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Image: Rose Pollard Lunsway, 90, and Forrest Lunsway, 100, at their wedding
Courtesy of Age Well Senior Center in Dana Point
Here come the bride and groom: Rose Pollard Lunsway, 90, and Forrest Lunsway, 100, recently wed after spending nearly 30 years together as an exclusive couple. Pastor Sam Lewis officiated.
By Laura T. Coffey
TODAY contributor
updated 5/6/2011 9:57:32 AM ET 2011-05-06T13:57:32

How does it feel to become an Internet sensation and international phenom when you’re 90 years old?

How about when you’re 100 years old?

Answer: Exhilarating — and exhausting.

Just ask Rose Pollard Lunsway, 90, and Forrest Lunsway, 100. The California couple of nearly 30 years have been making headlines because they just got around to tying the knot — on Forrest’s 100th birthday. Media outlets call the pair every day, and congratulatory notes have been pouring in from all over the world. Even President Barack Obama sent one, along with a birthday card for the groom.

“My husband keeps saying, ‘What in the world is all the fuss about??’” Rose said, laughing. “It is getting to be exhausting, and I’m getting a bit confused. I’m wondering if details are going to get crossed in all these stories because I just can’t keep every detail straight.”

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That said, Rose is happy to be sharing their story because she knows how unusual it is. With a combined age of 190, the pair is apparently on track to secure a Guinness World Record for being the oldest couple to marry. They’ve surpassed the aggregate age of the most recent record holders, Francois Frenandez and Madeleine Francineau of France.

“I knew this would cause a sensation because a lot of people don’t get married that old,” Rose said. “I just didn’t know how much news it would make. It just happened to be at the right time when everybody wants to hear something uplifting. And that’s what I want to do: the most good for the most number of people.”

‘On your 100th birthday’
Rose and Forrest met on a blind date at a senior center dance back in the early 1980s. They danced the night away and became an exclusive couple almost immediately.

They had both been married before and had lost spouses in death. Rose’s first marriage was a good one, and her husband had been sick for a long time before he died.

“After that, I had decided that I had no intention of remarrying,” Rose explained.

But eventually, Forrest popped the question. At that point Rose’s feelings about marriage hadn’t changed.

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“I told him, ‘I’ll marry you on your 100th birthday,’ ” she said.

They stayed together for years, having adventures and enjoying life. They hiked the whole coast of California, kayaked in Alaska and found places to go ballroom dancing multiple nights a week. The pair attribute their longevity to their active lifestyles.

“No doubt about it,” Rose said. “My husband is very, very active. In fact, right now he’s outside planting.”

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Forrest told TheDaily.com that he likes to quaff whiskey and 7-Up with his drinking buddies from time to time, and he prefers fried food. “Something you can get a chunk of,” he said. “Cut a bite off a piece of meat, that’s what I like.”

He also told the Dana Point Times that he doesn’t feel 100 at all. “I haven’t hit 65 yet!” he said.

As Forrest’s 100th birthday approached, Rose remembered her promise. The couple shared the news of their desire to get married with Vanna Murphy, site director of the Age Well Senior Center in Dana Point, Calif. — one of their favorite dancing spots.

Image: Rose Pollard Lunsway and Forrest Lunsway dance at their wedding reception
Courtesy of Age Well Senior Center in Dana Point
Forrest Lunsway and Rose Pollard Lunsway dance at their wedding reception on March 19. The pair have been ballroom-dancing regulars together for nearly 30 years.

Murphy spent almost a full year organizing the March 19 wedding while trying to keep it a secret. The event was billed simply as a 100th birthday party for Forrest.

“When guests got here, they realized it was a wedding too,” Murphy said. “The wedding was incredible. I mean, it was beyond incredible. It was so wonderful to see.”

Local businesses donated the birthday cake and reduced the price of the food so a nice dinner could be served to about 95 guests. Attendees included local officials and dignitaries, along with many longtime friends. A local Marriott hotel donated a night’s stay in a room stocked with strawberries and champagne.

Coping with sudden fame
Coverage of the couple’s love story has mushroomed since the wedding day in March. Forrest and Rose may even become the subjects of a documentary.

Rose is diligently trying to respond to well-wishers’ notes with handwritten notes of her own, but it’s hard — especially when the phone keeps ringing with yet more interview requests.

“I have so many thank yous that I still have to write,” Rose said. “At my age, it’s a job just to keep a house.”

Forrest and Rose don’t own a computer — (“We don’t compute,” Rose explained) — so they’ve been spared the barrage of attention they’ve been getting on the Internet, but they have seen some television footage about their tale. They’re coming to realize that almost everyone they encounter these days wants to know the secret of their success as a couple.

“Respect one another and — oh boy, I should be prepared for this one — I’ll have to think about it,” Rose said. “I’m sorry, I’m just really tired.”

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Explainer: 12 of the world’s wackiest weddings

  • Image: Newlyweds Batman and Wonder Woman, also known as Neil Vaughan and Sharon Wetherell
    Adam Gerrard  /  SWNS

    Your wedding day is supposed to be your day — one of the most pivotal days in your lives.


    If that’s really true, then why not join the throngs of couples who are choosing to live out wild, fanciful or downright silly dreams in conjunction with their nuptials? Doing so could have a practical benefit: It could save you big bucks. In these recessionary times, many have been shunning lavish weddings and opting for unique ones instead.

    Here are 12 recent examples of utterly wacky — and utterly memorable — weddings. Click “next” at the left to start your (strange) trip down the aisle.

  • Holy matrimony, Batman!

    Image: Newlyweds Batman and Wonder Woman, also known as Neil Vaughan and Sharon Wetherell
    Adam Gerrard  /  SWNS

    For those of you out there who always sensed that Batman and Wonder Woman would make a great couple: It’s happened!

    On July 31, Sharon Wetherell and Neil Vaughan of Devon, England, tied the knot while all dressed up as their favorite superheroes. As “Wonder Woman” theme music blared, Wetherell, 40, made a grand entrance at the ceremony wearing blue hot pants, a red corset, flashy boots and a tiara and veil that cost her about $160. The groom’s face-obscuring Batman costume set him back about $290.

    The couple’s friends and family also got gussied up as superheroes. Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Robin, Poison Ivy, Lara Croft, the Joker, Bananaman and the Incredibles were all in attendance.

    “Our wedding was absolutely amazing and it cost us less than some couples would spend on just the dress,” Mrs. Vaughan said in the British newspaper The Daily Mail. “We were not allowed to see each other’s costumes before the big day, but when I did see Neil he looked fantastic as Batman. ... It was such a great day.”

  • No cold feet at T.J. Maxx wedding

    Image: Lisa Satayut and Drew Ellis at their T.J. Maxx wedding
    Bill Pugliano  /  AP for TJ Maxx

    Who doesn’t get excited about the prospect of bagging a bargain? Bride Lisa Satayut decided to combine that feeling with her excitement over bagging her beau.

    Explaining that T.J. Maxx is her “happy place,” Satayut married Drew Ellis in July in the size 8 shoe aisle of a T.J. Maxx store in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

    The bride — a self-proclaimed “'Maxxinista” — wore a strapless white chiffon gown, with long black gloves and bright green gladiator-style sandals. A widened aisle, vine-covered arch and white chairs with red bows highlighted the traditional ceremony that included string music, display-dodging cameramen — and curious shoppers who stopped bargain hunting long enough to watch.

    Related video: With this bargain, I thee wed at T.J. Maxx

  • Happy ogre after

    Image: Vivian and Tracey Williams with dressed up wedding guests
    Wales News Service

    Tracey and Vivian Williams, a happy couple from Wales, tied the knot in May by dressing up as two of their favorite movie characters: the green ogres Shrek and Princess Fiona. Tracey Williams, 33, told the British newspaper The Daily Mail that the themed wedding idea suited her and her new husband perfectly.

    “Our friends always used to say we looked like the characters when we went on nights out,” she said. “Even though Shrek and Fiona are both green ogres, we didn’t take it offensively because we like them so much.”

    The couple actually saw a “Shrek” movie on their first date and have been loyal fans ever since. To get ready for the big day, the pair covered themselves in green body paint and affixed fake green ears to the tops of their heads. Tracey donned a bright red wig to complete the Princess Fiona look, and Vivian sported checked trousers.

    The Williams’ wedding guests got in on the fun, with the best man dressing up as Monsieur Hood, the bride’s father going as Lord Farquaad, the bride’s mother playing the Fairy Godmother and the maid of honor playing Snow White.

    Related story: Pair dress as Shrek, Fiona for wedding

  • Kiss the bride – if you can find her

    Image: Marvin Hunter and Kim Silver in a tree stand
    Mike Moynihan
    An Iowa couple whose passion for bowhunting encouraged Cupid's arrow to strike wore camouflage to blend in with the wooded backdrop at their treetop wedding.

    Kim Silver, 42, dressed in a silk gown made by camouflage specialists Mossy Oak, and her 61-year-old groom, Marvin Hunter, was dressed in camo shirt and pants at the June nuptials.

    They said their vows atop a tree stand hunting platform. The bride and groom occasionally punctuated the ceremony by firing arrows at targets. Hunter said the couple had always joked about getting married on a tree stand. Silver said the pair hunt together so much that the camo wedding "just seemed like the right thing to do."

  • A viral dance sensation

    Image: Wedding party dancing down the aisle

    Most couples wait until the reception before breaking out into the Funky Chicken on their wedding day, but Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson figured, why wait to unleash their unbridled joy?

    The 28-year-olds floored their wedding guests by having their whole bridal party — including seven bridesmaids, five groomsmen and four ushers — boogie down the aisle in a choreographed dance more at home in a Broadway musical than in a somber church.

    Groomsmen split into sides as Heinz did a somersault in front of the wowed crowd — and the gown-clad Peterson quickly followed, shaking her hips to Chris Brown’s “Forever” while pumping her bridal bouquet into the air during the June 20, 2009, ceremony in St. Paul, Minn.

    The wedding party rehearsed the dance for just 90 minutes.

    Of course, some things are too good to keep to yourself. And when Kevin posted the wedding dance routine on YouTube, it quickly became a viral hit, with hundreds of thousands of people sharing in the couple’s novel way of showing their matrimonial joy.

    Related video: Wedding party boogies down the aisle

  • 110 bridesmaids set world record

    Image: Jill Stapleton with 110 bridesmaids

    Some people think five or six bridesmaids are a lot. But how about 110? Jill Stapleton, an Ohio gymnastics teacher, set a world record in June when she invited all of her young students to be her bridesmaids at her wedding.

    “We were actually going to go away for our wedding but this wedding day is more important to a lot of these little girls and boys back here that have made my dreams come true,” Stapleton said. “This is our dream wedding.”

    Stapleton married Chad Greenhill, a Marshall University cheerleader. The previous record was 90 bridesmaids.

  • An aisle of light bulbs, grills

    Image: Carolyn Weatherly and Audwin Mosby
    Courtesy Audwin Joaquin Mosby
    The bride wore white. The guests wore orange smocks.

    A Southern California couple wed in June in front of more than 100 guests at a Home Depot store where they work.

    The wedding party for 56-year-old Carolyn Weatherly and Audwin Mosby, who’s 55, marched down an aisle of light bulbs, grills and paint to the outdoor garden section.

    A wedding arbor and stage had been built from the store’s lumber and supplies.

    The bride said the store in Lake Forest is like a second home and her colleagues are like family.

    "I feel awesome," Mosby told the Orange County Register. "This is the best thing that has happened to me in a long, long time."

  • Sweet, sugary love

    Image: Jared and Jerri Guinther eating doughnuts at wedding
    Sara Terese Heise

    Voodoo Doughnut, a wildly popular indulgence with two locations in Portland, Ore., has an entire menu dedicated to wedding services. That menu includes a variety of matrimonial options, such as this “Legal Voodoo Wedding” package for $200: “Legal wedding ceremony, coffee & doughnuts for 24 people, 700-square-foot chapel, free parking & doughnut centerpiece.”

    The doughnut shops have married off more than 300 couples, sending hearts racing with both romance and sugar intake. Pictured here are Jared and Jerri Guinther enjoying their sweet nuptials.

  • Jaws of love

    Image: April Pignataro and Michael Curry in shark tank
    Talk about taking the plunge. April Pignataro and Michael Curry opted to be lowered in a steel cage into a shark tank to exchange their wedding vows in June.

    The bride wore a white wetsuit; the groom wore a black one. The experienced divers spoke their vows into radio headgear transmitted to a minister outside the tank while about 75 guests watched from behind glass. The 120,000-gallon tank at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, N.Y., includes sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, moray eels and a massive Queensland grouper.

    Both Pignataro and Curry said the concept of a shark tank wedding thrilled them. “We both love the ocean, we love the water ... and yes, the idea of an underwater wedding, not to mention one surrounded by sharks at an aquarium, is different and unique, but that is also exactly who we are,” Pignataro told NBCNewYork.

  • 'I do' in Aisle 2

    Image: Jack Frankel and Fina Nikolos at wedding
    Mike Stocker  /  SunSentinel.com
    One couple decided to tie the knot where they first met: Whole Foods Market.

    Jack Frankel, 75, and 67-year-old Fina Nikolos met in May 2009 at the supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla. It had been raining when Frankel noticed a beautiful woman pass him. Nikolos offered to walk him to his car with an umbrella. He later thanked her by taking her out to lunch.

    In January 2010, the two returned to the place where their love began for a small wedding ceremony in the store's cafe. About 40 people attended the ceremony as store employees and customers watched and smiled. The couple held each other close during the ceremony, shedding a few tears. They also exchanged emotional vows. Nikolos was too overcome to finish hers aloud.

    According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, this was the first time customers wed in a Whole Foods Market in Florida, though employees have gotten married there.

    Frankel told reporters that the most irresistible thing about his bride is her eyes. “She looks at me with those Spanish eyes and I melt,” he said.

  • I now pronounce you bride and ghoul

    Image: Jack Holsinger and Connie Spitznagel
    Alicia Castelli  /  The Chronicle-Telegram

    Why don’t more bridal magazines suggest this as the perfect theme for an October wedding?

    In October 2009, Jack Holsinger, 61, and Connie Spitznagel, 44, dressed as pale-faced vampires for their Halloween-themed ceremony at a haunted house near Cleveland, Ohio. Holsinger arrived in a coffin inside a hearse, and the coffin was carried to the altar by six pallbearers. Minister Greg Kopp was dressed as Jason in the "Friday the 13th" movies. After the vows were exchanged, he ordered Holsinger not to kiss his new bride but instead to bite her on the neck.

    The couple vowed to love each other and haunt and howl at the moon together. Like typical mortal couples, the groom said he just wanted his bride to be happy.

    “This is her first wedding,” Holsinger said. “She had a common-law marriage the first time around, so she never really got a wedding. It’s what she wanted and it’s about her. It’s her time. Whatever she wanted.”

  • Will you Mario me?


    Proving that love is a game that two can play — a video game, that is — Bobbi VanZante and Elijah Slagter of Pella, Iowa, decided on a unique theme for their wedding: Super Mario Brothers. Slaget, the groom, will dress as Mario, of course, and VanZante will be costumed as the lovely Princess Peach.

    The father of the bride will be dressed up as Bowser, even though he’s the villain of the Mario universe. “It’s kind of part of the game,” VanZante explained to NBC’s Megan Reuther. “Bowser and all his buddies steal Princess Peach.” So who better to give the bride away to her groom?

    VanZante’s mother, Lori Mullen, was good-natured about the Mario madness, which included such details as making turtle shells out of bicycle helmets. “It fits both of them,” she said. “It’ll be a fun day and good remembrance.”

    Reached for comment inside a Nintendo gaming system, the real Mario commented: “It’s a-me, Mario!”

Photos: Guinness World Records 2011

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  1. World's shortest living man

    Junrey Balawing smiles as he is presented with a Guinness World Records certificate for being the world's shortest living man following the last of a series of measurement conducted in Southern Philippines, Sunday June 12, 2011, his 18th birthday and coincidentally the Philippines' Independence Day. Balawing was officially measured at at 59.93 centimeters, or 23.5 inches. (Bullit Marquez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Greatest number of Twitter followers

    Pop star Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, had more than 10,131,629 Twitter followers of her @ladygaga Twitter feed as of May 18, 2011. (Andy Sheppard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Biggest human smiley

    People stand together as they create the biggest human smiley in the world on the main square in Zagreb, Croatia on May 6, 2011. As many as 768 Croats managed to create the happy configuration, achieving a Guinness World Record in the process. The previous record involved 551 participants and was reached in the Latvian capital of Riga. (Nikola Solic / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Loudest purr by a domestic cat

    The loudest purr by a domestic cat -- 67.7 decibels -- was achieved on March 25, 2011 by Smokey, a furry feline owned by Lucinda Ruth Adams in Northampton, United Kingdom. Smokey's purr is as loud as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Longest cigar

    The world's longest cigar stretches 268 feet 4 inches, or most of the length of a football field. Resting on tables, it sprawled through El Morro, an old Spanish fort overlooking Havana Bay, where Cuba held its annual International Tourism Fair in May 2011. (Desmond Boylan / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fastest motorcycle hearse

    The Rev. Ray Biddiss says a prayer after setting a Guinness World Record for the world's fastest motorcycle hearse at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England on May 10, 2011. Biddiss, 57, set a record of 114 mph in his specially built "trike-hearse." To be recognized by Guinness World Records, he had to reach a speed of more than 80 mph. (John Giles / Pa / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Longest career as an entertainment news host

    Guinness World Records officially recognized television personality Mary Hart with the “Longest Career as an Entertainment News Host” for her tenure of 29 years as the host of CBS Television Distribution’s "Entertainment Tonight." The record accomplishment came shortly after her announcement that her final episode would air on May 20, 2011. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Largest gathering of people wearing costume masks

    Fans wear wrestling masks during the fifth inning of the baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., on May 10, 2011. The display broke the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of people wearing costume masks." (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Widest mouth

    The widest mouth measures 6.69 inches! It belongs to Francisco Domingo Joaquim “Chiquinho” and was measured on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Youngest perfect Dance Dance Revolution gamer

    The youngest person to reach a perfect "AAA" rating on a Dance Dance Revolution game on the expert difficulty setting is Ryota Wada of Japan. At the age of 9, he mastered the song "Hyper Eurobea" at his home in Tokyo. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Highest Guitar Hero 3 score by a female

    Annie Leung holds the record for the highest score by a female gamer on Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock: 789,349 points playing "Through the Fire and Flames" on the expert setting. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Largest Super Mario collection

    Mitsugu Kikai of Japan owns the largest collection of Super Mario memorabilia, comprising 5,400 individual items. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Most perfect Wii bowling games

    John Bates, 85, made it into Guinness World Records for the most perfect games of Wii Sports Bowling: 850 perfect games from April 2009 through October 2010. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. World’s largest shoe

    This bad boy is 18.04 feet long, 6.92 feet wide and 9.51 feet high, and it’s an exact replica of a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. What size would it be? UK size 845. Designers used a Converse Chuck Taylor All Star European size 39 as a model. The Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp unveiled the massive shoe on Nov. 17 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Most dogs in costumed attire gathered in a single location

    In an impressive display of good dog behavior, a total of 426 pooches attained a Guinness World Record for “most dogs in costumed attire gathered in a single location.” The stylin’ canines congregated on Nov. 13 at the Suncoast Animal League’s annual Dogtoberfest event in Dunedin, Fla. (Matt May / Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Largest melodica ensemble

    A total of 158 elementary-school-aged children from Hikone, Shiga, Japan earned a Guinness World Record for the largest melodica ensemble attempt on Nov. 18. The record they had to beat was 126. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Oldest wing walker

    The world’s oldest wing walker is Thomas Lackey of the United Kingdom. He completed a wing walk across Cirencester, Gloucestershire at the age of 90 years and 5 months. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Flame blowing records

    Preacher Muaddib of Ireland achieved three records: the “most consecutive fire flames blown by mouth” with 16 flames; the “most fire flames blown by mouth” with 69 flames; and the “most fire torches lit and extinguished in one minute.” (Tim Anderson / Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Highest kicks by a single chorus line

    The Moulin Rouge can-can dancers in Paris, France broke the record by having 30 dancers perform 24 high kicks in a single minute. (Miguel Medina / Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Largest pop group

    All-female Japanese pop group AKB48 feature a total of 48 members (split into three groups -- Team A, Team K and Team B -- of 16 members each). The “AKB” is short for their home district in Tokyo, Akihabara. They released their first single, “Sakura No Hanabiratachi,” in 2006. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Largest industrial screw mosaic

    Albanian artist Saimir Strait already holds four Guinness World records so far (for Largest Nail Mosaic, Largest Toothpick Mosaic, Largest Corks Mosaic and Largest Paintbrush Mosaic). Here we see him posing with his fifth attempt, a massive banknote he calls the “Currency of the Soul.” The work will measure 490 cm. by 240 cm. (192.9 in. by 94.4 in.) , contains 300,000 industrial screws and featured a portrait of the ancient Greek poet Homer. (Armando Babani / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. World’s largest painting

    Created by 350 volunteers of the Ecole de Dessin in Lagos, Nigeria, this huge painting measures 33,696.959 square feet. (Guinness World Records/ho / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Largest maple leaf

    Nine-year-old Joseph Donato poses with the largest maple leaf, 34.61 cm wide and 29.21 cm long (13.63 in. by 11.5 in.), discovered in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, in October 2010. The leaf was presented on Canada's Breakfast TV in celebration of Giunness World Records Day 2010. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Largest Macarena dance

    The largest Macarena dance attempt record goes to Ancaster High School and local participating schools in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, where 1,861 participants did the moves simultaneously for over five minutes on Nov. 12, 2010. (Angela Y. Martin / Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. World's heaviest shoes

    Ashrita Furman of the United States managed to walk 32.81 feet (10 meters) wearing these mondo shoes that weigh a total of 323 pounds. He pulled off this feat (get it?) on Nov. 18 in London. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Most concrete blocks broken while holding a raw egg

    Joe Alexander, of Germany, breaks 24 concrete blocks, assembled in three stacks of 8 while holding a raw egg in the hand of the arm used for breaking the blocks. After the third stack had been broken the egg was still unbroken. The record to beat was 14 and the final result was 24. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Biggest bottle cap scultpure

    Alistair Galpin poses with the largest bottle cap sculpture, made of 19,205 caps, in Auckland, New Zealand. The caps were used to create a sculpture in the shape of rugby ball. It took 18 months to complete and was finished to unveil on Guinness World Records Day. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Most arrows caught by hand

    Joe Alexander catches 43 arrows from the air, shot by German archers Peter Dubberstein and Robin Puls in Germany. Alexander caught 43, and the record to beat was 36. (Guinness World Records via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Largest cup of coffee

    Standing tall at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the largest cup of coffee holds about 2,010 gallons of joe. That's equivalent to about 32,160 cups. Black Colombian coffee was used for the successful record attempt. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Oldest twins in the world

    Sisters Ena Pugh, right, and Lily Millward have been confirmed as the oldest twins in the world at 100 years and 10 months. Both live in the United Kingdom. (Wales News Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Largest collection of navel fluff

    In terms of rare collections, this one gets top marks. An Australian man has made a habit of collecting his naval lint, earning him a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Australian librarian started “harvesting” his fluff in 1984, at a youth hostel in Brisbane. After 26 years, the complete collection now weighs 22.1 grams, or .77 ounces. (Solent News & Photo Agency) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Largest pumpkin

    Talk about a great gourd: Guinness World Records has confirmed that a massive pumpkin grown in Wisconsin is officially the world's heaviest. It weighs 1,810.5 pounds and was grown by Chris Stevens in Wisconsin. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Largest toast mosaic

    Toast loving Laura Hadland turned a photo of her mother in law into the world's largest toast mosaic - using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread from 600 loaves. The 27-year-old roped in 40 friends and used a battery of nine toasters as they browned the bread to varying degrees before arranging it to make the about 32-by-42 feet picture of her mother in law's face. (Solent News & Photos) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Largest enchilada

    Chefs prepare the world's largest enchilada, a traditional Mexican food, during the National Enchilada Fair at the neighborhood of Iztapalapa in Mexico City on Oct. 17, 2010. It measured about 230 feet long and weighed over 1.5 tons. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Most Mickey Mouse items

    Janet Esteves (USA) has amassed a collection of 2,760 different Mickey Mouse items since 1960, as of Dec. 11, 2008. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Largest modeling balloon sculpture

    John Cassidy created the largest modeling balloon sculpture. (Richard Bradbury / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Longest nose

    The longest nose on a living person measures 8.8 cm (3.46 in) long from the bridge to the tip and belongs to Mehmet Ozyurek (Turkey). It was measured on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2010 (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Shortest man

    Khagendra Thapa Magar entered the record books as the world's shortest man, standing at just 25.8 inches as he celebrated his 18th birthday. Magar is from Nepal and the son of a fruit seller. He weighs about 12 pounds. (Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Longest tongue on a dog

    The longest tongue on a dog measures 11.43 cm (4.5 in) and belongs to Puggy, a male Pekingese owned by Becky Stanford (both United States). The measurement was taken at Avondale Haslet Animal Clinic, Texas, on May 8, 2009, when Puggy was 9 years old. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Most spoons balanced on a face

    The highest number is 17 and was achieved by Aaron Caissie (Canada) on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on April 18, 2009. (John Wright / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Most straws stuffed in a mouth

    The most straws stuffed in a mouth is 400, achieved by Simon Elmore (Germany), who held them there for 10 seconds at the Mark 'n' Simon Show, Sollhuben, Bavaria, Germany, on Aug. 6, 2009 (John Wright / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Largest collection of Smurfs

    Stephen Parkes (UK) began collecting Smurfs as a child, when they were sold by a chain of garages across the UK, and has never stopped. As of Jan. 28, 2010, his collection totals 1,061 and includes Christmas Smurfs, Easter Smurfs and Smurfs dressed as historical figures. (Ranald Mackechnie / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Shortest cow

    The shortest cow is 85 cm (33.5 inches) from rear foot to hind and was achieved by Swallow, a Dexter cow owned by Martyn and Caroline Ryder (both UK), measured at Pike End Farm, Rishworth, United Kingdom, on Sept. 14, 2009. (Ranald Mackechnie / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Heaviest limousine

    The heaviest limousine is "Midnight Rider" weighing 22,933 kg (50,560 lb). It is 21.3 meters (70 feet) long and 4.1 meters (13 feet 8 inches) high. It was designed by Michael Machado and Pamela Bartholemew (both USA) in California and began operating on Sept. 3, 2004. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Most bottles recycled by a dog

    A Labrador called Tubby, owned by Sandra Gilmore of Pontnewydd, Torfaen, UK, has helped recycle an estimated 26,000 plastic bottles over the past six years by collecting them on his daily walks, crushing them and passing them to his owner. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Longest hair

    The world's longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 meters (18 feet 5.54 inches) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13. (John Wright / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Heaviest shoes walked in

    The heaviest shoes walked in weighed 122.8 kilograms (270.73 pounds) and were used by Zhang Zhenghui (China) on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2010. (Paul Michael Hughes / Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
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