Throughout the years, there have been numerous attempts to be in record books for a variety of talents. Some were done to raise money for charity, others to be recognized. Many of them are entertaining. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite
Boston Globe Archive
Oct. 31, 1929: Ilak, the largest dog in the United States, appeared with heavyweight boxer Gene Tunney in the movie "The Fighting Marine." Ilak was an Alaskan wolf dog, weighed more than 195 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall standing on his hind legs. He was 80 percent wolf and the rest Alaskan husky. Here Richard Flanagan Jr. of Brookline got a ride on his back during a promotional tour.
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July 27, 1974: Leo Charbonneau of Marlborough sat on a football for 92 hours at the Natick Mall. Billed as "the largest assault on world records ever undertaken at one time," scores of would-be greats competed to possibly get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event was sponsored by Natick-area radio station WGTR and the Natick Mall.
Tom Landers, Globe Staff
Jan. 15, 1975: Tim Guinee of Peabody and Scott Bertram of Beverly (both underwater) played for the Underwater Monopoly record at the Howard Johnson Motel on Route 1 in Danvers. They raised over $700 for charity with their record-setting game of 17 hours, 10 minutes.
June 9, 1975: Louis Sanft, a Fall River hairdresser completed five straight days of work at 8 a.m. the day this picture was taken. Lynda Rudacevsky was his last customer. Sanft had broken the hairstyling record set by a resident of Great Britain with a time of 144 hours.
Aug. 26, 1976: Glen "Skip" Salmonsen of Douglas beat the Guinness record for waterskiing by skiing for 34 hours, 54 minutes, 42 seconds on Manchaug Pond in Douglas. He beat the old record by 39 minutes.
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July 22, 1977: John Ciccotelli, 21, of Canton worked for a national candy manufacturer. There he created what he believed was the world's largest malted milk ball. "I've had it notarized," said Ciccotelli. Most malted milk balls are about ¾ inch in diameter. Ciccotelli's was 7½ inches in diameter and weighed nearly 3 pounds.
June 12, 1978: Country Bill White, 44, a Tallahassee stuntman, waved to the media before being sealed up in a box 6 feet long and buried six feet in the ground. White hoped to break the world record for subterranean living. WBSN, a New Bedford radio station, sponsored the event. White broke the Guinness Book of World Records mark with a stay of 144 days, 2 hours, 55 minutes.
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June 16, 1988: Tom Lambert (top) of Hanover, N.H., leaped over classmate Steve Bonz and into the record books, beating the then-current record of leapfrogging of 663.9 miles. The event was staged to raise money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The students were averaging 19 leaping miles a day, most of it in temperatures in the 90s during the first heat wave of the summer.
Joseph Dennehy/ Globe Staff
Aug. 1, 1980: Brett Nichols of Marietta, Ga., won the 1979 world bubblegum blowing contest and was officially entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. The teen showed off his talents at Quincy Market where he drew large crowds of challengers, none of whom got anywhere near the record. He toured the country sponsored by Yum, the bubblegum maker.
May 11, 1991: Some of the 44,127 people who turned out for Springfield's pancake breakfast ate at a table that stretched 1,800 feet down Main Street. Participants in the sixth annual biggest breakfast competition with Battle Creek, Mich., consumed 132,000 pancakes, 250 gallons of maple syrup and 2,300 pounds of butter. Unfortunately in June, Battle Creek bested the Springfield crowd by 811 people. The two cities had swapped the title for several years.