Sure Why Not of the Day

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Sure Why Not of the Day
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The city of St. Louis dedicated the world's largest chess piece, a king standing 14.5 feet tall and weighing 2,280 lbs., on Monday. The sculpture is located outside the city's World Chess Hall of Fame.

"This piece serves as a monument to the chess culture we are creating in St. Louis," said Mike Wilmering, spokesman for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.

Your move, St. Louis Arch.

[stltoday.]

You're Only As Old As You Paraglide of the Day

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You're Only As Old As You Paraglide of the Day: Mary Hardison, a 101-year-old great-great grandmother from Ogden, has set a new world record for Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem.

The record had been held since 2007 by a 100-year-old women from Cyprus.

The flight actually took place September 1st of last year -- Hardison's birthday -- but the record wasn't confirmed until today.

Hardison's desire to paraglide arose after her 75-year-old son took up the sport as a hobby. "I didn't want him to get too far ahead of me, so I decided that I'd go too," she told the AP. "To me, I was just going on a little ride. I had no idea I'd break a record."

Asked if she plans to paraglide again, Hardison, who loves physical activity and quilting for charities, said, "If the notion strikes, I'll go again."

[ap / ksl.]

Record-Setting Pet Trick of the Day

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A Fife guinea pig named Truffles showed the world he's made of the stuff of legends by setting a new record for longest guinea pig jump ever recorded.

Truffles put the previous record of 20.5cm to shame with a monster leap across a 30cm expanse. In addition to an official framed certificate, the Guinness Book of Records promised to put Truffles front and center in the publicity for its upcoming 2013 edition.

What more could a guinea pig ask for? Except maybe a bit of lettuce and some fresh sawdust.

[courier / arbroath.]

World Record of the Day

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World Record of the Day
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World Record of the Day: In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, the University of Alberta sought to reclaim the Guinness World Record for largest game of dodgeball for the third year in a row.

4,979 students, staff, and faculty members gathered to throw big red balls at each other for over an hour.

At the g

World-Record-Setting Waterskiers of the Day

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World-Record-Setting Waterskiers of the Day
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World-Record-Setting Waterskiers of the Day: A new world record was set off the coast of Strahan, Tasmania, where 145 waterskiers were pulled by the same boat across Macquarie Harbour, successfully maintaining an upright position for a full nautical mile.

The previous record, set by the same group, was 114. The youngest participant?

Everybody Need A Hobby of the Day

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Everybody Need A Hobby of the Day: Paul Green Jr. stuffs 18 quarters up his nose for RecordSetter.com.  

Somewhere off-camera, a mother is beaming with pride.

[recset.]

World Record of the Day

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World Record of the Day: Erin O'Keefe and Amy Milano set the world's most conspicuously absent record: Most Tandem Pizza Slice Face Slaps in 15 Seconds.

[h/t: sisfti.]