Guinness World Records 2012
November 18, 2011 by staff
Guinness World Records 2012, London commuters likely rubbed their eyes on the way to work this morning watching 50 people trying to wriggle into an oversized pair of underpants at the city docks, and folks in Dublin did a double-take seeing 262 costumed Leprechauns file into a theater.
While onlookers might be forgiven for thinking the calendar had flipped forward to April Fool’s Day, the underwear stuffers and charmed Irish elves were part of a contingent 300,000 strong around the globe competing to make history and gain entry into the world’s most famed record book on the 7th annual Guinness World Records Day.
The Guinness World Records is itself a record breaker: The best-selling copyrighted book in the world, it gets some 1,000 applications a week to make the mark in the 40,000 world record categories Guinness recognizes.
But each year, Guinness goes for broke in encouraging worldwide record-breaking in a 24-hour period — which makes for some unusual sights. Guinness editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said at least half the fun is letting the everyman take a shot at immortality.
“You don’t need to have a unique talent or possess super skills to take part in a world record attempt,” he said. “That’s the spirit of Guinness World Records Day — getting involved and having some fun.
“There are so many record attempts going on around the world on this one day that people won’t have to look far for some first-hand recording breaking excitement.”
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