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Irish leprechauns, tea-sipping Britons, Australian ABBA impersonators and the oldest yoga teacher on the planet were just some of the people setting world records Thursday.
More than 300,000 people around the world took part in the seventh annual Guinness World Records Day, in which a number of records have already been confirmed.
They included the largest cream tea party (334 participants) in Essex, England; the largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns (262 participants) in Dublin; the oldest yoga teacher (91 years old) and the largest hula hoop workout (221 children) both in Florida…
In keeping with the national theme, 262 members of the public in Dublin got into leprechaun costume to break the record previously set in the United States.
“We believe that a record for leprechauns belongs to its native soil and we’re really pleased to bring it back to Ireland,” Derek Mooney from Ireland’s RTE Radio One said…
On the other side of the globe, Australia got involved in the record-breaking action as 368 children in Melbourne transformed into “dancing queens” to set a new record for largest gathering of ABBA impersonators.
Other record attempts Thursday included the most people whistling in Switzerland, the world’s largest Zumba class in the Netherlands, the largest 3D painting in London, the most arrows caught by hand in two minutes — blindfolded — in Germany, the largest rice cracker in Japan, the largest speed-dating event in China and the largest coloring book in Nigeria.
My kind of creative folks. With a sense of humor. Always pleased to see that Guinness feels the same.
There’s an old Stephen Wright joke that goes something like, “I have a map of the U.S. Scale 1:1. I spent all last summer folding it.”
Now Google Maps is seeking to make its map approach that scale by launching a tool called Map Maker in the U.S. that lets users correct and add to Google’s map of the United States.
The tool is already available in 183 countries, where the lack of good maps made it impossible for the search giant to create a useful online mapping service. The user-generated maps quickly became good enough for driving directions in India, according to Google MapMaker tech lead Lalitesh Katragadda…
Now Google wants to have its U.S. users tweak its U.S. maps to make them even more detailed, into what Katragadda calls a “living, breathing map and canvas for the people who live there.”
For example, Google imagines college students including campus shortcuts or annotating the names of dorms. Suburbanites might annotate the map to indicate which parks have soccer fields or to add a new coffee shop. To make those processes simpler, Google is also rolling out new tools for editors. One lets MapMaker users see StreetView photos to help with their edits. Another is an advanced search function that lets you search the map for things like “all chinese restaurants in San Francisco,” to make it easy to see which ones are missing and which have incomplete data…
“Local information is the final frontier,” product manager Manik Gupta said. Still, only 30% of the world is well mapped by Google’s estimation, though every time fiber lands in a country, the Map Maker tool begins to take off.
I’ve gone through a much more complicated procedure a few times – just to straighten out mistakes entered when the Google StreetView car passed through La Cieneguilla. “Moved” my home twice and it’s still one lot off from the platt.
This will be a piece of cake – fun to boot – and a bit constructive. Can’t hope for much more than that.
Jerusalem is tied near the bottom of the livability list – with Beirut
Being on guard might come naturally to many city dwellers, but in some places urban life requires more than just vigilance.
CNN takes a look, in no particular order, at 10 cities in the world that have been deemed dangerous by a number of surveys.
We looked at Mercer’s latest global report on personal safety and Foreign Policy magazine’s most recent report on murder rates, as well as reports by Forbes and security watchdog Citizen’s Council for Public Security.
These surveys base their findings on factors such as internal stability and effectiveness of law enforcement, as well as official crime statistics and media reports.