We continue our record-breaking look back over the past year of record breaking with the month that saw around 6,000 people killed as Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, hit the Philippines. Elsewhere in the news, next-generation games consoles the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox One finally hit store shelves, whilethe remaining members of influential comedy team Monty Python announced their reunion for a series of stage shows in London,

The month began on Guinnessworldrecords.com with a Record Holder Profile video focusing on Juliana Buhring who holds the title for the fastest circumnavigation of the world on a bicycle by a female.

Starting and finishing at Piazza Plebescito in Naples, Italy, Juliana’s amazing feat took 152 days and one hour and saw her cycle a gruelling distance of 29,070 km (18,063.22 miles).

What made Juliana’s achievement perhaps even more incredible was the fact that prior to deciding to attempt the record, the 32-year-old had never ridden a bike before.

The find out more about Juliana’s incredible story, watch the video below.

All around the world during this month, men were cultivating face fuzz for Movember - an annual moustache growing charity event that raises funds and awareness for male cancers.

As an inspiration to everyone taking part in Movember, we placed the spotlight on Karl-Heinz Hille and his extraordinary record-breaking moustache, which features in the current Guinness World Records 2014 book.


Hille, from Berlin, Germany, was recognised by Guinness World Records for holding the title for the most wins at the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Between 1999 to 2011, Hille, won 8 championships while competing in the Imperial partial beard category. His most recent success was in Trondheim, Norway, in 2011.

London’s Royal Albert Hall was the venue for a successful attempt at the title for largest ocarina ensemble.

A choir of primary schoolchildren, some as young as five years of age, led a total of 3,081 players to beat the previous record of 831 set in China three years ago.


Their seven-minute performance of Ode to a Joyful New Star at the Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert was achieved after weeks of ocarina practice in schools across the UK, Gibraltar and Jersey, culminating in a short rehearsal together on the day.

British cricket fan Alby Shale had a record confirmed in November after batting for 26 hours solid at The Oval in London to set a new world record longest individual net session (male).


UK Prime Minister David Cameron, England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and former Australia batsman Tom Moody, were among more than 200 people who sent down deliveries to Alby during the marathon net session to raise money for an international cricket ground in Rwanda.

Ahead of the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sci-fi series was recognised for two movie achievements.


The first film based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels was confirmed as setting a world record for the highest grossing post-apocalypse movie.

Meanwhile, the film’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, was recognised by Guinness World Records as the highest grossing action-movie heroine of all time.

Released last year, the original Hunger Games movie took $408,010,692 (£252,824,000) at the US box office and grossed $691,247,768 (£428,333,000) worldwide.

Swedish DJ pair Dada Life celebrated the release of their single “Born To Rage”, with a chaotic, yet successful; attempt at the world record for largest pillow fight.

A total of 3,813 partying concert-goers raged their way to the record during the group’s gig at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, breaking a record that had stood for five years.

A 1969 triptych of portraits by British artist Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.


The three-picture piece was purchased by art dealer William Acquavella on behalf of an unnamed client for $142.4m (£89.6m) at Christie’s auction house, New York, following a six-minute bidding battle between seven prospective buyers.

Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which depicts Freud seated on a wooden chair against an orange background, overtook the previous record held by Edvard Munch's The Scream (1895), which was sold to an anonymous buyer for $119,9 million (£74 million), on 2 May 2012, at Sotheby's in New York.

With its humid subtropical climate, the American state of South Carolina has a reputation for its hot summers, but it now has a new claim to fame for heat, with confirmation in November that a local producer had developed the world’s hottest chilli.


Grown by the suitably named Ed Currie from the PuckerButt Pepper Company, Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

The Carolina Reaper’s heat rating beats the former record holder for most fiery chilli, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" grown by The Chilli Factory (Australia), which was rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) in March 2011.

An interactive video released for a classic Bob Dylan song earned the singer a world record for longest wait for a single's official music video.


"Like a Rolling Stone" premiered on the musician's website in November – more than 48 years after the song originally became a hit around the world.

Directed by Vania Heymann, the video allows viewers to scroll through 16 simulated TV channels by using the arrow keys on their keyboard.

Each station features actors and real-life presenters lip-synching the lyrics to the 1965 single.

To watch the record breaking video, click here.

November also saw confirmation that American sculptor Ed Jarrett had broken the record for tallest sandcastle for the fourth time in 10 years.

Ed’s latest creation reached an astounding 11.63 m (38 ft 2 in) in height and was constructed off of Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Click below to watch time-lapse footage of the “sandscraper” being built.

A special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who set a new world for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama after the episode was shown in 94 countries across six continents.

In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

An official certificate presentation was made by Craig Glenday, Editor-in Chief of Guinness World Records to the show’s Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCel. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.

Also recognised by GWR in November was baseball star Masahiro Tanaka of Japan's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

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Thanks to an incredible performance streak that ran from Aug. 26, 2012 to Oct. 27, 2013, Tanaka received official certification on three achievements: most consecutive games won by a pitcher (30) , most consecutive regular-season games won by a pitcher (28) and most consecutive games won by a pitcher in a single regular season (24)

As Christmas grew ever closer, there was plenty of festive cheer in Canberra, Australia house of David Richards and his wife Janean.

The pair had adorned their abode with a total of 502,165 Christmas lights, setting a record for the most lights on a residential property.

It marks the second time the couple have held the record, after originally taking the title in 2011 when they decorated their home and property with 331,038 lights.

Finally, November marked the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day, with thousands of people celebrating the international day of record-breaking across the globe.

Among the world records confirmed on the day were:


A grand total of 325 people waddled their way to a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins - read more and watch video here


Hula queen "Marawa the Amazing" led a team of 10 in London to the world record for most hula hoops spun simultaneously - read more and watch video here


German daredevil Joe Alexander celebrated a world record double after setting new benchmarks for most darts caught by hand in one minute and most upright bottles walked across - read more and watch videos here


Kenichi Ito broke his own record for the fastest 100m running on all fours in Tokyo, Japan - read more and watch video here


Norway's Helge Johansen unfurled the world’s largest knitted scarf in Oslo - read more and watch video here


Harlem Globetrotters star Corey "Thunder" Law's pulled off the longest basketball shot in incredible style in Phoenix, USA - read more and watch video here.


Tim Wade’s set a new benchmark for the most consecutive handsprings (male) in Texas, USA – read more and watch video here.

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New Yorker Scott Wiener took the largest collection of pizza boxes title - read more here.

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An incredibly detailed sculpture, pictured above, by China's Zheng Chunhui measuring 12.286 m (40 ft 3.701in) long was been confirmed as the world's longest wooden carving.

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In Australia, serial record breaker Chayne "Space Cowboy" Hultgren added another title to his tally, this time for the most swords swallowed simultaneously underwater, after guzzling three blades while submerged at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

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