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Nipple Hair - You could be Famous!

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    TORONTO (CP) - Several Canadians were among the chosen few who this year earned Guinness World Records recognition by showcasing their oddball talents or traits for a place in the history books.

    Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records said tens of thousands of people apply every year to get into the tome, which is published in over 100 countries in 20 languages.

    "People can read about you in Russia or India or South America - that's kind of a kick," Claxton said. "People do want to make their mark. Your name is placed side by side (with the best) in this hall of fame."

    There may be no record stranger than what made Tyler Ing of London, Ont., infamous.

    The 20-year-old University of Western Ontario engineering student got Guinness's attention by presenting evidence of the world's longest nipple hair.

    The hair hangs 8.89 centimetres from his right nipple, which is about as tall as a medium Tim Hortons coffee cup.

    Ing decided to apply to Guinness after constant teasing from friends and the encouragement of his girlfriend.

    "After you've been made fun of enough in the hockey change room, you might as well put it in Guinness," he said.

    Equally odd but not quite as long is the tooth of nine-year-old Mark Henry.

    The Grade 4 student from Francis Lake, Ont., was recognized by Guinness for the largest human tooth: an incisor 2.28 centimetres long and 1.2 centimetres wide.

    A local orthodontist who examined the boy's top right front tooth called it "the monster."

    Dr. Gabriela Gandila, an Owen Sound, Ont., dentist, labelled it "the horse tooth" and suggested the boy's family contact Guinness to have the record documented.

    Gandila said the size of the tooth would be "remarkable" for a person of any age, let alone a young boy. Mark's other teeth are of normal size, and no one can explain why the record-setting incisor grew so large.

    In any case, Mark thought his huge tooth and the surrounding attention was "awesome."

    Suresh Joachim has no freakish growths, so he had to get into Guinness by foregoing sleep and participating in some wacky stunts.

    Joachim set five records in 2005, perhaps the most dubious being his bid to be the world's most persistent couch potato.

    As seen on the Live with Regis and Kelly daytime television show in the United States, Joachim stared at a TV for 69 hours and 48 minutes, breaking the old record by 19 hours and 41 minutes. The rules did allow him to take a five-minute break every hour and a 15-minute break every eight hours.

    Joachim also set the mark for longest time spent ironing continuously - 55 hours and 5 minutes; the longest dance marathon - 100 hours; and the longest 10-pin bowling marathon, which ran another 100 hours.

    In all, the 36-year-old has broken 32 records and holds 21 current records. He hopes one day to have broken 150 records.

    Rather than just wanting his 15 minutes of fame, Joachim said he sets records for charity, collecting a little money when he can and gathering signatures for a petition.

    He wants to collect a million signatures to present to the
    United Nations to create a worldwide ceasefire day, which would hopefully stop the fighting for at least one day and lead to a moment of peace.

    "For 24 hours, (enemies) will shake hands and talk. When you talk, you understand," he said.

    He also has an ambitious plan to run about 10,000 kilometres around the world and raise as much money as possible along the way.

    Charities often benefit from record attempts, as was the case with two Winnipeg men who pushed a car for about 68 kilometres to raise money for cancer research.

    Rob Kmet and A.J. Zeglen stayed awake for 24 hours and pushed a 1,180-kilogram Dodge SX 2.0 42 times around a 1.6-kilometre track.

    They achieved their feat but there's no word yet on whether the record has been officially recognized. Regardless, they did raise several thousands of dollars for the cause.

    But sometimes not breaking a record isn't the worst thing that can happen.

    The fire department had to be called to stop a record attempt at a birthday celebration for Alberta's 100th birthday. Students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology had hoped to set a world record by lighting more than 20,000 candles on a giant birthday cake.

    But the flames quickly filled the room with smoke and fire officials ordered an evacuation of the building, moving in with fire extinguishers to put out the blaze. There was some coughing but no serious injuries.

    There may be some serious intestinal injuries for anyone brave enough to tackle the world's biggest hamburger, available at Ian's Kitchen and Soda Shoppe in Kingston, Ont.

    Ian Sarfin's creation - which takes more than three hours to cook, has to be ordered 48 hours in advance and costs $99.99 - weighs almost 10 kilograms and is 38 centimetres across and five centimetres high.

    "There's a pound of cheese, there's a pound of onion, there's a pound of pickles, there's two pounds of tomatoes and five cups of sauce," said Sarfin. "Once you add it all together, you're looking at about (13 to almost 16 kilograms) total weight."

    Sarfin's burger is the equivalent of just over 100 quarter-pounders and is designed to feed 20 or 25 people.

    If someone can chow down on the sandwich all alone, Sarfin says he'll give it away for free. And if that happens, Guinness will surely get another call.

    Some other Canadian records in the Guinness World Records book:

    -The record for fastest talker belongs to Shaun Shannon. He recited Shakespeare's 260-word "to be or not to be" Hamlet soliloquy in 23.8 seconds.

    -The youngest person ever to trek over land to the South Pole is 18-year-old Sarah Ann McNair-Landry.

    -The longest game of ice hockey lasted 240 hours and was played in Edmonton.

    -The record for the longest baseball throw still belongs to Glen Edward Gorbous, who set the mark in 1957. The former major leaguer threw a baseball 445 feet and 10 inches - about 136 metres - which is the equivalent of a slugger hitting a monster home run.
  2. eroxxgurl

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    i want to find something stupid i can do so i can get in the book...
    mabey own the most herrmit crabs at once...lol
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