Unusual world record broken in Merredin

30 Mar, 2010 05:55 AM
The people of Merredin line up to break the world human mattress domino record.
The people of Merredin line up to break the world human mattress domino record.

What do you get when 374 people fall over in two-and-a-half-minutes? A world record, of course.

That's what happened in Merredin on Saturday, as the Wheatbelt town entered the history books once more.

The 374 people were involved in a successful attempt to break the world human mattress domino record at the Merredin Community Show.

They achieved this by lining up around the town's football oval clutching a single inner-spring mattress each.

The mattresses had to touch the one behind them, setting off a chain reaction. Merredin broke the previous record of 344, set in Dubai in February.

Delighted organiser Tim Newton said the record was a great example of what the community could achieve.

"We had a lot more (more than 400 participants) signed up, but we just ran out of mattresses," he said.

"But the whole community took part and that's what we set out to achieve."

Mr Newton said he had been in contact with the Guinness Book of Records and had been advised ratification would take about a week, "but they said everything seems to be OK".

The town was now thinking about setting another world record at next year's show, and needed to be "just as big", Mr Newton said.

Some ideas had already been tossed about, including one which would involve up to 500 people singing Eagle Rock with their pants down.

In the meantime Mr Newton, who owns a furniture store that supplied many of the mattresses, had one last domino issue on his mind - what to do with several pieces of history.

He is trying to sell about 150 mattresses that were part of the attempt. Several had already been pre-sold to enthusiasts as far afield as Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.



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