UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
By United Press International
Alex Trebek sets TV hosting record with 'Jeopardy!'

Alex Trebek sets TV hosting record with 'Jeopardy!'

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) --"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek sets Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by a single person.
Danielle Haynes
Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

March 18 (UPI) -- An unknown Silicon Valley billionaire just purchased the world's most expensive life insurance for $201 million.
Aileen Graef

British family flees home when spiders hatch from banana bunch

STAFFORD, England, March 11 (UPI) -- A British family said they had to abandon their home for three days when hundreds of baby spiders hatched from a bunch of bananas.

Las Vegas man breaks world record for midair somersaults

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a Las Vegas man who performed 53 flips in a wind tunnel broke the record for most midair forward somersaults in 60 seconds.

Los Angeles high rise foundation pour sets world record

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Officials with a downtown Los Angeles construction project said the 20-hour "grand pour" of 84 million pounds of concrete set a world record.

540 checkers players set Guinness world record in Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Five hundred and forty checkers enthusiasts who met in Reno, Nev., Saturday set a Guinness world record for number of people simultaneously playing the game.

Men watch 87 straight hours of TV for Guinness World Record

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed three men at a Las Vegas electronics show broke a world record by watching television for 87 consecutive hours.

Canadian Tire creates truck from 11,000 pounds of ice

HENSALL, Ontario, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Canadian Tire said it has submitted a working ice truck created in Ontario by a team of ice sculptors to Guinness World Records.

British businesses break Christmas cracker record

BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Businesses in a Birmingham, England, development district said they formed a record-breaking chain of 749 people popping Christmas crackers.

World's largest gingerbread house built in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a gingerbread house constructed at Texas A&M University is the largest in the world.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including gingerbread houses

Everything is bigger in Texas, including gingerbread houses

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Texas gingerbread house breaks Guinness World Record at 38,000 cubic feet.
Evan Bleier

United Arab Emirates creates 1,302-square-foot greeting card mosaic

AJMAN, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a 1,302-square-foot mosaic made from greeting cards in the United Arab Emirates is the largest in the world.

Australian couple recapture Christmas light record

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records said a home in the Australian capital set a world record for lights on a residential property with a 502,165-light Christmas display.

852 kids set human Christmas tree record at Bangkok mall

BANGKOK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a group of 852 children in colorful hoodies set a record for the world's largest human Christmas tree.
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Guinness World Records
Chad Netherland,who is laying on a bed of nails, prepares to break a world record in New York on December 5, 2003. More than 800 pounds of concrete were destroyed on his chest. Netherland, of Duluth, MN, successfully broke the Guinness world record for "Bed of nails concrete block break." Ripley Entertainment, the sponsor of Netherland's attempt, is the rights holder for Guinness World Records Attractions worldwide. (UPI Photo/Rob Bennett/HO)

Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records (and in previous U.S. editions as The Guinness Book of World Records), is a reference book published annually, containing a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book series of all time. It is also one of the most stolen books from public libraries in the United States.

On 4 May 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland. He became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the koshin golden plover or the grouse. That evening at Castlebridge House he realised that it was impossible to confirm in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird.

Beaver knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland and Britain, but there was no book in the world with which to settle arguments about records. He realised then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular.

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