Posts tagged with "Guinness World Records"

Meet a UK family that boasts six generations alive at the same time

September 9, 2021

A family in the U.K.  boasts members of six generations alive at the same time—and the eldest is Scotland’s only great-great-great-grandma at age 86, The Epoch times reports.

Mother of eight Mary Marshall, who was born four years before the start of World War II, has a whopping 90 grandchildren; among them, great-great-great grandchild, Nyla Ferguson, who was born on May 25 .

The women are all on the same side of the family—and all except new mom Toni-Leigh work, or worked, as caregivers for the National Health Service (NHS).

All gave birth at the age of 18 or younger, resulting in this super-sized happy family, and all live in or around Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mary’s firstborn daughter is Rose Thorburn, 68. Rose has four children including mom-of-three Chyrel Borthwick, 50.

Chyrel gave birth to mom-of-four Carrie Dow in 1986. Carrie, 35, has four children, including new mom Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17.

Due to the size of her family, Mary, from Edinburgh, says she is forgiven for not buying each and every member a birthday and Christmas present as she’d spend “half the year doing so.”

“I’m a lucky woman to be honest with you,” Mary told The Epoch Times, adding, “It’s great to have such a big family. There’s always someone there looking out for you. I’m incredibly happy.”

Toni-Leigh, who gave birth to the newest member of the family in May, said: “When we found out I was pregnant we did make a joke about us breaking some sort of record. Then we started looking into it and it doesn’t look like anyone else has our family set-up.

“It’s a bit too early to see a resemblance to her great-great-great-grandm,  but it was love at first sight when they met! We live no longer than a 10–15-minute drive away from one another, so we see each other.

The family is believed to be the only family in Scotland with six generations alive at the same time. According to Guinness World Records, the most generations alive in a single family have been seven.

Research contact: @TheEpochTimesDC

Remember British hero Captain Tom? Now he’s heading to the big screen

January 18, 2021

The uplifting story of 100-year-old British hero Captain Sir Tom Moore—who kept a nation in lockdown inspired by doing laps around his garden to raise money during the pandemic—is being turned into a feature film, fast-tracked for production in 2021, The New Daily reports.

Britain’s Fred Films and Powderkeg Studios won a bidding war for the life rights to the former British Army captain and World War II hero, who raised £38.9 million (US$52.9 million) for the country’s National Health Service by walking laps around his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sir Tom— who was knighted by the Queen at a private ceremony at Windsor Castle in May for his mammoth fundraising effort—had set out to raise just £1000 (US$1358.80) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of his walker.

But the campaign went global after his family turned to social media to help raise donations.As the money topped the £1 million mark, Sir Tom described it as “almost unbelievable,” but there was so much to come.

In the fallout from his incredible donation, he also recorded a hit single, You’ll Never Walk Alone, that rose to No.1 on the British charts.

In the process, he broke two Guinness World Records—for being the oldest person to achieve a British No.1 track, displacing Tom Jones; and also for raising the most money on an individual charity walk.

Sir Tom had a couple of ideas for who might play him in the movie about his life.

“I don’t know of any 100-year-old actors, but I’m sure Michael Caine or Anthony Hopkins could do a wonderful job if they were prepared to age up,” he told The New Daily.

This is a story about the power of the human spirit and Captain Sir Tom personifies that,” the producers said in a statement.

“We are honored to be telling this unique and inspiring story and are excited about audiences getting to know the man behind the headlines.”

Research contact: @thenewdaily

Matzoball to launch ‘largest Jewish virtual speed dating event in the world’ on Christmas Eve

December 1, 2020

The original Matzoball—founded by Andrew Rudnick in 1987 as a Christmas Eve party for single Jewish Americans—has reinvented itself for the pandemic: Although the company usually throws as many 20 parties in cities nationwide and worldwide, this year, the fun will go virtual.

In a press release, Rudnick explains, “This year we needed to think outside the box. Every year we give tens of thousands of single Jews the opportunity to meet in person at the hottest nightclubs all over the country. This year, we are inviting partygoers to attend online—and it will be a much bigger and better event than anyone can imagine. We are beyond thrilled to announce the launch of Matzoball Online!”

The parties start on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. and will be broken down by region and age range. Each event will guarantee a minimum of 20 to 30, five-minute dates, and the participants will then have the opportunity to anonymously choose whom they felt they had a connection with. If the connection is mutual, they will be notified via email of their mutual connections 15 minutes after the event and will be given the opportunity to connect again.

The Matzoball Online is set to go online in the following regions/countries, but also anticipates adding more: Atlanta, Boca, Delray Beach, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angelese, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Montreal, Toronto, London, Sydney, and Tel Aviv.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.matzoball.org and cost $35, which includes entry into the 1st Matzoball Online event, and also will offer ticket purchasers exclusive discounts to the monthly speed dating events that will be hosted by Matzoball in 2021.

According to Guinness World Records, the largest known speed dating event, which drew 964 people, occurred on February 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day, in Dublin, Ireland. Matzoball anticipates five times as many people will participate in their event.

The Matzoball claims to have been responsible for thousands of marriages over the past 34 years—and having been named the #1 Holiday Party by USA Today..

Research contact: @MatzoBall24M