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Fan Choice Record May 31


You can whistle while you work. And now, we know, you can whistle while you break a world record, too.

Congratulations to Watts Public School in Watts, Oklahoma, USA, for taking last week's Fan Choice! The record for most people blowing train whistles simultaneously chugged like a locomotive to the top spot, taking nearly half the vote (47.95%) and beating worthy contender Glen Burmeister with the most countries visited by bicycle in 7 days (31.97%).

Watts Public School's achievement will now be entered in our list of contenders for a year-end showdown in which we'll ask you fans to vote for your favorite record of the year at the end of 2013.

Time now to meet this week's candidates and then cast your vote below. This week we'll walk some children to school by bus (it makes sense, keep reading!) and chomp into a nearly 700-pound (almost-320 kg) cake, but we start with a little hula.


Record: 407 exercisers 

Holders: North Lanarkshire Leisure LTD with Powerhoop UK/Innertrak LTD (UK)

Location: Motherwell, UK

That's not all: Powerhoop restricted the event to women as part of a special "Ladies Day Event" celebration. Powerhoop provides padded, patented, weighted hula hoops to be used in fitness workouts.  


May 31 Most popups in a popup book.JPG

Record: 169 pop-ups

Holder: Taichung City pupils and the Taichung City Government

Location: Taichung City, Taiwan

That's not all: The collective art piece took 6 months to produce and involved nearly 300 contributors. The singular book joins together 296 pages that stretch 107 meters (351 feet) long.


May 31 Studenterbrød cake.jpg

Record: 313 kg (690 lb) of sweetness

Holder: Team Benns A/C and Tanges Bakery (both Denmark)

Location: Holstebro, Denmark

That's not all: Local master baker Jan Pilmann and his team created the cake to help celebrate Team Benns' 50th anniversary. Literally translated as "student bread," studenterbrød is popular with Danish students for being so inexpensive. It consists of a biscuit base, chocolate-flavored cake layer, and is topped with icing and sprinkles. 


May 31 Most people unwrapping candy simultaneously.jpg

Record: 614 unwrappers

Holder: The School Wide Activities Team of Tarleton State University (USA)

Location: Stephenville, Texas, USA

That's not all: The School Wide Activities Team (SWAT) organized the attempt to bring university students together in a fun, interactive, and, as they quoted, "unforgettable" experience.


May 31 Largest walking bus.jpg

Record: 1,905 walkers

Holder: Newmarket Schools Together (UK)

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk, UK

That's not all: A walking bus is a traditional method of children getting to school together by walking four across in rows, so as to resemble a school bus while promoting safety. The "bus" route spanned 1.2 km (0.74 miles) and included participants from 10 different schools.

And those are your nominees for this week's Fan Choice - time now to cast your vote!

There are a two ways to do this, including right here by choosing in our poll:

You can also tweet your choice to us on Twitter (@GWR) with the hashtag #GWRFanChoice.

Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!

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