New World Record for Fire-breathing Full Twist Backflips

You have to wonder how a category like “the most fire-breathing full twist backflips performed in one minute” ever was accepted for the Guinness Book of World Records. He needed eight such backflips for the record, but Australian acrobat Aiden Malacaria managed to do ten of them. Let’s see what that looks like.

You have to wonder whether there was a previous record of seven fire-breathing full twist backflips in one minute, or whether this is new, and they just set eight as a benchmark.

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World Record Breakers themed youth group night

Guinness World Records

Tonight we ran a World Record Breakers themed evening at Uncover – our group for 14-18 year olds.  Below are the different games and World Records we attempted:

Fastest Fingers

Time: 3 minutes

Materials: None

Encourage everyone to get into pairs, leaders getting involved as necessary.  Have the pairs face each other with each individual holding out hteir left hand to their partner, palm side up.  Their hands should be level and parallel to each other about waist high.  Then get them to take the finger that they point with on their right hand and place it so that it is just resting on the palm of their partner’s left hand.

Say that you’re going to count to three and when you say “three” they need to pull their finger away as quickly as possible whilst as the same time grabbing their partners finger.  Explain that they win if they manage to grab their partner’s finger and their own finger escapes.

Play three or found rounds of this, building up the suspense each time.

Back to Back

Time: 3 minutes

Materials: None

They can stay in the same pairs.  Have them sit on the floor back to back with their legs stretched out on the floor in front of them.  They then need to link their arms together at their sides, so that the pair are locked together.  Explain that you’re going to count to three again and when you say “three” they need to push back against each other and stand to their feet as quickly as possible.  The first pair to do so are the winners.  Play two or three rounds of this, making sure that their legs are lying flat on the floor before the start of each round.

The World’s Longest Drinking Straw

Time: 10-15 minutes

Materials: Drinking straws, tape, scissors, chairs, coke

Divide into teams (e.g. boys against girls).  Give each team about 50 drinking straws (preferably ones which will bend and are transparent), some sticky tape and scissors.  Give them 10 minutes to create their straw (if leaders set up a “production line”, the whole team can be involved).  Emphasise that the joins between the straws must be airtight for the straws to work.  The teams can rest their straw on a row of chairs to keep them straight.

When the time limit is up, give each team a bottle/can of coke to place one end of their straw in; have volunteers try to suck some coke up their team’s straw.  If neither straw is successful, see if either team can blow bubbles through their straw.  The longest working straw is the winner.

If you have a straw that works, you can hold competitions to see which person can suck the coke all the way along, or over a given distance the quickest.

Compete for a World Record

Time: 20 minutes

Try and compete against the following World Records:

  • The most spoons balanced on the face is 17 and was achieved by Aaron Caissie (Canada) on the set of Lo Show dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 18 April 2009.
  • The most touches of a football in 30 seconds, by a female, whilst keeping the ball in the air is 163 by Chloe Hegland (Canada) on the set of Lo show dei record in Madrid, Spain, on 23 February 2008.
  • The most balloons inflated by the nose in 3 minutes are 23 and were achieved by Andrew Dahl (USA) on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 18 March 2010.
  • The most ‘Around The World’ tricks in one minute is 85 and was achieved by John Farnworth (UK) on the set of Guinness World Records – Smashed, in London, UK, on 3 October 2008.
  • The most star jumps in one minute is 61 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Panorama Café in Jamaica, New York, USA, on 17 May 2008.
  • The most straws stuffed in a mouth is 400, achieved by Simon Elmore (UK), who held them there for 10 seconds at the Mark ‘n’ Simon Show, Sollhuben, Bavaria, Germany, on 6 August 2009.
  • The most consecutive football touches with the shoulders is 340 and was achieved by Dan Magness(U.K.), in the Blue Peter garden, London, UK on 7 June 2010.
  • The greatest distance travelled with a pool cue on the chin is 1,668 m (5,472 ft 9 in) set by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Joe Austin Playground in Jamaica, New York, USA, on 6 July 2008.
  • The largest playing card structure was a replica of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao and Sands Macao. It measured 10.39 m (34 ft 1.05 in) long, 2.88 m (9 ft 5.39 in) tall and 3.54 m (11 ft 7.37 in) wide, and was created by Bryan Berg (USA) in Macau, China, on 10 March 2010.  It took Bryan Berg 44 days to complete the structure which was made of 218,792 cards.