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The world’s tallest snowman — 113 feet, 7 inches — was built in this western Maine town back in 1999. In the photo below the tallest snowman, “Angus, King of the Mountain”, stands tall over a crowd of people gathered to attend a ceremony in Bethel, Maine, in February, 19 1999.

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Now the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce will attempt to build the world’s tallest snowman (snowwoman) again. It is told that the work will start on Jan. 22 and take up to 20 days to complete, said Executive Director Robin Zinchuk.

tallest snowman 3“We definitely learned a lot the first time around and that’s helping us know what we need to do. We really didn’t know what we were doing last time,” Zinchuk said. The giant snowman was named “Angus, King of the Mountain” in honor of former Gov. Angus King. Angus was so big that his nose was 8 feet long, his hat was 20 feet in diameter and the scarf around his neck was 120 feet long. His eyes were 4-foot wreaths, and his smile was made from automobile tires.

There was also a raffle as to when Angus would melt, which with our Maine weather, was anyone’s guess. The official melt date was June 10, 1999. The raffle was divided by 22 winners. Fashion ideas being tossed around for a giant snowwoman include making a skirt out of snow, adding a pink scarf and painting tires lipstick red for her mouth.

Jim Sysko, the chief architect and engineer nine years ago, will again lead the construction team. He’ll be assisted by an engineer and a longtime snowmaker from the nearby Sunday River ski resort, which has a new snowmaking gun that could help ease the effort.

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For a name, the chamber is considering holding a naming contest. The giant snowman was named by a radio station disc jockey. “I haven’t heard from Angus (King) yet, but I’m sure he will be thrilled that we’re doing it again. He’s all about doing fun things,” Zinchuk said.

Detail of the to-be-dethroned tallest snowman are:tallest snowman 4

  • Height 113 ft. & 7 inches tall
  • 9,000,000 lbs
  • 200,000 cubic feet of snow
  • 4 ft. wreathes as eyes
  • 6 ft. of chicken wire & muslin for the carrot nose
  • 6 automobile tires as the mouth
  • 20 ft. fleece hat
  • 120 ft. fleece scarf
  • 3 skidder tires for the buttons
  • 2 – 10 ft. trees for arms

The snowman’s hat was made by seventh graders at Telstar Middle School. His six-foot nose was made by local elementary school students and as a special touch, has the imprints of the student’s hands.

Maine’s governor, Angus King, whom “Angus, King of the Mountain” was named after, came to participate in the ceremony to honor the citizens of Bethel who achieved their goal and “made it” into the Guiness World Book of Records for the World’s Largest Snowman. He stated he felt honored to have had the snowman named after him, but wondered if “Willie Melt” might not have been a more appropriate name! (source )

The snowman is listed in Guinness Book of Records 2002, page123.




Olympia the snow woman is 122 feet, one inch high and set a new Guinness world record.

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Olympia was made by the folks of Bethel, Maine, and named after Maine senator Olympia Snowe. The snowman or to be more precise the snow woman was 122 feet, one inch high and broke the Guinness world record for the largest snowman. Olympia was built in a little over a month to build, she is dressed in a 100 foot scarf, has 27 foot evergreen trees for arms, and eyelashes made from old skis.


on a hot, splendid day in Louisberg, Missouri, USA, something strange was happening. A man was doing crazy things with pancakes. Not just a few pancakes, but actually close to 1,000 of them. Guinness World Records™ was invited along to see what exactly was going on.

Allow us to introduce Steve Hamilton (USA). Now, Steve is a normal guy with a wonderful family and an even more wonderful ambition. Steve wants to be known as the Pancake King. No, he wants to be the Pancake God. No, scratch that again. Steve. Is. Pancakes. For many years now, Steve and his team have been serving all sorts of sweet and savoury goodies across the USA. From French toast to flapjacks, Steve has been pleasing crowds with his culinary masterpieces for over 20 years.


On 23 June 2006, Steve claimed the Guinness World Records title formost pancakes made in one hour by an individual with an impressive total of 555 pancakes. This feat was beaten in 2008 by Canadian Bob Blumer with 559 pancakes. Steve wanted to reclaim the title. Bad.

On 6 May 2009 at Louisberg Middle School in Missouri, and with Guinness World Records Adjudicator Stuart Claxton presiding, the stage was set for Steve to prove his pancake-making supremacy. Right from the start, Steve was all action: pouring, flipping, toasting and serving. It seemed endless. We could hardly keep up with the man! And 60 minutes later, there we were… 956 pancakes served and flipped – a new Guinness World Records achievement! Mr Hamilton, we salute you.


But that wasn’t all. No sir. The very next day, Gregg Zimmerman and Brent A. Busch (both USA) beat off some stiff competition to claim the Guinness World Records title for the highest pancake toss ever. The record to beat was 7.3 m (24 ft), set by Dominic Michael Cuzzacrea (USA) on 20 June 2008. With the sun pouring down, the sweat streaming down their brows and passion in their pancake-shaped hearts, the boys matched each other at every turn… or toss. Finally they shook hands and shared the record. Both men tossed their pancakes an amazing 7.77 m (25 ft 6 in) and were crowned for their Guinness World Records achievement by Stuart Claxton.


The same day, Stuart had yet another feat to adjudicate. “School day at the K” is a special day for all the kids at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. For the past 11 years, FOX 4’s Mike Thompson and his weather team have given a fantastic weather lesson in front of thousands of local kids. This year they were going for something special. They were going to go for the largest meteorology lesson ever. Starting at around 10 a.m. on 7 May 2009, the kids started pouring in to the stadium for the special class. About one hour later, after experiments, displays and superb instruction by the team, Adjudicator Stuart Claxton presented Mike Thompson with a Guinness World Records certificate in front of 16,110 students!


Well done one and all!


176098 HERO

  • Recipe facts:
  • 20 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 4

Make the citrus butter by mashing together the softened unsalted butter with the icing sugar, grated zest and juice of ½ orange and the grated zest of ½ lemon. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Prepare the pancake batter by sifting the flour and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a jug then pour half onto the dry ingredients, whisking as you do until you have a thick, smooth batter. Pour the rest of the wet ingredients onto the dry and whisk until you have the right consistency of batter.

When ready to cook the pancakes, melt a knob of the citrus butter in a frying pan over a moderate heat until it stops foaming; make sure you keep some citrus butter in reserve. Add the batter and tilt the the pan so that it covers the surface evenly, adding a little more if it doesn’t. Flip the pancakes once they are set on one side and cook the other side until golden and slightly crispy on the outside.

Arrange on a plate lined with a sheet of aluminium foil that is large enough to be wrapped around the pancakes loosely to keep them warm. Fold the pancakes into triangles and arrange on a serving plate.

Melt the reserved citrus butter in a saucepan over a moderate. Pour over the pancakes, garnishing with the julienned orange and lemon zest before servin

Charlies -Basic Pancakes 

Basic PancakesBasic Pancakes 
Serve these pancakes with butter and syrup.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred or sifted before measuring
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk; add to flour mixture, stirring only until smooth. Blend in melted butter. If the batter seems too thick to pour, add a little more milk. Cook on a hot, greased griddle, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbly, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom; turn and brown the other side. Recipe for pancakes serves 4.
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