Slinky and Largest Slinky
World's Longest Attack of the Hiccups

Friday, March 12, 2010

The World's Longest Hot Dog

The world’s longest hot dog ever recorded measured 60.3m in length and was made by the Shizuoka Meat Producers of Shizuokathe, Japan. The Guiness World Record was set at the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo in 2006 as part of a media event surrounding the 50th anniversary of the All-Japan Bread Association. The weiner was made off site and later cooked at the event along with the bun. The hot dog was then cut up so that guests present could sample it.

The world's longest hot dog
Photo Credit: Wikipedia


Related Links
More about the world's longest hot dog


Other Weird and Wacky World Records
World Record Longest Leg Hair
Longest Photograph in the World
Longest Beard Ever Measured
World's Longest Slinky and Largest Slinky
World's Longest Attack of the Hiccups