Part two of our feature looking at the world records set in Cornwall is here! Part one had some great records including, of course, the world's biggest pasty! The second half is sure to serve up oddities of its own, so without further ado, here they are:
Most socks sorted in one minute
Perhaps one of the odder records out there, the record for the most socks sorted into pairs in one minute was set on the 29th July 2012 by Sammy Jo Crocker at the Penryn Rugby Club. We'd love to see how quickly she'd get through the rest of the washing!
Climbing height of Everest on a machine (female team)
This record took place on a versaclimber machine, and consisted of a team of eight females. These were Bridget Funnell, Victoria Brown, Natasha Jones, Sarah Ruscombe-King, Sandra Heard, Margaret Reeve, Sandra Cann and Nicola Hammond who set the record for the quickest climb of equivalent height to Everest, which is 8,848 metres, or 29,028 feet for those who prefer the old ways! It took the team two hours, 45 minutes and 53 seconds, and took place on the 24th September 2006 at Fusion Gym in Bude.
Climbing machine height in one hour (with 40 lb pack)
Sticking to the versaclimber machine records, Kevlin Turner set the record for the greatest height climbed in an hour whilst carrying a pack weight 18kg, or 40 lbs. He scaled a total of 2,449.37m, or 8,036 feet on the 25th August 2006, also in Bude.
First passenger car
The world's first passenger carrying automobile was in fact built and operated in Camborne by Richard Trevithick. It first ran on Christmas Eve in 1801 and was capable of carrying eight passengers. Although Karl Benz is awarded being the inventor of the modern car, we know it was built in Cornwall first!
Oldest commercial satellite station
At the very tip of Cornwall lies Lizard Peninsula, where the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station is located. Consisting of 59 antennae of varying sizes, it began operation on the 11th July 1962, and is still up and running today, and continues to carry telephone and data traffic around the world.
Thus concludes our look into the world records set and held by Cornwall, which we can all agree hold some pretty great awards! Why not have a go at breaking some of these yourself, or perhaps experience a different kind of award winning with the two AA rosette food available at our Fowey restaurants?
Photo courtesy of NicolasPazVal99, under Creative Commons