Friday, February 1, 2008
Go Wonder Dog Go!
You may have thought your dog was pretty clever when it learned to fetch your slippers or brought a ball back in the park. Well, meet ten-year- old Swee' Pea, who has set a new world record by faultlessly balancing a glass of water on the bridge of her nose while padding up some stairs. The border collie cross then showed her world-class pedigree by repeating a 2007 record-breaking feat – most skips by a dog in one minute. Onlookers cheered as Swee' Pea notched up 75 skips in 60 seconds. The world-beating stunts were featured on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey show. But the venerable animal found herself in equally impressive company. She was joined by Fan Yang, who managed to fit 100 willing participants inside a bubblown live on stage, trouncing his previous record of 42 people. Kent French then received a big hand for his unique ability to clap 721 times in a minute, a rate of 12 claps a second. Cathie Jung sucked it in to take a turn on stage, parading her 15-inch (38cm) waist, the world's smallest. 'I wear my corset 24 hours a day,' said the 70-year- old mother-of- three. And contortionist Leslie Tipton wriggled her way into the Guinness World Records book for being the fastest person to get inside a suitcase and zip it up. The 37-year-old Californian suited up in just over nine seconds, prompting Oprah to exclaim: 'This is a talent I didn't even know existed.'