Saturday, May 27, 2006

World Records and Coincidences

So I was flipping through the 2000 Guinness World Records book we have in the bathroom (an excellent bathroom book BTW) and I noticed something in the Longest Leapfrog record:

"The greatest distance covered by leapfroggers was 996 miles 292 yd. by 14 students from Stanford University, California, who started leapfrogging on May 16th, 1991, and stopped 244 hr. 43 min. later on May 26th."
Great, so 14 crazy Stanford students leapfrogged for 10 days straight and completed their record-breaking hopping the day before my 14th birthday. Hey, I guess they accomplished their goal and set a record (which sadly isn't indexed online).

Out of curiosity, I looked up Stanford in the index and found only one other entry: Smallest Web Server. Coincidently, early in my graduate career I worked for the start-up spun off of that research.

About an hour later my family presented me my birthday gifts, and among them was the 2006 Edition. Funny.

Needless to say, it will soon take it's rightful place in the bathroom. Sadly, both of the records referenced above aren't mentioned.

1 comment:

eddiehawkins said...

yeah, you can't find any mention of this record in the newer books. It was on the web site for a while but I guess they rotate the contents and it's not there now.

(I was one of the 14 and found this page via googling to see if there was any record of it somewhere.)