Amazon Echo owners are now well used to asking for the latest weather reports, news updates and summoning Alexa to blast out their favourite music but there’s now something new to ask the chatty assistant. With the correct Alexa command, these popular smart speaker will now reveal a surprising fact via the all-new Guinness World Records Skill.
Once the Skill is enabled, all Echo owners have to do is ask, “Alexa, what is the record of the day?” to hear one of hundreds of remarkable feats from the global authority on record-breaking achievements. This includes the highest tightrope crossing by bicycle, achieved by Nik Wallenda from a height of 238 feet or Lisa Pitman who is the only female taekwondo master in the UK and holds the record for the most boards broken with one hand at 230.
“We’re thrilled that Alexa can now share information from the exciting world of Guinness World Records and tell customers fun facts each day. As shown by these world-record breakers, there are amazing feats for customers to discover,” said Dennis Stansbury, Alexa UK & Ireland Country Manager.
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And Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief of Guinness World Records, added: “It’s really exciting to see the Guinness World Records skill come to life on Alexa. There are hundreds of record-breaking facts waiting to be shared so we hope that households enjoy fuelling their knowledge and learning about these incredible achievements. You never know, it may even inspire a few people to have a go at earning their own place in the Guinness World Records book one day!”
To celebrate the new Alexa Skill, a series of imagery has been captured of quirky Guinness World Records title holders recreating their skills at home, including butcher who can make the most sausages in a minute, a multiple record-breaking football freestyler, and a married martial arts pair that previously stunned the nation on Britain’s Got Talent.
To find out more World Records just ask Alexa but here’s a pick of some of things you can discover just by asking Alexa.
The fastest football kick is 129 km/h (80.1 mph) achieved by Francisco Javier Galan Màrin (Spain) at the studios of El Show de los Récords, Madrid, Spain on 29 October 2001.
The largest gingerbread village consists of 1,251 buildings and was constructed by Jon Lovitch (USA) and displayed at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, New York, USA, on 6 January 2017.
The greatest absolute distance flown in a wingsuit is 32.094 km (19.94 mi) and was achieved by Kyle Lobpries (USA) in Davis, California on 30 May 2016.
The longest carrot measures 6.245 m (20 ft 5.86 in) and was grown by Joe Atherton (UK), as verified at the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship in Malvern, UK, on 23 September 2016.