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Here's to 60 years of oddball records

BIG ON BOND: Mr Bennett has secured his place in the Guinness World Records 2015 book by owning the largest collection of James Bond memorabilia, with a staggering 12,463 items at last count.


    Sep 11, 2014

    Here's to 60 years of oddball records


    FROM super-long tongues to leaping cats, a host of weird and wacky landmarks have made the cut for the 60th-anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records book out today.

    The new edition will reflect on six decades of record-breaking, while also featuring the latest additions to the oddball hall of fame.

    They include Californian Nick Stoeberl, possessor of the world's longest tongue at 10.1cm.

    British film buff Nick Bennett earned a place in the compendium for having the largest collection of James Bond memorabilia, with 12,463 items - from model cars to posters - contained in a shrine in his house.

    In Japan, Akiko Obata has the largest collection of plastic food, with more than 8,000 items, including giant plastic burgers, doughnuts and dishes of everything from soup to desserts filling her apartment.

    Meanwhile, Alley of the United States takes the longest jump by a cat record, at an impressive 1.83m. The white, black and ginger cat leapt the distance between two small platforms.

    Brewer Guinness launched its famous records book in 1955 to settle disputes among drinkers.

    Since then, more than 132 million copies of the annual compendium have been sold in 20 languages in more than 100 countries.

    All the record attempts are assessed by adjudicators from the organisation.

    New inclusions this year include Inke Siefker of San Francisco, who has the new record for furthest arrow shot on target with the use of feet (6.10m) - done by operating a bow with her legs while standing on her hands.

    Aside from the new records, the 2015 book looks back at records from the last 60 years including British runner Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute mile, the land speed record and Michael Jackson's music industry landmarks.

    "This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades," said editor Craig Glenday.