Gymnasts squeeze in new Mini record
A group of British gymnasts have set a new record for the amount of people jammed into a Mini car.
As part of the eighth annual Guinness World Record day in London, a 28-strong team of female gymnasts from Sussex scrambled their way into a Mini hatch, breaking their own previous record of 27 people.
They then proceeded to break the record for the number of people crammed into a classic Mini by two people, squeezing 23 people inside.
Training for the record attempt was meticulous as official rules dictate that all windows and doors must remain closed for at least five seconds after everyone is in. Each team member had a specific position to form once inside the car to ensure that all 28 manage to squeeze their way in.
The successful stunt followed a new didgeridoo-playing record set in Australia and the largest number of women - more than 2500 - dancing a traditional Kaikottikali in India earlier in the day.
"The adrenaline is amazing, but it's like the worst thing ever -- there's no air, you just have to zone out," said Jayne Brockwell, one of the car-cram record-breakers whose carefully choreographed position earned her the nickname "Gearstick Girl".
Even more uncomfortable record attempts are scheduled for later in the day - among the hopefuls is Manjit Singh, the "iron man" from the English city of Leicester, who will try to lift more than 23.5 kg using only his eye sockets.
"I think it's a sort of fundamental human need to set yourself challenges and push yourself," Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor, said.
"What differentiates us from animals is that we do things that are distracting and fun - it's just about having fun...raising money for charity."
Volunteers in Italy will try to create the largest chocolate coin to raise money to restore a primary school near Modena destroyed in an earthquake.
Across the Atlantic, 420,000 US schoolchildren will participate in a "speed-stack", aiming to break the record for the highest number of people simultaneously building pyramids of paper cups.
"It sounds a bit silly...but in fact what you do find is they use these things to improve kids' motor skills and hand-eye coordination," Glenday said.
"We're hoping with that 420,000...that makes it our biggest event of all the Guinness World Record day events we've ever done."
- with Reuters