Spin Master's MECCANO (known in the U.S. as "Erector" Sets) has just scored a Guinness World Record. The Big Bridge Build, a year-long project, resulted in a massive bridge over Clarendon Dock in Belfast, Ireland, built entirely out of Meccano parts. Created by the Queen's University Belfast Civil Engineering Department with assistance from Spin Master, McLaughlin & Harvey and Aecom, Architecture and Civil Engineering faculty and students built the bridge, with the help of local school children, as part of the university's outreach program to encourage more children to think about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Officials from Guinness World Records have confirmed that this bridge is the world's largest Meccano structure. Take a look at some stats!

I've covered and reviewed a ton of vehicles here in the "Rides" section of THE ROCK FATHER, but until today, I have never thrown down any virtual ink devoted to a helicopter. Truth is, until a few weeks ago, we'd never owned an R/C helicopter, though I've been tempted on occasion by those displays that tend to pop-up at the wholesale clubs and mall kiosks on occasion. The the folks at Silverlit Toys sent use their Nano Falcon - the world's smallest I/R model helicopter - a fact certified by Guinness World Records. Straight out of the box, this thing is fascinating.

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When I was a kid, what was then-known as The Guinness Book of World Records was a big deal. I still remember thumbing through the massive copies that were held in my parent's collection, discovering oddities and being captivated by accomplishments that I could barely imagine in an early-1980s pre-internet world. While I've had a few specialty hardcover editions come through my hands over the years, it's been awhile since I'd checked one out, so when the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS asked if I'd like to take a peek at their Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, I had to accept the offer. After all, I might be The Rock Father now, but I still have an original NES Power Glove in my garage.

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