Sunday, September 27, 2015
Largest hourglass: Nima Sand Museum breaks Guinness World Records record
TOKYO, Japan -- A 5.2-metre-tall hourglass, with a diameter of 1 metre, displayed at the Nima Sand Museum in Oda, Shimane Prefecture, measures the duration of a year, setting the new world record for the Largest hourglass,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The hourglass, built at the Nima Sand Museum in Oda, is 5.2 meters tall and has a diameter of 1 meter. It began ticking on Jan. 1, 1991, using quartz sand from Yamagata Prefecture. One ton of the sand is designed to fall through the glass container over a year. Photo: KYODO (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the Largest hourglass was set by a 5.2-m-tall (17-ft 0.72-in) 560-kg (1,234.6-lb) hourglass with a diameter of 1 m (3 ft 3.37 in) located in the tallest of the six pyramids that house the Nima Sand Museum, Japan.
It is filled with 629,100,000,000 grains of the "singing" Osodani sand, which weigh 1,000,368 g (2,205 lb 6.88 oz). The sand, sifted to ensure that each grain measures an average of 0.11 mm, flows continuously through a nozzle measuring 0.84 mm in diameter.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the first hourglass, or sand clock; it is said to have been invented by a French monk called Liutprand in the 8th century AD. However, concrete evidence of this revolutionary new form of clock, which measures time by the descent of sand from one glass bulb to another, first appeared in European ship inventories from the 14th century.
The hourglass, built at the Nima Sand Museum in Oda, Shimane Prefecture, measures the duration of a year. It began ticking on January 1, 1991, using quartz sand from Yamagata Prefecture.
One tonne of the sand is designed to fall through the glass container over a year, Kyodo news agency reported.
The hourglass, named Sunagoyomi (sand calendar), is housed inside a glassy, pyramid-shaped structure and serves as the museum's centerpiece. The device is turned upside down once every year to start the count again.
Previously, the world's largest hourglass in Guinness World Records was 1.06 metres tall with a diameter of 38 cm. It was made by an American.
Related world records:
Largest Silver Clock: Sukra Jevellery sets world record
Most efficient four-stroke diesel engine: Wärtsilä 31 engine breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Largest High Definition Video Display: Mitsubishi Electric breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
Largest LED image display: Australia breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Largest Digital Flatbed Printer: Dip-Tech breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
Longest Operation of Thermal Power Plant Without Breakdowns: Boryeong Plant sets world record
Largest mattress: Dolidol Maroc
Most people making heart-shaped hand gestures: Carrefour Belgium