Three More Strange Records From the Guinness Book of Records
The follow up article to the original “Three Strange Records From the Guinness Book of Records”.
If you haven’t read the original article, you can read it now: Three Strange Records From the Guinness Book of Records. If you have read, and you’re reading this now, I’m going to assume that you enjoyed the first in this series. Hopefully you’ll find this one as good, if not better, than the original. So I sat back down recently and started perusing through the whole of the Guinness Book of Records, and realised that 1 article wasn’t enough. Somehow I doubt this second one will be enough either. Infact, I could probably write a new article featuring 3 records every week for the next year, and I would still be only scratching the surface. That’s how packed the Guinness Book of Records is without records of absolute nonsense. Seeing as I could probably ramble on like this for the next year too, I’ll just get down to the records that you guys want to see.
Longest Human Domino Line
The lengths (haha, get it) that some people will go to, just to set a record, is absolutely astounding. On the 30th of September 2000, 9234 students from NYAA Poly Connects formed a human domino chain that stretched 4.2km, across Siloso Beach, Singapore. I can partially understand why someone might join this. It could be fun, and it would be cool, even if only for a short while, to be able to say “I set a world record”. Why the hell is it in the Guinness Book of Records though? When is that of any use for people? Do people sit down at their local bar, arguing over how many people were in the longest human domino line ever? If they do, it’s definitely not a bar that I want to frequent.
Longest Human Conveyer Belt
This would only happen in Canada, only in Canada. A conveyer belt was formed, consisting of 1000 students from the University of Guelph. It was formed on the 7th of September 1998, and a surfboard was transported across its length. The only possible reason behind this being even remotely helpful is if the world is suddenly flooded and we need to transport surfboards out of the surf shack quickly and efficiently. Surely these college students could be off doing more normal things, like getting drunk or missing lectures?
Largest Human Chain
On the 23rd of August 1989, up to 2 million people joined hands to form a human chain across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The length was 595km, and it was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany. While this is a great show of solidarity and what not, they seem to have missed something. The pact was signed in 1939, 2 years before Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Did someone not tell them that the pact was broken? Damn Soviet propaganda!