Don't judge a book by its cover -- there's nothing small about the support for Scotty's Little Soldiers.
The UK-based charity group received a big fan boost in last week's Fan Choice, taking the week with its successful record for the longest marathon playing rugby union, at 24 hr 51 min. Congratulations to event organizer Nikki Scott and the entire Scott's Little Soldiers charity, which supports children who have lost parents who were serving in the armed forces.
Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Scotty's Little Soldiers, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.
This week's list of nominees vying for your vote includes a #TacoTuesday dream come true and one lonnnng Japanese delicacy, but first, time for some jazz hands.
LARGEST HUMAN IMAGE OF AN INSTRUMENT
Record: 1,660 people
Holder: 2014 Nice Jazz Festival (France)
Location: Promenade du Paillon in Nice, France
That's not all: The saxophone is arguably the most iconic instrument in jazz, made famous by everyone from John Coltrane to Clarence Clemons to Duke Silver. So what better way to kick off this year's Nice Jazz Festival by having everyone line up in the shape of a human sax. The total saxophone measured 56 m (183 ft 8 in) long.
MOST BALLOONS BURST BY LASER IN ONE MINUTE
Holder: Daniel Black (UK)
Location: Elstree, UK
That's not all: Using what basically looks like a type of real-life lightsaber, Daniel built this ultra-bright himself to make this attempt. It took him 18 months to perfect his creation, as many handheld lasers would overheat or fail before ever approaching the power of his invention. It took Daniel just 24 seconds out of his alotted minute to zap each of the balloons he had set up into oblivion.
Record: 17.25 m (56 ft 7 in) tall and 21.12 m (69 ft 3 in) wide at its base
Holder: International Science Festival Gothenburg (Sweden)
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
That's not all: The technical term for this 3D tetrix is a Sierpinski pyramid, which Wikipedia describes as "a fractal and attractive fixed set with the overall shape of an equilateral triangle, subdivided recursively into smaller equilateral triangles." So...yeah. We just know it looks really cool and it took 1,200 science students working together to build!
LONGEST LINE OF TACOS
Record: 1,702 tacos
Holder: Webster University Campus Activities (USA)
Location: Webster Groves, Missouri, USA
That's not all: The overall length of the line measured 259.38 m (851 ft), consisting of flour tortillas, each 15.24 cm (6 in) in diameter. The tacos were consumed by the faculty, students and the participants of the attempt, as well as some being donated to the St. Patrick's Center and Feed My Peeps program.
Record: 11.51 m (37 ft 9.14 in)
Holders: Gifu Okashi Festival Executive Committee (Japan)
Location: Gifu, Gifu, Japan
That's not all: Originated as a dessert in central Europe (the name is German for "tree cake"), the baumkuchen was brought to Japan during World War I and remains a popular delicacy. It's cooked on a rotating spit that typically holds between 10-20 layers of batter. This particular baumkuchen weighed 24.72 kg (54 lb 7.9 oz) and required a team of 90 to prepare it.
And those are your nominees; time now to cast your vote!
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