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Guinness Records, Mexico’s Favorite Pastime
The country under siege by a bloody drug war is on a mission to be known as something else: the country that has the largest, the biggest and the most of everything. 
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A few hundred people gather in Chapultepec Park in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of people dressed as The Beatles, in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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People participate in an attempt to make the world's biggest selfie at Los Ninos Heroes monument at Chapultepec Park, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Mexico City hoped to claim a Guinness World Record for their selfie attempt. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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In January 2012,  more than 100 residents of Monterrey, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, prepared a 459-foot ""world's longest tamale." There were 10,000 pieces of the Mexican dish, which was 35 inches wide. 

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People dressed as zombies react to the camera during the V edition of the so-called 'Zombie Walk' in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. According to the organization 'Zombie Walk Mexico', the event gathered over 9,800 participants, breaking the previous record set in Asbury Park, in New Jersey in 2010 with 4,093 participants. Guinness World Records have not officially confirmed if Mexico holds the new record. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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A portion of the Guinness-certified largest nativity scene in the world set up by Mexico City authorities and costing $2 million.

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A 10-ton, "Rosca de Reyes" cake that was 2,340 feet long closed out the Christmas festivities for 2011.

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Chefs prepare the world's largest 'Enchilada', a traditional Mexican food, during the National Enchilada Fair at the neighborhood of Iztapalapa in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The enchilada, measuring 70 meters long and 1,416 kgs, entered the famous Guinness Record book Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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In January of this year, the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge in Mexico, which is supported by 152 steel suspenders and has a central, cable-stayed span of 1,705 feet, a total length of 3,685 feet and a width of 65 feet, received a Guinness record certifying it as the world's highest bridge.

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About 457 Mexicans set the Guinness world record for the largest folk dance in September 2011 at the International Mariachi and Charreria Conference in Guadalajara.

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In November 2011, the Mexican city of Querétaro set a new record with the world’s largest carnitas taco, measuring about 240 feet long and weighing 330,000 pounds. 

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Mexican hobbyists and astronomers broke their own Guinness record last December by using a total of 2,753 telescopes all around the country to simultaneously observe the moon, organizers of the effort reported on Sunday. In the "Reto Mexico 2011" (Mexico Challenge 2011) event and as part of the "Night of the Stars" festival, the astronomy enthusiasts at midnight on Saturday managed to break the record they had set in October 2009.

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In June 2011, the Guinness World Records international organization recognized Mexico's Xcaret Eco Theme Park for a reproduction program that oversaw the largest number of Macaw births in captivity in a single year.

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Mexico was among three countries in Latin America that set a New Guinness World Record last December for the most people washing their hands at the same time. According to the Pan American Health Organization, 740,870 people cleaned their hands simultaneously in different corners of Latin America in October 2011. 

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In 2009, about 549 musicians gathered in Guadalajara to beat the record for the most mariachis in one place. About 549 musicians showed up, playing classics like "Cielito Lindo." 

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A Mazatlan-based group claimed the record for "Largest shrimp cocktail" last year.

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Eleven-year old Michel Lagravere set the record at his age for the most baby bulls killed in a two-hour fight, according to The New York Times. But Guinness refused to recognize the effort.

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In 2009, Mexico City tried to set a Christmas tree record with this enormous structure.

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On Valentine's Day 2009 about 39,897 people smooched in Mexico City , Mexico, to beat the record for the most people kissing simultaneously.

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In April 2009, a meatball, weighing in at 109 pounds was cooked up by the chefs at The Ritz Carlton in Cancún, Mexico, to promote an animated film. It became the world's largest meatball. 

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Seeking a Guinness World Record, nearly 13,000 people gathered to dance Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 2009.

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About 12,000 people attended a yoga class in Mexico City’s Zócalo. The event was dubbed “the largest yoga class in the world” but organizers say they never intended that reaction.

Guinness Records, Mexico’s Favorite Pastime

The country under siege by a bloody drug war is on a mission to be known as something else: the country that has the largest, the biggest and the most of everything.