By GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS NEWS
Published June 12, 2013
Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Jiroemon Kimura aged 116 years and 54 days. Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr Kimura’s family and friends. Jiroemon Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was recognised by Guinness World Records as the Oldest living person, Oldest living man and Oldest man ever.
Born on 19 April 1897, Jiroemon Kimura is the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old and continues to hold the world record for the Oldest man ever. Mr Kimura became the Oldest man ever on 28 December 2012, at the age of 115 years 253 days, breaking the record set by Christian Mortensen of Denmark/USA (1882–1998).
Jiroemon Kimura also held the record for the world’s Oldest living man, a title he gained on 14th April 2011 at the age of 113 years 360 days, following the death of Walter Breuning of the United States (1896-2011). Kimura, who celebrated his 116th birthday on 19th April 2013, was also the world’s Oldest living person. He took the title from Dina Manfredini (USA, 1897–2012) on 17 December 2012.
The title of Oldest living person is now held by Misao Okawa (b. 5 March 1898) of Osaka, Japan, who is aged 115 years and 99 days, and is also the world’s Oldest living woman.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief, Guinness World Records, said: “Jiroemon Kimura was an exceptional person. It was a personal honour to have visited Mr Kimura at his home and to be able to present him with his appearance in our book. As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years – and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated – he has a truly special place in world history.”
By MIKE JANELA
Published June 25, 2013
Are you a tourist visiting France today? We hope you weren't planning a panoramic selfie atop La Tour Eiffel. The famed Eiffel Tower shut down today due to worker strikes, leaving the iconic site - normally open 365 days a year - closed.
We have a feeling the tower will open up again soon and, when it does, visitors can take solace in the fact they stand on ground that has hosted many records, including: the most stairs climbed on a unicycle(670 stairs), most stairs climbed on a bicycle (1,374, since broken) and the highest inline skate drop into a halfpipe (12.5 meters/41 feet).
By MIKE JANELA
Published June 25, 2013
In a truly global event that was televised live in 217 countries, famed funambulist Nik Wallenda became the 1st person who cross on Sunday, traversing 1,400 feet (426.72 m) of steel cable more than 1,500 feet (457.2 m) above the Canyon floor -- sans tether or safety net of any kind.
It's not the first time Wallenda has wowed audiences. Prior to his Grand Canyon exploits, he'd already owned three GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS feats, in fact: the longest tightrope crossing on a bicycle(235 ft/71.63 m), the highest tightrope crossing on a bicycle (238 ft/72.5 m), and having been the first person to tightrope at the base of Niagara Falls last year. Here's the highlights of Wallenda's incredible Canyon walk, which lasted 22 minutes 54 seconds in full.
By DAN BARRETT
From the Archives , in which we'll be showing off some of the many weird and wonderful record-breaking items we have here at Guinness World Records HQ - take a look!
Have you ever held in your hands something that is hundreds of millions old?
Would you like to?
Well, perhaps you'll give it a miss after I tell you that today's item from the archives is in fact an example of dinosaur sick, very similar to the world's oldest vomit!
Discovered in 2002 by a team led by Prof. Peter Doyle, the fossilised vomit of an ichthyosaur (a large, fish-like marine reptile) was found in a quarry in Peterborough, UK.
It was dated and found to be 160 million years old - the oldest such example discovered.
The example of dino sick we have here at Guinness World Records isn't this record-holder, but is quite similar and almost as old.
Let's move in a little closer:
As you can see, there are shells present, which could indicate the prehistoric creature whose stomach this came from ate shelled creatures whole, then regurgitated the shells, much as an owl does the bones of its prey today.
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