Rohan Kokane, a 12-year-old Indianrollerskating enthusiast, and 9.65 cm tall Chihuahua dog were among an incredible array of record-breakers who made it into the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records released today.
One of the youngest new record-breakers to make it into the
new Guinness World Records Book is Kokane from Belgaum in Karnataka. The class-7 student at St Xavier's High School is recognised for being the Lowest Limbo Skater, achieving a roller-skating height of just 25 cm over a distance of 10 m.
Kokane began roller-skating at the age of 8, harnessing his extreme flexibility early on to specialise in limbo- skating. This skill involves roller-skating under a bar set at a height of just 25 cm, shorter than the height of the actual Guinness World Records book!
His father Ajit Kokane and mother Anupama said they are "very proud" of their son's achievement. Kokane, the only member of his family who roller-skates, said he was inspired to learn after witnessing others perform.
He said he has never been injured, but encourages anyone interested in the activity to seek professional training. He said his inclusion in the new Guinness World Records book "will bring great prestige my country."
Measuring 5.10 m (16ft 8.78 in) from the ground to the top of the handlebars, Italy's Fabio Reggiani has constructed the world's largest rideable motorcycle. Six times larger than a normal motorcycle, it's 10.03 m long, 2.5 m wide, and weighs approximately five tonnes. Led by 32-year-old product designer Fabio Reggiani, it took a team of eight people seven months to build the vehicle.
It is powered by a 5.7L V8 engine, running at 280 HP with three forward gears plus reverse. The world's smallest dog is a female Chihuahua called Milly from Puerto Rico, who is only 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall. The farthest distance skateboarded by a goat named Happie from the US is 36 m (118ft) in 25 seconds.
Other interesting record-holders are the fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog, which is held by Ozzy from the UK for crossing a 3.5-metre rope in 18.22 seconds; James Brown from the UK has the largest collection of vacuum cleaners with 322 models.
Commenting on this year's new entrants, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: "This eclectic and fascinating selection of record holders perfectly demonstrates the breadth - and the peculiarity - of this year's book. "Where else would you find a vacuum-cleaner collector, a tightrope-walking dog and an oversized motorcycle all in one place? Only in Guinness World Records 2014."