Dr. Evil would be proud. Daniel Black used his laaaser beams to help win last week's Fan Choice, outshining his competitors with 43.22% of the vote secured with his successful record for the most balloons burst by laser in one minute.

It was a record 18 months in the making for Daniel, who burst 32 balloons with a hyper-powered beam that he designed and built himself from scratch, and now he can enjoy the benefits of success.

Every Friday here, we 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 Daniel, 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's list of nominees vying for your vote includes an influential lesson plan in Africa and a long time spent at an amusement park, but first, what if Rocky Balboa had just kept running?


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Record: 1 hr 53 min 6 sec

Holder: Gregg Curtis (UK)

Location: Fleet Half Marathon in Fleet, Hampshire, UK

That's not all: Um, what happens when you need to grab a water bottle? That's exactly the challenge of this record, in which Gregg required the help of his friends to run alongside him and help with squirting water and keeping pace. It was required for Gregg to not remove his gloves or headgear at any time, which also makes us wonder -- what happens if he has an itch to scratch on the back of his head?


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Record: 497 participants

Holder: Dr. Nyarai Flora Chigwedere (UK and Zimbabwe)

Location: Harare, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe

That's not all: With the help of Aquafresh GSK, Dr. Nyarai took 1,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes to stress the importance of proper oral hygiene to the children of her native Zimbabwe. Having studied dentistry and now living in England, Dr. Nyarai saw the record as an opportunity to raise awareness of dental health among the children of lesser developed nations.


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Record: 6.06 km (3.76 mi)

Holder: CAJ Halverde (Germany)

Location: Halverde, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

That's not all: Talk about airing out your laundry! The line consisted of 69,152 socks, which were donated by citizens of Halverde. But why? Well, the record attempt took place as part of the celebrations commemorating Halverde's 825th anniversary. And it's a popular tradition in the region to give men a long line of socks to display all around their house for their 25th birthday. Add 800 years, and Halverde had reason to celebrate with more socks then anyone ever!


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Record: 50 hours

Holder: Sam Clauw (Belgium)

Location: Bellewaerde theme park outside Ypres, Belgium

That's not all: An avid fan of the park, Sam decided he wanted to challenge himself to the next level beyond just visiting in his spare time. And so he rode the famous "Pirate Boat" for 50 hours exactly, both during the park's operating hours and afterward. You can see him sitting next to the lion mascot above. Sam also used the attempt to raise funds and awareness for ALTA, a charity supported by Bellewaerde for the endangerment of amur leopards and tigers.


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Record: 48 hours

Holders: Kevin Bryan, Ben Roper, Matthew Cook and Adam Roberts (all UK)

Location: Pied Bull Public House in Shepshed, Leicestershire, UK

That's not all: This epic encounter pitted the team of Kevin and Ben against Matthew and Adam. Of the 334 games played, Kevin and Ben came out on top by 270 games to 64. The attempt also saw four 180 scores, all achieved by Kevin Bryan. The attempt raised also raised more than £3,000 ($4,900+) for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

And those are your nominees; time now to cast your vote!

Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!

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