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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.

Nativity record claimed by a cast of 788

A Somerset church may have broken the world record for the most people in a nativity scene.

Gorge-ous street art breaks world record

A British artist broke the Chinese-held record for the largest 3D painting yesterday as part of Guinness World Records Day.

70-year-old oldest to swim the English Channel

A retired breast cancer surgeon achieved his ambition of becoming the oldest person to swim the English Channel today.

Pensioner in bid to break Channel swim record

A 70-year-old retired breast cancer surgeon hopes to become the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

Catalani La Wally, Opera Holland Park

The aria - "Ebben? Ne andrò lontano" - famously adorning the films Diva and A Single Man is almost as ubiquitous as the eponymous heroine's name - which features in the Guinness Book of Records as being mentioned more times in Catalani's rarely performed opera than in any other.

Even the babies are bigger in Texas

A Texas mother is waiting to find out if her hefty baby boy will make the record books as one of the biggest newborns in the state's history. JaMichael Brown was born on Friday in an east Texas hospital weighing a whopping 16lbs 1oz.

They Will Rock You: The rise of Rock Choir

With 7,500 members, Rock Choir has filled Wembley, signed a record deal, and is now the subject of an ITV show. Alice-Azania Jarvis meets the woman behind it

Flesh mob dive in for charity

Four hundred people stripped naked and plunged into the sea in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest skinny dip.

Leaning towers of Frisia battle for title of world's most crooked building

Forget Pisa's famous tower. The prized title of the "world's most leaning" building is being fought over by a handful of obscure German towns and villages, each with a teetering tower so askew that visitors are frequently warned not to climb them.

Last Night's TV: World's Tallest Man: Looking for Love/Channel 4<br />Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring/Channel 4

There's something rather uncomfortable about Channel 4's Bodyshock series. That's not really a surprise, is it? The entire raison d'etre is to point and stare. And so it is that we've had films like The 27 Inch Man, Dad's Having a Baby and – a particular favourite – the poetically titled I Am the Elephant Man. The latest instalment is this: World's Tallest Man: Looking for Love. Combine that with the word "Bodyshock" and it sounds like a recipe for disaster. So, you know, expectations on the backburner.

Philippine city holds mass circumcision for youths

Hundreds of boys in a Philippine city turned today for a daylong "circumcision party" to provide a safe, free procedure for a rite of passage that most local males undergo as preteens.

Buster Martin: Man who claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101

Buster Martin, who died on 12 April, claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101. He ran the 2008 London Marathon in just under 10 hours, raising £20,000 for charity, and expected to be recognised as the oldest person to complete the distance, but was refused the accolade because he was unable to verify his age, amid suggestions that he could have been as "young" as 94.

Thai couple kiss for a record 46 hours

It was one long kiss for a couple – one record-breaking embrace for mankind.

Wikipedia: This is a man's world

Wikipedia: it&rsquo;s comprehensive, democratic...and dominated by blokes. Does this bias matter? Not if your interests are rolling stock, Black Ops and loo roll, says Michael Bywater

Former asthma sufferer runs 365 marathons in a year

A 49-year-old former asthma sufferer set a Guinness World Record yesterday after crossing the finishing line of his 365th marathon in a year.

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