Meet the man who can receive phone calls via an ‘aerial’ fitted in his head, Guinness World Records

Neil Harbisson
  • Guinness World Records chronicles extraordinary feats of ­ordinary people
  • People are documented in their determination to go that extra mile to be record-breakers
  • These records include all sorts of achievements – from the impressive to the downright weird

For more than six decades, one book has entertained us by chronicling the extraordinary feats of ­ordinary people determined to go that extra mile to be record-breakers.

First published in 1955, Guinness World Records has sold more than 138 million copies around the globe.

The latest, Guinness World Records 2018, is released today and includes all sorts of new achievements – from the impressive to the downright weird.

Paw-some pooches, basketball-playing bunnies, lengthy lashes and a man with some very unusual headgear have all made it into the new edition.

Here are some of the more eye-catching entries this year...

Longest cat tail

Cygnus’s fluffy tail is 17.6in.

Owner Will Powers, of Michigan, says: “It grows by about half an inch every month or so.”

Longest legs

There’s no missing Russian Ekaterina Lisina, 29, on the catwalk.

The model, who has 52in legs, is 6ft 9in tall.

Most slam a rabbit

Holland lop Bini netted seven in a minute after being trained by Los Angeles-based owner Shai Asor.

First man with antenna fitted into his head

Colour-blind Neil Harbisson, 33, had the antenna fitted to convert light into soundwaves so he can “hear” colours as musical notes.

The UK-born artist, now of New York, can also receive phone calls.

Longest fingernails

Ayanna Williams, 60, of Houston, Texas, has nails with an incredible combined measurement of 18.9ft.

Longest eyelashes

You Jianxia, of Jiangsu, China, must get through a lot of mascara with 4.9in lashes.

Tallest dog

Great Dane Freddy, belonging to Claire Stoneman, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is 7ft 6in on his hind legs.