Kathleen Hankel, a 68-year-old grandmother from New Jersey, set a new world record this week in gaming. Hankel, who played in Manhattan while a simultaneous effort was spearheaded by Laura Rich in London, set the record for “Longest Video Games Marathon Playing a Card Game.” So what game was she playing? Solitaire Blitz.
Edith Connor was looking for a hobby in her early sixties, something she could do to stay active outside of the data entry company she and her husband owned and worked for. She began fitness training with her youngest son, taking it out “on the weights instead of the employees.”
At the age of sixty-five she’d entered her first bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas and won first place. “At that point,” she says, “I was hooked.”
To be more specific, as Sherlock Holmes would expect us to be, he’s now the most portrayed literary human character in film and television according to the Guinness Book of World Records, beating William Shakespeare’s Hamlet for the title. Hmm…I wonder how that happened…
When Tao Porchon-Lynch was a younger woman, she won contests for her shapely legs. Now, at age 93, she’s been using those legs — and arms, and back, and abs — to bend herself into yoga poses that make people decades younger than her gasp in admiration. Her yoga journey began 45 years ago, later in life than most people who pursue it, but after finding herself loving the poses and the culture, she suck with it and share it with others. Her dedication has now earned her the title of the world’s oldest yoga teacher by Guinness World Records.
There’s nothing like hearing about a 101-year-old great-grandmother paragliding to make you feel like you aren’t living life to its fullest. Darn you, Mary Hardison! Darn you! But seriously, paragliding?!
Get ready, we have some highly important world record news for you! Truffles the guinea pig, who belongs to 13-year-old Chloe Macari of Fife, Scotland, has officially broken the world record for a guinea pig jump by jumping a distance of 12 inches. The previous record was shattered — shattered, we tell you! — by a whopping four inches. Macari was prompted to train Truffles once she saw how relatively short that jump was. (Eight inches? Pssssht.) And Truffles seemed happy to take on the challenge, especially once his favorite food, cucumber, was involved as a prize. The jump, which took place on February 21, was accepted by Guinness World Records, which makes it officially official. Congratulations to Truffles and his human, Chloe!
Note: This record was only concerned with distance, not height. So let’s stay tuned to see if Truffles starts reaching for the skies!
Laura Dekker set off by herself in August 2010 to sail around the globe. She was just 14-years-old. Her voyage was not without controversy yet 500 days later she’s still at sea and close to completing her goal.
The Official Definitive Authority on the Extreme, Guinness World Records, has found the world’s oldest yoga teacher — or at least, as both Jezebel and the Associated Press point out, the world’s oldest yoga teacher who was available to fill out the proper documentation: 91-year-old Bernice Bates! This ultra-healthy great-grandmother teaches yoga at her retirement home in Florida and can do that pose above (boat pose), which is a lot harder than it looks. Seriously, let’s celebrate Bernice Bates today. She can do that, plus she’s helping her peers live a more comfortable, flexible life. Namaste!