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World’s Biggest Meatball  -

November 4th, 2009

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No matter how painful or challenging the task, man’s unquenchable thirst to achieve and conquer has proven vital to the evolution of humanity. Frederick Sanger determined DNA sequencing by chain termination, Dr. Robert Jarvik developed the artificial heart, and this past weekend, Matthew Mitnitsky made the world’s largest meatball. Sure, some pursuits are more frivolous or wasteful than others, but that never stopped Scott Stapp from pursuing a solo career. Nor should it thwart some misguided dreamer from creating what looks like one of King Kong’s monster testicles.

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Numbers

246

Guinness records set by "Mr. Versatility" Ashrita Furman since 1979. He currently holds 95 records, including longest distance consecutively somersaulted (12.22 miles) and the longest distance jumped by pogo stick (23.11 miles).

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Attention. Here’s an update on tonight’s dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed "some kind of beef."

Tripper, played by Bill Murray, in the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs

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Fact

The idea for the Guinness World Records was hatched in 1951 when then managing director of the Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Beaver, got into an argument with a friend while hunting over what was the fastest game bird in Europe. Frustrated and unable to find the answer in various texts, Beaver surmised that a book of answers would be helpful to solve future pub arguments. The first book was compiled in 1954 and given away as a promotional item. Soon it caught on and became a bestseller.  

The List

Gasp!(tronomic)

Longest Hot Dog 114.32 m (375 ft). Just missed it, Tommy Lee.
Largest Omelet 6,510 lb. Wow.
Largest Commercially-Available Hamburger 150 lb, 72 hrs to prepare, and only $2000 for delivery.
Largest Cupcake 1,224 lb. I guess that beats out incumbent Bruce Vilanch.
The Bottom Line

Anybody with 50 grand and excellent cardio can climb Everest. But to roll up a 222.5 lb ball of seasoned ground beef? You have to be a meathead from New Hampshire to do that.

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