Thursday, November 16th is International Guinness World Records Day. If you're seeking to bust one of the records established in New York State, you've got your work cut out for you.

Largest Watering Can
It weighs 2000 pounds, stands over 15 feet, and makes a big impression on visitors to the Utica Zoo.

Most Lights On a Residential Property
Tim and Grace Gay, a LaGrangeville family, set the standard and keep adding. As of a couple of years ago, they were over 600,000 lights, with an entire play list of coordinated Christmas songs. And they've raised thousands of dollars for local charities in Dutchess County.

Longest Running Local TV News Anchor
Don Alhart is in his 51st year on WHAM and still going strong in Rochester.

Largest Pancake Griddle
Located in Rochester's suburb of Penn Yan, it weighs 10 tons, measures 28 feet across, and makes REALLY BIG pancakes.

Largest Cheesecake
The pride of chef Duff Goldman, the yummy dessert checked in at 6,900 pounds and was served up at the annual Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville.

Largest Serving of Mashed Potatoes
A group of friends in Binghamton put together the Thanksgiving staple in 2015. The record still stands at 2,641 pounds. No word on whether there are leftovers.

Widest Tongue
Syracuse's Byron Schlenker is the continual record holder. His body part was last measured at 3.37 inches in width. It has grown even bigger since he and I compared tongues a couple of years ago:

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Largest Raft of Canoes, Kayaks and Guideboats
In 2014, One Square Mile of Hope, featured people manning 3,150 boats floating on Fourth Lake in Inlet, and raising money for the fight against breast cancer.

These are just SOME of the Guinness World Records established and still held by New Yorkers. There are others listed (some of them since eclipsed) in this article.


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