Getting name in Guinness book lures many thrill-seekers
Could this be a record?
Every year, GTA residents try more than 2,000 times to persuade the folks at Guinness to anoint them the fastest, tallest, shortest, smallest — or whatever — in the world.
They’ve tried to suck back lemons in record time and lift more than 60 M&Ms using only chopsticks in under three minutes.
The next three to six months are crucial, officials say, for people trying to get into the Guinness World Records Book 2009. Dec. 31 closed the door on getting into the 2008 edition, which is already on store shelves.
GTA types are expected once again to show they’re contenders. They submit about 4,000 applications a year — more than half of all submitted in Canada.
While that’s not enough to get GTAers a line in the big book — Londoners (we’re talking England) take up the challenge more than 10,000 times annually — it does rank the GTA in the top five in the world when it comes to attempts, officials say.
But when you try more, you fail more, too.
"It’s fun to try — what the hell?" Low says. "But accomplishing something in record time is a totally different story."
And it’s really, really hard. Winning a spot in the book takes commitment, confidence, persistence, patience, practice (sometimes) and determination, Low says.