As we get back into the academic swing, we have our top 10 Guinness World Records to get everyone excited for back-to-school!
10. Class reunion - longest elapsed time
The 1929 class of Miss Blanche Miller's Kindergarten and Continuation School in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA had their first reunion after 70 years! While ten members of the class had died by the time the reunion came, 55% of those alive were in attendence. (See top photo for a picture of the class in 1929!)
9. Most schools attended
The greatest documented number of schools attended by a pupil is 265, in the case of Wilma Williams, now Mrs R.J. Horton, from 1933 to 1943, when her parents were in show business.
8. Largest chemistry lesson
The largest chemistry lesson involved 801 participants and was achieved by The Heathland School (UK) in Hounslow, Middlesex, UK, on 29 February 2012. The lesson lasted 33 minutes and was on rates of reaction. As part of the lesson all participants were required to eat a sweet and complete a worksheet. The lesson was taken by Tom Carbro and Suvi Mohey.
7. Oldest university
The oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. (The University of Bologna in Italy was founded in 1088 and is the oldest one in Europe.)
6. Longest pencil
The longest pencil measured 225.21 m (738 ft 10 in) and was created by STAEDTLER Mars GmbH & Co. KG (Germany). It was presented and measured in Nürnberg, Germany, on 15 September 2011. The pencil was sharpened at the top and was used to write some words on a piece of paper in front of the notary.
5. Largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours
The largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours is 4,019 kg (8,860 lb 6.05 oz) and was achieved by Ayoun Jeddah , at Mall of Arabia, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 4 April 2012. Most of the donated school supplies came from bulk donations by stationery suppliers.
4. Oldest person to begin primary school
The world's oldest person to begin primary school was aged 84. Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge (Kenya) enrolled into Standard One at Kapkenduiyo Primary School, Eldoret, Kenya, on 12 January 2004. He even wore the school uniform and hoped to reach Standard Eight. On 6 April 2004 it was reported that Ng'ang'a passed his first end-of-term exams with straight A's in English, Kiswahili and math, making him among the top five students in the class. The headmistress, Mrs Jane Obinchu (Kenya) made him a senior headboy as a reward.
3. Largest backpack/rucksack
The largest backpack measured 10.37 m (34 ft) in height, 7.8 m (25 ft 7.08 in) in width, 2.8 m (9 ft 2.23 in) in depth and was produced by Omasu (Saudi Arabia), at the Mall of Arabia, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 4 April 2012. The backpack is an exact replica of a normal sized Omasu backpack. The project to produce the oversized backpack took around two months.
2. Largest collection of erasers
The largest collection of erasers belongs to Petra Engels (Germany) with 19,571 non duplicate erasers from 112 different countries; which she has been collecting since 1981. Petra started collecting erasers at the age of 9. She first developed an interest in erasers after visiting a stationery shop selling various and extraordinary erasers. Friends of her mother used to give her erasers instead of chocolate and her parents used to bring her erasers from various business trips. Petra, now 34, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her eraser collection which is stored in 22 glass-show-cases and an additional cupboard with 12 drawers.
1. Largest school by pupils
The largest school in terms of pupils is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, which had a record enrolment of 39,437 children on 9 August 2010 for the 2010-11 academic year. The school admits boys and girls between ages two and five, who can then continue their education to degree level. In 2002, it won the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. The City Montessori has come a long way since Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Bharti first opened it in 1959 with a loan of just 300 rupees ($63, £22). Then it had a grand total of five pupils!