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Amazing World Records of 2011 (Photos)

From the largest bra to biggest cheese sculpture, see world records that made history in 2011.

It’s been a momentous year for some of the world’s most ambitious athletes, collectors, cooks, and event organizers. More than 1,200 new world records were inked so far this year, according to news releases by the Guinness World Records. In the last few weeks, Americans have recorded the largest open- faced sandwich (2,359 pounds), most people dressed like a turkey (38,000) and the biggest cheese sculpture (925 pounds). From the fastest marathon to the most number of Lady Gaga impersonators, see other great achievements in world records this year.

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Largest bra

Record: 87 feet, 8 inches (size 1222B)

Record setter: Reckitt Benckiser

Location: London

Date: Oct. 28

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Highest grossing Music tour (U2)

Record: $736 million

Record setter: U2

Location: Sao Paolo

Date: April 10 (date surpassed previous record by Rolling Stones)

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Fastest marathon

Record: 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds

Record setter: Patrick Makau

Location: Berlin

Date: Sept. 25

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Largest feet

Record: 1 foot, 3 inches (left) and 1 foot, 2.76 inches (right)

Record setter: Brahim Takioullah

Location: Paris

Date: Oct. 8

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Largest dodgeball game

Record: 4,488 participants

Record setter: University of California, Irvine

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Date: Sept. 21

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Largest bikini parade

Record: 357 women

Record setter: Event was sponsored by The Surfers Paradise Alliance and the Gold Coast Bulletin

Location: Surfers Paradise, Australia

Date: Oct. 3

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Animal most photographed with celebrities

Record: 363 photos, including pics with Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian, and Barbara Walters

Record setter: Lucky, the pooch of Animal Fair Media founder Wendy Diamond

Location: n/a

Date: Nov. 17

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Oldest man to swim the English Channel

Record: 70 years, 4 months

Record setter: Roger Appsopp

Location: Swam from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 17 hours, 51 minutes

Date: Aug. 30

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Largest piñata

Record: 47 feet high, 68 feet 7 inches long, 37 feet 9 inches wide

Record setter: M&M’s, in honor of the first birthday of M&M’s pretzels

Location: New York

Date: Aug. 4

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Largest fuzzy dice

Record: 64 cubic feet

Record setter: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Location: Las Vegas

Date: Nov. 11

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Fastest time to type the alphabet on an iPad

Record: 5.26 seconds

Record setter: Eduard Saakashvili, age 15 (son of Georgia’s president)

Location: Batumi, Georgia

Date: July 5

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Largest collection of clowns

Record: 2,053 models of clowns

Record setter: Ortrud Kastaun

Location: Essen, Germany

Date: Oct. 30

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Longest tattoo session

Record: 48 hours, 26 minutes

Record setter: Robin H.M. (tattoo artist) and Jeff Garton

Location: Norwalk, Ohio

Date: April 17

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Most marriage renewals

Record: 100 marriage-vow renewals

Record setter: Lauren and David Blair

Location: Hard Rock Café in Honolulu

Date: Oct. 2

Most YouTube subscribers

Record: 4,078,988

Record setter: Ray William Johnson, “just a regular guy with an entertaining hobby.”

Date: July 12

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Longest Cigar

Record: 268 feet, 4 inches

Record setter: Jose Castelar Cueto

Location: Havana, Cuba

Date: May 3

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Highest level of carbon dioxide

Record: 391.9 ppm

Record setter: n/a

Location: measurement taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii

Date: January

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Largest gathering of Lady Gaga impersonators

Record: 121 impersonators

Record setter: E! Entertainment

Location: 2011 Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles

Date: Feb. 13