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  Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 Most people walking on stilts-world record set by Cirque du Soleil
  MONTREAL, Canada -- Cirque du Soleil has decided to mark its 25th anniversary by inviting the people of Fortaleza (Brazil), Las Vegas (U.S.A.), Lisbon (Portugal), Macau (China), Montreal (Canada), Nagoya (Japan), New York (U.S.A.), Orlando (U.S.A.) and Tokyo (Japan), as well as the population of Moscow (Russia), to gather on stilts in their respective city to set the new world record for the most people simultaneously walking on stilts.    

  Photo: Close to 300 Cirque du Soleil cast, crew and staff walked on stilts in front of Bellagio in Las Vegas to commemorate the company's 25th anniversary.
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   It also invited people in Fortaleza (Brazil), Las Vegas (Nevada), Lisbon, Macau (China), Nagoya (Japan), New York, Orlando (Florida) and Tokyo to join in the experience.

   The acrobatic troupe, created in 1984 and now performing in all corners of the world, readied 900 people to stride 100 meters (328 feet) on 33-centimeter (13-inch) stilts in the streets of Montreal.

  The stunt harkens back to the Cirque's origins, when artistic force Gilles Ste-Croix walked 90 kilometers (56 miles) on stilts in 1980 to convince the Quebec government to offer him a grant to launch a stilt-walking troupe.

  Cirque du Soleil set the first Guinness world record for stilt-walking with 544 employees in 2004. Two years later, a Japanese group beat it with 614 stilt-walkers and in 2008 a Brantford, Ontario team took the title with 625.

   The circus company said staff at its Montreal headquarters attended several "training sessions" in recent weeks to get accustomed to walking on stilts in order to prepare for Tuesday's event.

    Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, through official proclamations, named June 16, 2009 Cirque du Soleil Day in their respective cities. Visitors to The Strip in Las Vegas noted that Las Vegas Boulevard was renamed Cirque du Soleil Boulevard for the day.

   The Cirque officially celebrated its 25th birthday. Twenty-five years ago, Guy Laliberté, its founder, was a penniless stilt-walker and fire breather, who turned a small troupe of street performers into the circus powerhouse that has entertained 90 million spectators worldwide. Laliberté is now a billionaire.

   Laliberte, who's actually 49, announced earlier this month he's withdrawing US$35 million from his bank account to fly to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spacecraft.

   The 12-day journey, scheduled for liftoff on Sept. 30, will make him Canada's first space tourist.

   Laliberte has already started intensive training in Russia, which keeps him busy five days a week. The Quebec City native, renowned for throwing lavish parties, said he'll be spending most of his weekends studying.

   "It's tough, it's difficult, it's very demanding, but it's totally new for me and I'm biting (at) that like a new Popsicle," said Laliberte, who's worth US$2.5 billion according to a recent estimate by Forbes magazine.   

  Cirque du Soleil now employs 4,000 people in 40 countries, and is presenting 19 travelling and permanent shows. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents.

   Cirque du Soleil has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and Rose d'Or de Montreux.

   In 2009, Cirque du Soleil will be presenting 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. 

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Fastest Freestanding Brick Breaking-Bernd Hoehle

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