GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2012 Challenges Canadians to Submit their Maple Leaf Findings!

The largest maple leaf measured 53 cm (20.86 in) wide and 52.2 cm (20.55 in) long and was discovered by Vikas Tanwar and family in Richmond, BC on 14 December 2010. (CNW Group/Guinness World Records)

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada is celebrating this year's Guinness World Records Day (17th November) in a big way by challenging record holders to register this season's record breaking Maple Leaves for a chance to make history!

Last year's 2010 Guinness World Records day celebrated pint size Joseph Donato of Ontario whose gargantuan maple leaf discovery led to his inclusion in the Guinness World Records 2012 Edition! Page 13 of the new edition features Joseph with his leaf at 13.6 inches (34.61cm) wide and 11.5 inches (29.21 cm) long.

The current record sits with the Tanwar family from Richmond, British Columbia who found a 20 inch wide Maple Leaf last December.

Record claims should be submitted directly to www.guinnessworldrecords.com together with a signed statement of authentication by a horticulturist and an independent witness of good standing in the community, along with a photograph.  Guidelines will be issued for each record submitted.  Records for the largest leaves are assessed on the surface area of the one side of the leaf. If feasible, results will be announced on 17th November, Canada's Guinness World Records Day.

Guinness World Records Day is an international celebration of record attempts and achievements.  In Canada, 17th November will mark a unique attempt in Toronto by Make-A-Wish Canada to create the largest human star!  A Guinness World Records® Official Adjudicator will be on hand to adjudicate the event.  www.makeawish.ca/seasonofwishes.

And, stand by for breaking news on our national icon, the CN tower, on the 8th November.

Record-breaking is in the air with the new Guinness World Records 2012 edition!

The best-selling copyright book in history hit stores in Canada this fall, packed with thousands of inspiring feats, never-before-seen photos, and a fresh "widescreen" design!  This world-renowned and celebrated annual, Guinness World Records 2012, contains the most comprehensive collection of the greatest and most amazing accomplishments from around the world and beyond.  A "must-have" for both knowledge-seekers and aspiring record-breakers of all ages, Guinness World Records 2012 is available on-line and in bookstores throughout Canada.

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. The Guinness World Records website (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is part of the Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned companies which is a conglomerate of interests, including advertising, broadcasting, grocery stores and automotive retailing.


Image with caption: "The largest maple leaf measured 53 cm (20.86 in) wide and 52.2 cm (20.55 in) long and was discovered by Vikas Tanwar and family in Richmond, BC on 14 December 2010. (CNW Group/Guinness World Records)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111101_C9292_PHOTO_EN_5874.jpg

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