Records set across the globe for Guinness World Record Day

Thousands Set Out To Break Records On 'Guinness World Records Day'


Today, November 13th, marks the tenth annual Guinness World Records Day, when thousands of people around the world celebrate those who set records and others set out to break them.

One record that's already been broken today is the farthest backwards basketball shot. Thunder from Harlem Globetrotters shattered the record of 72'2" feet by successfully nailing a shot from ten feet further away.

Another record that was broken was for the fastest hundred meter dash on all-fours. The record was set last year by Japanese athlete Kenichi Ito with a time just under 17 seconds. This year, he attempted to break that record, however, he had some competition.

Katsumi Tamakoshi broke Ito's record by more than a second. The new record stands at 15.86 seconds.

Amazing Guinness Book world records set in recent years:
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Records set across the globe for Guinness World Record Day
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Chandra from Nepal measuring 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) posed for photographers with Sultan from Turkey who is 251 cm (8 ft 3 inches). Today is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day during which thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking! (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Harlem Globetrotter sets the world record for longest backwards shot ... shattered the old record, 72'2", with an astounding distance of 82'2". 
HANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 08: (CHINA OUT) More than 6,000 people perform line dance at Baima Lake on November 8, 2014 in Hangzhou, China. 25,703 people distributed at 19 different places in Hangzhou city performed line dance at the same time on Saturday morning, and they broke the Guinness World Record for 'World's Largest Line Dance', overtaking the last world record of 17,000 participants in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 2007, local media reported. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: The worlds tallest man Sultan Kosen meets with the shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Chandra from Nepal measuring 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) posed for photographers with Sultan from Turkey who is 251 cm (8 ft 3 inches). Today is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day during which thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the international day of record-breaking. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Jiff the Pomeranian dog poses for a photo with Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric during a visit to the Hollywood and Highland complex in Hollywood, California Oct 14, 2014. Jiff is the holder of two Guinness World Records for his speed on two paws. Jiff's world record for speed walking on his hind legs is 10 meters (32.8 feet) in 6.56 seconds. On his front paws, Jiff zips over 5 meters (16.4 feet) in 7.76 seconds. Jiff's records will be featured in the new Guiness World Records book set for release on Sept. 10. Jiff's owners have relocated from Illinois to Los Angeles to pursue the four-year-old's acting career. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A particpant take a selfie before passing the camera to the next person in the chain during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie relay chain, October 14, 2014 at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Hollywood, California. Organized by Samsung to promote their new cameras and benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, 288 participants created the longest selfie relay chain to successfully break the Guinness World Record set in May in Sydney, Australia with 279 participants. Samsung will donate $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to mark the new world record. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Ty Pennington attends the 'On The Menu' Cooking Demo & Guinness World Record Attempt For The World's Tallest Pancake Stack at Times Square on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 17: 101 General Assembly Meeting of the International Tennis Federation, Tennis Emirates exposes a creative mosaic that will be a reproduction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Logo 'win-victory-love' in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Tennis Emirates)
People take part in an attempt to establish a new Guinness World Record of the largest rum tasting at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia on September 29, 2014. The New Guinness World Record for the largest rum tasting was achieved with an attendance of 313 people. AFP PHOTO/Joaquin Sarmiento (Photo credit should read Joaquin SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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One famous morning show host is trying to take his place in the record books. The Today Show's Al Roker is attempting to break the record for longest weather broadcast while raising money for the USO. He aims to go 34 straight hours with only a five minute break every hour.

He said shortly after ten hours, "Somebody talk to me! What am I doing?"

In celebration of Guinness World Records Day and the 60th anniversary of the book, the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen (8'1"), met the world's shortest man, Chandra Dangi (21.5"). If there was a record for the most bizarre meet-and-greets, this one would probably take it.

To see more records that are being attempted in real time, head over to guinnessworldrecords.com

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