It’s only been about two weeks since our hardbound cover copy of the Guinness World Records 2020 book arrived in the mail here at home. If you’ll remember from earlier this month, reading this book with my kids has become somewhat of a tradition. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holed up in the bathroom (*my only solitude) reading through the headlines.
Beginning at our in-laws’ house in Georgia over the Christmas holiday a solid decade ago, we’ve now introduced the first of a long series of collectible keepers that will sit on the shelf in my office. Ten years ago, my kids weren’t old enough to read (heck, most weren’t born) or follow anything more than the colorful pictures, however, much like a Guinness World Records title – that’s all changed over a short amount of time.
With Ava, Charlie and Mason achieving different levels of reading proficiency this year, they’re fully ensconced in every nook and cranny of this book. From the Fantastic Feats to Curious Accomplishments, Incredible Edibles, Engineering and Planet Earth – they’ve caught the BUZZ.
So it was no real surprise when they all came home from school today and had suggestions on how we might make a run at the title.
Ava suggested that we see how far we could stretch some of her homemade slime in thirty seconds. Mason thought we might be able to make national headlines by sorting the largest number of jellybeans in a half-minute using a straw?!?
The winner though, was Charlie who came up with the idea to take some of our crayons and see how many they might be able to snap in the same allotted time period….
After briefly arguing about who would go first (your kids don’t fight over this stuff?), we defaulted to ‘oldest first’, which is normally ‘youngest first’, but for the sake of process I wanted them to watch Ava do it as an example!
The results are as follows:
- AVA: 29 crayons in :30
- MASON: 23 crayons in :30
- CHARLIE: 20 crayons in :30
VIDEO OF MASON’S EFFORT COMING SOON!
With Mason putting in a valiant effort, Ava ended up our ‘house champion’.
These are the guidelines that our contact at #GWR issued to us, just in case you wanted to see…
- The crayons used must be commercially available and unmodified, with a minimum length of 10 cm (3.93 in) and a minimum width of 1 cm (0.39 in). Details of the measurements must be submitted with the claim.
- Each crayon must be laid out on a table or similar flat surface prior to the start of the event.
- Hands must be placed on the table, palms down prior to the start of the attempt. The first crayon cannot be handled until the clock has started.
- Each crayon must be snapped in two (with a clean break, and the crayon split into two separate pieces), using only the contestant’s hands, before they commence on the next.
- Only one crayon may be snapped at a time.
- Only crayons clearly broken in two halves within 30 seconds will count towards the final total.
….and yes, many tears (mine) were shed over breaking perfectly good crayons, but we’re excited to watch them change shape as we reuse them in molds to make heart shaped crayons for the kids’ teachers.
If you aren’t confident that you can snap an insane amount of crayons in half or swim the length of the English Channel – what record CAN you set?
Even if it’s not in the book, their office fields over 1,000 submissions and inquiries a day and they’re looking to put YOU in the record books!!
Guinness World Records published their first book in 1955 and by 1976 (the year I was born), had a museum located within the Empire State Building in New York City.
In 2015, they celebrated 60 years and during the journey to current day, they’ve established the Gamer’s Edition, Amazing Animals, Science & Stuff, along with Wild Things.
They’ve eclipsed 15 million followers on Facebook, 4 million views on YouTube and sold over 143 million + books to date.
With 11 chapters, 3,500 NEW and updated records, never-seen-before photographs AND new chapters focused on Robots and Tech/Engineering, #GWR2020 serves as an educational, learning and reading tool!
The all new Guinness World Records 2020 is out now and available for the holiday season! Click HERE to learn more AND get your copy – it’s a perfect gift for kids (and adults if you’re like me)…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Guinness World Records and their #GWR2020 campaign, but the fun and excitement derived from watching everyone make history is all ours! Check them out on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and TWITTER!