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Setting a 60th anniversary Guinness World Recordby michael • May 06 2008
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Guinness: Purveyors of fine beer and goofy records
How's that song go? Something like, "Every time I tried to tell you / The words just came out wrong / So I'll have to say I love you in a song targeted squarely at gaining entry in a popular reference book of bizarre feats and obscure world records."
That seems to be the operating principle behind the Live Hatikva initiative, anyway. On Wednesday, May 7, the eve of Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut), at 22:50, Israel-lovers at home and abroad will make an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the category of "greatest number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously," which you can find in the record book somewhere between "longest distance (overland) a 1973 Ford Pinto has been pulled by human hair alone" and "fastest mile run on stilts at a major historical site while performing an aria from Tosca."
The attempt will be kicked off in Israel at the conclusion of the Independence Day Lighting Up the Sky show, a fuzzily-explained spectacle described by its press release as "the lyrics of 'Hatikva' lighting up the sky all over the country." Whether this will be accomplished through fireworks, lasers, or a Book of Daniel-esque disembodied hand tracing portents of doom in the sky remains unknown. The countdown and following mass performance of "Hatikva" will occur publicly in Jerusalem and in dozens of other Israeli towns. Participating international cities and Jewish communities include New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, New Jersey, Chicago, Colombia, Toronto, Jamaica, Finland, Ukraine, Moscow, Argentina, Riyadh, Cairo, Beirut and Kiryas Joel, New York. Okay, except for the last four.
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