Top 5 of the World’s Longest

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

5. World’s longest living marriage (87 years)

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, of North Carolina, have been married for 87 years as of May 13, 2011. Zelmyra is 103 years old and Herbert turned 106 on June 10th, 2011. They have shared the same home in the Brownsville community of New Bern for 50 years.
4. World’s longest serving bartender (77 years)

Angelo Cammarata is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s longest-serving bartender. He’s been pouring for most of his 77 years at Cammarata’s Café, the West View watering hole. But now, the place he still helps his sons John and Frank run, has been sold, and the Cammaratas will be out of there within weeks, when the new owners are approved by the state. “Camm,” as people call him, started serving beer at his father’s North Side grocery the moment Prohibition ended, at midnight on April 7, 1933. The memory is as clear to him as the strike of the library clock that signaled it was time to start opening bottles of Fort Pitt. His immigrant father built a bar on that site in 1935, and Angelo kept working there, taking a break to serve in the Navy in World War II. In 1971 he sold the bar to his sons. In September 2009, the Café was sold and Camm, 95, decided it was time to retire.
3. World’s longest point in professional tennis (29 minutes)

This year, 2009, marks the 25th anniversary of a historic tennis match. At a Virginia Slims tournament in 1984, Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner exchanged 643 shots. It remains the longest single rally in the history of professional tennis. The 6-hour-31-minute marathon was itself the longest match in tennis history for nearly 20 years and remains the longest match completed on a single day. The rally that put Nelson-Dunbar and Hepner in the record books came at set point for Hepner, who was ahead in the second-set tie breaker, which lasted 1:47 on its own. The 13-11 tiebreaker lasted 1 hour 47 minutes – the longest in the history of professional tennis – and had one point that lasted 29 minutes, with the ball crossing the net 643 times. Nelson finally won the game.
2. World’s longest speech (124 hours)

Frenchman Lluis Colet broke the world record for the longest speech after rambling nonstop for 124 hours about Spanish painter Salvador Dali, Catalan culture and other topics. The 62-year-old Catalan and local government worker spoke for five straight days and four nights to set the record in the southern French town of Perpignan. Three notaries were on hand to recognize the feat which allowed Colet to enter in the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record was held by an Indian man who delivered a 120-hour speech.
1. World’s longest burning lightbulb (110 years)

The world’s longest lightbulb, a low-watt firehouse bulb, has been burning continuously since 1901. Long after his retirement, ex-firefighter Tom Bramell still likes to visit Station No. 6 for old times’ sake, whistling in amazement at all the changes. But one thing remains exactly the same. The sturdy little object hangs from the ceiling in the firehouse’s engine bay, emitting its familiar faint orange glow. At 110 years and counting, the low-watt wonder with the curlicue carbon filament has been named the planet’s longest continuously burning bulb by both Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
The Livermore lightbulb has never been turned off, which many suspect is the secret to its longevity. Livermore’s bulb has burned for nearly a million hours.


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