THERE ARE only a few people who possess more than one certificate from Guinness World Records (GWR) to mark their inclusion in one of the issues of the GWR, a book that appears at the end of every year. This unique publication has appeared for more than 55 years, with 120 million copies sold worldwide, in several languages. To be mentioned in “the Guinness” is a prestigious award for a special record.
In Slovakia, the person with the most record certificates is Košice-based Juraj Barbarič, who pulls heavy loads such as train units. The walls of his flat are decorated with five such awards. The first hat-trick of records – three consecutive certificates – went to the president of 126 FAN Slovakia, Ľudevít Matuška, and his family for organising reunions of 126 “Maluchs”, the tiny Polish FIAT, in Zvolen in 2003, 2004 and 2005. This year, two more record-holders equalled Mašuka: Milan Roskopf from Bratislava and Antónia Kozáková from Ruská, near Michalovce. In a feat of endurance, juggler Roskopf juggled steel balls weighing 4.53 kilograms for 26.60 seconds in 2011 in Prague. He has received three certificates from the London headquarters of GWR for this performance.
Kozáková, or the Napkin Tonka, is a patient napkin collector and was rewarded her third certificate on August 1, 2012, for her incredible collection of 50,000 napkins. Kozáková also holds several Slovak records in this category, Igor Svítok, of the Slovak Records organisation, told The Slovak Spectator.