Tech world records
I remember going to the library and rummaging through the Guinness Book of World Records. Back when the Internet wasn't as widespread as it is now, the Guinness books were one of the few places you could find useless trivia and mildly disturbing images of unimaginable things. Even today, however, Guinness remains a master repository for random bits of knowledge—and not all of them involve overactive pituitary glands and shooting liquids out of one's orifices. For example, here are eight tech records just waiting to be broken.
The world's largest cell phone
Samsung has built the largest cell phone ever (and no, I'm not talking about the Galaxy Note II). In 2009 the electronics manufacturer teamed up with Cricket Communications to construct a giant version of its Samsung SCH-r450 messaging phone. The phone measures 15 by 13 by 3 feet, and weighs a backbreaking 350 pounds. The kicker? The phone actually works: It can send text messages and make phone calls.
The world's most expensive camera
This Series-0 prototype Leica camera from 1923 recently sold at auction for $2.8 million. The 35mm camera is one of only 12 left in existence, so it's a real collector's item. At least, we're hoping that whoever bought this was a collector, because if all they wanted was an expensive camera, they could have purchased a high-end DSLR for much, much less.
Most appearances on Google Street View
Considering all those Street View cars that Google sends out around the world, chances are good that most people will end up in a Street View photo once (if not twice) in their lives. That is, unless you're Wendy Southgate of Suffolk, UK, who was photographed an unsettling 43 times while walking her dog one morning in 2010.
Most people assembling a PC simultaneously
PC assembly generally doesn't make for the best group activity, but that didn't stop 1912 people from simultaneously building 961 PCs at an event in Hong Kong in 2003. The event, held at the Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre, lasted a little over an hour.
Most liked YouTube video
Justin Bieber may have one of the most hated YouTube videos of all time, but "Gangnam Style" by PSY recently achieved the record of the most liked video on YouTube. As of this writing, the video has close to 3.4 million likes, and has been viewed over 355 million times. That just goes to show you that people will love any kind of music, as long as it has a catchy beat.
Most expensive computer
Our sister site PCWorld has reviewed some fairly pricey computers, but none of them come close to this record holder. The Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) was built by IBM and RAND back in 1963 for an estimated $8 billion. The SAGE also holds the record for being both the largest computer (it occupied over 20,000 square feet) and the heaviest computer (250 tons) ever built. Oh, and it stayed operational for over 20 years. They just don't make billion-dollar computers like they used to.
The world's largest video game arcade
If you consider yourself a video game aficionado, then you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, and spend a day at Funspot—the world's largest games arcade. The building features three floors filled with more than 500 different arcade machines, and it also houses the Classic Arcade Museum, home to 250 working classic games such as Pong.
Country with the fastest Internet connection
Get ready to hate your Internet service provider: The world record holder for the country with the fastest Internet is currently South Korea, which enjoys an average broadband speed of 33.5 megabits per second and an average upload speed of 17 mbps. One of the reasons South Korea holds the record is the fact that it has a 100 percent broadband penetration rate, meaning that high-speed broadband is available throughout the entire country.