10 World Records Set in Arizona
You'd probably never guess which world records were set in Arizona.
From the interesting, to the cool, to the just plain weird, we bring you our picks of 10 world records set in Arizona, as verified by Guinness World Records:
10.) Longest-Running TV Commercial
Discount Tire, a Scottsdale-based company, has been showing that commercial of the old lady tossing a tire through the store window since 1975.
9.) Longest Basketball Shot
Spoiler alert: The Harlem Globetrotters are based out of Phoenix. One of their players, Thunder Law, hit that shot at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix back in November.
8.) Largest Gathering of Major Telescopes
Kitt Peak National Observatory, in southern Arizona, has 24 telescopes, some of which are used for nighttime viewing, infrared astronomy, and daytime study of the sun.
7.) Largest Shaving-Cream Pie Fight
The Three Stooges? How about 815 people in on a pie fight. That fight took place at the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler in September, as part of a fundraising effort.
6.) Most Pine Boards Broken in Free-Fall
In other words, "most karate performed after jumping out of an airplane." According to Guinness, Ernie Torries, a first-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, broke 12 boards while skydiving in Eloy.
5.) Most Tattoos by a Single Person in 24 Hours
This is the 801st tattoo, which Cantrell gave to himself.
Hollis Cantrell, of Artistic Tattoo in Phoenix, doled out 801 "AZ" tattoos on November 16, 2008.
4.) Most Mariachis Performing Simultaneously
This record was set with 555 people at an international mariachi conference in Tucson in 2010.
3.) Smallest Piloted Aircraft
Robert Starr, of Tempe, holds this record, with his plane, the "Bumble Bee Two." It was less than 9 feet long, with a wingspan of 5 1/2 feet, and weighed less than 400 pounds empty. The plane was destroyed in a crash in 1988, but the original "Bumble Bee" is on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.
2.) Largest Private Collection of Lego Sets
As of three years ago, Kyle Ugone, of Yuma, had nearly 1,100 Lego sets, according to Guinness.
1.) Longest Wall of Fire
Surprisingly, this record is not held by the asphalt streets of Phoenix. Instead, an actual wall of flames more than 10,000 feet long was created as part of an airshow demonstration at the Yuma Air Show in 2009.
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