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The Egremont Crab Apple Fair, Cumbria, is the venue of the World Gurning Championships (formerly known as the `Grinning for'bacca" contest). The competition is not limited to toothless old men, though they do make up a large proportion of the contestants. The only gurner to have won the World Championship ten times is Gordon Mattinson of Aspatria, Cumbria, from 1967-72 and 1974-77.


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The world's longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8 , 2004 . She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13.


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The inflation of a standard meteorological balloon (1 ,000 g (35 oz)) to a diameter of 2.44 m (8 ft) against time was achieved by Manjit Singh (UK) in 42 min at Rushley Pavilion Centre, Leicester, UK on September 16 , 1998.


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Theresa Alvina Schaan (USA) was born on the March 17 , 1941 and diagnosed with having congenital hydrocephalus. Also known as "water on the brain," it is a condition in which there is extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt has been inserted beneath her skull to drain the spinal fluid accumulating in her head.


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The most spoons balanced on the face is 16 and was achieved by Joe Allison (United Kingdom) in Devon, United Kingdom, on 1 April 2008.
Joe used stainless steel teaspoons. He balanced 5 spoons on the forehead, 4 on the cheeks, 1 on the nose, 2 on his top lip, 1 on each ear and 2 on the chin.


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The fastest time to eat a 12 " pizza is 1 min 45.37 sec and was set by Josh Anderson (New Zealand) in an event organised by Scopa Ltd in Wellington, New Zealand, on 22 March 2008.

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The fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 24.03 seconds, by Stephen Clarke (USA), who broke his previous record on July 23 , 2006 at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA as part of 'Food Network Challenge: Guinness World Records Week'.

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The record for the most sheep shorn manually with scissors/handblade in 8 hours is 50 by János Marton of Hungary. Marton completed his challenge, without any breaks, on April 26 , 2003 at Hódmezovásárhely Animal Husbandry Show, Hódmezovásárhely, Hungary.

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The fastest time a dog has unwound a non-electric car window is 11.34 seconds and was achieved by Striker, a border collie owned and trained by Francis V. Gadassi (Hungary). The record was set on September 1 , 2004 in Quebéc City, Canada.

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The world record for the most tennis balls held in the mouth by a dog at one time is five. Augie, a golden retriever owned by the Miller family in Dallas, Texas, USA, successfully gathered and held all five regulation-sized tennis balls on July 6 , 2003.

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The longest cricket marathon is 66 hr 16 min and was achieved by Raymond Terrace District Cricket Club at the King Park Sports Complex, Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia, on 24-27 January 2009.
Surpassed the old record by more than 6 hours.

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The longest marathon playing netball is 58 hours and was achieved by Sleaford Netball Club with the help of Fenland Netball Club (both United Kingdom), in Northgate Sports Hall, Sleaford, United Kingdom, from 25-27 July 2008.


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Using a computer and four blank keyboards, and without looking at the screen, Michele Santelia (Italy) typed backwards 67 books (3 ,503 ,013 words, 19 ,760 ,936 characters, 23.198 pages, 263 ,931 paragraphs, 499 ,554 lines) in their original languages including The Odyssey, Macbeth, The Vulgate Bible, the Guinness World Records Book 2002 , and the Dead Sea scrolls in Ancient Hebrew. Michele put together a 4 ,05 mt (13 ft 12 in) high tower of the books typed. He completed typing backwards Etruscan scripts in Etruscan Language and The Million in Ancient Chinese on 16 November 2008.

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