It was a monster of a mosaic in last week's Fan Choice, as the record for the largest bean mosaic utterly dominated the rest of the competition.

Built by the World Largest Seed Art Production Committee in Japan, the mosaic used 1,864,320 black beans and 2,096,640 white to arrange the 300.85 m² (3238 ft² 44 in²) composition.

The World Largest Seed Art Production Committee's achievement will now be entered into our competition for Fan Choice record of the year as we move closer to the end of 2014.

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 the seed art committee, 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 one tiny bull and a marathoning man across all continents, but first, if I could teach the world to sing...


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Record: 296

Holder: Santosh Rungta Group of Institutions (India)

Location: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

That's not all: The students of the Santosh Rungta group sang the Indian national anthem for this record, breaking the previous mark by 80 participants.


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Record: 71.6 cm (28.2 in)

Holder: Chegs HHAR Golden Boy

Location: Ramona, California, USA

That's not all: Owned by Hearts & Hands Animal Rescue, Chegs was measured from the hoof to the withers. He's a mini zebu bull who was 3 years old when measured, originally taken in by Hearts & Hands as one of five mini zebus who all grew and stayed relatiavely small - but none as short as Chegs!


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Record: 3,509 participants

Holder: Eastbourne Area Secondary Schools (UK)

Location: Various, UK

That's not all: A total of eight venues participated in this event, with the stated goal to provide an opportunity for the young people of Eastbourne to study an amazing piece of poetry by an acclaimed local poet and to learn how to use a variety of reading techniques to understand and empathize with a text. There are plans for the most inspirational and carefully thought-out responses from the students to be published in a book.


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Record: 1,025 stairs

Holder: Monica Guzman Naranjo (Colombia)

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico,

That's not all: Atop her trusty bike, Monica climbed the Hotel Riu Plaza in Guadalajara, the first woman to ever hold this record - a fact that Monica admitted inspired her to try it. It took Monica 56 min 4 sec to complete the ascension, having never touched any part of her body to a wall, railing, or floor.


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Record: 1 yr, 9 dy, 22 hr, 20 min and 40 sec

Holder: Ziyad Tariq Rahim (Pakistan)

Location: All seven continents

That's not all: Because each run had to be as part of a sanctioned raced, Rahim had to make multiple return trips along his journey to accomodate race schedules. For instance, he returned to Antarctica 11 months after completing the White Continent Marathon to compete in the White Continent 50 K. His fastest marathon time was 4 hr 32 min 53 sec at the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan and fastest ultra was 6 hr 23 min 40 sec at the Louis Massyn Aldam Ultra Marathon 50K in South Africa.

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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