100 Feet Iron Chain and Multiple Pad Locks and Unlocked in Short Duration

Amey Vinakumar Sarang known as AVS – The Third Generation Illusionist (Born on 6th February 1984) of Mumbai Maharashtra performed THE 100 – Escape Act with Handcuff’s. They performed 100 Feet Iron Chain and Multiple Pad Locks and unlocked in 42 second at Haiko Mall, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, India on 19th May 2012.

World's Largest Crutches

World's Largest Crutches - 26 Feet - World Record Set by Paavan Solanki and Ranjitsingh Gohil, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Most People Dance on Single Venue - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Most People Dance Single Venue - Swarnim Gujarat at Sardar Patel Stadium - World Amazing Records - Government of Gujarat

Largest Han drum (Tabla) Ensemble

Largest Han drum (Tabla) Ensemble - 326 Hand Drum (Tabla) Player Playing Tabla Together for Over 1 Hour set World Amazing Record - Shreyas Foundation, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - Management by Paavan Solanki - Organize by Tabla Talim Sansthan and Saptak School of Music.

Fastest Running on Mountain Marathon

Kanji Bhaliya - Fastest Running on Mountain Girnar Marathon 2011 - Champion - Junagadh, Gujarat, India

Latest World Records 2012

Longest Model Train World Record set by Miniatur Wunderland

Longest Model Train Guinness World Record set by Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Germany Exclusive Full Video Online.

An HO (1:87.1) scale model train measuring 110.3 m ( 361 ft 10 in) made up of 3 locomotives of type "lore" and 887 carriages was constructed by Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, on November 27, 2005. If the model had been a full-scale train it would have measured 9.607 km (5.969 miles) long.

The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany has 700 trains, 4,000 automobiles, 165,000 trees and 250,000 individual lights and a track lengh of 5.6 miles has set the Guinness world record for the largest miniature railroad.

Mario Barth World Record for Live Comedy Audience

German comedian Mario Barth set a new World Record for a live comedy audience. His 70,000 sell-out show in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Saturday smashed the previous record of 15,900 set by US comedian Chris Rock in London.

Barth presented his show “Men are primitive, but happy!” in which he talks about the differences and misunderstandings between men and women. He runs through a repertoire of clich├ęs, from parking to washing up. Barth even uses his own girlfriend as the inspiration for many of his jokes and says, “She has a good sense of humor and I can’t really help that she is the way she is. It’s all good fun.”

The 35-year-old comedian had been touring Germany with his show since the beginning of 2006. And despite critics lambasting the comedian’s material for lacking depth, his shows are consistently sold out and the audience, seemingly, can identify with his jokes.

Barth came to the wider German public’s attention when his bestselling “dictionary” German-Woman/Women-German, based on his comedy show, was released in October 2004. The book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into many different languages.

The record-breaking show in Berlin was recorded by 19 cameras and will be shown on German TV in the fall. A DVD of the event is also planned.


Most People Playing Dominoes World Record

ESPN Deportes and the World Domino Federation presented the VI World Domino Championship at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. Thursday, July 10 - Saturday, July 12. This year's championship broke the Guinness World Record for "Most People Playing Dominoes," with 332 players helping surpass the previous record of 300.

The three-day event gathered over 554 domino enthusiasts, with representation from nine countries from Latin America, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Russia and the United States.

Freddy Vera from Puerto Rico won the individuals category and Fabio Baduy and Reinaldo Troconis from Venezuela took home the prize in the pair's category. Vera got his early lessons in dominoes at the age of 14 by observing people playing the game in the streets of his native San Sebastian.

Friends since attending Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, Fabio Baduy and Reinaldo Troconis have been playing dominoes for over a decade. Baduy, a computer engineer and Troconis, a systems analyst, credit their passion for the game to the university's security guards who taught them how to master the game.

ESPN Deportes will televise all the action of the VI World Domino Championship in September 2008.

World Record for 280,000 Plant Seedlings India

Chaupakhi, a nondescript village in Western Assam’s Bongaigaon district, has ensured its entry in to the Guinness Book of World Records by planting more than 280,000 saplings in 24 hours. Three hundred residents of Chaupakhi had embarked on a massive tree plantation drive on July 11 in a bid to outdo the record made by Nagapattanam village in Tamil Nadu in 2006.

Extra assistant commissioner of North Salmara, Palash R Gharphulia told this newspaper that the residents of Chaupakhi had planted more than 2.80 lakhs saplings by 2 pm on July 12. The plantation had started on an area of 31.5 lakh hectares of land on Friday at 3 pm in presence of five independent observers appointed by authorities in the Guinness Book of Records.

Gharphulia said that plantation of saplings, comprising fruit and timber tree species has just concluded. "Besides the physical presence of observers, we have prepared videographic record of every moment of the event which will be presented to the Guinness Book of World Records," he said adding that they are now awaiting formal approval of the authorities in the Guinness Book of Records. The present record of planting highest 2,54,469 saplings on a plot of about 20 hacter land stands in the name of Nagapattanam village of Tamil Nadu in 2006.

The man behind motivating the Chaupakhi villagers for plantation drive was M.S. Manivannam, sub-divisional officer (civil) of North Salmara, who incidentally is from Tamil Nadu.

He told reporters: "Basically our purpose was also aimed at to involve the villagers in both eco-conservation and income generation activities. As we found a vast empty plot of land, we thought why not try out for tree plantation which has both eco-conservation and economic values. Moreover, the villagers can also get engaged under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act."

WWF-India education officer for Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Surajit Baruah, one of the independent observers of the plantation drive, said that the effort has set an example for the entire country. "We should appreciate the effort for the simple reason that it is going to set an example of massive afforestation drive both in the Northeastern region and the country as a whole. The landscape is beautiful, dotted with small wetlands, for the plantation drive," said Mr Baruah.

Jihosuo Biswas of Primate Research Centre, who is also observer in the drive, said the tree species selected for the plantation is a judicious mix of both fruit and timber varieties and would come as an immense help to the villagers who made it possible.

5 years Old Blind Pianist Play Mozart after just 1 listen.

Blind five-year-old pianist from South Korea has stunned the music world after a video of her performance received more than 27million hits. Yoo Ye-eun, who was born blind and adopted in 2002, has never had a formal piano lesson but can play any song after just one listen.

And now her remarkable talent is set to propel her to stardom as clips of her amazing performance have attracted millions of viewers to Korean website Pandora TV. A similar clip on YouTube has so far received two million hits. Her display on 'Star King', a Korean talent show, earned the youngster £500 in prize money and moved the studio audience to tears.

Olive Riley - Worlds Oldest Blogger Dies at 108

Olive Riley, who was dubbed the world's oldest blogger, died at the age of 108, according to the Associated Press. Her final days were spent at a nursing facility in Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia where she continued to chronicle her life growing up in the Outback, raising kids, and working as a bartender and farm cook on a her blog, "The Life of Riley." Upon news of her death, her blog received a flurry of hits and experienced technical difficulties. You may view her temporary blog - http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com/

Here's an excerpt of one of her final posts:
Hello again to all my friends.
You 21st century people live a different life than the one I lived as a youngster in the early 1900s. Take Washing Day, for instance. These days you just toss your dirty clothes into a washing machine, press a few switches, and it's done.

I remember scratching around to find a few pieces of wood to fire the copper for Mum. Sometimes I'd find a broken wooden fruit box that I'd split with a tommyhawk. Sometimes I'd gather some twigs and dead branches, and use them for firewood.

When the water in the copper began to boil, Mum would add a cupful of soap chips, and throw in a cube of Reckitt's Blue wrapped in a muslin bag to whiten the clothes. Then she put in all the dirty clothes, first rubbing out the stains with a bar of Sunlight soap. She used a corrugated washing board for that. ....

It's nice to see an older generation take hold of technology to share their own stories. Plus, Olive Riley showed everyone that you're never to old to blog! May she rest in peace.
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Indian Sand Artist set Limca Book of Records

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik will find his mention in the Limca Book of Records 2009 for the third time next year for being the first Indian to win the world champion title twice at the USF World Double Championship in Berlin.

On the second year of the championship, the artist created a 25ft high sculpture based on the theme of global warming depicting a polar bear sitting on a globe and praying with three faces representing Africa, Europe and Asia supporting the base.

“My second win is a dream come true. I am glad that I could make my country proud twice,” said the artist, adding that Bijay Ghosh, the editor of the Limca Book of Records, confirmed the news last evening.

After Sudarshan returned from the USF championship, Union tourism minister Ambika Soni approached Sudarshan to don the cap of the Orissa brand ambassador for its Incredible India campaign.

“Talks have not been finalised yet, but we did have a discussion,” said Sudarshan.

“The ministry wishes that I promote the Incredible India campaign when I participate in international meets,” he added. So far, his global warming theme has been taken to 37 countries.

“I have requested the government to recognise sand form as a genuine art. I have also pleaded the government to mull a sand park near Puri, where many such sculptures may be displayed.

The ministry officials have assured me of discussing the matter,” he said. Sudarshan has participated in 37 international championships and has won in a number of them. After fulfilling his dreams of creating 100 sandy Taj Mahal, Sudarshan now wants to concentrate on the issue of global warming.

“Global warming is a matter of concern for the entire world, including Orissa. I have approached the UN asking their help in this regard,” he added. The artist is expected to carry the world champion title for a period of a year.

Earlier, Sudarshan’s exhibition on the theme of Jesus Christ on the Puri beach in 2007 and the one on Santa Claus in 2006 had received a mention in the Limca books.

Made of 600 tonnes of sand, the sculpture of Jesus Christ on the Puri beach in Christmas 2007 was 60ft long.

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World's Biggest Family Tree Guinness World Record

Roy Blackmore, 76, was orphaned as a child and became determined to find out more about the family he never knew.

He has spent around £20,000 and five hours a day for the past 28 years scouring archives, cemetery records and census registers to trace his roots back 1,500 years.

Genealogy is now a hugely popular pursuit, buoyed by the advent of the internet and programmes such as the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

During his investigations, Mr Blackmore discovered ancestors including farmers, monks, a Wild West cowboy, Civil War soldiers, a King of France, William the Conqueror and Alfred the Great.

He has now traced and listed 9,390 ancestors and applied to the Guinness Book of Records for the title of the world's largest documented family tree.

Experts say his study is "unique" because most of his research was carried out before the birth of the internet - meaning he had to follow a paper trail.

Mr Blackmore, of Taunton, Somerset, said: "When I started I never planned to go back that far but the more I looked the more interested I became.

"There have been some very frustrating times when I seemingly hit a brick wall. But there is always a way around or over an obstacle and you just have to persevere. "I could go back further into my French descendants but I think I'll leave it as it is."

Grandfather Mr Blackmore, a former perfume company buyer, was placed into foster care along with his six brothers and sisters when their parents Ida and Hubert died three years apart, in 1937 and 1940.

He has now found relatives right back to the Cerdick family in 500 AD and can link himself through 37 generations to William the Conqueror in the 11th Century and 45 generations to Alfred the Great in 880AD.

"The records show that my family were yeoman from around the 10th century when monks first started recording births," he said.

Mr Blackmore's wife Sigrid, 77, has been patient and supportive of his endeavours but he has struggled to enthuse the younger members of his family, he said.

"My grandchildren aren't too interested but I'm sure they will want to know more about their family as they grow older.

"I was never really all that interested in history at school but as you get older you take an interest in where you come from," he said.

Genealogist Nick Barratt, who worked on Who Do You Think You Are?, says Mr Blackmore's family tree could well be a record.

"To research 10,000 family members is a unique and amazing achievement," he said.

"Many claim to have traced their family back to the Domesday Book but have actually used short cuts on the internet.

"To actually follow the paper trail is an incredible feat and I cannot praise it enough."

Mr Blackmore is exhibiting a range of his certificates and wills at Taunton library, Somerset on July 14.

For more information visit www.royblackmore.co.uk

"Worlds Biggest" Guinness World Records

Largest Diamond Pendant Guinness World Record

Recording artist Lil Jon has set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Diamond Pendant’ for his ‘Crunk Aint Dead’ pendant.

With an appraised value of US$500,000, Lil Jon’s diamond pendant is 7.5 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 1 inch thick, weighing 5.11 pounds with a total 73 carats of diamonds. The total stone count is 3,756 genuine round-cut white diamonds set in 18-karat yellow and white gold. The piece was created by jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills.

“I’m glad the Guinness World Records folks acknowledged me and my Crunk Ain’t Dead piece. I spent a load of money on that chain. I had no idea I would break a record and be recognized for it. It’s an honor to be included on that list. I grew up on reading and hearing about people and celebrities who break records in the Guinness World Records Book and it always fascinated me.

Now that I’m on the list, it feels great. Let’s just see how many rappers try to outdo my pendant and break my record. They don’t call me the King of Crunk for nothing!” enthuses Lil Jon.

“Guinness World Records is pleased to recognize Lil Jon as a new member of our record-breaking family. We congratulate him on his remarkable achievement in setting the record for the Largest Pendant which stands at 34.4 ounces, 7.5 inches long and 6 inches wide,” adds Alistair Richards, Guinness World Records Managing Director.

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Guinness Book of Records for Internet

I have read Guinness Book of Recods, The section on “Internet” only got 2 pages and wasn’t even that surprising. Most of the stories there aren’t new except for a few…

* Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom took the top spots for the most popular online news searches in 2006 but the most popular terms was “Bebo”, the social networking site akin to Facebook.

* Largest video sharing service is Youtube with 6.1 million uploaded videos, 45 terabytes of data. Ghyslain Raza’s “The Starwars Kid” clip is the most popular ever with an estimated combined 900 Million views, followed by Gary Brolsma dancing to the tune of Numa Numa (Dragostea din tei) with 700 Million views.

* NTT Docomo’s I-Mode of Japan is the largest Wireless Internet Provider with 45,687,117 subscribers by the end of January 2006. Interestingly, Smart now also offers the I-Mode to select Nokia phone models.

* Having befriended 1.6 Million MySpace users, Tila Tequila is the most popular friend in the social networking world.

* Blogger Kyle MacDonald holds the record for the most successful internet trade — that’s after he got a house at Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada in exchange for his red paper clip in 2006.

The largest prize won for an “online bingo” was for $283,099 by Jo Collins in the UK back in April 2006. So, the next time you get an email to join an online bingo, think twice before hitting the “Spam” button. You might be in luck and land an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records.

62 Year Old Woman Finally Passed Her Driving Test

A 62-year-old woman has finally passed her driving test - 27 years after her first lesson.

Teresa Clarke, of Wroxham, Norfolk, spent 15,000 pound in fees, had 450 hours of tuition from 20 instructors and failed 12 previous tests and cancelled a further 35 and had 50 mock exams.

She had her first lesson in 1981 shortly before American president Ronald Reagan was shot and Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

However, Clarke was lucky for the 13th time, thanks to the help of her stepson, who runs a driving school, she finally was allowed to ditch her L-plates last month.

"It took a long time for it to sink in when I was told I had passed. I was so happy I kissed the woman instructor," the Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

Clarke, a former shop assistant who is 5ft tall and has to sit on a cushion to reach the steering wheel, has admitted that she was a hopeless learner because she found it very difficult to concentrate for long period of time.

She was such a disaster that many instructors refused to carry on teaching her after a few lessons - either too scared or too frustrated to continue.

However, then Richard Minkler, her stepson from her first marriage, stepped in and offered her his best instructor.

She was given 56 hours instruction in a two week intensive course and told to give up coffee and tea to aid her concentration.

"I was little upset after I failed my first couple of tests - but I never really got disheartened," she said.

"I was very persistent and I always knew I would pass one day. Now my dream has come true and I am just delighted.

"I used to fail my tests on all sorts of different things although my main problem was my lack of concentration.

"I used to have at least three cups of strong Italian coffee every day and when I stopped it really improved my driving by helping me to concentrate."

"My previous one three years ago ended up refusing to teach me anymore after I failed my test with him.

"He just said, 'I am awfully sorry, but you are no good. You will never pass'. His comments upset me and I am delighted to have proved him wrong," she added.

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Ronnie Renner set New Freestyle Motocross Jump World Record

Freestyle motocross star Ronnie Renner established a world record Friday night when he jumped 59 feet, 2 inches on a quarterpipe on the Santa Monica Pier.

Renner hit the height on his sixth jump in front of an estimated 20,000 people. The figure will be submitted to Guinness World Records for verification.

"I'm totally blown away that I went 59 feet," said Renner, who was shooting for at least 50 feet. "I can't believe the fan turnout. Everything was absolutely perfect. The fifth and sixth ones, I was giving it everything I had."

Renner went just over 54 feet on his third jump, then was just under 53 feet on his fourth attempt. After going just more than 53 feet on his fifth jump, he decided to do a last jump for the crowd.

"All or nothing," he said. "I knew what I needed to do on the last one, all for the crowd. Way past my goal of 50 feet. I'm just pumped on this. Never jump when they say, 'One more time.' But I'm glad I did it — five feet higher and I rode away to talk about it."

Renner rode up an 18-foot quarterpipe and made a sweeping, 180-degree arc that brought him down onto a landing ramp measuring 25 feet high and 64 feet wide.

It was the third jump in the Red Bull Experiment series, following record-setting performances of fellow motocross rider Robbie Maddison and BMX star Kevin Robinson.

Maddison jumped the length of a football field on New Year's Eve, clearing 322 feet, 7 1/2 inches at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On June 12, Robinson soared 27 feet above the lip of a huge quarterpipe in New York's Central Park to set the BMX big air world record.

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Rubik's Cube world record set by Teenager

Erik Akkersdijk, 18, broke the world record for solving a standard 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube, with a time of 7.08 seconds at the Czech Open at the weekend.

Australia's quickest Rubik's Cube solver Jasmine Lee, who completed the puzzle in 20.37 seconds at the UK Open in 2006, said Akkersdijk's new mark would be hard for anyone to beat.

"That new record is pretty amazing - over 1.5 seconds faster than the previous record. That's a big margin at the top levels of competitive cubing," she said.

Akkersdijk had held the record before with a time of 9.77 seconds, set during the Dutch Open in 2007.

Bu that record had been beaten by Edouard Chambon (9.18 seconds at the Murcia Open 2008 ) and then Japan's Yu Nakajima (8.72 seconds the Kashiwa Open 2008).

In competitive cubing, each cube is rotated by officials into a random configuration unveiled to the solver when the clock starts.

In official compeition only 13 people have ever solved the cube in less than 10 seconds and all those times have been set in the last two years.

Akkersdijk, an environmental management student, took up speedcubing in 2005 and on his website he lists his other hobbies as chess, juggling, building model airplanes and swimming.

Longest Marathon Playing Guitar World Record set by Indian Boy

Aakash Gupta is just 14 years old and is already a grade ‘A’ student, roller skating champion and cross country champion. Yet he was determined to achieve more and go for a Guinness World Record for the longest marathon playing guitar.

In his school’s auditorium, Aakash cut a lonely figure when first seen by Guinness World Record adjudicator Ralph Hannah. It soon became clear there was a team of devoted supporters helping him in his record attempt. From his mother who kept him fed and watered, to the local voluntary organisation who maintained a prayer vigil, Aakash seemed to have the whole support of Agra. Throughout the attempt well wishers visited him, including another local Guinness World Record holder, Dinesh Shandilya who constructed the largest flute in 1996.

The record for the longest marathon playing guitar had stood at 44 hours since 2005, until 6.31 am on Tuesday 24 June 2008, when Aakash officially broke the record. The moment was met with sheer happiness as relatives, sponsors and Mr. Hannah, Guinness World Records adjudicator, crammed onto the stage to congratulate Aakash and share the moment with the rest of India thanks to the presence of the national media.

Aakash continued through the day and eventually stopped strumming after 53 hours and 4 minutes. His daily guitar practice and yoga routine had most certainly paid off. Determination had won the day and Aakash (Hindi for ‘sky’) had reached new heights.

Source : Guinness Book of World Record

Amazing News : Cat Adopted New Born Red Panda

A newborn red panda rejected by its mother in Amsterdam's Artis zoo has been adopted by a domestic cat, the zoo said Friday. The cat is nursing the red panda, currently about the size of a kitten, along with her own four kittens, the zoo said.

The red panda was born on June 30 and rejected by its mother soon afterwards. Red pandas look like raccoons and when fully grown are slightly larger than a domestic cat -- substantially smaller than the black and white giant panda.

"They are skilful climbers that, when not foraging on the ground, spend most of their time in the trees curled up with their long, bushy tails wrapped around their heads," the World Wildlife Fund conservation charity said on its website.

Angelina Jolie gave Birth to the Twins

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, her doctor at a hospital in southern France said on Sunday.

Oscar winner Jolie, 33, had the twins by caesarean section on Saturday evening at the Lenval hospital on the glamorous Promenade des Anglais waterfront drive in Nice. Actor Brad Pitt, the twins' father, was at her side.

The girl, named Vivienne Marcheline, weighed 2.27 kg (5 lbs) while her brother, Knox Leon, weighed 2.28 kg. Marcheline was the first name of Jolie's mother, also an actress, who died of cancer last year.
"The parents and the babies are in excellent health. Everything is fine," Jolie's doctor, Michel Sussmann, told Reuters. He said the c-section had been planned for a long time but the date was brought forward "for medical reasons."

The doctor said Jolie was under epidural and was able to speak to a "perfectly calm" Pitt, 44, during the birth.

"They were very happy," Sussmann said. Asked what Pitt was doing during the birth, he said:
"He was looking at what I was doing. He was my assistant. No, that's a joke."
Jolie arrived at the Lenval hospital in late June by helicopter from the Provence villa where she and Pitt had been staying with their four other children -- Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh.
A frenzied crowd of photographers and camera crews camped outside the building on Sunday, sweating in the humid heat.

Eager for the opportunity to promote himself and his city, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi arrived at the hospital to sign the birth certificates in a smart suit and wearing full make-up for TV interviews despite the sweltering conditions.

"I congratulate the happy parents, the most famous couple in the world, who have chosen our city for this happy event ... The newborns are, history will not forget it, real Nicois, citizens of Nice," a beaming Estrosi said, holding up the birth certificates in a blaze of camera flashes.
News of the celebrity births spread like wildfire in the streets and markets of Nice, where residents and tourists were keen to congratulate and advise the A-list parents.

"Sleep when the babies sleep. That is definitely my main advice to them," said Nicole Stechmann, a German visitor.

Newspaper Nice Matin, which broke news of the birth on Sunday, reported the couple had sold exclusive rights to the first photographs of the twins to an unnamed U.S. magazine for $11 million and would give the money to charity.

Canadian tourist Heather Langfield said she was shocked at the hype surrounding the birth.
"It's ridiculous. It's just two people that just had two kids and they're making far too much out of it," she said.

The celebrity couple, known in the media as "Brangelina", moved into a 17th century villa in Provence, France, earlier this year, with paparazzi descending on the village of Correns when news of their arrival leaked out.

Jolie, star of current hit movie "Wanted", and Pitt, of "Ocean's Eleven" fame, went public with their relationship after acting together in the 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Source : reuters

La Leopolda - Worlds Most Expensive House $500M World Record

Russian billionaire and owner of the Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has purchased the world's most expensive house, worth $500 million, British newspapers reported on Thursday.

Abramovich, 41, bought the La Leopolda villa on the French Riviera in honor of his upcoming marriage to model Daria Zhukova, 25.
The tycoon, who lives in Britain, already owns several impressive properties, including the nearby Chateaux de la Croe estate, as well as others in the exclusive London neighborhood of Knightsbridge, Sussex and in Russia. Former owners of the La Leopolda include Microsoft guru Bill Gates and Fiat mogul Gianni Agnelli.

Abramovich and Zhukova decided to buy the villa after being granted a private viewing. The property is located in the village of Villefranche, near Monte Carlo, sprawling over 40 dunams.

The estate was built by King Leopold of Belgium as a present for his mistresss. In 1952, Agnielli purchased it for $100,000 and in the 1980s offered to sell it to Lily Safra, wife of renowned banker Edmund Safra, for $3 million.

She refused the offer on the grounds that she did not want to support the 50 gardeners required for maintaining the grounds. Edmund Safra finally agreed to buy the villa in 1999, just a few months before he died in a fire in Monte Carlo home.

In 2006, Safra's widow Lily sold the estate to Bill Gates, at the time the world's wealthiest man.

Longest Chain Pennies Guinness World Record

Fort Scott earned its way into the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records by laying one mile of pennies in two hours, 23 minutes and one second at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday.

With the help of several local residents, the Youth Activities Team overtook the record for laying the fastest mile of pennies which was set on Feb. 24, 2008, by several teachers and pupils from Rickmansworth Park JMI Primary School in Rickmansworth, United Kingdom, who laid a mile of pennies in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 15 seconds. Fort Scott's record-breaking score beat the United Kingdom's record by one minute and 14 seconds.

Glowing with excitement about the win, YAT team member Amanda Johnson expressed the doubts that she had about breaking the record and her final push to make it happen.

"It is just awesome," Johnson said. "When the last 10 minutes was going on, I thought, 'There is no way,' but I decided to get back in there."

Johnson was not the only penny layer who expressed having doubts about the win. After the victory was announced, YAT team member Larry Fink made his way through the crowd exclaiming, "I was a doubter, but I was wrong."

Dean Bailey, one of the people who worked on the record-breaking line said, "It was an exciting finish. It took a team effort."

Eric Bailey, YAT team, said he was concerned that the efforts of those working diligently to place the pennies on the grid in the allotted time period would not be enough. The win, he said, was a community accomplishment.

"I was very concerned," Bailey said. "I knew it was going to come down to the wire, but we did it -- we as a community."

YAT Co-convener Diana Mitchell also attributed the achievement to the community of Fort Scott.

"I'm so proud of this entire town," she said. "This was not just YAT's win. It was an entire town. What a great day to be living in Fort Scott."

Looking around at the crowds of people scattered throughout the grid site, Mitchell smiled and added, "If we can do this, we can do anything."

With just minutes left in the event, only three penny-layers remained on the grid -- Bob, Alice and Carson Claypool.

"I had no idea we would make it. It was very nerve racking being one of the last ones on the grid," Alice said. "It is so nice the community came together to do this."

Although being the last participants placing the pennies was stressful, Bob said, "It felt good to be the last ones on the grid."

Friday, YAT will tackle another record-breaking feat as they attempt to lay the longest line of pennies. Currently, the longest line of pennies record is held by representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who laid 34.57 miles of pennies on Aug. 6, 1995, Guinness World Records records manager Kaoru Ishikawa said. An attempt to break the WWF-Malaysia record on October 6, 1996, fell short, Ishikawa said.

YAT members and hundreds of other volunteers have spent the last few days laying pennies in the Fort Scott Middle School parking lot in an attempt to create a 40-mile end-to-end chain of pennies (nearly 4 million pennies), which would shatter the current world record if it is achieved.
The world record attempt is part of a "Pennies for the Park" fundraiser that YAT has conducted the last several months in an effort to collect money that would pay for about $4 million in upgraded facilities at Ellis Park. Renovations would include new batting cages, a miniature golf course, sand volleyball and a walking trail, among several other pieces of equipment.

The group has collected more than $34,000 (10 tons) worth of pennies since beginning the fundraiser.

Local philanthropist Danny Ellis, whom Ellis Park is named for, attended a Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee Thursday morning hosted by YAT members at the penny-laying site. Ellis said he was there to view the penny project for the first time, and that he has been very pleased to work with the YAT committee on a plan to improve the park.

"Looking out here, I'd say I'm impressed," Ellis said. "This is leadership that has stepped forward, and everybody's pulling on the same end of the rope. This will mean nothing but positive things for the community. It's the best voluntary leadership I've seen in probably 40 years."

Ellis said he was thrilled when YAT members contacted him about a possible plan to improve and expand Ellis Park, and has supported YAT activities and the penny project since its inception.

"I've had no objection to improving the park," Ellis said. "This (project) is just the beginning as far as I'm concerned."

Ellis Park, which Ellis said he donated to the City of Fort Scott and Bourbon County years ago, is between 25 and 30 years old and has been in need of improvements for some time. The park, which first began as only trees and brush, currently contains a baseball field, a soccer field, and various other amenities that are in need of improvements, Ellis said.

Although a it would be a major accomplishment if Fort Scott were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, the feats that the YAT team is undertaking are not the only impressionable aspect of their project. According to Ishikawa, the joining together of a community for one common goal is also important.

"I particularly like it when a community joins together to do something like this," Ishikawa said.

While speaking to residents during the chamber coffee on Thursday, YAT Co-convener Clayton Tatro expressed some of the positive aspects of the Pennies for the Park campaign.

"Doing this gives us a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of doing something for our community," Tatro said.

Speaking in support of the penny campaign during the chamber coffee, local resident Jim Scott expressed approval for YAT's efforts.

"Nothing happens until we make it happen, and in reality, that is what we're doing," Scott said.

After arriving at the penny-laying site, Ishikawa looked out across the laying-field and commented, "Wow, pretty impressive," YAT team Co-convener Diana Mitchell told coffee attendees.

Mitchell added, "If we can 'wow' Guinness, we can 'wow' anybody."

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