Friday, June 8, 2012

Guiness (for Guinness)

The Walkway Over the Hudson, the world's longest elevated pedestrian park, was the site of a record-breaking event last Saturday when 2,569 people from ten states (including a 102-year-old man and several seniors over 90 years of age from The Family Lodge in Saugerties, along with various other groups) did the Hokey Pokey and turned themselves into the "Longest Line of People Dancing" since a bunch of Estonians garnered that distinction in 2008 with the "Toe Dance." A good and good-natured friend and former coworker was among them, as was a Guinness observer, who officially declared them the current world record holders. Amazingly, though the line of dancers was over a mile long, the participants still reportedly all kept in pretty good step with each other. Even better, they managed to raise close to $40,000 in a major fundraiser for the nonprofit Walkway. Let's all try and set a record today for most examples of this typo found and corrected in our library catalogs. Guiness (for Guinness) was discovered 50 times in OhioLINK (23 times when combined with the correct spelling), and 985/312 times in WorldCat.

(A hot air balloon flying over the Walkway Over the Hudson, as part of annual festivities in Poughkeepsie, New York, July 4, 2010, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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