The African cicada, Brevisana brevis, can crank out a sound level of 106.7 decibels – that’s louder than a chain saw or pneumatic drill. These and more records
As you might expect, Kenya’s records are predominantly in middle and long-distance athletics, but there are some quirky ones too
Morocco’s records include for the individual with the greatest number of descendants – Emperor Moulay Ismail is said to have fathered 525 sons and 342 daughters
Namibia’s 2008 records include the largest meteorite, 2.7 metres long by 2.4 metres wide, and estimated to weigh 59 tonnes. The country also has the world’s largest underground lake, and the fastest 200m sprint
South Africa’s entries in the records book include those for the first heart transplant, the tree with the deepest roots, and for climbing a mountain – while walking backwards.
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