The new 2014 Guinness World Records book comes out next Thursday and, as always, people are making and breaking records for things you never would have imagined.
For instance, the record for the largest walking robot goes to a dragon from Germany called Tradinno.
Built by Germany’s Zollner Elektronik AG, an electronics maker, Tradinno the dragon is 51 feet long and has a wingspan of 40 feet. He can walk around, flap its leathery wings, and breathe fire from its mouth and nostrils. The dragon is a complex radio-controlled quadruped running on a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with two hydraulic circuits, 272 hydraulic valves, 65 animated axles, and 238 sensors, according to Zollner. It has 984 feet of hydraulic lines, more than 4,200 feet of electric cables, and 360 feet of pneumatic lines. (from CNET news)
See Tradinno in action below in the German folk play “Drachenstich” which translated into English means: Spearing the Dragon
Other records in the book include items like:
- Lowest Limbo Skater: Rohan Kokane (India) – Skated 10 m at height of 25 cm (9.84 in)
- Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog: Ozzy (UK) – 3.5-metre-long rope in 18.22 seconds
- Largest Collection of Vacuum Cleaners: James Brown (UK) – 322 models