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Long tongues and leaping cats debut in 60th Guiness World Records book

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London (AFP) – From super-long tongues to leaping cats, a host of weird and wacky landmarks have made the cut for the 60th anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records book out on Thursday.

The new edition will reflect on six decades of record-breaking, while also featuring the latest additions to the oddball hall of fame.

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They include Californian Nick Stoeberl, possessor of the world’s longest tongue at 10.1 centimetres (four inches).

British film buff Nick Bennett earned a place in the compendium for having the largest collection of James Bond memorabilia, with 12,463 items from model cars to posters contained in a shine in his house.

In Japan, Akiko Obata has the largest collection of plastic food, with more than 8,000 items including giant plastic burgers, donuts and dishes of everything from soup to desserts filling her apartment.

Meanwhile Alley of the United States takes the longest jump by a cat record, at an impressive six feet (1.83 metres). The white, black and ginger cat leapt the distance between two small platforms.

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Brewers Guinness launched their famous records book in 1955 to settle disputes among drinkers.

Since then, more than 132 million copies of their annual compendium have been sold in 20 languages in more than 100 countries.

All the record attempts are assessed by adjudicators from the organisation.

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New inclusions this year include Inke Siefker of San Francisco, who has the new record for furthest arrow shot on target with the use of feet (6.10 metres, 20 feet) — done by operating a bow with her legs while standing on her hands.

Meanwhile Karsten Maas in Germany has invented the world’s longest usable golf club at 14 feet and five inches (4.39 metres).

And Londoner Yannick Read who created the smallest known caravan — measuring under 2.4 metres (seven feet, 10 inches) in length.

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Other records included the most oceans rowed, awarded to Simon Chalk, and heaviest weight lifted with beard, taken by Antanas Kontrimas who picked up a woman attached by a harness to his grey beard.

Aside from the new records, the 2015 book looks back at records from the last 60 years including British runner Roger Bannister’s sub-four-minute mile, the landspeed record and Michael Jackson’s music industry landmarks.

“This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades,” said editor Craig Glenday.

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“Of course, we’ve still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from… and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut.”

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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