Guinness World Records is considered the official reference and ultimate authority for world records, and one of the best-selling books of all times. The fascination for records is the same in India and Norway, but the records also brings out the unique features of the two countries. This week, we decided to pick our top five favorites that shows the Indian and Norwegian culture in our understanding.
We picked our favorites from a selection of clothing, food, and health habits, many of which are common practices in both countries. For example, India’s largest yoga session goes very well with the Norwegian fitness concept of outdoor activities like mountain climbing, both considered excellent for your mental and physical well-being.
Largest yoga session Thousands of people have become official Guinness World Records titleholders after taking part in the world’s largest yoga session, in honour of International Yoga Day this year. A staggering 54,522 participants practiced their Downward Dog and Warrior 1 poses in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
World’s longest turban Avtar Singh Mauni, a 60-year-old man from Patiala, Punjab, holds the record for the longest turban in the world. The turban weighs 45 kilos and stretches to as long as 645 metres. Wondering how long it takes him to get ready every morning? Six hours!
World’s longest moustache Jaipur resident Ram Singh Chauhan, 58, holds the title of the world’s largest moustache. 4.3 meters, Chauhan has been growing it for over 30 years.
World’s biggest chapati World’s largest chapati was made by Shree Jalarm Mandir Jirnodhar Samitee organisation at Jalaram Temple, Jamnagar, and weighed around 64 kg.
World’s largest biryani The hard work of 60 chefs went into making world’s largest biryani which needed as much as 12,000 kg rice and vegetables.
Fastest backwards skiing The record of 128.7 kilometers per hour was set by one of the world’s best freestyle skiers, Anders Backe. After several jumps on the world’s biggest ski-flying hill at Vikersund, and the first to do it backwards, he decided to try to set the record for being the fastest to run backwards.
Longest gingerbread train The world’s longest gingerbread train was built on 16 December 2011. In collaboration with the Norwegian State Railways, children and adults contributed with 614 wagons which were connected into a 206-meter edible train.
Most people on a mountaintop The record was set by all of the employees at the IT-company Atea when they walked and climbed to the top of Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen. On 3 September 2011, 972 people reached the top of the 2469 meter high mountain.
Youngest person to cross the Antarctica Teodor Johnsen, born August 14 1991, got himself a world record when he, as 20 years old, decided to join an expedition to walk across the Antarctica in the foot (ski) step of explorer Roald Amundsen.
World longest knitted scarf Helge Johansen has been knitting a scarf of almost 5 kilometers and 500 kilos, after been knitting for 30 years. Apparently he is still knitting.
We do not intend to undermine the quality of other record holders; this is just a representative list, chosen as example of impressive things happening in both countries. For full and update list of records, visit http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/.
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs