Most of people took to the streets dressed attempt to break world record

Most of people took to the streets dressed attempt to break world record

It could be a scene straight out the children’s book Where’s Waldo? But you certainly wouldn’t have much trouble finding him among this lot.

Thousands of people took to the streets in outfits identical to the children’s book character in an attempt to break a Guiness World Record.

The event was arranged by organisers of the Street Performance World Championships who think up weird and wonderful ways to break records.

The character Where’s Wally was created by British illustrator Martin Handford and the first book was published in 1987.

The book consists of dozens of people in a certain situation and readers and tasked with trying to find Wally among the crowds.

He is more commonly known as Where’s Waldo in America and Canada as well as a number of other names around the world.

Other characters were added to the franchise, including an arch enemy Odlaw, Waldo’s dog Woof and his female friend Wenda.

The campaign has obviously been successful because 3,657 people showed up at Merrion Square, Dublin, yesterday wearing striped white and red bobble hat with matching shirts and dark-rimmed glasses usually worn by Where’s Waldo?.

World’s oldest light bulb still shining bright after 110 yeras in California

World’s oldest light bulb still shining bright after 110 yeras in California

The world’s oldest lightbulb turns 110 Saturday in Livermore, Calif., a tiny 4-watt night light that has burned its way into the Guinness World Records.

The bulb first lit up in 1901 when it was donated to the fire department — before the Titanic sank and before San Francisco endured its disastrous quake.

On Saturday, the Livermore Firehouse, which has moved the bulb three or four times since 1901, is to celebrate the birthday with cakes, parades, speeches and a brass band.

What other lightbulb has its own profile on Facebook and is watched over by a webcam which offers round-the-clock proof of its continued activity?

“In our guestbook we have people from Germany, China, Japan, Russia, England, you name it,” beams Lynn Owens, 67, the former division chief for the Livermore Fire Department who has looked after the bulb for 30 years.

As “spokesperson” for the Centennial Lightbulb, Owens has an answer to all questions but one.

“Why does she burn longer than all the others? That is the mystery that nobody knows,” he says.

Lots of experts have tried to establish precisely why, but none of them came to a convincing conclusion.

“No one turns it on and off, maybe that’s why it lasts so long,” Owens guesses.

The bulb hangs well over five metres above the floor of the fire station, and the small switch at its base is out of reach.

The hand-blown bulb was made in the 1890s by Shelby Electrics Company in Ohio.

The owner of an energy company in Livermore gave it as a present to the local Fire Department, which was at the time still using kerosene lamps. So as not to not leave the station completely in the dark at night, the bulb was left burning ’round the clock.

“She was meant to be a little nightlight, it just gives the room a little warm glow,” Owens notes.

With a carbon filament and just 4 watts, it tirelessly gives off a gentle, amber-yellow light. Night or day, nobody turns it off.

The bulb first caught the public eye in 1972, when a newspaper reporter looked into its longevity and suggested it should be in the Guinness World Records.

The true test came in 1976, with the move to a new firehouse. Wrapped in foam, with a siren-wailing police guard, it was rushed to a new site where it was carefully hung from the ceiling.

“It was off maybe at the most seven, eight minutes,” Owens recalls.

A soft click on the old switch at the base, and it glowed on. It has not stopped since. Not even a power cut can get it, because it is plugged onto an emergency power appliance.

This bulb, which survived the 1906 San Francisco quake disaster 60 km distant from Livermore and numerous energy crises since, runs no risk of being replaced by a power-saving light bulb.

“Nobody will ever touch it again,” Owens says.

“And if she burns out one day, the bulb will never leave Livermore.”

Just in case, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum has already enquired about the possibility of taking it.

The bulb shows no signs of aging, not even a nervous flicker before its 110th birthday.

Naked swimmers break world record for biggest skinny dip

Naked swimmers break world record for biggest skinny dip

Four hundred people stripped naked and plunged into the sea off Wales on Sunday in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest skinny-dip.

The swimmers came from across the UK to brave the chill waters of Rhossili beach, on the Gower peninsula.

The existing record is believed to stand at 250 naked bathers in one location, and organisers plan to submit today’s event to adjudicators at Guinness World Records in an attempt to claim the title.

Alison Powell, an online publishing editor who came up with the idea as a way of raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and the National Trust, said it had gone “brilliantly”. She said: “It was amazing. It’s such a beautiful beach.”

To break the record, the bathers had to wade into the water until it was up to their waists and stay there, shivering, for 10 minutes.

Rhossili beach was chosen for the 7am swim because it is long and reasonably hidden, sparing the blushes of the skinny-dippers and any passers-by.

One of the swimmers, Stephen Clarke, described the experience as unforgettable. Writing on the event’s Facebook page afterwards, he said: “Just back home and still grinning. What a awesome sight. It really is something that I will never forget. I spoke to lots people who were so ecstatic at taking part. As others have said, I can’t wait till next year.”

Another triumphant skinny-dipper, John Gwalter, wrote: “We did it!!! Looks like there were about 400 of us so the record is well broken.”