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Watch Modern Day Samurai Cut Speeding Pellet in Two With Sword

Via Oddity Central:
Isao Machii is now the headmaster of a samurai school, and what a fine example he is for his students. His hand-eye coordination is so precise that it earned him a Guinness World Record. His sword skills are so accurate that he is rumored to be unmatched by any other swordsman on Earth. He recently accepted a challenge from filmmakers, because what he does is impossible to view by the naked human eye. Shot at a firing range outside the hills of LA, Machii’s feat was recorded at a speed 250 times slower than normal with one of the world’s most sophisticated cameras . The witnesses were a filmmaker and Dr. Ramani Durvasula from California State University. Both were stunned to silence the moment Machii’s blade hit the bullet.
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Brusha Brusha Brusha: Nigerians Set to Tackle Guinness Record in Toothbrushing

Picture: Angie from Sawara (CC)

The best thing about perusing the Guinness Book of World Records is discovering how many records there are for the weirdest stuff: Most Needles Inserted in Head (2,009), Sitting in a Bathtub with the Most Rattlesnakes (One rattlesnake would be too many for me, but one maniac managed to snuggle up with 87 of the creatures), and Most People Dressed Up as Smurfs (1,253), among them. Now, a group of Nigerians are going for another oddball record: The World Record in Oral Hygeine.

Striving for a Guinness World Record in oral hygiene, officials in Lagos have called on 300,000 students to take out their toothbrushes on December 5 and start scrubbing simultaneously at noon.

The current record was set in India on October 9, 2007, when 177,003 people gathered at 380 locations and brushed at the same time, according to guinnessworldrecords.com.

Nigeria wants to shatter that mark, organisers of the Lagos World Record Tootbrushing Challenge told AFP on Thursday.

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Chinese Man Breaks World Record For Wearing Most Bees

beesuitThe kicker — Mr. Wei achieved the feat just two days after Chinese beekeeper Shen Zonghong broke the previous world record by having 36kg of bees on his body. What is going on over there?! Via the Daily Mail, the paper of record for entomological matters:

This man broke the world record for the heaviest bee suit after being loaded up with 83.5kg of the flying insects. Zhang Wei, from Zizhou County, in western China, wore a special frame covered in foliage to hold the mass of bees.

Wearing a pair of gggles and holding a tube in his mouth for breathing, Mr Wei was seated as around two dozen crates full of bees were released next to him.

The man – who was wearing a jacket and trousers but did not have his hands or face protected – did not seem to mind as thousands of the insects buzzed around him and almost completely engulfed his frame.

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Meet Guinness’s Ultimate Record Breaker

Ashrita Furman is the record breaking equivalent of the tabloid stars who are famous for being famous. Furman has recorded more world records, as recorded by Guinness, than anyone else. None of his records are really that impressive, only his obsession with racking up more and more of them. Jilian Mincer profiles him for the Wall Street Journal:
Most visitors to Antarctica go to see the penguins and the glaciers. Ashrita Furman went to hop on a pogo stick. Mr. Furman, seeking to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile on a pogo stick, jumped up and down a landing strip on the Antarctic tundra in 2003...
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Record Set For World’s Largest Chocolate Bar

The Grand Candy factory found a delicious way to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. The largest chocolate bar is to be chopped up and eaten in Armenia on October 16. From Huffington Post:
Anyone looking for huge amounts of free chocolate should book a flight to Armenia's capital next month. That's when the world's largest chocolate bar will be up for grabs in Yerevan's main square. The Guinness Book of World Records certified the 9,702-pound (4,410-kilogram) chocolate bar at a ceremony Saturday. It was made by Grand Candy factory and contains all natural ingredients, including 70 percent cocoa mass. The chocolate bar is 224 inches (560 centimeters) long, 110 inches (275 centimeters) wide and 10 inches (25 centimeters) thick. The factory owner, Karen Vardanyan, said that the chocolate bar was produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. He said it will be divided up and handed out Oct. 16.
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