A good year for ...
Thursday 02 January 1997
Record record: Martin Guttierez Sandoval, a retired factory worker from Mexico, made a Volkswagen Beetle out of 2,142 record players in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records.
Bottle record: A message in a bottle thrown into the sea at Bognor Regis in 1993 was picked up three years later nearly 10,000 miles away in Geraldton, Australia.
Record toy fire: A 21-million-piece toy pyramid which had taken 12 days to build went up in flames in Taiwan, ignited by sparks from the fireworks launched to celebrate its completion.
Cake record: 2,000 eggs, 110lb of butter and two crates of marzipan went into a record 23ft "world's largest fountain torte" built (with planning permission) in Frankfurt.
Slimming record: In Shanghai, Geng Hongda, 17, slimmed from 337lb down to 183lb to break the Chinese record for losing weight.
More records tomorrow.
Life & Style blogs
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
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- 2 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 4 Amy Winehouse unpublished 2004 interview: ‘Ten years from now I’ll be 30, so I’ll maybe have one baby’
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
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