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Not even four months into his tall term, the splotchy Titan (who replaced the late Gibson) has been topped! Meet Giant George, the new world record holder for Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Living Dog Ever. Standing at 43 inches from paw to shoulder, he has a
whopping wee .75 inches over Titan (who was already a half-inch above Gibson)!
Source: Guinness World Records
As an animal lover, I understand that pets are important fixtures in people's lives and feel a connection with those furry faces I can recognize on sight. Some pups are known for their famous owners, while others are famous in their own right. From the pup that cheekily said "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" to past presidents and celebrities' furry friends like Socks and Loki, tell me which late pet do you miss most in 2009?And don't stop voting there — check the rest of my best of 2009 polls!
Source: Getty, Source: Guinness World Records, Source: The Daily Wag, and Source: Karen Tracy of Pazazz Chows
A cute Great Dane named Titan recently captured the Guinness World Record as the world's tallest (living) pooch! His record breaking last week made me think about all those other animals currently topping the charts for age, size and more. Test yourself on some bizarre newsmakers and start this extreme animal quiz!
You don't need to remember this Titan since he's still alive. As the only animal honored in the 30 Guinness records announced on Nov. 12, this pooch really measures up! The 4-year-old dog is blind, deaf, and epileptic but measures in at a whopping 3 1/2 feet tall from floor to shoulder, taller than even Gibson, the previous record holder who died back in August.Rescued from the Middle Tennessee Great Dane Rescue as a puppy, he could see out of one eye when younger before going totally blind but remains calm and friendly towards all friends, human and furry. Due to his height, he undergoes acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every three weeks and, if he could safely stand on his hind legs, he'd probably top 80 inches ear to toe — wowza! Check out his official website and see a selection of his puppy pics below.
It's a 222.5-pound meatball that emerged over the weekend, blowing all other past meatball records out of the water. The gargantuan ground beef spectacle, which was created by Matthew Mitnitsky of Nonni's Italian Eatery in Concord, NH, was confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the (new) record holder of the world's largest meatball, beating out a recent 198.6-pound feat created on Jimmy Kimmel.
The best part? The now-famous meatball was broken down into manageable portions, then packaged and delivered to local shelters. What do you think? Delicious or disgusting?
It's a tale that'll go down in burger history. At an event this week in London, Guinness World Records revealed a host of new record breakers, among them a 185-pound, $499 whopper of a hamburger, which is officially the world's largest. The record belongs to Mallie's Sports Grill and Bar in Southgate, MI. Owner Steve Mallie, who said the bun must be baked for eight hours and the burger for 15 hours, remarked, "Being in the book is the greatest accomplishment we've ever done. I've worked my entire life to build this restaurant and being able to have the notoriety of Guinness makes it just that bit more rewarding."
It seems, in today's world, that everything bigger is better. This week alone, Westhoughton, UK, garnered attention for serving the world's most massive English breakfast (10 sausages,10 rashers of bacon, 10 slices of toast, 10 eggs, fives slices of black pudding, and tomatoes, mushrooms, and black beans); Sacramento, CA, made headlines for a 42-foot-long, 1,200-pound tamale; and Valencians in Spain managed to assemble the world's longest restaurant table. At this rate, the next record will need to be for the world's most capable scale. Are these feats, like the Mallie's burger, legendary stuff, or simply gross?
Over the weekend, a dining table measuring 1.258 kilometers, or more than three quarters of a mile, entered the Guinness World Records. The front-page furniture hailed from the Valencian town of El Campello in Spain.
The feat was made up of tables from at least 60 various local restaurants. Restaurants that contributed space were allowed to decorate, wait on, and serve diners at these tables to their liking. Despite the fact that the record-setting structure beat out an 2007 record held by a restaurant in Vienna, Austria, that was 1.176 kilometers long, every single seat at at the table was occupied. Do you enjoy dining at long tables?
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I've got some more sad news to announce: People Pets is reporting that the world's oldest pooch passed away on Aug. 28. The Wirehaired Dachshund named Chanel celebrated her 21st birthday — 147 in dog years! — back on May 6.
Although she suffered from cataracts, and had her eyes protected by those awesome Doggles, she was otherwise in good health and had plenty of pep according to her owners Karl and Denice Shaughnessy of Port Jefferson Station, NY. This pooch will surely be missed so check out a video from her big birthday bash earlier this year below!