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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.

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Cheddar's crowning glory

Cheeseaholic and cordon bleu trained chef Tanys Pullin from Wells, in Somerset, has marked the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation with a crown crafted from West Country farmhouse cheddar.

World's shortest man dies aged 21

The world's shortest man, China's He Pingping who was just over 74 cm tall (29 inches), has died at the age of 21 from apparent heart complications, the Guinness World Records book said.

Australian sets new sword swallowing world record

An Australian performance artist set a new Guinness World Record on Monday by simultaneously swallowing 18 swords, each nearly as long as two and a half rulers.

Dedication’s what you need...

The gaming world’s most dedicated denizens are celebrated with the release of the gamer’s edition of the ‘Guinness World Records 2010’ (£14.99).

Online hypnotist calls off stunt

An attempt to set a record for a live online hypnotherapy session was abandoned at the last minute last night after the organiser, Chris Hughes, claimed international legal restrictions prevented the broadcast from going ahead.

The art of the chart: How we fell in love with ranking the world

Still the first, and greatest, a world-conquering "ten best" list emerged from a smoky mountain top in Sinai around – if we accept the traditional dates – 1440BC. "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me..." And so, in the Book of Exodus, the Ten Commandments thunder along before giving way to all those subsidiary by-laws, with Moses no longer a charismatic bearer of the hot news about killing, coveting and adultery but a sort of small-town magistrate with a forte in livestock misdemeanours: "If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant, he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned."

Outside Edge (29/11/09)

Congratulations to Duncan Hamilton for winning the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for the second time in three years. But what of Antonio Cassano, the Sampdoria striker whose second opus, 'Mornings Are Pointless', has gone as unrecognised as his first? It contains helpful mus-ings for each day of the year, such as: "Don't be impulsive. Do like I do. Before exploding, always count at least to one." Can footballers count any higher? Polish goalkeeper Arek Onyszko should take a leaf out of this self-help manual. FC Midtjylland in Denmark sacked him for publishing a book called 'Fucking Polack', in which he describes his hatred of gays and female sports reporters. The gloves are truly off.

Terence Blacker: Planting trees is a facile option

A sapling stuck into a pot is presented as a private little planet saver

Outside Edge (22/11/09)

In a week dominated by football and guilt, 'Edge' holds its hand up and apologises for too much football. But spare a thought for the poor players. As England forward Darius Vassell is turfed out of his hotel in Ankara, Turkey because his club Anakaragucu couldn't foot his bill, Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins has been taken to the High Court for not paying a "management company", NVA. They say he hired them because he kept going overdrawn – even though he earned £75,000 a week at Newcastle. They claim he would withdraw £40,000 from his bank at the weekends, then took out a further £25,000 on Monday. Lucky for him that he spent an hour and a half playing football on Saturdays.

Worldwide record-breaking mania strikes

More than 200,000 people around the world came together today to break some wacky and wonderful records on the fifth annual Guinness World Records Day, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's bestselling copyright book.

After 59 years, the voice of Phil Archer dies

Norman Painting, the voice of Phil Archer for 59 years on the Radio 4 soap The Archers, died yesterday at the age of 85.

Gambling addict sues casino for losses

Tycoon who blew £1.3m in 28 minutes claims he was lured back to the tables

Crowds flock to see 19lb newborn boy

Indonesia's heaviest-ever newborn drew curious crowds today to a hospital where the boy named Akbar — or the Great in Arabic — came into the world at a record 19.2 pounds (8.7 kilograms).

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