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The world's biggest family: The man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren!

Ziona Chana is head of the world's biggest family - and says he is 'blessed' to have his 39 wives.

They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.Mr. Chana told the Sun: “Today I feel like God's special child. He's given me so many people to look after”.

The family is organized with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi organizing her fellow partners to perform household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals. One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb (60kg) of potatoes and boil up to 220lb (100 kg) of rice!

Coincidentally, Mr. Chana is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.Rinkmini, one of Mr Chana's wives who is 35 years old, said: “We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village”.

Ada Sz.

Converse phenomenon

Woman owns 733 pairs

of Converse sneakers!!

For about the last eight years of a 20-year teaching career that ended with her retirement in June, Penny Gold would play a game with her students that started on the first day of school.

She would wear a brand new pair of her favorite sneakers, Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, and then wear a different pair of them every single day for the rest of the school year while her students would try to catch her wearing the same sneakers twice.

“The kids would have laptops or iPads and they would write a journal to try to catch me wearing the same ones,’’ she said. “They would joke that they got me, but they couldn’t fool me because I know I always had a different pair on.’’ She paid for her collection about $10,000!!!

Her former students may have another story to tell about their old teacher as that collection of Chucks, which is now up to 733 pairs, has the 63-year-old Florida woman in line to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of Converse sneakers. On Thursday, she had help from family, friends and former students as she went through a crucial part of the process by publicly documenting her collection to be recognized as a Guinness record.

Seven people helped officially count the sneakers, marking up tally sheets that are required to be sent to Guinness. The seven counters also have to submit handwritten notes to Guinness that they counted the sneakers and all came up with 733. The current record is 403 held by Joshua Mueller of Lakewood.

Ada Sz.

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