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  • 2006-10-03: The oldest standing building in Australia is Captain James Cook's house, brought over from England brick by brick.
  • 2006-01-04: The longest Monopoly game ever played took 1,680 hours (70 days). The longest Monopoly game ever played in a bathtub took 99 hours.
  • 2004-10-27: The story of Dracula and vampires is the most filmed story of all time.
  • 2004-10-26: The heaviest pumpkin in the world weighed 1385 pounds. This gigantic gourd was weighed in October of 2003 at a pumpkin festival in Canby, Oregon.

    This record is not in Guinness's World Records. They list one a few pounds lighter.
  • 2004-10-13: The highest human body temperature recorded was 46.1°C (115°F). Body temperatures of 42.8°C (109°F) can be fatal.
  • 2004-10-05: In 1963, Randy Gardner set the world record for staying awake: 264 continuous hours (11 days).
  • 2004-10-05: The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed about 2.3 kg (5 lb 1.1 oz).
  • 2004-09-09: The Fresh Kills Landfill site on Staten Island, New York, opened in 1948. It's the world's largest landfill, covering 2,900 acres and received about 14,000 tons of garbage a day, peaking during 1986-1987 with 29,000 tons of garbage daily. It received it's last load of waste March 22, 2001.
  • 2004-08-31: The heaviest pumpkin weighted 1337 pounds.
  • 2004-08-31: The world's largest ball of twine weighs over 17,000 pounds.
  • 2004-08-26: The largest cheese ever made weighed 57,508 pounds.
  • 2004-08-06: The most tennis balls gathered and held by a dog in its mouth is 5.
  • 2004-08-06: The tallest man was Robert Pershing Wadlow, measured at 8' 11.1". He was born in 1918 and died when he was 22.
  • 2004-08-06: Andy Roddick served the fastest tennis ball in 2004 at 150 mph.
  • 2004-08-06: Fred Rompelberg achieved the fastest bicycle speed in 1995. He was pedaling up to 167 mph.
  • 2004-07-06: The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

    The world's youngest mother was 5. (More)
  • 2004-07-06: The world's youngest pope was 18 years old – Pope John XII (955-964).
  • 2004-05-14: The state record walleye for Minnesota weighs 17 pounds, 8 ounces and is 35.8 inches long.
  • 2004-05-14: The largest fish caught in Minnesota was a lake sturgeon and it weighed 94 pounds, 4 ounces. It was caught in the Kettle River in Pine County.
  • 2004-03-26: As of Nov. 15, 2003, the best selling album of all time was Eagles: Their Greatest Hits.
  • 2004-03-12: The fastest production road car in the world is the McLaren F1 XP5, with a top speed of 240.3 mph.
  • 2004-03-12: The fastest American production car is the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda S/S (or Dodge Dart Hemi S/S) with a 426 Hemi V8. 1/4 mile time of 10.5 seconds at 130 mph.
In the 13th century, archery was the sport of choice. Every good archer had several bow strings. The favorite bow string was called the "first string," and that phrase now means the best a sports team has to offer. Tyler Akins <>
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