Keeping record of the weird and wonderful

IRELAND may be the proud holder on the largest gathering of people dressed as Wally, but we are positively normal when it comes to some record-breakers in the latest Guinness Book of Records.

In fact, Irish people don’t seem to have as much of an obsession for breaking bizarre records as some other countries.

The USA, as always, looms large among the weird and wonderful record-breaking feats. It has even managed to take the prize for the largest Irish dance, when in the city of Dublin, Ohio, 10,036 people danced to their hearts’ content at the Dublin Irish Festival in 2007.

Among the other bizarre records in the 2012 edition of the famous book is Christine Walton, 45, from Las Vegas, who is revealed as the new record holder for the longest fingernails for a female, measuring an astonishing 10ft 2ins (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7ins (292.1cm) on her right hand — a total of 19ft 9ins (601.9cm).

That’s nothing compared to those of Melvin Boothe (USA), whose nails had a combined length of 9.85 metres (32 ft 3.8 in), when measured in Troy, Michigan, USA on May 30, 2009. Unfortunately, Melvin passed away in December 2009.

With a tongue measuring 3.8ins (9.75cm) from tip to top lip, full-time student Chanel Tapper, 21, from California, USA, is revealed to have the world’s longest tongue.

Yet another American, Aevin Dugas, 36, from New Orleans, is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world with a circumference measuring an incredible 4ft 4ins (1.32m).

Spare a thought for Supatra “Nat” Sasuphan from Thailand, who has the dubious distinction of being the world’s hairiest teenager, according to the Ferriman Gallwey method of evaluation of hirsutism (hairyness).

Not that it has fazed her in the slightest: “I don’t feel any different to anyone else, and I’ve got lots of friends at school.” She’s even become a celebrity in her home country.

If food is your thing, why not try the most expensive pizza, commercially available.

Not just your run-of-the-mill pepperoni, it’s a thin-crust, wood fire-baked pizza, topped with onion puree, white truffle paste, fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, cep mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce and garnished with fresh shavings of a rare Italian white truffle, itself worth £1,400 (€1,610) per kilogram. Depending upon the amount of truffles available each season, the pizza is regularly sold at £100 each to customers of Gordon Ramsey’s Maze restaurant in London.

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said that, as always, the wacky records manage to bring a bit of colour into our lives.

“When you think of the weirdest and wackiest, inevitably Guinness World Records will come to mind.

“The 2012 (edition) celebrates some of the most extraordinary examples of this. The individuals that add a little colour to our day,” he said.

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