Earlier today, tennis icon Roger Federer fell in straight sets at the French Open to sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Despite Tsonga's ascendancy and Federer's recent inconsistent-by-only-his-standards play, the result comes as a bit of a shock with the all-time great exiting before the semifinals. Federer, of course, owns a litany of records, including the most career Grand Slams won (17) and the most consecutive semifinals of a Grand Slam reached (23), a level he will not be reaching at Roland Garros.
Early reports link Spanish actress Penelope Cruz to the role of the next "Bond" girl in the latest 007 installment, which would be the 24th entry in the canon. Should Cruz confirm her participation, it would give her the record as oldest Bond girl, which she would achieve at an age of nearly 40 by the time production begins in summer 2014.
While festivities for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee dominated the headlines last year, the Queen joined 2,000 guests today at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her actual coronation. As one would expect, Her Majesty is attached to a number of records herself, including the active records of longest reigning queen (living) at 61-plus years and counting, as well as being the individual featured on the most currencies, her image appearing on the coinage of at least 35 different countries.
New fuel has been added to the fire that Neil Armstrong's famous first words on the moon were actually misquoted. The pioneering astronaut is, of course, known for his legendary "That's one small step for men, one giant leap for mankind." Yet a new research study shows that maybe Armstrong's claim for having said something slightly different is true. One person who probably doesn't care what Armstrong said, and only what he did? Subhashis Basu. He ran the 2013 London Marathon in the below costume for the fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut, with a time of 3 hr 19 min 37 sec.
Lastly, how about a cute break to brighten your day? Posted only four days ago, the video below of a 2-year-old dueting with his father on a cover of The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" has already accumulated more than 400,000 hits (and, incidentally, more than 10,000 just in the time it's taken to write this blog post!).
The child could pick a worse band to cover: a search for The Beatles in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS database turns up more than 20 records held by the band, including the undisputed rank of best-selling music group of all-time.