Published 8 June 2016
Guinness World Records recently uncovered this video of the world's Largest telephone which was shot during a photoshoot for the Guinness World Records 2013 book.
The supersize telephone was made by an insurance company called Centraal Beheer in the Netherlands, to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
It was a massive 2.47 metres (8 foot 1 inch) high and 6.06 metres (19 foot 11 inches) long, so you'd struggle to get it inside a house.
Weighing a gargantuan 3.5 tonnes, the giant phone was even heavier than the average female Asian elephant (which weighs about 2.7 tonnes).
The Guinness World Records rules for this record state that a call has to be made on the phone, in order to prove that the device works. This was no easy task because the company had to use a crane to lift up the 7.14 metre (23 foot 5 inches) long handset!
Did you know...?
The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (UK), who devised a way of converting human voices into electrical impulses, then back to voices. He filed his patent for the telephone on 14 February 1876 at the New York Patent office, New York, USA. The First telephone call
occurred in March 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, when Bell phoned his assistant in a nearby room and said 'Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you'.
At the other end of the scale, the Smallest operational telephone was created by Jan Piotr Krutewicz (USA) on 16 September 1996. It measured a minuscule 47.5 x 10 x 21 mm (1.8 x 0.3 x 0.8 in).
Did you know...? The concept of a portable telephone first appeared in 1947 at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs in New Jersey. The First mobile phone handset, however, was invented by Martin Cooper (USA, left), of Motorola, who made the first call on April 3, 1973. This first ever cellular call was made to Cooper’s rival, Joel Engel, head of research at Bell Labs!
Try this at home
: Fastest time to type a text message on a cell phone using Swype technology
How things have changed when it comes to keeping in touch … Once upon a time we wrote letters, then came the telegraph, followed by telephones (you know, the kind with wires). Faxes were superseded by e-mails, and then the first cell phone came along in 1973. Now even the way we text is evolving. Gone are the days of tapping buttons. Thanks to apps such as Swype, you barely have to even lift your finger from the screen. If you’ve mastered the art of tap-free typing, then this is the chance to earn your very own record!
The current record is held by Marcel Fernandes Filho (Brazil) who used Fleksy keyboard technology to type a text message in 17.00 seconds on 7 November 2014.
To challenge this record, the message you have to type is: The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.