World Records - Things that are the Longest

Can you name the people, places, and things that hold these records for longest something?
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Last updated: November 12, 2020
First submittedNovember 30, 2011
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Longest What
Length
Answer
River in the world
6,650 km
Nile
River in North America
6,275 km
Mississippi /
Missouri
Country (east-west)
10,564 km
Russia
U.S. state (east-west)
2,128 km
Alaska
Coastline (country)
137,000 km
Canada
Mountain chain
7,000 km
Andes
Reptile species
7.67 meters
Reticulated
Python
Bone in the body
50 cm
Femur
Book of the Bible
(by chapters)
150
Psalms
Distance from Earth
(man-made object)
225 bil. km
Voyager I
Longest What
Length
Answer
Time as U.S. President
12 years
Franklin Roosevelt
Reign as British monarch
68 years
Queen Elizabeth II
Reign as French monarch
72 years
Louis XIV
Dictatorial reign
52 years
Fidel Castro
Cave system
667.8 km
Mammoth Caves
Reign as #1 chess player
since 1950
19 years
Garry Kasparov
Running prime-time scripted
TV show (US)
30 years
The Simpsons
Broadway musical by #
of performances
13,370
The Phantom
of the Opera
Word in "Mary Poppins"
34 letters
Supercalifragilistic
expialidocious
Russian novel
560,000
words
War and Peace
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Level 63
Nov 30, 2011
I guess "Roosevelt" by itself is not enough?
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Level ∞
Nov 30, 2011
Roosevelt would have worked.
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Level 52
Nov 30, 2011
Got Chelios, I'm happy...ha
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2014
Fun quiz! Thanks for taking the time to create it. Please feel free to ignore this suggestion since I suspect most quiz takers know what you're getting at but purely for precision's sake, you might consider adding "(no. of chapters)" to the Psalms clue. Technically, Jeremiah has more words and, in that sense, is longer, even though the Psalms obviously trumps every other book in number of chapters. Although, now that I just wrote that, I realize that those breaks in Psalms aren't technically chapters in the same way that the other books have chapters. They're merely the number of individual Psalms. I really ought to be punched in the face right now for being that picky.
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2020
Six years later, this has finally been fixed.
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2014
Was Louis not a dictator?
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Level 67
Aug 13, 2019
good question, if he was king of France for 72 years would that not count as 72 years of dictatorial reign, beating out Castro at 52 years?
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Level 77
Nov 12, 2020
I guess meaning how they came to power. Kings mostly got the throne according to the rules of the time.
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
It's an interesting distinction, but wouldn't you then have to argue that Lenin was a dictator, but not Stalin, since Stalin didn't overthrow a system and rose to power largely within the rules of an existing system?
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
It seems to me that the definition of "dictator" is not entirely clear. Is there a difference between a dictator, an authoritarian ruler, a despot, an absolut monarch? All of these can come to power by processes legal or not. All of them legitimise their power with some sort legal process. Some of them organise elections, that are rigged to varying degrees.
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Level 59
Aug 17, 2014
Garry Kasparov is misspelled. But thanks to this quiz, I learned a new expression: prime time.
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Level ∞
Aug 18, 2014
Fixed the spelling of Kasparov.
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Level 70
Aug 17, 2014
I interpreted the quotation marks in Mary Poppins as meaning the longest word within the words "Mary Poppins". Too early in the morning, I suppose.
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Level 52
Aug 17, 2014
It never ceases to amaze me at how little so many know their Bible on this site. Not a criticism, just sad to me. 24% knew that Psalms was the longest book in the Bible. Since it's basically in the middle, it just seems like a no brainer if you've ever opened a Bible.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2014
24% is probably higher than it should be, and I'm not even saying that people should be religiously illiterate. I think it's important to know about this stuff. Actually knowing the Bible is probably the one thing that helps most people become Atheist. But being able to name the longest chapter... not really that important and 24% is probably much much higher than the percentage who would know in general.
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Level 37
Nov 22, 2018
Knew that Psalms was the longest book of the bible; misspelled it as "Psalm" (confused it with "Revelation", which IS singular)
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Level 79
Nov 16, 2020
Each song in the book is a psalm - "The 23rd Psalm", - but the book is a collection of them making it Psalms, plural.
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Level 67
Aug 13, 2019
I've read the bible but never paid any attention to how long each book was, I got it by guessing different books of the bible
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
Those miserable psalms. They're sooo depressing!
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Level 54
Aug 17, 2014
Thank you for accepting "supercali," Quizmaster.
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Level 65
May 5, 2018
Yes. I was dreading typing the entire word.
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Level 35
Sep 5, 2014
Hey guys! I am new to JetPunk. Please check out my quizzes and let me know what you think! :-)
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Level 79
May 14, 2018
If you are at level 35 how can you be new to Jetpunk?
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Level 71
Oct 16, 2018
And four years later, still at 35...
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Level 67
Dec 13, 2018
Im 25 and only on here a few days.

Edit: and if I wouldnt spend so much time reading all the comments id probably be at 35 hah. Average 5 mins of quizzing followed by 15'mins of comment reading...

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Level 55
Nov 14, 2020
Nice to see you're still around Sifhraven! Coming up on your 2 year anniversary
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2014
the longest word is the chemical form of titin, 189,819 letters long.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_word_in_English

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Level 56
Nov 18, 2020
I looked it up - utter rubbish! It's just a few chemical components repeated over and over and over ... and over and over again!

"valyl" appears 2,414 times, "glutamyl" appears 2,324 times etc.

Having said that, the wiktionary entry is fun!

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Level 53
Nov 16, 2014
You should add Doctor Who in as "longest-running sci-fi TV show." The 51st anniversary is in a week. :)
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Level 67
Aug 13, 2019
Thats cool! out of curiosity has it been 51 consecutive seasons of the same show? I know there have been multiple "doctor who"s but I've never been sure if they were multiple iterations of the same show or if they were separate shows all together
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2019
There have technically been two series. The first ran from 1963-1989 and had a total of seven Doctors. Then there was a made-for-TV movie in 1996 with the Eighth Doctor. Finally, they rebooted the series in 2005, which is still running as of now in 2019 and has had five Doctors thus far (well, technically six. Five and a half. It's complicated.)

Both series (and the TV movie) are within the same continuity, so it sort of depends how you look at it. In one way, it's two separate series: one that ran 26 years and one that is currently at 14 years. In another way, it's one series that had a 16-year hiatus. But no, either way it hasn't had 50+ consecutive seasons.

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Level 63
Sep 11, 2015
As of a few days ago, the Longest Reigning English Monarch can be updated as Queen Elizabeth II.
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Level 76
Aug 22, 2016
Shouldn't Rasputin be on this quiz?
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Level 60
Nov 9, 2016
Favre, DiMaggio, Revolution 9, Red Wings, longest movie...a lot of questions seem to have been removed.
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Level 44
Dec 8, 2016
Should have gotten Lance Armstrong and Fidel Castro... yet Phantom of the Opera and Franklin Roosevelt were total guesses :D
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Level 44
May 11, 2017
Emmanuel Lasker was a chess world champion for 27 years.

https://www.chess.com/article/view/27-years-as-world-champion

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Level 46
May 11, 2017
I thought Voyager II was further out than Voyager I
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2020
Voyager 1 is 14.1 billion miles away and Voyager 2 is 11.7 billion miles away.

I'm pretty sure voyager 2 was sent out before voyager 1 though.

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Level 37
Nov 18, 2020
Now I've said that I think the clue for that question might be wrong because it says 225 billion km away which I think is way too far.
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2017
Currently the Amazon is believed to be the longest river in the world. Please at least accept it. There is debate as to whether the Nile or the Amazon is longer, and sometimes changes if they re-measure them. The Nile is (according to Wikipedia) 4258 miles long, but the Amazon is 4345 miles long. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_by_length
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2017
Please fix this. The Amazon is longer
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Level 77
Nov 12, 2020
Your article currently says than Nile is longer.
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Level 89
Nov 12, 2020
It's disputed what's the longest river, therefore both Nile and Amazon should be considered valid answers.
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2020
The Nile is usually considered the longest and the Amazon is usually considered the largest.
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Level 46
Dec 11, 2017
Monday night raw is now the longest tv show.

Who thought the badly scripted wwe could make it this far

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Level 70
Jan 29, 2018
Coronation Street in the UK is the longest scripted TV show in UK........ now in it's 58th Year.
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2020
I'd agree, the title of the quiz is "World Records" so why not include a world record rather than a US record? The UK prime-time scripted show 'Coronation Street' easily beats the answer here as it's now in its 60th year of continuous transmission.
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Level 79
Nov 16, 2020
That's amazing.
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Level 60
Jan 29, 2018
Note To Self: Hitler did not reign for 52 years
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2018
11,000 performances? Pfft, that's nothing - the Mousetrap is on well over 25,000 performances in the West End
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Level 44
Nov 16, 2020
I know, I also think that would make a more interesting question. When The Phantom of the Opera started the Mousetrap was already the longest-running show ever, I think. And it's still going.
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Level 66
May 14, 2018
Longest things, huh?

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Level 80
Aug 13, 2019
I made a quiz on a similar subject once. Had to change the title about six times before I got one that was accepted.
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Level 37
Feb 10, 2019
i though crime and punishment was the longest Russian novel. May be wrong.
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2019
Nah, not even close. Crime and Punishment has roughly 200K words. Long, but not absurdly so. For comparison, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has around 260K words, and George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books range from 290K to 425K. War and Peace, meanwhile, has around 580K.

To compare another way, the audiobook of Crime and Punishment read by Alan Munro runs about 25 hours. War and Peace read by the same narrator runs nearly 67.

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Level 68
Feb 16, 2020
Needs updating!!!
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Level 74
Nov 12, 2020
mid-ocean ridge is the longest mountain range

quote bij english wikipedia: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) is a mid-ocean ridge, a divergent or constructive plate boundary located along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, and part of the longest mountain range in the world.

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Level 58
Nov 12, 2020
I was going to comment the same. Should say “terrestrial” mountain range
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2020
I don't know. It seems like a mid-ocean ridge is not a mountain range.
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2020
It's a submarine mountain range. It very broadly fits the definition of a mountain range. As suggested by a comment above, mountains can be distinguished by adding terrestrial / submarine before them, but then where do you stop? The question didn't rule out mountain ranges on Mars either?
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Level 83
Nov 12, 2020
I agree with the above comment that Emanuel Lasker was the longest-reigning chess champion. Easy to verify.
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2020
Added a caveat.
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Level 62
Nov 13, 2020
still sounds a weird way of measuring. In the chess world all champions are counted the same from Steiniz, but those from 1993-2000 where 2 championships where held at the same time during the FIDE-Kasparov war.

Kasparov held the FIDE title for only 7 years 1985-1992 and then he created his own world championship which only disappeared when he lost in 2000.

So: according to FIDE standards, he reigned for 7 years (less than Carlsen or Botvinnik). Counting the PCA years make no sense and still would only make 15 years, not 19 (and it was an unofficial competition anyway).

I'd have Lasker there, everybody considers him as the longest champion (27 years) even though there were no annual tournaments by then.

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Level ∞
Nov 13, 2020
Fine, changed it to since 1950.
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2020
That's what tripped me up. I understood he became a chess champion in 1950 and thought, nah, can't be Kasparov because he was much later.
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Level 76
Nov 16, 2020
Same, but then I realized it was 19 years. I was thinking at first, he wasn't even alive in 1950.
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2020
According to Interesting Fact 79, you should probably allow Amazon...
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2020
How many spellings do you allow for the Mary Poppins word?
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Level 79
Nov 16, 2020
The first few letters were enough for me.
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Level 83
Nov 16, 2020
I was going to ask if you could accept "V'Ger" for the Voyager answer, but then I remembered that I was thinking of a different Voyager.
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Level 63
Nov 16, 2020
Can you please accept Psalm for Psalms? I was trying Psalm for so long
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Level 54
Nov 16, 2020
Anyone else disappointed that you don't get to type all of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
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Level 55
Nov 16, 2020
Absolutely !!!
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2020
Those are NOT world records
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Level 45
Nov 16, 2020
OK
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2020
But... They are...
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Level 52
Nov 16, 2020
Hair-Jared Padalecki lol
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Level 24
Nov 16, 2020
The reticulates python can get up to ten metres, which was why I was so confused. Other than that, this is a great quiz
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2020
It's certainly possible, but the longest every reliably measured was 7.67 meters.
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Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
I thought I saw one once, but when I got up close, I realized it wasn't actually reticulated.
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Level 21
Nov 19, 2020
Can you make Simpsons work? I wrote that, but I don't think it worked.
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Level 30
Nov 23, 2020
lol for supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, i just typed super and it worked