Largest, oldest, highest, heaviest: Morocco Guinness World Records

Largest, oldest, highest, heaviest: Morocco Guinness World Records
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Moroccans and (the country itself) have accomplished some interesting records over the years. Mentioned here are 10 Moroccan achievements that have been honoured by Guinness World Records. Enjoy!

1. Largest teapot

Of course this had to be a Moroccan record! The largest teapot in the world was designed by Sultan Tea and was unveiled in Meknes on April 27, 2016. The object measured 4 m in height, 2.58 m in diameter, and weight around 1,200 kg. The teapot was inaugurated using 1,500 litres of water and 3 kg of mint.

That is a lot of tea! Not to mention how much sugar was dumped into this thing.

2. Oldest University

The University of Al Quaraouiyine is the oldest existing educational institution in the world that is still operational today. The institution was founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859 AD. Among its students, Al Qaraouiyine had famous people all around the world and across the ages, including Ibn Rochd (Averroes), Ibn Khaldun, Ben Maimon (Maimonides), Leo Africanus, and Mohamed Ibn Abd el-Krim el-Khattabi.

3. Largest feet

Moroccan Brahim Takioullah became the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest feet. Brahim’s left foot measures 38.1 cm in length while his right 37.5 cm. Brahim Takioullah currently lives in Paris and is also the world’s second tallest man.

4. Largest swimming pool

Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca is the largest swimming pool in the world. The seawater pool is about 480 m long and 75 wide.

5. The highest tightrope crossed on a motorcycle

Moroccan Mustafa Danguir (a.k.a. Mustafa Danger) crossed the highest tightrope using a motorcycle in Benidorm (Spain) on 16 October 2010. Mustafa travelled along a 1 km steel cable.

6. Most T-shirts put on in one minute

Waleed Bellarha and Yassine Bellarha put on a record of 31 T-shirts in one minute. The event took place in Marina Mall, Kuwait, on 3 March 2012.

7. Largest film stunt explosion ever

Morocco was the stage for the largest film stunt explosion ever. It was part of a pivotal scene in the spy film Spectre. The blast took place in Erfoud, and was the result of detonating 8,418 liters of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives. The blast has the equivalent yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT and lasted for over 7.5 seconds.

8. Most Marathon des Sables wins

Marathon des Sables is considered to be the toughest running race in the world. It is a six-day ultradistance event that covers 254 km across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The most wins of the by an individual is ten by Lahcen Ahansai in 1997 and 1999-2007.

9. Heaviest human pyramid

Tahar Douis supported human pyramid of 12 people (three levels in height) weighing 771 kg (1,700 lb) on his shoulders. This took place on the 17 December 1979 at BBC TV studios in the United Kingdom.

10. Hicham El Guerrouj

Hicham El Guerrouj is the world record holder in the 1500 meters, mile and outdoor 2000 meters events. He is also the only man since Paavo Nurmi to take a gold medal in both the 1500 metres and 5000 metres at the same Olympics Games. El Guerrouj also holds seven of the ten fastest times ever run in the mile.

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