Guinness Book: The
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Francisco Domingo Joaquim, a 20-year-old man from
Angola, has a shockingly elastic mouth. It’s so stretchy, in fact, that Joaquim
has earned a Guinness World Record for possessing the widest mouth on the
The word “wide” almost fails to do this mouth justice. It measures 17
centimeters — 6.69 inches — across. Joaquim, also known as “Chiquinho,” can fit
an entire soda can in there — sideways! — with ease. Not only that, he’s got
enough room to spare that he can even spin the can with his tongue and quickly
pop the can in and out of his mouth.
Talent-scouting Guinness World Record researchers discovered Chiquinho’s special
abilities and almost swooned when they had an opportunity to measure his gaping
maw. Chiquinho’s jaw seems to unhinge, python-like, exposing rows of straight
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The official mouth measurement — the one that secured the world record for him —
happened on the set of “Lo Show dei Record” in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2010.
“Guinness World Records invited a handful of record holders to Rome to film a TV
series for the Italians,” said Craig Glenday, editor in chief of “Guinness World
Records 2011.” “Among the giants, dwarfs, hairy families and daredevil stuntmen
that turned up, one talent stood out for his unique abilities. He was Francisco
Chiquinho has been making headlines in Angola and around the world because of
his memorable mouth. Not bad for a guy who started out using his elasti-skills
to perform at local markets around Luanda, Angola’s capital.
While in Rome, Chiquinho told the newspaper Il Messaggero that he would love to
go to school and study.
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