Unless you're talking tumors or processors, the general consensus seems to be that "Bigger is better," and the Guinness Book of World Records built itself into a household name on the back of the axiom. The publication definitely stuck with its bread and butter for the release party of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2012. Most launch events are actually kind of boring, consisting of ceremonial ribbon cutting and some hors d'oeuvres if you're lucky -- but Guinness brought the big guns in the form of the world's largest controller, a massive NES gamepad.
Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points scored in a professional basketball game, Tom Brady and Randy Moss set an NFL single-season record in 2007 for most touchdown passes between a passer and a receiver (23), Joe DiMaggios's 56-game hitting streak may never be broken, and 27-year-old Pedro Matias just set a new Guinness World Record for texting by typing a 264-character text in one-second shy of two minutes.
Lest your sarcasm meter is busted, we don't really believe Matias belongs in the same echelon as some of the world's greatest athletes, but with nimble thumbs (and probably very little face-to-face interaction) Matias was able to hone his text messaging skills and shatter the previous record by 23 seconds.
"I did practice a lot and I always thought that this was my thing. For me, to have a record in the Guinness is a great thing," an elated Matias said after the event.
The feat came during the LG Mobile World Cup Championship (yup, such a thing exists) at Gotham Hall in New York City. And while we don't want to take anything away from Matias' accomplishment, it should be noted that he used a QWERTY phone. That'sprobably the same that was used to set the previous record, and while we could look it up, let's be honest, does anyone really care? We didn't think so.
As for the actual Cup Championship, the team from Korea won the $100,000 prize, while USA came in second and took home $20,000.
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Thanks to the redefinition of "Day" as "a 24-hour period" - and thanks also to the problems everyone in the world had in logging onto the Spread Firefox website yesterday, Download Day continues, with close to 7,000,000 downloads as of posting time.
Originally, Download Day was scheduled to start at 10:00AM PDT yesterday, and end 24 hours later. However, if you read yesterday's installment of "how to bring a website to its knees", you know that things didn't work out exactly as planned.