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Stewie, the world’s longest domestic cat, a 48.5 in (1.23 m) Maine Coon, has died at the age of eight.
Stewie’s owner, Robin Hendrickson, said record-holding cat died on Monday evening after battling cancer.
The cat, of Reno, Nevada, was awarded the record, measured from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail, by the Guinness Book of Records in 2010.
Stewie was a certified therapy animal that frequently visited a local senior centre near his home.
“Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people,” Robin Hendrickson said.
“He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful.”
Stewie was also the record-holder for world’s longest cat tail.
Stewie, the world’s longest domestic cat, a 48.5 in Maine Coon, has died at the age of eight
Rio might be low on snowmen, reindeer and fireplaces, but it can’t be beat on one Christmas tradition: the famous Lagoa Christmas tree, a 28-storey glittering behemoth of seasonal kitsch, which was officially opened on Saturday, December 1st.
The theme for 2012 tree, which floats atop the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone), is All the Christmases of the World, and celebrates the four seasons of the year.
The much-anticipated inauguration kicked off the festive season with an event at Parque do Cantagalo (on the Ipanema/Copacabana side of the Lagoa) including fireworks and performance of The Wizard of Oz starring Malu Rodrigues, as Dorothy, and actor and presenter Luiz Carlos Miele as the Wizard of Oz.
The famous Lagoa Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro is a 28-storey glittering behemoth of 2012 seasonal kitsch
Other cultural attractions included a suite from standby The Nutcracker, performed by The Dalal Achcar School of Ballet, and Christmas classics from Simone, Emilio Santiago, the Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra and the Fundação Bradesco Choirs.
At 279 ft (85 m) and weighing some 542 tonnes – about the same as 66 full-grown African elephants – the structure is the largest floating model in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Sponsored by by Bradesco Seguros, it is illuminated by some 3.1 million microlamps, 120 kilometers of tube lights, and 100 LED spotlights, all mounted atop a base made entirely of lace-work.
Garrett McNamara, a Hawaiian surfer, has entered the Guinness Book of Records for riding the biggest wave ever thought to have been ridden.
In November 2011 Garrett McNamara caught a 78 ft wave at Nazare, off the coast of Portugal, beating the previous 2008 record by more than a foot.
Garrett McNamara, 44, began surfing at age 11 and became professional six years later.
He has described his achievement as a stroke of luck and has used his feat to urge people to follow their passions.
The giant wave was located above an underwater canyon famous for being the world’s biggest wave generator.
In November 2011 Garrett McNamara caught a 78 ft wave at Nazare, off the coast of Portugal, beating the previous 2008 record by more than a foot
Garrett McNamara has said that on the day he broke the record, he at first had not wanted to take a ride but his friends urged him to catch a few waves.
“Everything came together. Everything felt right,” he said.
Hundreds of thousands have viewed the video and photographs of Garrett McNamara’s ride. They show his figure dwarfed by a giant wall of water.
“I knew it was big, but I didn’t know how big,” he said.
He later sent the footage and pictures to surfing expert Sean Collins, who guessed the wave was 85-90ft tall. Sean Collins died in December.
Last week, Garrett McNamara was awarded $15,000 for the ride at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in California.
Judges for the awards examined the footage and pictures from different angles.
They also compared Garrett McNamara’s height in a crouch and the length of his shin bone with the wave’s top and bottom before reaching a verdict, event director Bill Sharp told the Associated Press.
Commenting on the record, Garrett McNamara said: “The world would be a much better place if everyone was doing what they wanted to do.”
However, the UK Guardian newspaper quoted him as saying: “I’m not sure I want to ride that peak again.”
Tiny Puerto Rican chihuahua Milly is on the verge of something big, being officially recognized as the smallest puppy in the world.
The current record holder is Boo Boo, another chihuahua from Kentucky, but Milly, who lives with her Argentine owners in the north east Puerto Rican town of Vega Alta, hopes to punch above her 170 g weight to earn her place in the Guinness Book of Records.
After she was born three months ago the family believed that Milly would grow, but having maintained the same height of just 6.53 cm for three weeks they began to think that the pedigree pup might be able to knock Boo Boo from the top dog spot that she has held since February 2008.
Measuring in at 10.16 cm Boo Boo towers over the new pretender to the throne and miniscule Milly’s carer Rivera Eizzal believes her pedigree puppy has got it in the (doggy) bag.
Tiny Puerto Rican chihuahua Milly is set to be recognized as the world’s smallest dog
Rivera Eizzal, said: “Milly was so small she could not breastfeed due to the tiny size of her mouth.
“To get an idea of just how petite she is, when she was first born she received milk from an eyedropper.”
Milly is constantly accompanied by Rivera Eizzil or by her owner, Argentinian Vanessa Semler, who is dedicated to rearing chihuahuas in Puerto Rico.
Vanessa Semler says caring for Milly takes effort, but explains that she and her husband, Edwin Davila, have no children so they have the time to focus their energies on their pet project.
A judge from the Guinness Book of Records is due to travel to Puerto Rico in the coming months to clarify Milly’s size and measurements which will then be sent from the island to be officially confirmed.
Chihuahuas originated from the state of Mexico that carries same name and they usually reach a height of between 15 cm and 25 cm.
Boo Boo is a long-haired, female chihuahua who is owned by Lana Elswick of Raceland, Kentucky.
Beyonce the dog could set the world’s record for tiniest puppy, as she was so small when she was born on March 8 that could fit onto a spoon.
Animal rescuers in Northern California, where the tiny pup was, say the female Dachshund mix is the smallest puppy in the world.
At two weeks, Beyonce about the size of a business card.
The rescue workers have submitted her details to the Guinness Book of Records and are waiting to hear she’s a mini-record breaker.
The Grace Foundation, based in El Dorado County, says animal control picked up Beyonce’s pregnant mother, and she gave birth to a litter of five on March 8.
Beyonce the dog could set the world's record for tiniest puppy, as she was so small when she was born that could fit onto a spoon
Animal shelter workers took her into the centre just before she gave birth to her litter of five.
Beyonce was the last pup to be delivered and was born without a heartbeat – but vets were able to get her heart started again.
Veterinarians managed to revive her through chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The foundation says she’ll be ready for adoption in about two weeks.
Medusa, the world’s largest snake weighs more than 300 lbs (135 kg), is 25ft (7.5 meters) long and it takes 15 people to hold her.
Medusa, a massive python is set to slither into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest snake living in captivity.
The giant snake, which will be on display at the Edge of Hell haunted house attraction in Kansas City, eats a 40lb animal about once a week but could easily eat something weighing more than 100lbs.
Medusa, the world’s largest snake weighs more than 300 lbs (135 kg), is 25ft (7.5 meters) long and it takes 15 people to hold her
Medusa will soon be visited by representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records, who are coming to verify her new title.
Larry Elgar, Medusa‘s trainer told NBC Action News he isn’t intimidated by the massive python.
“They’ve actually cut people out of them, they are man eaters.
“Fear is just a lack of understanding. I have no fear. I understand that she can kill me. I’ve been wrapped up and put unconscious by a reticulated python that was only 18 feet long.
“I understand the repercussions, but that’s no reason to fear. That car you drove in has killed more people than anything else in the world. But you’re not scared when you put your keys in it, are you?”
Medusa, the giant python is set to slither into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest snake living in captivity
Larry Edgar said he bought Medusa, who is now seven-year-old, as a baby and she is still growing.
“Seven years ago, this snake was 24 inches long, as big as my finger,” Larry Edgar said.
Medusa is set to bump Fluffy, a reticulated python, off the top spot.
At 24 feet long, Fluffy held the record for longest snake living in captivity until she died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, last October.
A woman with a four-inch tongue and another one with 10-foot fingernails are among entries in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Aevin Dugas, 36, from New Orleans, US, is also gets an entry for having grown the world’s largest natural afro.
She is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world – her massive head of hair has a circumference of 4ft 4in (1.32m).
Craig Lenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief said the book celebrates “the weirdest and wackiest” with this edition.
Rob Hull from Doncaster, UK, is also in the book for having 571 Daleks – despite not being a Doctor Who fan.
Rob Hull from Doncaster, UK, is in the 2012 edition of Guinness Book of World Records for having 571 Daleks
The 49 year-old Dalek collector, Rob Hull bought his first replica at the age of 29, and while he may not love the BBC sci-fi series, he says he became “enchanted” with them after seeing one in a toy shop.
The 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of world Records also has a new entry, the woman claiming the prestigious title of longest fingernails in the world.
Christine Walton from Las Vegas, US, has 10ft 2in (3.1m) fingernails on her left hand and a 9ft 7in (2.92m) on her right hand.
“I hate all the cleaning, but I do it. And the makeup, I only wear so much,” said Christine Walton, 45, who has also been working on a singing career while raising a family.
Christine Walton from Las Vegas, US, has 10ft 2in (3.1m) fingernails on her left hand and a 9ft 7in (2.92m) on her right hand
The previous record-holder, Lee Redmond from Salt Lake City, US, lost her nails in a car crash in 2009.
Reverend Darrell Best from Illinois, US, is a newcomer to the famous records book, having taken the title for the fastest wedding chapel after converting his 1940s fire truck into a wedding chapel on wheels.
The wedding chapel, which is entitled The Best Man, allows lovers to tie the knot while they are on the road and is capable of reaching speeds of 62 mph (about 100 km/h).
Chanel Taper in the 2012 edition of Guinness Book of World Records for the longest tongue , measuring 4 inches (about 10.16 cm)
Chanel Taper, a student from California entered the 2012 edition of Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest tongue in the world, measuring 4 inches (about 10.16 cm).