New world record-breakers debut in Guinness book 2012

The world's most elastic woman, pierced man and longest fingernails were on display

A woman with 10-foot fingernails and a student with a four-inch tongue are among entries in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Doncaster man Rob Hull, 49, is also in the book for having 571 Daleks - despite not being a Doctor Who fan.

Aevin Dugas from New Orleans in the US also gets an entry for having grown the world's largest natural afro.

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Lenday said the book celebrates "the weirdest and wackiest".

Dalek collector Mr Hull bought his first replica at the age of 29, and while he may not love the BBC sci-fi series, he says he became "enchanted" with them after seeing one in a toy shop.

The 2012 edition of the famous record book also sees a new face claiming the prestigious title of longest fingernails in the world.

Christine Walton, 45, from Las Vegas, has 10ft 2in (3.1m) fingernails on her left hand and 9ft 7in (2.92m) talons on her right hand.

"I hate all the cleaning, but I do it. And the makeup, I only wear so much," said Walton, who has also been working on a singing career while raising a family.

Longest tongue record holder Chanel Tapper Chanel Tapper from the US holds the world record for the longest tongue

The previous record-holder, Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City, lost her nails in a car crash in 2009.

Rev Darrell Best, of Illinois in the US is a newcomer to the book, having taken the title for the fastest wedding chapel after converting his 1940s fire truck into a wedding chapel on wheels.

The wedding chapel entitled The Best Man, allows lovers to tie the knot while they are on the road and is capable of reaching speeds of 62mph.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Aevin Dugas from New Orleans also gets a mention in the new edition.

Ms Dugas is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world - her massive head of hair has a circumference of 4ft 4in (1.32m).

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