The Book of Host Records

Records of Host family and friends
Internet Edition
Created 8th August 2000
Last updated 3rd March 2005

PRINTED EDITIONS:
1st edition - June 1976
2nd edition - July 1977
3rd edition - December 1977
4th edition - December 1982
5th edition - January 1983


Compiled, written, edited and printed by Andrew Host.

MADE IN AUSTRALIA
FOR ISSUE IN AUSTRALIA
AND INTERNATIONALLY

Much care has been taken in the preparation of this book, however, even with the greatest care, errors and omissions may occur, and so the editor and writer of this book takes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may occur but would appreciate advice should any be discovered.

All measurements given in this book are in Metric.

Foreword

   Records listed in this book are not world records, or even Australian records, but records made and broken by people who know the editor personally.
   We welcome breaking and entering of new records. See the editor for their acceptability as a record in this book. All official records must have been witnessed by either the editor (Andrew Host) or another reliable member of the Host family. Records submitted for printing which have not been witnessed in this way may be printed as unofficial records, if proof of the record occurring is enough to convince the editor that it is so.
   In most cases, records submitted for this book should be measurable and theoretically able to be broken. When making or breaking records, all rules appropriate to the record whether previously mentioned or not, must be obeyed.

Andrew Host,
Writer and editor of
The Book of Host Records.


Records:

Bicycle Speed

Skipping

Stand On Head
~Most recently broken record~

Scooter Speed

King Ping

Hang By Hands

Car Speed

Batteries

Hang By Legs

Highest Jump

Tongue / Nose

Stand On Leg

Highest Tree

Stool Holding

Memorize Pi

Holding Breath

Rollerskating

Dribbling a Ball

Eisteddfod

Walking Backwards

Juggling

Hoola-Hoop

Treading Water

Apricot Dumplings

Jumping

Card Stacking ~NEW~

Eating Moths

 

Reciting American Presidents ~NEW~

 

 

 


The HOST RECORD for

FASTEST SPEED ON A BICYCLE is 88 km/h, held by Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW. He set the record during 1971 on the Comenarra Parkway, Turramurra between Kissing Point and Ravenhill Roads.

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The HOST RECORD for

FASTEST SPEED ON A NON-MOTORISED SCOOTER is 50 km/h, held by Daniel Host, Mount Colah, NSW. On 30th July 2005, on Salisbury Road, Asquith, he broke his previous record of 44 km/h which had been set a week previously.

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The HOST RECORD for

FASTEST SPEED IN A CAR is 162 km/h. The driver was Andrew Host. During 1988, he broke the record which had previously been held by George Host, who set the record in 1972. He set the record in a Volvo 145 on the Hume Highway, NSW, whilst overtaking two semi-trailers. Andrew, however, was just seeing how fast his Honda Prelude would go.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE HIGHEST JUMP STRAIGHT DOWN TO THE GROUND is 3.4 metres, held by Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW. He set the record in 1977 when he jumped the distance off a tree.

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The HOST RECORD for

HOLDING YOUR BREATH THE LONGEST is 2 minutes, 52 seconds, held by Lance Lenehan, Turramurra, NSW. On Saturday, August 9, 1980, he beat former record holder, Frank Scott by one minute.

It should be noted that the person participating in this record must be conscious.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE GREATEST NUMBER OF AWARDS IN THE CITY OF SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD is 28, held by Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW. Between 1967 and 1975 he won 14 first prize, 9 second prizes, 4 third prizes, and one fourth prize. All were won for recorder playing.

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The HOST RECORD for

HOOLA-HOOPING AROUND THE WAIST THE LONGEST is one hour and forty seconds, held by Jacqueline Host, West Pymble, NSW, on 9th February 2003, beating her previous record of 19 minutes, which was set on 6th August 2000

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The HOST RECORD for

JUMPING OVER A PIECE OF ROPE OR STRING CONTINUOUSLY, THE GREATEST NUMBER OF TIMES is 601, held by Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW. He set the record in 1977.

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The HOST RECORD for

SKIPPING CONTINUOUSLY (with a skipping rope) is 300 jumps, held by Sarah Ward, Turramurra. On 2nd March, 2005, in the presence of Jacqueline Host, Sarah took 2 minutes and 45 seconds to beat former record holder, Anne Host by 113 jumps. The record was broken at Turramurra High School.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE LONGEST MARATHON KING PING and/or NYNGAN GAME is 5 hours, 35 minutes, held by nine people from Turramurra and St Ives, NSW. It took place on Ashburton Avenue, Turramurra on Monday, April 7, 1980, and a lighting system had to be set up to enable the game to continue after dark. Most of the time, the game played was Nyngan, a variation of King Ping.

38 games of Nyngan and one 20 minute game of King Ping were played. The average time of each Nyngan game was 8 minutes, 17 seconds.

The players and length of time each one played in order is as follows:

Time of play in hours and minutes

Number of wins

Percentage of total wins

Length of time in King in hours and minutes

Time in King as a percentage of their total playing time

Andrew HOST:

5:34

13

34.2

1:28

26.3

Bruce GEMMELL:

5:13

15

39.5

1:41

32.3

Ross McKECHNIE:

4:55

0

0

0:00

0

Mark BRYANT:

4:33

8

21.1

1:11

26

David SPENCER:

3:34

3

7.9

0:43

20.1

Lynda GREY:

2:56

0

0

0:00

0

Kerrie GREY:

2:11

0

0

0:00

0

Jennifer HOST:

1:05

1

2.6

0:04

6.2

Anne HOST:

0:19

0

0

0

0

 

The only breaks in the marathon were:

ONE: 2 minutes, 48 seconds to view a spectacular flock of birds.

TWO: Enough time to allow 49 cars to pass.

January 15, 2003: We have been informed that Warwick and Stuart Ravaillion were also involved in the marathon, but we have no data for duration and number of wins.

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The HOST RECORD for

PILING AS MANY 'D' SIZE BATTERIES ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AS POSSIBLE is 7, held by Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW. On Saturday, November 4, 1978, he set the record.

Batteries must be piled on top of each other without any sort of adhesives, etc. They must be piled lengthways as shown in the accompanying diagram.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE LENGTH OF TIME YOU CAN TOUCH YOUR NOSE WITH YOUR TONGUE (without using anything external to help, e.g. pushing nose down with hand) is 2 minutes, held by Stuart Bullivant , Turramurra, NSW. During June 1980 he beat former record holder, Peter Vanderhilst, by 50 seconds.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE LENGTH OF TIME YOU CAN PERFORM STOOL HOLDING is 5 minutes, held by Peter Moroney, Melbourne, VIC.

*Basic Rules of Stool Holding.

You must hold a stool weighing between 3.5 and 4.5 kilograms. Your arms must be straight. The lowest portion of the stool must not be below your waist or above your head. Your feet must be stationary and your legs should not bend. You must be standing and you may not lean against anything.

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The HOST RECORD for

ROLLERSKATING BACKWARDS THE LONGEST is 1 minute, 38 seconds, held by Jenny Street, Turramurra, NSW. She set the record on Wednesday, August 6, 1980.

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The HOST RECORD for

WALKING BACKWARDS THE LONGEST is 43 minutes, 4 seconds, held by Daniel Host, Mount Colah. On September 25, 2005, he and Rohan Minehan walked backwards continuously around the carpark at St Paul's Anglican Church, Wahroonga, but Rohan stopped at 37 minutes.

Both of these attempts beat the previous record which was 7 minutes, 44 seconds, held by Charles Thomas, Turramurra, NSW, who set the record on January 1, 1983.

Breaking the Walking Backwards record. Click on the image for a larger view.

Breaking the Walking Backwards record. Click on the image for a larger view.

Breaking the Walking Backwards record. Click on the image for a larger view.

Daniel and Rohan walking backwards.

Click on the images for a larger view.

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The HOST RECORD for

TREADING WATER THE LONGEST is 20 minutes, held by Stuart Tyler, Wahroonga, NSW who set the record on December 27, 1982.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE GREATEST NUMBER OF LEVELS OF A CARD STACK is 7 levels, held by Michael Kirkwood, Warrawee, NSW who set the record on September 4, 2005. The "house of cards" stood approximately 60 centimetres high.

The "up" or "diagonal" part of the stack must be using the long end of the card. The cards must be free-standing and no adhesive may be used.

Record holder: Michael Kirkwood

Record holder: Michael Kirkwood

The record-setting entry.

The record-holder: Michael Kirkwood.

Click on the images for a larger view.

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The HOST RECORD for

STANDING ON YOUR HEAD WITHOUT USING ANYTHING FOR SUPPORT EXCEPT YOUR HANDS is 3 minutes, 58 seconds, held by Alex (Toasty) Thompson in Lane Cove, NSW, on Sunday, 25th April 2010. This beat the previous record holder, Richard Host, Turramurra, NSW by 58 seconds. Richard held the record since October 1977.

Head Standing record holder: Alex (Toasty) Thompson

The record being set by Alex.

Click on the image for a larger view.

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The HOST RECORD for

HANGING BY YOUR HANDS ON THE BRANCH OF A TREE is 3 minutes, 2 seconds, held by Peter Vanderhilst, North Curl Curl, NSW. On Sunday, July 8, 1979, he beat former record holder, Stephen Baxter by 32 seconds.

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The HOST RECORD for

HANGING BY THE LEGS THE LONGEST is 6 minutes, 27 seconds, held by Corrina Wallace, Turramurra, NSW. On Saturday, July 26, 1980 she beat former record holder Paul Pretor by 32 seconds. NOTE: Nothing external, such as rope, can be used to help.

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The HOST RECORD for

STANDING ON ONE LEG THE LONGEST is 40 minutes, held by Jodie Conomos, Pymble, NSW, who on Saturday, July 26, 1980, beat former record holder, Darren McBean by 4 minutes 35 seconds.

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The HOST RECORD for

MEMORIZING PI is 150 decimal places, held by Peter Moroney, Gordon, NSW. In June 1980, he doubled his former record of 75.

Pi to 150 decimal places is:

3. 141 592 653 589 793 238 462 643 383 279 502 884 197 169 399 375 105 820 974 944 592 307 816 406 286 208 998 628 034 825 342 117 067 982 148 086 513 282 306 647 093 844 609 550 582 231 725 359 408 128

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The HOST RECORD for

DRIBBLING A BALL is 560 bounces, first set by Daniel Host, aged 7½, on 30th December 2000.

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The HOST RECORD for

JUGGLING is 157 juggles using 3 balls for a duration of 1 minute 6 seconds, held by Peter McKenzie of Turramurra NSW, who set the record on 18th May 2002.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE QUICKEST TIME THAT ALL THE NAMES, START DATES AND END DATES OF ALL THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS CAN BE RECITED IN ORDER is 3 mins 40 secs, held by Peter McKenzie of Harbord NSW, who set the record on 7th July 2012.
At the time the record was set, there had been 44 Amercian Presidents, meaning that the average time of recitation per president was 5 seconds per president.

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The HOST RECORD for

THE AMOUNT OF APRICOT DUMPLINGS EATEN BY ONE PERSON IN ONE HOUR is 40, held by Ernst Klima, Vienna, Austria. Although the exact date of this is not official, the number of dumplings eaten is official.

They were eaten in August 1934. Apparently, he would eat approximately this many about four times each Summer. Usually, before doing so, he would consume a plate of soup. He was about 34 years old. (EDITOR'S NOTE: As a comparison, I could comfortably eat 8, but I doubt I could eat 15.)

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The HOST RECORD for

THE AMOUNT OF MOTHS EATEN BY ONE PERSON IN ONE MINUTE is 5 moths, held by Stephen Tonkin, Turramurra, NSW. On Monday, June 25, 1979, he ate 5 moths in 25 seconds. He said he could easily have eaten more, but he only had 5 moths with him.

His moth eating extravaganza began only a few days before when he was dared to eat one. He then found that he liked them and he stated that they tasted a little like almonds. Stephen once ate a computerized railway ticket, with the magnetic strip still on it.

Stephen Tonkin is also very fond of eating paper and after eating a sausage roll he'd bought from the canteen at school, he would frequently eat the paper in which the sausage roll was wrapped.

(Not officially on record: Stephen has eaten part of a dry cow turd, a sandwich off the ground and mosquitoes and various other insects.)


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