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By KEVIN LYNCH
Published June 28, 2013
Glastonbury, Britain's largest music festival, officially kicked off this morning, with the opening acts hitting the numerous stages at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Now in its fifth decade, Glastonbury has grown from a relatively small gathering of 1,500 hippies on the dairy farm in 1970, each paying £1 and receiving free milk, to a family-friendly festival costing £205 pounds a ticket with an attendance of 135,000.
Over 2,000 acts are set to perform at this year's event over the course of the next three days, with Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and The Rolling Stones the main headliners.
Here we run down some of the main records associated with arguably the hottest ticket of the festival season.
Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye kicked off this year's proceedings with a surprise appearance on The Other Stage.
The singer headlined Glastonbury in 2004 with his former band Oasis, who remain holders of the record for fastest selling pop album in the UK after their third studio album, Be Here Now, selling 663,389 copies in just three days between 21-23 August 1997, including 350,000 copies on the first day.
While the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg and Rita Ora among the acts performing today, Friday's main draw is likely to be Sheffield band The Arctic Monkeys, who are headlining the Pyramid Stage for the second time.
The band first headlined in 2007, a year after the release of their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which set holds the record for best selling debut album in the UK in one week by a group after wracking up sales of 363,735 copies between 21 and 28 January 2006.
After years of speculation that they may finally grace the festival's prestigious main Pyramid Stage, this year's festival at last sees rock veterans the Rolling Stones play Glastonbury.
Due to a large percentage of the profits from Glastonbury being donated to charity, acts who play the festival traditionally forego their usual fees to play, a gesture that shouldn't have been too big a squeeze on the finances of the Stones who hold the title for wealthiest band. In 2010 lead singer Mick Jagger had an estimated fortune of $313 million (then approx. £202 million), followed by guitarist Keith Richards with $289 million (then approx £187 million).
While the Stones maybe one of the oldest bands rocking stadiums around the world, they're by no means the oldest act performing at this year's festival. One such performer who can boast more stage experience than Jagger and Richards is British TV institution Sir Bruce Forsyth.
The Strictly Come Dancing host is set to make his Glastonbury debut this weekend at the grand age of 85, when he performs songs from his solo album These Are My Favourites on the Avalon Stage.
Sir Bruce made his TV debut in 1939 as an 11-year-old on the BBC show Come and Be Televised and has gone on to have a career stretching over 72 years, in turn setting a record for longest TV career by an entertainer (male).
While Glastonbury has rightly earned its reputation for its incredible Pyramid stage line ups over the years, the festival is about more than just music, with comedy, cabaret, theatre, film screenings, poetry, book readings, and more taking place over the huge 900 acre site.
Glastonbury has also served as the place for a number of notable world record attempts in recent years.
By MIKE JANELA
Published June 28, 2013
Jesus Villa calls himself "Half Animal" And now he can also call himself "All Winner."
LARGEST ANAMORPHIC PAVEMENT ART (pictured above)
Record: 1,570.0 m²
Holder: Wilhelmshaven Touristik and Freizeit gmbH (Germany)
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
That's not all: Yes, all those people in the photo above are actually sitting on a completely flat city street. Four artists (Gregor Wosik, Melanie Siegel, Vanessa Hitzfeld and Lydia Hitzfeld) combined to create the piece for the Wilhelmshaven International Street Art Festival. They chose a depiction of Noah's Ark in response to the predicted Mayan apocalypse of late 2012, and needed more than 4 days to complete the work.
FASTEST TIME TO PRODUCE A NOVEL BY A TEAM
Record: 9 hr, 5 min, 8 sec
Holder: Asociația Culturală Aedificatio, with Editura Art, and the Universitatea București (all Romania)
Location: Spiru Haret lecture theatre, University of Bucharest, Romania
That's not all: No, the group above isn't playing a giant Free Cell tournament. It's a portion of the team of 53 collaborators, who created the novel "Moş Crăciun & Co" (Santa Claus & Co.), totaling 288 pages and 56,541 words. To qualify, the book needed to be completely original material and bound by a commercial printer upon completion, with a print run of at least 500 copies.
LARGEST CAN PYRAMID
Record: 25,585 cans
Holder: Cranford Teen Advisory Board (USA)
Location: Cranford, New Jersey, USA
That's not all: The square base of the pyramid measured 3.20 m by 3.20 m (10 ft 5 in by 10 ft 5 in) and consisted of 42 cans on each side, with the pyramid reaching a height of 4.71 m (15 ft 5 in). The group both purchased cans and accepted donations, eventually donating all cans from the pyramid to victims of the 2012 superstorm Sandy.
LONGEST HANGING BUBBLE CHAIN
Record: 30 bubbles
Holder: Su Chung-Tai of Hold Enterprise Co. Ltd. (Chinese Taipei)
Location: Taipei, Chinese Taipei
That's not all: Originally set in 2001, the first-ever attempt at this record was only nine bubbles. Only fully formed soap bubbles formed before the chain broke or any bubbles burst counted. Hold Enterprise Co. Ltd. is a bubble manufacturer who wanted to show the quality of their bubbles.
LARGEST PHOTOGRAPH SCULPTURE
Record: 4.675 m (15 ft 4 in) tall
Holder: Accenture (UK)
Location: Bangalore, India
That's not all: Accenture used 37,000 different photos to comprise its sculpture, which depicted the "greater than" sign that represents Accenture's corporate logo. Above is a peek at the inside of the scuplture. No internal support mechanisms were permitted, except for the use of photos, as was the case in the beams above.
By MIKE JANELA
Published June 3, 2013
There are two things Los Angeles Angels fans have gotten used to the last decade: their team winning division titles and their organization breaking GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS feats.
During their game Saturday against the American League West rival Houston Astros, the Angels employed their crowd in setting a fourth world record in the last three years, to go along nicely with the franchise's five division titles in the last nine seasons.
The latest record to fall in Anaheim? The largest gathering of people wearing wigs, resulting in a stadium-wide swath of red-and-white hair supporting the hometown Halos.
"Our fans really enjoy it, it gives [them] something to look forward to," said Angels marketing manager and record organizer John Rozak. "The record attempts have been a success the past three years and we want to keep that success going."
The previous record stood at 12,083 by the New South Wales (Australia) rugby club fan section Blatchy's Blues at the State of Origin series in June 2012. While the exact final tally set by Angels fans won't still be known for a few more days, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Morgan Wilber was on-site to verify that the current record's number was far surpassed, ensuring the Los Angeles club its fourth world record.
Previous records set by the Angels include the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets(42,690 - April, 2010), most people wearing costume masks (27,080 - May, 2011), and largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats (39,013 - June, 2012).
"It's a good family-friendly event for our fans to participate in," said Rozak, "and we focus on family engagement here at Angels baseball."
By MIKE JANELA
Published June 5, 2013
One of the understood prices of being an NBA fan is that the playoffs last forever. With 16 teams making the postseason, four rounds of play, each round lasting a potential 7 games, and rest/travel days needed between each match-up, the end product is a two-month tournament for a sport predicated on speed and tempo.
But by the time you get to an NBA Finals like the one we have this year, man is it worth it.
LeBron James – greatest player on Earth.
Tim Duncan – arguably the best player of his generation.
The Miami Heat – a finely-tuned basketball machine looking for consecutive titles.
The San Antonio Spurs – a pristinely run model of a basketball franchise, as close to a modern-day hoops dynasty as we have.
Let’s take a look from a record-breaking perspective at these two getting together, starting with Game 1 Thursday night in Miami.
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