Saturday 27 December 1997
Twins: Janet Pasaye of Illinois gave birth to the most widely separated twins; the first appeared on 26 October 1996, the second on 26 January 1997, the 92 days difference being a new world record.
Skates: Dirk Auer, an engineering student from Frankfurt, set a new world speed record of 153mph on inline skates. He reached the record speed while being towed behind a Porsche.
Cigars: A box of 25 Cuban cigars fetched 16,100 Swiss francs at auction in Geneva. The price of 244 francs (about pounds 250) per cigar is a new record.
Mechanical digger: Hugh Edeleanu set a new record time of 22 hours, 10 minutes and 30 seconds for driving a mechanical digger from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Stamps: Dean Gould of Felixstowe set a new record by sticking 209 stamps on envelopes. Mr Gould also holds records for pancake tossing and beermat flicking.
Monopoly: Five Belgians set a new record by playing Monopoly underwater for 30 hours 15 minutes.
Windows: Terry Burrows reclaimed the world window-cleaning record by cleaning three 45-inch-square windows in 18.46 seconds.
Hot-dogs: Hirofumi Nakajima of Kiofu, Japan broke his own world record when he ate 241/2 hot dogs in 12 minutes to retain his world hot-dog eating championship title in New York.
Jokes: Two Estonians failed in their attempt to set a new record by telling jokes for 61 hours non-stop. Their copy of the Guinness Book of Records was an old one and its figure of 60 hours had been increased to 100 hours by a Peruvian in 1990.
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
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