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Record-breakers in the news today

If you’re like us, you’ve probably already checked Facebook today. And if you’re like most smartphone users, you may have already visited one of the world’s most popular social media sites up to 14 times since you woke up. And now, checking your news feed will be easier than ever, thanks to Facebook’s announcement that it is partnering with mobile phone manufacturer HTC to create “Facebook Home” for Android devices.

This will certainly make it easier to read what your Aunt Sally had for lunch today, but also could make it simpler to break a few Facebook-related records. Phone users might challenge the most likes on a Facebook item in 24 hours or the most comments on a Facebook item, held by U.S. president Barack Obama and Indian Trinity, respectively, with 3,868,253 likes and more than 3.7 million comments.

Something else to surely get the fanboys and girls excited today: the new TV ad for “Iron Man 3,” set to hit theaters May 3 in the U.S. While the spot isn’t meant to debut until tomorrow, Entertainment Weekly has secured it already, and you can check it out here.

As the first release in the Marvel universe cinema series since last year’s “The Avengers,” does IM3 stand any chance of building on its predecessor’s momentum and challenging any of its 10 box-office records, including the highest grossing superhero movie, at more than $1.5 billion (£938+ million)?

Fitness apparel company Lululemon announced yesterday that its chief product officer will leave the company on April 15 after five years. His exit follows a massive recall on Lululemon yoga pants for being accidentally too see-through. Once the dust is settled, maybe all of Lululemon’s fans can get together in a show of solidarity and try to break the record for the largest yoga class, set by 29,973 students at Jiwaji University in Gwalio, India, on 19 November 2005.

Elsewhere, a new species of giant tarantula has been discovered in northern Sri Lanka. Poecilotheria rajaei, as it’s been dubbed, has a leg span 8 inches across. Impressive, no doubt, but still a ways to go to catch the largest spider ever, the ominously named male goliath bird-eating spider. Classified as species Theraphosa blondi, two of this spider kind have been found with leg spans 11 inches across.

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Lastly, bad news for our bald or balding friends. Japanese researchers have found that thinning hair on the crown of the head could lead to increased odds of heart disease.

The lesson from the story is that, regardless of hair situation, men should adjust for a healthy lifestyle. This was exactly the idea in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada back on September 19, 2010, as 57 people who were ahead of their time not only set the record for most heads shaved simultaneously, but then proceeded to immediately take part in the annual Terry Fox Run. 

 

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