Trump-Clinton debate was the most-watched ever

Sep 28, 2016

Trump-Clinton debate was the most-watched ever

The first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump drew 84 million U.S. television viewers Monday night, a record for such an event and a number rarely seen in the age of digital streaming and social media. The audience beat the ...

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Sep 16, 2016

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Researchers have identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of when it is safe to go outside after a storm passes. A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a lightning bolt ...

The biggest what? Dubai seeks glory in obscure world records

Sep 6, 2016

The biggest what? Dubai seeks glory in obscure world records

The 6,148 whiskey shots perched atop glasses of energy drink waited for the push that might send them tumbling into the record books — just another night in Dubai, and another chance to make a certain kind of history. Superlatives like “the world’s biggest” ...

Boy, 14, breaks record for youngest pro 'shogi' player

Sep 4, 2016

Boy, 14, breaks record for youngest pro 'shogi' player

At just 14 years and two months old, Sota Fujii is now the youngest professional shogi (Japanese chess) player in Japan. Fujii, a second-year middle school student from Aichi Prefecture, smashed a record on Saturday that had stood for 62 years after Hifumi Kato, ...

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Grandpa astronaut breaks U.S. space record

Aug 25, 2016

Grandpa astronaut breaks U.S. space record

American astronaut Jeff Williams, 58, broke his retired NASA colleague Scott Kelly’s record for the most cumulative days in space Wednesday, the U.S. space agency said. Williams, an accomplished spacewalker, surpassed Kelly’s record of 520 days on Aug. 24. By the time Williams returns ...

Aug 23, 2016

Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the ...

Aug 18, 2016

July hottest month in modern times, U.S. agency says

Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, U.S. government scientists said Wednesday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the ...

Cuban rolls record 90-meter cigar ahead of Castro's 90th birthday

Aug 13, 2016

Cuban rolls record 90-meter cigar ahead of Castro's 90th birthday

A Cuban cigar-maker broke his own record on Friday by rolling the world’s longest cigar, dedicating the 90-meter (295-foot) smoke to Fidel Castro ahead of the retired leader’s 90th birthday. Castro, who took power in Cuba’s 1959 revolution and ruled for nearly half a ...