Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
This Saturday, while drunk dudes will be sporting shamrock shaped beads and slamming green Coors Lights over in St. Paul, hundreds of crime-fighting mutant turtles will converge on the Mall of America for the grand opening of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, a brand-new thrill ride located inside of Nickelodeon Universe. To celebrate, the park will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Ninja Turtles, which currently stands at 786.
The event kicks off at 8 a.m. and is free to attend. All participants who arrive early to be a part of the history making event will receive a free TMNT t-shirt and mask, along with a free ride on Shell Shock.
While breaking the record for having the most peeps dressed as pizza-loving, smack-talking, drug-hatin' mutant reptiles is a pretty sweet accomplishment, it turns out there are some even more awesome world records in existence just begging to be crushed. To help you find your place in history, we put together our top 3 favorites this week. Time to make some history.
Most high fives in one hour
Back in September of 2012, a dude named Brian Selders from Hoffman Estates, IL got his bro on and threw 1,363 fivers in 60 minutes. It's also important to point out that he was dressed as a local recreation mascot "Flash" the entire time.
While there will undoubtedly be a ton of high-fives dished out during the Nickelback show at Target Center this May, throwing over 1,300 of them is going to take some training. Our recommendation? Start small. Lay down a minimum of 10 high-fives today and build it up from there. Not only will you be on the fast-track to stardom, but you'll also be the coolest, friendliest bro at your bus stop.
For bonus training points, start dressing up as your high-school mascot now, so that it won't seem weird when it comes time to break the record. What it do, Chaska Hawks?
Largest re-enactment of Pac-Man
Now this one is just plain awesome. Back in 2004, a bunch of New York University students decided to put on a massive real-life re-enactment of the greatest video game ever played (suck it, Tecmo Bowl), complete with people dressed as the yellow one himself as well as the four ghosts. They spent the day chasing each other around Manhatten, covering a total surface area of 171,029 square meters. While we think this could be an awesome record to break locally, we think there's a video game that might be even more cool to reenact: MORTAL KOMBAT!*
Most karaoke participants
Of course NASCAR was involved. Was there really any question?
Back in August of 2009, 160,000 people simultaneously sang "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks (seriously? This is how stereotypes happen) just before the start of the NASCAR Sharpie 500 race. By our math, that means that if we can just get every person who attends the Minnesota State Fair for one day to stick around and belt out a quick round of "Jessie's Girl," we can do this. This is us calling you, State Fair organizers and/or Rick Springfield: it's time to step up.
IF YOU GO:
World's largest gathering of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mall of America
Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m.
Admission is free