Guinness World Records - Officially Amazing

Star Trek's universe of world records

 
 
 
 
 
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Today marks the opening of Star Trek Into Darkness in cinemas, the 12th outing for the sci-fi franchise, and second with JJ Abrams at the helm as director. 

Abrams' 2009 reboot of the franchise was almost the Highest gross movie reboot - narrowly beaten to the title by The Amazing Spiderman, which grossed $262.0 million domestically, to Star Trek's $257.7 million.

However, the film did secure a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most downloaded trailer in 24 hours - with 1.8 million downloads from apple.com in the first day, and over 5 million downloads in the first week.

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The series, originally created for television by Gene Roddenbery in 1966, has not just set records for the film adaptations, however.

1979's Star Trek: Phaser Strike for the Microvision handheld console marked the First Star Trek videogame, and in 2000 seven separate Star Trek licensed games were released - the Highest number of game releases for an IP in a single year.

Many of the scientific concepts first suggested by the series are now beginning to be given some serious consideration.

In October 2011 NASA awarded a $100,000 research grant for the study of three potential methods for manipulating and transporting particles using laser light - the Largest tractor beam study.

In addition, on 10 January 2012 the X-Prize Foundation and the Qualcomm Foundation announced a $10 million incentive for the first working version of a medical tricorder - a handheld device used by doctors in Star Trek for on-the-spot diagnosis of medical conditions.

The stars of the series have also set a handful of records - including the bizarre Most expensive kidney stone! It was sold in 2006 by the original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner, to online casino GoldenPalace.com for $25,000. Shatner donated the profits to a housing charity.

Meanwhile James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott alongside Shatner on the original series, will forever be in space after the Largest space burial. Doohan was one of 308 people to have their cremated remains sent into space on 22 May 2012, along with US astronaut Gordon Cooper.

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Of course, no discussion of Star Trek records would be complete without recognising the huge enthusiasm of it's fanbase, or Trekkies, as they are sometimes known.

In October 2012, 1,063 of them came together in London's ExCel, for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters!

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Finally, a mention of tlhIngan (Klingon) for you - by far the Most widely spoken fictional languageParticipants at Star Trek conventions frequently converse in the language and in addition to a Klingon Dictionary there are Klingon translations of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Gilgamesh, and the Tao Te ChingQapla'!

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