The Guinness World Records' hotly contested title for tightest parallel parking has changed hands for the fifth time in two years, with Chinese driver Han Yue sneaking his new Mini into a space just 5.91 inches longer than his car. Yue's achievement eclipses Patrik Folco's previous record of 8.66 inches, which was considered to be unbeatable when he set it last month.
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.
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."
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.
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?