Tuesday, 9 May 2023

Meet the 33-Year-Old Croatian (Possibly) Guinness World Record Cock

May 13, 2023 - Mario Bašić (52) from Sinj is the owner of the 33-Year-Old (possibly) Guinness World Record Cock, the oldest in Croatia and probably the world. His rooster Bašo is an "Italian," the heir of a noble lineage. He thinks they might stand a chance to win.

Bašo did not especially like that the crew of 24Sata disturbed him and disrupted his everyday life. After all, he is a 33-year-old, long-time feathered pet of Mario Bašić (52) from Suhač near Sinj. The Croatian word is kokot or, as they would say in the southern regions, pivac. When experts confirm his age, he could end up in the Guinness Book of Records. Currently, the oldest on the pages of the famous book is a 26-year-old rooster. For Mario, Bašo is not just an ordinary pet; he means much more to him.

"He belonged to my brother Boris, who died three years ago. I keep it now, not only because it has been part of the family for years but also in memory of my brother. He bred Bašo himself at the beginning of the Homeland War; I can't say precisely if it was in 1990 or 1991, says Mario, who, apart from the, possibly, world record cock, keeps another kokot in the big coop, who could be more than 20 years old. He also keeps laying hens.

Bašo was reluctant to pose for the 24Sata camera, the red comb that fell over one of his eyes hindered him from controlling his surroundings, but Mario wasn't too bothered because the rooster maybe weighs 200 grams. This, possibly, world record cock is an "Italian," the heir of a noble lineage.

"All the poultry used to live outside, grazing free, but now we keep them inside. Times are not the same. I'm not letting these two old cocks go out at all. A wolf once "slaughtered" a dozen chickens, and even Bašo was also seriously injured. He managed to recover, though. A few years later, the wolf also died, bit by a viper, and there was no way to save him", recalls Mario, adding that the chickens are stalked by various predators - eagles, hawks, and even wolves that come down to Suhač, but also to Sinj.

Mario would like to nominate Bašo for the Guinness Book of Records, but since he does not know the procedure, he would like someone to help him. He was told that he could accurately determine Bašo's age by analyzing his feathers, but he's got too much work on his farm and no time to deal with that.

Mario, by the way, is a veteran of the Homeland War, and to supplement his household budget, he grows immortelle. He also revealed what Bašo's favourite treats are. - Dandelion. He adores it - says Mario. We do hope that Bašo ends up carrying the Guinness World Record Cock title that he deserves.

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Friday, 14 May 2021

Croatian Diver Budimir Šobat Featured in Guinness World Records for Longest-Ever Breath Hold!

May 14, 2021 - Croatian diver Budimir Šobat surpassed his record for the longest time breath held voluntarily by 22 seconds, and this time, it was not just for his beloved daughter Saša - but for the people of the earthquake-distraught city of Sisak as well. Guinness World Records even featured Budimir for his feat earlier this week. 

A new world record for static apnea free-diving has been set in a pool in Sisak, Croatia, on the 27th of March, 2021. Ranked as one of the best divers in the world, according to the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA), Budimir Šobat, better known as Buda, held his breath for a total time of 24 minutes and 33 seconds superseding his last successful attempt 3 years ago by an impressive 22 seconds.


Featured in the Guinness World Record published by Connie Suggitt on May 12, 2021, the celebrated Croatian diver proudly declared that the inspiration behind this feat was once again his daughter - who has been battling cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism throughout her life. When asked how he overcame the difficulties and dangers that come along with attempting a record like this, Buda answered: "The greatest motivation of all is my 21-year-old daughter, Saša, who has autism. My results are giving me the media space, and then I can speak about autism awareness". And even though the earthquake damage made it "almost impossible" for him to train during the beginning of this year, the 56-year-old diver persevered through his rigorous training and managed to perfect his breathing technique just a few weeks after resuming - making the impossible, possible.

He also mentioned that focusing on his heartbeat was the key to win in this mental sport - as how he views static apnea diving to be. After hyperventilating himself with pure oxygen for 30 minutes (the maximum amount of time allowed as per guidelines to ventilate before an attempt), he managed to stay underwater for 22 seconds more than the record he had set 3 years ago. "While I am doing my maximum static apnea, I have my eyes closed and all I am focused on is to try to hear my heartbeat. Once I heard it I became calm and ready to fight the time.", he revealed.


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What makes this man even more remarkable is that he creates a platform through these events to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Last February 24, 2018, Buda dove as part of the "I'm Not Breathing" campaign in Zagreb which supported the autism centre his daughter goes to, and where he also successfully obtained the Guinness World Record for longest breath held voluntarily (male division) with a record of 24 minutes and 11 seconds. However, this year, the event was created to bring awareness and to raise funds for his hometown, Sisak, which was heavily affected by the recent major earthquake in Croatia that happened last December 2020. "We hope to raise some money for people in need because earthquakes destroyed the whole city of Petrinja," Buda said in an interview for Net.Hr. The funds collected will be used for the reconstruction of the Room of Miracles (Soba Čuda) of the Association of Persons with Disabilities of the Sisak-Moslavina County, whose premises were severely damaged by the recent earthquake.

Proving to all of us that the only person one should try to be better than is oneself, Buda claims his age does not hold him back at all. Quite the contrary, he believes it helps him persevere through the hardships so he could achieve even better results.

"I am addicted to training of any kind so I have no problem with motivation and I never stop dreaming about achieving the top results despite my age. Now I have proved that everything is possible if you are strong and dedicated. In fact, my age gave me a benefit of experience to stay calm at the critical moments."

Guinness World Record reports that the previous record was 24 min 3.45 secs, held by Aleix Segura Vendrell in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 February 2016.

The first documented attempt was by Robert Foster (USA), who voluntarily held his breath for 13 min 42.5 sec under 3.05 m on 15 March 1959.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Young Croat Breaks Guinness World Record in Zagreb!

A young Croat has broken the Guinness World Record for pushing a 730 kg car with a driver inside through Zagreb.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Hold Your Breath for 24 Minutes, Budimir Šobat Dares You

The story is more than just competitive: his dive is part of the “Not Breathing” drive to support the Autism Center, attended by his 17-year-old daughter Saša

Sunday, 27 August 2017

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

New Guinness World Record Set by Croatian Diver

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

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