18 Most Remarkable World Records Broken In 2013

2013 saw numerous records broken. Here are some of the most remarkable ones.

1. Cat sets world’s loudest purr

Early in January, Merlin broke the record for loudest cat purr at 98dB.

ID: 2120621

2. Sky lantern record set in the Philippines

With 15,185 lanterns lit, the University of the Philippine Visayas held the record for simultaneous skylantern release.

AP Photo/Wanlop Kiettijanon, Middle Way Meditation Institute, Philippines
ID: 2120711

3. World’s most expensive bacon sandwich

Priced at $235, the Bacon Bling sandwich has set the record for most expensive bacon sandwich. The sandwich contains a “rare breed bacon,” eggs, black truffles, truffle oil, gold leaf, gold dust and saffron.

ID: 2121050

4. Smallest book printed in Japan

Measuring 0.74 × 0.75 mm (0.0291 × 0.0295 in), Japan’s Toppan Printing set a record in March for the smallest book ever published. It contains 22 pages, mostly with pictures of flowers.

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ID: 2121926

5. Smallest stop motion film

IBM set a record in April for “The Boy and His Atom” made with… wait for it.. atoms. It is the smallest stop motion film ever recorded.

ID: 2120485

6. Youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe


The record for youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe was broken three times this year. First by Captain James Anthony Tan of Malaysia who finished his circumnavigation in May (age 22), then by Jack Wiegand of Fresno, California who finished his circumnavigation in June (age 21). Ryan Campbell currently holds the record at age 19. He finished his circumnavigation in September.

ID: 2142815

7. Largest Lego Model

More than 5 million LEGO bricks were used to create a life sized replica of the Star Wars’ X-wing fighter jet.

“The model weighs nearly 20,865 kilograms, stands 3.35 meters tall and 13.1 meters long, with a wingspan of 13.44 meters.” source

ID: 2122475

8. Tightest parallel parking

ID: 2124029

9. Most expensive game sold

At $190,000 Grid 2: Mono Edition became the most expensive game to ever be sold. It came with an actual car; the BAC Mono.

ID: 2122573
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ID: 2122576

10. Most claps in a minute

Bryan Bednarek is the current record holder for most claps in a minute at 802.

ID: 2122632

11. Largest human no smoking sign

13,892 people participated in the largest human no smoking sign at the Bicol University football field on June 28, 2013 in the Philippines.

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ID: 2122727

12. Oldest person to climb Mount Everest

On May 23, 2013 Japan’s Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80. He had previously climbed the mountain in 2003 and 2008.

AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
ID: 2122873

13. Largest fruit sculpture

Orange Julius teamed up with renowned fruit sculptor Shawn Feeney to create the largest fruit sculpture. The ten foot tall tree was made with 1,200 pieces of pineapple, orange, strawberry, peach and mango.

ID: 2122988

14. Largest pumpkin

California’s lumber salesman Tim Mathison has grown the largest pumpkin to date at 2,032 pounds. It took him 105 days to grow the ginormous veggie.

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ID: 2123071

15. Longest domino chain

About 5000 books were used by a Belgian book association to set the largest domino book chain. It was made t

ID: 2123115

16. Fastest 100-meter run on all fours

Kinichi Ito breaks his own record as the fastest man to run a 100-meter distance on all fours. His previous record, set last year, was 17.47 seconds. This year he finished at 16.87 seconds.

ID: 2124043

17. Largest ball pit

Meanwhile in the Kerry Hotel in Shanghai, China, more than 1m balls were used to fill its 82×41 meter pool, and subsequently, the largest ball pit was created.

Aly Song / Reuters
ID: 2124058

18. Largest floating Christmas tree

In Rio de Janiero Brazil, the worlds largest floating Christmas tree was lit up recently. It stand 279 feet and uses 3.1 million lights.

ID: 2124148

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