Records are meant to be broken

Tayr Dibba: Lebanese Shia Sheikh Hassan al-Zayyat marks punctuation on Koranic verses that he had hand copied on 100×70 cm pages in his village of Tayr Dibba in southern Lebanon. He is aspiring to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest handwritten Koran. Zayyat’s project will fill 309 pages by the end of the year, after four years of painstaking work.

Munich: Tipnis Shobha from India blows into a hot-water bottle during the 12th impossibilty challenger world record trials in Dachau, nearly 30 km (19 miles) north of Munich. Shobha became the first woman ever to blow up a regular hot-water bottle until it bursts.

Shenyang: People take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people practicing Taiji in multiple locations, at the Shenyang Olympic Sports Center, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Beijing Olympic Games in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

Zhangjiajie: Samat Hasan, a 24-year-old stuntman from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, walks on a tightrope in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. Walking on a 700-metre-long (2,300 ft) rope with a 3.1-centimetre (1.2 inches) diameter and set at a 39-degree gradient, Hasan successfully broke the Guinness World Record for aerial tightrope walking after failing in a previous attempt, local media reported.

Amman: A Jordanian worker performs noon prayer on a huge sofa in Amman. The sofa, measuring seven meters long and two meters tall, took about 70 meters of material and two weeks to complete. Its owner hopes it would be considered for the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest sofa in the world.

Stuttgart: Around 400 people fight with pillows during a world record attempt in pillow fighting in Stuttgart. The participants failed to make a new world record for the most people taking part simultaneously in a pillow fight.

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