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Giant Gnome Appears In Iowa

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Iowa State’s Reiman Gardens is now home to what they say is one of the largest garden gnomes in the U.S.

Crews used a crane Friday morning to place the gnome in the garden and set his massive hat in place. The gnome is made from concrete and stands a whopping 15 feet tall and weighs in at more than 3,500 pounds.

 A quick Google check found another large gnome named Chomsky in upstate New York on the Kelder’s Farm. Chomsky is only 13 feet, 6 inches tall and stand in front of miniature golf course. Chomsky was believed to be the world’s largest gnome.

 Chomsky was officially inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007.

Reiman staff thought they’d have a record setting gnome, and it was when it was commissioned.

“We got about halfway thought this project and come to find out somebody in Poland had buildt one 2 feet taller than this one,” said Andy Kautza, gnome sculpture.

Kautza said it was too late in the process to alter the giant steel cage supporting the gnome’s massive features. It could have been a setback to the staff’s record-setting plans without a little creative marketing.

“Poland has a 18 foot one, but it’s made of fiberglass. So we have the world’s tallest concrete gnome,” said Teresa McLaughlin, of Reiman Gardens.

McLaughlin said the giant gnome is already getting a lot of attention, which is not surprising to Kautza who is used to stopping traffic when delivering his creations.

“People hanging out the window with their cell phone and their cameras and somebody will speed up and they’ll take one from the front and then they’ll slow down and they’ll take another,” said Kautza.

“There is some fun just putting your arms around him and getting your picture taken,” said McLaughlin.

The gnome will be officially unveiled on April 22. Crews used a crane Friday morning to place the gnome in the garden and set his massive hat in place. The gnome is made from concrete and stands a whopping 15 feet tall and weighs in at more than 3,500 pounds.

 A quick Google check found another large gnome named Chomsky in upstate New York on the Kelder’s Farm. Chomsky is only 13 feet, 6 inches tall and stand in front of miniature golf course. Chomsky was believed to be the world’s largest gnome.

 Chomsky was officially inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007.

 Reiman staff thought they’d have a record setting gnome, and it was when it was commissioned.

 “We got about halfway thought this project and come to find out somebody in Poland had buildt one 2 feet taller than this one,” said Andy Kautza, gnome sculpture.

 Kautza said it was too late in the process to alter the giant steel cage supporting the gnome’s massive features. It could have been a setback to the staff’s record-setting plans without a little creative marketing.

“Poland has a 18 foot one, but it’s made of fiberglass. So we have the world’s tallest concrete gnome,” said Teresa McLaughlin, of Reiman Gardens.

McLaughlin said the giant gnome is already getting a lot of attention, which is not surprising to Kautza who is used to stopping traffic when delivering his creations.

 “People hanging out the window with their cell phone and their cameras and somebody will speed up and they’ll take one from the front and then they’ll slow down and they’ll take another,” said Kautza.

“There is some fun just putting your arms around him and getting your picture taken,” said McLaughlin.

 The gnome will be officially unveiled on April 22.

See RAW Video of the Gnome: Giant Gnome Appears In Iowa

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04/10/2010 at 10:55 am

Bike bell ringers break world record for charity [Video]

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Over the past year, Leson Dunkley and her family have had a tough time. She was diagnosed with breast cancer around the time when her own mother died of the same affliction. But, Saturday they had a moment that may live in history.

“I think it’s beautiful. I think it makes it a more important record to break,” said Alys Hansen, one of Dunkley’s four children.

A total of 690 people turned up at New Vista High School Saturday to form the world’s largest bicycle bell ensemble of all time. They were divided in groups based on the sounds of their bells and played several songs including, “You are my sunshine,” and “She’ll be comin’ ’round the mountain.”

Each participant paid an entry fee which went directly to help Dunkley and her four children ages 10 to 19. Hansen says medical expenses have been mounting and they were in danger of losing their home.

Dunkley is going through her third round of chemotherapy. She is a teacher at the Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies. Last year, one month after she found out about her own breast cancer, her mother passed away.

Hansen says the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.

“There are so many beautiful, loving people and that are so willing to give,” said Hansen.

The previous world record was 503 bicycle bell ringers, set by a small town in Germany. ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ requires that the ensemble must play a recognizable song for at least five minutes. The effort in Boulder is the unofficial record till it is confirmed by Guinness.

“I think it’s an exciting incentive,” said Hansen. “It’s one of those things when I was a kid, you read the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ and you never imagine you get to be a part of one. And, then here it is and I’m in the middle of it.”

The event raised a total of $18,298 for the family including a $2,500 grant from a local non-profit group called The Beanstalk Foundation.

“We love our mom so very much and we are so glad that this has happened, so grateful” said Hansen. “I don’t know how to articulate that any more than we are grateful.”

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World’s smallest bodybuilder [Video]

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At 2 feet, 9 inches and a mere 19 pounds, Aditya “Romeo” Dev isn’t like other bodybuilders.

The 21-year-old from Punjab, India, weighs as much as the body armor worn by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that hasn’t stopped the little person from becoming a body builder.

Dev told “Good Morning America” today that the most he’s ever lifted is 10 pounds — about half his weight.

“From the very beginning I liked lifting the dumbbells and lifting weights,” he said through a translator. “I used to watch wrestling when I was a small kid and that’s how I got inspired.”

His hard work has paid off — three years ago the Guinness Book of World Records named him the world’s smallest body builder.

When he hit a Crunch gym in New York City, people flocked to him, picking him up for a pose and taking pictures.

And ladies, he’s available.

“I don’t have a girlfriend,” Dev said, with a shy grin.

Watch this story and see him in action: An Inside Look at the Littlest Bodybuilder