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Guinness World Records Celebrates Valentine’s Day With These Officially Amazing Records

 

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Our friends over at the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS¬ģ sent me some fun record breaking achievments that I thought were fun to share for Valentine’s Day.

Personally I would love to have seen the World’s Largest Chocolate Truffle (I love truffles!). ūüôā

While Valentine‚Äôs Day¬†has traditionally¬†been about flowers, cards and chocolate,¬†this year, the ultimate authority on record breaking,¬†Guinness World Records, is¬†spotlighting¬†the most swoon-worthy¬†Valentine’s Day¬†record achievements.

In the spirit of the season,¬†we’ve compiled a heartfelt list that shows just how deep love goes¬†(32.8 ft below),¬†how a bond between love birds can turn into a marriage (86 years, 9 months, and 16 days to be precise),¬†just how long humans have been writing of their love (the oldest love poem dates back to around 3500 BC)¬†and many more.

But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Some folks will be shunning fancy dinners in favor of attempting to do something “Officially Amazing”-¬†¬†by earning themselves GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS¬ģ glory.

On¬†February 14th,¬†the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan hosts the¬†“Largest Gathering of Heart Transplant Patients” in a celebration of life that honors patients, physicians, clinicians and support staff¬†as well as and educating the public on the critical need for more donors. In addition, Germany based company; Ehrmann Yogurt¬†is hosting the ‚ÄėLongest Hug Relay‚Äô¬†at the¬†Santa Monica Piers.

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Largest Underwater Wedding

The largest underwater wedding was achieved by 303 divers who attended the marriage ceremony between Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski (both Poland) during an event organised by Orka Group Ltd (Poland) at the Koparki Diving Base, Jaworzno, Poland, on August 27, 2011.

Longest Marriage

Herbert Fisher (USA, b. 10 June 1905) and Zelmyra Fisher (USA, b. 10 December 1907) were married on May 13, 1924 in North Carolina, USA. They had been married 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days as of February 27, 2011. Herbert Fisher sadly died on Sunday  February 27, 2011. The couple had 5 children.

Oldest Love Poem

The oldest surviving love poem is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing around 3500 BD, and was called by archaeologists by a very un-romantic name: ‘Istanbul #2461’. The author is unknown but is believed to have been recited by a bride of Sumerian King Shu-Sin, who ruled between 2037 and 2029 BC.¬†The following is the start of the poem:

Bridegroom, dear to my heart,

Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet,

Lion, dear to my heart,

Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.

First Known Heart Shaped Box Of Chocolate

Richard Cadbury (UK), the eldest son of John Cadbury, founder of the world famous company, created the first known heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day 1868. He was a pioneer in chocolate box design and often used his own paintings to make the lids of the boxes more appealing.

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Largest Box Of Chocolate

The largest box of chocolates is a Thorntons Moments box weighing 3,725 lbs. It was produced by Thorntons and Russell Beck Studios, and weighed in Bethnal Green, London, UK, on 2 April 2, 2008.The box was 16 ft 6 in long, 11 ft 2 in wide and 3 ft 3 1/2 in deep.

Largest Collection Of Teddy Bears

Jackie Miley (USA) had 7,106 different teddy bears, as of March 11, 2011, which she has been collecting since 2002. When Jackie began the collection in 2002, she had no idea things would turn out as they have. When the collection grew, she thought she would like to collect as many teddy bears as Hill City’s population (780) for a goal. Since then her collection has grown to such an extent that she now has them in a little house of their own called Teddy Bear Town. It is located across the street from her apartment.

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Largest Mural Of Kisses

The largest mural of kisses consisted of 13,316 kisses and was achieved by NIVEA Brasil, at Pinheiros Station, S√£o Paulo, Brazil, on June 12, 2012.

Longest Kiss

The longest kiss lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds and was achieved by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat (both Thailand) at an event¬†organized¬†by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Pattaya, in Pattaya, Thailand, on February 12-14 2013.¬†Nine couples entered the annual competition, including a married couple in their 70s. However, it was previous record holders Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat who came out on top, scooping a cash prize and two diamond rings as well as another Guinness World records title.

Largest Chocolate Truffle

The largest chocolate truffle weighted 1,768 lb 11 oz  and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia, Andrea Andrighetti, Rimini Fiera, Fabbri 1905, Icam and Martellato (all Italy) at the Sigep Fair in Rimini, Italy on January 21, 2012.

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Most Hugs Given In 24 Hours By An Individual

The most hugs given in 24 hours is 8,709 and was achieved by Jonathan Sexton (USA) at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on 11 June 11, 2010. The attempt raised money for United Way’s “Restore the Dream” fund, which aided individuals attempted by flooding in Nashville.

Recently my family and I were in Times Square in New York City for Super Bowl Boulevard. There was a man there giving away FREE HUGS. The area was PACKED due to the Super Bowl events. I wonder how many hugs he gave away that day? Probably no where near 8,709, but I’m sure it was a lot.

Free Hugs

Kimberly

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Wow! Those are pretty impressive. I especially like the Largest Underwater Wedding one. That’s unforgettable.

  2. One funny aspect I saw was the woman with the world’s largest collection of teddy bears has them displayed in their own separate home across from her APARTMENT. I am not a financial adviser, but maybe long term, a home would have been a better investment!!!

    I have a sister that has well over a thousand CD’s. I used to joke to her that when people say to invest in CD’s, that is not the kind they were talking about.

  3. Brutus Duffy says:

    OMG-married for 87 years? I hope I’m with my spouse for at least 50.

    I could get in on some free hugs.