YOUNGEST SOLDIER: Brazilian Luis Alves de Lima e Silva joined the infantry aged five in 1808.
LONGEST SURVIVING HEADLESS CHICKEN: From September 1945 a chicken called Mike survived for 18 months. He was fed with an eye dropper but choked to death on a corn kernel.
LONGEST CHAMPAGNE CORK FLIGHT: American Heinrich Medicus ejected a cork 54.18m (177ft 9in) in New York in 1988.
FASTEST HEARTBEAT: The shrew has a heart rate of 1,200 beats per minute.
OLDEST WOMAN: Jeanne Louise Calment made it to 122 years 164 days on 4 August 1997.
WORLD'S FASTEST FERRET: Warhol clocked 10m (32ft) in 12.59 seconds at the 1999 North of England Ferret Racing event.
FIRST MANNED SPACEFLIGHT: Yuri Gagarin, on 12 April 1961.
MOST TEACUPS CAUGHT ON THE HEAD WHILE UNICYCLING: German Rudi Horn in 1952 threw six cups and saucers with his feet and balanced them on his head while mounted on a unicycle.
GREATEST SEA RESCUE: In 1942, 2,735 people were saved from the USS Lexington after it sank in the Pacific.
HIGHEST FEE PER MINUTE FOR AN ACTOR IN A TV AD: Nicole Kidman earned $3.71m (Â£2m) for a four-minute commercial for Chanel No 5 in 2003 - $928,800 per minute.
LONGEST WORKING LIFE: Shigechiyo Izumi, from Japan, worked 98 years. He retired as a sugar cane farmer in 1970, aged 105.
FASTEST TIME TO SCORE A HAT-TRICK: Tommy Ross scored three goals in 90 seconds for Ross County against Nairn County at Dingwall, Ross-shire, in 1964.
LARGEST NUDE PHOTO SHOOT: In 2003 7,000 volunteers posed in Barcelona for the photographer Spencer Tunick.
KEENEST BIRD VISION: A peregrine falcon can spot a pigeon at a range of over 5 miles.
HIGHEST MURDER RATE: Colombia has 65 murders per 100,000 people per year.
DEAREST OLD MASTER: Rubens' The Massacre of the Innocents was sold at Sotheby's, London for Â£49.5m in 2002.
GREATEST EGG-DROPPING HEIGHT: England's David Donoghue dropped eggs 213m (700ft) from a helicopter in 1994 - and some survived.
LONGEST MARRIAGE: Wesley and Stella McGowen, married since 6 February 1920 - almost 85 years.
EARLIEST USE OF SMALLPOX AS A WEAPON: British soldiers in the Wars of 1754-1767 distributed smallpox-impregnated blankets to native Americans.
BIGGEST CONFERENCE CALL: On 29 September 2003, 3,466 shared the line with presidential challenger Howard Dean.
TOP-SCORING AIR ACE IN SECOND WORLD WAR: German Major Erich Hartmann shot down 352 aircraft, including 13 planes in 17 minutes during one 1943 sortie.
MOST VOTES FOR A CHIMP IN A CAMPAIGN: In the 1988 mayoral elections in Rio, Tiao came third, taking 400,000 votes.
BIGGEST EYE: An Atlantic giant squid found in Canada in 1878 had eyes 40cm (15.75in) across.
FASTEST TIME TO DRINK TWO PINTS OF STOUT: Canadian Scott Williams downed two pints of Guinness in 6.3 seconds in 2003.
LONGEST TRAFFIC JAM: A jam stretched 109 miles from Lyon towards Paris in February 1980.
LONGEST TIME TRAPPED IN A LIFT: Cypriot Kively Papajohn, 76, was trapped for 6 days in 1987.
HIGHEST-PAID FILM ACTOR: Bruce Willis received $100m (Â£62m) for The Sixth Sense.
OLDEST LIVING TREE: A bristlecone pine in the USA's White Mountains, called Methuselah, is 4,733 years old.
LONGEST DAY: As Earth's rotation slows by 0.02 seconds per century, the longest day is today.
BIGGEST CAT LITTER: In 1970 a Burmese/Siamese cross cat owned by Brit V Gane gave birth to 19 kittens, although 4 were stillborn.
FASTEST TIME TO TYPE ONE TO ONE MILLION: Australia Les Stewart typed one to one million, in words, between 1982 and '88.
BIGGEST ANIMAL BRAIN: The brain of the sperm whale weighs roughly 9kg (19lb 13oz).
HIGHEST BUNGEE JUMP: Kiwi Chris Allum jumped 251m (823ft) from the New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia, in 1992.
FASTEST ROLLER COASTER: The Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, Ohio, clocks 120mph.
LONGEST POLE-SITTING: The monk St Simeon the Stylite (circa AD 386-459) spent about 39 years on a stone pillar near Aleppo, Syria. It is the longest-standing record in the book of Guinness World Records.
BIGGEST FLOP: Cutthroat Island (1995) cost more than $100m (Â£62m). It earned back $11m (11 per cent).
LOWEST TEMPERATURE IN AN INHABITED AREA: The Siberian village of Oymyakon reached -68C (-90F) in 1933.
MOST BASKETBALLS SPUN: American Michael Kettman span 28 balls simultaneously in 1999.
MOST VALUABLE LETTER: A letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 sold for $748,000 (Â£418,000) in 1991 in New York.
TALLEST MAN: America's Robert Wadlow, right, stood at 2.72m (8ft 11.1in) in 1940.
FURTHEST VISIBLE OBJECT: The spiral Triangulum galaxy can be seen 2.53 million light years away.
LARGEST PANTS: The largest cotton underwear, 9.54m (31ft 4in) wide and 4.9m (16ft) tall, were unveiled in Exeter in 2003.
HIGHEST ANNUAL RAINFALL: Mawsynram, in eastern India, has 11,873mm (4,678in) per annum.
BIGGEST SNOWBALL FIGHT: Involved 2,473 people at Triel, Switzerland, in January 2003.
BIGGEST SPIDER: A male goliath bird-eating spider, above, found in Venezuela in 1965 had a legspan of 28cm (11in).
HOTTEST PLANET: Venus has an average of 480C (896F).
MOST RETAKES FOR ONE SCENE: Stanley Kubrick demanded 127 retakes for a scene with Shelley Duval in The Shining.
FASTEST BAKED BEAN EATER: Briton Andy Szerbini ate 226 baked beans in five minutes using a cocktail stick in London in 1996.
BIGGEST CONDOM: A 21.94m (72ft) condom was fitted over the obelisk at Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1993.
Cookie La Rue wrote:Hey mcp the 10 rules are huge.
If i ever will have a daughter i'll remember them for sure.
ps: do you have too much time left on work to check out these records ? f+++++ s+++
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