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Record setters

Earlier this week, the world's shortest man, He Pingping, age 21, died after developing chest pains while filming a television show in Italy. Pingping suffered from primordial dwarfism, a condition which kept him from ever growing taller than 73 cm (2 feet 5 inches) tall. Pingping was recognized by the Guinness World Records organization, who also held a "World Records Day" last November, encouraging people all over the world to set their own records. Collected here are a group of superlatives, recent photos of world records and record attempts around the world. (31 photos total)

He Pingping of China smiles as Sultan Kosen of Turkey rests his hands on He's shoulders during a promotional event in Istanbul, Turkey on January 14, 2010. He, with a height of 73 cm (2 feet 5 inch), and Kosen, with a height of 246.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch), have been listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest man and tallest man respectively. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
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126 comments so far...

Mmmmmh meatball

Posted by Drewboy March 19, 10 12:05 PM

The big horse looks like an Avatar character...

Posted by Odesto March 19, 10 12:26 PM

Poor Titan... he is no longer the tallest dog... Giant George is, a great dane 43 inches tall and 245 pounds of weigh... Anyway Titan is amazing!!

Posted by Beatrice March 19, 10 12:26 PM


Posted by frank March 19, 10 12:26 PM

"World records" are stupid.

There, I said it.

Posted by Michael March 19, 10 12:43 PM

All I can think about is what did they do with all that food?

So much waste.

Posted by Yaz March 19, 10 12:44 PM

Great photos as always. Subject is pointless but I guess everyone wants their 15 minutes fame. Then again... you can't go wrong with a cheesecake that big!

Posted by Tomara March 19, 10 12:49 PM

Sure seems to be a lot of waste in setting a record. Waste of time, effort, dollars, food, etc. I have never understood the hoopla around owning a world record for some many odd or useless things. I understand the ones around speed, sports, etc, but the largest gingerbread man, the largest dress, the largest flag. What is the point? And the Pokemon collection is, well, ...scary, obsessive, and wierd (as most large collections of commercial items are).

I hope that food is at least delivered to folks in need and not wasted. And where they use cloth, they cut that up for clothing or something and donate it.

Posted by Flogging Murphy March 19, 10 12:50 PM

I agree with #6. Biggest Food Item is insanely wasteful. Guinness needs to stop giving awards for this.

Posted by pik March 19, 10 12:59 PM

I'll be happy to say this is the worst post I've see from TBP. Some of these "records" are barely more than commercial press releases. I remember when the Guiness Book was filled with "fastest, highest, strongest." Now...most dishes on display? Really? Was there nothing more important in the world having its photo taken?

Posted by MarkH March 19, 10 01:03 PM

I imagine the food would be distributed to the spectators of these events, or so I would hope. Unfortunately I imagine some of it would go rancid.

Posted by Jessica March 19, 10 01:07 PM

i am glad that not all things in life have to make sense. it's good, that people can simply show what they are capable of or have fun doing challenging things. as long as nobody is hurt that's fine for me. i am sure that there were enough people attending the events, so that no food is wasted - but even if this food is wasted, it wouldn't help anybody if nobody had tried to break the records. people aren't doing that all the time ...

Posted by madloom March 19, 10 01:10 PM

They used to be great achivements. Now it is the man who has wear the biggest number of red underpants in a night...

Posted by maiqk March 19, 10 01:26 PM

Who will win "Most Times Irritated by Guiness World Records"?

Posted by Tacoma March 19, 10 01:35 PM

I remember when the Guiness Book was filled with "fastest, highest, strongest." - Really? Hasn't it always been mostly pretty silly?

wrt food waste, usually these things are eaten afterward - eg I bet the IKEA gingerbread cookie was given/sold to customers, etc.

Posted by ech March 19, 10 01:38 PM

Even if we look at the food events as not being wasteful (because of the spectators eating it), what the hell happens to that huge dress? Such a waste of material . . .

Posted by Alice March 19, 10 01:43 PM

These people (comment 8) need to go find something better else to do! Let people do whatever they want! Why do you have to come in here and try to ruin a set photographs? If they want to spend the money and time let them, it's their money, not yours!

Amazing pictures, love world records, seeing the extremes and humans striving to achieve greatness(in most cases)

Posted by Brian March 19, 10 01:53 PM

What all the whiners that chime in on this blog forget is that fact that people are weird and people like to have fun. Let them have their fun for crying out loud. Honestly. Lighten up people, and enjoy the weirdness that is the human race.

Posted by Darth Curt March 19, 10 01:54 PM

most of these "records" are pure waste of food/money/[insert anything needed by most of people on this planet here]

Posted by rom March 19, 10 01:59 PM

With the exception of the humans and the horse and dog...these folks need to get a life and do something better with their time.

Posted by Richter March 19, 10 02:11 PM

Tacoma #14 (and others)

Who will win "Most Times Irritated by Guiness World Records"?

What about a world record for the instances of "incorrect spelling of Guinness" on a web site ?

Posted by Silverback March 19, 10 02:39 PM

Where is the biggest paella in the world?

Posted by lluis March 19, 10 02:47 PM

Burj Dubai is actually called now Burj Khalifa

Posted by rms March 19, 10 02:51 PM

Poor Titan looks like a case of inbreeding, and for all those people crying out 'Waste' you need to go and check how even a humble tomato gets to your plate from start to finish, all the poison, cheap labour, electricity, gas/petrol and plastic needed, it'll turn you off your health food. One giant cheesecake is a drop in the ocean of wastefulness and at least has some inspiration behind it as opposed to a multinational profit. Surplus is the cradle of civilization and if you can't handle that, give up your computer, t.v, car, cheap cotton t-shirts, fancy jeans, dishwasher, fridge, paved roads, and schools, then find a cave with enough space to drag your knuckles over the ground and hope that we will all get with the program.
Great photos!

Posted by so1ange March 19, 10 02:54 PM

"Because I can".

In some fields (biggest pile of food) seems that record holding is no longer a matter of striving for greatness in human endeavour, more a matter of extreme logistics in the field of stuffing ones face. Just add 12 zeroes to the quantities each line of the recipe.

lol, good luck to them.

Just one thing please, leave them where the homeless can get them after the photos are taken.

Posted by humanbeing March 19, 10 03:12 PM

wonderful pic..
especiallu burj dubai and base jumper off kuala lumpur tower Malaysia..

Posted by nora March 19, 10 03:17 PM

I was going to decry this set for a lack of good pictures, but after reviewing them, I have to give kudos for #'s 1, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 21,22, and 31. Nevertheless, a pretty pointless set.

Posted by cpottinger March 19, 10 04:17 PM

In the famous words of Barack Obama, "yes we can", stop wasting; time; money; resources and intellect on stupid things.

How many people starved on the days that chefs were making the worlds largest. How many people went without clean water on the days money was spent to achieve the worlds record for the most lanterns flown. How much energy was wasted from the world record made from people using stationary bicycles.

When the earth dies and the global population is at an all time low, those of us left will look back on these days and regret being human.

Posted by Mr.Ice March 19, 10 04:49 PM

Awsome pictures as normal.

Number 12 is very weird.... In country's were if to little food they are breaking this kind of records???

Why do I donate to charityfunds?

Posted by Jack from Holland March 19, 10 05:09 PM


Posted by michael March 19, 10 05:16 PM

Great symbols of our civilization : waste the biggest thing you can and you'll earn a prize !

Doing a lot of small but usefull things, like helping poor people, won't give you any trophy.

We are like this big white dog : blind, deaf, epileptic !
But we don't mind because we are the best, Guiness certify it...

Posted by The world less awarded guy March 19, 10 05:22 PM

Thought for sure we would have seen some Thailand protest pictures today

Posted by brandon March 19, 10 05:34 PM

a good and fun set. Sure seems to offend the puritans and killjoys, but they need their fun, too.

Posted by John DM March 19, 10 05:49 PM

what will kill humanity is not its lack of compassion, or of wisdom, but its lack of dreams.

go, people, go.

Posted by drow March 19, 10 05:49 PM

As per the latest news, the world record for the shortest man is Mr Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal. He is only 56cm (22in) tall. Mr Magar, who was born in 1992 in the Baglung district of Nepal, he started to walk only at the age of eight and ceased growing at 11 as per BBC news

Posted by Blinkingeyes March 19, 10 06:19 PM

Yes these people need real commenting on the big picture about how wasteful they are! You people need to get over yourselves, unless you are only eating minimum and only dressing in drab clothes as not to waste anything ever.

Posted by keith March 19, 10 06:56 PM

#9 and #10 is heaven :D

Posted by Rizky March 19, 10 07:11 PM

To the complainers: why so serious? Not everyone can be involved in saving the world every minute of every day. Like others have said, let them have their fun. At least it's bringing people together where they can enjoy themselves.

Posted by Elizabeth March 19, 10 08:00 PM

Records like planting the most number of trees, installing most number of renewable energy sources.. should be set..

Posted by Nagesh Jadhav March 19, 10 08:05 PM

He Pingping, whatta smile. RIP.

Posted by Nia March 19, 10 09:04 PM

Liked the pictures, I worry for the kid with the Pokemon collection. To the people crying out over waste, does food in your refrigerator ever spoil and go to waste? Do you ever go out to eat and leave food behind? Get over it! Most of this food went to spectators, and this "waste" is nothing compared to the everyday waste by the average middle class person. Some people cannot enjoy something that is meant to be silly and over the top!

Posted by Freespirit March 19, 10 09:23 PM

in answer to comment 14-...... ME! hooray!

Posted by charliebird March 19, 10 10:09 PM

@24 - Sort of. That's the common result of breeding Harlequin on Harlequin where Danes are concerned. People get greedy and think that breeding the popular Harlequin with another of the same variety will result in more expensive Harlequin puppies, but instead they end up with Albinism, deafness, blindness, and other accompanying ailments.

Posted by Mary March 20, 10 02:25 AM

I think this set of pictures was great! I would love to take part in some of these.

These people spread happiness.

Posted by Shon March 20, 10 04:17 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 20, 10 08:16 AM

such a waste... most of them anyway...

Posted by David March 20, 10 10:19 AM

The world record for the biggest Hummus was broken about 2 months ago by an Arab village in Israel called Abu-Gosh. They watched the record set by the Lebanese and did something bigger.
As for being wasteful, it was a big celebration in the Arab village, and everybody came over and ate from the Hummus, so it wasn't thrown away.

Posted by Opie March 20, 10 10:26 AM

People in other countries are starving and thirsty, they have no where enough food and clean water. How is that happening? They have plenty of land for the development of agricultural farming, they also have some very large rivers that run through their town's/ cities but they choose to not repair it, they choose not to work, they defecate in the river upstream or pour other waste into it. For those who were not "unfortunate" enough to observe them in person (Haiti visit before the earthquake) look at the many pictures on the internet. They are lazy, pathetic, moochers. They will not contribute to our society nor their own. As far as sympathy goes I have some and shed some tears when thinking about how they are killing themselves. However if they are dieing let them die. Think about it like this, you see a very sick and near death horse (all legs broken, eyeballs dangling from their socket, internal bleeding, skin ravaged from birds pecking away at it, etc.) for what ever reason it is still alive, suffering, a person would normally kill it to end its suffering, anything else not normal would be cruel. So these "in need" countries should figure out how to survive and prosper, instead of being a leech and suck resources from other countries.

Posted by Anonymous March 20, 10 10:32 AM

So much hate in the comments. Either way, I enjoyed this set especially the Pokemon and the Cheesecake!

Posted by Pok-me March 20, 10 10:33 AM

Yeah it was cool but waisting foods not right. Get some more animals on there!

Posted by sarah March 20, 10 01:02 PM

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her".
very nice pictures.. at least there's no blood and death.

Posted by Pier March 20, 10 01:59 PM

I love this website--even the comments from whiners, who are their own punishment.
Nuthin' but love, boyz and girlz.

Posted by exsqueeze me March 20, 10 02:33 PM

Let's put all of this energy and motivation towards meaningful efforts such as cleaning up neighborhoods, or protesting weapons sales and manufacturing.

Posted by Joe March 20, 10 03:01 PM

"The Burj Dubai, which in Arabic means Dubai Tower"

So the phrase "Burj Dubai tower" is, in fact, repetitively redundant. Kinda like saying "Mt. Fujisan" or the "Khoisan people."

Posted by RawheaD March 20, 10 07:16 PM

I don't so much care about the wastefulness as much as the fact that "big foods" aren't really an achievement at all. That guy is pulling a bus with his hair. You used larger quantities than the recipe suggested.

Posted by Jo March 20, 10 08:49 PM

i thought most of the pictures were hilarious and even scary ,but hey people do what people do and if you need 15 mins. of fame so be it i mean so what cheesecakes huge eat it and share it .

Posted by Nameless March 20, 10 10:29 PM

I wouldn't call these things wasteful, because to me their amazing, artistic spectacles. I would love to go to a museum and see something like the world's largest printed dress or Pokemon collection. I agree that we should be providing way more resources to those in need, but I think if we shun this kind of thing completely we'll loose sight of why we should live and preserve life in the first place.

Posted by Madeleine March 20, 10 11:24 PM

Mr Pingping has a wonderful smile. Rest in peace, sir.

Posted by Isa March 20, 10 11:47 PM

In response to comment #48: Need I quote? "If they are going to die, they'd better do it and decrease the surplus population." Instead of merely observing, try walking a mile in their shoes. You may learn something you didn't know before.

Posted by Michaela March 21, 10 12:59 AM

Sky lanterns little the coasts of SE Asia.

Posted by Boo March 21, 10 02:47 AM

I wonder how many people starved to death in the third world while we took the time to look at these photographs. I think the Guinness World Records organisation must ban all records associated with food, and maybe the people who really need the biggest cake, meatball or gingerbread might live a little better and a little longer.

Posted by Peter March 21, 10 03:06 AM

I did not read all the other comments so someone else may have already mentioned it but....
It's the Burj Al-Kalifa not the Burj Dubai.
Interestingly enough Sheik Mohamed could not pay for the completion of the tower so King Al-Kalifa had to bail him out and in doing so he decided to name it the Burj Al-Kalifa. Its a common mistake because they only changed they name on the opening day.

Posted by Mike March 21, 10 05:22 AM

Not impressed. For the most part, anyone with enough money could easily set a record, especially with food, flags, or dresses. This has to be the only BigPicture page I have been disappointed with.

Posted by BikerRay March 21, 10 06:37 AM

number 54. yes it is reduntant and the new name is pure narcissistic , since the new ruler decided to name is after himself. expected tho.

Ok , yes it is a waste of food and it should not be justified..
But to be frank , im just glad the lebanese Hummous beat the Israeli of last year.

Posted by Hind March 21, 10 07:40 AM

Those are so cool! I love Stumble upon!!

Posted by Zelda March 21, 10 09:13 AM

Jeez people, why not do some research?
How d'you suppose that these people get the money to build cookies the size of of the moon, or dishes of tabbouleh that a toddler could swim in?

Organizations front money (like the great big UNICEF cookie), and then the food is broken down and sold as a fundraiser. I mean, sometimes they just give it away for free, but it's never just thrown out. Are you kidding? I say that it's totally justified. It's people getting together to do something that is fun and challenging, and usually something that the whole community can get behind.

And all the other things that "waste resources?" Creating something beautiful is worth using resources, if you're asking me. And those sky lanterns are biodegradable. Get glad already.

Posted by Sarah the Bear March 21, 10 09:57 AM

I'm glad to see people don't always take themselves so seriously!

I live in the Bible Belt and there are so many self- righteous puritans around that it takes all the zest out of life sometimes... and they must all be on the internet, commenting on everything that gets their panties in a twist.

Posted by DJ March 21, 10 11:02 AM

Bruno and Barbara, are older than the 2 twins... they have 107 years old... You do not believe, right... neither do I... Have fun!

Posted by Renato March 21, 10 03:33 PM

I always found these Guinness book records a bit pathetic...

He pingping has a very funny smile. He reminds me of the bollywood actor in the serie Weng Weng ( RIP Pingping

Posted by Thomas March 21, 10 03:54 PM

Probably the weakest Big Picture EVER. The subjects pointless, pictures were tedious and the photography mediocre. You can do better

Posted by Mike March 21, 10 04:31 PM


Posted by hadisis March 21, 10 05:55 PM

I always thought the food ones were a kind of promotion. It's something that gets you in the news and newspaper, brings in tourism.

Posted by Patrick M from CT March 21, 10 05:56 PM

yeah Buzz Killigans....they don't waste the food afterwards! I have eaten parts of the world longest banana split AND biggest hamburger attempts, all in Southern United States. Wish they'd do more of this stuff! What fun!

Posted by WITCHCRAFT March 21, 10 08:36 PM

something is fishy with the No14 picture. The area on the bottom right in front of the cards seems somewhat photoshopped. It seems that the picture was taken through a glass window (in order to protect the card tower from falling?), but even with reflections showing in the glass this area there is looking a little dodgy. Anyone?

Posted by Maxine March 22, 10 06:18 AM

....and that children, is why they became extinct. Next week we'll be looking at the failed life-forms on the planet Mars.

Posted by Jez March 22, 10 09:59 AM

Picture #24 - That's supposed to be Michael Jackson? I would have guessed Dr. Frank N. Furter, or maybe Alice Cooper.

Posted by Thraller March 22, 10 11:11 AM

Man, some records are soooo stupid.

Posted by Sébi March 22, 10 02:12 PM

@35 and Big Picture: Mr. Pingping died on march 13th 2010.

Posted by Anonymous March 22, 10 03:10 PM

Pic No 6 it´s a really cool picture.

Personally I find some records stupid (not all), but I respect people who work for them.

Comment No 1 , is the best... made me remind Homer Simpson.

Posted by Husbandingman March 22, 10 03:23 PM

This information is not correct. Because oldest woman live in Turker, She was born 1882 and she still live..

Posted by Kadir March 23, 10 03:52 AM

Ok, everyone is being stupid. Its not whether its a waste of food or money or what not. Its that you have fun with it. And its just another thing you can also look back on in your life and think "Hey, remember when we did that?"

Posted by Randy March 23, 10 09:24 AM

The twins are adorable!

Posted by Liz Hall March 23, 10 10:36 AM

Incredible, but for some ridiculous

Posted by Anonymous March 23, 10 11:06 AM

A I'd just to say '' Miam Miam'

Posted by David March 23, 10 11:07 AM

Some pictures are quite funny.

Posted by Anonymous March 23, 10 11:10 AM

#13 - so incredibly pretty. I'd love to participate in something like that :)

Posted by Shalin March 23, 10 01:10 PM

I feel bad about Mr. Ping Ping - He looks like he was a kind soul -
Anything where people on this f**k'd up planet can get together for a common cause & have some fun is good -
And as for Photo # 6 - All I can think of is...catch me I'm me now I'm falling, falling off this TOWERrrrrr!

Posted by Jay March 23, 10 02:56 PM

agreed with 81. think about how much we waste in our lives already. not to mention time spent here on the internet. ha. so much waste already in the world, not to justify world records, rather to make you conscious of your own actions. o well, nifty stuff.

Posted by alex March 23, 10 02:58 PM

@ #6 and #9

they dish it up and serve it to the people there the spectators

Posted by Brexxie March 23, 10 11:21 PM

very good!!!!!!

Posted by Edson Reinaldo do Carmo Alves March 24, 10 08:08 AM

i never saw any one did push ups with two hands.

Posted by miss leoblu March 24, 10 09:15 AM

#16. 1400 pounds?!?! That is one DENSE cookie!

Posted by Adrienne March 24, 10 10:20 AM

Not the best set of pics ever but WOW - #48's comments are awesome & to follow #59's "Instead of merely observing, try walking a mile in their shoes" do it! at the very least, you could nick some poor folks shoes, probably the only thing they have in the entire world

Posted by TimMoth March 24, 10 12:20 PM

I actually met the brother of the world's tallest dog, very random showed up at the local skate park in my town once.

Posted by Jonathan March 25, 10 01:39 AM

Great!!! :)

Posted by Pranav Ainavolu March 25, 10 02:18 AM

oslo looks like anything but oslo

Posted by 123 March 25, 10 08:11 AM

World record for most stodgy, uptight people posting comments on a web page goes to this page. Come on, its all in good fun to make the worlds largest whatever. Stop trying to pretend that you are better than everyone else and have some fun.

Posted by Arbon March 25, 10 02:36 PM

Wow guys! All I can say is these people had a dream, made it come true, achieved their goal and got recognition for their achievement. How many of us can claim the same in life? Be happy for them!!! Kudos to all record holders.

Posted by Aileen March 27, 10 05:55 AM

All these men r fabulous.But hoverer ur tremendous.After all u r Renu yaar.Missing u.
Jeet Biswas

Posted by renu March 27, 10 10:58 AM

Guinness Book is a company. They track legitimate records (like fastest 100-meter dash) which doesn't result in revenue; Usain Bolt does not pay Guinness Book money to be included.

To generate revenue, Guinness Book tracks hokey records, like world's largest meatball. A chef or restaurateur pays Guinness Book money to get a record like that included in Guinness Book.

When I was a kid I thought of Guinness Book as the "official" world records. But really it's not, Guinness Book is just another brand out to make a buck for its publisher.

Posted by Stan March 29, 10 04:53 PM

its really amazing thanks for ram

Posted by padma prakash March 30, 10 12:11 AM

It makes me hungry! :)

Posted by Mme Porte March 30, 10 09:58 AM

The biggest meatball would be the easiest one to beat.
1 - Buy lots of meat (even just 1lb more than the record)
2 - Cook it
3 - Done

Posted by Dan March 30, 10 03:52 PM

Good effort

Posted by Manimala April 1, 10 07:53 AM

I'll say that I think these photos are great. It shows large groups of people getting organized to do something creative, peaceful and FUN.

Posted by Cheryl Bond April 1, 10 08:41 AM

I have to wonder whats the record for the most comments made regarding a Guinness record post...

Posted by Ken April 1, 10 08:59 AM

I love number 1 , 18 and 19

Posted by Nadine April 1, 10 10:56 AM

It is really an incredible thing it's crazy!!

Posted by Luciana,Iara April 1, 10 10:59 AM

It's crazy!!!!!!

Posted by ronna April 1, 10 11:11 AM

#13 i luv that..........long line with healthy life....together

Posted by syed farhaj ahmed April 2, 10 04:26 AM

Surprisingly, only one of the food records was done by an American

Posted by TheGadfly April 2, 10 02:57 PM

This is extremly crazy!!iyo

Posted by Donald April 6, 10 08:19 PM

they should have a category for "the most stupid things done by a person/country to get into the guiness book of world records"

Posted by neta dishon April 9, 10 03:30 AM

well wat i just saw made me sad because my great grandma live in boston and i didnt see her for ten years

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Posted by Milan Rai April 23, 10 06:07 AM

... omg so awsome especially #26 that open cockpit is nice...

Posted by jabo(jason) April 23, 10 05:23 PM

everything was a desaster. I LOVE ALL OF THE WORLD RECORD.

Posted by Anonymous April 24, 10 03:13 PM


Posted by Anonymous May 26, 10 10:22 AM

Hi , The pictures are amazing but how do you not have in the world book of records a pair of twins born at the exacet time and they are non identical, with a date of birth 4th August 1999 on the Queens Mothers Birthday, they are almost 11 and i think it would be a great thing to show the world that it can happen.

Posted by Leona Wroe July 12, 10 05:18 AM

very good

Posted by george pap July 23, 10 07:43 AM

Really its amazing.........!.

Posted by Lechi July 25, 10 01:19 PM

intense society available rays

Posted by bancroftru August 15, 10 03:35 PM

people that actually participate in this stupid organizations or actually competes for Guinness World of Records are plain morons...Why not use your time and effort to help people in need? Come on...the Labor, the excruciating effort to make a freakin meatball for example. How about have those people who made the no. 10 possible and impressive go out and help the 3rd world countries who needed their time...VOLUNTEER if you got nothing to do in your freakin life. I agree, that the organization should ban the use of excessive food just for a competition...i never heard of anything about giving them away after its done..

Posted by wow, morons August 26, 10 04:46 AM

record sectors open heat

Posted by kailanbrow August 26, 10 05:40 AM

love this

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