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

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Spain's craziest feats revealed in new Guinness Book of Records
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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.

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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