Michael Essing walked across Germany and then strolled right into a victory in last week's Fan Choice. With 41.61% of the vote, his record for the longest barefoot journey emerged on top and he can surely kick his feet up after the 1,488.09 km (924.65 mi) path to the winner's circle.
Every Friday here, we'll pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Michael, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.
Read about our 2013 Fan Choice Record of the Year winner here.
This week features one heck of a bowtie and very dangerous hand-eye coordination. But first, two guys who redefine lean on me.
MOST CONSECUTIVE FOOTBALL/SOCCER TOUCHES WITH THE SOLE ON SOMEONE ELSE'S BACK (pictured above)
Holder: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove (both UK)
Location: Norfolk FA Football Development Academy, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
That's not all: Jeremy and Billy make up the F2 Freestylers and they actually broke their own record, which had previously stood at 125. The attempt was made to raise funds for Sport Relief at a charity event hosted by Anglian Home Improvements, which also saw 380 games of 5-a-side played by 20 different teams in the competition.
MOST CONSECUTIVE AXE JUGGLING CATCHES
Holder: Chris Marley (UK)
Location: Greentop Circus in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK
That's not all: Chris is a professional juggler who juggles pretty much anything you can imagine, ranging from run-of-the-mill clubs, balls, and rings to eggs, pineapples, and defrosted fish fingers. Having received his first Guinness World Records book at age 8, he said he wanted to break a juggling record that involved an element of danger.
LARGEST GATHERING OF HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
Holder: Donate Life Coalition of Michigan (USA)
Location: Art Moran Buick GMC, Southfield, Michigan, USA
That's not all: It was an emotional day for those gathered at this attempt, none moreso than the donor family who met their son's heart recipient for the first time. The coalition's stated goal for the attempt was to raise awareness, honor donors and families, and "celebrate the gift of life."
Record: 3.42 m (11 ft 3 in) wide and 2.13 m (7 ft) tall
Holder: ZB Savoy Bowtie (USA)
Location: San Diego, California, USA
That's not all: ZB Savoy founder Zach Barnhorst has worked as a professional bowtie maker for 3 years and decided to challenge himself with a record-breaking pursuit. He was joined by Andrew Orr, Alisha Le, Andy Gray, Wyatt Buttrose, who spent two weeks practicing the tying of the tie for the men's accessory maker.
LARGEST KETTLEBELL CLASS
Record: 924 participants
Holder: University of Washington (USA)
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
That's not all: When UW vice president of human resources Mindy Kornberg wanted to start the school's new holistic betterment initiative for faculty and staff, school president Michael Young suggested a world record attempt. Mission accomplished. The nearly thousand people in attendance were treated to a 30-minute, six-circuit workout.
And those are your nominees; time now to cast your vote!
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