And just in time for the arrival of Kris Kringle, Guinness rings in its own yuletide cheer with today's launch of an iPad app, "Guinness World Records: At Your Fingertips."
Laquerre, a 74-year-old retired geography teacher from outside Montreal, has devoted all his time to his Santa collection, which he proudly displays between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15 as an invitation-only exhibit in his house.
When Guinness presented Laquerre with his record-breaking certificate, he was overjoyed.
"To be included in the Guinness World Records book is a big honor. It's like being on Olympic medal winner or the Canadians winning the Stanley Cup.
Guinness says its new app includes "more than 150 photographs, 140 records, 20 stunning video clips, and three exclusive games."
As world records continue to be broken, Guinness plans to include regular updates to the app, and it's adding something special with it.
"It is the only app in the world to offer users a chance to break a Guinness World Record on the spot with a challenging game that will send scores directly to Guinness World Records."
With his world record accomplishment, Laquerre has the best Christmas present he could ever wish for.
"For me, Christmas is a sentimental season. Santa Claus represents the spreading of joy and presents and a generosity of spirit," Laquerre said. "He is a representative of this feeling."
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