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Banana-loving Spaniard is world’s oldest man

Spanish-born Salustiano Sánchez Blázquez, who last Thursday was officially named the oldest living man on the planet by the Guinness Book of Records, has put his longevity down to a combination of pain killers and bananas.

Banana-loving Spaniard is world's oldest man
Born in the Spanish province of Salamanca in 1901, he moved to Cuba at the age of 17 to work on the sugar plantations. Photo: YouTube

Sánchez Blázquez, nicknamed Shorty by his friends, is a 112-year-old former coal miner who lives close to Niagara Falls in upstate New York in the US.

Born in the Spanish province of Salamanca in 1901, he moved to Cuba at the age of 17 to work on the sugar plantations.

He then arrived in the United States via the iconic immigration centre on Ellis Island in 1920.

After working as a miner in Kentucky, he eventually settled in the Niagara area, close to the border with Canada, where he has lived ever since.

Shorty succeeded Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who died on June 12 at the age of 116.

According to Guinness, he is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.

In a statement, Sánchez Blázquez said he believed he had lived to such an old age thanks to a daily dose of a banana and six tablets of Anacin, a branded pain-reliever that contains aspirin and caffeine.

That naturally delighted Anacin's manufacturer Insight Pharmaceuticals.

"Historically, apples are the fruit most associated with staying healthy and avoiding doctors," said marketing vice-president Jennifer Moyer.

"Our scientists had never looked into the banana before. But now that the certified oldest man in the world credits bananas and Anacin as his life-extending combo, we're certainly going to explore whether a new 'Bananacin' product makes sense."

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Spain’s craziest feats revealed in new Guinness Book of Records

It's not for the biggest ever tortilla or even the largest paella, but Spain boasts a fair few entries into the 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Spain's craziest feats revealed in new Guinness Book of Records
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The well-loved collection of world record holders has a new edition out this month. The Local takes a look at some of the newest titles claimed by Spain.

Biggest bachata

The bachata is a dance typical of the Dominican Republic, but it is Spaniards who are entering the record books for the most people doing this Latin dance at the same time. On June 12th 2014, a dance website organized the record attempt in Seville, where 339 couples strutted their stuff to the infectious beat.

Tomb Raider collection

Rodrigo Martín Santos takes superfan to a whole new level. This Spaniard holds the World record for owning the largest collection of merchandise from Tomb Raider, the video game series. From action figures of heroine Lara Croft to books, films and posters, the collection contains 2,383 individual pieces.

Bailando

Not only has Madrid-born Enrique Iglesias managed to rack up the most views on YouTube with more than a billion clicks on the pop video but his April 2014 Bailando appears in the new edition of Guinness Book of World Records for spending 26 weeks at number one on Billboards of Hot Latin Songs.

Largest padel tournament

This racket game adapted from tennis is hugely popular in Spain, which is why it probably wasn’t too difficult to find the participants in the Estrella Damm Padel tournament in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Madrid in October 2014.  The competition attracted 678 players making it a record breaker.
 
Most people simultaneously blowing a bubble with gum

Hundreds of teenagers joined forces in September 2014 to set the Guinness World Record for the most people blowing a gum bubble simultaneously. A final figure of 737 teenagers were involved, all chewing on Chupa Chups sweets.

Biggest stamp mosaic

 

 

The world’s biggest mosaic of stamps was constructed in Malaga on November 8th 2014. The record attempt was organized by – surprise, surprise – the Spanish postal service. It measured 220.28 metres squared. 230,000 stamps were used in the record attempt, which took a whopping 22 hours to complete.

The longest neckerchief chain

Quite a random one here: the record for the longest neckerchief chain was broken in Valladolid during the Fiesta of the Virgen of San Lorenzo in 2014. The chain included an impressive 8,969 neckerchiefs. The city organizes an attempt to get into the Guinness World Records every September during the festival celebrations.

Biggest pestle and mortar

In the town of Macael in Almería, locals constructed the biggest pestle and mortar in the world; the mortar measuring 3.29 metres tall and 3 metres in diametre and the giant pestle 4.73 metres long. The gigantic kitchen implements, which show off the marble for which the town is famous, are now displayed proudly on a town-centre roundabout. 

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