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    World's biggest boobs | American Norma Stitz holds world record

    BIGGEST boobs record holder Norma Stitz has told how her 67in bust gets in the way of meeting men.

    Her boobs — which tip the scales at nearly 40lbs — have been officially recognised as the biggest ever natural breasts by Guinness World Records.

    Norma, from Atlanta, Georgia, said: when people ask me why I don’t just get a reduction I say 'Are you crazy?' I love my boobs and they are winning me a wonderful life.


    WORLD'S biggest boobs record holder Norma Stitz is also a massive porn star, The Sun can reveal.

    Busty Norma revealed her title-winners on a popular late night TV show in Italy where she was crowned boob queen of the world.

    But the 67in natural wonder failed to reveal she is already a star after making a career out of her whopping bosom, baring all in a stack of porn flicks.

    And the show's host was oblivious to the fact Norma's stage name is a word-play on "enormous t***" — her real name is Annie Hawkins-Turner.

    On the show American Norma, 30, told how she had to receive special training to live with her enormous breasts — and complained they get in the way of her meeting men back home.

    She said: "I was trained how to get about and how to walk down steps.

    "What I can say about Italian men is that they stare at me but they talk to me. American guys just stare but they don't ever talk to me."

    'Shy' Norma added: "I've only gone topless in public on the beach in Hawaii."

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    Norma Stitz and her 67in jugs won her a spot in the record books as the biggest natural norks around.

    So we've come up with a half-century of hooters that have made the news for one reason or another.

    Our DDefinitive chart includes famous fronts like Page 3's Keeley and pop's Cheryl Cole.

    But it also says bra-vo to classic baps like Barbara Windsor and Bond beauty Ursula Andress.

    Our chosen chests appear in the slideshow below, in no particular order.

    Will Pamela Anderson be your favourite or do you prefer the previous record breaking boobs of Lolo Ferreira?

World Oldest Yoga master

    Yoga instructor Bette Calman may be 83, but she's still bending over backwards to spread the benefits of the ancient Indian discipline.

    The nimble grandmother can really pull some shapes and with her set hair and pearl earrings she looks as glamorous as Greta Garbo in a pink jumpsuit.

    With 40 years of teaching under her belt, the Australian wonder is living proof that a lifetime's dedication to yoga will keep you flexible as a rubber band.
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    83-year-old World Oldiest Yoga master

    83-year-old Yoga instructor, Bette Calman, performs Yoga moves in Melbourne, Wednesday April 22, 2009. Bette moved to Melbourne to retire 8 years ago, only to find herself back in action again after her daughter Susie, who is also a Yoga instructor, was pestering for fill-in teachers. Despite her senior age, Bette is still practicing and teaching Yoga, teaching up to 11 classes a week. Bette has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years, and has no intention on stopping anytime soon.

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    Yoga granny: Bette Calman, 83, shows off the agonising peacock pose

    While others her age complain about aches and pains, Mrs Calman focuses on getting tough balancing manoeuvres right.

    Mrs Calman from Williamstown, southeast Australia, can do all the difficult moves including the agonising 'peacock' where the body is held in a horizontal position by the strength of the arms alone.

    The bendy granny can also pull off a tricky raised 'lotus', 'bridge' and a headstand with ease.

    She can also put her head between her knees and hold her ankles putting her inflexible grandchildren to shame.
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    'I'm proof that if you keep at it, you'll get there. I can do more now than I could 50 years ago,' Mrs Calman said.

    So when will she give it up?

    'You're never too old. The body is a remarkable instrument.

    'It can stretch and stretch, and get better all the time. Forget age,' said Mrs Calman, the author of three yoga books including one called Yoga for Arthritis.

    'Even a basic posture, or just going to a window and breathing deeply, can have big benefits.'

    It's that spirit that has made Mrs Calman a legend.

    She was a pioneer of the regime in Australia in the 1950s, ran yoga centres for 33 years and made regular TV appearances in the 70s.

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    She thought she would take it easy in Melbourne, but was drawn back to teaching as yoga interest grew.

    'I came here to retire, but my daughter, Susie, who's also a teacher, kept being pestered for fill-in teachers at her health centre. That was eight years ago,' she said.

    Mrs Calman teaches up to 11 classes a week with no sign of stopping and she keeps the 'corpse' posture strictly for her classes.

    'Yoga keeps you young,' she said.

    'Never have I gone to a yoga class and wished I was somewhere else, because I know I'm going to come out feeling on the top of the world. There'll always be yoga.'
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    Glamour girl: Mrs Calman emerges from her yoga session with perfectly set hair and pearl earrings intact

world's oldest potted plant in new Kew Gardens home

    Usually it is a simple matter, involving a sheet of newspaper, a trowel and a bag of compost.

    But when the future of the world's oldest pot plant is at stake, repotting becomes a much more complicated process.

    It took nine gardeners, a crane and three months of meticulous planning to place a one-tonne tree believed to be the oldest plotted plant in the world in a new container.
    It took nine gardeners, a crane and three months of meticulous planning to move the one-tonne plant

    The ancient cycad, a palm-like tree collected on one of Captain Cook's voyages, was first slowly hoisted out of its box at London's Kew Gardens.

    Five gardeners then clung onto and supported its angular trunk, while others slid the replacement container underneath.

    The plant was then lowered into the mahogany pot, which stands the height of a seven-year-old child, and a tonne of soil packed round it.

    The delicate operation was successfully completed this morning.

    Move along now: The cycad, which has a 4m trunk was supported by a specially-made lifting gantry

    Wes Shaw, keeper of the Palm House where Encephalartos altensteninii cycad is on display, said: 'It is a very special plant.

    'It came to Kew in 1775 and was last repotted 20 years ago.

    'The container was breaking down and for aesthetic reasons and for the health of the plant it was time to have a go at repotting it.

    'We were quite worried about what would happen. None of us had done this before, it was a steep learning curve but it all went without a hitch and it looks fantastic.

    The plant is one of 500 species gathered for the botanical gardens during Captain Cook's second voyage around the globe

    'When I think of how many gardeners have cared for this plant over the years, it gives me a real sense of the heritage and importance of the living collection that we are all responsible for here at Kew - and the incentive to ensure it keeps on thriving through my time in the Palm House.

    'Cycads are fascinating prehistoric plants, and this one is the don of the Palm House.

    'It has been slowly growing year by year since the Gardens began.
    Team effort: The plant was last re-potted 20 years ago

    As Kew celebrates its 250th anniversary, it's a fitting time to re-pot this gem to ensure that it remains healthy for future generations.'

    The ancient cycad was collected in the early 1770s from the Eastern Cape in South Africa by Kew's first plant hunter, Frances Masson.

    It was one of 500 species gathered for the botanical gardens during Captain Cook's second voyage around the globe.

    Pride of place: The ancient plant stands proudly in its new pot at Kew Gardens' Palm House

    For the last 160 years, the tree has been housed in Kew's Palm House, where its nobbly trunk has grown outwards and upwards at an inch a year.

    It now stretches to 14ft 5 inches and because it is growing at an angle, is propped up by stilts.

    The cycad family comes from the Jurassic era and pre-dates flowering plants.

    They can live more than 500 years and provide botanists with clues about the nature of early plants.

    Kew has one of the oldest and most diverse cycad collections in the world.

10 Richest Women In The World

    Millions matter not in a world where the wealthiest are measured in many billions.
    In its inaugural ranking of the world’s richest people 20 years ago, US-based Forbes magazine uncovered some 140 billionaires. Just three years ago it found 476. This year the list stretches to a record 793. Their average net worth is $3.3 billion (£1.7 billion) and 78 of them are women - 10 more than in 2005, though only six are self-made.
    Oprah Winfrey, Athina Onassis, the Queen and JK Rowling do not make the girls' top 10. Here's who does...

    10. Cristina Green
    Cristina Green
    Mrs Green may derive some of her wealth from husband Philip's retail empire, Arcadia, but I bet she's earned it. And as the only Brit in the top 10 richest women and the only one with self-made cash, she deserves our applause. Their $7 billion (£3.7 billion) fortune makes the Greens the 74 richest people in the world and they like to protect their cash from the taxman by living in Monaco. Arcadia Group is Britain's third-largest clothing retail group and includes high street favourites Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge. Green also owns 94% of BHS, the country's 10th-largest clothing retail chain. Together, the companies have sales of $4.7 billion (£2.5 billion).

    9. Susanne Klatten
    Susanne Klatten
    More inherited money in ninth place as Ms Klatten, 43, scooped up $8.1 billion (£4.3 billion) via a 12.5% stake in BMW cars and a 50% stake in pharmaceutical manufacturer Altana from her late father, Herbert Quandt. A trained economist with an MBA, Klatten is credited with helping transform Altana into a world-class pharmaceutical/chemical corporation with $3.6 billion (£1.9 billion) in sales and almost 11,000 employees.

    8. Jacqueline Mars
    acqueline Mars
    Jacqueline Badger Mars is the daughter of Forrest Edward Mars, Sr., and granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the giant American candy company Mars, Incorporated. With her share of the company, she is worth US$14.0 billion as of September 2007 she is the 58th richest person in the world, and the 19th richest person in the United States according to Forbes, she's also the fourth richest American woman. She is divorced.

    7.Barbara Cox Anthony
    Barbara Cox Anthony
    Barbara Cox Anthony (1922 – May 28, 2007) was the youngest daughter of James M. Cox, a Democratic governor of Ohio, newspaper publisher and broadcaster. With her sister Anne Cox Chambers and brother James M. Cox, Jr., she inherited, via a trust, ownership and control of her father’s company, now called Cox Enterprises. Upon her brother's death in 1974, the sisters received his share of the company equally.

    Her net worth was estimated at $12 billion, based principally on her equity interest in Cox Enterprises which made her one of the richest women in the United States and the richest resident of Hawaii

    6. Anne Cox Chambers
    Anne Cox Chambers
    Anne Cox Chambers (born December 1, 1919) is a billionaire media proprietor. She is the daughter of James M. Cox, a newspaper publisher and 1920 Democratic Presidential nominee, and his second wife, Margaretta Parler Blair. She owns and controls her father's business interests, through Cox Enterprises. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her sister, Barbara Cox Anthony, died on May 28, 2007.

    An alumna of Finch College and a generous financial supporter of the Democratic Party, she was President Jimmy Carter's pick as United States Ambassador to Belgium from 1977 to 1981.

    Her net worth has been estimated at $13 billion,[1] based principally on her equity interest in Cox Enterprises, which makes her the fourth richest woman in the United States.

    5. Abigail Johnson
    Abigail Johnson
    Abigail Pierrepont Johnson (born December 19, 1961) is an American businesswoman. Johnson is President of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing. Fidelity is led by her father, Edward Johnson.

    In September 2008, her net worth was estimated at US$15 billion, tying her for 15th place in Forbes List of the 400 Richest Americans. (Her father, with $11 billion, is tied for 28th place.)

    She is the 35th richest person in the world, though her current net worth has decreased to US$10 billion. Her father is tied for 62nd place with US$7 billion.

    4. Helen Walton
    Helen Walton
    Helen Robson Kemper Walton (December 3, 1919 – April 19, 2007) was the wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. She was the eleventh richest American and at one point the richest woman in the world. Helen died with an estimated net worth of $16.4 billion[1] that will pass to charity over the next few years.

    Helen was the valedictorian of her high school class in Claremore, Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma at Norman with a degree in business. She was the daughter of L.S. Robson, a prosperous banker and rancher. She and Sam were married February 14, 1943.

    Sam Walton (d. 1992) left his ownership in Wal-Mart to his wife and their four children, S. Robson Walton (Rob), John T. Walton (d. 2005), Jim Walton, and Alice Walton. Rob Walton chairs the board of directors of Wal-Mart, on which John served until his death. The others are not directly involved in the company except through their voting power as shareholders.

    3. Alice Walton
    Alice Walton
    Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949 in Newport, Arkansas)[1] is an American heiress to the Wal-mart fortune. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton, and Jim Walton. Another brother, John Walton died in a 2005 plane crash. In 2009, her estimated net worth was US$18 billion, making her the richest woman in the world along with her sister-in-law Christy Walton.

    2.Christy Walton
    Christy Walton
    Christy Ruth Walton is the wife of late John T. Walton. After his death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of $15.7 billion [1]. As of March 2009, she is the 12th richest person in the Forbes World's Billionaires [2], with an estimated net worth of US$17.6 billion.

    She currently resides in Jackson, Wyoming. She has one son, Lukas.

    1. Liliane Bettencourt
    Liliane Bettencourt
    Liliane Bettencourt (born 21 October 1922(1922-10-21) in Paris, France) is a French heiress, socialite, and businesswoman. She is the principal shareholder of L'Oréal and the wealthiest woman in Europe. She is the second richest person in France, behind Bernard Arnault whose wealth is estimated at US$16.5 billion, and she ranks 21st in wealthiest people in the world. Forbes magazine estimated her wealth in 2009 at US$13.4 billion.[1]

    Bettencourt was the only child of Eugène Schueller, the founder of L'Oréal, one of the world's leading cosmetics and beauty companies. In 1927, her mother died when Liliane was 5 years old.

    In 1950, she married French politician André Bettencourt and lived in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France together until Andre's death in November 2007. They had one daughter, Françoise, who married Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi who died in an Auschwitz concentration camp. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is a member of L'Oréal's board of directors.

    In 1957, Bettencourt inherited the L'Oréal fortune from her father. She is the principal shareholder of L'Oréal. The company ownership breakdown: 27.5% by Liliane Bettencourt, 26.4% by Nestlé, the remaining 46.1% are publicly traded.

    She created the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, which awards the "Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences" to a European researcher under the age of forty-five.

    Bettencourt claims to have lost money in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. She is known to have invested a part of her fortune with Madoff through hedge fund adviser and investor René-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet.

Wheelchair teen in record-breaking backflip

    Wheelchair teen in record-breaking
    Freewheeling: But get it wrong and your head’s going to hurt...

    Performing incredible stunts comes so easily to Aaron 'Wheels' Fotheringham he can claim world records sitting down.

    The fearless teenager has flown into the Guinness World Records Book by bec­oming the first person to pull off a backflip in a wheelchair.

    'It feels awesome to have the record,' said Aaron after completing the trick in Nevada.

    Everyone thinks “oh, you're disabled, that's such a terrible thing”, but I think it's positive. It's like being able to carry your skateboard everywhere with you,' he added.

    'People don't realise how much can be done in a chair.'
    Wheelchair teen in record-breaking
    Axle to grind: Aaron does a smooth hand plant

    The spina bifida sufferer has used a wheelchair since he was three and began trying stunts aged nine when elder brother Brian suggested he have a go at their Las Vegas skate park.

    The 16-year-old, who uses an adapted wheelchair with a 'grind bar' for rail stunts, has gone on to inv­ent 'hardcore sitting' and tours the world performing stunts taken from skateboard and BMX bike tricks.

    Something of a cult hero, he is now teaching a four-year-old called Zachary how to go for a hair-raising ride.
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    Aaron BMX rider a run for his money

    Aaron says he first performed a backflip in 2006 but only gained the official record last month. Now he wants to make his record of six back flips in a row an official one.

    'I'm going to nail that sometime in the future,' Aaron said.

World Youngest Shovelman

    World Youngest Shovelman

    The world’s smallest shovelman lives in Moscow, Russia. His name is Roman and he is just 3 years old, but he already knows how to operate big power shovel.

    Actually he is doing it with ease and can do the job right. If you look from outside you could never have idea that it’s just a 3 y.o. baby controlling the machine

Real life Spider Man fearlessly from 30ft in the air

    Real-life Spider Man Jyothi Raj seems to be glued to the wall with his amazing ability to stick to a vertical surface upside down.

    The former construction worker is frequently compared to the comic book superhero by tourists to India's Chitradurga Fort, where he regularly performs.
    Real life Spider Man fearlessly from 30ft in the air
    No sign of a safety harness: Jyothi Raj, 22, dangles himself at a 90-degree angle from the Chitradurga Fort

    Real life Spider Man fearlessly from 30ft in the air
    The strength it must take for Jyothi to hold himself in position is mind-boggling as tourists look on
    Jyothi, 22, who lives in the south state of Karnataka, discovered his incredible climbing ability four years ago while scaling bamboo scaffolding widely used in the sub-continent.

    He claimed he feels no fear as he reaches heights of up to 300ft without using a harness.

    Jyoti's dazzling agility, which he taught himself after watching monkeys climb trees, has been enhanced after watching stunts from his favourite films.
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    Look, no hands: Jyothi dangles upside down above a group of stupefied schoolchildren
    Jyothi claimed his ability to place his hands and feet exactly where they should go shows he was born to climb

    He even copies some of Spider Man's best moves, hanging upside down and jutting out at a 90-degree angle to gasps of amazement from the crowd below.

    Jyothi claimed he has never used any safety equipment in his climbing, preferring to hone the climbing skills he developed on the notoriously dangerous building sites of India.

    'I discovered my ability to climb in this manner working on the bamboo scaffolding when I started as a construction worker,' he said.

    'I could climb at an incredible rate without fear.
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    Jyothi resembles a spider as he scurries down the face of the fort - to the amazement of one tourist

    'I began to climb for fun at the weekends and came to the famous fort here at Chitradurga to entertain the crowds, especially on Sundays.

    'I love to see their faces when I position myself upside down and hear them holding their breath for my safety.'

    Having climbed the walls and rock faces in and around the fort complex, Jyothi is itching to test himself and become recognised as the world's best climber.

    'These climbs go up to 300ft. They are physically testing and dangerous, but I want to move on and climb buildings and mountains,' he said.

    'I want to be like Alain Robert (the famous French free-climber) and prove my climbing ability to the world.'

    Convinced that his climbing ability is a gift from the gods, Jyothi said in four years he has never had an accident.

    'My ability to see the foothold that others can't is proof to me that I was born to climb,' he said.

    'My strength and hand speed are the tools that set me apart from other climbers.'

    Jyothi trains every day to improve his upper body strength and uses yoga to maintain his flexibility.

    He has become a fixture at Chitradurga and now teaches others how to climb.

    'I have a few good friends who I climb with on a regular basis,' he said. 'They of course use safety harnesses, they do not have my ability to move fast or grasp the rock face.

    'They are my best friends so I would never let them copy me. It is too dangerous.'

    Unmarried, Jyothi said that his family are tolerant of his climbing, believing that he is in full control at all times.
    Real life Spider Man fearlessly from 30ft in the air

largest and heaviest women on the planet

    Standing at 6ft 6ins and weighing 34 stone, this woman has been dubbed a modern-day giant - and, alarmingly, she is still growing.

    Tanya Angus, who suffers from a rare growth condition, is already one of the tallest and heaviest women on the planet.

    Now doctors say she is the only woman in the world whose growth cannot be halted by medication.
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    Living tall: Tanya Angus towers over her mother, sister and stepfather thanks to a rare growth condition

    Suffering from a rare disease known as Acromeglia, a condition often referred to as 'gigantism', (which means her body is producing too much growth hormone), Tanya rocketed from a slender 5ft 8ins at the age of 18 to a massive 6ft 6ins and 34 stone.

    'I'm staying hopeful,' says 30-year-old Tanya, from Nevada, USA.

    'Without hope you don't have anything. I hope they can stop me growing one day so I can try to live as normally as possible.'

    Tanya's troubles began in her late teens when she noticed that her feet, face and figure were continuing to grow at an alarming rate.

    'I started to feel unhappy with my appearance. I started spending a fortune on make-up, trying to make myself look better. I couldn't understand why my face didn't look as attractive any more,' she said.

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    Tanya, now living with her half-sister, finds it difficult to walk - but won't give up hope

    Tanya also began suffering severe migraines and felt run down and depressed, as if she was suffering from constant flu.

    But though she kept going to see her GP, he believed the 20-year-old was just an attention-seeker hoping to be given anti-depressant drugs, and refused to help.

    Even more shockingly Tanya's figure started to alter. Her once-womanly body became larger overall, and straight up and down - like a man's.

    'Someone at work actually asked me if I used to be a man,' she said.

    'My voice had also changed and become deeper. I was devastated and started to feel very shy and insecure.'

    Things finally came to a head when her own boyfriend also asked her about her new shape, and got his mum to ask her whether she'd had a sex change.

    'I was heartbroken and I decided I didn't want any more to do with him,' she said. 'I phoned my mum and said I wanted to come back to Nevada.

    'As soon as my sister saw me at the airport, she knew I'd changed, and she called my mum and told her we needed to see a doctor.'

    The family GP immediately recognised the signs of gigantism and referred Tanya to a specialist. At that stage she was 6ft 1ins tall, and a size 14 to 16, with a size 10 feet.

    An MRI scan eventually showed a tumour the size of a grapefruit in her brain which had wrapped itself around her inner carotid artery, causing an overproduction of growth hormone.

    It was so big, doctors at first said there was nothing to be done.

    But Tanya's mum Karen, EMT-1 medical professional and firefighter, searched the Internet and medical publications until she finally found a doctor who said he could operate.

    In 2003, she Tanya finally underwent surgery to remove most of the tumour, although small parts of it were too difficult to separate from her brain. She was then given a cocktail of drugs to try to control the huge amounts of growth hormones still in her body.

    Tanya had a count of 3,000 of the hormones, compared to an average person's of just 250. Doctors were anxious to bring the level down to less than 1,000, but they were barely able to do that. Her height had crept up to 6ft 3ins, and she was now a size 20.

    Unable to walk properly, she had to live with her mother and stepfather. She barely went out and was subjected to stares and make rude comments in the street.

    'It was horrible,' she said. 'My whole life had to change, and I couldn't do anything for myself any more.

    'The hardest thing is that people kept thinking I was man, and calling me sir, which really annoys me. I try to dress in feminine clothes and wear make-up to look nice, but it's really hard when you're my size.'

    Two years later in 2005, the hormone levels again began to soar, and Tanya's mum sought out a second specialist who discovered the tumour had grown again and was now the size of an orange.

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    Tanya with her many bottles of medication - and still doctors cannot find the combination of drugs that will stop her growth

    She underwent further surgery, and fat from her stomach had to be used to pad out areas of brain tissue from where the tumour had been removed.

    Tanya was put on another set of medication to reduce the growth hormone, but her levels have never sunk to below 900 and are now over 1,000. She is now one of the world's tallest women, and also one of the heaviest.

    Then two years ago, Tanya also suffered a stroke, caused by the pressure her massive body was putting on her heart. She had to learn how to walk and talk again, and now suffers hearing difficulties.

    She recovered and went to live with her sister, but still struggles to get around, and now uses a wheelchair.

    'Doctors just say there is nothing we can do for her,' said Karen. 'You don't know how many doctors we have called to try and help us. We've spent all our savings, over $200,000 (£122,300) trying to help her.

    'One doctor even told me that my daughter had only two months to live. That was eight months ago, but I refused to believe it.

    'I won't stop until we can find something to halt the growth.'

    Now Tanya has a new doctor, who she's been seeing for three months, and he is hopeful of finally finding a drug combination to slow down her growth.

    'I'm doing this story because I want people to understand why I'm this way,' she says. 'It's not my fault I ended up like this.

    'People even in my home town are still so hurtful, and I'd like people to be educated so they can treat me as a real person at last.'

Adrenaline junkie skates 860 metre roller-coaster just 60 seconds

    An adrenaline junkie has taken in-line skating to new heights and set a new world record after racing down a roller coaster at speeds of 56mph.

    Dirk Auer decided to go where no sane man or woman had gone before and skated down an 860 metre track in just over a minute.

    Wearing specially designed in-line skates, the German made the attempt on the Mammoth roller coaster at the Trips Drill theme park in Stuttgart.
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    Adrenaline junkie Dirk Auer takes on the Mammoth roller coaster at Trips Drill theme park in Stuttgart, Germany

    The 36-year-old admitted he had placed his life at risk by performing the daredevil stunt.

    'This was a very dangerous stunt because there were so many factors to consider,' he said.

    'The roller caster is wooden and so unlike rides made from iron and steel there was always a chance of the odd nail or screw that would not be entirely flat.

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    Travelling at speeds up to 56mph, Auer skated the entire length of the roller coaster - 860 metres - in just over a minute

    'If the skates were to catch a stray nail then I could have fallen and I would almost certainly have died.'

    Spending two months planning the outrageous stunt, Mr Auer also designed and made the monster skates, which took him a total of 110 hours' work.

    But he said there was no room for error and he used 16 rolls on each shoe.

    'When I reached the first drop I was 30 metres high and this allowed me to reach speeds of 90kmh on descent.,' he said of Saturday's stunt.

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    The German built custom-made skates for the stunt and had 16 wheels on each shoe

    After this some of the sides were so high that at times I was at 90 degrees and so it was very important to have as much traction as possible. Luckily everything went according to plan - it was a lot of fun.'

    Mr Auer, from Gross-Gerau near Frankfurt, is considered to be the most extreme in-line skater in the world.

    He already holds the world record for reaching speeds of 190mph as he was dragged along behind a Porsche GT2.

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    Auer makes it safely down the wooden roller coaster in just over a minute

world's most crowded swimming pool

    There was barely enough room to tread water as thousands of swimmers crowded into a pool in an attempt to escape China's scorching heatwave.

    But the fact there was no elbow room was not going to stop the fun in the world's most populous nation.

    Families desperate to escape the heat grabbed their rubber rings to jostle for space at a local pool in Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu Province.
    Rubber ring to rubber ring: Swimmers still manage to smile despite being crammed into a swimming pool in Nanjing, China, as a heatwave sweeps across the country

    A heatwave has blasted many parts of China with temperatures reaching a sweltering 40 degrees.

    China residents also resorted to jumping into the polluted Yangtze river to cool off.

    The country is now bracing for extreme weather, with strong gales and soaring temperatures in recent weeks serving as harbingers of disasters to come.

    Rainstorms have already wreaked havoc on southern parts of China leaving dozens people dead or missing and forcing many more to evacuate their homes.

    Stretches of sand were covered in a kaleidoscope of colour as beach-goers struggled to find a spot free for their towel.

    With a population of over a billion, China's inhabitants will be hard pressed to find relief.

    Cooling off: Temperatures reached as high as 40 degrees forcing many Chinese to seek relief in swimming pools and even the polluted Yangtze river


    : Beach-goers struggled to find a free spot in Dalian

    And with crammed pools and thousands flocking to the sea, residents had to resort to jumping into the polluted Yangtze river to cool off.

    As the Shanghai Central Meteorological Observatory issued a red alert on high temperature, some took to more invetive measures to protect themselves from the sultry air.

    Children took advantage of the weather to run amock in the fountains of People's Square.


    Running amok: Children play in the fountains at People's Square, Shanghai

    Others ignored health and safety hazards to dive off steel platforms on wooden columns into the Yangtze River.

    But it wasn't just children feeling the heat - as one monkey found that the best way to battle humidity was with a refreshing ice lolly.

    Residents of Hubei province even crowded into an indoor pool as desperate swimmers must have felt little relief from the hot spell.

    Relief: Swimmers attempt to escape the heat at an indoor pool in Wuhan

    The country is now bracing for extreme weather, with strong gales and soaring temperatures in recent weeks serving as harbingers of disasters to come.

    Rainstorms have already wreaked havoc on southern parts of China leaving dozens people dead or missing and forcing many more to evacuate their homes.

    Rainstorms have already wreaked havoc on southern parts of China leaving dozens people dead or missing and forcing many more to evacuate their homes.

    Cooling off: Temperatures reached as high as 40 degrees forcing many Chinese to seek relief in swimming pools and even the polluted Yangtze river




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