Wacky new additions to the Guinness World Records

Gaby Leslie

Each year the Guinness World Records bring us some more extraordinary individuals all over the globe doing weird and wonderful things and 2012 is no exception.

To celebrate the launch of the latest book, we’ve selected our favourites from the new additions.

Among the new batch is Stewie - the world’s longest cat. At an astonishing length of 123cm, Stewie is so long that when the US house pet stands on his hind legs he can pilfer food from a kitchen worktop. 

The five-year-old feline also possesses the world record for having the longest tail for a domestic cat at 41.5cm.

Joining Stewie in the publication is British eccentric Rob Hull who has the largest collection of ‘Doctor Who’ Daleks with over 571 unique models.

[ Gallery: Wacky world records in pictures]

Uchida Geinousha’s 'Super Wan Wan Circus' claims the world record for having the most dogs skipping on a rope (13 dogs) and the ‘Best Man’ from Shelbyville, Illinois, USA, is the proud owner of the fastest wedding chapel (62 mph) in the world.

A brother and sister from Surrey, Daniel and Natalie Bent are bizarrely the world's top brother-sister bog snorkelling duo, with Daniel setting the men's triathlon record of 2 hr 21 min 5 sec in July 2009 and Natalie setting the women's record of 2 hr 45 min 40 sec in July 2010. 

The UK has another reason to be proud because George Solt, of Maidenhead, is the oldest man to have ever reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at the grand old age of 82 years and 289 days on 14 July 2010.

Swiss hotel obsessive Jean-François Vernetti has collected 11,111 different 'Do Not Disturb' signs from hotels in 189 countries across the world since 1985.

Another odd item collector from the US called Denise Tubangui has hoarded a total of 2,429 cow-related items. Denise started her collection back in 1990 when she saw a cow figurine in her mother’s kitchen.

According to the book, New Orleans-born Aevin Dugas, 36, has a 4ft 4in afro which is larger than a disco ball and can just about fit the world’s smallest man inside. Sadly that event hasn’t happened yet.

And of course, we can’t forget the world’s most pierced man. Rolf Buchholz, of Germany, who claimed the record for having a grand total of 453 studs and rings all over his body.

For more wacky records, check out our Guinness World Records 2012 gallery.