Matt Stonie wins World Gyro Eating Championship 2014

Video of Matt Stonie vs Joey Chestnut in the 2014 Niko Niko’s World Gyro Eating Championship at Houston Greek Festival on May 18.

Stonie won the competition with a world record of 24 gyros in 10 minutes. Looks like Chestnut finally has a serious challenger after years of dominance (in the Major League Eating). It’s a pity that he and Takeru Kobayashi couldn’t have more official battles because of the later’s refusal to join the MLE.

Saudi King helps world’s heaviest man

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to help a man who has become one of the heaviest people in the world. The king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who weighs 1,345 pounds (610kg) and is unable to move by himself, be transferred (using forklifts, air force jets etc.) to the country’s capital Riyadh to undergo treatment.

According to Guinness World Records, the record weight for a living person is held by Manuel Uribe from Mexico, who weighed 1,235 pounds (560kg) in 2006. After making a television appeal for help, his weight in March 2012 had fallen to 980 pounds.

China unveils world’s largest building

Dubbed as the world’s largest building (or the largest standalone structure by floorspace, to be precise), the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, has opened its doors to public last month. Photos by 郭红元@Baidu [Cn]…

New Century Global Centre, Chengdu, China

With 1,700,000 square metres of floorspace, the building consists of a large shopping area, and also offices, conference hall, two hotels, entertainment facilities, ice skating rink, a Mediterranean village, and a theme park with an artificial beach.

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A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

IBM has made the world’s smallest movie by moving dozens of atoms

The feat has been verified by Guinness World Records as The World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. Below is a video and infographic (click for full size) showing how it’s done. You can check IBM’s project page if you can’t get enough of the details.

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First McDonald’s in Moscow in 1990

Old video showing the long queue on the opening day (Jan 31, 1990) of the first – and back then the world’s largest – McDonald’s restaurant in former Soviet Union.

The restaurant was operated by McDonald’s Canada instead of the American HQ, probably to avoid sensitivity issue as the Cold War has just ended.

McDonald’s also opened its first outlet in mainland China in October the same year.