World Record Counting Achievements

To be a good accountant it helps to be good with numbers. Not just numbers but computers, software, spreadsheets and creating reports. Most of us can just about master basic arithmetic! For some truly amazing counting feats, here are some examples of when counting became world record making!

Sheep Counting Championships

Having a good head for figures is an essential part of being in accountancy but have you ever wondered if accountants count sheep when they go to sleep at night? Would you believe that is a National Sheep Counting Championship held in Hay, New South Wales, Australia? The first contest was held in September 2002 and involved hundreds of sheep running past a contestant who then had to guess the precise number.

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Highest Out Loud Number Count

This unusual world record belongs to Jeremy Harper of Birmingham, Alabama. Over the course of 4 months, Harper counted every number out loud to 1000000. He did this in a series of live internet broadcasts counting for around 16 hours a day and it took him 89 days! That’s a lot of effort to get into the Guinness Book of World Records!

Most Banknotes Counted By Hand

Song Chao of Beijing, China counted the highest number of 100 Yuan bills in 30 seconds and that number was 171. He set this record in November 2008.

Most People At A Simultaneous Coin Toss

The Make-A-Wish Foundation in conjunction with the Bank of Ireland, Leinster Rugby and the Aviva Stadium, Dublin organised a charity coin toss event that had 36,222 participants. The number of coin tosses were counted by volunteers and special coin counting machines.

Biggest Paper Money

This is an ancient record that dates back to 1367 China. The largest paper cash was the one kuan note issued by the Chinese Ming Dynasty and measured 9 by 13 inches.

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Biggest Money Prize Won On Radio

In December 1999, Clare Barwick of Worthing won a whopping £1 million becoming the first radio show millionaire ever. She won the amount on the Chris Evans early morning show on Virgin Radio! The first thing she probably did was hire an accountant! For help from Gloucester accountants, visit Gloucester accountants Randall and Payne

Youngest Accountant

Ramendra Chandra Ganguli holds the record for being the youngest ever chartered accountant. He became one in 1956 at the tender age of just 19.

Oldest Bank Account

Caiuby Nunes Da Costa of Rio de Janeiro has made the Guinness Book of World Records for having a personal bank account for the longest ever time. The account was originally created by Caiuby’s mother in 1932 and transferred on her death in 2006. The account was open for 89 years and 87 days in total.

Most Accounts Opened In 24 Hours

The Government of India as part of an inclusion campaign in 2014 encouraged the opening of 18,096130 bank accounts in one week. In just 24 hours, 5,248 906 were opened.

Jeffrey Bowman

Jeffrey Bowman