The picture on the right hand side is taken from one of my world record projects: the disc cases world record. This field saying "WR" was built out of 1,000 disc cases and toppled at the end of the whole project as a highlight.
World record with standard dominoes
- Most dominoes toppled by a group: 4,491,863
This is the classic world record as known from Domino Day on television. It is about toppling as many dominoes as possible in a single chain reaction. The pushover must be affected from one single point and no electricity may be used to topple the dominoes. Remark: Before 1998, exactly this was allowed. That's why they used electrical mechanismns in the domino records of 1986 and 1988. There is no limit to people setting up the dominoes.
Here, you have to follow the same rules like for the domino group record: one chain reaction starting at one point, no electrical mechanismns, etc. However, the dominoes may only be set up by one single person. This record is really hard to organise as the whole process of setting up has to be supervised by a notary or independent witnesses.
Pieces of the falldown can be watched here.
This world record is about toppling dominoes on a specific track at maximum speed. Therefore, the T-setting is quite popular, but its speed varies from builder to builder. According to my personal opinion, this world record is really tough to beat again.
This once was Tobias Demuth's and my world record, but was broken again in the meantime. This world record is about setting up the biggest domino spiral featuring as many dominoes as possible. Of course, this spiral has to topple completely. It is not the spiral's length that counts here, but the number of dominoes toppled. Additional info: Tobias' and my spiral had a diameter of 6 meters and took almost 14 minutes to topple completely. The video can be found here on my channel; the video of the current world record can be viewed here.
This is one of the most fascinating and most incomprehensible world record. As many dominoes as possible have to be stacked horizontally on one single vertical piece. You will get a huge stack whose weight just lies on one domino. No sorts of glue are allowed and the whole stack has to remain standing for one hour in order to make the world record count
More information here.
In this world record, you have to build the longest domino wall. The technique is not important at all; the only difficulty is the fact that the wall has to be at least one meter tall. It's not the number of dominoes that counts here, but only the length of the wall. The video of the current world record wall can be viewed here.
Exactly 60 people have to keep a domino circle toppling as long as possible. This means pure pressure: after the dominoes in front of you toppled, you have to set them up again immediately until the chain reaction is at your place again. A good teamwork and strong nerves are absolutely required. A TV report about the current world record can be found here.
The field record. A domino field is a rectangular assemblage of dominoes mostly showing an image. In this world record, as many dominoes as possible have to be set up and toppled as a domino field, and the chain reaction has to start at one single point without breaks. Additional info: The current world record field covered an area of 500 m2.
It goes high up in this world record. A domino line has to climb as high as possible. Therefore, no mechanisms (such as lifting blocks) may be used; all dominoes have to climb using a staircase. A lot of wood, space and huge ladders are required here.
In this world record, a domino tower has to be contructed as high as possible. The technique doesn't matter at all, but you can think for yourself that a tiny 2x2 domino tower will not do the trick due to instability. The tower then has - somehow - to be toppled by a normal domino line.
The current world record tower was constructed using 8,044 dominoes.
In this world record, you only have one minute to set up and topple as many dominoes as possible with only one hand. The clue: the building area for the dominoes is restricted to 29.7 x 42 cm. A fast hand and a good technique is required for this discipline. I've also found a 30-seconds and a 24-hours version of this record in the Guinness database, but I suppose that the building area is bigger in the 24-hours version
It took quite a lot of e-mails until Patrick Sinner was able to introduce this world record discipline at Guinness. But it worked and now, everyone who wants to break this record has to set up as many dominoes as possible in a 3D-pyramid. Therefore, the dominoes must be set up with a special technique so that in the end, the whole assemblage looks like - well - a pyramid. As a cherry on top, this structure must be completely toppled by a normal domino line.
A picture of the current world record domino pyramid with a base of 30x30 dominoes can be found here.
A cicle field starts with a small circual arrangement of around 10 dominoes in the center and grows as the distance to this center increases. In this world record, as many dominoes as possible have to be toppled in such a circle field. A video of the current world record can be found here.
World records with special dominoes
- Most mini dominos toppled: 2,000
This once was my world record, but was broken again in the meantime. A lot of patience and steady hands are needed for this miniature world record. As many tiny dominoes (maximum height: 1 cm) as possible have to be toppled in a chain reaction. The same rules as for normal domino world records apply: just one pushover, no electrical mechanismns, etc. By the way: a standard domino is 4.8 cm tall. The old world record (that took place in my cellar in Weimar) video can be found here; the video of the current world record can be viewed here..
"Dominoes XXL" is the topic of this world record which is about toppling the largest domino in the world. The chain reaction has to be started by one normal domino, so that the dominoes grow step by step until the maximum height is achieved. A behind the scenes video of the current world record set up by an insurance company can be found here. The world record domino had a size of 9.18 m x 4.65 m x 1.26 m.
This world record is about toppling as many dominoes as possible in a pool filled with water. The dominoes must have standard dimensions, although they are allowed to be heavier than the normal ones in order to guarantee a sophisticated stand. Apart from that, the pH-value of the water is to be neutral in order to avoid physical tweaking.
World records with everything else
- Longest human domino line: 10,267
This is the human version of the domino record. As many humans as possible have to be "toppled" in one chain reaction one after the other. Nobody is allowed to act on his own sake, everyone must be "toppled" by the front man's impulse. For more than 10,000 people, this is really a game of patience.
Also really fascinating: as many coins as possible have to be toppled in a chain reaction. This is not that easy as the coins might easily roll away while setting them up. My personal record is 5, after this I already start failing.
This once was my world record, but was broken again in the meantime. In a chain reaction, as many disc cases as possible have to be toppled. The chain reaction must be started at one single point and again, no electrical mechanisms may be used. Also interesting: after the chain reaction started, no other disc case in the assemblage may be touched.
The video can be found here; a news paper article of the current world record can be read here.
I've also found out on the Guinness homepage that there is a world record for the most plates toppled in a chain reaction. However, I haven't found the record and record holder so far. I am thankful for your help.
Just take a human, fasten him on a mattress and set him up; fun can begin. Of course, only one human is not enough for the world record. As many humans as possible have to topple together with their mattresses in one chain reaction. Nobody is allowed to act at his own sake and must be toppled by the front man's impulse.
A very interesting discipline where tiny glasses have to be toppled into bigger ones in a chain reaction. Very hard to describe and understand, that's why you can find a video of this world record here.
This is very dangerous to set up and noisy while toppling. As many mousetraps as possible have to be triggered in one single chain reaction. This means that only the first mousetrap may be triggered by hand.
Beating this world record means carrying a lot of weight. Instead of dominoes, one chain reaction with bricks must be created. For the current world record, 1,305 builders participated and the chain reaction covered a distance of 27 km. The occasion for this event was the opening of the Wester tunnel in Germany.