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From Turkeys to Top Hats: Top 10 Thanksgiving Guinness World Records

 
 
 
 
 
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It's Thanksgiving time again! From bird carving to epic-sized families, check out our list of the best Guinness World Records to celebrate Turkey Day.

10. Largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys
The largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys (above) is 661 and was accomplished at the 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot in Dallas, Texas, USA on 24 November 2011.

9. Busiest airport for domestic and international passengers
According to the Airports Council International (ACI), 89,331,622 people flew in or out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 2010. That's more people than the 13th-most populated country in the world, Vietnam (which has approximately 88 million people)!

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8. Fastest time to carve a turkey
The fastest time to carve a turkey is 3 min 19.47 sec and was achieved by Paul Kelly (UK) at Little Claydon Farm, Essex, UK, on 3 June 2009. Paul went head-to-head against local butcher David Harrison at an event to celebrate the 25th birthday of KellyBronze turkeys. This is Paul's second world record along with the...

7. Fastest time to pluck three turkeys
The fastest time to pluck three turkeys is 11 min 30.16 sec and was achieved by Paul Kelly (United Kingdom) of Kelly Turkey Farms, at Little Claydon Farm, Essex, United Kingdom, on 13 November 2008. This was attempted as part of Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong and Paul went head to head against Gordon Ramsay, who plucked three turkeys in 11 min 31.78 sec.


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6. Largest bottle of wine
The largest bottle of wine measured 3.8 m (12 ft 2 in) tall, 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in diameter and was filled with 2,019.79 litres (444.29 UK gal; 533.57 US gal) of wine. It was created by OK Watterfäscht 2011 (Switzerland) and presented and measured in Watt, Gemeinde Regensdorf, Switzerland, on 9 July 2011. The bottle was filled with "Watter-Wein" (Cuvee of Pinot Noir and Dornfelder grapes).

5. Strongest bird gizzard
The gizzard is the portion of a bird's stomach that grinds food into small pieces, and the world's strongest recorded gizzard is that of the turkey Meleagris gallopavo. One specimen had crushed 24 walnuts in their shells within 4 hours, and had also ground surgical lancet blades into grit within 16 hours!

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4. Largest pie, pumpkin
The largest pumpkin pie weighs 1,678 kg (3,699 lb) and was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers (USA) at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, on 25 September 2010. The diameter of the pie was 6 m (20 ft), and the crust was made of 440 sheets of dough. (Other ingredients included canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.)

3. Most prolific mother ever
Talk about a large family dinner! The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707-c.1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.


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2. Highest dinner party
The greatest altitude at which a formal meal has been held is 6,805 m (22,326 ft) by Henry Shelford, Thomas Shelford, Nakul Misra Pathak, Robert Aitken, Robert Sully (all UK), Caio Buzzolini (Australia) and appointed butler Joshua Heming (UK), who dined on Lhakpa Ri, Tibet on 3 May 2004. The expedition team named "Henry Shelford's 30th birthday party" were set to dine on the summit of the 7,054 m (23,113 ft) mountain but hurricanes forced them to descend to a more sheltered spot. The team carried the tables, chairs and silver cutlery as part of the expedition and dined on a feast of caviar as a starter, duck for main course, chocolate bombe for dessert, cheese and wine, followed by birthday cake to finish.

1. Largest bread consumption per capita
As of 2000, the country with the largest per capita consumption of bread is (appropriately for Thanksgiving) Turkey with 199.6 kg (440 lb) per person. Turkish people eat more than three times their own body weight in bread annually!

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