A deadly record, the man who drank 56 shots... only once.

A deadly record, the man who drank 56 shots... only once.

Friday, October 24, 2014, a family dad who went out in a shot bar in Clermont-Ferrand (France) with his daughter and her 3 friends, fell into an alcoholic coma after drinking 56 shots, trying (and succeeding in) to break the bar's records of number of shots drunk in a single evening. He sadly didn't enjoy his prowess for long, as he died a few hours after of a cardiac arrest. Which is probably unnecessary to specify the cause. 

The largest known virus (highest number of genome base pairs)

The largest known virus (highest number of genome base pairs)

Pandoravirus dulcis and Pandoravirus salinus, the two Pandoraviridae's representatives known for now, are the largest viruses known to date, by their genome: these viruses have a Dna chain comprising between 1.9 and 2.5 millions base pairs, two times more than other giant viruses such as Mimiviridae, Megaviridae, and even more than Pithovirus sibericum, which holds the biggest virus record (actual size), being 50% larger than the Pandoraviridae.

The fastest and powerful tennis serves

The fastest and powerful tennis serves

Australian tennis player Samuel Groth is the most powerful tennis balls cannon: one of his serves, recorded in 2012 at Busan Open Challenger, propelled the ball to a legendary ace that reached speed of 263.4 km/h (163.68 mph)! The woman defending champion, German player Sabine Lisicki, also shot a huge missile 210.8 km/h (131 mph) fast on his opponent at the Standford Tournament, 2014. 

The fastest car ever

The fastest car ever

The world record for the highest speed ever reached with a land car is held by Andy Green, who managed to exceed the sound barrier, with an average of 1227.985 km/h (763.035 mph) on a mile, on January 12, 1997. In the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, he led driving Thrust SSC, a car halfway between the jet and the wheeled rocket, able to unlock 106,000 horsepowers!

The fastest women : land speed record in a car

The fastest women : land speed record in a car

Kitty Hambleton( formerly O'Neil) is the fastest woman on Earth, as she holds the women's land speed record on a car : she reached up to 825.127 km/h, in December 6, 1976. Driving her rocket car SM1 Motivator in the Alvord Desert, she probably even (briefly) reached a speed of 965 km/h, yet, using only 60% power of her car engine. Actually, she could have surpassed the world record, if her contract did not stipulate that she was authorized to break the women's record ... but forbidden to break the men land speed record!

The biggest ship graveyard in the world (underwater)

The biggest ship graveyard in the world (underwater)

Chuuk Lagoon (aka, Truk Lagoon), is a small atoll in Micronesia, lost in the Pacific Ocean, 1300 km northeast of New Guinea. Even though it might seem quite far of everything, this beautiful bay gained notoriety during and after the Second World War, as being one of the most important bases of the Imperial Japanese fleet, then later to become the largest shipwrecks underwater cemetery, with no less than 60 sunken boats and hundreds of fallen aircrafts ...

The smallest cats world records

The smallest cats world records

Officially, the smallest cat in the world, Tinker Toy, is a Himalayan 2,75 inches (7 cm) tall (at the shoulder) and 7,25 inches (19 cm) long (excluding tail). Several other contenders for the title of the smallest sweetness ball - which many are actually fakes - are pretending to the world record of the smallest cat ever.

The longest human fart in history

The longest human fart in history

In Britain, land of the elegance and yet the subtle humor, a man recently became famous by the depth and sound quality of his intestinal fragrances. Mister Methane, as the name suggests, is a real masked super-zero whose characteristic seems to be an amazing sphincters control, which he demonstrates by performing various obnoxious musical works, and incidentally, a video in which he made the longest fart ever recorded in the world (so far).

Wolrd record of the oldest living organism ever

Wolrd record of the oldest living organism ever

Posidonia oceanica, also known as Neptune's Grass, is a seagrass which reproductive characteristics allow it to develop into clonal colony, where each individual of the colony is involved in the identic transmission of the genome, giving rise to other individual plants perduring genetic line. Together they form a super-organism, a single entity, which first "cells" appeared already about 100,000 years ago. This is the estimated age of the oldest living organism on Earth ... in the sea. 

The highest waves ever recorded

The highest waves ever recorded

Though many videos of surfers riding giant waves go around the world, it is likely in the middle of the oceans that we can find the highest waves on the planet, by observing the famous freak waves or Rogue Waves, to which are attributed numerous disappearances and shipwrecks. The largest of these mythical surges reached 29.1 m (95 ft), and scientists estimate that the 2011 storm Quirin certainly gave birth to waves 36 meters (118 ft) high!

The unluckiest runners in the Tour de France

The unluckiest runners in the Tour de France

Also known as the world record  of the "I was on the brink, but ...", this sad distinction is shared by the two cyclism's champions Raymond Poulidor and Joop Zoetemelk, the first holding the record for the number of podium without a win, the second, the most of second places in the Tour de France

Most wins in the Tour de France ... and most canceled victories

Most wins in the Tour de France ... and most canceled victories

Lance Armstrong is a bit of Tour de France history by himself. Between 1999 and 2005, this (fake?) Champion has won no fewer than seven Tours in a row, and with that, a quite interesting amount of money. That was the world records for the most wins in the Tour. Unfortunately these victories were canceled by the International Cycling Union in 2012, So, Armstrong also holds the world records of canceled victories on the great Tour. Armstrong will unfortunately never have the chance to loose another victory, because he is (sadly) struck off for life!

The man who lost the most boxing matches

The man who lost the most boxing matches

Becoming a legend in the boxing world remains the challenge of a whole career. Tyson, Mayweather, Ali ... These boxers survive in the pantheon of sports through their outstanding track record. Reggie Strickland definatly is one of them, as he holds a world record kinda hard to reach - altough he may have not asked for : this super middleweight is the boxer who lost the highest number of professional boxing fights during his career, with 276 losses ...! 

The oldest (individual) animal ever known

The oldest (individual) animal ever known

Arctica islandica is a species of bivalve living in the North Atlantic Ocean, which one of the members, named Ming, is to date the animal that, officially, lived the longest life: Recent studies estimated it has reached, before it died, an age up to 507 years! Ming was thus a contemporary of ... Christopher Columbus! Actually, it could have lived even longer. Unfortunately, scientists who studied Ming, also accidentally killed it...

The largest salt desert, the Salar de Uyuni lake

The largest salt desert, the Salar de Uyuni lake

If it is not, strictly speaking, a real lake, since almost completely dried up, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert we can observe on Earth, storing 64 billions tons of salt on an area of ​​10,582 square kilometers. The Salar de Uyuni also holds other associated records: when flooded, it becomes the largest mirror in the world, and it also holds the largest land reserves of lithium.