Created: Sunday, 06 October 2002 Written by scuzziDue to pressure from feminists, Guinness have been forced to publish a FEMALE version of the Guinness Book of Records. Here are a few a excerpts from the Irish edition. CAR PARKING
The smallest kerbside space successfully reversed into by a woman was one of 19.36m (63ft 2ins), equivalent to three standard parking spaces, by Mrs. Elizabeth Maguire, driving an unmodified Ford Fiesta on 12th October 1993. She started the manoeuvre at 11.15am in Blackrock, Cork, and successfully parked within three feet of the pavement 8 hours 14 minutes later. There was slight damage to the bumpers and wings of her own and two adjoining cars, as well as a shop frontage and two lamp posts.
The greatest length of time a woman has watched a film with her husband without asking a stupid plot-related question was achieved on the 28th of October 2000, when Mrs. Bernadette Walsh sat down with her husband to watch 'The General'. She watched in silence for a breath-taking 2mins 40 secs before asking "Is he a goodie or a baddie, him with the hood?",
This broke her own record set in 1962 when she sat through 2 mins 38 secs of '633 Squadron' before asking "Is this a war film, is it?".
The longest journey completed with the handbrake on was one of 504 km (313 miles) from Lismore to Letterkenny by Dr. Julie O'Dwyer at the wheel of a Toyota Corrolla on the 2nd April 1987. Dr. O'Dwyer smelled burning two miles into her journey at Lismore but pressed on to Letterkenny with smoke billowing from the rear wheels. This journey also holds the records for the longest completed journey with the choke fully out and the right indicator flashing.
JUMBLE SALE MASSACRE
The greatest number of old ladies to perish whilst fighting at a jumble sale is 98, at a Church Hall in Templetouhy, Tipperary on February 12th 1991. When the doors opened at 10.00am, the initial scramble to get in cost 16 lives, a further 25 being killed in a crush at the first table. A seven-way skirmish then broke out over a pinafore dress costing 10p which escalated into a full scale melee resulting in another 18 lives being lost. A pitched battle over a headscarf then ensued and quickly spread throughout the hall, claiming 39 old women. The jumble sale raised £5.28 (EUR6.70) for the local GAA club.
On February 18th 1992, Elaine Stanley, a close friend of Mary Power popped round for a cup of tea and a chat, during the course of which she
told Mrs. Power, in the strictest confidence, that she was having an affair with the postman. After Mrs. Stanley left at 2.10pm, Mrs. Power immediately began to tell everyone, swearing them all to secrecy. By 2.30pm, she had told 128 people of the news. By 2.50pm it had risen to 372 and by 4.00pm that afternoon, 2774 knew of the affair, including the local ICA, several knitting circles, a coachload of American tourists which she flagged down and the postman's wife. When a tired Mrs. Power went to bed at 11.55pm that night, Mrs. Stanley's affair was common knowledge to a staggering 79,338 people, enough to fill Croke Park.
GROUP TOILET VISIT
The record for the largest group of women to visit a toilet simultaneously is held by 147 workers at the Sales and Marketing Department of AIB Bank, Ballsbridge. At their annual Christmas celebration at a night club on Harcourt Street on October 12th 1994, Mrs. Julie Dowling got up to the toilet and was immediately followed by 146 other members of the party.
Moving as a mass, the group entered the toilet at 9.52pm and, after waiting for everyone to finish, emerged 2 hrs 37 mins later.
SINGLE BREATH SENTENCE
An Antrim woman today became the first ever to break the thirty minute barrier for talking without drawing breath. Mrs. Jane MacCarthy, 48, of Belfast, smashed the previous record of 23 minutes when she excitedly reported an argument she'd had in the butchers to her neighbour. She ranted on for a staggering 32 minutes and 12 seconds without pausing for air, before going blue and collapsing in a heap on the ground. She was taken to St. Lukes Hospital in a wheelbarrow but was released later
after check-ups. At the peak of her mammoth motormouth marathon, she achieved an unbelievable 680 words per minute, repeating the main points of the story an amazing 114 times whilst her neighbour, Mrs. Maeve Kelly, nodded and tutted. The last third of the sentence was delivered in a barely audible croak, the last two minutes being mouthed only, accompanied by
vigorous gesticulations and indignant spasms.