- Largest Hanukah Menorah
The world’s largest menorah can be found in New York City! It is 32 feet high and weighs over 4,000 pounds. You can see it for yourself when the lighting ceremony of this record-setting menorah kicks off on November 27th at 8:30pm. The menorah is located on Fifth Avenue by Central Park between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels. The public is invited to witness the lighting ceremonies from November 27th to December 5th. Admission is free.
- Most Expensive Dreidel
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I made it out of …diamonds and platinum?! For a mere $1,800 you can purchase a diamond studded dreidelmade of .96 carats of diamonds, and hand-set in platinum. The diamonds are graded G/H in color and VS2/SI1 in clarity.
- Heaviest Jelly Doughnut
The largest jelly doughnut ever made was 16 feet in diameter, 16 inches high in the center, and weighed a whopping 1.7 tons (3,739 lbs)! It was made in Utica, New York, on January 21, 1993.
- Longest Living Parrot
The record for the oldest parrot is 39 years and is held by pet parrot Fred, owned by Sandra LaFollette of Chariton, Iowa, who bought the parrot in 1968 when it was only six months old.
- Longest Jump by a Frog
The greatest confirmed distance ever leaped by a frog is 33 feet 9 inches. The jump was made by a South African sharp-nosed frog named Santjie at a frog derby held in eastern South Africa on May 21, 1977.
- Fastest Swim Around Manhattan
Oliver Wilkinson of Australia holds the record for fastest swim around the island of Manhattan. His record-setting swim was clocked at 5 hours 44 minutes and 2 seconds, beating the previous record by just 42 seconds!
- Steepest Roller Coaster
The Takabisha roller coaster ride at the Fuji-Q-Highland Park in Japan is the steepest roller coaster in the world. It has a 121-degree drop for 11 feet 2 inches. The carriages descend from a 141-foot tower, enter the steepest stretch at 95 feet, and for a stomach-churning 38 seconds, the riders are traveling down and inwards at the same time. One ride is 112 seconds long.
- Most Visited Waterfall
Niagara Falls, located on the border between Canada and the United States, is the most visited waterfall in the world. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions worldwide (even beating out Disney World), receiving over 22.5 million visitors a year!
- Most Valuable Baseball
On January 12, 1999, a baseball was sold at Guernsey’s auction house in New York for $3,054,000 to Todd McFarlane. The ball was the one that was hit by Mark McGwire of the St Louis Cardinals for his 70th and final home run in his record-setting season in 1998.
- Heaviest Motorcycle
The heaviest motorcycle in the world is the Harzer Bike Schmiede, built by Tilo and Wilfried Niebel of Zilly, Germany, which weighs an incredible 10,470 pounds!
- Fastest Snowboarder
The fastest recorded speed by a snowboarder is 125.459 MPH by Darren Powell of Australia.