Watch: NBC's Today ushered in "Spring Breakers" week with seven televised attempts

By Guinness World Records

For some people, spring break means a week of beaches, bikinis, and beverages. For others, it means a questionably entertaining James Franco movie.

But for those on NBC's Today last week, it meant a chance at history. The iconic morning show hosted "Spring Breakers" week and invited seven groups with their eyes set on glory to the party. Each day featured at least one official attempt at a Guinness World Records title. Ranging from a dog jumping rope to dozens of shaved heads, each record was adjudicated live on-site.

Some succeeded and some failed, but all were certainly entertaining. Here's a daily look back at the week in records.


"Spring Breakers" week kicked off with two record attempts, and actually debuted to an inauspicious start. Lia Grimanis came down from Toronto to make an early-morning attempt at the heaviest vehicle pulled in high heels (female). Needing to pull a vehicle at least 10,000 lb (4,536 kg), Lia went with gusto for a 15,000+ lb (6,800+ kg) truck.

Lia's valiant attempt didn't go unnoticed, though, as she inspired a donation of $25,000 (£14,932) from Walmart to her championed charity, Women in Need.

Later Monday, Geronimo the dog leaped into the record books for a second time, breaking her own mark for the most Double Dutch skips by a dog in one minute. After 128 skips, the Border Collie/Kelpie rescue mix had plenty of reason to dance with owner Samantha Valle.


America would celebrate National Sibling Day later in the week, but Tuesday is when the Kennedy brothers of Massachusetts showed just what the power of family can do. Aiming to break the existing record for highest trampoline bounce by a team by just one inch, Sean, Eric, and T.J. got to bouncing on a rainy New York morning with very little margin for error.


The midpoint of the week would see dozens of people making a wonderful personal sacrifice for a great charitable cause. With volunteer barber David Alexander at the helm, the St. Baldrick's Foundation saw its attempt at the most heads shaved in one hour come down to the very last minute, as Alexander shaved head No. 73 (the previous record was 72) with 11 seconds to spare.

After all the scalps were shorn and hair swept away, $9,022 (£5,389) had been raised during this attempt alone, adding to the $212 (£126) million raised for child cancer research by St. Baldrick's since 2000.


This marked the second day of the week in which two record attempts were made. Simultaneously, Australian super-trainer Michelle Bridges led the largest exercise ball class while the Today 'Orange Room' tried sparking thelongest selfie relay chain.

The selfies, unfortunately, did not pan out as a successful attempt, but there was no way Michelle Bridges was going to let her record fail! She made 353 people feel the burn for 30 minutes in both Rockefeller Plaza and the famed Rockefeller Center.

Her attempt also led ConAgra Foods and P&G to donate $100,000 (£59,731) to one of Bridges' favourite charities, Feeding America.


The record-breaking week concluded in a big way - literally. HarperCollins publishers and author Lincoln Peirce of the popular "Big Nate" comic strip and children's book series combined to unveil the longest cartoon strip by a team, which spanned nearly 4,000 ft and unwound throughout all Rockefeller Center.

Peirce contributed five personal panels to the strip itself, while others were drawn by and collected from hundreds of school children around the world. Thanks to the successful attempt, HarperCollins announced it would donate $10,000 (£5,973) worth of books to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books and educational resources to children in need.

Did any of the "Spring Breakers" inspire you to attempt a record of your own? Make sure to put in your application for a jumpy dog or quick buzzer, well, today!

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