Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

June 10, 2012

Inside the record books

BLUEFIELD — The world’s longest nose resides on the face of a man in Turkey. The largest rubber duck collection belongs to a woman in California. But the record for the most people sent on a zip-line belongs to West Virginia. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said the ACE Adventure Resort in Fayette County broke the previous record by sending 148 zip-liners in an hour. The old record was set in Germany in 2010.

When I was a young girl, I was constantly trying to figure out a way to get my name in the Guinness Book of World Records. I found a book in our school library about the various records set by individuals all across the world. My record had to be something cool, like jump roping for 24 hours without stopping for a snack or being the girl with the largest collection of crayons. Or the biggest collection of Barbies. Two things hindered the dream: My allowance in the fifth grade didn’t support large collections and I swapped the jump rope for a basketball. Dream aborted, until now.

I didn’t have a book anymore; I have something better, the Internet. The Guinness Book of World Records’ online site is even more entertaining than the book. However, it is also slightly disturbing. The world’s longest fingernails? Or how about 4,225 piercings? Not to mention the man who squirted milk out of his eye. Where are the jump rope champions? The online site is pretty cool, even with the strange records. Users can explore records by type and find out how to set a record. There is also a search engine. Because of ACE Adventure’s recent zip-line adventure, I wanted to see what other records could be linked to the Mountain State. Here are a few West Virginia records:

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