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Skateboarding goat among entries to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records

The latest edition of the Guinness world records book features more than 3,000 new or updated entries.
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He Ping Ping of China earned a spot in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest person on the planet. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

A tightrope walking dog, a vacuum cleaner collector and a skateboarding goat are among the record breakers featured in the 2014 Guinness World Book of Records released Thursday.

The latest edition features more than 3,000 new and updated entries, including the fastest sprinter in high heels and an iPhone-sized dog.   

Guinness, the company responsible for assessing and compiling often bizarre record breaking achievements around the planet, has been publishing the book for nearly 60 years and claims more than 130 million copies have been sold worldwide. 

Among this year’s entries is Fabio Reggiani of Italy, who created the world’s largest “rideable” motorcycle. Measuring 16 feet, 8.78 inches from the ground to the top of the handlebars, the 5-tonne motorcycle is six times the size of a normal motorbike. 

In the U.K., a canine called Ozzy was recognized for the “fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog” after wobbling across an 11.5-foot rope in 18.22 seconds. 

Fellow Briton James Brown’s collection of 322 vacuum cleaners was enough for a mention in bible of record-breaking accomplishments.

In one of the more unusual additions, a goat in the U.S. called Happie clocked the longest skateboard ride by a goat – 118 feet in 25 seconds.

No less impressive was German woman Julia Plecher, who ran her way into the record book after posting the fastest 100 meters in high heels, crossing the line in 14.531 seconds, while a 3.8-inch tall Puerto Rican Chihuahua was awarded the title of “world’s smallest dog.”

 

 

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