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May 8, 2012

The Guinness Book of world records

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 1:34 am

Glossary
*inanimate – having none of the characteristics of life that an animal or plant has.
*voyage – a long journey, especially by ship, or in space.
*circumnavigate – to sail all the way around something.
*cockpit – the small closed space where the pilot sits in an aircraft, or where the driver sits in a racing car
*photovoltaic – a type of photocell that changes light from the sun into electricity, used in solar panels, pocket calculators, etc

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The Guinness Book of world records is something that many people are interested in.
There are many categories in the Guinness book of world records.
One category is sports, which includes Age, Score and Time.
The category of Age is classified into under aged people and adults.
The category of Score is classified into highest score or lowest score.
The category of Time is the same as the category of score.
Some of categories are Food, such as how fast it was made or how much was eaten.
The Guinness Book of Records is categorized into human and not human.
Humans are classified as Groups or solo.
Not Humans are classified as Animals or Inanimate objects.
Some categories are making things such as how big, how long etc.


[picture 1]

This boat is world’s largest solar-powered boat and world’s fastest crossing of the Atlantic
by solar power and the fastest crossing of South China Sea by solar power.
This boat begun its voyage in September 2010 with a mission to promote renewable energy
and completed its circumnavigate May 2012.
It’s black solar panels 31-metres in length and featuring 537 square metres and mounted aroud its raised cockpit.
The boat sailed more than 60,000 km during its 19-month adventure, travelling over every ocean and continent using only photovoltaic energy.[1]


[picture 2] [2]

Sultan Kösen is Turkey who is the tallest man-living. He was born in 1982, December.
He was 251cm tall when he checked it on Feburary 2011.
There is Robert Pershing Wadlow who was the tallest man before him. Robert checked his hieght in 1940 and he was 272cm.
However, he passed away in the same year he measured it. Sultan also has the record of widest hand span as 30.48cm and
largest feet 38.1cm for left foot and 37.5cm for right foot out of all living people.[3]
The funny thing is that his whole family has just normal sizes unlike him. And the uncomfortable things in his living is
he can hardly find his size of clothes and shoeses.[4]


[picture 3] [5]

Longest time spinning a book
This guy spun a Guiness World record book for the longest time in April 16th, 2012. He spun the book while drinking water and talking to somebody.
His name is Thaneshvar Guragon.
The last record was 6 minutes and 51seconds, but he broke the record with 30minutes.
He had to spin the book by using only one finger. Can you believe it? If I spin that book for 30 minutes by using one finger, my finger may break.[6]


[picture 4] [7]

Widest mouth
Because of the widest mouth, he was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
His name is Francisco Domingos Joaquim.
His mouth is 17cm(6.69 inch) wide and can put a Coca-Cola can.
It was measured in Rome, Italy, on 18 March 2010.[8]
He became famous through YouTube, but people couldn’t believe it.
After he recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, people were amazed.[9]

Discussion Questions
1.Why people try to get into the Guinness Book of world records?
2.Do you want to get into the Guinness Book? Why?
3.What do you think about people who try to get into the Guinness Book of world records?

References
[1]http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2012/5/largest-solar-powered-boat-completes-around-the-world-voyage-41497/
[2]http://ehfwls.tistory.com/49?srchid=IIMo59JO000
[3]http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/tallest-man-living/
[4]http://cafe.naver.com/2012captainhong/127
[5]http://blog.daum.net/eunsik58/36
[6]http://blog.naver.com/bwj59?Redirect=Log&logNo=70129375238
[7]http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_9130000/newsid_9136300/9136349.stm
[8]http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/widest-mouth/
[9]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1324276/Angolan-Jaw-Awe-Worlds-Widest-Mouth-Guinness-Book-World-Records.html

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Teacher’s Note:

This vocabulary will be on Written Test #2:

1. inanimate: (adjective) having none of the characteristics of life that an animal or plant has

2. circumnavigate: (verb) to sail all the way around something

3. cockpit: (noun) the small closed space where the pilot sits in an aircraft, or where the driver sits in a racing car

This discussion question will be on the Final Speaking Test:

What do you think about people who try to get into the Guiness Book of World Records?

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The Guinness Book of world records is something that many people are interested in.
There are many categories in the Guinness book of world records.
One category is sports, which includes Age, Score and Time.
The category of Age is classified into under aged people and adults.
The category of Score is classified into highest score or lowest score.
The category of Time is the same as the category of score.
Some of categories are Food, such as how fast it was made or how much was eaten.
The Guinness Book of Records is categorized into human and not human.
Humans are classified as Groups or solo.
Not Humans are classified as Animals or Inanimate objects.
Some categories are making things such as how big, how long etc.

Longest time spinning a book
This guy spun a Guiness World record book for the longest time in April 16th, 2012. He spun the book while drinking water and talking to somebody. His name is Thaneshvar Guragon.
The last record was 6 minutes and 51seconds, but he broke the record with 30minutes.
He had to spin the book by using only one finger. Can you believe it? If I spin that book for 30 minutes by using one finger, my finger may break.

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