Romania broke the world record for the biggest national flag making a triumphal entry in the famous Guinness Book.
A Romanian village unfurled what is the largest flag ever made, Guinness World Records said.
World’s largest flag came into display on Monday, 27 May 2013, following an initiative of the Romanian TV broadcaster Antena 3. Works on the huge flag were conducted in partnership with the Flags Factory.
It took about 200 people several hours Monday to roll out the flag, which measured about 349 meters (1,145 feet) by 227 meters (744.5 feet), about three times the size of a football field, according to Jack Brockbank, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records who measured the flag before pronouncing it the biggest flag in the world.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize a new Guinness World Record title,” he said after measuring the flag.
Romania broke the world record for the largest national flag making a triumphal entry in the famous Guinness World Records
He said Romania’s blue, yellow and red flag covers an area of about 79,290 square meters (853,478 square feet), downing Lebanon which had held the previous record.
The five-ton flag was displayed in Clinceni, 35 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of capital Bucharest. Workers struggled to keep it firmly planted on the ground because of windy conditions and had to use small sandbags.
Adrian Dragomir, manager of the Flags Factory which created the flag, says it took weeks to sew and 70 kilometers (44 miles) of thread was needed.
A military brass band played as Romanian PM Victor Ponta and other ministers arrived in the village to view the flag.
The ceremony was marked by spectacular aerial demonstrations performed by the “AeroClub Romania” paratroopers and “Hawks of Romania” aviators. Furthermore, a military orchestra was scheduled for a musical performance of the national anthem.
Paratroopers from Aeroclub Romania joined the campaign and made an aerial jump that was set to end with a remarkable landing across the flag.
Also a team of pilots dubbed as the “Hawks of Romania” unveiled their training skills on board of Extra 300 planes.
William Roache has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s.
A man, aged 81, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, is being questioned at a Lancashire Police station, police said.
The offences are alleged to have been committed in Haslingden between April and July 1967, officers said.
Neither William Roache, who has played Ken Barlow in Coronation Street since 1960, nor his representatives have commented.
A Coronation Street spokesman said: “Given that a police investigation is under way it would not be appropriate to comment.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “An 81-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning, Wednesday May 1 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape.
“The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.
“We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.”
William Roache has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s
Two police officers are stationed by the closed wrought iron gates outside the star’s home.
In March William Roache issued an apology after he appeared to suggest in a New Zealand television interview that sex abuse victims were being punished for behavior in “previous lives”.
The actor also said if there was anonymity for people making accusations of child sex offences, there should also be anonymity for those accused because of the stigma they faced even if innocent.
William Roache has an award from Guinness World Records for being the world’s longest-serving soap actor, having played Ken Barlow since Coronation Street’s first episode.
Besse Cooper, the US woman listed as the world’s oldest person, has died aged 116.
Besse Cooper died peacefully on Tuesday at a nursing home near Atlanta, Georgia, said her son, Sidney Cooper.
She had recently been ill with a stomach virus, he added.
The Tennessee-born teacher had had her hair set on Tuesday morning and watched a Christmas video, but then suffered breathing problems, said Sidney Cooper. She was put on oxygen but died a short while later.
“With her hair fixed it looked like she was ready to go,” Sidney Cooper told the Associated Press news agency.
Besse Cooper, the US woman listed as the world’s oldest person, has died aged 116
Besse Cooper was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest person in January 2011.
The following May, Guinness discovered that a Brazilian woman, Maria Gomes Valentin, was 48 days older, but she died the following month.
Born in Tennessee, Besse Cooper moved to Georgia during World War I to look for work as a teacher.
Her funeral was likely to be held later this week, her son said.
Guinness said Besse Cooper is succeeded as the world’s oldest living person by fellow American Dina Manfredini from Iowa, who is 115.
The oldest person ever was French-born Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 before dying in 1997.
Massachusetts bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail eats 7 pounds of protein, 9 pounds of carbohydrates and 3 gallons of water each day to help maintain upper arms that measure 31 inches around (as big as a small man’s waist).
Skeptics say there must also be steroids or some other artificial means behind Moustafa Ismail’s beyond-bulging biceps and triceps, and Guinness World Records is wavering on whether to recognize him.
But Moustafa Ismail insists they are all-natural, the result of a punishing workout regimen he started after a guest at his uncle’s wedding in his native Egypt mocked his overweight frame.
“They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye,” Moustafa Ismail, 24, said while working out in the Boston suburb of Milford.
But unlike the cartoon character: “I like chicken, beef, anything but spinach.”
It’s not easy having the world’s biggest arms.
Generous amounts of poultry, seafood and shakes provide the protein he needs to fuel daily two-hour workouts in which he lifts as much as 600 pounds. He also takes mineral and vitamin supplements and drinks plenty of water to flush out his system.
Then there’s clothes shopping. The rest of Moustafa Ismail’s body is average, so it’s a challenge finding shirts that fit his arms without making him look like a little kid playing dress-up.
Not to mention the controversy that ensued when Guinness decided to recognize him as having the largest upper arm muscles on earth and critics accused him of using steroids or other artificial methods.
He lost a night of sleep but then decided the criticism “is motivation for me – it’s not something that’s gonna put me down”.
Moustafa Ismail started building his muscles in his Egyptian hometown of Alexandria before moving to the United States in 2007 and settling in Franklin, southwest of Boston.
To pay for his gym membership and dietary requirements, he worked two jobs as a gas station attendant, but gave up one after his wife complained that he was pushing himself too hard.
Then Guinness called last Fall, offering him an all-expenses-paid trip to London for a signature appearance with the world’s shortest woman and others.
He went, but then the controversy started. Strangers claimed online that he used steroids or had implants in his arms.
Moustafa Ismail defends his natural 31 inches biceps and insists they are result of protein and water
Others speculated that he might have injected his muscles with a synthetic oil substance, synthol, used by bodybuilders to fluff muscle tissues.
“It is hurtful,” Moustafa Ismail said, noting that he has no scars that would have resulted from surgery and that supporting a wife in the U.S. and family members in Egypt doesn’t leave him with spare cash to buy pricey synthetic oils.
Moustafa Ismail even went to Tokyo to appear in a Fuji TV documentary program in which independent doctors collected blood samples and X-rayed his muscles. They found nothing abnormal, he said.
Still, Guinness hastily removed references to Moustafa Ismail from its website. Spokeswoman Sara Wilcox said in October that Guinness was conducting research with medical specialists and reviewing Moustafa Ismail’s category.
She did not respond to emailed questions later seeking details about when Guinness would conclude the review and what it entails.
Some fellow amateur bodybuilders at his gym, however, support Moustafa Ismail and say they believe his arms are natural.
“When I first saw him I thought <<Oh my God, he’s a freak>> – the big Popeye arms, he’s incredible, but he works out hard, so good luck to him,” said Janice Vincuilla.
Moustafa Ismail has lifted as much as 600 pounds but said he doesn’t typically focus on how much weight he is hoisting.
“It’s not about me lifting heavy weights,” he said.
“It’s about me making the right techniques, even with the light weights, but getting good results out of that.”
He has a daily exercise regime of 5 a.m. until 8 a.m. during which he concentrates on cardio, strength-training and body sculpting, using heavy and light isolated weights.
“Working out makes my mood better. You’re just focusing.
“And I like that in this type of sport you can see your improvement in your shape,” he says.
“I know they are growing, my chest, my shoulders, my arms. I love weights.”
The daily diet of Moustafa Ismail
A minimum of three hours of training, at least twice a day
Weightlifting using heavy and light isolated weights
Daily diet includes:
4 lbs of chicken
2 lbs of steak or fish
4 cups of almonds
various sources of carbohydrates (up to nine pounds)
Don’t be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline.
Skinny weighs 41 pounds and he needs a home.
A Dallas-area animal shelter has cared for the 5-year-old orange tabby since getting a call about a stray in a yard about a week ago.
But now the “special needs” animal is looking for a loving home and going up for adoption.
Skinny weighs 41 pounds and he needs a home
Kim Chapin with Richardson Animal Services said on Friday that Skinny is “very sweet” – and the largest cat she’s seen in 21 years with the shelter.
U.S. government growth charts show Skinny weighs about as much as the average 4-year-old child.
Skinny weighs an average of 25 pounds more than the average feline. But the Texas cat isn’t the heaviest kitty on record.
Himmy the Australian cat tipped the scales around 47 pounds, according to Guinness World Records, which retired the category to discourage the overfeeding of porky pets – The Dallas Morning News reported.
Kim Chapin says Skinny appears healthy except for being overweight and likely having diabetes.
He is listed as a “special needs” cat and his new owners will need to closely monitor his diet and exercise.
Another worker for the shelter, Noura Jammal, described Skinny as a “loving cat”, adding that he “loves to have his belly rubbed”.
“He really needs to exercise, go to a vet and go on a diet,” she added.
Kim Chapin says somebody apparently had been caring for the cat but officials aren’t sure who owned the huge kitty.
Ram Singh Chauhan from India has the world’s longest moustache, which is officially recorded by Guinness World Records as 4.29 m (14 ft) long.
Here Ram Singh Chauhan offers five tips of his secret.
1. Start growing early – as soon as you can. Ram Singh Chauhan, now 54, started growing his moustache in 1970 – facial hair grows fastest in one’s youth, he says.
“As you grow old your hormones grow weak, so the speed slows down.”
And, of course, he has never cut it, “apart from trimming around the lip area”.
Steve Parsons of the British-based Handlebar Club seconds this advice, as a young man’s facial hair is more durable than that of an elderly man.
“As moustache hair goes white it starts to become more brittle and is more likely break off,” says Steve Parsons
2. Groom it well. Ram Singh Chauhan spends an hour every day cleaning and combing his moustache.
“I massage it and oil it regularly and I wash it every 10 days which takes a long time,” he says. “My wife helps me.” He uses a coconut-based hair oil.
Ram Singh Chauhan from India has the world's longest moustache, which is officially recorded by Guinness World Records as 4.29 m (14 ft) long
Steve Parsons, who himself sports an elaborate handlebar moustache, recommends leave-in conditioner as an antidote for troublesome split ends.
“You can also use pomades or beeswax but that requires a good wash to get it out. Our advice? Dip it in beer on a regular basis,” he says.
Rod Littlewood, vice-president of the World Beard and Moustache Association, says it’s best for the moustachioed to avoid eating some food in public.
“Candy floss is a horror!”
3. Get your family on side. Ram Singh Chauhan’s wife Asha says they used to fight over his moustache in the early years.
“He used to take a long time to get ready, to wash and also people used to stare at him,” she says. She didn’t feel comfortable. But later, as he started getting recognition for his long moustache, she started to like it and to respect his commitment. Now, she says, the moustache is like a part of the family and she shares his pride in it.
Steve Parsons, meanwhile, admits that his wife is not the greatest fan of his lip furniture, but he has a good riposte: “I always say kissing a man without a moustache is like drinking champagne without the bubbles.”
4. Endure any discomfort. Ram Singh Chauhan says life is not easy with such a long moustache. When it was shorter, he used to wrap it around his ears. Now it’s longer, he wraps it around his neck.
Sleeping can be uncomfortable but he says there’s no gain without pain and he wouldn’t want it any other way. “I am special with my moustache, and I have never dreamt of being without it.”
The Movember charity, which encourages men to grow their moustaches in November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, acknowledges that new moustaches can be itchy when they start growing.
Movember co-founder JC advises men to ignore the itch and be brave.
“Remind yourself that other men have endured worse in the past. Surely you can stand a little face tickle from your mo?”
5. Don’t be a slave to fashion. When he was younger, Ram Singh Chauhan says, moustaches were very much in vogue in his home country. He earned a lot of respect from fellow students at college, but finds the youth of today have little interest in facial hair.
“My own son doesn’t have one,” he says regretfully.
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