theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Entertainment

August 22, 2012

College sets Guinness world record for thumb war

Univ. of Central Oklahoma awaiting official confirmation

EDMOND, Okla. — More than 800 members of the University of Central Oklahoma community descended on Wantland Stadium for Thumbmania Tuesday, as students and faculty set a world record for the longest continuous chain of thumb war.

An unofficial tally of 872 participants broke the previous record of 846, set by the University of Missouri at Rolla, according to Courtney James, assistant director of campus activities. The official record listed on the Guinness World Records web site is 310, set in June 2011 in the United Kingdom.

“We beat the record! I am so excited,” said Kay Robinson, director of campus activities. “We really appreciate the students coming out.”

To break the record, participants were required to stay locked together hand-in-hand and play continuously for five minutes.

“I came out because I wanted to be a part of getting in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Jared Styles, freshman marketing major. “We will not be beaten this year, or a few months later.”

If the count is confirmed, this will be UCO’s second world record in as many years. In August 2011, UCO set a world record for the largest game of “Duck Duck Goose” with 1,636 participants. That record was broken a few months later when 2135 participants played in Rogersville, Mo., on Oct. 7.

“I think it’s fun, and people seem to enjoy the process,” said UCO President Don Betz. “The reputation of the university doesn’t rise or fall on Thumbmania, but for the students who will be out here tonight, they’ll have a wonderful time, they’ll share in a record they will probably break and have a wonderful memory to take with them. Then, they will be back in class tomorrow morning.”

Guinness World Records will have to confirm the unofficial count before UCO is named the record holder. Robinson said that the official count would be announced in two to three weeks.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Entertainment
  • 887805_56493274.jpg Slate: The 10 best movies of 2012

    For the second year in a row, there weren't that many movies jostling behind the velvet rope to get onto my 10-best list. Still, when it came down to distilling a whole year's worth of viewing into just 10 titles, I found with relief that it was impossible to remain stingy with my accolades: There were enough films that genuinely thrilled me this year to fill up a list, and then some.

    December 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • 512141_85489295.jpg Slate's definitive Christmas playlist

    There are plenty of people who loathe Christmas music or tire of it quickly, and it can be easy to see why: Every year brings fruitless attempts to introduce a new song into the canon or put a new spin on a holiday classic, and that can be a drag.

    December 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • 800px-Obama_and_Biden_await_updates_on_bin_Laden.jpg In movie, she's a hero. In real life, it's complicated.

    She was a real-life heroine of the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden, a headstrong young operative whose work tracking the al-Qaida leader serves as the dramatic core of a Hollywood film set to premiere next week.

    December 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keeping Pace Acclaimed historical interpreter to portray American humorist

     

    Acclaimed Chautauqua historical interpreter Charles Everett Pace will portray American humorist and poet Langston Hughes as part of East Central University’s 17th Annual Literary Arts Festival on Nov. 8.

     

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

  • MEXICO OPERA182.jpg Opera takes hold in Mexico's dangerous cities

    In high times and low, Mexicans turn to their music. To love, to lament, there's Mexican music for every occasion: poetic ballads, bouncy polkas, rodeo rancheras, plus goth rock, marimba, Mexican metal, you name it.
    And then there's opera.

    October 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • DEGENERES18.jpg DeGeneres receives Mark Twain prize for American humor

    It's hard to remember now, but about a dozen years ago, Ellen DeGeneres was dead in the water.
    The nice girl from New Orleans with the sunny disposition and the squeaky-clean comedy act had been a star with her own sitcom, "Ellen." But then she had come out as gay, such big news at the time that it landed her on the cover of Time magazine. Then her character on the show came out. Then she and her partner at the time, actress Anne Heche, were very kissy-kissy in public.

    October 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Microsoft to begin rolling out Xbox music service

    Microsoft's Internet music service will roll out starting Tuesday on Xbox and next week on computers with Windows 8, as the company looks to compete against Pandora Media and Spotify.

    October 17, 2012

  • 98348_8148.jpg SLIDESHOW: America's 13 best haunted houses HauntedHouseRatings.com has released its list of the best haunted houses in America. Here are the top 13.

    October 17, 2012

  • Screen shot 2012-10-10 at 4.56.36 PM.png Slate's Explainer: Why isn't Big Bird on a major network?

    Big Bird has emerged as the surprise star of the 2012 campaign. Mitt Romney says he likes Big Bird but wants to cut federal funding to PBS, while the big yellow bird has appeared in an ad made by President Obama's campaign. Why is "Sesame Street" on public television, anyway?

    October 17, 2012 1 Photo

  • Study: Politically outspoken celebrities will see likability ratings fall


    In this presidential election season, when celebrities endorse candidates while talking to empty chairs, engage in political debates on Twitter and encourage the rest of us to vote via cleverly edited YouTube clips, a new university study suggests that, perhaps, they might all be better off keeping their mouths shut.

    October 9, 2012

AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Stocks
Poll

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

Yes
No
     View Results