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10 of the Best New Entries in the Guinness World Records 2015 Book

By Gerald Lynch on at

Happy 60th birthday to the Guinness World Records book! With the 2015 edition going on sale tomorrow, the venerable tome has intrigued, entertained and grossed out readers with its collection of record breakers and natural wonders for six decades.

"This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades," said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief.

"Of course, we’ve still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from… and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut."

To celebrate the launch, we've been given a sneak-peek at some of this year's most weird and wonderful entries ahead of tomorrow's release.

To kick things off at the top of the page above is Nick Stoeberl from California, who is the proud owner of the world's longest tongue, measuring 10.1 cm. More than a match for Kiss's Gene Simmons, Stoeberl can not only lick his nose, but can also do the near-impossible and give his elbow a quick taste, too.

29 year old Nancy Siefker could give the legendary Robin Hood a run for his money. The circus artist from California holds the record for the farthest arrow shot from a bow using just feet. Nancy was able to whizz an arrow onto a target just 5.5-inches across from a distance of 20 feet. Next on Siefker's killer-feet weapons list? Ninja stars. And that's not even a lie.

Looking to join the Caravan Club, but only have a bike with which to drag along your mobile home? Give Londoner Yannic Read, 43, a shout. He's built the world's smallest, fully roadworthy caravan, which measures just 2.39m long, 1.53m high and 0.79m wide. It’s fully equipped with a bed, interior lighting, TV, sink and a kettle.

You have to wonder how many of Alley the cat's nine lives were used up claiming this title. The American moggy enters the Guinness World Records 2015 book with the longest jump ever recorded from a cat, measuring six feet/ 1.83 metres.

It may not do your handicap much good, but Danish trick-golf artist Karsten Maas, 49, enters the record books this year with the world's longest usable golf club, measuring 14 feet and 5 inches. It may look ridiculous, but it's actually not that bad as a driver either: Maas has used it to hit a golf ball a whopping 542 feet and 10.16 inches.

Simon Chalk must be more boat than man by now. One of the world's most celebrated rowers, his achievements include rowing the Atlantic six times and the Indian Ocean twice. He enters the record book this year for achieving the most ocean rows by one person.

Lancashire's Nick Bennett, 47, may not have a license to kill, but he's obviously been given free reign to clog up his home with as much Jame Bond-related crap as he can fit in it. Numbering a ridiculous 12,463 items, he holds the record for the world's largest collection of Bond memorabilia, which he keeps in a "secret lair" fitting of a true Bond villain.

From Bond to breakfast. Akiko Obata enters the Guinness World Records 2015 book with her collection of 8,000 pieces of fake, plastic food. It's the largest collection in the world, and must be a serious tease for anyone coming round to Obata's flat expecting some proper lunch.

Ohio's Beth Johnson has built the world's largest yo-yo, which measures an incredible 3.65 metres in diameter and weighs 2095.6kg. Looking to build "something better and bigger than anyone else had done before,” Beth admits that “everyone thought I was crazy but I didn't care. I‘m not a quitter. Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” Bet she can't do the "walk the dog" trick with it though.

The heaviest weight lifted by a human beard is 63.80 kg, achieved by Antanas Kontrimas of Lithuania on the set of "Rekorlar Dunyasi" in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26 June 2013. Rumours that swing rides on his beard are set to be the next big thing at Thorpe Park are yet to be substantiated.

The Guinness World Records 2015 edition hits UK stores tomorrow, on September 11th, with an RRP of £20. For more record breaking stats and wonders, be sure to check out the Guinness World Records website, Twitter feed and YouTube channel.