Melissa Thompson of Salford, Greater Manchester has gone ahead and broke the world record for fastest text messager. Using a Samsung Galaxy S cell phone equipped with Swype input she texted the 160-character phrase the Guinness World Records uses for all text messaging records in 25.94 seconds. That time demolishes the previous record held by American Franklin Page’s 35.54 seconds (who used Swype input on a Samsung Omnia II). The phrase? “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” Try beating this new record, I dare you.
*It is true that the Galaxy S device features a capacitive touchscreen and the Omnia II has a resistive touchscreen, so Thompson definitely had the advantage of using a more responsive display. But a world record is a world record nonetheless!
Six Dutch gamers just broke the Guinness World Record for longest period of time playing a video game. They played Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption on PlayStation 3 for fifty hours straight. They shattered the previous record of forty hours and twenty minutes. They each used the TwistDock to keep their controllers fully charged for the duration of the outing. When they first entered a video games store in the Netherlands, the six gamers were competitors and wanted to see who could game the longest. It wasn’t long until the crazy bunch decided to set the world record together. 50 straight hours of gaming awarded them €1,000 (about $1,300), Twistdock accessories, and the greatest prize of all–recognition from the people at Guinness World Records. I was to end this post by saying ”Game On”, but I think the most appropirate end tag is Dream On, am I right?
Look after the break for a shot of the winners. The kid in the middle is totally giving his best celebratory yawn.
Watch as 23-year-old Franklin Page sets the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone. The phone used is the Samsung Omnia II which is the first to feature Samsung’s new text entry technology called Swype. Page, a Swype intern, set the new record at 35.54 seconds, beating out the previous record of 40.91 seconds. He won the crown typing: ”The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” That’s the 160-character phrase Guinness uses for all text-messaging records. And the deed was captured on camera and made into an exciting commercial for Samsung.
American architect and ‘cardstacker’ Bryan Berg broke eight past records (all held by him!) for constructing the largest house made of stacked playing cards. Over the course of 44 days, Berg used 218,792 cards (4,051 decks) to create a replica of the Venetian Macau, a hotel located in China based on Vegas’ Venetian. At 600 pounds and meauring 33 feet by just under 10 feet, the massive house of cards is made without the aid of tape, glue, or any other foreign substance. Says Berg:
“This has been the most ambitious project I have undertaken to date. It’s really like a real construction project because you have to engineer every single adjacency and every support that’s supporting everything above.”
A worthy induction into the Guinness World Record books. Look in the gallery below for some more shots of the structure and after the break for a video news report.
Mitsubishi Electric takes the crown for “World’s Largest High-Definition Video Display.” The high-definition video display has four Diamond Vision LED video screens (which contain 10,584,064 LED lights) and a total viewing area of 11,393 square-feet. The two main displays measure 72 feet high by 160 feet wide, and the two Diamond Vision end-zone displays measure 29 feet high by 51 feet wide. This insanely large screen can be seen hanging 90 feet above the field at Cowboys Stadium.
At the 2009 Book Expo America tradeshow, 14-year-old Danny “Phenom” Johnson set three new Guitar Hero world records that will be published in the latest Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2009. He holds the Longest Note Streak with 3,722 notes (and 100% notes hit) on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’s “Through the Fire and Flames.” With that performance, he beat his previously held record for the Highest Score For a Single Track with a score of 985,206. Most recently, he set the record for the Highest Score For a Single Track in Guitar Hero: Metallica. On “Mercyful Fate,” an 11 minute song (!), he scored 1,017,326, hit 100% of the notes, and had a 3,178 note streak. These numbers are INSANE. He is truly a Guitar Hero “phenom.” Check out his latest performance of Mercyful Fate at IGN. —–>WATCH THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY. Watch and learn.
If you’re interested in seeing his other records being set and for some tutorials by Danny himself, check out his YouTube channel. Right now, his front page video (the video embedded above) is his 100% completion performance of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Dayyum.