Guinness World Records Day: 6 memorable moments to get you excited for 2017

By David Stubbings
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Guinness World Records Day 2017 will be taking place on Thursday 9 November and feature yet more fantastic record-breaking activities.

This is the thirteenth year of the annual celebration which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's bestselling copyright book.

As ever there will be plenty of records to watch out for on the day itself and we will be running a dedicated live blog on the day, so don't forget to check out for the latest action.

As a taster though, here are some of the wonderful achievements set in the past few years on Guinness World Records Day:

Longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog

Who can forget Otto, a three-year-old English Bulldog who skated through the legs of 30 humans, all facing the same direction with their feet apart, and into the record books? 

Otto's achievement made him famous throughout the world with millions watching his record-breaking run. 

Shortest married couple

Last year's event saw Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Lie Hoshino, both from Brazil, officially became our new title holders for Shortest married couple.

Between them they measure a verified combined height of just 181.41 cm (71.42 in) and the happy couple visited Guinness World Records' London headquarters to take part in a fun “Mr & Mrs” style quiz.

Most chin ups in one hour

Most chin ups in 1 hour

Strength records are very popular, but this one set on Guinness World Records Day in 2011 still remains unbeaten.

Stephen Hyland from Stoneleigh in Surrey, UK, took the record with an impressive 993: indeed it's 481 more than when he first took the record in 2005.

Six years later though and his current record is still going strong.

Tallest and shortest men meet

In 2014 we brought together the two men who were, at the time, the world's tallest and shortest living men.

At 2.51 m (8 ft 2.8 in), Sultan Kosen from Ankara in Turkey (who has the records for both Tallest man - living and Tallest person -living), met  54.6 cm (1 ft 9.5 in) Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, UK, to mark both Guinness World Records Day itself the 60th Anniversary of Guinness World Records.

Sadly Chandra passed away in 2015 at the age of 75, however he still has the record title for Shortest man ever.

Shortest and tallest men

Largest collection of pizza boxes

There aren't many people in the world who don't love pizza, but there are fewer people who are fans of the boxes they come in.

New Yorker Scott Wiener is a fan though and on Guinness World Records Day 2013 was given the title of Largest collection of pizza boxes with 595 - all different. 

Pizza box collection

Edd China drives the World's fastest bed

And as a bonus, catch up on some of the activities from Guinness World Records Day in 2007, 2009 and 2010.