Guinness’ top records of 2012: From tweeting president to flipping cheerleader

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A record-breaking tweet.

Guinness World Records listed the top record-breaking events of 2012, which include a viral Tweet from the president's re-election campaign, a viral video from a South Korean pop star, a death-defying leap from space and a remarkable meet-up.

The list from Guinness, in no particular order:

• The “Four more years” tweet from President Barack Obama’s campaign went around the world again and again in the first 24 hours after the election was called. The iconic phrase was re-tweeted more than 771,635 times on Twitter by different individuals within 24 hours of its first appearance on Nov. 7. The phrase beat out famed pop star Justin Bieber’s Twitter record, which was 251,878 re-tweets of a “Happy Birthday” during his 18th birthday.

• Psy’s YouTube “Likes” for the “Gangnam Style” video. As of Nov. 26, the video had 824,665,713 views on YouTube and 5,492,744 “likes” as of Nov. 27. Guinness said the video is poised to become the first online video to register 1 billion views before the end of the year.

• Austrian aeronautic pioneer Felix Baumgartner’s death defying jump from near the edge of space recorded the most concurrent views of a live stream, with more than 8 million people tuning in to watch. The feat is being considered for three new Guinness World Records: the highest freefall parachute jump, the highest vertical speed in freefall and the greatest freefall distance.

• The colossal canine Zeus from Ostego, Mich., stands at 44 inches tall. The great Dane is owned by the Doorlag family who commonly get asked, “Do you have a saddle for him?"

• One of this year’s most hair-raising record moments came during September’s launch of the Guinness World Records 2013 Edition, when Tokyo-based fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe visited New York City’s Washington Square Park to show off a Mohawk measuring 3 feet 8.6 inches. Guinness said he grew his hair for 15 years and it took a team of stylists two hours – with three cans of hairspray and one jar of gel – to sculpt the gravity defying coiffure.

• The most live concerts performed in 24 hours in multiple cities is eight. The feat was achieved by The Flaming Lips touring the Mississippi Delta by bus June 27-28. Jay Z had held the old record for concerts in seven different cities in 24 hours.

• A historic moment was recorded when, for the first time in history, the world’s shortest male and female met. Jyoti Amge (India, 2 ft 0.7 in) and Chandra Bahadur Dangi (Nepal, 21.5 in) wore traditional outfits from their native countries, and smiled and laughed throughout.

• The tightest parallel park is 14 centimeters and was achieved by Ronny Wechselberger aka Ronny C’ Rock at Flugplatz Kindel in Eisenach, Germany, on June 18.

• The first person to perform a “1080” on a skateboard – three full rotations while airborne – is Tom Schaar, a 12-year-old from Malibu, Calif., who achieved the feat using a “mega ramp” at Woodward West, Tehachapi, Calif., on March 26.

• Twenty-eight women from Sussex, England, squeezed their way to a new record by simultaneously stuffing themselves inside a Mini Cooper hatchback in honor of November’s eighth annual Guinness World Records Day. The organizer, Dani Maynard, had her team of gymnasts take on a training regime which included extra stretching and hula-hoop relay racing in order to prepare for the record. It took 10 minutes for all the women to get inside with all doors and windows shut for at least five seconds.

• Sixteen-year-old cheerleader Miranda Ferguson flipped her way into the record books with 35 consecutive handsprings during a halftime performance at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She flipped 70 yards of the football field.

• The late Besse Brown Cooper was born in 1896 in Sullivan County, Tenn. At 116 years and 100 days, her life placed her among the 10 oldest people ever verified in history, and one of only eight people to reach the age of 116.