Official World Records
Guinness World Records has acknowledged domino records in 14 categories so far, eight of which were introduced at Domino Day 2008.
Besides, they have approved numerous records for domino-toppling with all kinds of objects, like the highest number of toppled mattresses or the longest human domino chain. I think those records aren't really interesting though, so I'm not listing them here - expect for the CD cases, because that record is being held by a colleague of mine ;-)
MOST DOMINOES TOPPLED IN A CHAIN REACTION
4,491,863 dominoes, Domino Day, 11/13/2009, Leeuwarden (NL)
MOST DOMINOES TOPPLED IN A CHAIN REACTION (SOLO)
303,621 dominoes, Ma Li Hua (CH), 8/16/2003, Singapur
ca. 1,000,000 dominoes, Domino Day, 11/14/2008, Leeuwarden (NL)
LONGEST WALL (MINIMUM HEIGHT: 1 METER)
27.02 meters (=90 feet), Philipp Zimmermann (GER), Michael Hörmann (GER) and Team, 9/5/2010, Buchloe (GER)
30,000 dominoes, Patrick Sinner (GER) and team, 1/6/2012, Kefenrod (GER)
This record is still due to be confirmed by Guinness.
LARGEST TOPPLING DOMINOES
6.40 meters (=ca. 21 feet), Stefan Schöppers (NL) and team, 8/7/2009, Holten (NL)
SMALLEST TOPPLING DOMINOES
7 mm (about 0,3 inches), 1000 pieces, Domino Day, 11/14/2008, Leeuwarden (NL)
4.21 seconds for 20 meters (= ca. 69 feet), Domino Day, 11/14/2008, Leeuwarden (NL)
BIGGEST STACKING (MOST DOMINOES IN A 3D SETUP)
25 000 dominoes, Domino Day, 11/14/2008, Leeuwarden (NL)
MOST DOMINOES STACKED ON A VERTICAL ONE
1002, Max Poser (GER), 2/6/2009, Berlin (GER)
Max has already reached 1011, but Guinness names 1002 as the current record.
The stacking has to remain standing for an hour.
HIGHEST CLIMB (NOT USING ANY MECHANISM)
12 meters (=40 feet), Domino Day, 11/14/2008, Leeuwarden (NL)
MOST DOMINOES SET UP IN ONE MINUTE (USING ONLY ONE HAND)
77, Ralf Laue (GER), 10/1/2010, Leipzig (GER)
Inofficially (but recorded on video), I already did 79.
6.029 meters (=about 18 feet), Marcel Pürrer (GER), Mathias Ritter (GER) and team, 11/3/2013, Yspertal (A)
LONGEST CONTINUOUS DOMINO TOPPLING
35 minutes and 22 seconds, Domino Day team, 11/7/2008, Woerden (NL)
For this record, 900 dominoes were set up in a circle and then triggered once. 60 builders took care of 15 dominoes each and set them up again before the line had gone through the whole circle. Like that, the circle kept falling over and over again (more than a hundred times) without a break, until a builder made a mistake.
MOST TOPPLED DISC CASES
5969 CD cases, Tim Weißker (GER), 9/12/2011, Bamberg (GER)
Inofficial world records
Although nobody keeps the Guinness people from introducing these categories, they haven't yet ;-)
MOST DOMINOES SET UP IN TWO MINUTES (USING BOTH HANDS)
302, Philipp Zimmermann (GER), 11/7/2009, Woerden (NL)
This record was achieved at the "1. Open Domino Championship", hosted by the organisators of Domino Day. The final champion of the tournament, Jeroen de Meij, toppled the first domino at DD 2009.
However, in the tournament, it was allowed to pre-stack the dominoes vertically (!) - so in order to set them "up", you just had to pull apart the dominoes. Without that trick - or should I
say cheat - even 250 dominoes are hardly possible in two minutes.
BIGGEST 3D PYRAMID
25x25 (=10,725 dominoes), YouTube user FlippyCat (CAN), February 2010, Manitoba (CAN)
There was quite a competition about this record on YouTube. Two builders whose channel is called dcomimo have finished a 26x26 pyramid, but it collapsed when they went for 27x27.
At the moment, I am about to complete a 27x27 pyramid.
25x25 simply means that the bottom layer had a length and width of 25 dominoes.
LONGEST SONIMOD LINE
3000 dominoes, Jonathan Löhr (GER, YouTube: XXXDominominoXXX), February 2011, Freudenstadt (GER)
Inofficial country records
This listing is absolutely provisional. Country records are not officially registered (that's usually the job of associations, and there's simply no domino-toppling association); so I want to make an attempt here to collect all information that can be found about the biggest domino courses in each country.
The Chinese, German and of course the Dutch record can be considered correct and valid - for the others, there is not guarantee.
In order to make such a listing, you have to decide what to take as the qualification. For example, WDP, the Dutch organisators of Domino Day, claim to have set up the Turkish record at an event in Istanbul. I don't really get that, I mean, a Dutch running relay couldn't establish a Turkish record for the fastest mile either, could it? It could set a new Dutch record though, even if the competition takes place in Istanbul.
So far, so confusing? :D
|4,491,863||Domino Day 2009||11/13/2009||Leeuwarden|
|3,407,535||Team from China and Japan||12/31/2000||Peking|
|1,888,927||TBS Domino Challenge||April of 1996||near Fukushima|
|Taiwan||1,604,801||TBS Domino Challenge||5/1/1992||Ilan|
Team of Zürich Leben coordinated by Robin Weijers
Philipp Zimmermann,Michael Hörmann and team
John Wickham and
620 participants of a
Alistair Howden and team
Austrian Domino Art (24 builders)
Tulln an der Donau
Michael Cairney and team
|103,369||Studens at Udens College||12/19/2008||Udens|
Students from the
University of Singapore
|ca. 40,000||YouTube user FlippyCat||February of 2009||Manitoba|
|France||35,000||Team of 25 volunteers||12/7/2010||Chavagnes-Les-Redoux|
|16,000||Spanish Domino Fans||10/14/2007||unknown|
YouTube user poggaii14 and team
|July of 2011||Bankeryd|