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
Twitter not working: Social network says problem with tweets not showing is fixed
Ebola crisis: Cases pass 10,000 as almost 5,000 killed by disease in eight countries
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Controversy over Queen's 'first tweet' at London's Science Museum
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year
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- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
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