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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

Jiroemon Kimura, 115, became the oldest man in recorded history on Friday, according to record keepers.

Japanese 115-year-old becomes oldest man in recorded history

Jiroemon Kimura, a 115-year-old Japanese man born when Queen Victoria still reigned over the British Empire, became the oldest man in recorded history on Friday, according to record keepers.

The most terrifying spider in the world builds a fake spider decoy to trick its victims

If you thought the film Arachnophobia was the scariest thing you've seen - probably best to stop reading now.

'World's oldest person' Besse Cooper dies aged 116

The woman who was listed as the world's oldest person has died in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.

Perfect presents: Our colour-coded Christmas gift guide

Don't want to be blue this Christmas? Then try purple or green or pink or gold!

Tight fit: Emily Dugan, in front seat, joins the group in a rehearsal for the world record attempt in the original Mini

28 women to try to squeeze into a Mini on Guinness World Records day

Emily Dugan gets a taste of the record-breaking attempt

Message in a bottle from 1914 fished from sea

A message in a bottle hauled from the depths by a fishing boat has set a new world record for the length of time spent at sea, beating the previous record by more than five years.

Oldest living sisters Dorothy Richards and Marjorie Ruddle clock up 213 years

Two centenarians were recognised yesterday as the world's oldest siblings.

The World's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree opens

The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

Beyonce as she is fed in El Dorado Hills, California

'Beyonce' the Dachshund mix makes bid to be named world's smallest dog

A puppy named after one of the world's biggest pop stars could set the world record for the tiniest dog.

David and Louise Estes' daughter Jade was born on Wednesday morning in Provo, near Salt Lake City, Utah

Woman has third consecutive leap year baby

Three American siblings have equalled a world record set in the 1960s by each being born on three consecutive leap year days.

Chun Chun's parents are average size and there was nothing unusual about his mother's pregnancy or diet

Giant baby causes a stir in China

A mother in central China has given birth to a 15.52lb (7.04kg) baby, possibly the largest newborn on record since the country's founding in 1949.

Laura Dekker's feat has caused controversy among Dutch officials, who thought it would interfere with school

Dutch teenager sets new solo sailing record

Sixteen-year-old battles seas, and child welfare authorities, to become youngest to sail the globe

Profile: Diana Ross

At 24 inches tall, Indian student is named world's shortest woman

A student in central India was recognised as the world's shortest woman yesterday as she celebrated her 18th birthday.

Oldest dog dies aged 26 in Japan

The world's oldest dog has died in Japan aged 26 years and eight months. Pusuke, a fluffy tan shiba mix, died after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat.

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