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Record Breakers Quiz


  1. Can you name the oldest person ever to top the UK singles chart?
  2. Can you name the tallest man in medical history, who shortly before his death in 1940 was measured to be 8 feet 11 inches tall?
  3. According to Guinness World Records, which is the best ever selling single worldwide? It has estimated sales of over 50 million copies.
  4. In the 1970s, which presenter of the children's show Record Breakers actually broke nine world records himself?
  5. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure and building in the world since 2009, is in which country?

  6. Name the world's deepest river?
  7. Which bird of prey is the fastest member of the animal kingdom, with a diving speed of nearly 250 miles per hour?
  8. The world's largest National Park is 77 times bigger than Yellowstone in the United States; where in the world is it?
  9. As of 2020, who is the youngest recipient of the Nobel prize in literature?
  10. Brazil has won the FIFA World Cup more than any other country, as of 2020 how many times have they won it?
  11. Which British athelete has held the world record in their event since 1995 and still holds it as of June 2020?
  12. The Railton Mobil Special (driven by John Cobb) was the first ground vehicle to break 400 miles per hour; in which decade did this happen?
  13. On 16 June 1963, which Soviet Cosmonaut became the first woman to travel into space?
  14. English mountaineer Edward Whymper is best known as being the first to climb which mountain in 1865?
  15. The youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar was 8-year-old Justin Henry; can you name the film he was in? (Although Henry did not win, this film did win five Oscars and was nominated for nine.)
  16. The U.S. Department of Defense and China's People's Liberation Army are the world's two largest employers, can you name, in any order, the next three largest employers in the world?
  17. Amongst the best-selling fiction authors of all time, two have estimated sales of over 2 billion, can you name both?
  18. Creme Puff was the oldest domestic cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records how old was she (in years) when she died?
  19. In 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first female to be elected head of government in the world; which country did she serve as Prime Minister?
  20. Which country has the oldest flag in the world?
  21. In which country is the tallest waterfall in the world?
  22. As of June 2020, who is the most-followed individual on Instagram with over 221 million followers?


  1. Captain Tom Moore (after teaming up with Michael Ball to raise money for the NHS)
  2. Robert Pershing Wadlow (from Illinois)
  3. White Christmas (by Irving Berlin and performed by Bing Crosby)
  4. Roy Castle
  5. United Arab Emirates (the skyscraper is in Dubai, which is the most populous city in the UAE, so not correct for this question as we asked for the country)
  6. Congo River (it has depths in excess of 220 metres (720 ft))
  7. The peregrine falcon
  8. Greenland (it's a remote, 375,000-square-mile preserve)
  9. Rudyard Kipling
  10. Five times
  11. Jonathan Edwards (in the Triple Jump)

  12. 1940s (1947)
  13. Valentina Tereshkova
  14. The Matterhorn
  15. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  16. Walmart, McDonald's and the NHS
  17. William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie
  18. 38 years (and 3 days)
  19. Sri Lanka
  20. Denmark
  21. Venezuela
  22. Cristiano Ronaldo (Ariana Grande is the most followed woman on Instagram, with over 165 million followers)