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WURGHLD RECORD; A look at the world's weirdest & grossest feats OPaul can burp as loud as Concorde OJackie sat in a bath with 75 rattlesnakes OKen swallowed 36 cockroaches in 1 min.


SMELLING whiffy armpits for hours on end or having 100 worms in your stomach may not be your idea for a claim to fame.

But for some, feats like that have put them in two offbeat Guinness World Record books. You'll find these and others in The Best Weird and Gross World Records. NATHAN KAY picks out his favourites...

The Rude...

A BURP that registered 118.1 decibels - about the level of Concorde on take-off - was produced by Londoner Paul Hunn on the set of Guinness World Records in London, April 2000.

HAIR sprouting from the ears of Radhakant Bajpai, of India, measures five and a half inches at its longest point.

VIEWERS saw Lincoln-born Garry Turner stretch the skin of his stomach to a length of 6.25in on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime in Los Angeles, USA, in 1999.

...the Mad...

OUCH! Garry Turner (above) clipped 133 wooden clothes pegs to his face at the London offices of the Guinness World Records, on August 3, 2001.

THE heaviest vehicle to have been pulled by a strand of hair was a double-decker bus weighing 7,874kg (17,359lb). It was pulled 32.85m (107ft 9.5in) by Letchemanah Ramasamy, of Malaysia.

THE record for sitting in a bathtub with the most live rattlesnakes is held jointly by Texans Jackie Bibby (left) and Rosie Reynolds-McCasland. They sat in two separate tubs, each with 75 Western Diamondback rattlesnakes, on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime.

THE record for the 235m (771ft) obstacle course at the world wife-carrying championships, held annually in Sonkajarvi, Finland, is 55.5sec. It was set on July 1, 2000, by Estonian Birgit Ulricht and his wife Margo Uusorg.

THE world's longest moustache is over 11ft - 5.6ft on the right side and 5.4ft on the left. It belongs to Kalyan Ramji Sain, of India. He started it in 1976.

CRAZY Inge Wilda Svingen lay non-stop on a bed of nails for a record 274 hours, 2 minutes. His ordeal ended on November 3, 1984.

KYLE, a collie and Staffordshire bull terrier, swallowed a 38.1cm long bread knife in December, 2000. It stuck in the dog's stomach, pointing towards its throat.

...the Odd...

THE record for the largest collection of Do Not Disturb signs - 2,195 of them from 131 different countries - is held by Swiss accountant Jean Francois Vernetti.

A MOTORISED sofa - Casual Lofa - built by Edd China and David Davenport, has a top speed of 140km/h (87mph). It's powered by a mini 1300cc engine, is licensed for use on UK roads and is steered by turning a medium-sized pizza pan.

THE longest time a two-headed cow has lived is 17 months 15 days. Gemini was born on August 4, 1991, on Russell and Perry Stowells' farm in Michigan, USA. It died on January 19, 1993.

THE largest waist on record is 119in. It measured when American Walter Hudson (below) tipped the scales at his peak weight of 85st 7Ib.

THE owner of the biggest feet currently known are those of Matthew McGrory (right), of Pennsylvania, USA, who wears UK size 28 footwear.

THE biggest collection of Barbie Dolls belongs to fanatic Tony Mattia, of Brighton, who has a massive 1,125 of them. It's about half of the range produced since 1959, and includes many versions of her boyfriend Ken.

A NOSE measuring 7.5in long was attributed in historical accounts of the 1770s to Thomas Wedders, who lived in England. It earned him a place in a travelling circus.

...& the Ugh!

THE eggs of the hookworm are found in the stools of 1.3 billion people worldwide. The lining of

a victim's gut is sometimes so thickly covered by worms that they look like the pile of a carpet. The bleeding that results from their feeding adds up to a total of 10 million litres (2.6 million gallons) of blood a day.

FIFTEEN years of smelling approximately 5,600 feet and an indeterminate number of armpits was notched up while testing products for Dr Scholl by Madeline Albrecht at the Hill Top Research Laboratories, USA.

BEAT this party trick. Viewers saw Kim Goodman (right), of Chicago, USA, pop her eyeballs out 11mm beyond her sockets on the TV show Guinness World Records: Primetime in 1998.

A BALL of hair weighing 2.35kg is the heaviest recorded object extracted from a human stomach. It came from a 25-year-old compulsive swallower in the West Country in 1895.

THIRTY-SIX cockroaches were eaten in one minute by Ken Edwards, of Derbyshire, on the set of The Big Breakfast in March 2001.

THE longest female beard ever - an incredible 14in long - belonged to Janice Deveree of Kentucky, USA.

UP TO 70 per cent of the world's population will get Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) at least once. It is the world's most common skin infection, caused by a fungus.

MORE than 9,000 rats are served every year at the Jailu restaurant in Guangzhou, China. The owner, self-proclaimed rat king Quang Li-Do, has been catching and eating rats for 30 years.

SURGEONS removed 56 white, thread-like worms from the stomach of a 58-year-old woman during a 90-minute operation after she was admitted to a Japanese clinic in May 1990. She had complained of severe gastric pain and nausea after eating a sushi meal. The worms were each nearly an inch long.

THE largest tumour removed intact was a multicystic mass of the right ovary weighing 303Ib - that's the size of Michelle from Pop Idol. Tests revealed that it was mostly fluid, although teeth and hair were found growing inside.

-Adapted from the Guinness World Records' The Best Gross World Records and The Best Weird World Records (Meadowside Children's Books, pounds 2.99 each).
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Date:Nov 30, 2003
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