Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, May 23, 2011 8:03 pm

Snaring a world record

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:03 pm
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I’ve been part of one legitimate assault on a record recognized by Guinness. In the summer of 1975, when I was visiting relatives in Connecticut, my cousin, a friend and I set out to break the world’s record for playing Monopoly in a treehouse, which was then (we understood, at least) 31 hours. We figured we could do that, no sweat. The Willimantic Chronicle and the Hartford Courant  wrote articles about our effort. As it turned out, the weather turned cold and rainy, the tarp over our treehouse roof developed leaks, we all caught colds and we ended up falling something like six hours short. More to the point, we later found out that the 31-hour record had long since been eclipsed, a fact neither newspaper bothered to dig up before writing about us. Take from that lesson what you will.

But I’ve signed up to be part of another attempt to be enshrined in Guinness, and you can, too, if you’re in the Greensboro area. On July 4, as part of the Fun Fourth activities downtown, organizers hope to break the world record for the largest number of people playing snare drums in one place for five minutes. The effort is being organized by Grassroots Productions, the folks who organize Fun Fourth every year, and you can sign up here. You need neither experience nor your own drum, although both would be helpful.

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