It's no secret that we here at Guinness World Records receive a lot of record applications - about 1,000 per week, in fact.
And it's also no secret that breaking a record is difficult - only around 3 percent of all record applications result in success.
Still, each week our Records Management Team verifies and awards official record titles to many claims from around the globe and we would like to now share some of these with you, the fans.
It is with that idea in mind that we introduce our newest weekly feature, the Fan Choice Record of the Week. Here's how it will work:
- Each Friday, come right back here to GuinnessWorldRecords.com, where we'll present five of the most unique and varied records authenticated in the past week. Expect to see all types of achievements from all around the globe.
- After learning about the newest verified records, head to our Facebook page to vote in our weekly poll, leave your choice in the comment section below, or tweet your choice to us on Twitter (@GWRNews) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.
- We'll tally up all the votes over the course of the week and announce each Friday which record the fans have chosen as their favorite.
Remember, this is entirely meant to showcase your choice for favorite superlative achievement, for whatever reason that may be. The power is completely yours!
Now that you're all caught up, here are our nominees for the week ending March 22.
Most people spinning fire
Record: 250 participants (see image above)
Holder: Ameno Signum, e.V.
Location: Neunburg vorm Wald, Germany
That's not all: This attempt more than doubled the previous record and was done to celebrate the attempting group's 5-year anniversary.
Largest ice lantern display
Record: 2,651 lanterns
Location: Vuollerim, Sweden
That's not all: Located in the far north of Sweden, the village of Vuollerim only has approximately 800 residents.
Most sandcastles built in one hour
Holder: Adventure Wellington
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
That's not all: The attempt took place on Lyall Bay Beach, taking up all 2 km (1.24 mi) of coastline to accomodate the more-than-1,200 sandcastle builders.
Longest marathon playing five-a-side football (soccer)
Record: 43 hours
Holder: Yorkshire Heli Heroes & Wicko Teachers
Location: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK
That's not all: The final score of this game was 827-454, with Team White defeating Team Black. This was the group's second attempt at the record, after weather spoiled their first try 6 months earlier.
Most people to parachute from a balloon
Record: 40 participants
Holder: Skydive Dubai
Location: Dubai, UAE
That's not all: This attempt also broke a second record, for the most people to parachute from a balloon simultaneously, as 25 of the 40 skydivers left the balloon within 3 seconds.
We'll announce your pick next week!