5094 annotated genes have been documented in David Ewing Duncan’s
genome, a new world record. His DNA has been read by three different
companies, who’ve collectively checked 1.7 million locations out of the
3 billion positions of his DNA. His report from SNPedia can be read
The record was documented on June 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
Mike Carioso, curator of SNPedia, was present to serve as the witness.
Dylan A. clicked his mouse a total of 1,051 times in 10 seconds.
The finished Stellated Icosahedron model measured 21 x 21 x 21
inches. It was folded from 30 pieces of 22-inch square colored poster
Eric Hagood has eight screws placed in his collar bone.
See full-sized image here.
On October 1, 2009, during the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize
Ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eight Nobel Prize Laureates
removed a 22-inch solid steel sword from Ig Nobel Prize Laureate sword
swallower Dan Meyer’s throat.
The Nobel Laureates involved:[
Rich Roberts] - Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1993[
Wolfgang Ketterle] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001[
Dudley Herschbach] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986[
Paul Krugman] - Nobel Prize in Economics, 2008[
Roy Glauber] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2005[
Frank Wilczek] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004[
Martin Chalfie] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2008[
William Lipscomb] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1976
Rich Roberts]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RichardJ.Roberts
Wolfgang Ketterle]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WolfgangKetterle
Dudley Herschbach]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DudleyR.Herschbach
Paul Krugman]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PaulKrugman
Roy Glauber]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoyJ.Glauber
Frank Wilczek]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FrankWilczek
Martin Chalfie]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MartinChalfie
William Lipscomb]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lipscomb
Frank McKinney designed and built a certified green mansion valued
at $29 million dollars (U.S.). The house has a Silver LEED rating
from the U.S Green Building Council, a Certified Florida Green Home
rating from the Florida Green Building Coalition, and meets the
Energy Star for Homes criteria established by the U.S. Environmental
The house includes an innovative use of solar, water, and materials.
Super energy efficient appliances cut down on electrical consumption by
On certain days the home will be energy neutral, and can generate enough
electricity to run two average-sized homes. The house used enough
reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest.
A system that collects runoff water from the cedar roof fills the water
garden. The system collects enough reusable water to fill the average
size swimming pool every 17 days.
McKinney donated money from the sale of the house to the Crush It
Charity, which builds houses and self-sufficient villages in Haiti.
Read more about the house here.
Amal A. recited the first 50 digits of Pi from memory in 7.93 seconds.
Michael Smith prepared 19 frog plates by hand in a single sitting. He
performed the feat in the Rose Lab at Princeton University.
Each frog plate is a 96-well plate with strains of yeast at the top,
diluted down the lanes. Each frog plate was plated onto at least two
plates to confirm growth (-URA and -URA Galactose). Professor Mark Rose
was present to witness the achievement.
See full-sized images here and here.
Michael Smith of Princeton University’s Rose Lab successfully
performed 147 yeast plasmid transformations by hand in a single sitting.
Each transformation was conducted in a microcentrifuge tube, and then
plated onto -URA glucose media.
Thomas McGinniss created an isometric cube in Microsoft Word in
Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyayaposted a tweet containing 77 symbols from
the Periodic Table Of Elements.
Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya posted 21 consecutive tweets of different
mathematical constants and physical constantstohis Twitter
account. He set the record between 3:44 PM and 3:49 PM on October 8th,
Noah P. ran 21 operating systems on his computer at once.
Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya posted a tweet containing 27 chemical
element symbols of the Periodic Table Of Elements from the letters
in “LIVESTRONG” in a single tweet.
Daksh Choudhary recited the periodic table of the elements in 49.31 seconds while performing a headstand.
Poorvie Choudhary recited the periodic table of the elements in 9.38 seconds.
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