So I think you pretty much figured out from the title of this post that we did not succeed in the Guinness World Record attempt. We were trying to form the largest human pink ribbon and we needed over 4,000 people to beat the record Saudi Arabia set last October. We only had around 2,700. Not. even. close.
The event was held at 5 PM on Sunday. Everyone who was willing to participate was able to buy $19 tickets to Kings Island (a steal), spend the day riding rides and meet up at 4:30 to gather to go out to the parking lot. Here was the first mistake. In my humble opinion, the event should have been held in the morning for two big reasons: 1. People wouldn’t get distracted or lose track of time while in the park and 2. IT WAS FREAKING HOT!
If I wasn’t so gung-ho to participate in this, I would have gone home much much earlier. It was so unbelievably hot that I think a lot of people instantly put this on their f*ck it list and went home.
The picture above was our meeting spot. They did a pretty good job entertaining us. There was a band and they were selling pink pom poms and getting us riled up. The next mistake I thought was to hold us in this open air arena. There is another stage just as big and it is outside but completely covered. The whole thing is bathed in shade. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, it is smack in the middle of the park. This amphitheater was tucked away in a back corner that is not visible if you don’t know where to look. They chose this location because it was close to the parking lot where we were going to be forming our ribbon, but if we had done it at the other place, I feel like we would have gotten more people to instantly join.
Once we finally moved to the parking lot, they put us into formation. They had white dots that formed the outline of the ribbon that we had to stand inside of. Can you see the bottom of the ribbon forming?
There was a helicopter above taking pictures, which they were selling for $12. Uh, no thank you. I already had a pretty cool souvenir – we each got this free t-shirt to commemorate the experience.
Luckily, we didn’t have to wait around too long before they broke the bad news to us. The second they told us, even while they were telling us, people scattered to the comfort of their air-conditioned cars.
This is me before the bad news, still hopeful.
Little did I know that the company that owns Kings Island is hosting these events at their parks all summer long. That same day, people at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH beat two World Records. The records are: “Greatest number of people applying sunscreen simultaneously at a single venue” and “Greatest number of people keeping beach balls in the air simultaneously at a single venue.” LAME. The one saving grace of this event was that we ended up raising $10,000 for Susan G. Komen. Take that and suck it, Cedar Point. No, I’m not bitter…
Because of this event, it is now OFFICIALLY on my list to be involved in a Guinness World Record. So if you know of any coming up (that are indoors, preferably), let me know!
This isn’t on my list per se, but I’ve always wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records! Who doesn’t want to immortalized in history as a superlative? And if I can do that and raise money for a good cause, sign me up.
Luckily, I stumbled upon such an opportunity yesterday when I found out that Kings Island amusement park is hosting an event to attempt to shatter the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Human Awareness Ribbon.
Here are the deets if you’re in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area:
On Sunday, July 31, registered guests can participate in the world-record attempt. Officials from Guinness World Records will be at Kings Island to officiate. If you plan to participate, you must register in advance here and arrive at the park dressed in pink. Guests can purchase Guinness World Record Day tickets for July 31 online for only $19 here. Season pass holders may participate free of charge. The current world record was achieved when 3,952 people gathered to form a giant pink human ribbon as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on October 28, 2010, taking the record from a group in Germany of 3,640 in 2007.Kings Island and Susan G. Komen have teamed up again to raise money for breast cancer awareness — last year they raised more than $185,000! Now through August 21, Kings Island guests can support the fight against breast cancer or honor someone that has been affected by the disease.
Blake has already agreed to dress in pink (what a good, secure man). We’re taking two of our friends along for the day as well. Fingers crossed we can break the 2010 record!
Here is the last winner’s pink ribbon. They’re going down!
Let me just explain why this is on my list. It resulted from a bad experience I had when I was 15 or so.
So, my friends and I went to Fear Fest, a Halloween event at Kings Island, an amusement park just outside of Cincinnati. My friends thought it would be fun to enroll in the karaoke competition that was going on that night, and I reluctantly agreed to participate. We were struggling to find a song we all knew the lyrics to, so I suggested the Brady Bunch theme song. That was rejected because my friends thought The Devil Went Down to Georgia would be a much better idea. I tried to convince them that it wasn’t, but I was ignored.
We got on stage and our music started. There was a pretty big crowd gathered because the people who went before us sounded like the Backstreet Boys (that was a good thing at that time, remember). We were OK for the first sentence, but then the music got so fast that we couldn’t keep up.
The best part (or worse) was that if the audience didn’t like you, they could yell ‘Fry, fry, fry!’ and someone from your group had to sit in a faux-electric chain (the ones with the vibrating handles) and get ‘electrocuted.’ So within 30 seconds, my friend was being electrocuted. I was mortified and I have hated karaoke ever since. I pretty much always hated karaoke, but this didn’t help.
So, I want to regain my pride and learn all the words to The Devil Went Down to Georgia and perform it again. But right this time.