1. Most Career Goals – Football
The most goals scored in a specified period is 1,279 by Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazil) (b. 23 Oct 1940), known as Pelé, from 7 Sep 1956 to 1 Oct 1977 in 1,363 games. His best year was 1959 with 126, and the Milésimo (1000th) came from a penalty for his club Santos at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, on 19 Nov 1969 when playing his 909th first-class match. He later added two more goals in special appearances.
2. Most Stunts by a Living Actor
Jackie Chan, the Hong Kong actor, director, producer, stunt co-ordinator and writer, has appeared in more than 100 films since 1972, including The Big Brawl (USA 1980), Around the World in 80 days (USA/Germany/Ireland/UK 2004), New Police Story (Hong Kong/China 2004) and the three films in the Rush Hour series (USA, 1998 – 2007). Many of his films include outtakes of stunts that have gone wrong – so far his injuries have included breaking his nose three times, both cheekbones, most of his fingers and his skull.
3. Longest TV Career by an Entertainer (Female)
Betty Marion White Ludden (USA, b. 17 January 1922), better known simply as Betty White, made her television debut in 1939, just after graduating from high school, and continues to appear on our screens in hit TV shows at the age of 91 years 39 days (as of 25 February 2013), most recently starring as Elka Ostrovsky in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (TV Land, USA) and hosting Betty White’s Off Their Rockers for NBC. In a career stretching over more than 74 years, she has worked on TV, radio and stage, and appeared in more than 15 movies. She is probably best known for her role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls (NBC, 1985–1992.
4. Most Watched Man on Television
American actor David Hasselhoff has the distinction of being the most-watched man on television of all time. Having first come to public attention as Michael Knight in the popular US series Knight Rider he went on to star as LA County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch, which at its 1996 peak had an estimated weekly audience of 1.1 billion viewers.
5. Best-selling Album
First released in November 1982, Thriller by Michael Jackson (USA, 1958–2009) is the world’s bestselling album. Sales figures vary, but Thriller has exceeded the 65 million mark as interest in the entertainer’s back catalogue remains strong following his death. Thriller has been certified 29 times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), a figure matched by the Eagles’ (USA) Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). The two titles, therefore, share the record for the best-selling album in the USA. Additionally, Thriller won Jackson eight Grammy awards at the 1984 ceremony, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Beat It”. It was the most Grammy awards won by an artist in a single night.
6. Most Viewed Video Online
“Gangnam Style” by PSY (aka Park Jae-sang, South Korea) had achieved 1,601,779,010 views on YouTube as of 16 May 2013, making it the most viewed music video online (as well as the most viewed video of any kind).
7. Longest Reigning Queen
Currently, the longest-reigning, living queen is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (b. 21 April 1926), who succeeded to the throne on 6 February 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI.
8. Most Followers on Linked-In
On 30 November 2012 business networking site LinkedIn announced that entrepreneur and recordbreaker Sir Richard Branson (UK) had become its first member to reach one million followers. By 10 March 2013 at 17:16 GMT, Branson’s followers had grown to 1,521,636 people.
9. Highest Box Office Film Gross (2D) – Opening Weekend
The Dark Knight Rises (USA/UK, 2012), the third Batman movie to be directed by Christopher Nolan (UK), grossed $160,887,295 (£103.9 million) in its opening weekend of 20–22 July 2012. The movie stars Christian Bale (UK) as the titular hero, who protects Gotham City against his deadly foe Bane (played by Tom Hardy, UK). This is the third-highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, beaten only by 3D movies The Avengers (USA, 2012) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (USA/UK, 2011).
10. Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise
The Rocky franchise, running from Rocky (21 November 1976) to Rocky Balboa (20 December 2006), was the most successful sports movie franchise, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six instalments.
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