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Dancers, spear catcher and weatherman mark Guinness World Records Day

France's Moulin Rouge dancers set record with 29 demi-grand rond de jambe cancan kicks

Thursday is the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day, and people around the globe are trying to set records catching underwater spears, doing the cancan and throwing basketballs.

In the United States, Al Roker of NBC's "Today" show is attempting a 34-hour weather report. It was dubbed #Rokerthon and started just after 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday and will run until just after 5 a.m. Friday, according to the network.

In New York, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and Knicks broadcaster Jill Martin unveiled their record-breaking 6-foot-1 high-heeled shoe. 

In Britain, Guinness World Records marked the occasion with a meeting between the tallest and shortest living men. Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen, at 8-foot-1, took the title in 2009. He was the first man over 8 feet tall to be measured by the organization. Chandra Dangi of Nepal is 21.5 inches tall.

With the help of an AC/DC song, 320 Australians took the title for "most people head-banging."

Dancers from France's Moulin Rouge set a record for "the most simultaneous demi-grand rond de jambe cancan kicks by a single chorus line in 30 seconds," with 29 kicks.

The cabaret troupe's Nicolas Pihiliangegedara did the most spinning splits in 30 seconds by an individual (36 of them) and Adonis Kosmadakis accomplished the "most times to position one foot behind the head in 30 seconds" (30). 

Flip through the photo gallery above to see other global highlights, including the Harlem Globetrotters' Corey "Thunder" Law attempting the longest backward basketball throw, the most people eating breakfast in bed and the most spears caught from a spear gun underwater.

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